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15 Best Day Trips from Zagreb

The Croatian capital is a veritable hotbed of incredibly rich history, architecture and culture that wonderfully manifests itself in the form of charming cobblestone streets, bustling markets and Baroque cathedrals.

The quintessentially historic city offers fascinating sights and UNESCO-listed attractions, but some of the best kept secrets in the area lie outside the city limits.

The pockets of natural beauty dotted around the capital include everything from lakes, waterfalls and beautiful sweeping forests to majestic castles nestled among the rural countryside.

The variety of attractions around Zagreb is stunning, and visitors are usually spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what type of day trip to embark on.

Here are some of the best ones to get you started.

1. Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Home to 16 of the most breathtakingly stunning lakes in Croatia, meticulously preserved by the government to maintain their pristine natural beauty, the Plitvice Lakes make a phenomenal day trip for those looking to escape the landlocked capital.

In a few hours you’ll reach the crystal-clear waters, complete with waterfalls that cascade all year round.

Noticeably more popular during summer, the lakes form a natural playground for those looking to relax in the sun and explore the national park.

Some of the lakes offer gorgeous forest walks that fringe their shores and others provide excellent views of turquoise falls; the Plitvice Lakes have something for every nature lover.

Recommended tour : Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Zagreb

2. Kumrovec

Kumrovec

Almost straddling the Slovenian border in northern Croatia, Kumrovec is a classic day trip for visitors and locals who want to gain a fascinating insight into what life was like on a traditional village in the Zagorje region.

Surrounded by charming vineyards and thriving farms, the village’s center is an open-air ethnographic museum known as Kumrovec’s Old Village Museum.

Here you’ll find a mixture of political history with a focus on the communist leader, Tito, numerous quaint displays depicting life for the traditional peasant farmer, and some stalls selling truly delicious fresh produce.

Suggested tour : Kumrovec, Trakoscan Castle and Varazdin Tour from Zagreb

Samobor, Croatia

Home of hiking and hearty eating, Samobor is an incredibly pretty traditional Croatian town that is widely recognized as one of the most popular day trips to take from Zagreb, for both locals from the capital and visitors too.

Here you’ll find inviting cobbled streets flanked by brightly painted Baroque buildings and a multitude of truly excellent restaurants specialising in locally caught game.

Those who want to work up an appetite or simply want to escape into nature can enjoy the ideal hiking conditions in the wooded hills surrounding Samobor.

Whatever you decide, it’s almost criminal to leave the town without trying their famous cream cake delicacy known as samoborska kremšnita.

Osijek, Croatia

Close to the Serbian border, the city of Osijek has been growing in popularity thanks to its unparalleled and characteristic Baroque architecture, which is easily some of the most impressive outside of the capital.

Found in the far east of the country, Osijek is home to neat, paved roads, grand squares and some truly impressive buildings.

The central citadel of Tvrda overlooking the River Drava is one of the must-see sights in the city, whilst the Church of St Peter and St Paul is an unforgettable combination of Gothic opulence and numerous striking spires.

5. Lake Bled

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Slovenia’s most popular mountain getaway is easily reachable from the Croatian capital in the space of a day, and is a beautiful combination of alpine peaks, gorgeous lakes, castles and churches.

The nation’s beloved Lake Bled can be found in the Julian Alps.

It is a picture-perfect destination not just for those looking for romantic scenery, but also for those in search of outdoor adventure.

Between the canyons, lakes, and mountains, there are endless opportunities for hiking, canoeing and climbing surrounding Lake Bled, attracting all manner of travellers – locals and backpackers alike.

Available tour : From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

Dakovo, Croatia

The peaceful Croatian town of Dakovo is characterised by the vast expanses of cornfields surrounding it.

One can easily spend the day exploring these before even setting foot among the pretty buildings that populate Dakovo.

However, the main reason people visit is the gorgeous landmark in the center known as Dakovo Cathedral, complete with soaring towers and attractive red brick masonry.

Here, you’ll find several folkloric events held throughout the year, which make for a perfect small-town getaway in contrast with the busy city of Zagreb.

7. Lonjsko Polje

Lonjsko Polje

The enormous natural preserve known as Lonjsko Polje is a vast strip of marshland that follows the course of the Sava River.

It contains a series of traditional villages in the confines of its 50,000 acres that are representative of traditional rural Croatia.

The highlight of these is the village of Krapje, where you can observe typically designed wooden houses built along the riverbanks.

Not only is it a cultural phenomenon for this reason, but the park also contains an astonishing diversity of bird, plant, mammal and fish species, thanks to its nourishing environment.

You can marvel at the ecological diversity on various well-marked hiking and cycling routes.

Sljeme Mountain during Spring

Zagreb’s very own prime skiing destination is frequented by world-class athletes, and Sljeme also doubles up as a beautiful green getaway during the summer when the snow melts.

As part of the Medvednica National Park, this hilly region populated by lush pine forests is home to various chalets and eateries, providing welcome rest stops for hikers exploring the crisp slopes.

The skiing opportunities are accessible for all skill levels, making it the perfect day trip for amateur skiers or travellers who simply wish to discover this slice of alpine Croatia.

9. Ljubljana

Ljubljana, Slovenia

The capital city of Slovenia is only a couple of hours away from Zagreb and offers a wealth of cultural and historical attractions that are well worth the cross-border journey.

Ljubljana is densely packed with seemingly endless gorgeous Baroque buildings, a great number of which are UNESCO-listed and most of which can be found in the captivating Old City center.

The Art Nouveau atmosphere is enough to keep any visitor wandering wide-eyed through the streets, and beautiful attractions like the majestic Triple Bridge are close to one another and easy to find.

Available tour : Full-Day Ljubljana & Postojna Cave Tour

10. Krapina

Krapina

A rural area in the hilly region near the Slovenian border, Krapina is famed far and wide for its density of mansions belonging to the past aristocracies, as well as several beautiful cathedrals and castles.

However, aside from wandering the pretty streets of the town of Krapina, visitors will want to also turn their attention to the Krapina Neanderthal Museum.

This museum is dedicated to the groundbreaking discovery of the remains of an early human community in the surrounding area, and attracts fascinated visitors each year to gain insight into their lives.

11. Kopački rit

Kopački rit, Croatia

Nestled in the countryside of Slavonia, you’ll find the gorgeous waters of the wetlands of the Kopački rit nature park which sees the merging of the Danube and Drava rivers.

Here you can marvel at the pristine condition the park has remained in because of its relative difficulty to access.

This untouched natural perfection comes in the form of herds of majestic deer and wild boar, not to mention an incredible diversity of bird species.

Though it’s possible to visit the park by car, the preferred and far more rewarding method is via boat.

12. Varaždin

Varaždin, Croatia

The old capital of Croatia more than two centuries ago is a proudly Baroque city that lies close to the country’s border with neighbouring Slovenia and Hungary.

The architecture is arguably the city’s main attraction, and its opulent style can be seen in castles, churches and other impressive sites almost everywhere.

These ornate buildings also play host throughout the year to numerous music events and cultural festivals that celebrate the Baroque theme, making Varaždin one of the most culturally rich day trips to take from the capital.

Suggested tour : From Zagreb: Varazdin Baroque Town & Trakoscan Castle

13. Risnjak

Risnjak National Park

Less than two hours from Zagreb, but seemingly a world away, lies the quintessentially alpine and gorgeously untouched mountainous region of Gorski kotar.

Here you’ll find the Risnjak National Park, a huge expanse of forested slopes that plays home to a great number of wild animals, from bears to lynx.

It goes without saying that the hiking here is phenomenal, with many areas of the park reminiscent of the Swiss Alps, including everything from snow-capped peaks to pine carpeted foothills.

14. Zagorje

Veliki Tabor Castle, Zagorje, Croatia

The northern region of Zagorje, though close to Zagreb, feels completely detached from the pace of life found in the city, and contains some of the nation’s most beautiful and beloved national parks within its mountainous snowscapes.

Other than the incredible hiking that can be found in Zagorje, thanks to its pristine, natural preserves, there are also a multitude of cultural attractions to be found in the region.

It has the highest density of castles in Croatia – an impressive feat considering the amount found throughout the country – and some are truly breath taking.

Highlights include Veliki Tabor and Trakošćan, two of the largest in the entire nation.

Suggested tour : From Zagreb: Varazdin and Zagorje Castles Private Tour

15. Rastoke

Rastoke, Croatia

The road leading to the Plitvice Lakes hides a hidden gem unknown to many visitors, but a firm favourite amongst locals looking for a picturesque getaway from the city – the impossibly beautiful watermill village of Rastoke.

The 300-year-old village sits on the water’s edge at a point where the Slunjčica braches out into various small cascades.

It makes for an incredibly scenic combination of nature and human ingenuity.

You can spend hours wandering around and snapping photos of the typical, traditional mills, some dating as far back as the 1600’s.

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Top Zagreb Day Trips

Day trips from zagreb.

  • Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Zagreb to Bled
  • Zagreb to Postojna
  • Zagreb to Ljubljana
  • Private Day Trips
  • Up to 1 hour
  • 1 to 4 hours
  • 4 hours to 1 day
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • 3.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • 2.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Special Offers
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16. Private eclectic experience of Rastoke and Plitvice Lakes National Park

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17. Grand SLOVENIA: Ljubljana + Lake Bled + Postojna Cave - Day Tour

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18. Varazdin Baroque Town & Trakoscan Castle, Small Group from Zagreb

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  • Plitvice lakes and Rastoke day trip from Zagreb (guaranteed dep.)
  • Day Tour to LJUBLJANA LAKE BLED with minivan 8pax max from Zagreb
  • Ljubljana and Bled Lake - small group - day tour from Zagreb
  • Plitvice Lakes guided Tour from Zagreb
  • Questo App | Zagreb Walking Tours & City Exploration Games
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  • pathfinder TOURS
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  • The Guide - Day Tours
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THE 10 BEST Day Trips from Zagreb

Day trips from zagreb.

  • Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Zagreb to Bled
  • Zagreb to Postojna
  • Zagreb to Ljubljana
  • Private Day Trips
  • Up to 1 hour
  • 1 to 4 hours
  • 4 hours to 1 day
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • 3.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • 2.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Special Offers
  • The ranking of tours, activities, and experiences available on Tripadvisor is determined by several factors including the revenue generated by Tripadvisor from these bookings, the frequency of user clicks, and the volume and quality of customer reviews. Occasionally, newly listed offerings may be prioritized and appear higher in the list. The specific placement of these new listings may vary.

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1. Plitvice Lakes with Ticket & Rastoke Small Group Tour from Zagreb

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2. Plitvice and Rastoke day trip from Zagreb w/ticket (guar. dep.)

1 day trip from zagreb

3. Day Tour to LJUBLJANA LAKE BLED with minivan 8pax max from Zagreb

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4. Ljubljana and Bled Lake - small group - day tour from Zagreb

1 day trip from zagreb

5. Private Wine Tasting Tour from Zagreb

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6. Ljubljana with Funicular, Castle and Lake Bled from Zagreb

1 day trip from zagreb

7. Plitvice Lakes & Rastoke small-group, w/ ticket (guaranteed dep.)

1 day trip from zagreb

8. Discover FairyTale Croatia: Castles of Northern Croatia Private Trip from Zagreb

1 day trip from zagreb

9. Nature Oasis Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes Expedition

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10. Plitvice Lakes guided Tour from Zagreb

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11. Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Private Day Tour from Zagreb

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12. Highlights of Istria Full-Day Photo Tour from Zagreb

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13. Opatija, Rijeka, Trsat tour from Zagreb

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14. The Best of Slovenia, Bled lake, Postojna cave and Ljubljana

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15. Magical Lake Bled and Ljubljana Private Tour from Zagreb

1 day trip from zagreb

16. Private eclectic experience of Rastoke and Plitvice Lakes National Park

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17. Ljubljana Full Day Small Group Tour from Zagreb

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18. Grand SLOVENIA: Ljubljana + Lake Bled + Postojna Cave - Day Tour

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19. Varazdin Baroque Town & Trakoscan Castle, Small Group from Zagreb

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28. Plitvice Lakes&Rastoke Day Trip from Zagreb (5 h at the Lakes)

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What travellers are saying.

martha101939

  • Plitvice Lakes with Ticket & Rastoke Small Group Tour from Zagreb
  • Plitvice lakes and Rastoke day trip from Zagreb (guaranteed dep.)
  • Day Tour to LJUBLJANA LAKE BLED with minivan 8pax max from Zagreb
  • Ljubljana and Bled Lake - small group - day tour from Zagreb
  • Ljubljana with Funicular, Castle and Lake Bled from Zagreb
  • Questo App | Zagreb Walking Tours & City Exploration Games
  • Travel to Croatia
  • Travelpoint travel agency
  • pathfinder TOURS
  • Bespoke Croatia Tours & DMC
  • The Guide - Day Tours
  • Zagreb Transfers & Tours
  • Zico Day Tours
  • Active Tours
  • Viatica Travel
  • Smart Travel
  • Wanderer Travel
  • Raftrek Adventure Travel
  • Swanky Travel

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20 Best Day Trips from Zagreb Croatia, by a Local

By: Author Milijana

Posted on Published: July 31, 2023  - Last updated: March 7, 2024

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Are you searching for the best Zagreb day trips?! If so, perfect! You can’t get better recommendations than from a local! I have been living in Zagreb on and off for the past 25 years. And here are my recommendations on the best places to visit near Zagreb and the best day trips from Zagreb, Croatia!

Best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia , is a popular travel destination among digital nomads and slow travelers for its central European location, cool work-friendly cafes, great co-working spaces, quirky bars, funky eaters, and good restaurants.  Zagreb is known for its greenery. It is a liveable and walkable city with a lot of green parks (Maksimir Park, Ribnjak Park, Zrinjevac Park, Opatovina Park, Cmrok Park, Jelenovac Park, Dubravkin Put Park, etc.), lovely lakes (Jarun Lake and Bundek Lake), a lack of crime, and an efficient public transport (city trams and buses). The fantastic geographical location of Zagreb makes the city especially attractive to slow travelers who wish to explore the region. Many famous European destinations are within short driving distance from Zagreb.  Here are the driving distances and times from Zagreb to some of them: Ljubljana, Slovenia:  142 km; 1 h 42 min Venice, Italy : 378 km, 4 h  Vienna, Austria:  372 km; 4 h Budapest, Hungary:  345 km; 3 h 30 min Split, Croatia:  410 km; 3 h 50 min These destinations are great weekend trips from Zagreb. Having a car is the most convenient way to go around Croatia and explore the region. Therefore, I suggest checking out rental cars in Zagreb! You might get surprised by how affordable they could be! Zagreb is also a good base for exploring other parts of Croatia. Zagreb is only a 2-hour drive from the beaches on the Adriatic Coast, a little over 2 hours from Plitvice Lakes National Park (a top tourist attraction in Croatia), and about 40 min from Slovenia. Visiting famous Slovenian destinations, such as Ljubljana and Lake Bled, are some of the most popular day trips from Zagreb. 

I have been living in Zagreb on and off for the past 25 years. I assume we agree that there are no better recommendations than from locals. So, if you are searching for the top recommendations on the best places to visit near Zagreb and the best day trips from Yagreb, here are mine. Here is my list of the best day trips from Zagreb, Croatia! Here’s my collection of the best day trips from Zagreb by train, the best day trips from Zagreb by car, the best Zagreb to Slovenia day trips, the best day trips to the beaches near Zagreb Croatia, etc.

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If you are looking for great day trips from Zagreb, here are the best day trips from Zagreb. One Day Trips from Zagreb

1. Trakošćan 

Distance: 80 km  Time: 1 hour

Want to see a fairytale castle near Zagreb? Visit Trakošćan Castle!  Trakošćan castle is the most visited castle in Croatia. It receives about 40.000 visitors a year. Trakošćan Castle is only 80 km from Zagreb. It is a 13th-century castle and a former home to the medieval aristocratic Drašković family. Today Trakošćan Castle is a museum. The castle has its original medieval furnishings. The stunning castle sits on a tiny hill on a small lake in the idyllic 90-ha forested area with scenic trails. To walk the famous Path of the Fairies takes up to two hours. Besides that, there is a nice restaurant on the lake, where you can enjoy lunch.  The fairytale Trakošćan Castle is one of the loveliest places near Zagreb. The castle is open year-round. It is open from 9 am to 6 p from April to October and from 9 am to 4 pm from November to March. The admission fee is 4 € . 

Trakošćan Castle is only one hour drive from Zagreb. The easiest way is to visit it by car. Visiting Trakošćan Castle is a top Zagreb day trip by car. Getting from Zagreb to Trakošćan by public transport is somewhat complicated, as you would need to take a public bus and then a short taxi ride. Luckily, daily tours run from Zagreb to Trakošćan. You can join a tour and visit Trakošćan on a guided day trip from Zagreb. Check out Zagreb: Fairytale Castle Day Trip with Wine Tasting & Lunch .

