Upper Town in the Past

UPPER TOWN

21 APRIL - 30 SEPTEMBER
SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS 5.00 PM - 8.00 PM

Do you feel like you have travelled in a time machine to the past? You are mistaken! Here, in the streets of the Upper Town, right beside you, the main characters from stories written long time ago are still passing by: characters from legends, but also real people. All those ordinary and great men and women who have marked Zagreb’s history.

 


 

BAN JOSIP JELAČIĆ SQUARE MANDUŠEVAC

21 APRIL - 29 SEPTEMBER
SATURDAYS 10.00 AM - 1.00 PM

According to the legend, at the place of today’s main square in Zagreb, a thirsty viceroy spotted a beautiful girl with a jug at the water spring and cried out: Manda, dear, scoop me up some water! The spring was named Manduševac, and the town - Zagreb. (Eng. to scoop = Croat. zagrabiti).

Promenade Concerts

MAKSIMIR PARK - BELVEDERE

ENSEMBLE STRAUSS

22 APRIL - 30 SEPTEMBER
SUNDAYS 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

In 1794, when Maksimir Park was officially opened for public, it was one of the most important landscape achievements in Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and the first public park in south-eastern Europe. Today, due to its exceptional value, it is protected as a cultural and landscape monument. At Belvedere in Maksimir Park you can enjoy in the sounds of waltz, polka, chansons and the most wonderful operetta arias.

 

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ZET WIND ORCHESTRA
May: 12, 19, 26 / June: 23, 30 / July: 7, 14 / August: 25 / September: 1, 8
SATURDAYS 11.00 am - 12.00 pm

The legendary Wind Orchestra of Zagreb Electric Tram will play waltzes, marches, evergreens and patriotic songs in Maksimir Park.

Dance Evenings - Zrinjevac

ZRINJEVAC PARK - THE MUSIC PAVILLION

3 - 12 AUGUST
8.00 pm - 11.00 pm

From the 50s to the 70s of the last century, a favourite pastime of Zagreb citizens was dancing. Generations of young people have grown up while following world trends and dancing to the rhythms of the most popular rock, jazz and swing hits. Today, Dance Evenings in Zrinjevac revive the spirit of those old Zagreb’s dances.

Folklore Performances

KAPTOL, BAN JOSIP JELAČIĆ SQUARE, TKALČIĆEVA STREET, DOLAC MARKET

21 APRIL - 30 SEPTEMBER
SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Zagreb and its surrounding area are known for numerous folklore societies, some of which were founded more than a century ago. Dressed in their beautiful and unique folk costumes, the members of the societies will bring their folk customs, songs, and dances to the streets of Zagreb.

Kumice s Dolca

DOLAC MARKET

20 APRIL - 29 SEPTEMBER
FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS 8.00 am - 1.00 pm

When the Dolac Market was opened with a grand ceremony in 1930, it was one of the largest and most beautiful markets in Europe at the time, and it remains the largest and most well-known market in Zagreb today. At the very top of the left stairway leading to the market, there is a proud statue of a woman, a “kumica” holding a woven basket on her head. The statue is a permanent monument to the thousands and thousands of women from the areas surrounding Zagreb who would come to the city carrying baskets full of products from their gardens and farms every day, often walking for many kilometers with a heavy loads on their heads. So that the memory of the “kumice”, the hardworking guardians of the good spirit of old Zagreb, would not be embodied only in the form of a statue, you will be able to see women in folk costumes from Prigorje, who will help bring the memory of the thousands of women who have fed the citizens of Zagreb over the centuries back to life, at the Dolac from April to the end of September.

Upper Town Musical Panorama

UPPER TOWN: ST. CATHERINE’S SQUARE, STROSSMAYER PROMENADE, ST. MARK’S SQUARE

21 APRIL - 30 SEPTEMBER
SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS 10.00 AM - 12.00 PM

From one street to another, from one doorway to another... Centuries and decades ago, the streets of the Upper Town used to echo with ballads and love songs played by street musicians. The wonderful custom has been preserved until today.

Tkalčijana - the Street of Music and Fun

TKALČIĆEVA STREET IN FRONT OF STREET NUMBERS 14, 48, 61, 72

19 JULY - 15 SEPTEMBER
THURSDAYS AND FIRDAYS 7:00 PM – 11:00 pm
SATURDAYS 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Long time ago, Medveščak brook used to flow through one of Zagreb’s most beautiful streets, today popularly called Tkalča. At the end of the 19th century, the brook was turned into a street. The liveliness of Tkalčićeva street was present in little craftsman shops, inns and brothels. Today, in the pleasant setting between old small houses, cafés and restaurants, this full of relaxing turn into a venue for musical and entertaining performances during the summer, enveloped in the sounds of old hits, chansons, ballads, jazz and classical music.

Changing of the guard Guard of Honour of the Cravat Regiment

2 APRIL – 18 OCTOBER
ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS, NATIONAL HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS

In the 17th century, during the Thirty Years’ War, the Croatian light cavalry, renowned for its exceptional heroism, joined the ranks of the French Army. Military skills and the original appearance of the Croatian soldiers were affirmed in 1664 with the founding of the Croatian regiment “the Royal Cravates” within the French Army. A special feature of their uniforms was a red scarf – a tie that girls used to tie around young men’s necks before going to war.

Tie, the essential fashion accessory of every man originates from those brave Croatian soldiers. The reinstated ceremony of the Changing of the Guard, based on the historical evidence, can be seen in predetermined attractive tourist locations – from St. Mark’s Square, Ban Jelačić Square to the statue of the Virgin Mary at Kaptol.

 

PROGRAMME

The program is done by 13 to 20 infantrymen and 4 to 21 cavalrymen.

SATURDAY AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

11.35 AM Departure of the infantry formation – Tuškanac – Dežmanova Street – Ilica – Ban Jelačić Square – Bakačeva Street – Kaptol
11.55 AM Merger of the formations and common prayer – Kaptol
12.10 PM Formal ceremony – Kaptol, by the statue of Virgin Mary
12:15 – 12:20 PM Guards falling in formation by the statue of the Virgin Mary
12:30 PM Ban Jelačić Square
12:30 – 12:50 PM Formation procession – Splavnica – Tkalčićeva Street – Ban Jelačić Square
12:50 – 12:55 PM Changing of the Guard ceremony by the statue of Ban Jelačić
01:00 – 01:05 PM Changing of the Guard by the statue of the Virgin Mary
01:15 – 01:45 PM Banner handover and salute, separation of infantry and cavalry formations
The cavalry continues along the route: Bakačeva Street – Ban Jelačić Square – Ilica – Dežmanova Street – Tuškanac

 

SUNDAY

11:40 AM Departure of the infantry formation – Kaptol
11:45 AM Departure of cavalry formation - Dubravkin put
11:50 AM Merger of the formation and common prayer – Stone Gate
12:00 PM Formal ceremony - St. Mark’s Square
12:10 – 12:25 PM Division of the infantry and cavarly formation
Infantry formation: Ćirilometodska Street – Tomićeva Street Cavarly formation: St. Mark’s Square – Brezovačkog Street – Mesnička Street – Ilica – Tomićeva Street
12:30 PM Merger of the formations
12:40 PM Division of the formations: Kaptol – Dolac Market – Opatovina – Bishop Duh Steps – Tkalčićeva Street
12:55 PM Merger of the formations: Tkalčićeva Street – Splavnica – Ban Jelačić Square
01:15 – 01:20 PM Kaptol, final ceremony and banner salute by the statue of the Virgin Mary