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ONE DAY IN ZAGREB, CROATIA
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ONE DAY IN ZAGREB?
If you only have one day in Zagreb, there are so many amazing things you can do. We spent a month living in Croatia’s capital (see more about travelling full-time here) and we can say from experience it is a seriously underrated travel destination. Zagreb might not have the blue water, sandy beaches and beautiful coastline that’s usually associated with Croatia, but it makes up for it with it’s incredible architecture, delicious food and friendly local faces. It’s a city that’s so full of surprises and one we don’t recommend you miss. Even if you only have a mere 24 hours, we’ve covered off our top reasons why you should visit Zagreb and the top things you should do while you’re there.
There’s a special dish specific to this part of Croatia – it’s called štrukli, and it’s a type of a filled pastry made with dough that can be served sweet as a desert, savoury baked in the oven, boiled, dipped in cream, and some are even put it in soups! We went to a café recommended by our local Airbnb hosts called La Struk and ordered the traditional baked salty cheese štrukli filled with fresh cottage cheese which we loved because of the creamy saltiness. We also tried an apple and cinnamon štrukli which wasn’t as good. You can’t leave Zagreb without trying štrukli because we struggled to find it as good anywhere on the coast. Watch our full video here to see more.
DO A DIY CITY WALKING TOUR
Zagreb is possibly one of the easiest cities to explore that we’ve found — by foot mainly, but the trams were efficient, cheap, regular and fast as well. There are multiple walking streets, squares and parks to stumble across that make it feel so varied and like it fits any style of travel. It’s easy to go full blown tourist mode and create your own DIY city walking tour by mapping your way around the sights. Zagreb Cathedral, Ban Jelačić Square, Grič Tunnel, St Marks Cathedral, taking the teeny tiny funicular from lower to upper town are just some of the things you can’t miss. For something different, you can even check out the Museum of Broken Relationships. The city is so easily walkable you can tick these off in one day in extreme mode or take your time over multiple and learn the history.
CATCH A DINAMO FOOTBALL MATCH
Logistically, this one might be tough to organise but if you can make the timing work we highly recommend catching a local Dinamo football game in Zagreb. Going to the football was one of our craziest, most random and memorable experiences of late. Zagreb Dinamo are the local football side and are currently top of the table. Getting to the stadium was super easy to catch the tram so we went for it! Don’t make the mistake of not printing out your tickets like we did and be prepared for the real show… which isn’t the football itself but the Bad Blue Boys supporters. Fire and flares are a common thing here and it’s crazy for outsiders to witness, watch our video here to prepare yourself before you go!