Trakošćan Castle is among the best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

2. Plitvice Lakes 

Distance: 140 km  Time: 2 hours and 15 min

Visiting Plitvice Lakes NP is the most popular day trip from Zagreb. Plitvica Lakes National Park is the most famous natural attraction in Croatia. And it is the most visited national park in Croatia. The park receives over 1 million visitors a year.   Plitvice Lakes NP is famous for its surreal beauty. The waterfalls, lakes, caves, meadows, and forests seem like fictional Narnia. The park has 16 waterfalls and 30 lakes. Walking the magical trails amid breathtaking waterfalls and lakes of Plitvice Lakes NP makes a perfect day trip from Zagreb. Read my detailed guide on How to Visit Plitvice Lakes NP for more info on what to see and what to do in Plitvice Lakes NP. 

It is easy to visit Plitvice Lakes from Zagreb! A bus from Zagreb will take you to Plitvice Lakes in about 2 hours and 20 min. If you are driving, be assured that the roads are well-maintained and safe. Besides that, you will witness beautiful natural scenery on your way from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes.  Renting a car in Croatia will give you flexibility for exploring the country. However, if you prefer guided tours, this tour is the most popular tour from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes.   You can visit Plitvice Lakes from Zagreb by bus too. About ten buses run from Zagreb Central Bus Station to Plitvice Lakes a day in summer. 

Visting Plitvice Lakes NP is among the best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

Distance: 105 km Time: 1 hour and 30 min 

Rastoke is nicknamed mini Plitvice Lakes. Rastoke is a picturesque village set on the place where the Slunjčica River gets into the Korana River. Rastoke is famous for its idyllic scenery featuring cascading waterfalls, rivers, old traditional houses, beautiful riverside trails, and lovely picnic spots.

Rastoke is near Plitvice Lakes. Rastoke and Plitvice Lakes are only 30 min apart. Thus, you can visit Rastoke and Plitvice Lakes on a same-day trip from Zagreb. 

The easiest way to visit Rastoke from Zagreb is to join a tour from Zagreb. As I said, visiting Rastoke and Plitvice Lakes NP is often offered on the same tour from Zagreb. On this tour , you will see Plitvice and Rastoke in one day. 

If you drive, an hour and a half drive will get you from Zagreb to Rastoke. A bus ride from Zagreb Central Bus Station to Rastoke takes about 2 hours. A one-way bus ticket costs 11 €.

Visting the village of Rastoke is among the best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

5. Varaždin 

Distance: 87 km  Time: 1 h and 10 min 

Varaždin is one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia. It is a city famous for its Baroque and Rococo architecture. Varaždin is nicknamed ‘the Little Vienna’. 

This historical city was also the capital of Croatia for twenty years, from 1756 until 1776. The 1776 big fire destroyed much of the city, and the administrative seat of Croatia moved over to Zagreb. However, Varaždin got renowned and rebuilt in the 19th century. 

Today you can enjoy the beautiful Baroque palaces, churches, Varaždin Castle, and romantic cobblestone streets in Varaždin. Varaždin is also known for having the most beautiful cemetery in Croatia. It is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. So, don’t miss out on visiting Varaždin cemetery while in the town.

Varaždin is a walkable city. Stroll the city and have a leisurely day in Varaždin on a day trip from Zagreb! 

If you love history or have a romantic soul, you will love Varaždin. 

You can easily visit Varaždin from Zagreb by car or a public bus. It takes only one hour from Zagreb to Varaždin by car. Visiting the Baroque city of Varaždin is among the best day trips from Zagreb by car. Buses to Varaždin run several times a day from Zagreb Main Bus Station. However, an average bus ride from Zagreb to Varaždin takes two hours. A one-way bus tick from Zagreb to Varaždin costs from 7 € to 14 €. 

But you can also get a Bla Bla Car ride from Zagreb to Varaždin for only 5 €. Many people commute to Zagreb-Varaždin daily. Finding a Bla Bla car ride from Zagreb to Varaždin and vice versa is easy. 

Also, check out Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle – Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb tour if you prefer guided tours. 

Visiting Varaždin is among the best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

6. Opatija 

Distance: 175 km Time: 2 hours 

Opatija is a famous seaside resort town in Croatia. It was a fashionable resort of the Austrian Hungarian Empire. Today you can still see the gorgeous villas from those times. The town is famous for its Habsurg-era villas, a 12-km long lungo mare seafront promenade (that connects towns of Volovsko, Opatija, and Lovran), the 14th century Abbey of St Jacob, the gorgeous St. Jacob’s Park, the church of St Jacob, the 19th century Villa Angiolina (today a museum) and Angiolina park. 

Visiting Opatija is among the best day trips from Zagreb for sea lovers. Visiting Opatija makes a great beach trip from Zagreb. Swim in the Adriatic Sea, walk Opatija lungo mare, see the villas, and enjoy seafood for lunch on a day trip from Zagreb. 

Opatija is in the Kvarner Gulf on the Adriatic Sea and a 2-hour drive from Zagreb. 

Opatija is within a 2-hour drive from Zagreb. Buses run from Zagreb Main Bus Station to Opatija daily. But, an average bus ride from Zagreb to Opatija takes 3 hours. Do not worry about a long ride! You can still visit Opatija on a day from Zagreb. Get on the bus in Zagreb early in the morning and return to Zagreb in the evening. Remember, the sun gets down around 9 pm in Croatia in June and around 8.30 pm in July. Besides that, you can join Opatija, Rijeka, and Trsat tour from Zagreb , and visit Opatija with other two beautiful places on a day trip from Zagreb.

Visiting Opatija is among the best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

7. Samobor 

Distance: 25 km Time: 35 min

Samobor is the favorite weekend gateway of Zagrebčana (the locals from Zagreb). Samobor is a cute small town surrounded by Nature Park Žumberak – Samoborsko Gorje Hill Range. 

Historical buildings, charming cafes, and crafts shops (like traditional crystal shops, candles shops, and pastry shops) fill the center of the town. Locals from Zagreb often go to the serene Samobor for a day trip to enjoy leisure strolls, food, and drinks in Samobor. 

Samobor is famous for its food. Savoring popular Samobor cakes and pastries is a must-do in Samobor. Take Samobor Town and Castle Walking Tour to learn more about the town and try out samoborske kremšnite (traditional cream custard cakes from Samobor) and samoborske krafne (doughnuts from Samobor)! 

Samobor is only 30 min drive from Zagreb Samobor is the shortest day trip from Zagreb. 

Buses run from Zagreb Main Bus Station to Samobor every hour. A one-way ticket is 3 €. Samobor is also a 30 min-drive from Zagreb if you travel to Croatia by car.  You can also join a 4-hour Picturesque Samo bor & Samobor Castle Half-day Tour and enjoy a walking tour of Samobor with sampling traditional Samobor cakes.

8. Zadar 

Distance: 285 km Time: 3 hours 

Everyone agrees Zadar is one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia. Cities like Dubrovnik and Split are more popular among tourists. But, Zadar is getting higher recognition among visitors each year. The Old City of Zadar lies on a lovely peninsula on the Adriatic Sea. The pedestrian-friendly city is filled with historical and cultural monuments, while the sea vibe goes throughout Zadar. Alfred Hitchcock claimed that Zadar has the most beautiful sea sunset in the world. Many Zadar visitors tend to agree with him. 

The most famous tourist attractions in Zadar are the Cathedral of St Anastasia, the ancient Roman Forum, the 9th century Church of St Donatus, the Peoples Square, the historic Kalelarga main street, the Riva seafront promenade, the Sea Organ (a unique sea instrument that creates music by the sea waves) and the Greeting to the Sun installation (a solar-powered art monument).  

How to get to Zadar from Zagreb?  

You can reach Zadar from Zagreb by car, bus, and Bla Bla Car rideshare. The best way to reach Zadar from Zagreb is by car. Zadar is within 3 hours of Zagreb by car. So, consider renting a car or taking a rideshare via Bla Bla Bla Car. A bus ride from Zagreb to Zadar takes 3 hours and 30 min.

Visiting Zadar is among the best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

9. Ljubljana 

Distance: 138 km Time: 2 hours and 10 min 

Beautiful Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is one of the prettiest cities in Europe. The emerald-green Ljubljanica river flows through the city, while the medieval Ljubljana castle overlooks the downtown from Castle Hill. Thus, when in Ljubljana, take a funicular to the castle to enjoy the best views of Ljubljana. However, the tiny Ljubljana downtown is explored on foot the best. Wander Ljubljana Old Town, head to the Prešern Square and the Franciscan Church, see the iconic Dragon Bridge, have a coffee break in one of the utterly charming outdoor cafes along the Ljubljanica River, go to the beautiful Tivoli Park, and trust me, you will have one o the best day trips from Zagreb. Zagreb to Ljubljana day trip is among the top trips from Zagreb for a good reason. Ljubljana is within short distance of Zagreb and it is an utterly charming city!

You can reach Ljubljana from Zagreb by car, bus, train, Bla Bla Car, and a shuttle. A train ride from Zagreb to Ljubljana takes about two hours and 10 min. A one-way train ticket is about 10 €. A bus ride from Zagreb to Ljubljana takes about two hours and 20 min with an average one-way ticket of 15 €. The cheapest way to get to Ljubljana from Zagreb is to catch a Bla Bla Car ride. Rideshare is 8 €. The fastest way to reach Ljubljana from Zagreb is by shuttle. A shuttle ride from Zagreb to Ljubljana takes one hour and 50 min. Also, consider taking Ljubljana and Bled Lak e – small group – day tour from Zagreb if you are limited with time, prefer guided tours, or want to visit Ljubljana and Bled Lake on the same trip.

Visiting Ljubljana in Slovenia is among the best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

10. Lake Bled

Distance: 200 km  Time: 2 hours and 10 min 

Slovenian Lake Bled is among the most famous lakes in Europe for its idyllic setting.  The picture-perfect Lake Bled is a top tourist attraction in Slovenia. The magical scenery of the blue Bled Lake, with a tiny island in the middle and the monumental Julian Alps in the background, is among the most photographed places in Europe. Lake Bled day trip from Zagreb is among the most popular day trips from Zagreb. Nature lovers can walk the trails around the lake. The walk takes an hour and a half on average. However, swimming in the lake attracts the most visitors in summer. If you love watersports, take a stand-up paddle board on the lake! Take a traditional pletna boat ride to Bled Island. Ring the wishing bell on the island to make your wish come true. Afterward, head to the Lake Bled Castle for the panoramic views of the lake and dine with the breathtaking views in the Bled Castle restaurant.

The fastest way to get to Lake Bled from Zagreb is by car. A car drive from Zagreb to Lake Bled takes 2 hours on average. However, many organized tours run from Zagreb to Lake Bled. The abovementioned Ljubljana and Bled Lake – small group – day tour from Zagreb is the best-seller day tour from Zagreb to Bled Lake.

Visiting Bled Lake in Slovenia is among the best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

11. Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle 

Distance: 186 km  Time: 2 hours 

Postojna Cave is one of the most amazing places in Slovenia. It is the most visited place in Slovenia and the most visited cave in Europe. Postojna Cave is a karst cave with marvelous stalagmites. The cave represents a 24 km-long network of corridors, halls, and galleries. But the best part is a tourist train that takes visitors through the cave. Predajama Castle, near the Postojna Cave, is the largest cave castle in the world. Underground tunnels connect the castle and the cave. You must take a bus to see Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle.  Postojna Cave is open every day all year round. Visiting this fascinating underground world is a must-do in Slovenia! Please bear in mind that Postojna Cave has a constant temperature of 10 C regardless of the time of the day and the year. Dress warmly and take good walking shoes.

The fastest way to get from Zagreb to Postojna Cave is by car. A car ride from Zagreb to Postojna Cave takes 2 hours on average. However, if you are not by car, you can join one of the popular day tours from Zagreb to Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. You can visit Postojna Cave, Predjama Castel, and Ljubljana on this day tour from Zagreb.

Visiting Predjama Castle in Slovenia is among the best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

12. Bohinj Lake 

Distance: 223 km  Time: 2 h and 40 min 

The picturesque Bled Lake is the most famous Slovenian lake. But Bohinj Lake is the most popular Slovenian lake among Slovenians. It is the largest lake in Slovenia. And it belongs to Triglav National Park.  Lake Bohinj is a nature paradise. Nature lovers can enjoy a wide range of activities on the lake. You can swim in the lake, hike the trails around the lake, cycle around the lake, kayak, or SUP on the lake. But don’t forget to see the Savica waterfall and take the Vogel cable car for the spectacular views of the Julian Alps. However, whatever you decide to do in Bohinj Lake, you must take a photo of the legendary Zlatorog / golden horn statue on the shore of Lake Bohinj! The statue is the most popular attraction of Bohinj Lake! As I said, Bohinj Lake is a haven for nature enthusiasts. If you are one of them, you might decide to stay on the lake for a few days more. In that case, check out the lovely guest houses on Lake Bohinj!

The best way to visit Bohinj Lake from Zagreb is by car. A drive from Zagreb to Bohinj Lake takes 2 hours and 40 min on average. On this Zagreb day tour , you can visit Bled Lake, Bohinj Lake, and Waterfall Savica in one day!

Visiting Bohinj Lake in Slovenia is among the best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

13. Medvednica mountain and Sljeme 

Medvednica is the mountain that overlooks Zagreb, and Sljeme is the highest peak of Medvednica. 

Medvednica is a nature park and a favorite nature gateway of people from Zagreb. Medvednica has many well-marked hiking and biking trails and mountain huts with restaurants serving delicious meals (like bean soup, mlinci dish, or cakes like strudel or germknedle ). Medvednica and Sljeme get crowded on weekends. Sljeme, the peak of Medvednica, is at 1035 m above sea level, and hiking up to Sljeme takes 2 hours on average.  If you are up for forest bathing, hike Medvednica and head to Sljeme. You can reach Sljeme by cable car (from the foot of Medvednica at Mihaljevac), by a bus (that also runs from the mountain foot at Mihaljevac), or by hiking! If you are not into a solo exploration of Sljeme, check out Zagreb – Into the Forest Walking Tour! 

Take tram No 8 (Zapruđe-Mihaljevac) from Zagreb to Mihaljevac. And then, hike, take a cable car, or take bus No 140 from Mihaljevac to Sljeme.

14. Veliki Tabor and Zagorje

Distance: 70 km  Time: 1 hour and 10 min 

Veliki Tabor Castle is a medieval fort castle near Zagreb. The castle is known for its unique architectural outlook. It has a central pentagonal tower and four towers. The noble Hungarian family owned the castle from the 16th to the 18th century. Since then, its owner has been the state. The castle is a museum today. It exhibits historical furniture and weapons.  The fort in the region is called Hrvatsko Zagorje and is only one hour drive from Zagreb. The hilly Hrvatsko Zagorje is one of the most picturesque regions in Croatia. Grešna Gorica, a popular restaurant, is just a few minutes from the castle. Visiting Veliki Tabor with lunch in Grešna Gorica makes one of the best day trips from Zagreb!

Veliki Tabor is only one hour and 10 min drive from Zagreb. I suggest visiting this breathtaking area by car. You can also visit Veliki Tabor Castle on this private day tour from Zagreb.

Visiting Veliki Tabor Castle is among the best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

15.   Plešivica wineries 

Distance: 40 km  Time: 45 min 

Plešivica is a wine-producing region near Zagreb. Hilly slopes covered with vineyards make the landscapes idyllic.

This wine-producing region is best known for its red wines and sparkling wines. The most popular are authentic regional wines like Portuguese, Plavec, Šipel, and Zelenac. However, the wineries also produce famous wines like Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Rhine Riesling. About forty family-run wineries in the region currently offer wine tastings. Some of the most notable Plešivica wineries are Šember Winery (famous for its sparking Qvevri wine), Korak Winery (known for its Chardonnay Sur Lie, and Sauvignon), Tomac Winery (their Amphora Brut Nature was in Decanter magazine!), and Jagunić Winery (their Trainer Red Amber is a must-try).

Touring Plešivica wineries is among the most popular day trips from Zagreb. If you are a wine lover, you will enjoy Wine Road Day Tour from Zagreb. On this tour, you will visit Samobor and Plešivica wine regions. 

About 40 Plešivica wineries are along Plešivička Wine Road. The wine road goes from the town of Jastrebarsko to the hills. Jastrebarsko is 23 mi (37 km) from Zagreb. The best way to explore the wineries is by car. Drive from Zagreb to Jasterbarsko and spend a day touring Plešivica wineries. However, if you are not by car, Plesivica Hills and Samobor Tour with Wine Tasting from Zagreb is a perfect choice. 

16. Crikvenica

Distance: 170 km Time: 2 hours 

Crikvenica is the favorite beach destination of people from Zagreb. The beaches of Crkivenica get filled with Zagreb locals on summer weekends. Organized trips run daily from Zagreb to Crikvenica in the summer. You can easily book a day trip from Zagreb to Crikvenica. There are many of them! Trips usually start early in the morning and return to Zagreb late in the evening after spending the entire day in Crkvenica. 

