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7 things to do in Zagreb

7 things to do in Zagreb

People do a lot of things to take care of boredom; play games, listen to music or watch a movie, read, etc. But sometimes you need something more, you feel this need to get up and explore some place new. Let’s say you’re going through that time right now and you can’t make up your mind where to go and why you should go. What if I told you I have the perfect place for you to visit, where you will have tonnes to do and beautiful scenery to enjoy. A place where you’re guaranteed to have loads of fun, where is this place you ask and what can you do there? Why, its Zagreb in Croatia. And here are the top 7 things to do in Zagreb (Croatia):

1. Walking Tour:

This is pretty much standard for any place you visit, the classic way to explore a city for free. Simply pick up a map of the city’s Old Town from the main Tourist Information Centre and make a round trip. You’ll have numerous options to explore; you can start from the Ban Jelačić Square and make your way throughout the city making your way through cobbled streets and narrow alleyways, going around the heart of the city. One of the most significant places to stop by is the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is not only the tallest building in Croatia, it has frescoes dating back to the 13th century.

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2. Climb a Mountain:

Located just a 30-minute ride outside of town, we have the Medvednica mountain which is the perfect country escape. On weekends, you’ll find a lot of locals over here and it’s not hard to see why; suitable for visitors in all weathers, the area has trails, forests and challenging hills to climb to satisfy your inner hiker, plus the spot offers a breathtaking view.

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3. Street Art:

The Street Art Museum is a project aiming to raise awareness of Croatia’s local street art scene, in Zagreb you’ll find that the street art vibe is huge and there are numerous sights and murals that are a must see. Walking the length of the Branimirova Ulica, you’ll find that this area is the hub of street heart in the city. What’s the best thing about street art? It’s completely free to see and there are no working hours, so you can look at it whenever you want.

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4. A Blast from the Past:

If you want something unique, quirky and often unusual transportation and exhibits then the Technical Museum is your place. Though rather boring sounding, it’s actually a great budget shop. Founded in 1954, the museum hosts a grand collection of scientific and technological displays. However, this option is not free, but on every Sunday the museum offers a free ride in a pre-war tram, the model is from 1924 and the trip starts at 9:30 am. The tour journeys to Maksimir Park, which is the city’s oldest public park, and back.

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5. Appease your inner art lover:

Have a thing for modern art? Then you’re in luck because on the first Wednesday of every month, the city’s impressive Museum of Contemporary Art is free. The display is a range of Croation and international artists with works from the last half-century. You can watch a collection of films and videos on show from the 60s which showcase experimental techniques and styles, plus a show of photography from the 1950s, sculptures, The Tošo Dabac Archive (with over 2,000 negatives) and graphic art.

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6. Dolac Market:

Visit one of the city’s oldest places, dating back to the 1930s the Dolac Market is one the city’s most colourful and interesting markets. In fact, in the 30s the city officials designated the area on the ‘border’ between the Old and New Towns a suitable market. Locals from the city and surrounding villages still flock here to buy and sell their wares. Fruits and vegetable stalls, fishmongers and butchers are the standard sights around the area among other things. In the northern end of the market, you’ll find lower stalls and locally produced honey and handmade ornaments.

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7. Enjoy Park Life:

Want to enjoy some peace and quiet with Nature? The Zagreb Botanical Garden is the perfect place for that. Located at just a 10-minute walking distance from the main square, the 4.7 hectares are filled with an English-style arboretum, flower parterre, indigenous plant species and greenhouses which are home to tropical and subtropical plants. Along with a range of plants, you’ll find that the gardens are a home to a small collection of wild birds, tortoises, and frogs. But the only downside is that the gardens are closed from November 1st to April 1st each year for the winter.

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Do you know any great things to do in Zagreb?

