Croatia

Explore the best Zagreb photo spots

19 photo spots Public

Luka Esenko


Introduction

Zagreb is a bustling modern city and the capital of Croatia. Although many people only ever visit Zagreb en route to Croatia’s coast, it is certainly worth spending a night or two in this city. Zagreb can be photographically rewarding and is easy to get around. Most of the photography spots are to be found in the lower and upper town and within easy walking distance . The only exception is Mirogoj cemetery, which is well worth the extra effort required to visit it.

Most of the spots described here are located either in the historic Upper Town (Gornji Grad) or in the 19th century Lower Town (Donji Grad) but there are also numerous photography subjects in the socialist Novi Zagreb (New Zagreb) and surrounding areas, such as Mt Medvednica or the banks of Sava river.

Visit in Summer (May to September) for vibrant scenes of the old town. There are so many open air events that even locals cannot keep up. Street artists come from all over the world and riverside cafes are always full.

Another great time to visit is in December. Zagreb’s festive decorations make low light photography a joy and the city at night looks stunning. After a shoot,you can warm up your cold hands with a mulled wine or a hot chocolate from one of numerous stands around the old town!

Zagreb has few restrictions for photographers, other than respecting the usual limitations re tripods and flash photography in most museums and galleries. In some churches tripods are allowed, but be respectful when people are praying. Most of the venues do not require a property release and you can photograph freely at all public places.

19 photo spots


Picks

Allow at least two nights to get a good feel for the city. Pick one of the small hotels or private apartments between the main train station and the Upper Town. This is worthwhile as you can cover the whole old town on foot.

Photograph St Mark’s square at blue hour; even if it’s very busy during the day, most tourists will leave when the sun sets. You might be lucky enough to see a wedding there. The “Three Spires” spot is great for the afternoon light and sunset, with great clouds can be nice for sunrise too.

Tkalčićeva street is great for street photography, as is Zrinjevac park. Have fun experimenting with longer exposures on Zagreb’s blue trams; a good place to do this is Ban Jelačić Square or at the main train station.

One of my favourite spots is Mirogoj cemetery; you will need to take a taxi there. Make sure you spend enough time there to find and focus on interesting details.


Travelling

Zagreb is a safe destination for travel. You can photograph everywhere with confidence, by day and night, but apply usual common sense when out with your camera gear.

Croatia uses standard European two-pin plugs at 220V. The three major mobile network providers are Hrvatski Telekom (biggest, owned by T-Mobile), Vipnet and Tele2, 4G is common.

Zagreb airport has just been expanded but it still is relatively small and convenient. Every year there are more connections from all around the world. You should find it easy to get a good connection, especially in summer when Croatia is most visited.

Events

International folklore festival takes place every year in mid July. See links to find exact dates.

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Luka Esenko
I love travelling with Neja (my wife), Brin and Fran (my little boys) and of course my camera.
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