The Courtyards – Every courtyard has its own story

This summer again The Courtyards will tell stories about Zagreb you have never experienced before

During ten unforgettable days, visitors have a unique opportunity to peek behind the facades of some of the most beautiful palaces of the Zagreb’s Upper Town and experience the genuine magic of these unique venues. But in The Courtyards they will also find a lot of first class urban entertainment, delicious snacks, refreshing drinks and superb music artists, from jazz and classics to pop.

“Cool urban event with the soul” and ” Project that Zagreb didn’t have before”, are just two among many superlatives that follow the project from the beginning. And its success is also confirmed with two prestigious awards for the most creative and innovative project in Croatian tourism.

The Courtyards give you many good reasons to enjoy beauty of Zagreb and its Upper Town.

Experience Zagreb like you have never experienced before. And get hooked on – The Courtyards!

History Revived

Zagreb Courtyards Revived: New stars of Zagreb culture and tourism scene. – Novi list Daily

The best entertainment

This weekend The Courtyards were launched: The most entertaining event in the city. – Jutarnji list Daily

Enjoyment and Magic

Zagreb lives by night: Experience the magic of gorgeous Upper Town Courtyards. –

Experience The Courtyards!

Emotions, experiences, smiles, entertainment…

“Project that Zagreb didn’t have before.” –

Discover The Courtyards!

Every courtyard has its own story

Every courtyard has its own unique and inimitable story.
Only The Courtyards have them – all!

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    Balbi Palace

    Demetrova 11

    Old Church Slavonic Institute, baroque palace and the courtyard with the only one preserved pulley water well in the Upper Town, among old Zagreb townspeople also known as the Balbi's Palace, after its last private owner Baroness Kornelija Balbi.

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    Erdödy-Drašković Palace

    Opatička 29

    National Archive in Zagreb, which safeguards famous charters and other valuable documents from the city and county's past, the palace was the childhood home of the first Croatian prima donna, the Countess Sidonija Erdödy Rubido, with everyday house life bursting out of every crevice of the courtyard till the mid-20th century - clothes hanging from clothes lines, the whole space echoing with children's laughter, even chicken's running freely.

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    Meštrović Atelier

    Mletačka 8

    Collection of famous sculptor, family home which Ivan Meštrović donated to Croatia with all his masterpieces, photos, archive and personal possessions, includes two open spaces, the Mediterranean style atrium at the entrance and the hidden inner garden with master's sculptures in front of his atelier.

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    Family Milovac Private Courtyard

    Opatička 19

    The location where Rudolf Matz, famous Croatian composer and cellist was born, where celebrated Croatian composer Vatroslav Lisinski's great love Hedviga Ban lived, and where by the legend the first Croatian opera "Love and Malice" by Vatroslav Lisinski was composed.

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    "One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away", private courtyard

    Basaričekova 11

    Courtyard where the most Zagrebian movie - the cult Croatian feature "One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away" by Krešo Golik was filmed, with the timeless characters of Ana, Franjo, Mina, Mr Fulir and little Perica in the leading roles.

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    Croatian Institute of History

    Opatička 10

    Representative palace renovated and upgraded at the initiative of the "father of modern Zagreb" Izidor Kršnjavi, according to the project of the "builder of the Croatian capital" Herman Bollé, with history of Croatian civilization, culture and history symbolical "infused" in its rooms and walls. It boasts two courtyards: a ceremonial front yard whose entrance features the most beautiful wrought iron gate in Upper Town, and a hidden back yard whose green cascades descend towards Radićeva Street, offering its visitors one of the most stunning views of the city’s rooftops and bell-towers.

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    Frigan House, private courtyard

    Opatička 27

    The single-story corner building, the best-preserved work in the oeuvre of architect Aleksandar Brdarić, represents the Biedermeier period in Zagreb. The wrought iron balcony railing displays initials of the house owner and his wife: lawyer and mayor of Zagreb Vjekoslav Aloysius Frigan (AMF). Following the footsteps of Janko Kamauf, who was born just a few houses away from the Stone Gate in Upper Town, Frigan became the second ever mayor in the history of the Croatian capital. The two piers, both lawyers and both born in 1801, were also linked to the same house, this particular palace, which Kamauf sold to his successor.

The Courtyards are culture-tourism project created by the G.A.D. PRODUCTIONS and the KATAPULT PROMOTION agencies with the partner support from the City of Zagreb Tourist Board. Program of the event is supported by the City of Zagreb Office for Education, Culture and Sport. The Courtyards are opened for visitors every day from 6 to 12 pm, and the entrance to all the courtyards is free.