The perfect European city break you’ve probably never thought of: Varazdin and Zagreb

There’s much more to discover in Eastern Europe than the old favorites Budapest and Prague. I cannot feel more proud for nailing down both the former & present capitals of Croatia in the same day. 😀

Have you considered Varazdin and Zagreb? It’s the perfect city break for the weekend!

Varazdin

I confess, we were on the road to Zagreb and only stopped in Varazdin for a short walk. Not really on the beaten track, I know, but you won’t regret it!

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A 10 minutes walk is enough to realize you’ve landed to a medieval, compact and relaxed 21-century fairytale, with gorgeous Baroque architecture.

The immaculate cobblestone city-center is just perfect for pedestrian walks.

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Picture this: young people, bicycles, parks and good music. No wonder Varazdin has become an important IT hub in Croatia.

How can you not want to live here? 🙂

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Zagreb

In 1 hour we reach the surprising, unfairly missed by tourists capital, Zagreb.

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We check in, and immediately go outside, not a minute to spare! Oh wow…so much beauty all around. And not referring to buildings. 🙂 Zagreb women are charming. Even a girl can admit that! :))

This city really deserves more than 1 night!!! But what to do…when there’s so much to explore on the Dalmatian coast? 🙂

The plan is simple: the upper Old Town and lower Modern Town meet in between, in the Main Square.

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Go up first, there are splendid cobblestone streets and coloured tiled roofs.

And the city view…lovely!

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Looking for some nice landmarks around here?

Admire the beautiful Church of St. Mark’s, or check out the peculiar Museum of broken relationships.

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While on the square, you can climb to the Observation Deck, enjoy the greatest panoramic view of the city, have a drink and play boardgames.

Zagreb Eye is my favorite hot spot in Zagreb! Loved it so much, that we climbed the tower twice, for both day and night views. 🙂

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Later on, the party begins. These people know how to enjoy the night.

Cheers!

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The next morning we are making our way out of the city, together with everybody else chaotically driving to work. No wonder we almost hit the car three times! 🙂

Next stop: Plitvice Lakes National Park

 

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You can find here our summer cross-country roadtrip itinerary: costs&map included!

June 2017, Varazdin&Zagreb – Croatia

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