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Zagreb is a city with a growing tourist base, and therefore also a growing number of hostels to accomodate them. You probably won't have any luck finding a hostel in Zagreb by asking people on the street, because most residents don't even know they exist. Croatians generally almost never stay in hostels, so the people in Zagreb hostels will most probably be exclusively foreigners. A lot of Zagreb hostels tend to be located in either smaller side streets or not in the immediate center of the city. The hostels in Zagreb with a longer tradition are, however, listed on the major hostel-booking sites.
Although the city gets many young travelers and backpackers, the entrepreneurs in Zagreb have yet to take advantage of this business opportunity. Hence, many Zagreb hostels are run by young Croatians who have traveled abroad as backpackers themselves. Unfortunately, this also means a lack of high-quality hostels as can be found in major Western European cities. They are usually located in converted apartment buildings or private houses, which can add to the charm and personal feel, but can also mean less-than-ideal standards in hygiene. In comparison to other Western European hostels, in general, the hostels in Zagreb are pretty much on the same or slightly lower scale, but they are all very similar to one another.
In terms of activities, Zagreb has yet to discover the full potential of offering things like city bike tours or pub crawls. You might find that the to-do board in your hostel offers suggestions of travel to nearby cities or tourist destinations (taken from the nearest tourist information office), but lacks organized activities for foreigners within the city itself. Most Zagrebians speak at least a little English, and are generally friendly, so asking for directions to tourist sites or for general suggestions about activities is usually met with kindness and interest. Zagreb residents, especially the younger generation, tend to like foreigners and are glad to help out.
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Ravnice Youth Hostel
"Ravnice Youth Hostel is a two-building, clean, quiet, forty-plus-room hostel. The friendly and knowledgeable staff speak excellent English and Spanish. The Location The hostel is located in a quiet area just outside the city centre. It is easily accessed by taking tram 7 toward Dubrava from the main bus station or tram 4 toward Dubec from the train station to Ravnice stop. At the tram stop, signs will point you in the right direction to...
HI - Zagreb Hostel
"The location is convenient enough, being under 10 minutes from the train station and just down the block from a market. It's another 10-minute walk to the city center. There are keys for 24 hour access and luggage storage for after you check out (9am!). The place seems a bit like an old hotel, the key word being old, with no real common room. The owners can be helpful when they want to be, though I'm pretty sure they like making fun of...
Hostel Mali Mrak Zagreb
"Great people - I don't usually write reviews but this place was great. Comfortable beds, quiet at night and great music, that was played at a reasonable volume. Not to mention super clean. Best hostel I've ever been to." … "Best hostel we ever visited! - This is the best Hostel we ever have visited. It is convenient located near a tram stop, (the last stop of several tramlines so you can not make a mistake getting off) and within...
"Great location, staff & atmosphere! - Fulir has a nice homey feel. Its located in a nice courtyard just a couple of minutes from the main square. Inside you have everything. Plenty of bathrooms, big lockers & a 24h kitchen. Conveniently located below the hostel is a bar which actually isnt a problem because it closes early. Staff are helpful & friendly too!" … "Great location - good hostel; great location; helpful, friendly staff."...
Buzz Backpackers Old Town Zagreb
"Good enough - Perfect location and facilities as living room and kitchen. No complaints. The only point, we couldn't find the staff people some moments due to the dates. We guess they have less people during December. Recommendable." … "One of the nicest and most comfortable hostels I've ever visited! - one of the nicest and most comfortable hostels I've ever visited! Very clean (both dorms and bathrooms), nice and helpful staff,...
"Hostel Lika is making a concerted effort to be Zagreb's best hostel and provides guests with a warm welcome and many services. The owner-operators, Ilona and Marko, do their best to ensure that guests have a wonderful time whilst at their hostel and in Zagreb. They can help to organise tours to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Plitvice Lakes -- a must while in northern Croatia -- as well as offering helpful advice on local restaurants,...
"Hostel Nokturno is situated in the city center and it has the soul and heart of Zagreb. Nokturno is an awesome place to rest after a long day of sightseeing, traveling or having fun and just perfect to share your experiences with a new friend or our staff. Nice restaurant just by the hostel with amazing food and out door terrace is perfect for any meal. Everything in our accommodation is made with lots of love and effort. Zagreb is an...
"… with a large balcony where guests can relax with a coffee and internet, looking onto the main street (Tkalciceva). We offer our guests many different things, such as bike rental, internet, computers and different drinks. In agreement with a well known tourist agency we organize excursions around the city and beyond. We also offer sightseeing’s on a Segway, and many other tourist attractions. We are located in the liveliest street in...
