Zagreb 1 Day Itinerary

We spent a day in Zagreb as part of a Balkan Road Trip. It is a pretty little town, but a day is probably enough to see the main sights.

Itinerary

Day 1Drive to Zagreb
Zrinjevac
Strossmayer Square
B&B at 4City Windows
Cathedral of the Assumption
Dolac Market
Trg Bana Jelačića
Funicular Railway
Museum of Broken Relationships
St Mark’s Church

Attractions

1Zrinjevac
2Strossmayer Square
3Cathedral of the Assumption
4Dolac Market
5Trg Bana Jelačića
6Funicular Railway
7Museum of Broken Relationships
8St Mark’s Church

Zagreb Day 1

Drive to Zagreb

Today is our third and final visit to Croatia, to the capital city of Zagreb. It’s all motorway, so progress is rapid but dull. After days of yearning for a decent road as we picked our way along Bosnian goat tracks and Albanian roadworks, I’m bored of motorways now. The old man alleviates the the boredom briefly by taking a wrong turn and accidentally heading for Austria.

Zagreb
Zagreb

Zrinjevac

We find our way back onto the Zagreb road, cross the border and reach our destination by 10.30. Lonely Planet doesn’t have much to say about Zagreb, which is fine as I am out of clean underwear. So, first port of call is the laundrette. While I’m waiting for the machines, I take a wander in the nearby gardens of Zrinjevac.

Zrinjevac
Zrinjevac

Strossmayer Square

Then, I walk down the road to admire the communist era statues in Strossmayer Square.

Strossmayer Square
Strossmayer Square

B&B at 4City Windows

Armed with clean pants, we check in to our B&B; 4City Windows, which is run by a lovely couple. We are in the Cartoon Room which features hand drawn cartoons from war time animated films.

4City Windows Bedroom
4City Windows Bedroom

Our hosts help us plan a route to visit the old city and we set forth to peruse the various churches, notable buildings and parks. It’s a pleasant walk as most of the roads are pedestrian and there are plenty of parks and squares.

4City Windows Bedroom
4City Windows Bedroom

Cathedral of the Assumption

We start with a visit to the succinctly named Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The twin spires of this gothic cathedral dominate the city.

Zagreb Cathedral
Zagreb Cathedral

The cathedral is undergoing renovation. On display are new and old pieces of stonework to demonstrate the damage which has occurred over time. If pollution can cause so much damage to stone, what chance do our lungs have?

Zagreb Cathedral Renovations
Zagreb Cathedral Renovations

Dolac Market

Next, we cross the square to the market, vibrant with flowers and all manner of produce. We purchase some lunch from one of the stalls.

Dolac Market
Dolac Market

Trg Bana Jelačića

Then we sit on the edge of the statue in Trg Bana Jelačića to eat our calzones. It’s all glamour this travelling malarkey. A peruse of my guide book tells me that the statue is of a 19th century viceroy who led Croatia into battle with Hungary. Tito ordered it to be taken down, but after his demise, the statue was returned to its place in the square.

Trg Bana Jelačića

Funicular Railway

Lunch sorted, we take the 18th century funicular railway to the upper town, where we accidentally get caught up in the filming of a documentary.

View from the Funicular Railway
View from the Funicular Railway

Museum of Broken Relationships

Next, we head for the intriguingly named Museum of Broken Relationships (somewhat ironically in Dverce street). People donate items which remind them of the end of a relationship, together with an explanation. There’s quite a range on display from the moving (a mother’s suicide letter, a court document from a child raped by someone she trusted) to the more humorous (a Divorce Day mad dwarf thrown at an ex’s new car).

Museum of Broken Relationships
Museum of Broken Relationships

My guide book describes the museum as ‘quirky and innovative’. While some of it is interesting and poignant, there are many long-winded self- indulgent explanations of failed love affairs. To be honest, I can think of better ways to spend £5. However, it’s kind of a Zagreb must-see so I’m glad I’ve seen it.

Museum of Broken Relationships - Divorce Day Mad Dwarf
Museum of Broken Relationships – Divorce Day Mad Dwarf

St Mark’s Church

We round our day off with St Mark’s Church. The roof, tiled in the colours of the Croatian flag, complete with coats of arms is emblematic of the city, and indeed Croatia.

St Mark's Church
St Mark’s Church

We return to our B&B to shower and repack ready for tomorrow’s drive to the 8th and final country of our Balkan trip; Serbia.

Trip Taken: September 2018

Updated: September 2022

Author: Jane's Midlife Journey

Stopped work, started travelling. Sometimes I run - combining the two with some parkrun tourism.

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