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Reasons to Visit Croatia

Ten reasons to visit Croatia

Vacation brings joy and unlimited happiness to everyone. There are many places one can go for an amazing vacation but there is one place which would definitely be a great choice for a fascinating vacation. A place where the water is turquoise, the sceneries are mind blowing. Here I am talking about Croatia, it is known as the city of art and culture. It is located on the Adriatic Sea and is also considered as one of the most alluring countries in Europe. The mesmerising scenes depict natural and untouched beauty. Here are some of the reasons that you should pack your bags and visit Croatia.

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1. History of Croatia

A country which was known as Yugoslavia, after some time they named it as Croatia. Though Croatia is not the part of Russia but they still have some similarities in arts and culture. Naturally, this factor becomes a huge attraction as it details one of the most historic countries in the world.

2. Architecture of Croatia

There is a long history of architecture in Croatia; some of the remnants are still preserved in the country. The Bronze culture of the Illyrians started to organise themselves in arts and customs. Then in the fifteenth century, Croatia was divided into three parts, northern Croatia was the part of Austrian Empire, Dalmatia was under the rule of Venetian republic, and Slavonia was ruled by Ottoman. So, quite a few civilisations thrived in this country and they all combine to give a unique flavour to the tourist!

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3. The Sea-green water Island

Croatia is famous for its pure alluring turquoise water; The Scenes depict beauty from every aspect. If you came from the city of hustle and bustle, trust me these amazing scenes shall put a very mesmerising effect on your mind and soothe your soul too. There are many beaches and any beach of Croatia is enough to take your breath away, and the water is crystal clear, one can enjoy the perks of surfing and snorkelling deep inside the blue water.

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4. Beauty lies within Nature

Nature depicts all the majestic values of our world. The lakes in Croatia are the most amazing thing of all and one of its biggest attraction is the Plitvice Lakes National park. This park is the oldest of all and the largest park in Croatia. The lakes forms into cascades and in total sixteen lakes can be seen from the surface. So if you want to have a splashing vacation you should definitely visit Croatia I am sure that mountain ranges and lakes shall give a myriad of sights and fill your heart with countless happiness.

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5. Sail the High Seas

Do not miss the chance to sail a boat if you are on a vacation. Croatia has thousands of Islands and the richest Archipelagos. Sailing and exploring Croatian seas is a must thing to do. Take a boat and go into the sea explore the coast islands and have a wonderful day!

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7. Things to do in Zagreb

Zagreb is not just a hotel like every other it has a great story behind the name. It is the most comfortable and luxurious hotel and best for a stay. One should explore Zagreb. Whenever you visit Croatia take some time for that and roam around the enchanted palace you shall come to know that the place has hidden doors. Open the door and have a look what mystery it offers. One door opens and there is a large museum which is known by the name of Museum of broken Relationships. While, the other one is for those who love fashion. It has many boutiques which one cannot find anywhere and it is called as City of walker’s paradise. So for those who are much into fashion must have a check inside Zagreb.

6. Wine lovers

If you are a wine lover then you are at the right place, Croatia has the best wines. The bars are the right place where you can get wine with the typical Croatian environment. One bar which is known as the best of all is Vinoteka Bornstein. You can meet new people have knowledgeable conversations, make new friends and make the evening more charming!

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8. Delightful cuisine of Croatia

Croatians are thankful to the Adriatic Sea, as their seafood is enriched and healthy. You are in Croatia and search for the best food, if you are a seafood lover then probably Grilled fish is what you are looking for. The sea has the healthiest fish so it can be sardines, sea Beam, and Seabass. This fish is cooked only on a grill with tantalising spices and olive oil.

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If you are not a seafood lover then you should try Cabanas. It can only be cooked on open fire. It has meat, chilies, and paprika. Once it is cooked you can put whatever you want to. The stew can be filled by potatoes, onions, carrots, pancetta and different herbs. You can find this anywhere in Croatia you must try, it’s delicious!

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9. Get Spiritual:

While visiting Croatia you must know about the majestic Marija Bistrica. This town has its own mysterious story. It is known as the centre of divine healing and has the charm which can only be felt after visiting. So you must have a look at it yourself!