Crikvenica lies in the Kvarner Bay on the Adriatic Coast, only 2 hours from Zagreb. Crikvenica is known for its charming old town, lovely sea promenade, and beautiful beaches. The most popular Crikvenica beach is Gradsko kupalište beach, a Blue Flag sandy beach with sun beds and umbrellas to rent. 

The heart of the town is the Old Town filled with cafes and bars and the picturesque harbor. The palm-lined promenade connects three places on the coast: Dramalj, Crikvenica, and Selce. Cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, and stores are along the promenade. However, beaches are what attract people to Crikvenica. If you like sandy beaches, choose Gradsko Kupalište. But if you enjoy more pebble beaches, head to the nearby Balustrada Beach or Kaštel Beach. If you are traveling with kids, they will love the turquoise shallow waters off Omorika Beach. But, if you seek some quiet time on the beach, go to Thalassotherapia Beach. And I almost forgot to say that Monty’s Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Crikvenica! 

The best way to get to Crikvenica from Zagreb is by car, Bla Bla car rideshare, or organized bus trip. They will get you to Crikvenica within 2 hours from Zagreb. 

Buses also run from Zagreb Main Bus Station to Crikvenica. However, a bus ride from Zagreb to Crikvenica takes 3 hours on average, with several stops on the way to Crikvenica. 

17. Krk 

Distance: 180 km Time: 2 hours and 10 min 

Wish to get an island experience from Zagreb? Head to Krk! The Krk island is the nearest island to Zagreb. A small bridge connects the island and the mainland. Many people from Zagreb have their summer houses on the Krk island. Krk is famous for its beaches but also for hiking and biking trails.  The most popular destinations on the island are the towns of Krk, Punat, Baška, and Malinska. The 2-km-long white pebble Baška beach is probably the most popular beach on the island. But, the most beautiful town on the islands is arguably the historic town of Krk.

The most popular excursions from Zagreb go to the town of Krk on the Krk island. The Old Town of Krk, with its harbor, cathedral, bars, cafes, and restaurants, is picture-prefect. If you are after beaches in the Krk town, check out pebbly Plav Beach, Ježevac Beach ( which features a mix of pebble, sand, and rock), Porporela Beach (with a sandy and pebbly section), and the family-friendly Portapisana Beach (a mixed concrete-sandy beach). 

The cheapest way to get to the town of Krk from Zagreb is by bus. A bus ride takes about 3 hours, and a one-way ticket costs 10 €. The faster way to get to Krk from Zagreb is by car. A drive from Zagreb to Krk lasts 2 hours. 

visiting Krka island is amongthe best day trips from Yagreb Croatia

Distance: 183 km Time: 2 h and 10 min 

Interested in visiting Austria on a day trip from Zagreb? Go to Graz! Graz, the capital of Styria, is one of the loveliest cities in Austria. The Historic Center of Graz with Eggenberg Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Graz is a city of history, architecture, art, design, and fabulous local cuisine. Graz was the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2003 and a City of Culinary Delights in 2008.  Graz has a unique mix of Renessainsce, Art Deco, Medieval, and modern eccentric architecture. Graz is a walkable city. You can see the majority of the city in one day on foot.  What to see in Graz in one day? The must-see sites in Graz are Schlossberg with the Clock Tower, Rathaus (City Hall), HauptPlatz (the main square), Herrengasse (the main street with historic painted houses, Murinsel ( a quirky outdoor theatre in the shape of a floating island in the middle of the river) and Kunsthaus (nicknamed the Friendly Alien for its quirky architecture), Styrian Armory (the most extensive historic armory in the world with over 32.000 exhibits) and Eggenberg Palace ( a Baroque Palace with 24 rooms and over 500 ceiling painting. The palace is a little bit outside of the city, but reachable by a city tram.) 

The fastest way to get from Zagreb to Graz is by car. A drive between Zagreb and Graz lasts about 2 hours. Graz and Zagreb are well-connected by bus and train lines. Several buses and trains are running between the cities a day. A bus ride between Zagreb and Graz lasts 3 hours on average. And a train ride can last up to 4 hours. However, there are night buses and night trains that run between Zagreb and Graz. The night buses and trains make visiting Graz on a day trip from Zagreb more comfortable. 

Visiting Graz in Austria is among the best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

19. Pula & Istria 

Distance: 267 km Time: 3 hours 

Visiting Istria from Zagreb is among the most popular day trips from Zagreb among people who wish for this beautiful region but lack time for a more thorough visit. If you travel by car, you can visit the picturesque villages in Istria, like Hum, Motuvun, and Grožnjan. Tiny Hum is officially the smallest town in the world. Beautiful Motovun and charming Grožnjan are among the best-preserved European medieval hilltop settlements. But if you are joining a tour from Zagreb to Istria, a classic Istria day trip from Zagreb will take you to the beautiful cities in Istria, like Pula, Poreč, and Rovinj. The seafront cities of Pula, Poreč, and Rovinj are some of the most beautiful cities in Croatia. The most famous landmark of Pula is Pulska Arena, a well-preserved ancient Roman amphitheater. Poreč is best known for its Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with gorgeous frescoes and mosaics. And romantic Rovinj, with its photogenic harbor, is a top tourist destination in Croatia.  An independent road trip from Zagreb to Istria will give you more flexibility to explore the region. But a day tour from Zagreb is a great option for a stressless visit to Istria in a short timeframe. 

You can visit Istria on a day trip from Zagreb by car or on a day tour. A car drive from Zagreb to Istria takes 3 hours on average. A classic day tour from Zagreb to Istria lasts about 10 hours. This private Best of Istria day tour from Zagreb will take you to Pula, Rovinj, Hum or Poreč.

Visiting Rovinj is among the best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

Distance: 254 km Time: 2 h and 45 min 

The seaside Piran is arguably the most beautiful town in Slovenia. It is a small town, easily explored in one day.  Beautiful Piran lies in a gulf on the Adriatic Coast in the Slovenian part of Istria. Piran is a famous Slovenian resort town and a genuine seaside pearl.  The town is highly picturesque. The Venetian architecture, the terracotta rooftops, the medieval walls, and the colorful main square create the main outlines of Piran. This lovely seaside town is full of excellent seafood restaurants and wine bars. Piran is small, pedestrian-friendly, and a perfect day trip from Zagreb.

The fastest way to reach Piran from Zagreb is by car. A car drive from Zagreb to Piran lasts less than 3 hours. Visiting Piran on the Slovenian Adriatic coast is among the best day trips from Zagreb by car.

Visiting Piran in Slovenia is among the best day trips from Zagreb Croatia

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10 of the Best Day Trips From Zagreb

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Looking for the best day trips from Zagreb? I’ve got you covered!

Whether you’re just landing at Zagreb airport to kick off an unforgettable Croatian road trip, or you’ve got a couple of days to get to know the capital, there’s no shortage of incredible things to do.

I’ve lived in Zagreb since 2014 and spent countless weekends discovering the many day trips that are easily accessible from the city. Beyond the hustle and bustle of urban life, just a few hours away, you’ll find a range of different experiences. Think fairytale castles, thundering waterfalls, countryside havens, and enchanting riverside escapes.

So, if you’re wondering what to do after you’ve ticked off the must-see places in Zagreb, you’re in the right place! I’ve put together this guide to the best day trips from Zagreb based on my favorite years of exploring the region.

Trust me, you’ll want to extend that itinerary of yours to include some of these amazing spots.

So after you’re done sightseeing in the city, rent a car, hire a driver, or join an organized tour to one of the best day trips from Zagreb on this list!

The northern-most region of Croatia, Međimurje, sits right near the Hungarian border. For many years, Međimurje County was actually part of Hungary, which explains the strong Hungarian influence on the area, particularly the regional cuisine.

Čakovec, the largest town in Međimurje, is located about an hour away from Zagreb. This charming little town is wonderful to walk through, offering streets lined with colorful umbrellas, unique museums, and even an incredibly well-preserved castle.

After walking through the city, make your way to Terbotz for lunch. This restaurant is located along the winding wine roads of Međimurje, making the 15-minute drive to Terbotz incredibly scenic.

Offering excellent regional food, amazing views from the terrace, and a wonderful staff, Terbotz is an absolute must during a visit to Međimurje County. Don’t miss out on sampling some of the restaurant’s award-winning wines and tasting Međimurje’s famous dessert, gibanica , served with a side of pumpkin seed ice cream.

Finish off your visit by driving along the wine roads to the Hill of Mađerka (Mađerkin Breg), a spectacular landscape that mirrors the rice terraces found in Bali, Indonesia . The only real difference is that the terraces in Međimurje are filled with grapevines!

At the top of the hill, you can enjoy a glass (or two) of Štampar wine while taking in the views of the valleys and vineyards below. It is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down and to end a memorable day trip to Međimurje.

Hill of Maderka (Maderkin Breg) in Medimurje, Croatia | Best Day Trips From Zagreb

Mrežnica River

Located just a sixty-minute drive away from Zagreb is a beautiful riverside oasis situated on the banks of the Mrežnica River.

This day trip destination is well-known among the locals but remains a hidden gem to foreigners visiting Croatia . It’s one of the best places to visit near Zagreb if you love authentic experiences and enjoy spending time in nature.

To get there, type in “ Mrežnička Kuća” into Google Maps. This will lead you to a large parking lot where you can leave your car. From there, you will follow the signs to Mrežnička Kuća and walk down the hill about 300 feet (100 meters).

Once you’ve descended the hill, you’ll reach the House of Mrežnica ( Mrežnička Kuća ). This typically traditional restaurant has expanded its summer offer by creating an outdoor living room complete with lounge chairs and comfy seating areas along the grassy banks of the river. They have an international food menu from which you can order foodie favorites like Pad Thai, burritos, fish & chips, and even Beyond Meat burgers.

Some people visit the House of Mrežnica just for lunch, while others love to grab a spot and spend the entire day there swimming, eating, and relaxing. You can jump in for a swim right off the shores of the restaurant property, or if you walk a few minutes up the river, you’ll reach a lovely, shallow swimming area. If you don’t fancy swimming in the river, the House of Mrežnica also offers affordable canoe rentals.

Girl sitting by the Mreznica River in Croatia on a day trip from Zagreb

Trakošćan Castle

Trakošćan Castle is one of the top places to visit outside Zagreb. Occupying a romantic hilltop in the Zagorje region of Northern Croatia, Trakošćan is undoubtedly one of the most well-preserved and famous castles in the entire country.

Constructed in the 13th century, the castle is believed to have been built as an observation fortress as a part of a defense network. Since its establishment, the castle has passed through the hands of a number of different owners and is now the property of the Croatian government.

Visitors to this castle can meander through its interior, admiring medieval weapons, armor, antique furniture, scripts, and paintings that date back centuries. The castle itself overlooks a beautiful man-made lake and lush green forest. There is a restaurant on the lake where you can grab a coffee or a bite to eat while enjoying the magical medieval setting.

Other options for enjoying this gorgeous area include renting a paddleboat to take out onto the lake, or bringing your own picnic and finding the perfect spot from which you can admire the whimsical castle views.

A view of Trakoscan Castle from the surrounding lake in northern Croatia

Vuglec Breg

Not too far from Trakošćan Castle is the restaurant and winery known as Vuglec Breg .

In the Zagorje dialect, the word “breg” translates to “hill”, upon which this beautiful countryside restaurant is situated. Vuglec Breg has become a popular weekend day trip among Zagreb locals. If you want a taste of the Croatian countryside combined with picturesque scenery and Michelin-worthy cuisine, then Vuglec Breg should be on your list of places to visit around Zagreb.

Housed on a rural property in the hills of Zagorje, Vuglec Breg serves traditional Croatian cuisine using authentic and locally sourced ingredients. Head to Vuglec to enjoy panoramic views, incredible homemade wine, and some of the best Croatian dishes you’ll taste during your visit!

Vineyard at Vuglec Breg, Zagorje Croatia

One of the best day trips from Zagreb, and perhaps the most common one, is a visit to Samobor.

Zagreb locals flock to this charming town for its abundance of hiking opportunities and famous custard cake – the Samoborska kremšnita .

There are a number of lengthy and more difficult hikes surrounding the Samobor Old Town, but the easiest and quickest one can be done in about twenty minutes. This is the hike up to the Samobor castle ruins, also known as Stari Grad Samobor . To get there, start from the main square and follow the road along the river toward Livadic Castle, and keep walking along the path until you reach the sign for Stari Grad Samobor. Turn left at the sign and follow the path up to the top of the hill (it should only take about 10-15 minutes). Although the castle is no longer intact, the ruins are worth exploring, and the views from the top are spectacular!

Once you’re back in town, be sure to head to either the cake shop U Prolazu or the cafe at Hotel Livadic to sample the town’s famous cream cake. These are the two most popular places in town to get the Samoborska kremšnita and, depending on when you visit, you might have to wait in line to get your hands on one.

Stari Grad Samobor castle ruins

Varaždin is a historic town located less than an hour away from Zagreb. Formerly the capital of Croatia, Varaždin is now a tranquil getaway boasting some pretty spectacular Baroque-style attractions.

The Old Town Castle is the city’s major sight, which also serves as the Varaždin City Museum. Constructed in the 14th and 19th centuries, this feudal fortress sits just north of the city’s historic core and is surrounded by a moat with a drawbridge. Inside the museum, visitors can marvel at a valuable collection of paintings, weapons, porcelain, and many other items from Varaždin’s noble families and wealthy citizens.

While in Varaždin, don’t miss out on trying the local version of the cream cake – it’s similar to the one from Samobor but more compact, but with a layer of whipped cream and chocolate on top.

Varazdin Castle Croatia

Plitvice Lakes

If you are traveling from Zagreb to Split, then a day trip to Plitvice Lakes is an absolute must! And if you’re not traveling to Split but you only have time for one day trip from Zagreb, then Plitvice Lakes should be it.

It’s no surprise that this national park is one of the most popular and best day trips from Zagreb . Its terraced waterfalls and stunning blue lakes surrounded by a dense forest make for some of the most unique scenery in this part of Europe.

While the park is fairly large, its main attractions can easily be explored in one morning. If you are visiting during the high season, keep in mind that day trips to Plitvice Lakes are very popular, which can make the park quite busy. I recommend going as early as possible and arriving as soon as the park opens. This way, you are almost guaranteed to have the park to yourself for the first hour or two as most of the tour buses begin arriving around 10:00 AM.

The drive to Plitvice Lakes from Zagreb takes about two hours by car. On the way back to Zagreb, you might consider stopping at Rastoke, a small village that has literally been built over a series of waterfalls only thirty minutes away from Plitvice Lakes. There, you can stop for lunch or coffee along the river or falls before heading back to Zagreb.

Plitvice Lakes National Park | Places to see near Zagreb

Ozalj Castle

Perched on a stone cliff above the Kupa River, Ozalj Castle makes for a lovely day trip if you are looking for a more off-the-beaten-path destination.

Ozalj Castle is not necessarily a huge tourist attraction, but it makes for a great day trip or road trip stop nonetheless. Entry to the castle itself is free, but if you want to visit the museum you’ll have to pay a fee of 20 kn (around $3.15). Inside the museum, visitors can admire medieval weapons, ancient pottery, as well as historic artwork.

Not too far from the castle is Etno Park Ozalj, an open-air museum where visitors can witness traditional architecture and various household objects that were used by Croatian families before the industrial age.

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Visited Ozalj castle while staying at one of the coolest Airbnbs in Croatia! Check it out here , it’s called Ekodrom Estate.

Mandala House Ekodrom Estate | One of the coolest Airbnbs in Croatia

If you are looking to venture out of Croatia for the day, then a day trip from Zagreb to Ljubljana might just be for you.

While Ljubljana is one of the smallest European capitals, its cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, and riverside cafes are bursting with charm. Not to mention the fact that no matter where you turn in the city, the Ljubljana Castle is almost always visible!

This city is known for its green spaces, and even earned the title Green Capital of Europe in 2016 from the European Commission.

The entire city center is pedestrian-only, leaving it to be explored on a bike or on foot. In the summertime, the cafes along the Ljubljanica River come alive with outdoor seating and locals catching up with friends and family. It’s a capital that’s buzzing with positivity, romantic bridges, and friendly locals.

Be sure to make your way up to the castle before you leave! You can visit Ljubljana Castle either by foot or by cable car. Unless you enjoy ridiculously steep hills, then I recommend taking the cable car up to the top.

View of Ljubljana from the river

Lake Bled is a magical, stunning, and breathtaking natural paradise located right near the Julian Alps.

As if views of the sapphire blue lake and surrounding lush green forests weren’t enough, Lake Bled also has its own castle. Perched on top of a mountain, Bled Castle watches over the entire lake, and the views from the top are pretty hard to beat – they even come with a glass of wine. That’s right! You can treat yourself to a wine-tasting at the Bled Castle Wine Cellar.

The second best thing to do at Lake Bled is to rent a kayak and take it out onto the lake (preferably you would do this before the wine tasting but hey, I’m not here to judge). You can row out to the little church perfectly placed on Slovenia’s only natural island and toll the wishing bell for good fortune.

