Zagreb private walking tour

Zagreb private walking tour includes the most popular attractions in Zagreb center

Itinerary: Walking tour takes you around Upper old Zagreb and Zagreb downtown path known as Lenuzzi’s “green horse shoe”

Zagreb private walking tour is a comprehensive tour that covers the broader area of Zagreb city center. The whole tour lasts approximately 3 hours. After the tour you will know not only all the best spots in Zagreb city center but you will also get a bit more info on Croatian & Zagreb’s history and culture. The tour starts in your hotel (if you are accommodated in the city center) or at the main Zagreb square. Why so? Well, ban Jelačić square is a popular meeting point also for the locals. The intro will be done next to the model of the city which makes a bit easier to understand the city’s turbulent history. Next is Zagreb cathedral, one of the most beautiful Neo Gothic churches in this part of Europe. Next is Dolac market or the belly of Zagreb. All the locals, local restaurants and even the tourists shop in this market. Up the Tkalčićeva street, the most vibrant street in Zagreb, across the bloody bridge and up to the famous Stone gate. Recently restored, the gate are the real witness to the Zagreb’s medieval history. After the gate you enter Upper city and the next is St Mark’s square with the Croatian Parliament, the Government and the Prime minister’s office. Lotrščak tower and Strossmayer promenade give you a fantastic viewpoint of the city and of the Zagreb funicular. You can use the funicular to go down and to the Flower square and Croatian national theater where the Lenuzzi horseshoe starts and takes us next to the Botanical garden to the main train station and through the parks back to the main square.


  • The trip is fully customizable

  • Licenced tour guide

  • Comprehensive tour of the city center

  • Beautiful view-points and photo opportunities

What is included:

  • Itinerary adjustable according Your wishes

  • Licensed tour guide for Zagreb

  • Tour organization

  • Coffee break

  • Entrance fees for attractions


  • Private trip price per person: from 50 €

Walking tour attractions: Ban Jelacic Square, Dolac market, Zagreb cathedral, Stone Gate, St. Mark’s Church, Lotrščak tower, Zagreb funicular,  National Theater, Botanical Garden, Tomislav square, Zrinjevac Park

Now the central place in the city, in the 114th century this area were actually the land and the gardens of Zagreb’s peasants. It was often flooded by the Medveščak creek. In the 17th century the decision was made that the gardens will be destroyed and  from then it has the function of being the farmer’s market. The construction of the buildings started at the end of the 18th century and the last building that closed the square was the feller building. Because of it’s different functions the square had different names through the history: Manduševac (the spring with drinking water), Harmica (due to the taxes from the Hungarian government), Jelačićev trg (in honor to the ban) and Trg Republike (after the 2nd world war). The square is dominated by the statue of ban Jelačić (general and Croatian ban, abolished the serfdom in Croatia) done by Austrian sculptor Anton Fernkorn. Initially the statue was turned north towards Hungary but in 1990 when the statue was returned to the square it was turned south to give a better layout of the square.

Dolac is Zagreb’s biggest and most charming farmer’s market. It was made in 1930 and initially it was filled with produce of local farmers from nearby villages. Today Dolac is a gastronomic heaven where you can find local produce and specialties from all over Croatia. You will easily find it in the heart of the city with red parasols that cover the stands. You will also see a statue of a woman, ”kumica”. They were the ones bringing the products to the market and you are not a local if you don’t have your own kumica to buy the products from.

Zagreb Cathedral is the largest sacral building in Croatia. It is named the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary’s Assumption. It has been rebuilt many times from the 13th century and you can see examples of all the architectural styles on it. The Zagreb dioceses was founded in 1094 and soon after that the construction started. The style it has today was chosen in the reconstruction after the big earthquake in 1880. the design was made by a Austrian architect Herman Bolle that restored the Cathedral in a style that was popular in Europe. The 2 towers of the Cathedral are visible from around the city.

The original medieval gate to enter the Upper city of Gradec was mentioned in the medieval times but today’s appearance got in the 18th century. In the passage of the gate there is a chapel dedicated to Virgin Mary of stone gate who is also the patron protector of Zagreb. On the Zagreb city day on May 31st, there was a big fire that destroyed a big portion of the city, the picture of Madonna was untouched and since then it is celebrated as the city’s protector.

St Marks’ square is the center of the Upper city. The attention of all travelers goes directly to the St Marks’ church buit in the 13th century, but also restored by Bolle in the 19th century. In that moment the famous church roof is built and nowadays it gets all the attention. The tiles on the roof are colored and portray 2 coats of arms, one of the city and other is of the Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia. Other than the church, the surrounding buildings are of high important in the political sense. The Ban residence is now the headquarters of the Croatian government and the prime minister’s office. On the opposite side is the Croatian parliament.

Lotrščak tower is the only medieval tower preserved from the 13th century. In dusk, the bells on the tower warned the locals that the pedestrian doors next to the tower were being shut during the night and that it will no longer be possible to enter Gradec. Nowadays, inside the tower there is a cannon shooting every day at noon. It is not just a tourist attraction, it is also a way that locals tune their watches. The legend says that the canon was a gift from the Hungarian king Bela the IVth as a gratitude to Zagreb giving him protection in the Tatar attack.

Zagreb funicular connect Upper and Lower city. With only 66 meter of length it is the shortest cable car in the world made for public use. It covers the height of 30,5 meters in 55 seconds. It started to work in 1890 which makes it the oldest public transportation in Zagreb (started working 1 year before the horse driven trams).

As we mentioned before, this square is the last one in the Lenuzzi horseshoe. The Croatian national theater i a theater, opera and ballet house It was opened in 1895. Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph I was at the unveiling of this new building during his visit to the city in 1895. The building itself was the project of famed Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer, whose firm had built several theaters in Vienna. The theater has also seen many international artists including Franz Liszt, Sarah Bernhardt, Franz Lehár, Richard Strauss, Gérard Philipe, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Jean-Louis Barrault, Peter Brook, Mario Del Monaco, José Carreras…

Located by the train tracks, the Botanical garden is also the part of the Lenuzzi green horseshoe. Closed for public during the winter, every spring it opens and you can see more than 10 000 plants from Croatia and the world. No entry fee is needed, but there are certain rules of behavior (no noise, no walking on the grass…) which make the garden a peace oasis in the city center

It is a square dedicated to the first Croatian king. The brave warrior defended Croatia from the Hungarian attacks and for the first time joined all the provinces into one kingdom. In 925 he was crown as the Croatian king with the support from the Vatican. The square is ”governed” by the statue of the king.

The King Tomislav square is important for all the visitors that come to Zagreb because here is the main train station. The first train arrived to Zagreb in 1862 when it had only 40 000 citizens. With the train Zagreb was connected to Budapest and Vienna, the economical and cultural hubs of that time.

Th square was named after Nikola Šubić Zrinski, Croatian ban that lost his life in a battle with Ottoman empire. Hard to imagine that till the end of the 19th century it was just a pasture. The mentioned pasture transformed into a classy promenade with trees imported from Trieste, a music pavilion, water fountains and busts of famous Croats. It has also a meteorological station functioning from 1884. Important is too add that Zrinjevac is just a part of something bigger – the Lenuzzi horseshoe. Parks and squares making a letter U, from Zrinjevac to the Croatian national theater with important buildings.

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