A relatively flat ‘runseeing’ tour of Zagreb, incorporating the Upper and Lower Town, passing by churches, historic buildings, squares and parks. Note: Ul-street.
Our route starts in the Upper Town at the Ban Jelačić Square, near Manduševac fountain, and continues towards the European Square and through the Ribnjak Park. Once we reach Kaptol street, head straight back towards the main city square and in front of the neo-gothic style Zagreb Cathedral before making a turn to run past the Dolac market. A bit of cobblestone running is required through the Upper Town until we reach the stone gate. From there, pass some of Zagreb’s most emblematic buildings, including the 13th-century St Mark’s Church. Before continuing back down towards Ilica Street, enjoy the panoramic views along the charming Strossmayer Promenade while passing by the sight of the Zagreb funicular, the shortest cable car in the world.
Continuing on Frankopanska Ul. to run back down to the Lower Town of the city, at the 5km mark you’ll reach the majestic Croatian National Theatre, a neo-baroque Zagreb masterpiece which is a theatre as well as an opera and ballet house. Turn LEFT on Ul. Antuna Mihanovića, passing by the Botanical Gardens and then turn LEFT on Kumičićeva Ul. towards the Zagreb Central Railway Station and take in the views of the statue of King Tomislav, the Art Pavilion, and the green slopes of Mount Medvednica in the distance. To complete the route, run past Zrinjevac Park, a green and floral promenade which is also the place for summer concerts and the world-famous Zagreb Advent/Christmas Market.
The final stretch leads us to our starting point Ban Jelačić Square, for the final loop over to Cvjetni Trg or ‘Flower Square’. Both the square and the surrounding cafe dotted pedestrian-only streets are where we get a true sense of Zagreb’s “outdoor lounge” and coffee sipping culture. Mark the end of your run with some stretching followed by enjoying a refreshing beverage at one of the nearby cafes!