24 hours in Zagreb: A perfect day in Croatia's capital city
Short breaks in Europe
Seeking a new and exciting city break option? Laura Millar maps out a cool 24 hours in Croatia's capital.
10am: Get your heart broken
Zagreb is divided into the medieval Upper, and 19th-century Lower, Towns. Both have bags of charm. Check out the eccentric Museum of Broken Relationships, featuring the weird and wonderful things people leave behind after a break-up - from pink, fluffy handcuffs to a cellphone ("he gave his to me so I couldn't call him anymore"). Afterwards, stroll around the corner to St Mark's Church with its distinctive red, white and blue-tiled roof.
How: Cirilometodska 2, Upper Town; brokenshipscom/en
2pm: Go to market
Located behind the main square, Jelacic, you'll find Dolac food and crafts market. Stallholders peddle everything from fruit and vegetables to cottage cheese (don't leave without trying the local baked or boiled delicacy, strukli, which is stuffed with it). Bargain hunters shouldn't miss the Hrelic flea market by the Sava river, every Sunday; you can find anything from vintage clothes to secondhand cars here.
How: For Hrelic, take tram no 14 from the town centre and get off at Zaprude.
5pm: Get arty
Modern art lovers should head to the Museum of Contemporary Art in the New Town, south of the Lower Town; its industrial design looks a bit like London's Tate Modern and has regularly changing exhibitions. If you're a fan of street art, stroll along Branimirova Street, next to the train station, for walls decorated by local graphic artists. Or check out the beautiful sculptures by Croatia's 'Rodin', Ivan Mestrovic, at his former studio in the Upper Town.
How: msu.hr/en; Mestrovic.hr
8pm: Be a bar crawler
Live it up on Tkalciceva Street, in the Lower Town, which you'll find lined with bars and restaurants. Try funky Kava Tava for fruity-flavoured brandies, from pear to apple (€3.50 approx.), or Bar Donna at number 24 for cocktails, all to the soundtrack of 1980s and 1990s tunes. Then get a stylish night's sleep at the slick Hotel 9, which has three floors - each colour-coded white, silver or gold.
How: kavatava.com; hotel9.hr/ (rates from €88)
Fly to Zagreb via Paris with Air France (airfrance.ie) or via Amsterdam with KLM (klm.ie). More info at infozagreb.hr.