A Brief History of Zagreb

Today’s Zagreb has grown out of two medieval settlements that for centuries developed on neighbouring hills. The first written mention of the city dates from 1094, when a diocese was founded on Kaptol, while in 1242, neighbouring Gradec was proclaimed a free and royal city. Both the settlements were surrounded by high walls and towers, remains of which are still preserved.

During the Turkish onslaughts on Europe, between the 14th and 18th centuries, Zagreb was an important border fortress. The Baroque reconstruction of the city in the 17th and 18th centuries changed the appearance of the city. The old wooden houses were demolished, opulent palaces, monasteries and churches were built. The many trade fairs, the revenues from landed estates and the offerings of the many craft workshops greatly contributed to the wealth of the city.

Affluent aristocratic families, royal officials, church dignitaries and rich traders from the whole of Europe moved into the city. Schools and hospitals were opened, and the manners of European capitals were adopted. The city outgrew its medieval borders and spread to the lowlands. The first parks and country houses were built. Zagreb confirmed its position as the administrative, cultural and economic centre of Croatia.

When Kaptol, Gradec and the surrounding settlements were administratively combined into the integrated city of Zagreb in 1850, the development accelerated still more. The disastrous earthquake of 1880 sparked off the reconstruction and modernization of many shabby neighbourhoods and buildings. Prestigious public buildings were erected, parks and fountains were made, and transportation and other infrastructures were organized.

In the 19th century the population increased tenfold. The twentieth century brought the Secession style to Zagreb. The city lived in the plenty of a civil society, with firm links with all the central European centres. With an increase in wealth and industry from the 1960s on, the city spread out over the wide plains alongside the Sava River, where a new, contemporary business city has develop.

Zagreb square

About Zagreb nowdays

Modern european city of Zagreb shows atmosphere of business, cultural, and gastronomy centre in continental Croatia. Historical monuments and heritage sites like Zagreb Cathedral and St. Mark’s Church are interconected with modern structures in one architectural urban core.

Popular and more and more visited city break destination in Europe, Zagreb trully has a lot to offer to visitors all year long.

Holding concerts as well as theatre performances, art exibitions and myriad of other traditional manifestations that take place in Zagreb make its cultural and social life rich and versatile. Zagreb keeps up with international trends and modern european lifestyles.

After visiting central Zagreb market place Dolac, socializing in taverns at Ban Jelačić square, Cvjetni Square or Tkalčićeva Street remains a tradition among citizens.
Cozy Zagreb restaurants in the centre offer tourists delightful national croatian meals and wines whereas tastes and quality of food delight every new guest.

Walking through Park of nature Medvednica or beautiful old fashioned park Maksimir, passing through alleys of renaissance cemetery Mirogoj or sunbathing by the lake Jarun, visitors fully enjoy Zagreb!

This beautiful european metropolis remains an example of comfortable life in natural and urban enviroment .

Tour info

All that you must see and more !

Consider a private tour and discover Croatian capital with your own private tour guide !
A personalized tour in a company of a passionate, dynamic and attentive Zagreb City tour guide, adds to your enjoyment: it’s like a conversation with a local.

Be it in the context of a corporate visit, individual tour, family activity or sightseeing adventure,  your interaction with a Zagreb City tour guide will remain an entertaining and  cherished time of your stay in Croatia.

Private guide may either meet you at your apartment, hotel, or agree on any other
meeting point with You. In addition, upon request, guide will provide personal appreciation of restaurants, attractions and tourist activities that will help you in planning the rest of your stay.

Sightseeing includes round trip through Upper and Lower Zagreb :
Zagreb Cathedral, Dolac marketplace , Petrica Kerempuh square, Tkalčićeva street, Stone Gates,  St. Marco’s Square and Church, Jesuit square and St. Catherine’s Church, Strossmayer’s promenade, Ban Jelačić Square and walk through Ilica street , Masarykova street, Croatian National Theatre visit, Flower Square and Park Zrinjevac visit!