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10. Hitch Hiking in Dalmatia

Croatia is not only at the top in beaches and lakes. This country has the best sports. One of them is Hitch Hiking. This place has the beautiful landscapes. Climb to the mountains and feel free. Howling of wolves, rock climbing goats, and the water falls these are the sounds that make your hiking more interesting. The most magnificent mountains for hiking are Mosor Mountains, Biokovo Mountains, and Velebit mountains. If you are a hiking lover and looking for an exciting adventurous place then Croatia is the right place for you!

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11. Explore Korcula Island

This island is the most exotic, as it is inside the Adriatic Sea. Earlier, this island was called as Black Korcula. It is famous because of its dense forest. People used to call this place Korkula because of churches and places. This island is not much popular as it is quite far from the other islands so people consider not going there. But, less crowd means less noise and hustle bustle so why letting go a beautiful place just because it’s far away. You can have more fun, as fewer crowds’ means more fun!

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Ok so that’s 11 reasons to visit Croatia, I think I have given plenty of good reasons. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags!

Zagreb Guide


I arrived in Zagreb in Croatia from Ljubljana in Slovenia by train for 18 euros (£14). It took 2 hours and 30 minutes and I bought my ticket from the train station on the day of departure with no problems.

Zagreb, Croatia’s northwestern capital, is distinguished by its 18th and 19th- century Austro- Hungarian architecture. At its center, Upper Town is the site of the Gothic, twin- spired Zagreb Cathedral, 13th century St. Mark’s Church and cafe- lined pedestrian Tkalčićeva Street. Lower Town contains the city’s main square, Ban Jelačić, as well as shops, museums and parks.

Zagreb is a city full of pretty architectural buildings as well as some different fun museums such as the broken relationships and museum of illusions.

Hostels and Hotels were reasonably priced in Zagreb as was everything else.

Zagreb is a city that has a lot to offer from exciting museums to great nightlife and streets packed full of coffee bars to sit back and relax.

The food is a very good price, you should expect to find a lot of pasta dishes across the  menus.

Zagreb really is a beautiful city packed with things to do in order to keep you active.

Zagreb is a very nice city and certainly has enough to keep you entertained for a couple of days.

Getting from Zagreb airport to the city centre of Zagreb

Zagreb Airport

Zagreb’s Airport is approximately 17 km from the city centre.

Zagreb’s Bus service will take you to the city centre for 30 HRK (£2) and will take 30 minutes and can be bought from the driver.

A taxi will take you from the Zagreb’s airport to the city centre for around 180 HRK (£19) and will take 15 minutes.

Travelling Around Zagreb

For travel within the city of Zagreb, the Zagreb Travel Card gives unlimited free travel on the underground, trams and buses.

A 72 hour travel pass costs 12 euros (£9)

A 24- hour travel pass cost 8 euros (£6)

Do not forget to activate your travel card on the first journey or face a big fine.

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Croatia’s, Zagreb Card

The Zagreb Card is your best companion when in Zagreb, entitling you to free travel on all Zagreb’s public transport and great discounts at over 150 different locations.

24 hours: 8 euros (£6)

72 hours: 12 euros (£9)

If you’re in Zagreb for a few days I really would recommend getting the Zagreb card as each attraction itself can cost around 4 euro’s (£3), around 4 attractions at a discounted price and you’ve saved.

My perfect hotel in Zagreb, Croatia.

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Highly recommended, with just a few minutes walk to the centre.

Accommodation, Eating and Drinking in Zagreb, Croatia

Hotels and hostels budget for every price range with:

Hostel’s in the centre of Zagreb can be found for around 75 HRK (£8) per person.

3- star hotels with 2 sharing a double room with breakfast can be found from around 334 HRK (£35).

4- star hotels with 2 sharing a double room with breakfast and spa facilities can be found for around 573 HRK (£60).


If you’d rather, you could find a 5- star hotel for 2387 HRK (£250).

Restaurants are in the central area of Zagreb and are not too expensive.

If you’re looking for a 3- course meal in a mid range restaurant you could expect to pay 110 HRK (£12) and a beer for 13 HRK (£1.40).

