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Plitvice Lakes / Zagreb

Transportation and Accommodations

Getting there

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

Getting around

We just walked, you can access the main sights on foot. There is a tram system if you need it

Accommodations

We selected our airbnb location because it was near the pickup point for our day trip that was also located near the city-center

Things to do and see

Mark’s Cathedral

Pretty roof on this Cathedral

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
Lotrscak Tower
Zagreb Farmer’s Market
Plitvice Lakes National Park

MUST DO daytrip. 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

Other Notes

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