Quirky museums, picturesque buildings, and lots of high quality coffee. If these are things you live by, Zagreb may well be the place for you. The capital of Croatia has less of an old world feel than Dubrovnik and Split, but it's just as fascinating- and far less touristy, might we add. Famously, the city is home to more than 20 museums catering to interests of all kinds, from the offbeat Museum of Broken Relationships to the Mushroom Museum, featuring the world's largest collection of fungi. If you're looking for a different city break idea or embarking a Croatia road trip, Zagreb is worth adding to your itinerary.
We're not kidding when we say Zagreb has museums to suit all tastes. In fact, this city has more museums per square foot than any other city in the world. Whether you're into history or art, photography or model trains, Zagreb's museums could keep you entertained for days and days.
A particular highlight is the aforementioned Museum of Broken Relationships, located in a baroque palace in Upper Town. Here you'll find exhibits dedicated to failed relationships, with personal items on show that were left behind by former lovers. The ultra-trendy Muzej prekinutih veza (as it's called in Croatian) has been so well received that another one was opened in Los Angeles in 2016.
One major draw to this part of the world is the food, a heady mix of Mediterranean and Balkan cuisines. In Zagreb, you'll find classic Croatian dishes like štrukli (dough filled with cottage cheese and sour cream) and Knedli (sweet potato dumplings stuffed with fruits and topped with sugar) as well as international offerings. If you've got a sweet tooth, save some room for 505 s crtom, a traditional Croatian hard candy.
Oh, and wine! Croatia is one of the oldest (and best) wine producers in the world, with a history dating back to the Ancient Greek settlers more than 2,000 years ago. To get the authentic experience, head to popular wine bar Basement, located under an archway near the funicular. Do it like the locals by ordering gemišt (white wine diluted with carbonated water) or bevanda (red wine with still water).