We took a taxi from the airport to our accommodation
HOWEVER: You will get ripped off on cabs from the airport; our tour guide from Plitvice Lakes recommended using uber or otherwise Echo Taxis
We just walked, you can access the main sights on foot. There is a tram system if you need it
We selected our airbnb location because it was near the pickup point for our day trip
It was also located near the city-center
Things to do and see
Mark’s Cathedral – pretty roof on this building
Zagreb Cathedral – apparently there are Las Vegas chandeliers inside
Stone Gate – legend says that everything burned but the painting of the Virgin Mary and her son so many come to this gate and location for a prayer; (you can walk right through it as it looks like a gate/arch/small tunnel)
Dolac Market – largest farmer’s market in Zagreb
Museum of Illusion
Zagreb Farmer’s Market
Plitvice Lakes National Park daytrip – MUST DO. This was the reason we came to Zagreb. I would highly recommend doing this with a tour group and avoiding July and August as that is the busy season. We used viator to book our tour but it was with a company called Petros. They were excellent as they only do small group tours and our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We got to see the highlights and them some; it was beautiful and absolutely stunning.
Stop in Rastoke (a fairytale-like town). Our guide had us stop there for about 30 minutes. It was very quaint. Not much to do besides see the town and grab a coffee, but it’s cute.
Food and Drink Recommendations
Nokturno – huge menu, very affordable/cheap and located in center of main more touristy area
Boban – more expensive, but EXCELLENT food. I got the steak and then shared the roasted vegetables and a half order of the pesto gnocchi with my friend. All delicious and this was centrally located as well.
Vinodol – did not get there but recommended by our guide for traditional Croatian food
Stari Fijaker – did not get there but recommended by our guide for traditional Croatian food
Overall, we saw what we wanted to in a few hours the night we arrived. The only reason we came here was to take a day trip to Plitvice Lakes, but we figured we might as well walk around the city while we were visiting.
As a whole, this is not a touristy city and it does not feel touristy. Stark contrast to Dubrovnik
There are signs EVERYWHERE pointing visitors to tourist destinations. This makes it very easy to find the sights you are looking for