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Sunset view from Strossmayerovo setaliste, Zagreb

21 Photos To Inspire A Visit To Zagreb

Zagreb, the Croatian capital, is definitely an underrated gem. It’s not a city chock full of sights to rush between. Instead, it’s about soaking up the culture, the sights and taking time to relax in one of the numerous bars and restaurants the city is blessed with.

Zagreb Cathedral
Street art, Zagreb
Zagreb funicular

If you don’t fancy trekking up the hill to reach the higher ground in Zagreb, the funicular is on hand. Taking just over a minute to make the journey up or down, it’s a nice little shortcut.

Sunset view from Strossmayerovo setaliste, Zagreb
Strossmayer Promenade
Sundial on a building, Zagreb
Street art in Zagreb

Between the train station and the old town there are 3 parks. While pretty and worthy of a walk in their own right, they are also used to hold concerts and other events.

Manduševec fountain, Zagreb
Man on a bench, Zagreb
Interior of Zagreb Cathedral
Gardens in Zagreb
Dolac open air market, Zagreb

Dolac market is a daily market held just steps away from the main square in Zagreb’s old town. It’s known for the open-air stalls, with red umbrellas lining the stalls in the summer to provide some protection from the sun and heat. You can find most items on offer here, including food, flowers and gifts.

Clock on brick wall
Exhibits at MBR

There are a handful of interesting museums on offer in the city, including a museum of illusions, another dedicated to torture and a personal favourite – the Museum of Broken Relationships.

Church in Zagreb
Chicken gyro

With more restaurants and bars on offer than you could shake a napkin at, it’ll definitely be a chance to sample the different cuisines at a Croatian rate. Read: cheap. The Croatian currency, the Kuna, goes a long way in Zagreb. 10 HRK is the equivalent of roughly £1.20, €1,35 or $1,60 (rates correct as of 1st August 2020, these will obviously change but you can check up to date rates here). This chicken gyro, for example, was 32 HRK, which was less than a coffee bought in Dubrovnik.

Steps in Zagreb city centre with picture of woman on them
Bike against hedge
Tunel Grič, Zagreb

Tunel Gric is just that, a tunnel. It was originally built as a bomb shelter for use during WWII, but now serves as a cool walkway that offers locals a shortcut and tourists an insight into the history of the city. If you’re visiting around one of the holidays, you might even get to see it decorated!

Art murial at Park Opatovina

Zagreb is the perfect weekend city break, but if you have more time, why not pair it up with a visit to Budapest, Ljubljana or Split?

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    August 2, 2020 at 8:47 am

    So looking forward to it! Soon.

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      August 4, 2020 at 11:36 pm

      Fingers crossed!

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    August 3, 2020 at 12:07 am

    COMPLETELY agree with you that Zagreb is underrated! I didn’t have high expectations for it, but I was absolutely blown away during my three nights there. The Museum of Broken Relationships was a unique visit, but I also really enjoyed the Museum of Naive Art (which I would highly recommend). Also funnily enough had some of the best Mexican food I’ve encountered in Europe, and it was great that the city was cheaper than its coastal counterparts (e.g. Dubrovnik, Split). 🙂

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      August 4, 2020 at 11:37 pm

      I was shocked by how cheap it was there too, and probably made my shock at the prices in Dubrovnik even worse!

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    August 3, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Beautiful!! I can’t wait to discover this city! I remember your post about the museum of Broken Relationships and it is high on my list now! 😊

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      August 4, 2020 at 11:38 pm

      It’s definitely worth a visit…there’s not a huge amount there so it’d be great for a relaxing long weekend ☺️

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