It’s not news anymore that traveling solo can be an incredible opportunity for self-discovery and personal growth. This summer I have experienced one of my longest solo trips ever, a month of traveling through the Balkanic Peninsula. One of the highlights on my itinerary was Zagreb – the small, but so beautiful capital of Croatia. Not only because of it’s amazing, super friendly inhabitants, also because of the special and unique vibe and rhythm of the city which makes you fall in love with it almost instantly.
I spent nearly 4 days in Zagreb but didn’t feel like leaving even after discovering all the main attractions of the city (two days were enough for this). I guess it’s because of the people, or maybe because the mood of the city is so contagious that even after a very short period of time spent here I began to feel like an inhabitant. And the think that I was Couchsurfing throughout the trip, has emphasized this feeling even more! I was delighted by the hospitality of the people of Zagreb.
The main sights of the city are distributed between two parts of the city: The Upper Town and The Lower Town.
In The Upper Town, some of the main sights are:
-The Ban Jekacic Square
-The Stone Gate
-St Mark’s Square
-The Strossmayer Promenade
In The Lower Town:
-The Nikola Subic Zrinski Square
-King Tomislav Square
-Marshal Tito Square
-Petar Preradovic Square
Museum of Broken Relationships
The Museum of Broken Relationships is so unique that most guidebooks list it as “Top 10”. I agree- definitely worth a visit. The idea behind is not to burn, shred or nuke your ex’s stuff, but rather donate it to the museum, together with your story. Some of these will make you laugh, some will make you cry, but the artifacts will make you ROFL – a garden dwarf, a stun gun, ecstasy pills, a toaster, an axe – just to name a few.
Open every day: Summer 9:00 – 22:30, Winter 9:00 – 21:00; Admission: 20 kn.
Outside the City Centre, at only 30 minutes by walk distance from the Old part of the city, there is one of the most well-known landmarks of Zagreb, the Mirogoj cemetery. According to the records, this is the most visited place by tourists, a wonderful example of a 19th-century civic graveyard, featuring unique monumental works which are giving the whole place the appearance of an outdoor art gallery.