Golden Hour in Zagreb: Best Sunset Spots for Photographers

Since I’m a photographer who has been capturing photos of Zagreb for the last 15+ years, I have the right to say I know all the good places! Well, there are some unexpected places I yet must discover, but that’s the charm, right?

Let me introduce you to the top three places that came to mind.

I think the first location is expected and well known – the Strossmayer promenade on the south side of the Upper town, with a little bonus.

Strossmayer Promenade is around 400 meters long, stretches from the east to the west, and hosts a couple of beautiful viewpoints. First is on its east side, where you can see a fantastic view of the Zagreb Cathedral. Also, you have almost the same, but a bit nicer, and broader view of that side on the Plateau Gradec (just around 20 meters to the north, using stairs). The second spot on the Strossmayer promenade is just beneath the Lotrščak Tower, next to the funicular that connects the Lower and the Upper town.

Remember I mentioned a bonus? It’s the Lotrščak Tower. If you climb up there, you have a unique 30 degrees view of Zagreb and the best view of the Upper town. I strongly recommend it! You must pay for a ticket for the viewpoint on the Lotrščak Tower.

You can walk more to the west, where you have another view of Zagreb from the Strossmayer promenade.

The second view is the highest view of Zagreb, without flying – it’s located on the top of the Medvednica mountain. The viewpoint is called Sljeme 360; Sljeme is the highest peak of the Medvednica mountain, and it is located 1.032 meters above sea level, and the tower is 169 meters high. The viewpoint is located at 1.118 meters above sea level. This is a ticket worth paying for!

The last location of this list isn’t a viewpoint but rather a street in the center of Zagreb. I’m talking about Ilica Street. Ilica Street, with its 5.6 kilometers, is one of the longest streets in Zagreb. It connects the main square (Ban Josip Jelačić Square) to the western part of the city. When the golden hour hits Zagreb, the lights from the streets, buildings, and trams lighten up, this street turns into a magical scene!

Let me do just a short shoutout to places worth visiting: driving with a funicular to the Upper Town during a golden hour is beautiful, as well as Radićeva Street and Tkalčićeva Street. Also, Jarun Lake is amazing during the sunset if you’re into nature.

I could go on and on and on, but for now, I’ll leave you there.

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Hi! My name is Ivan, and I'm an author of I have been photographing and exploring Zagreb for more than 15 years, and if you want to know more about me and, read the Introduction articles by clicking here.

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