Today I bring you to the beautiful Croatian capital - Zagreb. When we talk about Croatia, we think about the Adriatic coast, Dubrovnik, or Pula, etc. Although as a capital, Zagreb is somehow overlooked by the visitors to this country. It's true that Zagreb is not any close to the seaside. Still I find it a pity that it has been neglected by the visitors because it actually has a lot to offer, sights, architectures, cafes, restaurants, etc. In my opinion it's totally comparable to its (sort of)neighbor cities, such as Prague and Budapest.
On my way from Zadar to Zagreb, Croatia is such a beautiful country.
I did a train trip in Balkan peninsula, from Croatia to Serbia, then to Romania. The first thing I saw about Zagreb is its lovely classic train station - Glavni Kododvor. It's the throwback to the days when Zagreb was a stop on the historic Orient Express which used to run from Paris to Istanbul. Nowadays although there're still odd trains that ride through the Balkan countries, locals prefer traveling by bus or car.
Zagreb train station is located around 2 km from the city center. There're a number of nice shady parks that extends from the station to the city center. Croatia has wonderful weather. Many locals were relaxing on the grass.
Zagreb city center is chill and amazing. It's filled with cafes and restaurants. In Balkan peninsula, this meat stick called ćevap can be found everywhere, from Croatia to Romania, it can be made as a simple sandwich or a big plate in a restaurant. I felt that I was eating it the whole time during my 1-month trip in Balkan. I quite liked it, especially the ones in Croatia.
Walking down the street, I felt that Zagreb is actually much better in promoting the city, I saw "I love Zagreb" signs everywhere. I hope more people come to discover this lovely city, it definitely deserves more love from visitors.
St. Mark's Church is probably the most famous church and the symbol in Zagreb. I absolutely loved its magnificent colored tile roof which is emblazoned with the crests of Zagreb and the Habsburg Kingdom of Croatia. It's so special and beautiful!
From Zagreb's upper you can get a magnificent view of Zagreb city.
When I went to buy the ticket to Belgrade, the personnel simply writes the destination "Belgrade" by hand and the train was also almost empty. I could see train ride is seriously not that common here in Croatia.
My stay in Zagreb was not really long as I only viewed it as a stopover from Zadar to Belgrade. I only stayed one night there. However it did surprise me with the beautiful architectures, nice street, lovely sights, etc. I would like to recommend it to everyone, if you happen to travel in Balkan or Croatia, don't hesitate to put it in the list!
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