If you were to look for a single course meal in an inexpensive restaurant you could expect to pay 40 HRK (£5).

For nightlife in Zagreb

Zagreb has great night live with good bar crawls, look for the “ Zagreb Pub Crawl” at Maraschino bar. For 109 HRK (£12) for a local party guide, 3 welcome shots, drinking games, free club entry, and skipping the lines.

This pub crawl really makes for a good night out in Zagreb.

Museums worth a visit In Zagreb, Croatia

 No trip is complete without visiting a few fun museums Zagreb has a great selection of museums and a few different museums, but with many entry fees around 12 euros, the costs can add up quick. There are ways to save, most museums have reduced price tickets for students and seniors, and good discounts with the Zagreb Card ranging from 10% to 80%.

The Museum of Broken Relationships is a museum in Zagreb, Croatia, dedicated to failed love relationships. Its exhibits include personal objects left over from former lovers, accompanied by brief descriptions.

 Explore the world of illusions in Zagreb and experience the impossible at the Museum of Illusions

The Mimara Museum is an art museum in the city of Zagreb, Croatia. It is situated at the Roosevelt Square, housing the collection by Wiltrud and Ante Topić Mimara. Its full official name is the Art Collection of Ante and Wiltrud Topić Mimara.

Zagreb City Museum or Museum of the City of Zagreb located in 20 Opatička Street, was established in 1907 by the Association of the Brethren of the Croatian Dragon.

Things to do and must see’s whilst in Zagreb, Croatia

Gradec or Grič is a part of Zagreb, Croatia, and together with Kaptol, it is the medieval nucleus of the city. It is situated on the hill of Gornji Grad.

Tkalčićeva Street is a street in the Zagreb, Croatia city centre. Extending from the vicinity of the central Ban Jelačić Square to its northern end at the Little Street, the street flows between the Gornji Grad in the west and Nova Ves in the east.

A guided tour of The Mirogoj Cemeter, a cemetery park that is considered to be among the most noteworthy landmarks in the City of Zagreb.

The Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, commonly referred to as HNK Zagreb, is a theatre, opera and ballet house located in Zagreb.

Zagreb Eye with a stunning 360 degrees view.

Free things to do Whilst in Zagreb, Croatia

The Changing of the Guard takes place every Saturday & Sunday from 12  noon on St. Mark’s square and is marked by a parade through the city centre with trumpeters and drummers.

Maksimir Park is the oldest public park in Zagreb, Croatia. It forms part of the city’s cultural heritage and is a habitat for many different plants and animal species.

The Zagreb Cathedral on Kaptol is a Roman Catholic institution and not only the tallest building in Croatia but also the most monumental sacral building in Gothic style.

Stone Gate is one of the best- preserved monuments of old Zagreb . It is a building shaped like a rectangular tower with road passage. Part of the defense system of the Zagreb Gradec and the only door that still exist today.

The Church of St. Mark is the parish church of old Zagreb, Croatia, located in St. Mark’s Square.

Also plenty of churches and cathedrals to pop in, however, a few have an admission fee.

After a few days in Zagreb, I then headed home for the U.K.

Island Of KRK

The Island of Krk – An Exhaustible Source of Natural Beauties, Fun, and Comfort

Adriatic coast is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on the Earth, and for decades, it has been the top tourist destination. The area is inhabited by warm and friendly people, and with continuous investments in infrastructure and with quality services, it will undoubtedly improve its popularity even more. One thing is for sure, choosing a destination to visit this year will not be an easy job because there are truly hundreds of amazing places worth seeing. However, there is a must-see place in case you are visiting this corner of the world. The most experienced travellers who have crisscrossed every corner of the Adriatic coast will tell you that the island of Krk is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Many people consider it to be the real Pearl of the Adriatic, and there is more than one reason for such an opinion!

