10 Things to do in Zagreb, Croatia Travel Guide

10 Things to do in Zagreb, Croatia Travel Guide

After a week on the Istrian Peninsula, but
before making our way down to the Dalmatian Coast, we took a detour to Zagreb. Our plan for Croatia (Hrvatska) had been to
spend as much time along the coast and islands as possible, but we were also curious to see
what the capital had to offer. Known for its lively street markets, vast
green spaces, and varied architecture that spans numerous movements, we reached the capital
and hit the ground running. In this video we’re going to show you some
fun things to do in Zagreb, as well as share our favourite place for sampling the most
delicious truffle dishes: Alright guys. Hey. First stop of the day we are currently at
the main square in front of the Ban Josip Jelačić monument I believe it is. It is a man on horseback and yeah there is
a huge artisanal market happening today and actually every single day we’ve been here. Yeah. We’ve noticed this market. Yeah, and this market sells just about everything. Yeah. Like what they really specialize in is some
yummy bites. So yeah we’ve seen a lot of pastries but also
cheeses, sausages. So we’re going to have a look and maybe get
a little snack. Yeah. Let’s do it. However, this isn’t the only outdoor market
in the city. Just around the corner from the main square
you have the Flower Market, and if you head up the steps, that leads to Zagreb’s Central
Market (Dolac Market), which has stands filled with fresh fruits and vegetables – a fun place
to buy your groceries if you’re in town for a few days. Alright guys so found ourselves a little dessert. This is not Croatian at all. I ended up getting crepes with nutella because
anytime I see nutella it is just too tempting. So it was only 10 Kuna. Yeah. Which would be about a Euro fifty. So not too bad for the center of town. This kind of harkens back to our Southeast
Asia backpacking days huh? Oh yeah, pancakes with banana and nutella. Yeah. I know it just makes for a good dessert. We had a big burrito for lunch so yeah we’re
kind of craving a little bit something sweet. Kind of light little snack. Yep. But it is good. Good stuff huh? And now that we’ve had some dessert and we
have a little burst of energy we are continuing our walk. We are heading uphill towards the cathedral. Zagreb Cathedral (Zagrebačka katedrala) is
one the city’s main landmarks. This is said to be the largest sacral building
in the Gothic style southeast of the Alps, and it’s pretty easy to spot the spires
wherever you are in the city. Inside the cathedral, you’ll also find the
tomb of Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac (stepinats), which draws many pilgrims. When you exit the cathedral, you’ll notice
a tower towards the right. When we visited, they had an exhibition called
“Golden Threads” that showcased religious tapestries and garments. Admission was free of charge, though donations
were welcome. Our walk through the Upper Town eventually
lead us to Tkalčićeva (T-kal-chi-che-va) Street. Once upon a time, a stream flowed through
here dividing Zagreb’s two oldest settlements, but these days you’ll find a lively street
lined with restaurants, cafes and bars. This is a popular place to grab a bite and
you’ll be spoiled for choice with cuisines from around the world. From there, we continued even further uphill
until we reached what may be the most memorable museum in the whole world: The Museum of Broken
Relationships (Muzej prekinutih veza). The concept is pretty simple, this museum
is a global crowd-sourced project that deals with heartbreak. Inside you’ll find a mix of curious objects,
each with a corresponding story that describes the downfall of the relationship and the significance
of the submitted object. So we have just come out of the Museum of
Broken Relationships. Thoughts? My heart is throbbing. Yeah, right. Just kidding. But anyways, some of the stories were quite
fascinating and I found it really interesting the types of objects that were selected. Oh yeah. Some were very like common household items
and others were very creative. There were like axes in there. Yeah, there were some that were very violent
yeah and others I think there was a museum. Sorry, I think there was a modem router as
one of the other ones. Oh yeah. Yeah, an internet router. That was a random one. Just a very random collection but really what
you want to do when you go in there is read the individual stories. Yes. So next stop. We are currently in front of Saint Mark’s
Church (Crkva sv. Marka) which has the most colorful roof yeah
I have ever seen. Oh my goodness. It is beautiful and the light is shining on
it just perfectly. Yeah, like we’re just getting some great shots
right now. You know it kind of reminds me of the roof
on Saint Stephen’s in Vienna. Yeah. When we climbed the cathedral it was also
colorful. Oh yeah. But this one is like way more intense and
it has two emblems. Is it emblems? Yes. What do you call these. Exactly there is two emblems on the roof. And they are shaped like shields. Yes. But the church looks closed. So I don’t know we’re going to walk around
and see if we can get in. We’ll see if we can get in. St. Mark’s Church bears the medieval coat
of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia on the left-hand side, and the emblem of Zagreb
on the right. Okay so it turns out that the first set of
doors was open but now the second set of doors is locked. So we’re going to have a little peak through
the glass. So far we’ve shown you churches and museums
in the Upper Town, but another reason to come all the way up here is to enjoy some city
views of the Lower Town. There are some great vantage points along
the promenade, plus we also ended up stumbling across some cool sculptures and street art. Being buds. My new bestie. You know what? The way he is shaped it is like you could
perfectly take a nap on his lap. Haha. Like seriously. That is perfect I feel like I could use one
now. On our way down from the Upper Town, we walked
through Zagreb’s famed Stone Gate (Kamenita Vrata). It may not look like much from the outside,
but what was once the eastern gate into the medieval settlement now houses a small chapel. The story goes that the fire of 1731 destroyed
the gate, but when the fire and smoke subsided, it appeared that the one thing had remained
