Zagreb audio tour: Uncovering Gradec: Zagreb's Upper Town

Uncovering Gradec: Zagreb's Upper Town

Walking Tour

30 mins

About the Tour

Join me, a local tour guide, on a stroll through Gradec, Zagreb’s “Upper Town”. Along the way, we’ll learn how people here lived in the medieval period, why neckties are a big deal in Croatia, and why it makes sense for us to have an 80s museum.

Our tour begins on Tkalcic Street (pronounced Tkalchich), which used to be the border between two medieval settlements that eventually merged into what is now the city of Zagreb. From there, we’ll make our way up through the Stone Gate into the heart of Upper Town. You’ll see the beautiful church of St Mark's with its colourful roof, Croatia’s parliament, City Hall, and the Museum of Broken Relationships..

We'll go to a viewpoint next, where you can take beautiful photos of the city, then I’ll tell you about the great Croatian inventors while we walk along Strossmayer Promenade. From there, our route takes you through the beautiful Park Grič, where archaeologists have uncovered city walls and an ancient fortress. It ends where Upper Town was founded, at the entrance to a tunnel that goes through the hill and takes you almost all the way back to where our walking tour started.

Tour Producer


Renata Hofer

Teacher/translator/tour guide. Love what I do, especially because it does not involve an office and staring in the computer. Mum of a little boy. I love travelling, exploring new places, love reading about history and art history. In love with Art Noveau architecture. Kind, patient and friendly.

Major Landmarks

  • St Mark's church

  • Lotrscak tower

  • the funicular

  • Broken relationship's museum

  • the Parliament

  • Stone gate

Directions to Starting Point

The crossing of Skalinska and Tkalcic street

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Places to stop along the way

Brokenships bistro, Broken relationships cafe (great coffee, artisan ice cream and cakes). Atelier Meštrović and Museum of the city of Zagreb are not on the route but they are located in the Upper town so I would advise visiting them later on, especially Atelier Meštrović.

Best time of day

If you're in Zagreb during the summer I would definitely recommend going in the morning before 10 a.m. because it tends to get quite hot. Or after 5 p.m. when there are fewer tourist groups. And after the tour, you can stay in the Upper town and enjoy some of the restaurants or cafes located there. Between May and October, there's always some kind of a festival taking place. Usually, they offer street food, refreshments, and in the evening you can listen to some live music.


Zagreb is a safe city. If you go out in the evening or decide to go for a walk in the middle of the night you really have nothing to worry about. However, since it does get crowded in the Upper town pickpockets take advantage of it so just be careful not to leave your bag open and to carry your valuables out of reach.


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Uncovering Gradec: Zagreb's Upper Town