The 5 Best Things to do in Zagreb
1. See The Museum of Broken Relationships
The Museum of Broken Relationships is easily the most unique museum in Zagreb, if not all of Europe. The Museum consists of artifacts sent in from broken-hearted lovers the world over. The artifacts all had some sort of significance in a begone relationship. Many artifacts are accompanied with a story of the heartbreak, some morbid and some funny. You will be hard pressed to find a museum that makes you want to laugh or cry more than The Museum of Broken Relationships. It is really one of a kind. Admission is cheap, you can buy tickets at the door for 40 kn or 30 kn with a student I.D ($6 or $4.50). Just for a taste, here are a couple of my favorite artifacts and stories in the museum:
2. Go to Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park is a collection of crystal clear lakes and waterfalls in the south of Croatia. The park’s lakes are world-renowned for their beauty. That is what makes Plitvice Lakes National Park a UNESCO world heritage site. Tickets are seasonal, costing 250 kn in the summer, 150 kn in the fall and spring and 55 kn in the winter ($38.25, $23, and $8.50 respectively). You can easily spend an entire day at the Plitvice Lakes National Park, so the high admission price is well worth it. For my full article on the Plitvice Lakes and how to get there from Zagreb, click here.
3. Explore the Zagreb Cathedral
Zagreb’s most recognizable building, the Zagreb Cathedral, sits in the very center of the Croatian capital. The cathedral, built in classic gothic style, is notable for its twin steeples making it the tallest building in all of Croatia. The cathedral is free to enter; just make sure you are dressed appropriately. Shorts or short skirts may get you turned away.
Outside the Cathedral, enjoy the square with the famous holy Mary monument. Often times, street performers or music will be played there. It is one of my favorite spots in Zagreb to stop and people watch or journal.
4. Try Fresh Food at Dolac Market
Zagreb’s Dolac Market is famous for bringing fresh produce, meat, and flowers from Croatian farmer’s daily. Dolac Market is located just a few feet from Zagreb’s main square, making it incredibly accessible. I recommend stopping by to see all the beautiful fresh produce and perhaps buying some “Sir I vrhnje,” a traditional Croatian dish consisting of cheese and sour cream.
5. Enjoy the Famous Architecture
Zagreb is packed full of interesting architecture and history. Here are a couple famous buildings you shouldn’t miss while in Zagreb:
St. Mark’s Church
St. Mark’s Church has one of the most unique roofs in Europe. The beautiful tile roof shows two symbols: (right) Zagreb’s coat of arms and (left) the coat of arms of the Triune Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia. The Church is free to enter, so feel free to explore the ancient church.
Croatian National Theater
The Croatian National Theater is one of Zagreb’s most ornate buildings. Built in classic Viennese architectural style, the old-time theater hosts hundreds of shows a year, ranging from plays to operas. Tickets can be quite expensive and sell out quick, here is a link to their website if you would like to reserve a spot. However, my recommendation is to skip the shows. Instead, enjoy the building’s impressive facade and the large pavilion it backs up to.
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