Zagreb is just waiting for you – awake and fresh welcoming spring!
Our beautiful capital is fully awake and ready to host you. So, as a local I am giving some tips and advices for a fun 3-day Zagreb city break:
Well that easy – since there is no crowd, getting a place to stay is not a problem at all + the prices are at its lowest (of course the service is not ?). If you are a hostel geek you can book your stay with breakfast for the price of 15€/pp for a dorm or 30€/pp for a private double bed room. Of course, as always, it is better to book directly rather than using the “middle man”. It is against me not to mention Swanky Mint hostel as a recommendation, but of course are plenty to choose from.
FOOD & DRINK
A great thing about this is that unlike some coastal cities, restaurants and bars in Zagreb work all year around. In some cases, you can get cheaper options but I can guarantee you will not have to wait for your table or even do a reservation ahead – just losing yourself and stepping into any bar or restaurant is more than welcomed. Also, since the staff is not buzzing around with thousands of other orders and guests constantly coming in, it will give you the chance to talk to locals – trust me, nothing beats that.
Ah, discounts – from 50% up to 80% in most of the stores until April. In the center of the city you can find most of the stores in Ilica street, and out side of the city center you can pick from 10 different shopping centers which will give you a warm hug if you are like not standing the cold outside. Of course, Zagreb is well known for local boutiques and shops so be sure not to skip them.
Museums are great indoor activity especially because there is so many to choose from. Even though the prices are not lower, they are pretty cheap ( 4€ – 8€, but students, kids and seniors have a discount). Here are my favorites:
- Museum of Illusions
- Museum of torture
- Museum of broken relationships
- Museum of chocolate
- 80´s museum
- Technical museum of Nikola Tesla
TOURS AND TRIPS
Just because it is not the “tourist season” that does not mean that tour guides and travel agencies are closed. Trust me – we are wide awake and ready for you ?. Since you are an „off season guest“ – all of us are more than open to give you some discounts + some entrance fees are cheaper ( in some cases up to 70% less than during summer). Some of the thing I would recommend are:
- Private Zagreb walking tour – a 3h tour which will give you the opportunity to get to know the city, learn about the history, taste some local products, ride the shortest funicular in the world and of course have the tour guide just for yourselves: LINK
- Experience Plitvice lakes tour – Marvel at the beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park on a day trip to the oldest and most visited national park in Croatia, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the small fairytale village of Rastoke, situated on the River Korana and famous for its watermills – if you are a LOTR fan, I just have one word for you – Rivendalle ?
- Prehistoric and Medieval Croatia – Discover the beauty of North Croatia with one of the most lasting history in the world. Join the tour and travel through time with us. A Private version of this tour takes to 3 locations: Krapina Neanderthal museum, Trakoščan castle and park and medieval Varaždin city – all of that in a 6h tour.
So, lets sum up an example for you perfect 3-day Zagreb city break:
- Arrival and check in + a free welcome shoot of rakija to get you warm
- Private city tour + 1 museum of choice
- Evening spent in different local bars and restaurants enjoying the tastes of Croatia
- One of day tours ( Plitvice lakes or North Croatia )
- Free evening for clubbing during weekends or just exploring other parts of the city
- Breakfast and check out
- Free time for shopping