Although, best known for its title of the most beautiful Advent city in Europe for couple of years in a row, there is much more to see in Zagreb. Museums, squares, many cafes, restaurants, and parks are some of the features of this gay friendly European city. We bring you one of the most must-see locations when you arrive in the capital, and of course gay friendly bars, clubs and other places.
Zagreb is a city with a very rich and interesting history. It has always been a city of culture, fashion, charm. Like any city, it has fun facts and places who are „must see“. Here are some of them:
MUST SEE THINGS IN ZAGREB
- Church of St. Marko – St. Mark’s Church is one of the oldest building monuments in the city of Zagreb, and is located on St. Mark’s Square, same as the Croatian Parliament. Church of St. The Evangelist Mark is a protected cultural property of the Republic of Croatia. It has baroque and gothic elements of architectural construction, and is an ideal place for those who love architecture. It is characteristic for its roof, who has the symbols of Zagreb on it.
- Zagreb Cathedral – is the largest Croatian religious building and one of the monuments of Croatian cultural heritage. It is the first and most important Gothic building in Croatia, an ideal grandiose and monumental building for those who love the combination of late medieval art and architecture. The Zagreb Cathedral, which is the tallest building in the Croata is 105 meters in height. A less known fact about the Zagreb Cathedral is that it has three large chandeliers that used to hang in a casino in Las Vegas. When they were first given to the cathedral, there was some debate on whether or not they were appropriate and aesthetically right, but once the church hung them up to see how they would look, they were never taken down again.
Adress: Kaptol 31
- Ban Josip Jelačić Square – Zagreb’s main square where the sculpture work of the of sculptor Dominic Fernhorn is located. Today, this square is the heart of the city where the city lives from 0-24h. Here you can take tram in every part of the city.
- Medvednica Nature Park – the mountain is north of Zagreb. The highest peak is called Sljeme and is often a destination for citizens on weekends. It is an ideal location for those who love nature and hiking, and escape from the speed of the city.
- The Stone Gate history – The Stone Gate, the only preserved city gate in the historic Upper Town, may hold a piece of world history at one of its entrances. The decorative chain on the corner of Opatička and Kamenita streets is said to have held the HMS Victory, Admiral Nelson’s flagship, after the Battle of Trafalgar.
- Upper towns street lights – The street lights in the Upper Town have a tradition of their own, one that does not rely on electricity. The 217 gas lamps that illuminate the old streets have been lit by hand, one by one, since 1863.
- Coffee Culture in Zagreb – Between 10am and 3pm on Saturdays, a coterie of socially-conscious locals doing their finest, flashiest clothes, and strut their way to Bogovićeva, just by the main square. Then they sit, drink coffee, and pout. It’s part of a strange phenomenon called špica, and it’s all about seeing and being seen.
- Free Wi-Fi through city – Many tourists are dependent on GPS – and thus wifi. But this ancient city, steeped in history, is way ahead of the game when it comes to modern amenities. The city centre has free wifi, along with many other streets, hotels and cafes throughout the city. In fact, there’s a whole Facebook page offering the passwords for free wifi in the city. So in Zagreb you’ll never be lost.
- Green Zagreb – You can find spaces for recreation almost anywhere around Zagreb. Also within easy reach we find Medvednica, a popular destination for outings. Right in the city centre, parks, streets and squares intersect with green spaces and gardens. Landscaped in the 19th century, Strossmayer Promenade in the Upper Town is where you can enjoy a romantic panorama of Zagreb accompanied by the poet A.G. Matoš, in sculpture form. Further evidence of 19th-century urban planning is provided by the so-called Green Horseshoe. This line of eight green squares created by Lenuci serves as the axis of the Lower Town. One of the most popular is Zrinjevac, known for its row of plane trees brought in from Trieste more than a century ago. Fountains, a music pavilion and busts of notable figures take us back to that time.
- Museum of Broken Relationships – as the name implies, this museum is dedicated to failed love relationships. It features personal items left behind by former lovers, accompanied by brief descriptions. The 2011 European Museum Forum awarded the prestigious Kenneth Hudson Award as the most innovative museum in Europe Bremerhaven Ceremony.
Bars, clubs and other gay places
Address: Petrinjska 32, Zagreb
Gay bar and club in the city centar of Zagreb, pleasure and modern place for gay party in the heart of the city.
- SAUNA MOBILUS
Address: Prilaz Gjure Deželića 62, Zagreb
- DENIS CLUB
Address: Mrazovićeva 9
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