"There is a lot more to Croatia than its beaches, and Buzz Hostel reflects that. Zagreb, the inland capital, is full of hostels and wonderful things to see and do while staying in one. Buzz Hostel is a perfect home base for exploring the city because of its great amenities, great atmosphere, and great staff. The Location Buzz Hostel is situated somewhat far away from the city center, in a quiet residential area that is right next a tram...
Hobo Bear Hostel
"Good Hostel - We had a pleasant stay at the Hobo Bear Hostel. The staff was very helpful and kind to us. The location was very good and everything was clean inside." … "… neighbourhood you can find everything a traveler might need - pharmacies, ATMs and exchanges, a post office, supermarkets, an open market, as well as places to eat for everyone's taste. Not only the location was carefully chosen to fit the travelers' needs...
Taban Hostel Zagreb Centre
"… expectation. Taban is also the only hostel with full cafe bar in Zagreb. Wake up smell the freshly ground coffee in the morning. Enjoy cold beers in the bar or the terrace by the evening. We offer you wide range of the rooms to choose from. The traditional hostel style dorm rooms are ideal for budget conscious travellers. The rooms are equipped with personal reading lights and backpack size lockers. Those who wants a little more...
Dizzy Daisy Backpackers Hostel
"… 29th of August. We hope, you'll spend in DD some nice days and have a good time in Zagreb. The hostel is located in the quite centre of Zagreb. The very city centre is in the walking distance. If you want to get there by public transport, you'll have to pick up a tram or bus, which stops just by the hostelFacilities:Good locationRestaurant near byFriendly and multilingual staffTwins and DormsCredit Cards acceptedBed linen...
Logistic Youth Centre
"We offer you accommodation in our new Hostel Ivanda. Ivanda hostel opened its doors on March 1 , 2009. At 500 square meters there we have 11 superbly appointed rooms, single, double, triple, apartments + TWC (capacity approx. 29 persons), 3 common bathroom area, and two spaces for socializing, with a wealth of additional services (satellite TV, internet, etc. ). As part of the hostel is located (In hostel area is also located 600m2 ) own...
"Love this place! Great atmosphere and happy people - This place is a true backpackers hostel, atmosphere is really chilled and had lots of fun! I really like all the art work, quotes, and hammocks! Didn't want to leave!!!" … "Class! - Such a brilliant hostel, clean and modern with an amazing bar/restaurant! The staff are so nice and fun. It's easy to get to on the tram but allow 15mins or more for journey in to town centre. Would def...
Old Town Zagreb
"Central. Small.Clean. Spacious layout with kitchen access. Great staff - Central location on 4th floor Hapsburg townhouse, only 10 minutes from centre and bus station. Small (ca. 30 beds)and very clean hostel targeted by Japanese owner at Japanese tourists.Can get hot (limited aircon). Spacious layout. Large accessible kitchen/dining. 2 bathrooms. Good common areas. Free towels, PCs, access to washing machines. Excellent supremely helpful and...
Chillout Hostel Zagreb
"Excellent - You will not be disappointed with anything here including the great staff." … "As expected - We stayed only one night. Good, kind staff, everything ok! Perfect location." … "Good and central location - I stayed 2 nights at Chillout Hostel Zagreb. Comfortable and central hostel. Funny furniture. Free WiFi and a big kitchen you can cook your own meal. Think of bringing your own locker. Only one negative aspect -- I...
The Cherry Hostel
"Nice people -- slightly above-average stay - Lovely owners and the management team are really nice that try to make your stay comfortable. Realistically it isn't the most lively hostel and the rooms aren't big even for a dorm. The hostel is also about a 20minute walk away from the main square. If you are solo traveler that's looking for peace and quiet I recommend this place. If you are a solo traveler wanting to meet new people and hang out...
Day & Night Hostel
"… as well as night life are in walking distance. „Day and night“ is result of rich travell experience and running hostels before so we offer you unique place to chillout and meet fellow travellers and provide you with everything you need for a great stay in Zagreb. Free facilities and services: 24 hours internet and WiFi Air condition in all rooms Security locers Safety deposit box Skype phone Linen Towel Iron and ironing...
The House Hostel Zagreb
"A very welcoming place - This hostel is social, and has great common areas. Free computer usage. Simple, but nice breakfast. You need to take the tram to get there from the train station, but the bus station is in easy walking distance. Good beds and lockers in the rooms. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the overall atmosphere of the place is positive. I would definitely recommend staying here." … "Felt just like home! - I really...
"… hostel in Zagreb, our hostel holds six originally decorated rooms, each one in its own style. Wanting our rooms appearances to match different tastes, personalities and backgrounds of our greatly welcomed guests, we have especially thought through different styles, and decorated our rooms according to that. Starting with the Romantic room designed for couples that want a bit of their own privacy, along go the Green room and Stripey...
