Upper and Lower Zagreb Croatia

Although Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, now has a population of about 800,000 it wasn’t always so. It’s also true that some of the areas near the city centre, near the Upper and Lower parts of Zagreb, despite their close proximity, were often at war with each other.

The Upper Town area harks back to medieval times when the folks who lived in Kaptol and Gradec didn’t always see eye to eye, and fighting often broke out. Perhaps it was because the church and administrative hierarchy who used to live in Kaptol looked down on the artisans and trades people of Gradec. Whatever the cause, the two towns merged in the 1770s when peace broke out at last.

Modern day Zagreb is a very attractive place, which has managed to preserve many of its heritage areas. The city is located on the southern slopes of the Medvednica Mountain along the banks of the Sava River. Culturally, it is a very old and traditional European city, and boasts numerous historical monuments.

Jelacic Square sits at the centre of Zagreb. It is located in Zagreb’s upper town area, south of Dolac market. The square marks the intersection of many streets such as Illica and Radićeva and small streets such as Splavnica, Harmica, Bakačeva, Jurišićeva and Gajeva. The square is marked as a pedestrian zone and therefore no vehicles are allowed inside the area. But it is accessible by tram.

Speaking of trams, Zagreb is a really easy city to negotiate because it does have an efficient public transport system. Apart from the trams there are also buses and trains, which run all day and right through the night.

Zagreb also boasts one of the world’s steepest funicular railways which runs between the Upper and Lower towns. For sight-seeing and free entry to all city transport, there is one day special ticket available known as Zagreb card pass.

Although on the surface Zagreb is an attractive medieval city, it is also a city which knows how to party and there are plenty of bars, pubs and clubs which open well into the night for those looking for entertainment.

If shopping is your thing then you should head towards Illica Street which runs from Jelacic Square through the north western part of the city. It is one of the longest and busiest streets in Zagreb, and is where you will find many shops and interesting cultural sites.

1 comment to Upper and Lower Zagreb Croatia

  • Gay

    We visited Zagreb a few years ago and we were shocked at the graffiti on all the beautiful buildings in the city and sadly that is the main thing I remember

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