enjoyable visit to Zagreb, capital of Croatia
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Croatia is becoming a popular
travel destination, with plenty of history, beaches, culture and things
to do. Here we briefly visit Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.
is Croatia’s fascinating and historic capital, with an interesting mixture
of architecture. When strolling in the Upper Town, with its cobble-stone
streets and red-roofs, visit the Gothic Zagreb Cathedral. Also gaze at
the colourful and interesting tiled roof of the 13th-century St. Mark’s
Church. Enjoy a stroll along Tkalciceva Street with its many outdoor cafes.
Then head to the short, steep Funicular Railway, which was constructed
in 1888 and takes you quickly and easily down to Lower Town.
Art and culture in Zagreb
Head to Lower Town and visit
the shops, museum and parks surrounded the main square. In the way of museums,
visit the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, a small building displaying
80 pieces of art from the 1960s and 1970s. The colourful work displayed
is by some of the most important artists of the period, including Rabuzin,
Generalic and Mraz.
More art can be enjoyed at
the Mimara Museum with its collection of work by the European masters and
the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Most of us have experienced
a break up in our love life at some time in the past. Zagreb has the perfect
museum (one of several) to commemorate our losses. The Museum
of Broken Relationships has many quirky keepsakes, passed on in memory
of a lost love, including mementos like a toaster someone scorned stole
from his or her former lover to prevent them making toast again. Notes,
ornaments, shoes, clothing and all kinds of items line the white walls
of the museum.
Opera, drama and ballet
can be enjoyed at the Croatian National Theatre, set in an opulent, neo-baroque
building, which also hosts an annual international theatre festival. The
city also hosts many excellent restaurants, bars and nightclubs for evening
fun and entertainment. Head to some of the backstreets of Lower Town where
you will see bland concrete walls, transformed by local street artists
into colourful and fascinating murals. This is the ideal part of the city
to explore, armed with a camera.
Food and fun in Zagreb
After exploring the city, enjoy
Zagreb’s cafe culture, a firm part of the city’s everyday life. Besides
the cafes and restaurants everywhere, there are pop-up markets, food stalls
in the parks and squares and music seems to play everywhere you go. Cuisine
in Zagreb is varied, with modern and older restaurants offering the
traditional local fare and those offering Italian, French, Swiss and many
other delights, as well as bistros serving delicious snacks, cakes and
the famous Croatian desserts.
Sailing and swimming at Jarun
Heading southwest of the city
centre, visit Jarun Lake. This is the perfect summer destination for locals
and visitors to enjoy sailing and swimming. The lake is also surrounded
by leafy walking paths and with nightclubs and restaurants close by. If
visiting Zagreb in winter, head to Mount Medvednica close by, which offers
excellent skiing and snowboarding in the colder months.
If you feel in the mood
for further sailing, head down to the coast and visit exciting Split, before
enjoying a luxurious
Croatian cruise to Dubrovnik to visit that city’s wonderful offerings.
Croatia has so much to offer in the way of history, fun and nature, you
will be sure to return again and again.
More reading on Croatia:
top cities to visit in Croatia in 2019
fascinating places to visit in Croatia this year
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