Zagreb the best trip I made in my life

One day I said I want to make a trip to the Balkan region, after several months of saving I was able to make my beloved trip, well, this story is from one of the great cities of the region, the capital of Croatia, Zagreb.

When I arrived in Zagreb coming from Ljubljana (another amazing city), by train, it was p exactly and comfortable, the route reminded me of the Patagonia of my country, Argentina, bordering a mountain all snowy and on the other side a river almost frozen , (I went in the middle of February), very nice for my sight, on the Slovenian-Croatian border they asked me for a passport and the train guards were changed, the Zagreb station is a nice Neoclassical building with a large and very careful entrance. I continued to take a taxi to the hotel Jadran that was in Vlaska 50 I was charged 7 euros. I arrived at the hotel which is very well located, a nice reception, I arrived at the very nice and comfortable room, I left the suitcases, I went down to the reception and with a map I asked, the hotel is two blocks from the Zagreb Cathedral and the Plaza Ban Jelačić, to which I went, when you walk through Zagreb you see its buildings and you realize the influence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, I stopped to eat something I ate for 12 kunas a sandwich, some French fries and water for 13 Kunas ( Almost two Euros), I continued to the Cathedral of Zagreb, which is impressive has two towers that are seen throughout the city (when I was walking to the center from the hotel they were already seen),

Cathedral of Zagreb
Cathedral of Zagreb

the same is Gothic style, when I entered I was struck by the stained glass windows, how amazing!!! I went through the back of the church because the church is cared for by a very striking defense system, with giant cement towers.

church cement towers
church cement towers

I continued on my way towards the Ban Jelačić square where the monument to National Hero Josip Jelačić, outstanding General of the Austrian Empire,

Josip Jelačić monument
Josip Jelačić monument

I continued walking along the Ilica shopping street to Tomićeva where the funicular is to go to the upper part of the city (remember that the city is divided into two parts, the upper town Gornji Grad and the lower town Donji Grad), I took the funicular to go to the upper part of the city, (it is the fastest funicular in the world takes less than a minute to climb), when I arrived the first thing that surprises you is the view of the whole lower town, as it is incredible, to the top from the city you can walk up as well as there is a square that connects the two parts,

Zagreb lower town
Zagreb lower town

After his eyesight, I kept walking and I found something that caught my attention (I already knew of its existence), the museum of broken relationships, the museum where you can leave a memory of a former couple and when the object is shown the name of the person, a small review and where the world is.

Zagreb museum of broken relationships
Zagreb museum of broken relationships

After touring this interesting museum, I followed my way to an emblem of this beautiful city, St. Mark’s Cathedral on the outside, on the northwest wall of the church is the oldest shield in Zagreb, with the year 1499 sculpted on it .

St. Mark's Cathedral
St. Mark’s Cathedral

While continuing on the Gornji Grad, I was able to see the stone gate (Crkva Svetog Marka), the Banal Yards (seat of the 17th century viceroy that now serves as the seat of government), the parliament building and the city museum. After doing this tour, I decided to go back to the hotel was 7:00 pm, when I came back to Radicèva Street and saw that there were many bars and breweries, so I returned to the hotel I bathed, I changed and decided to go there. I found a bar, which had Odujsko beer, a very rich local beer, after having a good time and making some Croatian friendships (which I still have), I decided to return to the hotel. The next day I continued walking a little more this city, I went to the Dolac market which is the biggest market that Zagreb has, pass through the Croatian National Theater, through the Botanical Garden (which was closed). In the afternoon I decided to do some shopping, in the shopping centers of Ilica Street, Zagreb is a city accessible to all budgets, at night I stopped to eat at a bar-restaurant that sold fish a few meters from Ban Jelačić Square. a fish fry with a beer, I ate for 120 Kunas (Euro 16 aprox), very good, when I was leaving, a Croatian cook realized that he was Argentinian and he told me that he liked Pappo one of the best guitarists in my life. country, a rockstar, rock luckily has no borders. I went to bed early, that the next day I had to get up early to take the micro to Split. At 5 o’clock in the morning I got up, since the ticket had 6:30 a.m., I went down to the breakfast room and it closed, so I went down to take a taxi to the terminal, have a coffee and wait for the bus to come on the corresponding platform I was lucky to meet a beautiful city with very good people and a great story I felt very comfortable and obviously I’m going back to Zagreb, one of the most beautiful cities I visited.

Author: Mariano Casati