Suitable Geographical Location
Krk is, in fact, the biggest island in the Adriatic Sea, located in its northern part near the city of Rijeka, in Croatia. It has an outstanding location since it is settled in the middle of Kvarner Bay, surrounded by the Dalmatian mainland on one side, and beautiful islands of Cres and Rab on the other side. There are more than dozens of islets, rocks and reefs around it, thus creating a real picturesque landscape worthy of paradise.
Krk has a very pleasant Mediterranean climate, and it is one of the sunniest parts of Europe with more than 2.500 hours of the sun per year. Such conditions have made it suitable for growing more than 1.400 different plant species including various types of Mediterranean fruits, olives, vineyards, and so on. Krk is also a natural habitat of rare Griffon Vulture that can be seen in the wild areas on the north-eastern side of the island.

Reaching the Island Is Quite Easy

The best way to reach the island would be from the nearby coastal city of Rijeka. One can reach it by plane. From there, you may take one of the ferries and you will be on Krk in no time. Marina on Krk is the one with the longest tradition in Croatia since it was the first one built on the island. Furthermore, for years, it has been declared as the best marina in the whole country and back in 1998, it was awarded the Blue Flag – the highest international acknowledgement for marine standards.

The Millenial Past of the Island

You will surely not be the first one that has reached Krk since the island has a long and rich history. People have settled here more than two thousand years ago and they have never left the island since. Its oldest inhabitants were the Illyrians who used to share space with the ancient Greeks. For centuries, Krk was governed by the Romans whose traces can still be seen today. Romans were replaced with the Croats in the 7th century and they still live on the island. The Venetian Republic also dominated the island for some time, as well as some other great powers such as France, Austria, and Italy. All of these nations have left some impact on the island, and this is what makes it even more attractive for the history lovers. Nevertheless, none of these influences has managed to destroy the authentic way of living of the islanders who have suceeded in keeping their way of living.

Krk’s Curiosities

Krk is truly a unique place, and it seems that number seven plays a significant role in its destiny. The ancestors of present inhabitants have settled on the island in the 7th century, and they have managed to fight off seven pirate attacks. The Island consists of seven administrative units, and there are also seven different folk costumes and traditional dances. And can you guess when is it the best to visit the Krk? Well, most of the people will tell you that it is July, but we will let you decide that on your own.

Accommodation on Krk Fulfills the Highest Demands

Finding suitable accommodation on Krk should not be a problem since there are many hotels, hostels, private rooms and apartments, as well as campsites where you can stay. All types of accommodation are spread throughout the whole island so you will have the possibility to enjoy in any part of the isle.

There are over twenty hotels on the island that vary from five to two stars, and they make Krk affordable to all the visitors. The traditional kindness of the locals will make you will feel like at home in any of the hotels.

There is no much difference when it comes to camping since there are quite modest one- star campsites, but you can also visit campsites with three or four stars that will provide you with more than a pleasant atmosphere.

Those who are planning to stay just for a few nights can settle in one of many hostels, and those who are for the more private environment should not find it difficult to book a private apartment. In any case, it may be the best to contact one of many travel agencies on the island that will be happy to help you with finding the desired type of accommodation.

Cuisine On the Island Abounds With Local Foods

Croatian cuisine, and especially the one on the isle of Krk, has been famous even in the past centuries, and some stories give a detailed description of the tasty roasted lamb served on the popular Nero’s treats in Rome.

Today, the visitors can enjoy in various local dishes, all of which are prepared with a lot of spices grown on the island. For instance, many of the local meals are seasoned with laurel leaves, rosemary, spring onions and garlic, olives and carrots. The healthiest part of the dishes served on Krk is the olive oil, since the island is very rich with olive trees. Apparently, olive oil being the ‘secret’ ingredient in meals on Krk is the actual reason for the longevity of its inhabitants.

When it comes to national culinary recipes, Krk has indeed a lot to offer. Since it is an island, the visitors are welcome to taste fresh fish, shrimp, shellfish and crabs. All of the mentioned are prepared in a native way, with the proper seasoning and perfectly well- suited side dishes. The cuisine also uses lots of vegetables during the preparation of the meals. Thus, you will surely have a chance to taste tomatoes and peppers, new potatoes, and seasonal salads.

