What to visit in Croatia | Zagreb

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Slightly over two months ago, before the stressful exam season, I took a one week trip to Croatia.
Due to having many Croatian friends, I was lucky enough to have been shown around and taught the history and facts behind the stunning monuments and parks.

Here are some of the highlights of what I visited during my stay in Zagreb:

Main Central Train Station

  • Start here and make your way to the city centre
  • You will walk on the loveliest avenue composed of three parks

Trg Kralja Tomislava

  • The first park
  • Here you can find the Art Pavillion
  • The park includes a huge fountain that lights up at night

Park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera

  • The second park
  • Features the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts
Park Zrinjevac

  • The third park
  • Includes a stunning gazebo in the centre
  • Also has some smaller fountains (the first ever built in Zagreb!)
Trg Bana Jelačića

  • The city centre plaza 
  • Statue of Ban Josip Jelačic, Croatia Ban (equivalent to leader)
  • City Model
    • Can be found on the right side of Trg Bana Jelačića
    • It is named 'Zagreb welcomes you'

Zagrebacka Katedrala

  • Just continue walking upwards from the city model and you will find Zagreb's Cathedral
  • No admission fee

Gornji Grad (upper town)

  • To get there, either climb the stairs or take the Uspinjaca (funicular train/ elevator)
  • Stunning (and free) views to the Cathedral and the city
    • You could also check the Zagreb 360° for a panoramic view of Zagreb (however, keep in mind that this one is paid)
  • Tunel Grić
  • Museum of Broken Relationships
  • Bench featuring Antun Gustav Matoš, a Croatian poet
Kamenita Vrata

  • Also known as the Stone Gate
  • Religious landmark
  • Received its sacred reputation when a devastating fire destroyed everything except a painting of Virgin Mary
Maksimir park

  • The biggest park in Zagreb
  • Here you can also find the Zoo: entrance is 30 kuna for an adult ticket (around £3.5)
Jarun Lake

  • Just outside the city centre
  • Popular due to its range of outdoor activities (cycling paths and watersports such as paddleboarding) and lifeguarded beaches
  • Free to visit (but you must pay parking if driving there)
Food recommendations:

  • Best price-quality restaurant: Nokturno
    • I recommend trying Zagrebački Odrezak (contains turkey, cheese and ham inside)
  • Ice creams:
    • Vincek
    • Vis a vis by Vincek: vegan options
  • Candy: KiKi, Bronhi, Zivotinjsko Carstvo (has an animal sticker inside), 505, Dorina (chocolate covered waffers)

Although this post only features landmarks in Zagreb, I did visit other cities during my trip to Croatia. Therefore, you can expect some other 'What to Visit in Croatia' posts very soon!

I also wanted to thank you for all the patience and inform that now that my exams are over I will be posting regularly once again!

See you next week,
Irene xx

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