With so much going on within walking distance; the festive season in Zagreb has a very intimate feel as every square turns into a world of its own. And of course, it’s all about the food… Mulled wine, pepper cookies and roasted almonds are the perfect excuse to stop for a quick bite or drink.
Make sure to taste of the traditional Fritule, a pastry made particularly for Christmas. Similar to a small doughnut, filled with raisins and topped with powdered sugar, is go very well with a glass of mulled wine or Rakija. At Tomićeva Street, travel back in time on the funicular and re-live the 1930’s, one of the most beautiful periods in the history of Zagreb. With Mr. Fulir leading the way, Tomićeva Street becomes an interactive museum depicting the times or go for a ride on the Jolly Christmas Tram – while good old’ Santa steers the wheel, Mrs. Clause is handing out home-made cookies and sweets.
If you’re looking for something slightly more active, take a stroll down the Strossmayer Promenade on the historic Upper Town, grab a snowball and start a snowball fight (if you are not a snow fan, heated tents available for winter people watching). While at British Square one can find something even more involved – a snowboarding arena. So get your boards and shred some slopes!
Go to Zrinjevac, Zagreb’s lushest park, and immerse yourself in sound of the Christmas tunes to get into that warm and fuzzy feeling of the season. And if you’re up for some Waltz, dance the night away under an illuminated music pavilion. Flower Square echoes with Jazz and classical music.
Regardless of the very low temperatures, the small town squares of Zagreb present a very romantic option for your winter holiday. But don’t take our word for it, make your way to our little Zig-Zag, book a bed at our Palmers Lodge Hostel in Zagreb and come and see it for yourself.
Happy holidays from the Palmers Lodge Croatia team!