A day trip from Zagreb to Ljubljana with a visit to Lake Bled is totally doable if you have your own car, or if you hop on a tour that stops in both destinations.

Lake Bled Slovenia

Best Day Trips From Zagreb: Final Thoughts

That wraps up the 10 best day trips from Zagreb ! As you can tell from this list, there is so much to see within a day’s reach of Zagreb, Croatia. From lesser-known destinations to neighboring countries, no matter which one of these day trips you choose, you’re bound to make some unforgettable memories.

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19 Ideas For Day Trips From Zagreb, Croatia & Beyond

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Welcome to my insider’s guide to the best day trips from Zagreb! Having lived in Croatia for over a decade, I’ve explored countless hidden gems and popular spots, all within a short drive from the capital of Croatia

Zagreb, the heartbeat of the nation, isn’t just a transit point—it’s a gateway to some of the most fascinating destinations in the Adriatic and Balkan regions.

Whether you’re touching down for a layover or starting your epic road trip here, Zagreb’s central location makes it an ideal base. Sure, the city itself, with its rich history, iconic clock tower, and bustling King Tomislav Square, is a great place to explore. But beyond the Croatian capital’s charm lies an array of incredible day trip adventures just waiting to be discovered.

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To take one of my recommended day trips from Zagreb, you can rent a car, hire a driver , take public transportation, or join an organized tour to one of the destinations below.

From serene boat rides on the Adriatic Sea to private day tours through historical towns, there’s no shortage of experiences to be had. And the best way to uncover these treasures?

Dive into this curated list of the most popular and best Zagreb day trips, each a unique journey into the heart of Croatia’s stunning landscapes and rich cultural tapestry.

Let’s embark on these Zagreb day tours together and see what this beautiful region has in store!

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Short Day Trips From Zagreb (Under 2 Hours)

1. zagreb to plitvice lakes national park day trip.

PLITVICE LAKES - Day Trips From Split

If you only have time for one day trip from Zagreb, let it be to Plitvice Lakes National Park . Although this is a rather large park, its main attractions can be explored conveniently in one afternoon.

Several terraced lakes flow into one another in a beautifully wooded gorge in a series of waterfalls and cascades. These lakes have to be one of the most popular day trips to take from Zagreb as they are, in my opinion, the most beautiful lakes in Europe.

The other reason why Plitvice Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is so popular is that there are easy-to-navigate boardwalks that wind their way over and around the lakes and waterfalls , allowing you to see everything from up close.

The day trip from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes is no longer than two hours. However, there is so much to see and do here that we suggest setting aside a full day to explore the lakes and drive back from the most visited national park in Croatia to Zagreb before it gets too dark.

You’ll want to take your time to enjoy the sheer natural wonders of this area, so you could also consider a private tour to maximize your time and not stress about the return drive. There are plenty of companies that offer a day trip to Plitvice from Zagreb.

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2. Zagreb To Rastoke Day Trip

Waterfalls in Croatia - Waterfall in Rastoke, Croatia.

Rastoke is conveniently on the way between Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes National Park; the  small town of Rastoke is a popular place to stop. Rastoke is the old town center of Slunj, filled with historic buildings and boasting surprisingly beautiful nature – the most perfect of Zagreb day trips for nature lovers.

Situated at the confluence of the Slunjcica and Korana Rivers, the town’s star attraction is its combination of waterfalls and watermills . It’s sometimes called “the small lakes of Plitvice” for a reason. Much less crowded than the nearby national park , Rastoke features similar landscapes of cascading waterfalls.

Its watermills are incredibly picturesque, and because it’s small enough to be explored in less than two hours, you’re encouraged to include Rastoke in your Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park itinerary or even as a pit stop on your road trip from Zagreb to Split.

3. Zagreb To Vuglec Breg Day Trip

Vuglec Breg corn on the cob hanging from a stone wall.

Vuglec Breg, located about an hour northwest of Zagreb, offers a unique blend of rural charm and wine culture. This family-run estate is set amidst rolling hills and vineyards, providing a tranquil retreat. Visitors can enjoy wine tasting, traditional Croatian cuisine , and breathtaking views of the Zagorje region.

The estate’s rustic setting makes it an ideal spot for a relaxing day trip, immersed in the tranquility of the Croatian countryside.

Our first visit to Vuglec Breg started with an unexpected discovery. We first tasted their outstanding Baronial sparkling wine at a restaurant in Marija Bistrica, which led us to this picturesque winery.  We enjoyed lunch on their balcony, starting with the same Baronial sparkling wine, a delightful blend of Chardonnay and Grasevina – I suggest that you do the same.

The visit was made even more memorable by the friendly miniature horses and a baby donkey on the property. The lunch, featuring Zagorje soup, frog legs, and roast goose, was perfectly paired with their Sauvignon Blanc and Pasion Cuvee.

Our engaging conversation with the waiter and the guided tour of their wine cellar highlighted the warmth and passion of the Vuglec Breg team. We left with a dozen bottles of wine and have been back 2 other times since!

4. Zagreb To Varazdin Day Trip

Best Castles In Croatia - Croatia, Varazdin castle in the old town

One of the northernmost towns in Croatia , Zagreb to Varazdin, is less than a one-and-a-half-hour drive each way and is an easy Zagreb day trip to make. Its location in the far north of the country keeps it off many visitors’ radar, adding only its appealing quietude .

For such a small town, Varazdin has many highlights. Once Croatia’s capital, the town is now a stunningly well-preserved Baroque town. Make sure not to miss Trg Kralja Tomislava, home to the Draskovic PalaceAlso, the Cathedral is also a sight worth seeing. Additionally, definitely visit the Stari Grad Fortress and the City Museum.

From Zagreb, you can get to Varazdin by car and bus. The latter is a convenient option if you don’t want to rent a car. If you do rent a car , you’re strongly encouraged to make a detour to Trakoscan Castle , one of Croatia’s most beautiful and most visited castles.

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5. Zagreb To Trakošćan Castle Day Trip

Autumn afternoon at Trakoscan Castle by the Lake

Atop a steep hill in Hrvatsko Zagorje, Trakošćan Castle is perhaps the most famous castle in Croatia . It overlooks a human-made lake and bountiful gardens, making it one of the best places to visit from Zagreb.

Trakošćan is less than an hour’s drive from Zagreb, the pilgrimage town of Maria Bistrica , and within minutes of the baroque city of Varaždin. Because it is so close to Zagreb, we strongly encourage you to go for a day trip there. There’s plenty to see and do en route, too.

Built in the 13th century, the original owner is still unknown, but the castle is believed to have been constructed as an observation fortress. Over the last nine centuries, many people owned Trakošćan Castle at some point. It currently belongs to the Croatian government and is one of the best-preserved castles in Croatia. You can visit a great museum with a permanent collection of paintings, furniture, and other display items.

A large white castle - Trakoscan Castle near Varaždin, Croatia.

As you walk through the museum, you are taken back in time. You’ll gaze into the eyes of ten generations of owners, spanning three centuries, whose faces are now portraited paintings. This living museum has fully set dining tables, study areas, and bedrooms complete with antique linens. Daydream as you meander along the circular staircase, which winds down and around the castle from the hunting room at the top all the way to the basement kitchen.

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6. Zagreb To Kumrovec Day Trip

Tiny Croatia Villages and Towns - Kumrovec, Croatia Travel Blog

Situated along the Sutla River in the far northwestern corner of Croatia, on the border with Slovenia , Kumrovec village is home to just under 1,600 residents. It’s a teeny, tiny Croatian village indeed. So, “Why would Kumrovec be one of the best day trips from Zagreb?” you may wonder.

Well, the town’s main feature is that it’s the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito, the army commander who later became the founder of communist Yugoslavia.

The house where Tito was born, nothing fancier than a basic peasant home, was converted into a museum during his lifetime. In the decade’s aftermath, the surrounding buildings were renovated and reconstructed. It’s also considered to be the best museum village anywhere in Croatia.

Now, the town of Kumrovec is a superb example of what a 20th-century Zagorje village looked like. As it’s called, the Ethnological Museum encompasses eighteen historic village buildings, with permanent exhibits displaying artifacts and furniture.

This is a popular destination option for Zagreb day tours if you’re into history and local culture.

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7. Zagreb To Samobor Day Trip

Day trips from Zagreb to Samobor. Bronze statue.

The nearest and most accessible day trip from Zagreb is probably Samobor. Situanly twenty kilometers to the west of the city, it’s easily reached by both car and bus. So, if you are time-poor – this is the choice for you.

Samobor is worth visiting for two main reasons—its architecture and its famous custard cake. The latter is known as Samoborska Kremsita and is said to be the best in all of Croatia. Make sure to try a slice.

Besides that, Samobor boasts lovely historic highlights , including the Stari Grad Castle, the City Museum, and the St. Anastasia and St. Anne Churches.

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8. Zagreb To Ozalj Day Trip

Things to do in Ozalj: View

One of the most fun  day trips from Zagreb, if you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination, is Ozalj. It sits on the banks of the picture-perfect Kupa River. It has a rich and glorious past, which becomes evident as soon as you gaze upon the Ozalj Castle.

This imposing fortress overlooks the river and is one of the top castles in Croatia . Ozalj Castle is a fascinating museum that houses art, ancient pottery, and medieval military weapons.

The Old Town of Ozalj is in the County of Karlovust, 55 kilometers from Zagreb, and an easy day trip by, train or public transport. In addition to the castle, you can also visit the St. Vitus Church and Ethno Park Trg and drive the incredible wine roads of Ozalj-Vivodina-Vrhovac. This is one of our favorite Zagreb day trips because of the area’s rural charm, notable historic sites, and great food and because we went there on a babymoon (notice my baby belly in that photo?)

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9. Zagreb To Krapina Day Trip

A group of people are walking in a museum during their day trip from Zagreb.

Just an hour northwest of Zagreb, the town of Krapina not only offers a quaint, small-town vibe with its lovely cafes but also a unique window into prehistoric times.

The town is renowned for its Neanderthal Museum, a world-class facility that presents a fascinating and educational journey into the lives of Neanderthals. This museum is particularly famous for its display and interpretation of the Krapina Neanderthals, whose remains were discovered at the site and date back around 130,000 years.

These findings are significant as they represent one of the largest collections of Neanderthal fossils in the world, offering invaluable insights into early human history.

The exhibit creatively uses multimedia and life-sized displays to bring this ancient world to life, making it an enthralling experience for all ages. My son (then age 5) loved it, and we even went back to the start of the exhibitions to see some a second time.

As you explore Krapina, the serene atmosphere of this charming town, coupled with its rich prehistoric heritage, offers a truly unique glimpse into both ancient and traditional Croatian life.

The drive itself is a treat, as the Zagorje region, with its rolling hills and lush vineyards, paints a picturesque backdrop to this culturally rich and historic destination.

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10. Zagreb To Sljeme Day Trip

Sljeme Croatia - Winter in Croatia

An easy half-hour drive from the bustling streets of Zagreb, Sljeme, crowning the peaks of Medvednica Mountain, offers a quick escape into nature’s embrace.

This local favorite is not just a scenic retreat but a hub for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re up for hiking along its well-marked trails , cycling through its lush forests, or simply soaking in the panoramic views of Zagreb and beyond, Sljeme caters to all kinds of nature lovers.

During the winter months, Sljeme transforms into a winter wonderland, boasting a popular ski resort that attracts both beginners and seasoned skiers. The snow-covered slopes provide a different kind of thrill, making it an ideal destination for those looking to add a bit of adventure to their winter travels.

After a day spent exploring the natural beauty of Sljeme, indulge in the local culinary delights. The area is dotted with traditional restaurants where you can savor authentic Croatian dishes.

From hearty stews and grilled meats to local cheeses and wines, these hilltop eateries offer the perfect end to an active day. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, a day trip to Sljeme is a refreshing way to experience the natural splendor just a stone’s throw from Croatia’s capital.

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11. Zagreb To Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Day Trip

An aerial view of a lake surrounded by green grass and trees, perfect for day trips from Zagreb. Lonjsko Polje Nature Park

Just an hour’s drive southeast of Zagreb, the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park unfolds as a serene and expansive haven for nature enthusiasts. As one of Europe’s largest wetlands, it offers a unique landscape that is both a vital ecological zone and a stunning natural spectacle.

The park is a bird watcher’s paradise, home to numerous species, including some rare and endangered ones. It’s not uncommon to spot storks, herons, and even eagles soaring above or nesting in the park’s vast expanse.

But bird watching is just the tip of the iceberg. The park’s diverse habitats, including marshes, meadows, and oak forests, are perfect for leisurely walks, photography, and simply enjoying the tranquility of nature. The Sava River, meandering through the park, adds to its picturesque setting and offers opportunities for fishing and boat tours.

Adding to the park’s allure are the quaint, traditional wooden houses scattered in the villages around its perimeter. These charming structures, some of which are centuries old, stand as a testament to the region’s rich cultural heritage. They provide a glimpse into the traditional way of life, harmoniously intertwined with nature.

For those seeking a peaceful retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle, Lonjsko Polje Nature Park is an idyllic destination.

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12. Zagreb To Međimurje Day Trip

A scenic hillside village - Strigova in the Medjimurje region by lush greenery, perfect for day trips from Zagreb.

A mere 2-hour journey north from Zagreb, the Međimurje region awaits a picturesque retreat. Known as Croatia’s ‘flower garden’, this area is a mosaic of lush vineyards, thermal springs, and quaint villages. A key highlight is Čakovec, a town rich in history with its striking Čakovec Castle, offering a glimpse into the region’s past.

Nearby, the enchanting Trakošćan Castle, set beside a tranquil lake, is a must-see for its stunning neo-Gothic architecture and scenic surroundings. For a taste of local culture, indulge in Međimurje’s unique wines and traditional cuisine, which are sure to delight your palate.

In addition, the region’s thermal springs, like Terme Sveti Martin, provide a relaxing escape with their soothing waters and spa treatments. This day trip combines the charm of rural Croatia with the allure of historical exploration, making Međimurje a captivating destination just a short drive from Zagreb.

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13. Zagreb To Mrežnica River Day Trip

Rafting Mreznica River - day trip from Zagreb.

The Mrežnica River, about an hour’s drive from Zagreb, is a paradise for nature lovers.

This stunning river, with its crystal-clear waters, is perfect for kayaking, swimming, and picnicking. The numerous waterfalls and cascades along the river provide a picturesque backdrop for a day of relaxation or adventure. The area’s natural beauty makes it an ideal spot for those looking to escape the city and enjoy Croatia’s pristine outdoors.

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Long day trips from zagreb (over 2 hours), 14. zagreb to istria day trip.

A dirt path leading to a lake in a mountainous area in Istria. Perfect day trip from Zagreb.

A day trip to Istria from Zagreb is like stepping into a Mediterranean dream. It’s about a 3-hour drive each way, so I recommend you get a driver or take a tour. The journey takes you through some stunning landscapes.

Istria is famous for its truffles, olive oil , and wine, so don’t miss out on the local cuisine. The region is dotted with picturesque hilltop towns like Motovun and coastal gems like Rovinj.

Whether you’re strolling through ancient Roman ruins in Pula or enjoying the crystal-clear waters, Istria’s blend of history and natural beauty is captivating.

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  • Motovun, a medieval hilltop town known for truffles
  • Rovinj, with its charming old town and harbor
  • The Brijuni Islands National Park accessible by boat
  • Grožnjan, a hilltop village filled with artists and galleries
  • The Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The medieval town of Hum, often called the smallest town in the world
  • Lim Bay and Channel, known for its natural beauty and seafood
  • Vrsar, a scenic coastal town with beautiful beaches
  • Wine tasting tours in Istria’s renowned vineyards
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15. Zagreb To Osijek Day Trip

Day trip from Zagreb - Kopački Rit wetlands.

Heading to Osijek from the capital city of Croatia is a journey of around 4 hours’ drive by car, leading you to the heart of Slavonia. This city is a hidden gem with its beautiful Baroque architecture, peaceful parks, and the Drava Riverfront. Visit the Tvrđa, the old town of Osijek, for a glimpse of history.

It’s also a great base to explore the nearby Kopački Rit Nature Park, one of Europe’s largest wetlands.

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16. Zagreb To Đakovo Day Trip

Things To Do In Slavonia Croatia - Things To Do In Slavonia Croatia - Đakovo Cathedral - Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter Alter

About a 3-hour drive from Zagreb, Đakovo is a hidden gem that boasts the stunning Đakovo Cathedral, known officially as the Cathedral of St. Peter. This architectural marvel, completed in the 19th century, was largely the vision of Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer.

The cathedral is renowned for its beautiful interiors, including impressive frescoes and ornate altars, making it a must-visit for anyone interested in sacral art and architecture.

Đakovo is also famous for its State Stud Farm, home to the majestic Lipizzaner horses, a symbol of the region’s equestrian heritage. Visiting the farm, you can witness these graceful horses and learn about their history and breeding.