intact: a painting of Virgin Mary with Jesus. This was seen as a miracle, so a chapel was
built within the gate complete with pews, and you can see people coming to pray, light
candles, and even offer their thanks for answered prayers as seen on the walls of the gate. And now let’s take a break from all the
sightseeing to introduce you to one of our favourite restaurants in Zagreb when it comes
to truffle dishes. you were sold by a couple of items. What were they? Everything with truffles. Haha. Everything with truffles. Polenta with truffles. Pasta with truffles. Let’s go in. Well hello hello. It is time for lunch here in Zagreb and we
found a really cool restaurant like right around the corner from our Airbnb. but anyways today we figured we would showcase
some Croatian dishes and we’re specifically going to be focussing on anything and everything
with truffles. So I believe Sam you got risotto. Yes. I got polenta. And yeah truffles are going to be like the
main thing. That does look so good. Wow. That looks so good Sam. Haha. Oh my goodness guys, the food is here and
it looks amazing. So like I mentioned earlier I ended up getting
the polenta which is really cool. They kind of cooked it in like a circular
fashion and then sliced it and in between I have like this red cabbage and also he came
to the table and he brought his little truffle and he actually like sliced it onto my meal. Yeah, it was amazing. It is pretty phenomenal. So excited for this. So yeah, let’s dig in. Polenta and truffles. Mmmm. Oh my gosh. Good? I just love truffles. I’ve only had it a few times in my life. I think probably just in Italy but it is so
so good. Haha. It is like black gold. You tend to like the finer things in life. Oh yes. Oh man. I want to just like shave off a little piece
so I don’t waste it. Go in for more. But seriously all you need is like a little
piece and it has such a strong flavor. Mmm. Wonderbar? And this is what we came for. This is what we came for exactly. This right here. Okay Sam, so time to try your main. The risotto. So before I even try it I’ve just got to talk
about the procedure of this whole thing. Yeah. So it was plated at the table. Yeah, they came out with a pot. Yeah, it was like a saucepan and then they
served it right on the plate. Yeah, and then they came and did the whole
truffle grating business. Yes. Like they did on yours. Yep. And then he asked me if I would like to have
cheese and I said yeah of course. So he came back and grated cheese. You had to ask him is that enough because
you weren’t saying stop. Oh yeah, he was just going and going. I was busy filming it. So I wasn’t paying attention. So it is going to be very cheese heavy. Um, anyways, let’s try that. So I’m going to make sure I get a piece of
truffle. I’m going to dig down deep so I get a bit
of everything here. And you got the risotto with prosciutto, pine
nuts and truffles. Yeah, it is kind of like a lot going on. Alright, let’s try that. Can’t wait to try yours. Ooh. Oh my gosh. Wow. What do you think? Wow. Well, I’m a huge risotto fan and this is right
up there with being really high quality. Like they’ve cooked it to perfection. The risotto itself is just cooked perfectly
and then on top of that you’ve got a creamy sauce, you’ve got the meat, you’ve got all
of the cheese. You’ve got the truffles. It is just like it is something wonderful
taking place in your mouth. I can smell that from over here. Oh my gosh that is so good. I’m at a loss for words I’m enjoying this
so much. It has been so good. I will share this with you but not too much. And craving more views of the city, we then
went up Zagreb 360. Okay so we have made it to our next attraction. We are visiting Zagreb 360 and basically we
rode the elevator to the 16th floor of this really tall building and we get some pretty
cool views of the Old Town. Uh, so tickets. It was 60 Kuna per person. That is about 9 US dollars and yeah the views
are pretty cool. Sam, what do you think? Loving it. We picked the right time to come because all
of the buildings are being like hit by the sunlight in this direction. Yeah, we have nice soft light. Nice soft light. It is kind of late in the afternoon. And one more thing to mention. There is a cool cafe. Yeah. So after you’re done enjoying the views you
can actually eat up here. You could but we’re still digesting lunch. We had the biggest lunch of all time. So yeah. We won’t be doing that but it is definitely
an option. So the Zagreb city exploration continues and
next up we’re going to be visiting the famous U shaped park which is technically like two
different strips of park plus a botanical gardens on the bottom. So we’re starting at the park that is right
across from our airbnb. And let me read the name because this one
is a mouthful. So it is park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera. So yeah. It is really a big park. It really is. And at the very end. It is really long. At the very end of it there is a couple of
major landmarks that we will be showing you as well. Tada. Known as the Green Horseshoe, this park was
named after Milan Lenuci who came up with the idea of creating connected green spaces
right in the downtown. The horseshoe is home to several museums,
galleries and archives, so it also makes for a fun way to explore Zagreb on foot. Second park. So we’ve reached the bottom of the U and I’m
just sitting down taking a little rest. Yep. On a park bench but we’ve reached the botanic
gardens and it is awesome. It is my kind of place. You know why? Because it is free. It is a free attraction. Oh my goodness. I love free attractions and it looks like
a really nice botanic gardens. It looks quite big. So we’re just going to take a wander around
and see what we can find here. Let’s go watch some hockey. As a bonus, if you’re into hockey and you
visit Zagreb during the season, you can catch a game in the city. We watched Medveščak Zagreb play, and judging
by the chanting, drumming, and top of the lungs cheering, this team has a loyal fan
base. (Cheering and clapping) Woo! Hooray! Hooray! And that’s it for our visit to Zagreb! We hope you enjoyed this travel guide and
that you got a few ideas of things to see, eat and do on your own visit. Wishing you happy travels, and we’ll see
you in the next video as we continue our travels down the Croatian coast!

