This is the city’s central square, accessible only by foot and by tram. It’s a popular meeting spot thanks to the giant statue of Josip Jelačić on his horse that acts as a convenient landmark. Interestingly, the statue was removed by the communists after WW2 and only replaced in 1990 after the dissolution of Yugoslavia.
Many of Zagreb’s finer hotels are within walking distance of Jelačić Square, as are a few choice Zagreb tourism must-sees, like the Cathedral of Zagreb, the tallest building in the country just four minutes northeast by foot. Another is the Mimara Museum, Croatia’s most popular art gallery. As magnificent as the collections are, the building itself is more so, and was recently named an “immovable object” by the Croatian Ministry of Culture. Ivan Meštrović is the city’s favourite son, and some of his most iconic pieces are housed here.