I wasn’t expecting much from Zagreb. From my experience, capital cities are usually busy, dirty, and smell like pee. And as far as I knew, the places to see in Croatia are coastal areas, not inland cities. Had it not been on the way between our apartment in Loosdorf, and our HelpX destination in Bulgaria, we wouldn’t have gone out of our way to visit Zagreb.
It took me less than a hour to realize I was wrong to underestimate this city (though it still has the classic eau de urine scent in more than a few places). We picked up a great booklet called “Zagreb Step by Step,” published by the Zagreb Tourist Board, at our hostel. Broken down into the Upper and Lower Towns, then divided up into 19 smaller areas, this booklet served as our guide for a self guided walking tour of the city. It even included several attractions outside of the City Centre that were worth seeing.
As we wandered the streets (and nearby mountain), the vibrant atmosphere and beautiful city sights impressed us. Here’s a few of our favourite shots.