Zagrebculture & arts
Zagreb is a city deeply rooted in the European cultural space to which it contributes immeasurable cultural value. Take a walk through the streets and squares whose excellent monuments have become symbols of the city and among them the work of a famous sculptor, Ivan Meštrović. Make an appointment in the city centre, next to the monument of Nikola Tesla, the inventor who determined the development of civilisation with his inventions or visit galleries and museums to take in all the creations of these two greats with a Croatian and an American address.more
From Rich Cultural Heritage of Zagreb
Retrospective Ivan Meštrović exhibition – an event not to be missed
A retrospective Ivan Meštrović exhibition (Vrpolje, 1883 – South Bend, 1962) is a cultural event connecting people, visions and worlds, while Zagreb – the city displaying the artist's works across its public areas – represents an ideal setting and an inspirational invitation.
Vranyczany-Dobrinović family legacy: Representative museum and gallery spaces
The Vranyczany-Dobrinović family had an important role in Croatian history, politics and the cultural life and architecture of Zagreb. Stop and have a look...
Theatres: Universal Language of Art
The Zagreb theatre scene is exceptionally rich and varied so schedules of around thirty theatres offer plays which cater to everyone’s tastes.
Museums: in Zagreb and around the World
The museums of Zagreb tell their own story about the city, Croatia but also about the important heritage of the modern civilization.
University: A City of Knowledge, Ideas and New Projects
Did you know that the University of Zagreb was listed among the top 500 universities in the world on this year’s Academic Ranking of World Universities also known as the Shanghai Ranking?
Can't get enough of culture? Here's more
The third edition of Artupunktura, scheduled for October and November 2023, continues its mission of implementing art into public institutions, communities and various parts of the natural, urban and cultural ecosystems of Zagreb.
With the "LADO at Mažuranac" project, the LADO ensemble is revitalizing the Mažuranac park from June 30 to July 2 with concerts, workshops, performances and exhibitions.
Zagreb's long-standing summer classical music festival "Evenings at Grič" will take place from July 1 to 15 in its 42nd edition.
At its first Opera Zagreb Festival, from June 25 to July 5, the Croatian National Theater presents hits from national theater companies and the Slovenian Opera SNG Ljubljana.
With the "4 in 1" concept, Summer at MSU brings exhibitions, art films, dance performances and concerts until July 14.
Hermann Bollé: Architect Who Designed the City
Zagreb is a city remembered for its architecture and above everything else, unique atmosphere. This is what visitors say, and citizens agree with and for this to a great extent give Hermann Bollé the credit.
LADO: Excellent Performances of Croatian Traditional Music
Top professional singers, musicians and dancers from the National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia have thrilled audiences worldwide with their impressive repertoire of traditional songs.
Nikola Tesla: A Monument and a Museum to Honor the Great
Nikola Tesla, 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943 was inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
ZAGREB IN ONE MINUTE
Known as the “Špica”, the pedestrianized stretch between Ban Jelačić Square and Petar Preradović Square (also known as Flower Square) is Zagreb's celebrated cofee strip.
Hotel Esplanade was built in 1925. It provided luxury lodging to Orient Express passengers on their route from Paris to Istanbul.
The Zagreb funicular is the world's shortest cable railway used for public transport. The 64-second ride covers a distance of 66 meters.
On one night every year museums stay open late and entry is free. The event is known as the Night Of Museums, and is held in Zagreb and other cities across Croatia.
The aluminium statue of this great Croatian writer was made in 1972 by sculptor Ivan Kožarić. It is a fiting tribute to a true aficionado of Zagreb.
Animated series Professor Balthazar is the bestknown product of the Zagreb School of Animated Films. The broadcasting rights to this children’s classic have been sold in 30 countries worldwide.
The Botanical Garden prides itself on a collection of more than 5,000 plant species and subspecies, 300 of which are protected.
Surrounded by landscaped greenery, Zagreb's largest cemetery Mirogoj is also a wonderful openair sculpture park.
Opened in 1794, Maksimir is the oldest and, according to many locals, the most beautiful of Zagreb’s parks. Maksimir stretches across 316 hectares, an area almost equal in size to that of New York's Central Park.
Gas lamps were first introduced in Zagreb in 1863. Today, more than 200 of them are still in use.
First mentioned back in 1355, The Black Eagle is the oldest pharmacy in the Zagreb region.
The noise generated by the Grič cannon can be as loud as 130 decibels. When it is fired at noon every day, its sound can even be heard south of the river Sava.
Urban Culture of Zagreb
For over 20 years club Močvara, located in the former Jedinstvo factory on Sava riverbank, gathers the members of Zagreb’s alternative scene.
Artupunktura - Zagreb Art Platform
Mapping New Visions and City Ecosystems: From Futurism to Degrowth and Social to Multispecies Justice
Zagreb Classic - Heavenly sounds under open skies
Zagreb Classic open air festival is truly an experience for all classical music lovers. First-class musicians from Croatia and all over the world perform the best of classical music for people from Zagreb and their guests on a unique stage under the stars on one of Zagreb’s most beautiful squares, King Tomislav Square.
Lado Electro project: traditional, yet modern
Can traditional sound modern? In other words, how to color modern music with tradition? The Lado Electro project shows that the result of this unconventional pairing can be very appealing.
Zagreb School of Animated Film
The Zagreb School of Animated Film has seen its worldwide success crowned with multiple awards, including an Oscar.
Vatroslav Lisinski, Croatia's first opera composer
History remembers the composer Vatroslav Lisinski as the author of the first Croatian opera, and Zagreb's concert hall was named after him.