73 thoughts on “10 Things to do in Zagreb, Croatia Travel Guide

  1. Loved the video of the male statue fountain holding I don’t know what. Sam looks like you like to wear hats I do it sometimes long travels and have take it off to enter another country and hate losing that comfort of taking it off after a long travel.

  2. Nice! You mentioned almost everthing worth visiting in Zagreb! About the coast – if you're planing to go island hopping be prepared that it's out of the season so many ferry connections are not available… (on the island od Rab is a great Christmas market!)

  3. Outstanding and well done as usual. Your cinema & graphics/sound production skills, outstanding on-screen persona, and overall production efforts & quality do not go unnoticed.

  4. so, you guys did all of this in just one day ? how many days do you recomend to spend there? at least to see the things you saw 🙂

  5. Hey Samuel and Audrey,I must admit the background information you guys provide definitely separates your videos from the majority of travel vlogs with enormous  budgets. Keep up the great work and enjoy the truffles.

  6. guys….for your subscribers….about my hometown….this will be long…hahahaha…
    tkalčićeva street 100y ago was red light district.
    st.mark church is from 13th century and idk if you have noticed,audry when you were filming the church you were in front of Banski dvori(government) and on that side of the church,lets say left of the main gate,there are markings on the floor….legens say that Matija Gubec,a leader of peasant revolt against slavery,1573 was egzecuted in that spot.the markings are of his chair where he was crownd with blazed crown and cut in four pieces….
    another thing you didnt see in zagreb is Lotrščak.it is a tower,originaly called Tower at Dverce(dverce is western gate to the upper town,stone gate is eastern)tower useto had a bell that rang in case of theft….nowdays it has a cannon.a cannon fire is marking noon since 1.1.1899. and it didnt fired only twice.
    on the end of the video,a guy on the horseback is King Tomislav,first Croatian king crowned 925 a.d…..and we were kingdom until 1918.so almost 1000y.
    the Lenuzzi horseshue is made from three squares and King Tomislav`s square is the last.
    at the stone gate if you have noticed chains conecting pillars….these chains are ancor chains from Bounty….yes the Bounty….and there is also one more thing that many my felloy citizens dont know….at 2pm every day the lesser bell from cathedral rings comemorating Battle at Sisak 22 june 1593 when every bell in Kingdom of croatia rang when our army finaly defited ottman army and freed the homeland after 300 y fighting!from that day forward that bell is ringing every day in ¸14.00h
    and for the end Zagreb is 38km long and 22km wide,total area 642km2.1990. it had 1750km2 and it was big as new york.today zagreb is most populated city in croatia and it is second largest city after Gospić

  7. Your videos are among the few things that keep my Wanderlust at bay between trips. I didn't know Zagreb is that beautiful, though I'm not surprised because Croatia is one of my favorite holiday spots.