Palmers Lodge Zagreb
"Palmers Lodge Zagreb is small and cozy. There's not much space to explore in, but that makes it all the better to make connections with your roommates or some cool travelers hanging in the common areas. The Location The location is great. If you're arriving on a late train into Zagreb and want a short walk to put your head down, it will only take you about seven minutes to walk here. Since it's located off a main street, there are no...
Hostel Chic Zagreb
"Nice location and accommodations - Clean and new hostel. Good location. Nice reception." … "Great location, nice room - Zagreb still seems a bit new to tourism, but it was definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. This hostel was very nice -- small and friendly and definitely helped make my stay in Zagreb a pleasant one." … "A great place to stay in Zagreb - We stayed for two nights, although it says Hostel...
Maju Jaya Hostel
"Great accommodation, not so great location - The hostel is really clean and comfortable, good facilities and the staff were really friendly and helpful. Only thing; the hostel is in an industrial quarter, so has nothing around it, the tram stop was a bit far to walk and the city centre further again." … "First time I have ever been sad to get a couchsurf - This is a really great hostel. Everything worked. Plenty of toilets (boys and...
The Brit Hostel Zagreb
"Fantastic Hostel - This is a great hostel. It has everything you need and is clean and comfortable. I especially like the common area." … "Excellent hostel. - This is an extremely well-run hostel conveniently located near the centre of Zagreb. Excellent value for money." … "… are all new, toilets are separated men&woman. Everything related to the bathroom is FREE - non stop hot water, usage of towels and hair dryers. We...
Chillout Hostel Zagreb
"… check out until 12pm (noon) - Payments are in Croatian Kuna (HRK) or Euros (EUR), cash, credit cards or invoice - The deadline to cancel the reservation is 48 hours before scheduled arrival or a 1 night stay in the reserved type of room will be charged - In case the reservation is paid in advance and canceled 48 hours or more before the scheduled arrival, the deposit will be returned in full - Please do not make noise that could...
"… trips to national park 'Plitvicka jezera', fun nights at hostel with concerts of great bands, exhibitions of various types of artists, workshops, fun quizzes etc. We are renting a bicycles and roller skates. Friendly staff is always here if you need any suggestions and information about Zagreb and Croatia. Please note: Check in is at 14:00, check out time is at 12:00. Reception is working 7:00 - 23:00 Cancellation policy...
"… facilities also include free lockers, laundry and ironing service and towels. Breakfast is not included but we offer FREE coffee and a welcome drink Reception 07 - 24 Later check in is also possible but please send us e-mail about your approximate time of arrival and our staff will be waiting for you . Please note: Check-in from 14:00 Check- out by 10:00 Cancellation policy is 2 days in advance We accept...
"… fully equipped kitchen, where you can have free breakfast and traditional Croatian lunch very cheap. Our staff will provide you with free information about the city, city maps and brochures. Where to go and what to see, in a fun & fancy way. They will also advise you on the various different discounts, where to party, where to relax walking through nature. Fancy hostel offers day trips and visits to castles around Zagreb or...
"… to unwind after a day spent exploring the beautiful city. Private rooms, separate apartments, dorm rooms big and small, all on offer here at unbeatable value. Of course all the usual are free, WiFi, linens, towels,lockers, key cards secured dorms and our traditional Rakija welcome drink with our experienced helpful staff means your stay will be a happy one in the Swanky Mint. 'PLEASE NOTE: The City Tax is not included in the...
"Excellent service - Everything was clean and staff was very helpful. Best thing was great domestic food in their restaurant. They are 5 minutes tram ride (you don't need a ticket) from Bus station." … "… just a few minutes walk/tram/bus.(The green oasis in the very city center Maksimir, Zagreb ZOO, famous club Green Gold..) Our friendly staff will give you any information related to trips in and around Zagreb, whether you're...
My Way Hostel Zagreb
"… of the beautiful city of Zagreb. We have different type of rooms with comfortable beds and air conditioning, nice bathrooms (each with high-pressure hot showers), big common room, fully equipped bar with cheap drinks, outdoor terrace, laundry service, 24 hour reception, free Internet and Wi-Fi. Our facilities also include free lockers and free bed linen. PLEASE NOTE: The City Tax is not included in the room price you book on...
"… garden with barbeque where you can relax and enjoy and have a meal. Favela Hostel is the coziest hostel in the neighborhood, only 15 minutes from the heart of the city. We are offering you nice and positive atmosphere, neat and clean accommodation and nice garden to chill out and relax. Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h advance notice Late cancellation or noshow – one night charge Payment upon arrival by cash only...
Big Smile Hostel
"… In low season reception works from 6 am till midnight . After midnight reception works upon request. Hostel has a kitchenette on disposal and all our guests have 10% discount for all meals (only food!) in the restaurant next door. Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 13:00 to 23:00 . Check out before...
