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With lots of green spaces, fountains, events and festivals, summer is the perfect time to visit Zagreb. The city is quieter than usual at this time of year. But, it still offers a lot to do and see for its visitors. If you wonder what to do in the Croatian capital, here is my guide with fun things to do in Zagreb in summer.
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Most of Zagreb’s residents spend their summer vacations on the Croatian coast. Thus, the city becomes more relaxed and calmer, and people get into a festive mood during the hottest part of the year. However, the city is even busier in July and August, and I recommend a visit.
1 – Relax in Zrinjevac Park
Zagreb is home to many beautiful parks, especially in the old city centre. This part of the city is called the Green Horseshoe. The word green designates a large number of vast parks. One of the largest and most beautiful parks located very close to the main square of Zagreb is Zrinjevac.
Visiting Zrinjevac is one of the fun things to do in Zagreb in the summer. It is filled with beautiful fountains, statues of important figures from the Croatian past, many benches, a weather clock, and an extensive music pavilion (with regular musical performances). Besides, many events are held in Zrinjevac Park during the summer months. And also, you’ll often find pop-up shops selling ice cream, cocktails, or snacks.
2 – Have an ice cream at Amélie or Orient
Address: Vlaška ulica 6, Zagreb (Amelie) and Petrinjska ulica 2, Zagreb (Orijent)
After a full day of walking around Zagreb on a hot summer day, take a break and enjoy some ice cream. Two of my favourite ice cream parlours in Zagreb (and I say this as a giant ice cream lover who lives in Zagreb) are Amelie and Orijent.
They have good quality ice creams with very unusual flavours. My favourite is the Amélie, and Mozart de Orijent salted caramel. Both places are located in the city’s centre and have lovely terraces to sit and relax.
3 – Visit Strossmartre
Another place you cannot miss if you visit Zagreb in summer is Strossmartre. It is a street festival that takes place throughout the summer. Located in the oldest district of Zagreb, called Upper Town, you will have a great view of Zagreb while having a cold drink, listening to musical performances or exploring the works of local designers and artists.
The festival occupies the entire street, and you will see it immediately. It is named after the Montmartre district in Paris.
4 – Explore the Botanical Garden
Address: Trg Marka Marulića 9a, Zagreb
When temperatures rise, one of the best places to visit during the summer in Zagreb is the Botanical Garden. Founded in 1889, it is now protected as a cultural site and home to many local and exotic plants. It is a fantastic place to cool off and enjoy.
You will need to pay the entrance fee to enter the Zagreb Botanical Garden. However, it is a symbolic price that is around 1.5 euros.
5 – The Zagreb Time Machine
Zagreb city guide
Address: various locations in the centre of Zagreb
Walking through the cobbled streets of Zagreb during the summer months, you will often come across people dressed as historical figures. A couple dressed in 19th-century clothes, a lady bringing fresh vegetables to the market or the historical policeman, you will see them all.
During the summer in Zagreb, an event called Zagreb Time Machine (Zagrebački vremeplov in Croatian) is organized, with many small events in the city centre.
6 – Relax at Bundek and Jarun lakes
Direction: Ulica Damira Tomljanovića (Bundek) and Aleja Matije Ljubeka (Jarun)
Zagreb is quite a lovely city to live in, thanks to its two lakes and the large green spaces. Especially in the summer months, the locals spend a lot of time there. Lake Jarun is more extensive and perfect for rowing, running or walking.
Bundek Lake is smaller but very nice for a walk, a picnic or a drink with friends. You will find many cafes around these two lakes. Croatians love to barbecue in the summer. So you will also find many barbecue tables in Jarun and Bundek, and you have to bring your grill.
7 – Tuškanac Summer Stadium
Address: Dubravkin post 3, Zagreb
And also, Tuškanac Summer Stage is an open-air cinema located in one of the most charming parks in Zagreb. Further, It is open at night during the summer. You can find the show on their website (here is the link) and choose the movie you like.
And you don’t have to worry about language problems because the movies are not dubbed in Croatia. It is always played in the film’s original language and subtitled in Croatian. So you can sit back, relax, watch a movie and enjoy the summer in Zagreb.
8 – Climb the Lotrščak Tower
Lotrscak tower in Zagreb
Address: Tomiceva ulica 9, Zagreb
The Lotrščak Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in Zagreb. Every day, precisely at noon, the Grič cannon fires from there. There are often exciting exhibits inside the building so that you can enjoy those. It can get a bit cold to climb to the top of this medieval tower in winter, so I recommend it as one of the best things to do during summer in Zagreb.
9 – Climb Medvednica Mountain
Address: Bliznec 70, Zagreb and website with more information
Medvednica Mountain is another relaxing area on the outskirts of Zagreb.
Here you will find many hiking trails, from the easiest to the most difficult. The easiest, suitable for almost everyone.
At the end of most Medvednica mountain hiking trails, you will find restaurants serving delicious traditional dishes from the Zagreb region. Try štrudle, štrukli or ask for food recommendations at restaurants. I have always thought that these restaurants are the places where you can best feel the traditional spirit of Zagreb.
10 – Lastly, Have a drink in one of the bars on Tkalčićeva street
Tea and Luka in a cafe in Zagreb
Address: Ulica Ivana Tkalčića, Zagreb
To have a drink after work or in the evening is one of the favourite activities of the people of Zagreb. is Cafes and restaurants are packed in Bogovićeva Street or Trg Petra Preradovića
And also, one of the most picturesque streets in Zagreb is Tkalčićeva. You will also find many bars, cafes and restaurants with large terraces.
Zagreb is a beautiful destination to visit throughout the year. However, it becomes more relaxed and calm during the summer months. If you’re spending time this summer in Zagreb, check out some of my recommendations above.