We left Buenos Aires to begin the next segment of our trip in Europe starting off in Croatia. It was a grueling journey to Croatia as we had to make two stopovers – first in Sao Paulo, Brazil, then another one in Madrid, Spain. We eventually arrived at our destination and was met with very pleasant weather, a much welcomed change compared to the cold South American winter.
The first item on our to-do list in Zagreb was to attend a city tour with Free Spirit Walking Tour to get better acquainted to the city.
The tour took us through all the main points of interest throughout the city including….
We were pleasantly surprised by the laid back atmosphere of the city and how everybody loves to sit outside a cafe all day and just drink a beer or coffee and smoke a ciggarette.
Passing the Stone Gate, we reach the other side of town Gornji Grad (Upper Town) which changes in atmosphere right away with a more historic look and feel. The center of it all is St. Mark’s Square.
We ended the tour in the main city square Jelačić Square
The next day we wandered around some more visiting the remaining attractions.
Zagreb Cathedral has been under construction for the past 15 years.
Our guide mentioned that there are three great chandeliers inside the cathedral that caused a lot of controversy when it was placed inside. The reason for this was because it was originally from a popular casino in Las Vegas that shut down. It wasn’t disclosed which casino this came from, but it was placed in the church in 2006.
We stopped by the Zagreb History Museum to learn more on the origins of the city and the history behind Croatia’s capital.
A really unique museum we visited in Zagreb was the Museum of Broken Relationships. The museum was created by a couple who broke up after their unsuccessful long term relationship and joked that they had so much stuff between the both of them, that they could open a museum. The project turned into a way for other people to submit the physical reminder of things accumulated from their own failed relationships. Most of the objects on display have a story behind the relationship – some are funny, sad, and even intriguing.
It was a very interesting exhibit and if you have anything you want to submit from a past broken relationship, you can fill out a form online, send it in, and hope it gets displayed!
Croatia has some of the best seafood as it’s right next to the Adriatic Sea. In addition, its close location to Italy makes it cater to a lot of vacationing Italians so there was a lot of delicious Italian food also. Some stand out dishes we tried…
An excellent dish we discovered was cevapi, a very popular dish that we ordered the first night in Zagreb without knowing about its popularity. I can only describe it as a nicely spiced beef sausage wrapped inside a warm and crispy thin ciabatta bread with onions on the side. Definitely great for after you’ve been drinking all night as the grease cuts all the booze you’ve been drinking.
Zagreb was definitely a welcoming city that is underrated for its tourism. It has a rich history that is worth exploring and the inexpensive food and lodging was a major bonus.