We only spent one afternoon in Zagreb, but loved the inner city. We have to go back someday to explore more of this beautiful city. It doesn’t have the laid-back vibe Ljubljana has, but it has it’s own old city with surprises around corners vibe.
Arrive by train for an afternoon in Zagreb
We pitched our tent on a campsite on the outskirts of Zagreb. We went into the city center by train. Which is a perfect way to arrive in the city. First you see all those gray monoliths, colossal buildings housing people. This gave the idea of a gray, boring city. But this isn’t the way the city is at all. Once you’re out of the old train station and walking around you realise this.
We had one warm afternoon in Zagreb, so we strolled around looking at all the wonderfull buildings and statues in the city center. This is a perfect way to visit this beautiful city. We roughly followed the walking tour from our National Geographic guide book. The city is perfect to stroll around. For one afternoon there is enough in walking distance of each other. There are lots of statues to be found in the old city, like the one from king Tomislav and from literary masters of Croatia. The biggest surprise however is the Saint-Marcus church with it’s colorful roof. This isn’t the only beautiful building you come accross, but it’s the most colorful one, it really stands out.
The city is ‘divided’ in a upper and downtown part. There is Gornji Grad and Donji Grad which is linked with a cable track. From the Strossmayer promenade you have a beautiful view over the downtown part.
Yuri loved that Zagreb had free wifi in the city, so we also had a small Pokemon hunt until my phone battery died.
Next to all the beautiful buildings and statues we found this place with delicious pies and macarons. It was crowded and popular. We loved Vincek.
Sadly on our afternoon in Zagreb we didn’t get to explore any of the buildings inside or the museums, which there are plenty of. Until next time Zagreb!
When exploring the Balkan further, and there’s enough to explore, don’t leave out Bulgaria and it’s cuisine.