Hi all, what’s the first Croatian city that crosses your mind when you get to hear the name of the country? It’s supposed to be either Split or Dubrovnik as they are the most famous and visited cities by tourists and I couldn’t disagree. But Zagreb, the Croatian capital also needs a better mention. It’s the heart of Croatia and holds meaningful and important facts, both historically and culturally. I got to visit Zagreb four years ago, unfortunately on a massive rainy season, but it was definitely worth and I loved what I did out there.
Once you get to Zagreb’s downtown, start your journey off from Ban Josip Jelacic Monument, perhaps the most important monument in the city, also a very visible one, apparently it’s also used as a meeting point for Zagreb inhabitants as it’s very easy to find out.
Many shops and restaurants are all around this square. Also there’s a lot of concerning this statute provides interests and importance as a landmark of the city.
This monument was built after Ban died, even though the square was already named before his death. If you know the history, or learn about it, it will definitely make everything more interesting to look at this statue.
After having visited the square we decided to have a small walk through another part of the town. As soon as we got out of the crowded area, the weather got a lot better. I know, it’s weird.
Note – It’d be a wise idea to take an umbrella if you are visiting Zagreb in November.
I was fortune enough to stay with Luka, my first Croatian CS host, he was awesome as could afford some time to show me around the city. I was pretty exhausted after a long train trip from Budapest without doing anything on the train, but all the efforts got paid off.
Luka and I headed off to Tkalciceva by tram and we had great foods out there, apparently this area also belongs to top places that all the tourists get to visit while in Zagreb.
You will see plenty of venues for food and drink and if the weather is sunny enough, having a walk with some snacks would be amazing. Most of restaurants on the street seemed to be too touristy which means they could be overpriced but there are some really nice restaurants on the other side on the side streets. Unluckily Croatian winter is too cold to be outdoor sitting and enjoying the meal but if you are there before winter season, don’t miss the chance out!
Gornji Grad is also a must go place in Zagreb since it displays Zagreb’s meaningful history. I love the architecture of the city, it’s really different from what I was used to in Western and Northern Europe (obviously).
The first picture above is St. Mark’s Church(Crkva sv. Marka) If you’d ask me, I’d say it’s way more beautiful outside than inside, well, I know it’s quite unfortunate.
Gornji Grad is a really walkable place and it has a lot of nice buildings and structures.
What I loved the most about this place was that it keeps peaceful atmospheres and original middle age spirit. Don’t forget to get lost while you are there and find the little diamonds out there! (Old wood stairs, beautifully hidden gardens and so on)
Note – A guide tour is definitely available. Ask your hostel or hotel or visit tourist office!
After that we headed off to Lower Town of Zagreb and I believe it’s also a mandatory market to visit while in Zagreb because it’s interesting how A market gets run, what locals buy, how costly everything they sell is and also there’s a lot of actions going on here. I got some fresh fruits.
Croatia officially has belonged to the European Union as of 2013 but they still use Kuna.
There are a few countries left that belong to the EU but still stick to using their own currency, mostly from the east part of Europe. (Croatia, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary)
Cathedral of the Assumption was also worth visiting and taking some nice shots. This cathedral is better known as St. Stephen’s, just like the ones from in Vienna and Budapest. It was built in Romanesque style in the past and then later completely rebuilt in neo – Gothic stile.
Unfortunately it was undergoing renovation which made it a bit odd when we got to visit the cathedral, but still nice to look at.
We got tired after all and decided to head back home but before that we passed by King Tomislav Square. I can say that I was strongly impressed with the beautiful architecture of Croatian buildings.
If there’s Central Park in New York City, Zagreb has this one!
Sure, it’s not as crowded nor busy like the American one. The fabulous park is designed for walking, enjoying the surrounds and perhaps a picnic. Don’t miss it when you are in the city! And I’m pretty sure you won’t even have a chance to miss to see it as it’s right in front of Zagreb main station.
It became already dark enough after having seen what we had planned to see in Zagreb city. If you look for places to drink out and hang out with young locals, I recommend you to visit Jelacic Square, it’s full of young people and A night out can be spent really well out there.
Have you been to Zagreb? What’re your favorite places to visit?
All the love,