Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and it is gorgeous! There are so many things to see and do in Zagreb. I believe most people head to the coast of Croatia, but Zagreb is not to be missed.
My flight was from Sarajevo to Zagreb. The Zagreb airport was probably the best airport I went through. A newer terminal, spotless clean and a tourist information office with a great selection of free maps and pamphlets. A Cafe Nero had a great chai tea latte!
I love my passport stamps.
Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square
The heart of Zegreb and right outside my apartment. I spent a lot of time here ~ sun, flowers, benches and a view!
The Art Pavilion is stunning! Surrounded by a little park that is well tended with colourful flowers, a fountain and benches for relaxing. Established in 1898, it is the oldest gallery in Southeast Europe.
A lot of buildings are yellow, which was the official colour of the ruling Habsburg family.
Zagreb Cathedral is Roman Catholic and is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and to Saint Stephen and Saint Ladislaus. The two spires are visible throughout the city. The original cathedral was completed in 1217 and it has been destroyed, rebuilt and restored throughout the centuries.
The stonework above the entrance of the Cathdral is amazing and the inside is breathtaking. I lit a candle for my loved ones.
The Old Cathedral Clock is outside on the stone wall showing a time of 7:03.
St. Mark’s Church
St. Mark’s Church is one of the oldest architectural monuments in Zagreb dating back to the early 13th century.
Greek Catholic Co-cathedral of Saints Cyril and Methodius
Built in 1886, this church has three bells in the belfry. I got to hear the church bells and there was a christening happening when I went inside.
I love the alphabet saints!
Ban Josip Jelačić Square
The central square in Zagreb dates back to 1641, it is a pedestrian zone and a meeting place. There is a market and I went on the hunt for figs, but wasn’t successful.
When I returned to my apartment in the evening, I found a video of me walking. I didn’t realize I was recording. I was walking through the market looking for figs.
Changing of the Guard
The Changing of the Guard takes place on weekends at noon with The Royal Cravats Regiment. A cannon fires at noon and the church bells ring. The pomp and ceremony is fantastic.
The Botanical Garden opened in 1889 and is 5 hectares with over 10,000 plant species.
Nikola Tesla was born in what is now Croatia and along with the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum, there is a monument and plaques in Zagreb.
Museum of Broken Relationships
An interesting stop was the Museum of Broken Relationships. It is dedicated to failed relationships and contains objects donated from these.
I got the “hope your ass gets bigger chocolate”.
There is a Bistro and I had the best meal – actually I had great meals everywhere!
- Croatian Merlot
- Cucumber and Sour Cream (cucumber salad, dill, homemade sour cream)
- Legumes and Yoghurt (mashed lentils, chickpea and bean falafel, salsa with almonds, herbs, strained homemade yoghurt)
Where I Stayed & The Burger Festival
Sometimes I found really good last minute deals on booking.com for an apartment. This one was fabulous and I had so much space all to myself.
On my last night, there was a BURGER festival down the street from my apartment. Later in the evening, I was tempted to head out again in my pajamas and get another burger. Very, very good especially with the Made in Croatia Pilsner!
After my misadventure in Sarajevo losing my sunglasses down the squat toilet, I found new glasses in Zagreb at Ferragamo. I still have them and love them!
The Cheese Bar
This was one of the best stops I had for something to eat. A Cheese Bar where I had wine, cheese and figs! Absolutely perfect. I fell in love with Croatian figs and looked for them everywhere I went.
Random Pictures of Zagreb
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Jackie is “Mom” to one amazing son, an IT professional and an obsessed traveller. She spends her time reading, golfing at Ladies League and implementing software projects. Jackie has travelled to all 7 continents and 90 countries and is always planning the next destination and adventure!