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Cross-Border Day Trips From Zagreb

17. zagreb to lake bled day trip.

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Past Ljubljana lies Lake Bled . This iconic and extremely popular tourist destination is often included in group tours to Ljubljana from Zagreb. This lake, surrounded by tall mountains, Bled Castle , and its small picturesque island , is mesmerizing.

Bled is another excellent place in the Balkans that’s exceptionally beautiful, but of which you can quickly get a feel in just a few hours.

If you want a change from the hustle of city life in Zagreb, consider going to scenic Lake Bled . On a Lake Bled day trip from Zagreb, you will find beautiful hiking trail s around the lake and into the mountains, fascinating historical attractions, and a charming small-town atmosphere.

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18. Zagreb To Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle Day Trip

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Situated in neighboring Slovenia (remember to bring your passport!), this day trip is an easy 2-hour drive from Zagreb and offers a fantastic 2-for-1 experience. The Postojna Cave system is a breathtaking natural wonder that’s not just for adults; my son absolutely loved it. It’s kid-friendly and not scary, with a unique train ride that takes you deep into the cave, allowing you to witness its immense beauty up close.

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Just a stone’s throw away, the Predjama Castle is perched in a dramatic cliffside cave, blending history with a dash of adventure. It’s a perfect combination of awe-inspiring natural scenery and intriguing historical exploration. This day trip is a hit for both nature lovers and history buffs, providing an unforgettable experience for the entire family.

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19. Zagreb To Ljubljana Day Trip

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The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, is one of Europe’s greenest and most livable capital cities. You’ll unquestionably see why on your Zagreb day trip to Slovenia.

The beauty of the Balkan region is that it’s home to a wealth of historic cities, all located within an easy driving distance from each other. In fact , Zagreb lies only about 35 minutes from the Slovenian border, visiting Ljubljana a breeze.

The drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana doesn’t take longer than two hours (but in peak times of the year, border patrol can make that twice as long). Make sure to bring your passport !

In Ljubljana, indeed one of Europe’s best-kept urban secrets, you can stroll the entirely pedestrianized historic city center, visit Ljubljana Castle, and admire the gorgeous pastel-colored architecture.

An evening walk along the tree-lined Ljubljanica River is highly recommended as well. The city is small enough to be explored in just one day, the ideal city trip from Zagreb—if you can, you should try to spend at least a night there .

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Whether you choose to navigate with your own car, hop on public buses, or opt for a private day trip, each type of day trip from Zagreb promises an authentic experience filled with discovery and delight.

From wandering through cobblestone streets in medieval towns to immersing yourself in the local culture, these fun day trips are not just journeys but a way to connect with the heart and soul of Croatia.

Remember, every trip offers its unique charm. Whether it’s the historical allure of medieval towns, the bustling activity in local markets, or the serene beauty of the Croatian countryside, there’s an adventure suitable for every traveler.

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So, pack your spirit of exploration and set off on one or several of these amazing day trips from Zagreb to uncover the authentic experiences that await just a short distance away. 

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The capital city of Zagreb, Croatia is the country’s most vibrant and buzzing city. Much different than the coastal cities of Dalmatia, Zagreb is a sprawling metropolis that features a mix of grand architecture, spacious squares, numerous parks and a steady flow of iconic Zagreb trams. Often underrated as a tourist destination in Croatia, we think there are many reasons to visit Zagreb. While the city itself offers an array of attractions, its location in the country’s interior provides ample opportunities for fabulous day trips from Zagreb as well!

Best Day Trips From Zagreb, Croatia

Our list of 6 day trips from Zagreb features nearby cities, castles, parks and waterfalls. For each of our featured Zagreb day trips, we include details of how to get there – as well as links to top-rated organized day tours from Zagreb.

Top Tip: Use our guide of Things To Do in Zagreb when planning your Zagreb itinerary.

#1 Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes Day Trip

Wooden boardwalk through Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is an absolute natural gem! Water flows through deep canyons in a series of tumbling waterfalls that pool into 16 lakes. Trails and wooden-planked paths weave around and over the water, giving visitors an up-close view of the natural phenomena and colorful scenery. A Plitvice Lakes tour is one of the most popular Croatia day trips – and, as such, a little pre-planning is necessary.

First, a good pair of walking shoes is necessary for your Plitvice Lakes day trip! The trails cover more than 5 miles…and once on the lakeside trails there are very few places to stop for a rest. As a nature park, visitors are also exposed to the elements – so make sure to bring sunscreen…and an umbrella, just in case!

Second, visiting Plitvice Lakes now requires pre-booking a ticket online at least two days in advance. Walk-up tickets will only be sold if there are available time slots remaining, which is unlikely in the height of summer. Because the tickets require date and time entry, arranging a Plitvice Lakes day trip from Zagreb on your own requires a little more planning and not much flexibility.

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Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes Bus

Looking down at Plitvice Lakes boardwalk in Croatia

Visitors can get from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park via public transportation. There are numerous daily bus departures from the Zagreb bus station to the national park. The Zagreb-Plitvice distance is about 140km. The bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes (this will vary by route, number of stops and traffic). Bus tickets from Zagreb to Plitvice National Park can be purchased online or at the bus station.

Because park tickets now need to be purchased in advance , we highly recommend booking your bus tickets in advance as well. Furthermore, we recommend buying your return Plitvice Lakes to Zagreb bus ticket before your trip to ensure you don’t get stuck there! Note : There is no Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes Train. Visitors who want to use public transportation need to use the Zagreb to Plitvice bus.

How To Get to Plitvice Lakes From Zagreb via Car

Tumbling waterfall next to wood steps at Plitvice Lakes NP in Croatia

People who would rather drive themselves than take the bus from Zagreb to Plitvice can do so by renting a car (check car rental prices here ).

Top Tip : If driving, consider stopping in the town of Rastoke – either on the way there or back. The charming little town sits at the confluence of the Korana and Slunjcica Rivers and features beautiful and historic watermills.

Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes Tour

Water World Oasis, Upper Lakes, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Organized day trips from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes provide a hassle-free way to enjoy the lakes. Most Zagreb travel agencies offer a Plitvice tour from Zagreb, but we always recommend reading reviews before booking. One of the consistently top-rated tour we found on Viator is this day trip from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes that includes a stop in picturesque Rastoke! Read the Rave Reviews! 

Zagreb to Split Via Plitvice Lakes

Yellow leaves on overhanging branch, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Traveling from Zagreb to Split? Rather than taking a day trip to Plitvice Lakes from Zagreb, visitors can also see the waterfalls in route to Split from Zagreb. We have stopped at the lakes twice while traversing between Zagreb and Split. On our winter visit to Plitvice , we spent two full days between stays in Split and Zagreb.

Curving path on Lower Lakes, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Years later, on an autumn visit to Croatia , rather than taking a Plitvice day trip from Zagreb, we took a late afternoon bus that arrived at the lakes by early evening. We spent the night at Plitvice and were the first ones to arrive at the park the next morning…allowing us some time to have the park nearly to ourselves.

Blue hues on Upper Lakes, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

On both of our trips, we used the public bus. However, visitors who plan to drive from Zagreb to Split can easily make a stop at Plitvice Lakes and continue on in one day. Without a car, guests who want to complete the journey in one day can book a Zagreb to Plitvice to Split tour. Get the details here!

#2 Zagreb to Ljubljana and Lake Bled, Slovenia

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Stunningly beautiful, Slovenia is Croatia’s neighbor to the north. Visitors can cross the border on a trip from Zagreb to Slovenia – and as of January 2023 you don’t even need your passport! Highlights of day trips from Zagreb to Slovenia include two idyllic stops: Ljubljana and Lake Bled.

View over Preseren Square, Ljubljana

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia, which features a meandering river and hill-topping castle. The riverside is strewn with outdoor cafes and opulent architecture. Just 35 miles from Ljubljana is iconic Lake Bled. Surrounded by forested hills and soaring peaks, charming Lake Bled is absolutely breathtaking. A small island with a lone church sits in the center of Lake Bled, while the looming cliff-side Bled Castle completes the impressive scene.

Planning Day Trips From Zagreb to Slovenia

Pletna Boats rowing to Bled Island on Lake Bled, Slovenia

Visitors can easily plan their own Zagreb excursions to Ljubljana – several buses make the trip daily. However, a Zagreb to Lake Bled day trip requires a little more effort to make the trip in one day. We would recommend starting your day trip from Zagreb early in the morning, spending just 1 hour touring Ljubljana (use our tips for Ljubljana Sightseeing ) and then catching a bus on to Lake Bled (be sure to read our list of Things To Do in Lake Bled ). However, coordinating bus schedules could be problematic – and any delays could severely impact your day of sightseeing.

Sarah & Kris at Lake Bled Slovenia

The best way to get from Zagreb to the top two Slovenia sights – Ljubljana and Lake Bled – is to take an organized Zagreb to Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour. Find out more!

#3 Varazdin Day Trip from Zagreb

Varazdin Castle in Croatia

Just 50 miles north of Zagreb, near the Slovenian border, is the picture-perfect town of Varazdin. The city dates to the 12th century and, in the mid-1700s, Varazdin served as the capital of Croatia. The Varazdin Castle – a medieval defensive structure – is the top attraction. The historic center features pastel-painted baroque buildings, many churches and numerous relaxing squares.

Although the fortress takes center stage in the town, one of our favorite things to do in Varazdin is to explore the charming lanes and pretty squares. Zagreb day tours to Varazdin should include the following sights.

Varazdin Castle : The castle, called Stari Grad (Old Town), sits prominently on the northwestern corner of the historic center. Once surrounded by a moat, the fortress is now encircled with green grass and the building houses the city museum.

Varazdin Cathedral : The Cathedral of St. Mary to Heaven Ascended is a Baroque church that was built in the 17th century.

The Franciscan Church of St. John the Baptist: Built in 1650, the church is adorned in Baroque décor and has the tallest bell tower in Varazdin (54.5 meters).

Getting To Varazdin, Croatia

Main square in Varazdin, Croatia

There are a few ways to get from Zagreb to Varazdin: train, bus, car or tour. It takes 3 hours to travel between the two cities by train and there are multiple departures daily. There are far fewer buses, but the trip by bus only takes 2 hours. If driving a car, the journey from Zagreb to Varazdin can be made in about an hour.

Varazdin and Trakoscan Castle Tours

Day Trip to Varazdin, Croatia

Another option – that includes an additional stop at the famous Croatian Trakoscan Castle – is an organized tour. (There are no public transport routes to the Trakoscan Castle from Zagreb; so if you want to see the castle, it makes sense to combine it with another regional sight.) The small-group tour includes a guided walking tour of Varazdin (including the beautiful fortress and cemetery) and then continues to Trakoscan Castle just 25 miles away. See what other travelers say!

#4 Day Trip from Zagreb to Samobor

The town of Samobor, Croatia

Tucked in the hills near the Slovenia border directly west of Zagreb is Samobor. Although the small town is just a 30-minute bus ride from Zagreb, it seems much further away. The expansive King Tomislav Square, is lined with cafes dishing out local delicacies and surrounded by historic buildings. The yellow painted church, St. Anastasia, sits prominently across from the square on a hill with a clock tower ringing out the time. The Gradna stream rambles through town, encouraging visitors to do the same.

Old Town ruins in Samobor, Croatia

The remains of the Old Town sit atop Tepec Hill – which is accessible via a short, but steep, climb. Just follow the Gradna Stream from the center of Samobor to the base of Tepec Hill and start the trek. The Old Town (Stari Grad) is a stone shell of what it once was. We wandered through the remains then returned to the Samobor via a path that featured The Stations of the Cross.

Other things to do on a day trip to Samobor: get a taste of local favorites, Bermet and Kremsnite. Bermet, a local wine aperitif, is a popular drink to enjoy on the main square. The locally famous Kremsnite is a vanilla custard cake (which is similar to the famous cake in Lake Bled ).

How To Get To Samobor

Famous Samobor cake

Being just 15 miles away, Samobor is an easy day trip from Zagreb via public bus. However, visitors who want a guided tour can take a half-day guided tour to the top Samobor sights. Find out more!

#5 Zagreb Day Trip to Krapina, Croatia

Statue and steeple in Krapina, Croatia

The town of Krapina is best known for the ancient Neanderthal remains discovered on the hillside. A state-of-the-art museum details the findings that prove humans lived in the area 130,000 years ago. The town of Krapina, however, is not only limited to the Neanderthal past. With vine-covered hills and rising church steeples, Krapina is a pleasant, off-the-beaten-path day trip from Zagreb. We spent almost a full day in Krapina, exploring the cute town, lovely churches and fascinating museum.

Krapina Neanderthal Museum

Neanderthal statue at museum in Krapina, Croatia

The sleek and modern Krapina Neanderthal Museum explains the 130,000-year-old findings of Neanderthals and the history of evolution. Outside the museum, a short path extends to the Krapina excavation site where the discoveries were made.

Krapina Churches

Krapina, Croatia: St. Catherine's Church

The three churches in town – St. Nicholas, St. Catherine’s and Our Lady of Jerusalem – sit proudly on the sloping hills, each with a bell tower that can be seen and heard throughout the valley. Of the three, St. Nicholas is the newest, St. Catherine’s features a beautiful Baroque interior and the Church of Our Lady of Jerusalem is simply stunning.

Church of Our Lady of Jerusalem

Church in Krapina, Croatia

One of the churches on the Marian Pilgrimage, Our Lady of Jerusalem looks rather basic from the outside. However, inside, colorful paintings cover the ceiling and walls and a multitude of statues nearly overshadows the small gold statue of Mary enshrined behind the altar. The small statue was brought from Jerusalem and is said to have miraculous powers. Entry is by appointment only , so inquire before your Krapina day trip from Zagreb! 

Getting To Krapina

Krapina, Croatia: City Hall

Krapina can be reached by the local (and slow but delightful) train from Zagreb. Most trains take about 2 hours and include a transfer. Find timetables at the Zagreb Train Station.

Visitors who want to combine a trip to the Neanderthal Museum and Trakoscan Castle can book an efficient tour that visits both! Learn more here!

#6 Istria Day Tour from Zagreb

Boat and Old Town Rovinj, Croatia

Istria is one of the most beautiful regions of Croatia! Because of the close distance and numerous sights to see in Istria, either self-driving or joining one of the Istria day tours from Zagreb is the best way to see the region. On a highly-rated 10-hour Zagreb Tour, participants get to see three of the best Istria destinations: Pula, Porec and – our personal favorite – Rovinj .

Pula, Croatia Arena

In the ancient city of Pula , which is 3 hours from Zagreb, visitors get to tour a well-preserved Roman amphitheater that was once used in Gladiator battles. Just 45 minutes north is pretty-as-a-picture Rovinj. The fishing village boasts narrow cobblestoned lanes and a hill-topping church that overlooks the Adriatic Sea.

Exterior of UNESCO-listed Euphrasian Basilica, Porec, Croatia

Another 45 minutes to the north is Porec, home to the famous UNESCO-listed Euphrasian Basilica. Read more about the highlights of touring Istria and then read the reviews for of a highly recommended Istria Tour! 

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Getting To Other Top Destinations in Croatia

Old Port in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Because Zagreb is located in northern Croatia, day trips to popular southern coastal destinations are not ideal. The long distances to top destinations, however, are connected by coach bus. Travelers renting a car can connect the country’s main cities on a Croatia Road Trip .

Zagreb to Split

Split Croatia Island Hopping

The distance is too far to consider visiting Split on a day tour from Zagreb. It takes 5+ hours on the Zagreb-Split bus and 4+ hours by car.

Zagreb to Dubrovnik

Perfect view of Dubrovnik Old Town and Adriatic Sea from Mount Srd

The distance between Zagreb and Dubrovnik is 600km (375 miles), which would take more than 6 hours by car and about 10 hours by bus. Instead, we would recommend flying between the two cities if traveling directly from one to the other.

Zagreb Tours

Art Pavilion and fountain on Green Horseshoe in Zagreb, Croatia

Some of the best Zagreb tours are tours in Zagreb! The following tours offering interesting and unique ways to explore Zagreb.

Zagreb Walking Tour

St. Mark's Church in Zagreb, Croatia

The top Zagreb attractions are located in the heart of the city. Let a guide a lead the way to the best sights, while giving insight to the city and country. Join a highly-rated private Zagreb city tour ( read reviews ) – or join a group tour and meet fellow travelers ( get the specifics )!

Would you rather tour Zagreb on your own? Use our free self-guided Walking Tour Of Zagreb ! 

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Zagreb Highlights Biking Tour

Hop on two wheels and pedal alongside a guide to Zagreb historic spots and hidden gems. Explore beyond the city center and feel the vibe of the city. Reserve your spot! 

Taste of Zagreb Food Tour

One of our favorite things about Croatia is the food! Sample the local cuisine on a food tour through the city that begins at the local green market and makes stops at numerous restaurants. See what other travelers said!

