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Zagreb Restaurant Week

A nation-wide event, some of the best restaurants in Zagreb take part and offer value-for-money meals. Find a restaurant by checking the event website.

Date: 24 March 2023 - 02 April 2023
Venue: Restaurants across Zagreb.


Croatia Open

The last weekend in April sees an international rowing regatta come to Zagreb.

Date: 15 April 2023 - 16 April 2023
Venue: Lake Jarun.

Free to spectate.

Dance Week Festival

The Dance Week Festival is Croatia’s primary international festival showcasing contemporary dance, movement theatre and mime. Organised by the Institute for Movement and Dance, the annual festival provides a platform for choreographic living legends and upcoming performers to share ideas.

Date: 01 June 2023 - 30 June 2023
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.


Animafest Zagreb

Animafest Zagreb is one of Europe's longest-running festivals celebrating animated film. The organisers reckon that this is the friendliest gathering place for filmmakers and fans of all different genres and categories of animated film. Throughout the festival week, the art and production of animated film are promoted through various perspectives, with an emphasis on the output of European filmmakers. Recent productions, retrospectives and film competitions are prominent in a programme which also includes exhibitions, lectures and panel discussions.

Date: 05 June 2023 - 10 June 2023
Venue: Various screening venues in Zagreb.


International Folklore Festival

This five-day festival sees participants from various European countries don national costumes to perform folk dances in Zagreb.

Date: 01 July 2023 - 31 July 2023
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues including Trg Bana Jelačića.


Martinje (St Martin's Day)

Wine and Catholicism come together on Saint Martin's Day, which falls at the end of the wine-growing season. On this day, ritual feasts are held, in which the traditional dish is roast goose. The new season's wine is blessed in ceremonies which are often quite elaborate, taking the form of a 'christening' in which the expected cast of characters - godfather, priest and so forth - is present. Martinje festivities take place in the centre of Zagreb and in the vineyard towns and municipalities of Zagreb County.

Date: 11 November 2023 - 11 November 2023
Venue: Zagreb and its wine district.

Generally free.

Fašnik (Carnival)

The big pre-Lent carnival parade in Zagreb takes place on Shrove Tuesday, a celebration known locally as 'Fašnik'. The name refers to a character who is the Doer of Evil, he who is to blame for everything that went wrong during the previous year. Traditionally, Fašnik (his straw effigy, at least) is burned, drowned or hung. High-spirited revellers in fancy dress and masks congregate during the morning in front of Zagreb’s cathedral, before setting off on a noisy, colourful parade through the city. Feasting is an integral part of the day and the traditional dishes include sauerkraut, corn paste (žganci), roast beef, turkey or goose. Doughnuts (krafne) satisfy any remaining appetites.

Date: 05 February 2024 - 18 February 2024
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Streets of Zagreb.


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Hotel Dubrovnik

With a hard-to-beat location - off the main Bana Jelačića square - this 266-room Zagreb hotel also boasts a small fitness centre and an Italian restaurant. The glass building is a city landmark and the meeting place for businessmen and business travellers.

Palace Hotel

The old dame of hotels in Zagreb, Palace Hotel still oozes the old-fashioned charm that once made it the city’s best. Opened in 1891, it’s Zagreb’s first luxury hotel, and the decadent elegance of the Habsburg Empire still reigns in the plush rooms. Front rooms have fabulous views of the park, so try to get one of those for beauty in and outside.

Esplanade Zagreb

This grand 1920s hotel in Zagreb was originally built for travellers on the Orient Express and has hosted royalty, artists and politicians in its many years. It remains the epitome of old-fashioned luxury and Art Deco elegance, with 209 plush rooms, fine-dining restaurant (one of the city’s best), health club and business centre.

Hotel Ilica

With a good, central location and rooms decorated in a rich (sometimes kitsch) style, complete with red drapes, gilded details and large paintings, Hotel Ilica is great if you like to have peace and quiet, but still be in the middle of things. It’s a small hotel in Zagreb, which means the service is friendly and personal.

Hotel Jagerhorn

Founded in 1827, Jagerhorn is the city’s oldest standing hotel. After the full refurbishment in 2015 it has become one of the most luxurious places to stay in Zagreb. Whether you like to enjoy a drink by the fountain or relax in spacious rooms, Jagerhorn is an oasis of style and comfort.

Panorama Zagreb

This gleaming business hotel in Zagreb has 279 comfortable, modern and well-equipped rooms, as well as a restaurant and meeting and conference facilities. It’s great value for an uncomplicated sense of comfort.