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Our first stop will be the World War II underground tunnels representing the history of Croatia and Zagreb throughout the 20th century, including World War II, almost 50 years of communist Yugoslavia and the fall of communism in Croatia through the Homeland War.
The tour continues to the basement used by locals as a shelter during the air raids on Zagreb where the details of the Homeland War are explained through a video presentation. The tour finishes at the Memorial Center of Bombing of Zagreb* with the exhibition focusing on effect the war had on Zagreb.
*Due to an earthquake that has happened in Zagreb in March, 2020, the Memorial Centre is temporarily closed and is not part of the tour.
- visit the WW2 underground tunnels
- visit the basement used as a shelter during the air raids
- learn more about the life during the communist era
- find out what was happening during the war years
- find out more about the fall of Yugoslavia
- visit The Memorial Centre of the Rocket Attacks on Zagreb
- Authentic basement used as a shelter during the bombings
- Guidance by a certified local guide with 500+ tours experience
- Multimedia presentation about the Croatian Homeland War
- The Memorial Centre of the Rocket Attacks on Zagreb (not included on Mondays and national holidays)
- WW2 underground tunnels visit
- meeting point
- authentic war shelter
- multimedia presentation
- bombing of Zagreb
Ban Jelacic Monument
Join us in front of the horseman statue at Ban Jelačić (main) Square. The tour operates from Monday to Saturday at 3 pm, and on Sundays at 11 am. Booking needed in advance. The guide will be waiting for you with an orange umbrella.
Underground WW2 tunnel
Let us take you on a visit to the WW2 underground tunnels that were used as shelters. There you will learn more about life during the communist era in Zagreb..
We will take you to the authentic basement that was used as a shelter during the air raids on Zagreb in 1991 and 1995. There, you will be given a short presentation about the events during the turbulent years of the Homeland War.
The Memorial Centre of the Rocket Attacks on Zagreb 1991/1995
The tour ends at the Memorial Centre of the Rocket Attacks on Zagreb where you will find out more about the bombing attacks on Zagreb through a multimedia exhibition. The Memorial Centre is a short walk away from the main square.*DUE TO AN EARTHQUAKE THAT HAS HAPPENED IN ZAGREB IN MARCH, THE MEMORIAL CENTRE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED*
More about this tour
The Croatian Homeland War Tour is a 2.5-hour journey through most of the 20th century history of Croatia and the surrounding region. Starting with World War II, the tour provides an insight into the situation in Croatia with a special emphasis on the fascist Independent State of Croatia and the antifascist resistance movement.
After the end of the war, communist Yugoslavia is founded, with Josip Broz Tito as the leader and Croatia being one of 6 federal republics for the next couple of decades. Gain insight into Yugoslavia's domestic policy and foreign affairs as well as Tito as its leader. After Tito's death, the collapse of Yugoslavia is underway with a series of brutal wars in the 1990s. Croatia finds its way to independence and democracy through the Homeland War, the consequences of which can still be felt in many ways.
The tour starts on Ban Jelacic Square in front of the horseman statue. Multimedia provided by the licensed guide consist of maps, photos and videos which are presented in chronological order. The tour visits the World War II underground tunnels built during the fascist regime, which were later used as a public shelter during the Homeland War.
The next stop is the basement in which local people hid during the Zagreb air raids, where a presentation will be given on the details of the Homeland War. Our final stop is the Memorial Center of the Bombing of Zagreb* with the exhibition presenting Zagreb during the war. The tour ends at the Memorial Center, which gives the guests an opportunity to individually explore the exhibition in more detail.
*DUE TO AN EARTHQUAKE THAT HAS HAPPENED IN ZAGREB IN MARCH, THE MEMORIAL CENTRE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED