Zagreb

Writer Caroline Eden | April 1, 2014

Home to a bunch of unconventional museums and colourful markets, Zagreb isn’t your average European capital. During the day it’s a beguiling picture of historical buildings and leisurely locals enjoying their cups of coffee; but when night falls, the city comes to life as the bar scene awakes. So come along and discover the unexplored corners of this gem of Croatia.

Zagreb is a white wonderland ripe for exploration in the winter months and is just the place for a low-key city break in the summer.


The city might not have the glamour of its rival city Dubrovnik, but with a population reaching almost one million, locals are well served with good museums on their doorstep and plenty of vibrant nightlife. The recently opened Museum of Contemporary Art, on the outskirts of the city, demands a visit, highlighting modern art from within Croatia and the region as a whole.


In terms of where to stay, other than a couple of big brands (Hilton and Westin), the hotel scene falls into the emerging category and is certainly more local than international. Visitors tend to note that charm and character count much more here than trendiness or super-slick service.


Far less crowded than many other European capitals, Croatia’s capital city remains relatively undiscovered. Now is the time to go.

Zagreb is a white wonderland ripe for exploration in the winter months and is just the place for a low-key city break in the summer