However, the most popular foods on Krk are lamb, domestic sheep cheese, and ham. For instance, should you want to taste the authentic meal from Krk, then ‘Presnac’ will be the right decision. The meal contains the domestic sheep cheese and those who have tried it state it is more than delicious.

Wine lovers will enjoy visiting Krk, especially if they visit the island during the manifestation „The days of wine in Vrbnik“. Besides, you are always welcome to drink Krk’s brandy, the traditional beverage offered to all the guests with the wishes of a warm welcome and a happy future life.

The visitors who yearn to eat international meals will, of course, have the opportunity to order pizza, spaghetti or any other international dish in many of the island restaurants. Hence, one does not have to be afraid that he will be stuck on Krk with only national dishes.

Having Fun While on Krk Won’t Come to Question

Geographical location and natural resources allow the visitors to enjoy the numerous outdoor activities offered on the island. Tourists usually choose between sailing, diving, and bicycle riding.


For instance, one can learn the basics of navigation and sailing in one of the largest marinas on the Adriatic, in Marina Punat. The marina contains a large area for 100 ships and it also offers the service of ship repairs. Apart from the Marina Punat, almost every place on the island includes tourist beacons as well as the possibility of renting a variety of vessels. Therefore, should you visit Krk, you will undoubtedly enjoy the exploration of the natural resources and beauties of the island.


Furthermore, tourists are welcome to attend a diving course in several diving schools with quality equipment and well- trained instructors. Diving is among the most popular sports in Croatia, and Krk offers not only organised diving expeditions but also the opportunities to explore the unseen and untouched beauties of the Adriatic Sea. One will see both, unusual plants and sea animals, but also shards of ancient ships. The local people say that underwater off the small island of Plavnik contain debris of the vessels from the time of Napoleon.

Bicycle Riding

The visitors who are not in the mood for diving or sailing can choose other outdoor activities, such as bicycle riding. The island offers many bike trails suitable for the rides throughout the whole island. Lately, bicycling has become very popular on Krk, and tourists may rent the bikes whenever they want and thus have a super fun time with friends and family.

Various Excursions Are Offered on Krk

An extraordinary touristic offer extends to the possibility of having excursions to each of the small places on Krk. Therefore, you can visit Omišalj and Njivice – small fishing villages, or enjoy the ride with a glass bottom ship.

Something Is Always Happening On Krk

When it comes to entertainment, there is a unique mixture of traditional and modern ways of entertainment. The visitors may witness the traditional feasts that celebrate the patron saints of different island places. The best known of all the traditional feasts is the „Krk Fair“, that takes place in August. In addition, there is a festival that promotes the Krk folklore. Other festivals include classical concerts, folk songs, ballet and drama.

Krk is truly a vibrant place since something is going on almost every day. Among many events, there are several of them you should try not to miss, and The Evening of Ancient Cuisine is definitively just like that. The best way to describe this manifestation is to say it is a real time machine that will take you back to Roman times. Everything is dedicated to that particular period of history with Roman soldiers and the Emperor and his retinue, food, torches, the original ancient music, street entertainers, gladiators, and so on.

There are also a few festivities dedicated to local types of wine, or olives plus an International Guitar Festival and many others. Also, try not to miss the festival devoted to the local saint called Roko where you will have a chance to feel the true spirit of the island and its inhabitants.

Indeed, there are feasts and celebrations for everyone. The youngest visitors have the opportunity to enjoy children plays, costume balls and sports manifestations.

However, should you visit the night bars on Krk, you can reach ‘Boa’ night bar in Malinska, ‘Casa Del Padrone’ in Krk, and Volsonis Cocktail Bar.
Therefore, the island of Krk is full of surprises and organised fun events, and even the most demanding clients will find something suitable and interesting to do while on vacation. The fun is indeed guaranteed on Krk.