Hop On Hop Off Tour

Hop On Hop Off tours can be a great way to get acquainted with a city at your own pace! Ride the bus for panoramic views and disembark at sights that interest you most…then hop back on to your next desired destination. Get the details!

What You Need For Your Trip to Zagreb, Croatia

Whether taking one of the top-rated day trips from Zagreb or joining a Zagreb city tour , you will want to be prepared! Make sure you have the following, so that you can make the most of your trip to Croatia!

Walking Shoes

All of our recommended Zagreb tours require walking (or cycling). Wear a good pair of travel walking shoes so that you don’t fall behind the group! I like exploring in lightweight shoes by Columbia – and Kris likes wearing Merrell Shoes .

Sunscreen and Hat…Raincoat and Umbrella

The sun is intense in Croatia! Be sure to bring sunscreen and a wide-brimmed travel hat along with you. We also recommend packing a light raincoat and travel umbrella …just in case.

Travel Camera for Croatia

If you are anything like us, you want a great travel camera for snapping tons of pictures on your tour! We use a Canon Rebel with a 18-135mm lens, which takes incredible photos. However, it can be a bit heavy. When we are city sightseeing, we often carry a lightweight Canon Elph that can fit inside a pocket…and still produces quality photos.

Zagreb Guidebook, Map & Day Pack

Whether you are planning DIY day trips or joining tours, it’s always a good idea to have a comprehensive Croatia guidebook and map . You will also want a functionable day bag to organize and secure all of your essential everyday travel items !

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Travel insurance may help if you would get injured on a day trip from Zagreb. Learn more about coverage and rates at World Nomads .

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Looking for more ideas of what to do in Zagreb? Check out our list of 22 Terrific Things To in Zagreb ! 

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You should spend at least one day in Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia in your Croatia itinerary. After I had one full day in Croatia during our 8 day trip there I’m convinced that Zagreb is a city that shouldn’t be missed. 

Zagreb, the largest city in Croatia, there’s plenty to do, see and eat! Let’s dive in on the details of a one-day Zagreb itinerary and how you can visit Zagreb in 1 day!

About Zagreb

Zagreb, Croatia is located in the northwestern part of the country more inland than some of the popular coastal cities many people flock to in the summer months. The center of the capital city, is separated into two distinct areas: Upper Town and Lower Town. 

Walking through Zagreb, you’ll notice the beautiful Gothic and neo-renaissance styles of architecture. It slightly reminded me of Amsterdam. I was surprised by the gorgeous structures throughout the city, but architecture in Europe no matter where you are is usually stunning. (Just my opinion anyway!)

Let’s get into some of the main things to do when you have 24 hours or 1 day in Zagreb, Croatia.

Things to do: Zagreb one day itinerary

Zagreb walking tour.

A great way to get your bearings of a new city as well as hear more about recent events and history is by going on a walking tour. There are many different walking tours that are offered in Zagreb. It’s a great way to explore the top sights!

Trg bana Josipa Jelačića Square

This is where Lowertown and Upper Town meet. The central main square of the city of Zagreb. It is a gorgeous square located in the city center flanked by many restaurants and stores it is a commercial hub of the city.

You will recognize it by the large bronze equestrian statue in the center of the square that is after the namesake of the square, Croatian war hero Josip Jelacic.

The formal name of this square is Trg bana Josipa Jelacica Square but it is otherwise referred to as Ban Jelacic or Jelacic Square.

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Zagreb Funicular 

This is located on Tomiceva Street and is open from 6:30 AM until 10 PM. You must have cash for this fare, they do not take credit! The funicular goes up to the Lotrscak Tower which is noted below. (You can see the tower in the picture below.)

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Tunel Grič – Radićeva

Tunnel Gric is a pedestrian tunnel located in the center of Zagreb. It dates back to World War II and was built in 1943 serving as a means of transportation as well as a bomb shelter. It is 350 meters (just under 1,200 feet) long and about 5 and a half meters (~18 feet) wide. The tunnel connects Mesnička and Stjepan Radić Streets. 

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Lotrscak Tower 

At the top of the Zagreb Funicular is the Lotrscak Tower that houses the Gric cannon. Every day at noon, the cannon at the top of the tower shoots off. If you’re planning to be there for that, its best to arrive early. There are many walking tours and tour groups that time their days around this occasion.

Oldest Remaining Well

The oldest remaining well in Zagreb is located at Demetrova 11. Or in Croatian street is Ulica. So it’s Ulica Demetrova 11. In this part of Zagreb (Upper Town), there are many residences with historic courtyards . 

Visoka Street

This street is mysteriously the only dead-end street located in Upper Town. Villa Pongratz is located on this quiet street. There are urban legends that this villa is haunted. 

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St. Mark’s Church & St. Marks Square

One of the most recognizable structures in Zagreb is St. Mark’s Church & St. Mark’s Square located in Upper Town. It is one of the oldest architectural structures in Zagreb, Croatia dating back to the 13th century. It’s most recognizable by the colorful tiled roof. (It is near the next item on your one day itinerary of Stone Gate.)

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You can enter Upper Town through the historic stone gate. This is close to St. Marks’s church and square where you can walk through the Stone Gate where the shrine to the Virgin Mary is. 

You can access from Jelačić Square by heading north through Radićeva Street. Or, you could ride the funicular and then as you’re leaving Upper Town pass through the stone gate. 

Tkalčićeva Street

This street is flanked with many restaurants and bars. It is a very vibrant street in Zagreb. At the beginning of the street, there is an old sundial. This area is one of the top locations in Zagreb for locals to meet up and have a coffee or a beer together.

This street holds a lot of history as well. At one time it was a stream separating the two oldest Zagreb settlements. Then from 1899 to 1941, almost every house on the street was a brothel. Because of the location of the street in the center of the city, the windows were required to be opaque and there were red lanterns on the exterior. Zagreb was the first ever European city to have a proper red-light district.

Dolac Market

The Dolac market is located close to the Zagreb cathedral. Most of the items in the market include fresh fruits and vegetables that are sold by locals to locals. Once most of the inventory starts to sell out later in the afternoon the market winds down. If you want to visit the market in full swing, it’s best to go earlier in the morning.

Mirogoj Cemetery

A quick Uber ride or short tram journey from the city center, the Mirogoj Cemetery is a beautiful tree-lined cemetery with gorgeous memorials. Filled with sculptures and arcades it’s absolutely stunning. Free to visit, don’t let the short transit deter you. It’s a great stop to include in your one-day Zagreb itinerary. 

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Zagreb has many different museums throughout the city and is commonly referred to as the city of museums. If you only have one day, you may not have the time, however, if you’re spending two or more days in Zagreb you definitely will have to check out a museum. Add one of these museums into your 2 day Zagreb itinerary!

Some museums in Zagreb include the Museum of broken relationships, the Zagreb city museum, the Archaeological Museum and so many more!

Getting around Zagreb

You might be wondering how to get around Zagreb. Zagreb is really easy to get around. You can easily walk to many of the things you will want to see. However, Uber is available in Zagreb as well. When getting into the Zagreb airport, there were many taxis waiting but we ordered an Uber to our hotel. There is also a tram system that is available in the city. (One of the tram lines goes right by the main square.)

Where to eat in Zagreb

Zagreb has many different cuisines available. During our one day in Zagreb, we ate an early lunch at one of the Medvedgrad brew pubs to fuel our adventures. 

Then later in the evening, we ate at a Croatian restaurant Didov San which specializes in homemade Croatian cuisine. On the patio, we sat where the tables were made out of antique sewing machines adding to its charm.

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Beer in Zagreb

Opatovina Street in Zagreb is known as the beer bar street. Several of the pubs on this street cater to craft beer selections. Tolkeins House was recently permanently closed per the locals we talked to. However, we were able to visit Kvazar and Craft Room . Craft Room stated it opened at 2 PM but it didn’t appear to actually open until later. 

Medvedgrad is one of the oldest craft breweries (or in Croatian pivovara) in Croatia as it was established in 1994. There are several brewpubs that serve beer and food in Zagreb. The one I visited was located on Tkalciceva Street ( Pub Mali Medo ). Sitting outside it was a great location to have a brew, some food, and people-watch.

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Zagreb Day Trips

If you have more than one day of basing yourself in Zagreb, spend one day exploring Zagreb then take a day trip from Zagreb. You can easily dedicate one day trip from Zagreb if you’re basing yourself there for 2 or more days.

You can visit several places as a day trip while basing yourself out of Zagreb. The most popular of them is the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park . 

Other ideas for day trips from Zagreb, Croatia include the Istria area of the country known for coastal towns dotted along the peninsula. There are many wineries here as well, making it a great place to spend some time and tour some local wineries.

You are even in close proximity to Slovenia. From Zagreb, you can take a day trip to the popular areas in Slovenia of Ljubljana and Lake Bled, Slovenia.

Where to stay in Zagreb

Zagreb is very walkable. But, having an accommodation either close to most of the attractions you’re planning on visiting or a tram stop is the best strategy in deciding where to stay. We stayed at the Canopy by Hilton Zagreb City Center . It was a great location with a small Studenac grocery store across the street, bikes available from the hotel, and an onsite bar and restaurant. The room was larger than most standard European rooms so it was really comfortable.

One of the most iconic hotels in Zagreb is the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel . An older hotel with a lot of charm. With gorgeous marble details, including expansive bathrooms if you truly want to relax after exploring Zagreb, it’s a great option. 

For more hotels in Zagreb, I use booking.com to make most of my reservations. Check out some of the places to stay in Zagreb below!

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

Is one day in zagreb enough.

One day in Zagreb is enough. In one day you will have the time to see many of the main sights and even experience Croatian cuisine and local beer. If you wish to visit one or more museums, you will need more than one day in the capital city of Zagreb, Croatia. 

Is Zagreb safe at night?

Yes, Zagreb in general is a very safe city. At night, you will want to remain more vigilant. But, you likely will not encounter any issues in safety even walking about the city later at night. The city is illuminated by many historic gas lamps that date back to 1863. 

How many days in Zagreb is enough?

One full day in Zagreb is enough to see all of the major sights of the city. If you want to linger a bit longer and soak in some history in a museum 2-3 days would be a good amount of time to spend in the capital city of Zagreb.

What do to in Zagreb in 2 days?

In two days, be sure to spend time in the Trg bana Josipa Jelačića Square, ride the funicular, see the cannon shot at noon in the Lotrscak tower, walk through the Stone Gate, visit St. Mark’s church, Walk down Tkalciceva Street, check out some craft beers on Opotovina street and spend some time in one of Zagreb’s museums.

Is Zagreb dangerous?

No, Zagreb isn’t a dangerous city. There is very little crime here especially violent crime. Overall Zagreb and most of the country of Croatia is a very safe place to visit. Be sure to exercise caution by securing your valuables as a precautionary measure. But overall, it’s a very safe place to visit.

Is Zagreb safe?

Zagreb (and the rest of Croatia) is very safe. The crime rate is really low. In comparison to other cities within Europe, Zagreb is a generally safe city where violent crime is extremely rare. Zagreb is revered as a family-oriented city with families living here and most tourists who visit are interested in Croatian history and culture.

Is Zagreb expensive?

Compared to the rest of Croatia, Zagreb was more reasonably priced in eating out at restaurants, buying food and snacks at the grocery store, and just general pricing. Croatia is a cheaper European destination compared to some countries and cities such as London or Paris. The highest prices you will encounter in Croatia will be in Dubrovnik .

Is it worth visiting Zagreb, Croatia?

Yes! The capital city of Zagreb isn’t always the first location in Croatia most travelers include on their itineraries but it definitely deserves at least one if not two days during your time exploring Croatia. Zagreb is a great city that you could either start or end your Croatia travels in.

What should one do for fun in Zagreb?

There are so many fun things to do in Zagreb! With the number of museums, spending some time in a museum that interests you is always a great way to spend a day. Aside from museums Zagreb has many historic sites, local cuisine, and great local craft beer breweries to grab a pint. 

Which city should one start exploring in Croatia: Dubrovnik or Zagreb?

Either Zagreb or Dubrovnik makes the most sense as either your first or last stop in Croatia. During our Croatia itinerary, we started in Zagreb then eventually made our way down to Dubrovnik as our final stop and went home from there. You could also do it in reverse order as Dubrovnik first and Zagreb last.

What is Zagreb Croatia known for?

Museums. This city has a high concentration of interesting museums to visit with over 30! Not only that but the capital city of Croatia has a very diverse economy as well as a high standard of living making it a really attractive place for Croatians and tourists alike. 

Is there Uber in Zagreb?

Yes! There is Uber in Zagreb. Using Uber throughout the capital city of Zagreb is a convenient way to get around. From the airport to your hotel or even if you’re visiting an attraction that is a further walk than you prefer. Have your app ready and up to date in order to use Uber in Zagreb, Croatia.

Is Zagreb a beautiful city?

Zagreb is a beautiful city with historic landmarks as well as modern amenities. The architecture is a blend of old and new with classic European squares and markets as well as more modern buildings. It has so much to do from historic churches to local Croatian cuisine, and even craft beer!

Do you need a car in Zagreb?

No, you don’t necessarily need a car while you’re in Zagreb proper. Depending on where you stay most things are a walkable distance with a few exceptions. The attractions that are exceptions that you can easily get a very affordable quick Uber ride. We rented a car on the day we left Zagreb and headed to Plitvice Lakes.

For more Croatia travel inspiration, visit my 8 day Croatia itinerary!

Zagreb itinerary 2 days

If you’re not a fast traveler and you don’t like packing a lot in, expand your time in Zagreb to 2 days where you can linger in a museum or take a day trip from Zagreb.

If you decide to take a day trip to Plitvice Lakes , you could go from Zagreb to Split after leaving Zagreb. Or, you can also go from Zagreb, to Plitvice Lakes and then onto Zadar before making your way to Split. Great day trips from Split include a day on the island of Hvar or the nearby Krka National Park .

Zagreb in one day Conclusion

Even if you only have one day to spend in Croatia’s capital city of Zagreb it’s definitely a stop that shouldn’t be missed! From all of the historic sites, museums and great places to eat and drink Zagreb deserves at least one day (if not two) at the beginning of your Croatia travels or the tail end. 

I hope this helped to plan and inspire your travels to Croatia! Spending one perfect day in Zagreb is well worth it. This was our first stop during over a week of travels in Croatia so I have a lot more to share! Check out our full 8 day Croatia itinerary for travel planning ideas.

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One Day in Zagreb Itinerary – How to Spend a Perfect Day in Zagreb, Croatia

Even though it’s the capital of the country, Zagreb is often missed by tourists in Croatia who mostly choose coastal destinations during the summertime. It’s true that Zagreb is nothing like Dubrovnik or Split, but it’s still a Central European city that really has much to offer. Whether it’s the mix of Austro-Hungarian and socialist architecture, many unique museums and galleries, beautiful parks and lots of restaurants and clubs to choose from – you will always have plenty of options. In the winter, it hosts one of the greatest Christmas markets in Europe, so it makes for a great winter destination, as well. This city shouldn’t be missed on any Central European trip, even if you only have one day to spend there!

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What’s the best time to visit Zagreb?

There are a few seasons that make this city a really great place to visit. The first one is  late spring  when the temperature gets around 20 degrees C and the numerous city parks make Zagreb look lush, fresh and green. It’s the time of the year when you can enjoy many outdoor activities or simply enjoy some coffee in the sun. The second season that’s kind of special is the Christmas time . Zagreb’s  Christmas market, Advent, is getting bigger and more exciting each year, and it has already been named one of the best in Europe.

Christmas Market, Zagreb

One Day in Zagreb Itinerary

Follow this guide and make the most of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do during your one day in Zagreb.

Start your day at Trg bana Josipa Jelacica

The main city square – Trg bana Josipa Jelacica – placed just below the Old City is the best place to start your one day in Zagreb. It’s very well connected by public transport to all other city areas, so it is easily reachable no matter where you’re staying. Most of the tours start right here and if you are looking for the perfect one, be sure to take this one .

The fountain in Trg Bana Jelacica

Check out the Ban Josip Jelačić statue as well as the fountain. While on the square, you can climb up the Observation Deck ‘Zagreb Eye’ and enjoy the greatest panoramic view of the city and a cup of morning coffee.

Zagreb

Visit the Croatian National Theatre

Very close to the main city square, about a 12-minute walk southwest from it is the building belonging to the Croatian National Theatre. A very impressive piece of architecture, it was built in 1895 by Ferdinand Fellner, an architect from Vienna, and represents a masterpiece of the neo-baroque period. In front of it stands the Well of Life (Zdenac života in Croatian), a sculpture by Ivan Meštrović, probably the most famous Croatian sculptor. Combine all that with generally very pleasant surroundings full of flowers and greenery and benches where you can take a breather, and you get a place very much worthy of your time.

Stroll through Ilica street and visit some of the many shops along

Ilica street is actually one of the longest streets in Croatia and it doesn’t make sense to walk the whole street if you have only one day in Zagreb. Still, it’s a great place to do some shopping, have some breakfast or simply watch the city’s busy atmosphere. Oranž Bistro & wine bar is a great place to have some amazing healthy breakfast, but they also serve some delicious cakes if you want to sweeten your tooth.

