Rijeka sights you must see

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Discover Rijeka sights during a visit to the port city

Rijeka is a port city on the Croatian Adriatic coast and a real insider tip for travelers. Are you wondering why? Because the city has more to offer than you might think. We were surprised by the city and really liked it. It is definitely one of the Cities in Croatia that are worth a visit. Here you will find a mix of culture, history and modern flair. And the best thing about it: Rijeka is not yet overrun with tourists. Discover Rijeka sights and insider tips in this article and with our Rijeka sights map.



In this blog post we take you on a journey of discovery through Rijeka. We'll show you the best sights in the city. We also give you insider tips that you won't find in any travel guide. Whether you want to admire historic buildings, stroll through lively markets or sample local cuisine, Rijeka definitely has something to suit every taste.

We've also prepared an interactive map for you to help you find your way around. And if you are traveling with children, we have special tips for a successful family trip. Even if you only have one day, you can experience a lot. Rijeka is also the perfect starting point for day trips to the surrounding area.


Port city of Rijeka
Port city of Rijeka


Why should you visit Rijeka?

The answer is simple: the city offers an exciting mix of culture, history and modern life. Rijeka is more than just a port on the Adriatic coast. It is a melting pot of cultures and therefore has a rich history that you can feel on every corner.

One of the city's distinctive features is the harbor. It is not only an important economic factor, but also a symbol of the city's openness. This is where different cultures come together that make Rijeka so lively. The city lived under various rulers throughout history, from the Romans to the Habsburgs. You see these influences today in the architecture and in the numerous museums.

But Rijeka is not just a place for history buffs. The city also has a lively art scene. From street art to galleries, every art lover will get their money's worth here. If you are more of an active type, the area also offers many opportunities for outdoor activities. Whether hiking, sailing or diving, the nature around Rijeka is ideal for all kinds of adventures.

The city also has a lot to offer in terms of cuisine. The local cuisine is a mix of Italian, Hungarian and of course Croatian influences. Here you can enjoy fresh fish straight from the sea or try traditional dishes like Cevapcici delight.

Rijeka is a city of contrasts and full of surprises. With its rich history, diverse culture and many activities, it is a destination you shouldn't miss.


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Rijeka attractions map

This interactive map will help you better explore Rijeka's attractions. The map contains a variety of locations that you can visit. You can assign the Rijeka sights that we present here to the individual numbers on the map. This also simplifies orientation when walking around the city. Here is a brief description of some of Rijeka's attractions:

  1. Theater Park: A city park that is perfect for a short break.
  2. Ivan Zajc Croatian National Theater: A place for art lovers where you can enjoy local performances.
  3. Central market: A market that offers a variety of fresh foods.
  4. City Clock Tower: A historical landmark you shouldn't miss. (#6 in the map)
  5. Church of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary: A Catholic church with a rich history. (#7 in the map)
  6. Korzo: A busy street known for its shops and cafes. (#11 in the map)
  7. City Hall Rijeka: The city's town hall. (#12 in the map)
  8. Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Coast: A museum depicting local and Croatian history. (#15 in the map)
  9. Natural History Museum Rijeka: A museum that focuses on natural history and marine life. (#17 in the map)
  10. Trsat Castle: A restored castle with a cafe and stunning views of the city and sea. (#22 in the map)

These places offer a good mix of culture, history and modern life. Whether you're interested in history, want to explore the local art scene, or just want to stroll the streets, you'll find the top Rijeka attractions on this map.

These Rijeka sights are must sees

There are some Rijeka sights that should not be missed when visiting the city. These include the following:


Trsat Castle
Trsat Castle – one of the Rijeka attractions with a magnificent view of the city


Trsat Castle – one of the historical Rijeka attractions (Map #22)

Trsat Castle is a historic castle with impressive views of the city and the sea. Here you can stroll through old walls and take the time to enjoy the view.


Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Coast
The Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Coast Photo: Robert F., CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Coast (Map #15)

This museum offers you a deep insight into the maritime history and culture of the Croatian coast. From ancient ships to historical artifacts, there's a lot to see here. A visit is also worth it because you can get an overview of Rijeka's development as a port city. Even if the exhibition is a bit outdated, you can still learn a lot of interesting things about Rijeka's history and role as a port city in this museum.


Korzo in Rijeka
Korzo in Rijeka


The Korzo (Map #11)

Korzo is Rijeka's main street and a popular place for strolling. Here you will find, for example, numerous shops, cafés and restaurants where you can soak up the local atmosphere. The buildings lined up along this pedestrian zone are also worth taking a look at. In some places they are reminiscent of the magnificent architecture of Vienna. Elsewhere you feel like you have been transported to Trieste, Italy. During a walk along the Korzo you can get a good impression of Rijeka's diverse history. The ethnic groups that once held sway here have left clear traces along this road.


Rijeka Sights - Ivan Zajc Croatian National Theater
Rijeka Sights – Ivan Zajc Croatian National Theater


Ivan Zajc Croatian National Theater (Map #2)

If you are a fan of art and culture, you shouldn't miss a show at the Ivan Zajc Croatian National Theater. The building itself is an eye-catcher. The theater was built by an architectural firm from Austria. Today it serves as a theater and opera house. In summer the program is planned so that it is also interesting for tourists. For the current admission price of 15 euros per ticket (as of October 2023), a visit is worth it, even if you only have one evening.

Originally the performances took place under gaslight. However, as soon as electricity was available, one of the city fathers donated modern electricity to the opera house, paying for it from the wealth he had accumulated as one of the people in charge of the Tornado Works. Unfortunately, the new lighting failed at the premiere, when the electric lighting was to be demonstrated to the public for the first time.


Rijeka Attractions - City Clock Tower
Rijeka Sights – City Clock Tower


The City Clock Tower (Map #6)

This historic landmark is a must-see for anyone interested in architecture. The tower stands in the middle of the city center and cannot be overlooked. It is a popular meeting place where locals meet to take a stroll through the city. Behind it is one of the numerous places where you can relax in one of the cafés.


Vegetable market in Rijeka
One of our favorite Rijeka sights – the vegetable market


Vegetable and fish market (map #3) – one of the Rijeka attractions for connoisseurs

Rijeka Central Market is the place where you can find fresh food and local products. From fresh fish to handmade souvenirs, it's all here. Locals also like to use this market to buy fresh food. At the fruit and vegetable market in front of the market halls, grapes, lemons, tangerines, apples and peaches as well as tomatoes, eggplants, garlic and peppers make my mouth water. In the market halls we can find the best olive oil from local production or spicy goat and sheep cheese from the island of Pag, which is known for its production.


Fish market at the harbor
Fish market in Rijeka


One hall further on we can already smell at the entrance what awaits us here. All kinds of fresh fish are offered there. Our companion Lili is the daughter of a fisherman and can tell us interesting things about every type of fish. While some fish look the same to me, she shows me the golden stripes that allow me to recognize gold bream and distinguish it from sea bream. But there's a lot more to see here. I discover huge shrimps, lobsters and tuna as well as scallops and squid. The market is an absolute must for all Rijeka sightseeing connoisseurs. It is open every morning. If you're staying in a Holiday apartment* or a Holiday home in Rijeka or surroundings* , you can get fresh and local ingredients for your food.


The Church of the Assumption of Mary
The Church of the Assumption and the Leaning Tower


The Church of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (Map #7)

This Catholic church is not only a place of worship, but also an example of impressive architecture. The church has a long history and is definitely worth a visit. Also worth seeing is the “Leaning Tower of Rijeka”, which stands on the square in front of it. It is the oldest Romanesque building in the city that has been completely preserved.


Natrual History Museum Rijeka
The Museum of Natural History in Rijeka Borut Kružić at hr.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Natural History Museum Rijeka (Map #17)

For nature lovers, the Natural History Museum is a must. Here you can learn more about the flora and fauna of the region and even visit a multimedia aquarium. Even if the exhibition seems a bit outdated, it is worth a visit for anyone who wants to learn more about the nature of Rijeka's surroundings.


