Zagreb is one of Europe's most underrated capital cities. While it doesn't have the ancient architectural traditions of cities like Prague and Vienna, it does have some wonderful Secessionist-era buildings and a fantastic Old Town, known locally as Gornji Grad.
Zagreb is divided into two sections, Upper and Lower Town. Most visitors to the Croatian capital often head directly to Upper Town, home to some of the city's highlights. Explore its quirky museums, the city's only remaining medieval city gate, and the famous St. Mark's Square and church with its iconic colorful tiled roof that has become the symbol of Zagreb. The Lower Town is mostly populated with restaurants, cafes, shopping, hotels, and spacious parks, as well as the National Theatre, Mimara Museum, and the Ethnographic Museum.
Zagreb Christmas Market
When people think of Christmas Markets, most minds think of a winter wonderland in Germany. But you may be surprised to learn that Zagreb's Christmas Market has been rated the best in Europe for two years running.
During advent, the capital of Croatia becomes a festive and beguiling Shangri La with every inch of the city center covered in decorative fairy lights and market stalls accompanied by non-stop open-air entertainment. Time can be spent exploring the yuletide kiosks, enjoying winter treats, and visiting the central ice park complete with an enormous ice skating rink.