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.
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.
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.
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.