Ban Josip Jelačić Square is usually a starting point for anyone who is visiting Zagreb. It is most popular gathering place of all citizens, young and older ones, so it is quite common to hear something like “let’s meet on the Square” while you are taking tram ride or shopping in one of many great malls. It is place for friend meetings, speeches, concerts, coffees, arrivals and departures.
Square is dominated by Ban Josip Jelačić statue, masterpiece of sculptor Dominik Fernkorn. Back in 1866. when the statue was placed for the first time it was facing north – towards Hungary. It was removed in 1947., and ceremoniously brought back in 1990. Today it is facing south.
Another notable sight is fountain Manduševac placed on east side of the square. It is named, as the legend says, after beautiful girl Manduša who used to give water from the fountain to thirsty soldiers that were passing by.
Square itself is of course well connected with all city districts, mostly by trams. Tram is most popular and most efficient way of transport in Zagreb, and you will find them everywhere. ZET’s tram is very affordable, reliable and fast , therefore we highly recommend that you buy a daily ticket especially if you want to get good insight in Zagreb’s districts and neighbourhoods.
You will find dozens of café bars, restaurants, candy shops and attractive stores on Square and around it, so it just up to you to start discovering beautiful Zagreb and what it offers. Hint: come in Christmas time, it is really something!