Surreal bars, cafés and a fortress – Zagreb is a perfect destination for fans of the fantastic. But there’s also plenty to explore here for the more rational among us, who prefer to look reality in the eye. We bring you some interesting insights into both sides of the Croatian capital.
Where to with those precious reminders of lost love? To the Museum of Broken Relationships, which collects the relics of romances that have run their course.
Want to know how the world really works? Drop by Zagreb’s Technical Museum and find out. Make sure not to miss the excellent planetarium and plane collection there.
Roam in peace
Wide avenues, pretty arcades, magnificent portal: Established in 1876, Mirogoj Cemetery counts among Zagreb’s most famous landmarks.
Simple, honest, good – Dolac is the main food market in Zagreb and also the best place to buy fresh produce straight from the farmers who grow it in the nearby villages.
For men only
Very neat, and elegant, too: Salon Croata stocks a selection of more than 1000 neckties – but then, that particular accessory did originate in Croatia.
Beneath the stars
Take a few days out to hike through the beautiful wilderness of nearby Gorski Kotar region and spend the nights in a sleeping bag instead of a suite.
Hardly a dive
A must for Jules Verne fans: At the 22 000 Milja, everything is reminiscent of the legendary submarine Nautilus. Also fantastic: the wine list in the Steampunk bar.
The legendary Orient Express had a regular stop in Zagreb. Today, the splendor of its elegant dining car lives on at a café of the same name.
Pretty, colorful, original: The world’s first museum for naïve art showcases the works of self-taught painters – so no danger of realism on the walls here.
Zagreb’s Kino Europa is now officially the best art-house cinema on the continent. International movies with English subtitles feature on Tuesdays.
It may look like a “Game of Thrones” backdrop, but Medvedgrad citadel actually dates from the depths of the Middle Ages.
Hobbits can down their pint of Shire’s not only in the novels, but also at Tolkien’s House, a cozy little tavern that sets patrons dreaming of Middle Earth.