Theater Park
Theater Park


The Theater Park (Map #1)

If you need a break, Theater Park is the ideal place. It is a quiet place where you can relax and enjoy nature. The statue in the center of the square commemorates Ivan Zajc, a composer who enjoyed success with his operas and operettas in Rijeka and Vienna in the second half of the 2th century.


Rijeka City Hall
Rijeka City Hall


Rijeka Town Hall (Map #12)

The town hall is not only an administrative building, but also a place of historical importance. It is in the heart of the city and is easy to get to.

Rijeka sights insider tips

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Port of Rijeka
Port of Rijeka


The harbor is one of Rijeka's attractions

Although the port of Rijeka can hardly be called an insider tip, it is rarely one of the sights in Rijeka that attract visitors. But the port is not only an economic center, but also a place full of stories. Stroll along the quays and discover old warehouses that now serve as art galleries. You also have a good view of the city, especially from Mololongo (map # 27).


St. Vitus Cathedral in Rijeka - see Rijeka sightseeing map #19
St. Vitus Cathedral in Rijeka – see Rijeka sightseeing map #19


The Cathedral of St. Vitus

This cathedral is a real insider tip. It is not only a place of peace, but also an architectural highlight. The modern glass window is particularly interesting. However, the church is only open on Sundays during mass. However, the gates are closed during the week.


Venetian House - see Rijeka Sights Map #14
Venetian House – see Rijeka Sightseeing Map #14


The Venetian House

In the old town you will find a Venetian house that is often overlooked. It is one of the oldest buildings in the city and shows Rijeka's diverse history. It was built by the owners of the Tornado factory, which made an important contribution to Rijeka's industrial development. At the same time, the owners of the factory contributed a lot to the development of Rijeka into an attractive city by commissioning popular architects of the time to build such buildings. You can find this house on the map at #14.


Milkwoman of Rijeka - see Rijeka attractions map #8
Milkwoman of Rijeka – see Rijeka sightseeing map #8


Milkwoman statue

This inconspicuous statue in a hidden square in Rijeka's old town tells the story of the local milkwomen. It is also a popular meeting place for locals. The women once fetched milk from farmers in the mountains surrounding the city. They dragged them to the coast in heavy containers on their backs. It is said that they knitted along the way to keep themselves awake during the arduous journey. There are still a few of these women in Rijeka. Today they are well over ninety years old, but they still meet and talk about their experiences during the arduous transport of milk to the city. The statue is located in a small square not far from the Church of the Assumption of Mary.


Remains of the Roman Limes in Rijeka - See Rijeka Sights Map #10
Remains of the Roman Limes in Rijeka – See Rijeka Sights Map #10


The Roman remains of the Limes - one of the oldest Rijeka sights

Rijeka also has a Roman past. In the city center you can find remains of the Limes, the ancient border of the Roman Empire. They are an interesting contrast to the modern city. You can still see the foundation walls of the storage rooms that were once located at this location. There is also a small device on the corner of the house that allows a look into the past. If you look in there, you will get a good impression of how magnificent this place looked in Roman times.

With these insider tips you can get to know Rijeka from a completely different side.



Rijeka old town
Rijeka old town


Rijeka attractions for children

Rijeka has a lot to offer families. With these tips you will be well prepared for a successful family trip.

Peek & Poke Computer Museum

This museum is a real hit for technology-loving children. For example, they can try out old computers and game consoles and learn more about the history of technology in a playful way.

Rijeka Astronomical Center

The Astronomical Center is not only interesting for little astronomers. With a planetarium and numerous interactive exhibitions, it is an exciting place for the whole family.

Automotodrom Grobnik

The Automotodrom Grobnik is a must for little racers. Here you can watch real racing drivers and maybe even do a few laps yourself.

Ploče city beach – one of the Rijeka attractions that not only appeals to children

One day on Beach of course not to be missed. The Ploče city beach is ideal for families as it is gently sloping and offers many facilities such as playgrounds and cafes.