Visit the Antiques and Flea Market on the Britanac Square

On weekends, this tiny square next to the Ilica street hosts the Antiques and Flea Market . The vendors are usually locals who sell both valuable antique items as well as some cheap vintage accessories, books, clothes or pottery. You can find some pretty unique stuff, but don’t forget to bargain!

Visit the Museum of Illusions

The exciting Museum of Illusions , just around the corner from Britanac Square, is a great place for both children and all those adults who enjoy any kind of illusion. There are several rooms around the museum that have some sort of spatial illusion that can easily trick your brain. It’s quite a fun museum to explore and one of very few that get even more exciting with the camera, so don’t forget to bring your phone.

Take the Funicular Railway to the Upper Town

Take the Funicular Railway from Tomićeva ulica all the way up to the Upper Town. It is the city’s oldest part covered in narrow streets with many famous sights and attractions. Just after you exit the funicular, you’ll be facing the  Lotrscak Tower  where every day at noon a cannon is fired to commemorate Zagreb’s victory over the Turks.

Upper Town, Zagreb

Museum of Broken Relationships

Another original museum, the Museum of Broken Relationships , displays the collection of different things that keep the memory of failed relationships and the stories behind those relationships. It’s touchy and funny at the same time and more exciting than most of drama movies nowadays.

Museum of the Broken Relationships, Zagreb

Visit the Dolac market and the Cathedral

Placed around the Upper town, the two great places to continue your day in Zagreb are the Cathedral and the Dolac market . Dolac is a great place to buy some fresh fruits, nice flowers and many Croatian products and souvenirs.

Dolac Market, Zagreb

Take a lunch break at Tkalciceva street

The best place to relax, enjoy some drinks and delicious food is Tkalciceva street . There are numerous restaurants, bars and pubs to choose from. If you’re a beer lover who wants to have some basic meat or pizza dish, check out Mali Medo beerhouse . For a nice coffee and dessert place check out Cookie Factory . If you’re into some great Asian food street food– don’t miss Umami.

Tkalciceva street, Zagreb

Try štrukli, a traditional local dish

Since you’re in Zagreb, you absolutely must try the so-called štrukli, a local delicacy and a dish that is almost synonymous with Zagreb when it comes to food. Štrukli are actually pieces of very thin dough, traditionally filled with cheese and cream, but La Štruk , a restaurant near Tkalčićeva street offers all kinds of toppings and fillings, so you can mix and match everything from pesto to blueberries. The place is in Skalinska street, so do check it out.

Relax at the Zrinjevac park

The lovely  Zrinjevac park in the very center of the city is where people come to relax from an exhausting day, especially during the warmer months when it becomes a perfect green oasis in the middle of the city. During Christmas time, it’s where the most iconic part of the Christmas market is held. The whole park gets covered in lights that create a super romantic winter atmosphere.

Zrinjevac Park, Zagreb

It’s time for a night out

If you’re still into partying after this quite exhausting day, the good news is that in Zagreb there are lots of clubs to choose from. Tesla in Varšavska is a nice place to get things started, but  Katran also offers a great night out and 4 dance floors inside one club, and it’s not that far from the main square. Opera Club is also in the city centre, often with some great guests.

Zagreb at night

Where to stay in Zagreb?

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Mihanovićeva 1, Lower Town

The Esplanade Zagreb Hotel is an exquisite 5-star hotel in the very city center. This lovely vintage hotel was built in 1925 in Art Deco style and was beautifully restored in 2004. The rooms are very classy and present a delicate combination of vintage and contemporary.

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Hotel Dubrovnik, Zagreb

Hotel Dubrovnik

Ljudevita Gaja 1, Lower Town

Hotel Dubrovnik is located right next to Ban Jelačić Square, so booking a room here means being right at the very heart of the city. Although open in 1929, this is a modern hotel with absolutely everything you need for a very comfortable stay.

Hotel International, Zagreb

Hotel International

Miramarska 24, Zagreb

Just outside the city center, but still well within the walking distance, Hotel International is a modern large hotel with extremely comfortable rooms and great food. It has its own sauna, fitness center and several conference rooms.

Swanky Mint Hostel, Zagreb

Swanky Mint Hostel

Ilica 50, Lower Town, Zagreb

The Swanky Mint is a hostel placed in a renovated textile-dye and dry cleaning factory that dates back to the late 19th century. Its unique appearance is a combination of industrial machinery, modern design and technology and an eco-friendly sustainable environment.

Day trips from Zagreb

Ok, so now you have explored Croatia’s capital. Would you like to see more of this lovely country? If so, day trips from Zagreb are in order. Great destinations abound and you simply can’t go wrong.

Plitvice Lakes

Without doubt, Plitvice Lakes are Croatia’s most famous national park. 16 incredible and unique lakes form a mesmerizing chain of natural wonders, each completely different from the other. In fact, this place is so incredible that UNESCO put it on its World Heritage list way back in 1979. Around the national park you will find plenty of quaint and charming villages which offer some great food and are therefore an excellent place to have lunch. Incredible nature, great food and a day out in the sun. What more could you ask for?

Only about two hours away from Zagreb is Ljubljana, another capital city. So, why not hop over to Slovenia and see what they have to offer? You’ll see quite a lot, especially when it comes to interesting high-quality architecture , but there are also some tasty dishes to try. Near Ljubljana is the resort of Bled , a beautiful lake that hides Slovenia’s only island. Hop on a boat to get to it and visit the local castle for some truly spectacular views of the area. A great way to visit a new country.

Varaždin is a beautiful little city on the northern edge of Croatia. Known also as Baroque City, Varaždin was even Croatia’s capital in the second half of the 18th century, but a terrible fire in 1776 caused it to lose that status. Today, the place is brimming with culture, and its graveyard is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe. Last but not least, you absolutely must set some time aside for a visit to Trakošćan Castle which also serves as a fascinating museum these days.

Extra tips for visiting Zagreb

– Should any kind of accident befall you, having travel insurance can be an absolute lifesaver. And when it comes to travel insurance, World Nomads are the best of the best. They themselves are a group of travelers, so they know very well how important it is to react quickly in this kind of situations. They also have a team versed in several different languages standing by every second of the day ready to react and help you get the help you need. With World Nomads , you are always in great hands.

– Public transportation  is pretty cheap and very efficient. However, Uber and Cammeo Taxi offer super cheap prices and it’s recommended to use them whenever you need fast and cheap transport.

– Euro is not a viable currency in Croatia. You will have to visit an exchange office when you arrive.

– T ips are not a part of your price here when you eat or drink out. Still, a 10% tip is fairly standard.

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Thanks for the information. Just one comment, sangrias and tapas are from Spain. In Mexico we drink tequila and tacos 🙂

Thanks for sharing that! I have 8 hours in Zagreb and this really helped plan my route!

It is an informative article, but also would like to add a few things, instead of eating Mexican food in Croatia, maybe tourist would try some traditional food, like Strukli 🙂 I would like to share with you my experience of Zagreb: https://www.momthemuse.com/zagreb/

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The Perfect One Day in Zagreb Itinerary

Commit to spending one day in Zagreb, Croatia’s lovable capital city, and you just might find yourself enchanted.

Though Zagreb is home to one of the biggest airports in the country and plenty of travelers pass through, far fewer travelers stop to appreciate this beautiful city, instead making a beeline for the coast or national parks that Croatia is known for.

And while we deeply understand the temptation–it took us four visits to Croatia before we properly appreciated Zagreb–it really is worth slowing down your busy trip to Croatia just enough to enjoy a day in Zagreb.

Colorful churches, gorgeous architecture, interesting history, tasty food–Zagreb has a little bit of everything, and it’s worth recognizing as a destination in its own right, even in a country packed with as many beautiful places as Croatia.

Here’s how to make the most of this colorful, vibrant city when exploring Zagreb in a day!

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Start your one day in Zagreb at Ban Jelacic (Zagreb’s main square).

Where better to kick off your one day in Zagreb itinerary than with a visit to the main square? 

Lined with colorful buildings on one side and an endless parade of bright blue trams passing by on the other, Ban Jelacic is both beautiful and busy.

The square is also conveniently located in the midst of many of the best things to do in Zagreb, making it a great jumping-off point for your day in Croatia’s capital city.

Photo of people shopping in Ban Jelacic in Zagreb Croatia

Seek out incredible views at Zagreb 360.

After seeing photos of what the view from the top of Zagreb 360 looked like, we couldn’t resist heading up ourselves–and we’re so, so glad we did.

Housed on the top floor of an otherwise unremarkable-looking office building at the edge of Ban Jelacic, Zagreb 360 is home to some of the best views of Zagreb you could ever hope for. 

The tickets are good all day, with however many entrances you want.

If you’re so inclined, feel free to return to Zagreb 360 in the evening to appreciate the sparkling lights of Zagreb lit up against the night sky!

Prefer to have the context of a tour during your one day in Zagreb? This popular walking tour is a great introduction to the city!

View of Ban Jelacic from Zagreb 360, a must-visit during one day in Zagreb!

Stroll through the Dolac Market.

As you head closer to the Zagreb Cathedral, pass through Dolac Market to enjoy the sights, smells, and possibly tastes of this marketplace!

The red umbrellas shading the market are well known and incredibly photogenic.

Selling fruits, veggies, flowers, meats, and more, the Dolac Market is a must-see during one day in Zagreb.

While you’re there, definitely consider picking up a snack for later!

Photo of Dolac Market shaded by red umbrellas, a must-see on a one day in Zagreb itinerary

Step inside the Zagreb Cathedral.

This Gothic-style church is beautiful inside and out and also happens to be the tallest building in Croatia.

(This is probably not surprising to hear once you see how much the cathedral towers over everything around it!)

Though a church has been present in this location since the 12th century, this building dates to the 13th.

The current cathedral has been modified as it sustained damage over the centuries, most notably in the 1880 Zagreb earthquake.

Photo of Zagreb Cathedral from the front--definitely add this to your lists of things to see with one day in Zagreb Croatia.

Make your way to the Stone Gate.

Built in the 13th century as one of four gates fortifying medieval Zagreb, Stone Gate is the only one that is still standing today.

You can walk right through the gate when visiting Zagreb, and as you do, you’ll pass from the Lower Town to Upper Town.

You’ll also notice that the Stone Gate is not only a gate, but also a shrine.

In fact, it’s the largest and most important shrine in Zagreb, dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Photo of interior of Stone Gate in Zagreb Croatia, a must-see when spending one day in Zagreb

Check out Lotrščak Tower.

This 13th-century tower once acted as a guard tower protecting what is now the Upper Town of Zagreb.

And, as all guard towers should, it has a great view of the surrounding area!

Unless you’re intent on getting every single overview of Zagreb possible, it’s probably not necessary to climb it given the fact that you already visited Zagreb 360 and also have some more epic views coming up.

It’s still worth stopping by to take a quick look during your one day in Zagreb, though, especially since the tower is located right along your route.

Photo of Lotrščak Tower in Zagreb Croatia taken from across the street

Pay a visit to the Strossmayer Promenade.

Strossmayer Promenade may not be perched as high above the city as Lotrščak Tower, but it is a beautiful, peaceful place that–once again–boasts beautiful views of the city.

Stop by and rest your feet for a moment during your one day in Zagreb, Croatia.

view of zagreb croatia from Strossmayer Promenade

Peruse the Museum of Broken Relationships.

The Museum of Broken Relationships has been on our list for years, and after finally making it there, we absolutely believe that it lives up to the hype and can heartily recommend making room for it in your itinerary when seeing Zagreb in a day.

Made up of donated items that represent lost relationships, each item is accompanied by a short story about the love story that it was part of.

The items vary dramatically, from clothing to jewelry to books to pizza boxes and beyond, and the stories just as much so.

Some stories are touching, some are gut-wrenching, some are deeply uncomfortable.

Save plenty of time for this compelling museum–it’s easy to spend over an hour here.

Photo of white wall in the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb Croatia. Black text reads "All love affairs happen in foreign cities."

Admire St. Mark’s Church.

Though the Zagreb Cathedral is certainly larger, the colorful, tiled rooftop of St. Mark’s Church, framed perfectly by the wide, nearly empty square in Upper Town that the church calls home, is among the most recognizable aspects of the city.

Once you lay eyes on its brilliant colors in person, it’s not hard to see why!

Kate Storm and Jeremy Storm in front of St. Mark's Church--even if you're only seeing Zagreb in a day, it's definitely worth stopping by here!

Head down to Tkalčićeva Street.

At this point, you’ll likely be ready to wrap up your Zagreb sightseeing for the day (or perhaps not–we’ll cover some more suggestions on how to fill one day in Zagreb below for those who want extra ideas!), so it’s time to head to Tkalčićeva Street.

Filled to the brim with restaurants, cafes, and bars, Tkalčićeva Street is the perfect place to settle in for a laid-back Croatian dinner and reflect on the beauty of the city.

Tkalčićeva Street in Zagreb Croatia with a street-art piece of a chicken on the lefthand side of the photo

Depending on how early of a start you get to your one day in Zagreb, how long you linger over cups of coffee in outdoor cafes in true Croatian style, and how much sightseeing you like to do in a day, the one day Zagreb itinerary outlined above very well might fill your day!

However, if you’re the type to want to pack your sightseeing days completely full, here are a few more fun things to do that you just might have time for when seeing Zagreb in a day.

Pedestrian Street in Zagreb Croatia with a yello building on the left

Check out the Grič Tunnel.

Built during WWII as a bomb shelter, the Grič Tunnel has experienced many fates over the decades, but today serves as a tourist attraction. 

Stroll through the tunnel for a different perspective on Zagreb–literally.

For additional historical context on the Gric Tunnel and beyond, consider joining this well-reviewed Croatian Homeland War Tour .

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Ride the funicular to Upper Town.

Zagreb’s funicular is one of the shortest in the entire world, drawing opinions that suggest it’s more about fun than function.

At a mere 66 meters of track length, the Zagreb funicular is both short and steep.

It’s also a fun way to get to Upper Town if you’d rather avoid a (mild) climb!

view of blue cars of zagreb funicular from above, one of the best things to do in zagreb croatia

Duck into the 80’s Museum.

This interactive museum is dedicated entirely to 1980s Yugoslavia: the culture, the technology, the style.

Step inside to be immersed in the (fairly recent) past.

Stroll through Green Horseshoe Park.

Made up of 8 parks that curve through Zagreb in a vague horseshoe shape, this is a beautiful place to rest and relax in Zagreb.

The green, leafy parks are incredibly tranquil, and we found ourselves finding excuses to spend extra time in them!

Green Horseshoe Park Zagreb Croatia

When deciding where to stay when spending one day in Zagreb, we recommend choosing a hotel within a comfortable walk of Ban Jelacic and/or St. Mark’s Church.

By doing so, you’ll ensure you’re in a good place to reach just about all the best things to do in Zagreb, Croatia on foot.

Here are a few popular, well-located properties to consider for your trip to Zagreb!

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DTA Zagreb — This popular guesthouse is perfect for those looking for something a step above a hostel, while still visiting Zagreb on a budget.

Located just a short walk from Ban Jelacic, you’ll be within reach of all the best Zagreb sightseeing from here!

Check rates & book your stay at DTA Zagreb!

Photo of a path in a Zagreb park with leafy trees lining either side

Premium Zagreb Delux Studio & Rooms — We loved our stay at this property!

The studio we rented was easy to find, a reasonable walk from everything you’d hope to see in Zagreb in a day, incredibly comfortable, and a great place to retreat at the end of the day.

We’d be thrilled to stay again.

Check rates & book your stay at Premium Zagreb Delux Studio & Rooms!

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Hotel Dubrovnik — Set right on Ban Jelacic and boasting spacious rooms, great reviews, and a tasty included breakfast, you can’t go wrong with a stay at the popular Hotel Dubrovnik!

If you’re looking to make your trip to Zagreb as smooth and simple as possible, this is the hotel for you.

Check rates & book your stay at Hotel Dubrovnik!

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Getting around during your one day in Zagreb should be incredibly easy: you can walk just about everywhere!

Zagreb is not a large city, and if you choose a hotel or apartment within walking distance of the main square, it’s likely you won’t need any other forms of transportation during your time exploring Zagreb.

Photo of a blue tram in Zagreb Croatia

If you do need or want to use additional transportation, Zagreb’s extensive tram system is easy to use and a huge benefit.

Uber does also operate in the city and connects to local taxis.

If you’d like to avoid climbing the hill to Upper Town (it’s really not bad at all, though!), or you’re just a fan of quirky transportation, you can also ride the funicular all 66 meters up.

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About Kate Storm

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In May 2016, I left my suburban life in the USA and became a full-time traveler. Since then, I have visited 50+ countries on 5 continents and lived in Portugal, developing a special love of traveling in Europe (especially Italy) along the way. Today, along with my husband Jeremy and dog Ranger, I’m working toward my eventual goal of splitting my life between Europe and the USA.

