Zagreb has got to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been! I know I say that about a lot of places but really, Zagreb is just dreamy. It’s like everything you ever wanted a quaint little European town to be, heavy on the charm, full of history, and noticeably low on tourists. It’s perfect and unspoiled, and if you come to Croatia to only visit the Dalmation Coast, then you’re missing out on some of the best parts of Croatia. If my insistence upon this issue isn’t enough, please take the photos that follow as evidence of Zagreb’s perfect cuteness. Assuming that will get you on board the Zagreb express, let me tell you what are the top 10 things to do in Zagreb so you can make the most of your trip when you do come visit!
Top 10 Things to do in Zagreb
1 | Visit Zagrebacka Katedrala. The cathedral in Zagreb is the center of all the action because this is a rather religious place. I recommend getting on a tour that includes the church so that you can get all the info on why this cathedral is so important!
2 | Eat a pastry at Delikates Pekarnica. This bakery is what you would expect if all your Croatian aunties got together an opened up a pastry shop. The pastries are delicious and all the ladies working inside are glowing, they’re almost as sweet as the treats they serve up!
3 | Wander around the Dolac Market. This popular farmers and artisans market isn’t far from the cathedral, and is a great place to pick up some souvenirs or fresh snacks. Hardly a tourist attraction, if you stop for long enough to take a photo, you’ll likely be pushed out of the way by an old lady on her grocery route. Doesn’t get more Croatia than that!
4 | Sit for a coffee on Ul. Ivana Tkalcica. This main strip of restaurants and cafes runs through the heart of the city, which is fitting because the coffee that runs the city is served up here. Croatians love their coffee, it’s the perfect occasion to catch up with friends and share time with loved ones. Even if you’re traveling alone, you’ll enjoy sitting for a coffee at the cafes here because it is prime for people-watching!
5 | Join a walking tour. In this small city, everything you want to see is within walking distance, so take the eco-friendly route and join a walking tour. Unlike in other places you may have traveled, it’s not legal for them to provide free walking tours, so expect to pay, but it’s still worth it!
6 | Have a picnic in the Park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera. I love this park, it’s so beautiful with its fountains and gardens and sycamore trees. And you’ll often see local events here, like there was a food festival and a movie festival going on when I was in town!
7 | Search out the street art. Like any European city on it’s transformation from unknown to tourist hotspot, there’s still graffiti street art to be spotted around town. You can see a bunch of it on Branimirova Ulica.
8 | Take a day trip to Plitvice. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is a massive network of lakes and waterfalls that you’ve most certainly seen photos of at some point. It’s beautiful and a treasured natural resource. It takes just a couple of hours to get there so you can do it as a day trip from Zagreb!
9 | The Museum of Broken Relationships. It sounds pretty weird, right? Well they’re creative and innovative here, and ever since this museum opened, it’s been gaining international acclaim. It’s a collection of items donated by people from around the world who have had their hearts broken, and they share the story behind the item on display. It was a little depressing for me because I’m a mushy romantic, but ultimately a super cool museum that’s unlike anything you’ve seen elsewhere.
10 | Check out St Mark’s Church. By far the coolest church I’ve seen, this one has a beautiful illustration in the rooftiles. You won’t see anything like it anywhere else! Once again proving that Zagreb is unique and beautiful, as are its people.
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