Zagreb (pop. 800,000) is the capital of Croatia. It's located about 3 hours from the coast, at the crossroads of Central Europe. We were impressed by its large city parks, beautiful museums and monuments, and pedestrian-friendly city center.
|Fall in Zagreb's "Green Horseshoe," a large city park|
|Croatian National Theater|
|Rooftops and Zagreb Cathedral|
|Tkalciceva Ulica, a cafe-lined street in Zagreb's Upper Town|
|The tiled roof of St. Mark's Church|
Several vendors were also selling Christmas centerpieces and advent candles.
The city was decked out in lictar hearts, the symbol of Zagreb ("the city of a million hearts").
One of Jim's favorite attractions was the funicular connecting Upper and Lower Town.
|Possibly one of the shortest funicular rides ever.|
Would I go back to Zagreb? Absolutely! It was a compact, clean, and safe capital city. But you don't need more than 2-3 days to explore most of its sights. On my next visit, I'd use Zagreb as a home base for exploring the rest of inland Croatia.