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 from 5pm - 8pm 

May: 31st 

June: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th 

July: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 29th, 30th 

August: 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th 

September: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 27th

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

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

May: 31st 

June: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th 

July: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 29th 

August: 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th 

September: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 27th

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 10 - October 18 from 11.30 am - 1pm 

April: 10th, 29th  

May: 30th, 31st 

June: 8th, 22nd 

July: 15th, 29th 

August: 5th, 15th 

September: 23rd, 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 infantrymen and 4 cavalrymen.

Activities and program:


11:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. – Merging of the cavalry and infantry ranks and flag handover (Crossing of Ilica and Mesnička streets)

11:35 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. – March of the Cravat Regiment along Ilica Street to Ban Josip Jelačić Square

11:50 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Arrival to the Ban Josip Jelačić Square, flag salute, formation and rank and weapon inspection ceremony.

12 p.m. – 12:05 p.m. – Guard posting at Ban Josip Jelačić statue.

12:05 p.m. – 12:10 p.m. – March to the plateau in front of the Cathedral.

12:10 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.– Guard posting at the Virgin Mary statue in front of the Cathedral


Departure of the infantry rank to Tkalčićeva Street by the following route; Kaptol – Dolac – Opatovina – Bishop Duh Steps – Tkalčićeva.

Departure of the calvary rank by the following route: Kaptol – Mikloušićeva Street – Tkalčićeva Street / to the Bishop Duh Steps.


12:25 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. March to Ban Josip Jelačić Square

12:30 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. Guard handover at the Ban Josip Jelačić statue

12:35 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. March along Bakačeva Street to the Cathedral Square, via Bakačeva Street

12:40 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Guard handover in front of the Virgin Mary statue

12:45 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Rank formation and gratitude prayer

12:55 p.m. – 1 p.m. March along Bakačeva Street to Ban Josip Jelačić Square

1 p.m. Formation, flag handover and division of the ranks.



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