Zagreb History

Zagreb History

From the historical point of view, Zagreb has emerged from two rival medieval villages on the neighboring hills, Episcopal Kaptol and the bourgeois Gradec, today’s city place of the Croatian Parliament, as well as the famous cathedral.

Zagreb became a free royal town by the Golden Bull of Croatian- Hungarian King Bela IV, from 1242, while it was mentioned as the Croatian capital in written documents from 1557 for the first time. It is located in the middle reaches of the river Sava. Zagreb has almost one million inhabitants. Similarly to the cities of Central Europe, mainly Baroque architecture is responsible for the appearance of old Zagreb, and it is most similar to the old parts of Zemun. One day is sufficient to tour the most important places in the city, but it is the best that, when you get to the center, you continue on foot. Zagreb tour starts from the monument dedicated to Ban on the horseback – Ban Josip Jelacic Square, the winner of the famous battle in Croatian history, against the Hungarians. The market is located in the middle of the most famous street which is not a pedestrian zone.

On the right from the square, up the hill, in the square with gold- plated figures and fountain, the neo- Baroque Zagreb Cathedral of St. Stephen is located, which is dedicated to the Ascension of the Virgin Mary, with 105 meters high pointy bell tower and the remains of Baroque towers of the archbishop palace that surrounds it. Originally built in the 11th century, it was destroyed, repaired and restored several times, to get its present form in 1899. Besides the tombs of famous Croats, among other things inside the cathedral, you can see a great old text written in Glagolitic script, from the time before the Latin and Cyrillic forever “separated” in this region. This rather large church can accommodate more than 5,000 worshipers.

Opposite the cathedral, a hundred meters down the hill, on a plateau between the old houses you will see the main Zagreb market in the open – Dolac. A flight of steps from the market descends directly back to Ilica. The most numerous shops are located in Ilica and around it. Besides shopping zone, one of the most interesting stores is the one that everyone is happy to visit – the store of domestic chocolate factory – Kraš. It is decorated like the most beautiful chocolate shops in the Western Europe.

On the same side of the street, there is the completely renovated Serbian Orthodox Church, and between the buildings behind the church the Preradovic Square is placed, packed with tables and chairs of the cafes that surround it.

Across the street, there is a passage in a part of Ilica – passageway with shops and cafes, such as “House of green tea”, the store where you can buy Japanese and Chinese teas with various ingredients: green tea, dried orange peel, lemon and passion fruit, or “Bamboo sprants” with: rosebuds, ginger, bits of dried pineapple, papaya, coconut, mango and bamboo sprouts… The tea will be packaged in a black bag with a label bearing the name of tea, a detailed description of the origin, method of preparation and expiration date.

In the following passage in Ilice, there is a tourist attraction – a 100- year- old cabin- funicular to the Upper Town. For a ride that lasts less than a minute, you do not have to buy a ticket if you have already purchased a public transport ticket (ZET), for those vehicles are included within the same department.

Exiting the funicular, you will find yourself on a hill, in the Upper Town – the oldest and most important part of Zagreb. Just outside, on the left, on the Walk of Josip Juraj Strossmayer you will see Lotrščak Tower, which you can climb for a small fee and see the whole city as on the palm of your hand from its top. Behind it, the church of St. Catherine is on the right side and a belvedere with a view of the lower part of the city. The Gric cannon fires a salvo from the tower (that reminds citizens of Zagreb what time it) every day – at noon.

Make sure to visit Mimara Museum. For many, the Mimara Museum is the biggest attraction in Zagreb. The Museum of Art is a significant building from the XIX century, which contains works by artists such as Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, Renoir, Degas, and Delacroix. The museum’s permanent exhibition covers art from prehistory to the XX century.

As you can see there are many great opportunities in Zagreb, so do not think twice, but book the flight immediately and let yourself enjoy the adventure this city has to offer.

Article from just a local guy (Eryin Dragomir Vukovic) giving you further information about my country.

For essential information on things to do and museums to visit during your time in Zagreb. Visit this site’s Zagreb page. All information is written from first-hand experience to give you a truly terrific trip in Croatia.