What to See and Do for a Short Stay in Zaghreb

Zagreb was an interesting city to visit. We didn’t get to spend a lot of time there, only 2 days, 1 night and we were also exhausted from our train journey from Slovenia. As always, we put the tiredness behind us and managed to have a great time. Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and a great stopping point between other cities in the country.

The train journey itself was rather interesting as we met these really cool American and Jordanian guys, Lindin and Waseem on the train. As soon as we got off in Zagreb, we decided to put our bags down in our hostels and then meet at this really popular restaurant in the centre (which I forgot the name off). It was really tasty and I can had the best risotto with mushrooms I’ve ever had – or maybe it just tasted so good because I was so hungry. By the time we were well-fed and refreshed, it was pretty late. we wondered down to Tkalciceva street to see what Zagreb night life has to offer. This is one of the most popular Zagreb streets and considered the centre of city nightlife. Situated in the Upper own, this street is full of fine small café-bars, nice and inexpensive restaurants and art galleries. We walked into a club and danced for a while before we planned our Great Escape from the guys. After escaping through the back way of the club, we called it a night.

After enjoying some breakfast the hostel, we jetted off to discover upper and lower town. We started off in Zagreb’s central square Trg Jelacica and walked uphill to Kaptol, stopping at Dolac Market. It’s a huge fruit and vegetable market which opens daily from 7am to 1pm. We bought some raspberries, sat on the side and people watched (our favourite pastime). We then walked a little further up to find Zagreb’s Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This begun in the 13th century and was later reconstructed in the 20th after an earthquake damaged it.

We walked to the side of the church in the little cobbled quirky street to find the Museum of Broken Relationships. This museum was the highlight of my entire day. It was such a quirky museum that displays mementos of failed relationships (books, necklaces, hoodies, shoes etc.) and the stories that surround them. They have been submitted from people all over the world. It’s very different from any other museums we’ve ever been to and made us think about what deserves to be memorialized and what doesn’t.

We then continued our journey to see Zagreb’s most photographed site in St Marks Church on St Mark Square. I loved the multi-coloured tile roof that was constructed in 1880. The rest of the church dates back to the 13th century. In the same square, you can see Croatian parliament (Sabor) and Ban’s Palace, now the presidential palace.

 

Before leaving the Upper Town, we stopped at Lotrscak Tower where a cannon is fired ever day at noon. A Croatian who was passing by told us that it was to commemorate Zagreb’s victory over the Turks.

A lot of people paid money to go in funicular down a steep hill to get to the Lower Town. . We hiked down the hill instead. The Lower Town is devoted ot business, art and spacious parks. It is also home to most of Zagreb’s hotels. I wasn’t particularly inspired by the Lower Town and so all we did here was wait in Park Zrinievac, which was very beautiful. We chilled here, playing cards, waiting to take our night train to Split

Accomodation:

  • We stayed in a 5 bed female dorm at the Wallaby House Hostel, Zaghreb. We liked it because it had a nice kitchen (with free coffee and tea) and was only a few blocks from the bus station. Overall, a nice place to stop over!
  • The House Hostel Pelješka 5 10 000 Zagreb, Tel: + 385 1 6181 554 info@thehousehostel.com

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