"… We also regulary organize special tours at an affordable price providing an opportunity to discover cultural and natural beauties of Croatia. These tours include visits to places like the spectacular national park "Plitvice" or going to cultural heritage cities such as Varaždin. Our hostel is just 15 min away from the main bus station as well as the city center, and 10 min from the main train station, if you take a tram. We are...
"Great Location, really close to everything ... - Kaptol Hostel has an extremely clean hostel inside and outside. A restaurant on premises and the restaurant serves breakfast at no additional fee. Plenty of attractions nearby plus major tram stop just two minutes away." … "… policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 14:00 to 23:00 ....
"… If you are interested in gym, sauna or professional massage, we know the place where you can sink into an oasis of relaxation. Please Note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check-in at 12:00 to 21:00. Check out from 08:00 to 11:00. We're offering no breakfast Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards. Taxes...
The DOTS Hostel
"… view on busy Zagreb streets. DOTS provides you with free linen and towels. Services and activities If you can not start your day without delicious and healthy breakfast, we serve for you natural juices, coffee, tea, fruits and vegetables, fresh bread and bakings, jams and everything else that makes a yummy meal. In case you are in a hurry you can use machines with snacks, cold and hot beverges. You can enjoy and hangout in our...
Zagreb Soul Hostel
"… have enough showers and hot water for all our guests. Since the hostel is located in a nice and quiet area, a good night's sleep is guaranteed. Please Note: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 08:00 to 22:00. Check out from 11:00 to 20:00. Reception open 24/7. Payment upon arrival by cash, credit...
"… renovated hostel Chameleon, located in the center of Zagreb, in an ideal location to explore the city as you just a few minutes walk away from the real streets of Zagreb. At a distance of 300 meters from the hostel there is a square P.Preradovića, also called the Flower Square, where you will find numerous bars and restaurants, a bakery, a pharmacy, a bank, a shopping center and a parking garage Flower. A little lower than the...
"… with hand-painted pictures on the walls. On the ground floor there is a large living room with a beautiful terrace. Buffet breakfast is available for all guests with supplement. Hostel Moving Policies & Conditions: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 13:00. Check out before 11:00. Payment upon arrival...
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Zagreb Travel Tips & Suggestions
I just went to Zagreb for some cheap dental work as it's about less than half the price in the U.K. The local bread and cheese are very good, and the seafood is nearly the best in Europe and very cheap. Cheap accommodation is scarce but it's a beautiful city for a long weekend.
I have traveled through Europe a few times over and Zagreb will always remain my favourite city -- the people, weather, and the nightlife is superb. It's uncomplicated and great fun, however, accommodation is a major headache.
You cannot stay one weekend in Zagreb and think that you can have your own complete opinion 'cause...you haven't seen it all. I have lived in Croatia for 21 years and I'm still exploring and finding something every year that I didn't know that we had! For staying in Zagreb, in my opinion the most important thing is to meet and get friendly with somebody smart from Zagreb. Because you can spend a fortune here, or you can spend very little money. I know a lot of people who actually LIVE IN Zagreb and can give you the right answer about things like: where is good blues/rock'n roll club, where I can eat the best "chevapi," where is the best cheap beer?
I was sguck in Zagreb for 6days, however in my time there I fell in love with the city. The old town matches many of the more popular cities in Europe and the quality for the money you put in is great. The food is very good and nighlife is fantastic. My recomendations would be to go to the Jazz bar - great live music and the most friendly of clubs ive ever been to. Also try a day trip to Krapina or Trakoscanwhere youll be delighted by the views of the lakes and the history of mankind! I would also recommend taking in a football match while your there - the crowds chant some amazing things and you'll be left speechless by the end of it!
While it might be a difficult city to fly into, once you are there you definitely know it has been worth the journey. The architecture, the laid back atmosphere, the outstanding food, the friendly locals... Zagreb's really a stunning place that so many people overlook when travelling around Europe! And it doesn't break the bank either, unlike many European cities. I know I will be back on my next travels!
Zagreb is a great city, let's hope not too many people discover it! It is a proud city with beautiful proud people. Only on my third visit did I discover there was an entire old city hidden away behing the main square. Simply stunning. Driving north towards Hungary you find yourself travelling along a windy fairy tale of a road, between tall trees - a moving experience!
— Bart Groen
Zagreb is one of the prettiest cities I have ever been to. I have lived there for nine years and I can assure you that you cannot see all it has to offer in two days. People there are friendly and if you get acquainted with someone who lives there they can introduce Zagreb to you. From parks to museums and even pastry shops, it is amazing, and if you are young and like to have fun, night life in Zagreb can be very satisfying. All you can do there is relax and have fun, I know I will when I go this summer there.
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, but it has a small-town feel. It's very easy to get around and is one of the most relaxed capitals in Europe. Unless you're here to live the life, however, the sights of Zagreb can be done in a day (2 days including the museums).
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