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Zagreb is Croatia’s capital and largest city offering an exciting array of activities from museum hopping and shopping to water sports and excursions. If you’re on a holiday in Croatia, rent a car in Zagreb to enjoy its attractions in comfort and style. A car hire in Zagreb is a convenient way to discover the city, and even more so if you’re also planning on sightseeing in the vicinity where public transportation is limited.

It's your choice: Where to go in Zagreb

Start your exploration of the city at the Upper town and see the remnants of walls and towers built during the medieval times. The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb is found in the area as well as the Croatian Parliament Building. This quirky museum displays mementoes of failed relationships from broken toasters to suicide notes. Hop in your rental car and drive to the city center in Zagreb. Hang out at Jelacic Square and explore its 19th-century buildings. Tkalciceva Street or Tcalka is a pedestrian-only street lined with charming cafes, shops and colourful historical houses. If you have enough of the noise and crowds, escape to Maksimir Park which is a quiet forest reserve covering 18 hectares. Admire its landscaped gardens, artificial lakes and the delightful Bellevue Pavilion. In Zagreb, the beach in Jarun Lake is suitable for swimming, windsurfing and other water sports.

Things to do in Zagreb

When you rent a car in Zagreb, you have the freedom to go places on a whim. Pop in at the Croatian Association of Artists for its diverse programme of events and exhibitions while history lovers are encouraged to stop by at the Archaeological Museum boasting of well-curated exhibits and artefacts from the prehistoric to the medieval age. The markets in Zagreb are not to be missed such as the Dolac market where clothes, souvenirs, fresh produce, specialities and pastries are teeming. Britanac is another market in the middle of the Britanski Trg square, a great place to hunt down antiques. Having a car hire in Zagreb also makes it easy to go on day trips. Visit the baroque city of Varazdin and discover the 13th-century Trakoscan Castle filled with paintings and artefacts. Walk through the historic town and visit the Varazdin Cemetery. An excursion to the picturesque Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke is highly recommended if you plan to rent a car in Zagreb. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most scenic sites in Croatia. Discover its historic village, hike through the park or cruise across Kozjak Lake.

Important info about Zagreb

Zagreb is in the southwestern part of Central Europe with the Danube, Drava and Sava rivers flowing through the city. It is comprised mostly of sloping hills of the Medvednica mountains and flat lands of the Pannonian Plain. The highest peak is Sljeme at 1,032 metres. The city has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. When in Zagreb, try restaurants that serve both traditional and gourmet food. Croatians love hearty meat-based dishes and fresh seafood. Sample Zagrebacki odrezak which can be veal, pork or chicken steak stuffed with cheese and ham. Purica i mlinci is a classic roast turkey served on a flatbread. For appetisers, try Sir I vrhnje which is a fusion of cottage cheese and sour cream. Delicious desserts include Paprenjaci, a ginger snap/cookie and Orehnjaca, a nut roll.

Weather in Zagreb
Country Croatia
Language Croatian/English
Currency Croatian kuna
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +385

Good to know

If taking the plane from major European cities to the capital, your flight to Zagreb will land at the Franjo Tudman Airport. It is also known as Zagreb Airport and is the biggest and busiest international airport in Croatia. Its services include vehicle rentals so you can pick up your car hire in Zagreb straight off the parking lot and drive to your destination. The minimum age to drive in Croatia is 18 years and you must already have the licence for a year. Surcharges may apply to drivers under the age of 25 years. Seatbelts are mandatory for all passengers and the BAC limit is 0.5. It is forbidden to drive whilst using your mobile phones. If you must talk to someone, stop at a safe place. Fines for traffic violations are collected on the spot. Note that Croatians drive on the right and overtake on the left lane. The speed limits in town and the city are 60 km/h, 100 km/h on open roads and 130 km/h on motorways.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Zagreb

There are many places to explore around Zagreb, a map can easily confirm this. The easiest way is to drive and enjoy the scenery. The roads are in a good condition and you can always stop for breaks and photo shoots. If you are not in a hurry, take the A1 motorway or Dalmatina that connects Zagreb with Ploce, a town and seaport in the Dubrovnik area. Other trips that are worth doing include a visit to Ljubljana and the panoramic Lake Bled as well as a journey to Split where you can see the Diocletian Palace, the best preserved Roman building in the world. Stroll on the promenade of Riva, admire the Cathedral of Saint Domnius or climb up to Marjan for spectacular views of the city.

What to bring to your friends from Zagreb

One of the best gifts that you can bring home to fashionistas is a traditional Croatian cravat tie which has a historical significance in the country. They were part of uniforms of soldiers during the Prussian wars. The Sestine umbrella is an important part of the Croatian costume, and this pretty parasol also makes a great gift as handmade Croatian jewellery. Another excellent souvenir is Croatian lace renowned for its delicate beauty. The town of Samboor west of Zagreb also makes exquisite crystal glasses that you can bring home as presents. When it comes to food, cheese and olive oil are going to please their receivers.