Free Walking Tours Zagreb

The capital of Croatia is located in the country’s northwest and is the forefront of the country’s culture. Zagreb history dates back to the Medieval times, but the city reached its splendour in the 18th and 19th-centuries. After the outbreak of World War I and World War II, the city flourished into the colourful tourist destination that travellers love today.

The top landmarks in the city include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Maksimir Park, and the Mirogoj, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. Apart from these main attractions, Zagreb is also home to the Museum of Broken Relationships – a quirky gallery exhibiting memoirs of broken relationships, all donated by heartbroken lovers from around the world.

Which are the Best Free Tours in Zagreb?

One of the best ways to see the highlights and attractions of Zagreb is by using one of their free walking tours. There are several available to choose from, but all provide you with an insight into Croatian culture, stories about Zagreb history, and the opportunity to see the main landmarks in the city.

On arrival to Zagreb, we recommend joining one of the several 2-2.5 hours guided Essential Free Tours departing from Ban Josip Jelacic Square. During these walks you will have the chance to:

  • Cross the only remaining entrance of Zagreb’s old defensive walls, where today stands a very much loved shrine, the Stone Gate.
  • Learn about Croatia’s delicious grastonomy in charming Dolac Market.
  • Understand the meaning of the colourful tiled roof that crowns the Church of St. Mark, one of the oldest buildings in Zagreb.

All guides speak fluent English, and some can help you with some German and Spanish explanations. The tours are free of charge, but you are welcome to tip the guide at the end of the tour.

Do you want to know Zagreb in-depth? Do not miss Tkalčićeva street. In the past, a river used to flow through this avenue, separating the city in different areas. Today cafés, bars, traditional shops and many other wonderful boutiques have their doors open for you.

In the afternoon or evening, we recommend a free walking tour around the charming Strossmayer Promenade. This unique 19-th century walkway runs along the remains of Zagreb’s medieval walls, and provides panoramic views over the city shaded by lush trees.

The guides are knowledgeable in their field and will teach you about the culture and history of Zagreb. Tours need to be booked, so check out their website for instructions on how to book a tour.

If you still have some time and energy left, what about planning another trip to Dubrovnik or Zadar? Some of the companies providing free tours in Zagreb can also offer information about free activities in other interesting destinations in Croatia!

What is a Free Tour?

Free Tours are walks provided by passionate local guides without requesting any upfront payments. They allow every traveler, no matter their budget, to experience and enjoy what a place has to offer. 

Who takes Free Tours?

Free Tours guests are travelers of all ages and backgrounds seeking to enjoy authentic experiences. Independent tourists usually book Free Tours because they are looking for special activities, where they can learn historical facts, but also get an overview about the local culture, environment, and people.

Are Free Tours really Free?

Yes. Free Tours run on a “Pay-What-It’s-Worth” basis, so they are completely free unless you decide to make a contribution according to how much you enjoyed the experience. Guides appreciate receiving tips of any amounts at the end of the tour, but it’s completely voluntary to do so.

Do I have to book my Free Tour?

Yes. It’s mandatory to make a booking to ensure group sizes remain manageable and Guides can provide a better experience for all guests. Making a booking is absolutely free and it will take you less than one minute!