Address:
Strossmayerovo šetalište 9
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
T: +38514851768
e-mail: kula@gkd.hr

Working hours:
On Mondays we are CLOSED
Tuesday – Friday: 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10 AM – 6 PM

Ticket prices:
Adults (individually): 20 kn
Children, ages 7 – 18: 10 kn
Groups of children: 5 kn (Group minimum: 10 children)

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About the Tower

Bela IV. King of Croatia and Hungary in his famous Golden Bull of 1242 which made Zagreb a royal and free city, charged the town to show the same hospitality to visitors that it had shown to him in his flight from the Tatars. He also charged Zagreb with the responsibility of surrounding the city with defensive walls and towers. It took 20 years to build these fortifications and they were completed in 1266. It was than that Lotrščak tower was built to guard the southern approaches to the city. Entrance was through the little Dverce gate which was pulled down in 1812 when the southern promenade, today called Strossmayer walk, was constructed. The name Lotrščak comes from the name of campana lantrunculorum – thieves bell, which rang in the evening before the city gates where shut for the night. We do not know exactly what the tower looked like in the Middle Ages, some old drawings show it to have had only two floors with two windows on each floor and equal-sided hip roof. The ground floor entrance was on the northern side and outside steps led to the first floor. From the end of the sixteenth century there was no more danger of attack by the Turks and so the tower lost its original function. In the centuries that followed the tower was used by various people for various purposes. Most radical were the changes following 1857. This was the romantic period of restauration of medieval building. The tower was divided into two floors and a polygonal wooden fire lookout added to the top.

Communication between the two floors, previously non-existent, was now solved in an original way. A winding staircase was added to the north wall half inside the other half outside the tower. The tower is constructed of irregularly shaped stone and the walls are 195 cm thick. The side cross-vaulting of the ground floor has been preserved. An interesting detail in the tower’s history is that since the municipal authorities did not have enough money for its upkeep it was leased to townspeople with the proviso that they should keep it repaired and, in case of enemy attack, return it to the authorities for defence.

The tower was adjust to meet the needs of various times. From the seventeenth century it was used as a storehouse, and in the nineteenth century there was a coffee house on the ground floor with the entrance from the south. At the end of the nineteenth century the city council decided to install a cannon which would fire each day at noon and by which all the city churches would be able to set their clocks. The cannon was first fired for New Year 1877. During the First World War the cannon was silent and forgotten and not until 1927 did it fire again from the southern side of the fourth floor. From here it still fires today exactly at noon.

Today there is an ART & GIFT SHOP on the ground floor which sells souvenirs, paintings and graphics of famous Croatian artists as well as unique jewellery. The first and second floor are used for exhibitions and those who climb to the top of the tower, will have one of the most beautiful views of Zagreb from the belvedere.