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The capital of Croatia may be inland, away from the famous Dalmatian Coast, but there are plenty of reasons to book flights to Zagreb and enjoy it as a city break or before heading to the sea. It is dominated by fairy tale style Austro-Hungarian architecture, with spires and terracotta tiled roofs dominating the skyline. At ground level, the history is just as evident, making it a fascinating place to spend a few days.
Why choose Zagreb?
A jewel yet to be discovered by the tourist masses, Zagreb has a laidback attitude and a very authentic feel. Its pedestrian streets, outdoor cafes and parks make it a wonderful place to stroll, while a plethora of museums and galleries mean there is enough art and aestheticism to keep culture vultures entertained.
Like most capital cities, Zagreb has many attractions to suit different tastes, but here are a few of the best:
Museum of Broken Relationships
Among the quirkier sights in Zagreb is the Museum of Broken Relationships, which does exactly what it says on the tin. It displays objects left behind by former lovers with brief descriptions to accompany them and won an award for being Europe’s most innovative in 2011.
For great 360-degree views of the city, climb the spiral staircase of the Lotrscak Tower and gain access to the wooden deck. The structure itself dates back to the 13th century and was built to protect Zagreb from invasion by the Turks. Since 1877, a cannon has been set off at noon daily.
Museum of Contemporary Art
See Double Slide by the Belgian artist Carsten Holler and 12,000 other works at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The modern building, designed by Igor Franic, is instantly recognisable in the Novi Zagreb area of the city. Top Zagreb districts Some of the best places to pass the time in Zagreb are:
Trg Bana Jelacica
This area of the Lower Town is the beating heart of Zagreb and is centred on a large square surrounded by buildings from the Habsburg period. An independence statue in the middle represents Josip Jelacica, the 19th-century ruler who the square is named after. It’s a fabulous place for people watching, as it’s an important meeting spot for locals.
The Upper Town neighbourhood of Dolac features an elevated square and is best known for its market. Having been running since the 1930s, it’s a popular place to go and stock up on produce, as well as handicrafts. The surrounding area One of the places within easy reach of Zagreb is a small town famous for its custard cake. Take in Trg Kralja Tomislava, the main square of Samobor, before finding a bakery to sample the samoborska kremsnita. Also worth a visit are the Stari Grad Castle and City Museum. Close to the borders with Slovenia and Hungary is Varazdin, the former capital of Croatia and beautifully preserved Baroque town. It is home to stunning examples of a town hall, cathedral and palace.
Our top 3 tips
• Tips are usually included in the bill in Croatia, so you only need to pay what appears in front of you at the end of a meal
• Rakia, a homemade fruit brandy is often served with dry figs at the beginning of a meal.
• Croatia is predominantly Catholic and each city, town, village and hamlet has its own patron saint. Their saint’s days are wonderful occasion, so see if any will be occurring near Zagreb when you are visiting.
Zagreb International Airport (ZAG) currently has just one fairly small terminal building that handles all of its traffic. A second terminal is currently under construction, however, and is due to be completed by the end of 2016. This will mean that passengers are greeted by wonderfully modern infrastructure just ten kilometres from the centre of the city when they arrive.
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