Adventure Park Jangalooz

This adventure park offers various courses for children and adults. Whether climbing, zip-lining or balancing, you won't get bored here.

Rijeka Zoo

The small zoo on Trsat Hill is also a popular destination for families. In addition to native animals, there are also exotic species to see.

Children's Theatre

Many of the local theaters also offer performances for children. An ideal place to spend the afternoon while getting to know the city's culture.

Rijeka attractions in the area

The city of Rijeka is an ideal starting point for day trips. Here you can find tips for nearby attractions and how to get there. If you are not there with your own car, the best thing to do is rent a car in Rijeka for these trips.




The coastal town is only 20 minutes by car from Rijeka Opatija. Known for its long seafront promenade and historic villas, Opatija is a great place for a relaxing day by the sea.


Plitivce Lakes
Plitivce Lakes


Plitvice Lakes

About two hours from Rijeka you will find the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Accessible by public transport or car, the park offers numerous hiking trails and lakes to explore.


Krk bridge
Bridge to Krk



The island of Krk is connected to the mainland via a bridge and can be reached in about an hour. Here you can, for example, stroll through old towns, relax on beaches or taste local wines.

Risnjak National Park

For nature lovers, Risnjak National Park is a must. About an hour from Rijeka, the park offers numerous hiking and cycling trails.


Known as the smallest city in the world, Hum is also just an hour's drive from Rijeka. Here you can experience the local culture and taste the famous mistletoe schnapps.


Ucka National Park
Ucka National Park


Učka Nature Park

Just half an hour from Rijeka, Učka Nature Park offers a variety of outdoor activities. From hiking to mountain biking, there is something for everyone here.

With these tips you will have a good selection of day trips you can take from Rijeka. Whether nature, culture or beach, the surroundings of Rijeka definitely have something to offer for every taste.

Practical tips for visiting Rijeka

Best travel time to explore Rijeka attractions

The best time to visit Rijeka is from May to September. During these months you can expect pleasant temperatures and less rain. If you want to avoid the crowds of tourists, May and September are ideal. We were in Rijeka and at the end of September Kvarner Bay at temperatures between 25 and 30° C and - with the exception of the day of arrival - only had sunny days or days with light clouds. So perfect holiday weather.


Rijeka has a well-developed public transport network. Buses are a cheap and efficient way to get around the city. However, a rental car is recommended for day trips in the area.

Local cuisine and where to find it

Rijeka offers a variety of culinary experiences. Here are some tips:

  • Fish and seafood: At the harbor you will find numerous restaurants that serve fresh fish and seafood. We had an excellent meal in Bistro Mornar (Rijeka Attractions Map #8).
  • Cevapcici: These grilled meat rolls are a must try. You can find them in many restaurants in the old town.
  • Soparnik: This filled puff pastry is a traditional Croatian dish. For example, try it at one of the many bakeries.
  • Wine and olive oil: There are also several wineries and olive oil producers in the Kvarner region. A visit is often worthwhile not only for the products, but also for the view.

Conclusion on the Rijeka sights

Rijeka is definitely a city worth exploring. Not only the harbor, but also the old town and the surrounding area of ​​Rijeka offer a lot. Therefore, you can easily spend several days here taking a closer look at the sights of the city and its surroundings. These are our recommendations:


  • Trsat Castle: A historic castle with impressive views of the city.
  • Maritime and History Museum: A deep insight into the maritime history of the region.
  • Korzo: The lively main street, ideal for a stroll and observing local life.
  • City Clock Tower: A historical landmark and a convenient landmark in the city.
  • Local cuisine: From fresh fish at the harbor to traditional Croatian dishes like Čevapcici.

Personal recommendations

  • Travel time: May and September are ideal for avoiding the crowds of tourists and still enjoying good weather.
  • Transportation: Buses are sufficient for the city, but a rental car is recommended for day trips to the surrounding area.
  • Culinary experiences: Try local specialties in the restaurants at the harbor and in the old town.

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Arrival to the Rijeka sights

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