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Zagreb Time Machine

Zagreb Time Machine

From late April to late October, Zagreb Time Machine brings the history and customs of the city to life.

Upper Town in the Past

Upper Town

May 31 - September 27 2024

5pm - 8pm 

*Ban (“Governor”)  and Manda 10am - 1pm Lower Town

May 31 - Zagreb City Day - season opening

June:  2nd, 9th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd. 29th, 30th

July: 6th, 7th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th 

August: 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th

September: 1st, 8th, 15th

September 27 - World Tourism Day - end of the season

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.

Folklore Performances


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.

Upper Town Musical Panorama

May 31 - September 27 2024

10am – noon 

May 31st - Zagreb City Day 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

June: 8th, 15th, 29th 

July: 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th

August: 3rd, 10th, 11th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 31st

September: 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 21st, 27th 

27th Seprember - World Tourism Day - end of season 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m

Upper Town: Jelačić Palace, St Mark's Square, Lotrščak Tower, Catherine’s Square, Strossmayer Promenade

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.


Changing of the guard - Guard of Honour of the Cravat Regiment

April 1 - October 18 2024

11:30am - 1:10pm 

April: 1st, 20th 

May: 30th, 31st 

June: 8th, 22nd

July: 20th, 27th 

August: 5th, 15th

September: 7th, 27th

October: 18th

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


NOTE: The program is subject to change if any unforeseen circumstances emerge on the route or on guard positions.


11:30 Infantry passing in front of the Ethnographic Museum

11:40-11:45 Merging of the cavalry and infantry, handing of the flag (intersection of Ilica and Mesnička ulica)

11:45-11:55 Cravat Regiment passing through Ilica all the way to Ban Jelačić Square

11:55-12:00 Arrival at Ban Jelačić Square, salute to the flag, realignment, inspection of weapons and machinery ceremony

12:00-12:05 Alignment of the guards next to Ban Jelačić monument

12:05-12:10 Movement of the line up towards the plateau in front of the Cathedral

12:10-12:15 Alignment of the guards on front of the statue of Mary on the Cathedral Square (if allowed due to construction works)


The infantry moves towards Tkalčićeva ulica through Kaptol – Dolac – Opatovina – Steps of the Bishop of the Holy Spirit – Tkalčićeva

The cavalry moves through Kaptol – Mikloušićeva – Tkalčićeva, all the way to the Steps of the Bishop of the Holy Spirit


12:35-12:40 Moving towards Ban Jelačić Square

12:40-12:45 Handing of the guards next to Ban Jelačić monument

12:45-12:50 Moving towards the Cathedral Square through Bakačeva ulica

12:50-12:55 Handing of the guards next to Mary’s statue

12:55-13:00 Rearrangement and prayer

13:00-13:05 Moving through Bakačeva ulica all the way to Ban Jelačić Square

13:10 Rearrangement, handing of the flag, separation


The infantry heads towards the Ethnographic Museum / changing clothes, arranging the equipment and area

The cavalry heads towards Dubravkin put / unloading the horses, changing clothes, preparing for transportation, transporting the horses to the barn


NOTE: In case of poor weather, the programs will be canceled.