  8. I live near Split and wasn't that often in Zagreb….so it is quite nice to see videos like this 🙂
    You two seem really cool. Hope you had a great time in my country.

  9. I just love your videos. You two are so likable and cute, and very informative. I'm from Zagreb, and I had no idea about that restaurant 😀 I'll have to go now! Even though you visited some great places, there is still so much to see: the Croatian national theater and the Croatian State Archives which is, for me, probably one of the most beautiful buildings in Zagreb….there is so much to see in this small city.

  10. I live there,my real name is Katarina Sanković,but i live in Zagreb.look this.Ja živim u Zagrebu.i am from hthat,i was today there

  11. Zagreb has come a long way over the last 18 years. If it wasn't for the war for independence and that global economic meltdown of 2009, which was brutal for Croatia and lasted all the way to 2014, much of Zagreb's old town would have been completely renovated like in Ljubljana. Slovenia didn't have to go through a whole devastating war like Croatia did. Slovenia's economy was left in tact, while Croatia's was completely decimated. But the country has come a long way since the end of the war in 1995 and especially since 2000 when Croatia transferred power from a wartime government to one that was focused on taking Croatia the EU and NATO. If it wasn't for the war, today Croatia would be 2-3 times as wealthy as it is today (Wealthier than Slovenia is of Croatia today) and would have joined the EU and NATO at the same time as Slovenia. The financial gap between Croatia and Slovenia is getting smaller, thanks to Croatia's thriving tourism and IT Sectors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIui_7ArZSU – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvjvYzzBh-k&t=205s – Rimac Automobili is the world leader in EV technology, ahead of Tesla Motors. This startup will one day be involved in many other sectors other than just automotive and will one day be as big as APPLE. Take 10 minutes and Google Rimac Automobili, Rimac, Concept One, and Rimac CTWO, search youtube as well. This startup shows which direction Croatia is going economically. There is also a communication technology startup called infobip which will in short order have annual revenues in the billions of dollars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frrIk1xuJUU&t=314s These are just two of the most successful startups in Croatia. Slovenia doesn't have any startups that have reached this high level of innovation and international success. They have a company called Pipistrel but that company was around when it was still Yugoslavia and is not considered a startup….but either way the company can't compare to Rimac 🙂

  12. Hi. Thank you for the video. I have a couple of questions. I don’t think I caught the name of the Restaurant where they plated the truffle risotto at the table? Also, do you still have the link to the airbnb you stayed in? I would like to see the exact location of it as well as look at others close by as you seemed to be in a perfect location to see all the sights you showed in the video. Was it far from the airport? What kind of public transportation is available?

  13. Tkalčićeva pronunciation was very good for a foreigner! Hope you had great time in Zagreb, but you missed some of the greatest things :/

  14. These are not crepes. We call them palacinke and even in Vienna saying like we do but they writig in another way. Enyway you pronounced Tkalciceva street very well.

  15. I haven't been in Zagreb since we left Croatia in 1995 and moved to Canada, but will be returning for a visit within next couple of years. I just wish to thank you for your capture of your travels throughout the area where I lived. Footage is amazing, the camera you use really captures everything in HD, and you explain everything really well. It is nice to see you guys care. Cheers and happy travels! (PS> The coast, in the summer time…. place to BE! Have lots of fond memories there).

  16. I love the French, but the crepes are definitely more Croatian and Slavic then French. They're made all the way from Croatia to Russia, all the sudden Napoleon comes by and says they're French and of course everyone calls them French… wtf

  17. with penetrant boringness the troops of croatia has privatized the planet. Your Woman are ill. Your childs will die. Glasgow Rangers are an typical croatian Football club for me. You are hunted by an Broker of New York City. One day you will Need an good Dentist, Ultras Dinamo.

  18. Please try to mention the general dates of your visits. I can see the fall leaves but is it September or October in Zagreb?

  19. I love your videos, but too much exaggeration about food in terms of just how good it is but no fun history or facts about why how for what prices are there sold etc.

  20. Just found your Internet Channel. We re going on a Croatia road trip tomorrow. Your videos are awesome. Great stuff. Cheers Tom

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