10 things worth doing in Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb is a dynamic and fun capital city of Croatia. Even though it isn’t located along the scenic Croatian coastline, there’s plenty to see and do in the capital to make a visit worthwhile. Whether you are into trying local foods, checking out the many interesting museums, going to the opera or just hanging out in any of the outdoor cafes, then you will enjoy discovering the many facets and attractions of the Croatia’s capital city.
Here are 10 things you should be doing in Zagreb:
1. Antique market at British square – a very popular draw with locals and tourists alike, the antique market starts very early and runs most of the day. You will find some very unusual clothing and accessories, vintage collectibles, houseware and one of a kind pieces from the area. Try to find the cool cafe at the market these cool Vespa chairs ( a fun photo op to do while eating)
2. Visit the Mirogoj national cemetery – Just on the outskirts of the historic district of Zagreb, is the national cemetery which is very elaborate and filled with amazing art, sculpture and gorgeous mausoleums. Worth a visit to admire the many interesting churches and places of worship along with the beautiful graves. Even the flower stalls and vendors are very interesting to visit on the outside areas of the cemetary
3. Hanging out at Floral square and the coffee culture. Locals love to hang out and people watch in the many squares in the city. Floral square is one of the best with outdoor cafes all around the square and people watching is a very popular past time. Weekends are extremely busy in all the main squares and pedestrian zones around the capital
4. A visit to the Cathedral of Zagreb – the main cathedral on Kaptol is an iconic building and the tallest building in the historic district of Zagreb. The Roman Catholic churh is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and the Saints King Stephens and Saint Laudilaus. A large gothic style cathedral is a stunning structure, inside and out and worth a visit in the historic district
5. Go to the Dolac farmers market in lower town – the main farmers market in Zagreb is lovely and in a square just off the main pedestrian promenades. It’s a sea of Red umbrellas with so many stands selling local fruits and vegetables, home made food items and crafts and a variety of eateries surrounding the market so you can sample all the tasty local dishes from the region. The I was there a local band and dance troup was performing for the audience in traditional costume and it was quite lively and added to the already colorful atmosphere. This is definitely the right place to be to sample or to take some wonderful photographs of the local market and people doing their daily shopping.
6. Try a local dish in Zagreb – There are so many delicious local dishes and regional cuisine that comes from the area. It’s fun to try something different that you have never tasted before. Some local dishes from Zagreb include regional specialties like pumpkin soups, black pudding, stuffed veal, krpice sa zeljem (square pasta with roasted cabbage), bratwurst sausages with potatoes and sauerkraut and a whole selection of many specialties from the area.
7. Watch an opera in the Croatian National Theater – The National Theater has an incredible calendar of performing arts, not just focused on opera but a variety of dance, ballet and music. Set in a very yellow neo-classical building, the theater is located
8. Check out any of the grand museums of Zagreb – There are so many different museums to visit in the historic capital including the upper and lower sections of the central district. One of the most unusual is located in the old town and it is the one-of-a-kind museum of broken hearts. Inside you will find all sorts of personal artifacts donated to the museum from personal break ups and the stories that go along with them. Most come from all over the world and from all different age groups, talking about quirky, funny and young love and break ups to some more violent endings, its fascinating and very personal. For something out of the box, this definitely is a fun museum to visit in the upper town.
9. Go on an DIY architectural tour of Zagreb – there are so many different architectural styles that identify the whole city with a variety of unique buildings that defies classification. A walking tour along the squares and streets in the central district will showcase all the main architectural styles from gothic, Art Nouveau to Art Deco – it’s quite an eclectic mixture and fun to see.
10. Explore the upper town of historic Zagreb
The upper town has a variety of historic and significant architectural buildings, churches and museums. The cultural and older district of the city, the upper town contains
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