11 thoughts on “The Perfect One Day in Zagreb Itinerary”

Need to know about steps to see sites. After ride to upper area is it flat walking?

Fairly flat, yes. Unfortunately I can’t recall if there are any small staircases along the way, but it’s not a climb once you’re up there.

Super helpful recs. We almost did it all. Thanks for sharing such great insight.

So glad you guys had a great time!

We are visiting this year and looking forward to following your itinerary. Sounds perfect. Thank you

Thanks, Jackie! Hope you guys have a great time.

We have 2 nights in Zagreb at the end of a 10-day trip through Croatia. Between Split and Zagreb, we’re planning to visit Plitvice National Park, leaving really just one full day in Zagreb. We’re torn between a planned day excursion to Ljubljana/Lake Bled or just spending the final day relaxing and exploring Zagreb. I’d really appreciate any thoughts or suggestions you may have related to which option would be better. We will have a driver/tour guide if we opt for the Slovenia excursion.

Thanks, Kevin

That’s a tough call! Lake Bled is definitely a memorable place, but I’d probably default to Zagreb simply to avoid spending 5+ hours in the car versus a full day enjoying a city.

Ljubljana and Zagreb are both fun cities to spend time in, so it’d be simpler to opt for the one you’re already in. 🙂

Because of that, I’d weigh your decision based on how much you want to see Lake Bled (with the caveat that you won’t have much time to spend there).

Thanks, Kate. I appreciate your feedback.

I am visiting in March, and I am following your one day itinerary ! Thank you so much

That’s great to hear, thanks Stavri! Enjoy Zagreb! 🙂

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Enjoy a day in the Croatian capital Zagreb, where Central European architecture meets Mediterranean cuisine among some of the quirkiest museums in Europe.

Welcome to our guide to spending one day in Zagreb, the wonderful Croatian capital with one of the most beautiful old towns in Europe, and some of the continent’s quirkiest museums.

I’ve been on a Zagreb one day trip and spent a week there with my family, enjoying its fantastic Christmas Markets on our recent visit. 

Most people visiting Croatia head for the beach, and perhaps the Plitvice Lakes, but rarely making time for the 100-mile trek inland to the capital. Zagreb is also a little too far from European capitals like Budapest and Vienna to be an ‘add-on’, so over twenty years after my initial visit to Zagreb it’s still well off the main European tourist trail.

It shouldn’t be. Our Zagreb 1 day itinerary is designed to show you the best of this splendid city, including its fairytale old town and some of its brilliant museums. We also show you how to get to Zagreb and travel around the city, suggest suitable times of year to visit the city. And if you have more than one day in Zagreb, we’ll tell you about more places to visit around Zagreb as well. Enjoy!

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Why Visit Zagreb

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Zagreb is one of the most underrated cities in Europe, the Croatian capital often overlooked by visitors heading for the Adriatic coast instead.

Zagreb is a beautiful Central European city, its Habsburg-era architecture reminiscent of that in the likes of Budapest, Vienna and Prague.

The Upper Town or Gornji Grad in Zagreb is wonderful to explore, and you get the chance to explore this wonderful architecture with a fraction of the crowds you get in the other capital cities mentioned above.

Image of old sign in Zagreb Croatis

Zagreb is also home to some great small museums, from the quirky Museum of Broken Relationships and Hangover Museum to the Museum of Naïve Art and its best art museum, the Mimara Museum.

The Zagreb Christmas Markets – which run from early December to early January, are among the best Christmas Markets in Europe, and are a great reason for a few days’ winter break in the city.

One Day In Zagreb Planning Tips

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Most Zagreb tourist attractions and places to see in Zagreb are within a small area in the centre of the city. You could easily spend much of the day in Gornji Grad, Zagreb Upper Town, walking down to the main Ban Jelacic Square and only venturing a short distance from there to some of the Zagreb parks.

I would factor in time to see at least one, probably two Zagreb museums, both of which are up the hill from Ban Jelacic Square around Gornji Grad. The Zagreb ‘80s Museum is great because it’s hands-on – you can pick up anything and everything.

The Museum of Broken Relationships is a wonderfully quirky Museum, its exhibits consisting of items people associate with their old relationships and the accompanying stories.

TIP: I’ve written this article on the basis that you will have a full day in Zagreb – from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.

Zagreb In One Day Itinerary

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Start the day in Trg Bana Jelacica, the main transport hub of Zagreb where many of its trams and buses call.  The equestrian statue commemorates Ban Josip Jelacic, a Croatian-born Field-Marshal in the Imperial Austrian Army who was also the regional ruler of Croatia between 1848 and 1859.

Cross the Square to Splavnica ulica, and from there it’s little more than 100 metres’ walk up to the colourful Dolac Market, the main Zagreb city market.  

Image of Dolac Market Zagreb Croatia

It’s a superb place to make your first acquaintance with Croatian food and produce. Many of the stalls sell fresh fruit and vegetables, and others sell a selection of produce including, honey, mead and a whole host of treats.

Dolac also has a beautiful setting, with the spires of Zagreb Cathedral (in the adjacent Kaptol district) on one side and the Baroque onion tower of St Mary’s Church on the other.

Unfortunately it isn’t possible to visit Zagreb Cathedral at the moment.  It’s the most prominent of Zagreb landmarks,  its Gothic twin spires soaring 108 metres (354 feet) above the city.

Image of Zagreb Cathedral at night

One of the spires had been undergoing long-term restoration (I could have sworn that the scaffolding was exactly the same as when I had visited 20 years earlier) but in March 2020 an earthquake struck Zagreb, causing the top of the south spire to collapse onto the building, and the top of the north spire has also since been removed for safety reasons.

From the Cathedral, head back to the northern end of Trg Bana Jelacica and turn right up Radiceva towards Gornji Grad or Gradec, the heart of old Zagreb.

Morning – Gornji Grad – Zagreb Old Town

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Gornji Grad is a short uphill walk from the Lower Town (Dolni Grad) and it’s where you’ll  be doing much of your Zagreb sightseeing.  Walk up Radiceva, passing a tie shop (the word ‘cravat’ is derived from Hrvatska, the Croatian word for Croatia) until you reach the Zagreb ‘80s Museum. Just beyond this, turn sharp left, doubling back up the hill until you reach the Stone Gate (Kamenita vrata).

The Gate is a surviving part of the city walls, and houses a small shrine to the Virgin Mary. The painting behind the Baroque era grille survived one of several fires at the site, and it’s a popular site of devotion, with people stopping by to pray and light candles.

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It’s a short uphill walk from there to Trg svetov Marka (St Mark’s Square), and one of the most remarkable Zagreb sights, St Mark’s Church, one of the most beautiful churches in Europe .

Its most striking feature is its extraordinary tiled roof, which depicts the coasts of arms of the city of Zagreb and the Triune Kingdom of Croatia, Slovenia and Dalmatia.  Much of the church dates from the 14 th century, including the superb wooden sculptures in the south doorway and the interior wall frescoes.

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From here, I suggest wandering the streets and lanes of Gradec. Head down Čirilometodska to shady Park Bele IV and the Lotrščak Tower, which commands a great view over the red rooftops and church spires of Zagreb.  Just below the Park, the Strossmayer Promenade (Strossmayerovo šetalište), a romantic walk along the Gradec ridge overlooking the modern part of the city below. The path eventually leads to two more viewpoints overlooking Zagreb Cathedral.   

Noon – Lunch

Time for a break. There are quite a few cafes around the Gradec district, including Plato Gradec on Strossmayer Promenade, and the Konoba Didov San – Gornji Grad Restaurant on Metačka is the best option in the Upper Town area.

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You’ve seen most of Gornji Grad – now it’s time to take a look at some of the best museums in Zagreb.

The best of these is the Museum of Broken Relationships ,  at the bottom of Čirilometodska near the Lotrščak Tower.  It’s a brilliant concept, a collection of people’s stories of relationships and life going awry. Each story is told using an object that symbolises the relationship, along with accompanying text in Croatian and English.

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Many are poignant and sad, but one made me laugh out loud. One poor man bought his wife an exercise bike. For him it symbolises the break-up as it represents the many ‘rides’ she had with other men. He seemed philosophical about it, looking on it more as a welcome escape than anything! The Museum also has an excellent café which Faye and Our Little Man strongly recommend.

We also visited the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art on the same street, near St Mark’s Church. Naïve art is difficult to define, but the term generally refers to self-taught artists without formal training, and often simple, almost child-like depictions of scenes. The Museum showcases both Croatian and international naïve art, and is an excellent introduction to the genre.

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Just down the hill from the Stone Gate, it’s also well worth seeking out the Zagreb 80s Museum .  It’s one of the best museums of its kind in Europe, an apartment in a medieval building furnished and decked out in the style of 1980s Yugoslavia. It’s very well designed and curated, like the larger Retro Museum Prague ,   and the best thing about it is that you can pick up, handle and try out any of the exhibits – something Our Little Man greatly appreciated.

Late Afternoon / Evening

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The ‘lower Zagreb’ or downtown area of the city also has plenty to see. I’ve always enjoyed the parks between Jelacic Square and the train station, especially the shady Zrinjevac Park. They’re a cool haven in summer and in winter are dusted with fairy-light magic for the Christmas Markets.

I suggest also taking a look around Radiceva, where you’ll find one of the entrances to the Gric Tunnel beneath Gradec Hill. This tunnel was built during World War Two, and it served as a civil bomb shelter as well as underground thoroughfare.

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For a very different view of Zagreb, take the lift to the top of Zagreb 360, overlooking Jelacic Square.

After a day in Zagreb, it’s time for dinner, and one of the best places to eat is along the atmospheric Tkalčičeva street just to the north of Jelacic Square.  As you’ll see, there is a strong Italian and Mediterranean influence in Croatian cuisine, and there are plenty of places to choose from along this atmospheric pedestrianized street.  

Zagreb One Day Itinerary Summary

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Morning – 0900 to 1030

Start at Jelacic Square (Trg Bana Jelacica)

Walk up to Dolac Market, then Zagreb Cathedral  

Late Morning – 1030 to 1300

Walk up Radiceva to Gornji Grad (also called Gradec or Upper Town)

Visit Stone Gate shrine, St Mark’s Church and explore Gradec district

Walk along Strossmayer Promenade

Visit Museum of Broken Relationships

Lunch – 1300 to 1400

Afternoon – 1400 to 1800

Walk back down Gradec to Lower Town, visiting Zagreb 80s Museum on the way

Walk along the Gric Tunnel and see the tiny (66 metre!) Zagreb Funicular Railway

Explore some Zagreb parks including Zrinjevac Park and the nearby Art Pavilion

Late Afternoon and Evening – 1800 onwards

Dinner at one of the restaurants on Tkalčičeva

Take the Zagreb Funicular up the hill and enjoy a sunset drink at one of the bars in Gradec.

And so to bed!

More Than 1 Day In Zagreb – Other Things To Do In Zagreb

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If you have more than a day in Zagreb you’ll have time to delve deeper and discover more things to do in the city.

The best Zagreb art museum is the Mimara Museum , which has a large collection of European Old Masters and sculpture. I visited this Museum back in 2000, but didn’t have time to make it back there during my recent week-long stay in Zagreb.

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If you’re visiting Zagreb with kids, we recommend a few hours at Zagreb Zoo. It’s in Maksimir Park, a short tram ride from the centre, which also warrants some time wandering. This is across the street from the Maksimir Stadium, home to Dinamo Zagreb , one of the two top teams in Croatia, and regular participants in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.

For another perspective on Zagreb, Mirogoj Cemetery is a half-hour walk north of Gornji Grad.  It’s a splendid resting place with monumental tombs and ornate colonnades.

South of the city centre and River Sava, you can see how many Zagrebers live by taking a brief look at the Mamutica, the largest apartment block in Europe.  

Day Trips From Zagreb

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When I visited Zagreb in 2000, I couldn’t resist a swift out-of-town trip for a rendezvous with a kremšnita in the pretty nearby town of Samobor . The town, with its 13 th century Castle and onion-domed church tower, has been a popular tourist spot for over 200 years, and the kremšnita – a custard slice topped with puff pastry – is sugar-sweet heaven.

Mount Medvednica is a favourite retreat for locals all year round. It’s over 700 metres higher than the city, so considerably cooler, and it’s often used for ski-ing over the winter months. You can now ascend from the city to the Sljeme summit area, whisked up in just 16 minutes from the Zagreb summit of Dolje in 16 minutes.

The most popular day tour from Zagreb is to the astonishing Plitvice Lakes National Park , a series of lakes and waterfalls 100 miles south of Zagreb near the Bosnia & Herzegovina border. The tour includes a stop at the picturesque village of Rastoke, with its waterfalls and wooden watermills.

Where Is Zagreb

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Zagreb is in the north of Croatia, around 20 km (13 miles) from the border with Slovenia. It is also about 100 miles (160 km) inland from the Adriatic coast at Rijeka.

It’s a fair distance from many of the most popular cities in Europe (around 5 hours from both Vienna and Budapest), and, with its distance inland from the popular Croatian coast, Zagreb’s location means it sees only a fraction of the number of visitors the main Croatian seaside towns and islands get.

Here are some distances from Zagreb to other major Croatian and European cities:

Zagreb to Split – 409 km (254 miles) – 5-6 hours by bus or train

Zagreb to Ljubljana, Slovenia – 117 km (73 miles) – 2 hours 40 minutes by bus or train

Zagreb to Budapest – 302 km (188 miles) – 5 hours 15 minutes by bus

Zagreb to Trieste, Italy – 227 km (141 miles) – 5 hours 15 minutes by bus (via Ljubljana)

Zagreb to Vienna – 269 km (167 miles) by bus

How To Get To Zagreb

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Zagreb can easily be reached by air, bus, train or by car.

If you’re planning to fly to Zagreb, many major national carriers fly to Zagreb Airport , including Air France, Lufthansa, British Airways, Swiss and Iberia. Long-haul airlines flying to Zagreb include Air Canada Rouge, Korean Air, and Emirates, Qatar Airways, El Al and Turkish Airlines fly there from the Middle East. Irish budget carrier Ryanair also uses Zagreb as a hub, flying to several European destinations from there as well as London Stansted.

A shuttle bus runs from the airport to the central bus station in Zagreb every 35 minutes, with the last bus leaving the airport after midnight.

We flew into Zagreb from Athens with Aegean, then organized a car to take us to our Zagreb accommodation. If you’re driving in Croatia , we recommend looking at discover cars , which offers price comparisons for the best deal for you.

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Zagreb railway station (Glavni Kolodvor) is at the southern end of the city centre, and the main bus station (Autobusovni Kolodvor) is around 1 km away from there you can get between the two on trams 2 and 6.

If you’re travelling overland to Zagreb, we’ve found that it’s quicker to travel to and from Zagreb by bus than by train. For example, the train journey from Budapest takes around ten hours – twice as long as kit takes on the bus.

I first visited Zagreb on a day trip from Ljubljana back in 2000, and it makes quite slow work of the 75-mile journey – closer to three hours one way. I do recommend this journey for the scenic route along the beautiful Sava river, which links the two cities.

How To Get Around Zagreb

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Zagreb is easy to get around.  I’ve tended to use the trams most, as these pass through either the main square Trg Bana Jelacica or the railway station, but buses are another option, especially for routes towards the outskirts of the city.

The easiest way of doing things is buying tickets from the many kiosks around the city. They also sell newspapers, magazines and tobacco, and you can usually see a small ZET logo (like the one on this Zagreb Transport page) in the window. This link also takes you to the various tram and bus routes around Zagreb.

Best Time To Visit Zagreb

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Zagreb is very much a year-round destination. I’ve visited the city in summer and winter – when it was hot and very cold respectively – but would suggest the best time to travel to Zagreb would be in spring or late summer to early autumn when the temperature is likely to be a happy medium in the mid 20s.

We spent a week in the city one December to spend some time at the Zagreb Christmas Markets . We cannot recommend them enough.  The Habsburg-era streets of the Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and gorgeous parks lower down make for an extraordinary setting for the annual Advent markets, and we rate Zagreb one of the best Christmas cities in Europe .

How Many Days In Zagreb Ideally

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Two days in Zagreb would give you a good overview of the city, giving you time to see several of the best Zagreb museums on top of the main Zagreb sightseeing.

Three days in Zagreb gives you plenty of time, giving you the opportunity to take the new cable car up Mount Medvednica or a short bus trip to Samobor to sample the delicious kremšnita from one of the local cafes.

One Day In Zagreb – Final Thoughts

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Zagreb has long been overlooked, but the longer I’ve spent there, the more I’m convinced that it’s worthy of far more visitors than it gets. It’s by far the largest city in Croatia, with by far the most culture to explore.

Zagreb’s architecture is very similar to that you’ll find across much of Central Europe, but its cuisine is strongly influenced by the Mediterranean, and it’s a wonderful place to dip your toes into either part of Europe.

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