If she were a lady, Zagreb would be a young, supercool, educated, clever and upbeat girl. The kind that needn’t try hard to capture your imagination, the kind of girl you see on your way and instantly know you want to discover. The secret charm of Zagreb makes it a city that doesn’t try to lure you into a visit by making promises, but it keeps you by making memories. Read more.
Give Into The Charm Of Zagreb, A Vibrant Capital
The Croatian capital is brimming with life. From the small and buzzing terrace cafes to the up-and-coming gastronomic scene of the place and the lively nightlife of Zagreb, this is a city made for fun. There are a number of music bars and live venues for fans of any kind of music, from pop and rock to dance – like KSET, Sirup, and Tvornica Kulture – so this youthful city literally never sleeps.
But Zagreb is also cultured. In fact, it holds the record for being the city with the most museums per capita than any other city in the world. They cover such a vast variety of topics that you can go from the swanky “Museum of Contemporary Art” to the “Tortureum” – Museum of Torture, and from the vast “Mimara” to the strangely appealing museum for love-affairs-gone-awry, the famous “Museum of Broken Relationships”.
An Architectural Mixtape
Zagreb can’t hide its past. And it doesn’t want to either. The city’s architecture is living testament to the important historic changes Croatia has undergone. The Austrian and Hungarian architectural styles, the communist structures and the minimalist, modern-day buildings are all there reminding the visitor of this city’s important past and promising present.
Getting Around In Zagreb
The one thing to know is that Zagreb is divided into three parts: the thousand-year-old Upper Town (Gornji Grad), where you can see the Presidential Palace, the St Mark’s Church – with the amazing roof where carefully-placed tiles form the coat of arms of Zagreb (a white castle on a red background) and the Triune Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia – the Croatian Parliament (Sabor), museums and galleries. Then, there’s the 19th century Lower Town (Donji Grad) with many shops, restaurants, cafes, theaters and parks. The third part of Zagreb is the more modern post-WW II area of New Zagreb (Novi Zagreb), where you will see much more modern high-rise buildings.
If you like walking, this city is ideal for you. Most of the things to see in Zagreb are within walking distance and a stroll in the romantic cobbled streets of the Upper Town under the light of gas lamps is highly recommended for couples. If you get tired, you can always hop on one of the iconic blue trams running across the city.
Because of its geographical location, where east meets west, Zagreb offers outdoor activities throughout the year. In the warmer months you can visit the Jarun Lake for water activities like sailing and swimming, and in the colder months skiing at Mt. Medvednica (which is very easy to reach) is the preferred activity for visitors and locals alike.
Let the understated charm of Zagreb guide you through its cobbled streets, markets, museums, cafes and restaurants and fall in love with this wonderful city’s cool personality.
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