Cravat Regiment: Are you wearing a tie?
The changing of the guard is an attractive program performed in Zagreb by the Croatian Armed Forces' Cravat Regiment, and it is based on a tradition that dates back to the 17th century.
The projects Ilica: Q'Art and Okolo, each in its own way, change Zagreb
Through community interaction in a public space, the city becomes more beautiful, pleasant and different compared to yesterday.
Gavella Drama Theater: a unique approach to dramatic opus
For almost seven decades, Gavella Drama Theater has nurtured a unique approach to staging plays, and the Gavella Evenings event has been held for more than three decades, during which awards are presented to notable plays and their actors.
Ambiental installation: solar system closer than ever
A coffee break in the city's very center is a quite unexpected starting point for a most interesting and pleasant solar system lesson. When you're in Zagreb, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Pluto... are closer than you could ever imagine.
The life of a city: the women who pushed boundaries
Every city's history is written by its inhabitants, each in their own way. In this historical and existential distribution of roles, a special place belongs to women, both known and unknown...
Zagreb’s chroniclers: suspended time
Much has been said about the relationships between cities and their writers. Only this much is certain – the city is their inspiration, and they, in turn, are the lasting guardians of the tales of its life and history. Walk around Zagreb and stand next to some of the city's chroniclers, and then, in their verses, stories or novels, find Zagreb as it once was, and maybe even is today.
Street Art: New Face of the City
Did you know that Zagreb hosts one of the top 10 murals in the world? In 2016 at the Festival d’art public in Montreal this flattering title was awarded to the Zagreb mural the Blue Whale of the French street artist Étien.
Slavoljub Penkala: from Zagreb to the World
In 1906 Slavoljub Penkala patented a mechanical pencil called Penkala, and in the same year he opened his first shop in what is today Praška Street. This was where the mechanical pencil and the fountain pen started their world trip…
Ivan Meštrović: the City as a Gallery
Did you know that two great sculptors, a Croat Ivan Meštrović and a Frenchman Auguste Rodin were friends? Even more, the French great said that Meštrović was “a miracle among sculptors” describing Meštrović as an even greater sculptor than himself.
Marija Jurić Zagorka: Chronicler of Zagreb Who Challenged Stereotypes
Many were impressed with her talent which allowed her to write using her analytical and sharp mind, but according to social norms of the late nineteenth century it was simply unacceptable for a journalist to be a woman.
Lifestyle: The Joy of Life
Many tourists speak enthusiastically about the atmosphere and lifestyle in Zagreb, this wonderful combination of business and leisure, the fact that is both vibrant and safe, which is very important.
Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra: Beauty and Joy of Music
In the renowned Carnegie Hall in New York the performance of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra was met and accompanied by a long applause. The orchestra was admired in concert halls of numerous other cities on all continents. Nevertheless, stages of the City of Zagreb are its most frequent and dearest destination.
Open-Air Events: When the City Becomes a Stage
For many musicians, Zagreb is a famous, renowned and indispensable destination.
Music: Are There Any Tickets Left?
Famous music festivals of various genres, attractive concerts; all of this is a part of the Zagreb scene which is pushing boundaries, making Zagreb an attractive open-air stage.
Stories created by locals
In Street Art Zagreb's shoes: From Baby Steps To Giant Leaps
Have you noticed the increase in murals in Zagreb lately? The Zagreb street art scene has grown significantly in the last few years- everywhere you turn/look there is a mural with an interesting story. Some like it, others not so much. Some of the murals are incredible and inspiring, while others are not. Still, street art is growing in popularity and giving Zagreb a spark of uniqueness. Most European cities are becoming giant museums, and Zagreb is no exception.
Do you want to experience the 80s? Visit the New Wave Museum
When we first hear the word museum, we usually think of the traditional concept of looking at pieces of historical, cultural, artistic or scientific importance. However, we now see a rise in new types of museums. Museums that offer interaction, besides the art displays. For example, in Zagreb, at Vlaška 67, close to the famous Jelačić square, you can visit the Museum of the New wave. The museum opened its door for the very first time in November this year.
Historical Celebs of Jurjevska Street
There is something about Jurjevska street in the Upper town district. If you take a walk through the winding street on a quiet day, you can feel the ethereal spirit of old. I am sure we owe a part of the atmosphere to the many unusual personalities who lived here. Let me introduce you to at least some of them.
Up We Go
Zagreb is indeed quite hilly on its north side, which means there are a lot of paths and stairways that take you up. Yet the most distinguished ones are the most unnoticeable ones. The winding, blended-in stairs are far more than just a functional connection between the lower and the upper point, even if that’s not clear at the first glance.
A Foodie Day Out in Zagreb
I've often had the pleasure of taking foreign visitors for foodie walk tours of Zagreb, to introduce them to our local gastronomy and culinary tradition in direct encounter. In this challenging year, there are obviously less tourists exploring Zagreb, but that doesn't mean that the city is dead and there's nothing to experience.
Tea Time in Zagreb
Coffee is without the slightest doubt the most widely consumed hot beverage in Zagreb. So hugely important, it's not just a drink, it's one of the pillars of our urban culture. Tea stands no chance next to coffee, although it's also a common, familiar and popular drink found everywhere.
The Croatian Soundscript
Sound-based app triggered by BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) beacons, mounted at most streetcar and bus stops in Zagreb, as well as throughout Zagreb’s historical attractions and city parks. The app features primarily the unpublished short stories by Croatian writers and a selection of outstanding short stories written by high school students.