Zagreb, Croatia. A stop before our New Year’s Eve Celebration in Split

Happy New 2017! If you have read my bucket list article by now, you probably know that the Croatian capital was the first stop planned in our journey. I’m glad to share that the journey went ahead as originally planned and wanted to share the details around my experience in Zagreb.

We were there only for 2 days and 1 night, but managed to see all places outlined in “The Croatian cities of Zagreb and Split during the festive season”. In addition, we had a taste of Zagreb’s nightlife and the weather was fantastic during the next day, which allowed us to explore all of the landmarks we had initially outlined. So it happens that our visit was just after Christmas and before the New Year’s Eve celebration, which contributed to the atmosphere and these positive vibes could be felt in the air.

The city centre was taken over by a vibrant Christmas market and we were mingling amongst the locals under the sounds of some authentic Christmas carols, some of which were performed live. A huge, lavishly decorated Christmas tree soared above the crowds and a lot of these moments were captured whilst the crowd was taking pictures and selfies. We had a long walk and covered pretty much the whole pedestrianized zone. Once we felt tired we took a break for a nice hot meal in a snack bar called “Orange”. We also had some sausages from the Christmas market whilst walking. The temperature was around 0°C, but most people were sitting outside and many had a cup of mulled wine. After a few hours of walking around the city centre and after tasting the night life, we went back to our hotel as we wanted to make the most out of the next day.

Once we woke up and drew the curtains we were instantly greeted by the welcoming sunny weather. Without wasting any time we packed our bags, checked out and headed to city centre. Since we were travelling by car,  I’ll give you some helpful tips and a few parking locations, should you find yourself in the city centre of Zagreb.

The second one is a little bit further and smaller, but it’s always good to have a plan B in mind.

Irrespectively of your parking choice, you can reach the landmarks mentioned in the bucket list article on foot, no more than 10 minutes of walking. I’m pleased to let you know that we managed to see all that was planned.

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – the cathedral was as beautiful to stand in person as it looked on the pictures. The gothic style has always been one of my favourite, so I’m glad we had the chance to appreciate it.

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin MaryCathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary the park behind

A park behind the cathedral of Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Mark’s Church – Situated on a walking distance of about 10-15 minutes (depends on how much time you spend looking at the city’s architecture) is located saint Mark’s church. A small church with the flags of Croatia, Dalmatia, Slavonia and the city of Zagreb is another one of the must see things in Zagreb city.

saint Marks Church

Zagreb Eye – That’s the place to get a good panoramic view over Zagreb. There is a fee of around 30 KN (about 4 euro) to enter and go up to the 16th floor. It was a perfect finale and we were able to think about all that we saw, whilst enjoying the view of the city.

Zagreb Eye

Zagreb EyeZagreb Eye

Once we headed to Split, we passed through the city centre for one last time and we were able to see the National theatre. The building itself looked interesting and there was a nice little park in front of it, but unfortunately we didn’t had much more time left as to stop and take a good look and some pictures. Well, now we have a reason to come back in the near future.

Zagreb national theatre

In conclusion, I can say that Zagreb is a beautiful European capital and a place you should visit at least once in your life.

Read the next part of our New Years Trip.

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