I wasn’t expecting Zagreb to be a particularly exciting city. I had heard that there wasn’t a whole lot going on there, and that’s why I only booked three nights in the city. (I rarely book fewer than three nights anywhere.) To be honest, I’m sure there are a lot of things to do in Zagreb that could have kept me occupied for a couple more days, but the weather prevented me from doing much. It was unrelentingly hot the whole time I was there, and I was soaked with sweat all day, every day. You just don’t feel like doing anything when you’re practically baking alive, you know? So unfortunately, I didn’t make the best use of my time in Zagreb. It’s not as boring a city as you would think, but I couldn’t have the time of my life with that hot Croatian sun bearing down on me constantly.
I did manage to walk around the city a little bit at least, and there are definitely some sights worth seeing.
There’s a narrow alleyway just off the main square that leads to some steps you can climb. The view from the top of the steps isn’t the most amazing I’ve seen, but it still makes for some nice photos.
It’s also quite pleasant to stroll through the Upper Town and admire all the old architecture. How cute is St. Mark’s Church? (I love churches with colourful tiled roofs.)
My main reason for going to Zagreb was to take a day trip to the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park. I had seen so many pictures of this place that made it look like pretty much the most beautiful place on Earth. I had really high hopes for Plitvice Lakes.
As it turns out, the park is just as beautiful as it looks in pictures. It’s also very, very, very crowded on any given afternoon in the middle of July. There were so many people in the park that it was almost impossible to stop and take a picture without holding up traffic. It felt like we were all being herded along like cattle. As you can imagine, this seriously lessened my enjoyment of the park. It was extremely disappointing because I had been looking forward to seeing Plitvice Lakes for so long. Don’t get me wrong — I still enjoyed my time in the park very much. I saw some truly incredible scenery and got some great photos out of my visit. It’s just that I would have enjoyed it more if I had actually had space to walk around freely.
As you can see, the park is gorgeous. Just don’t expect to have it all to yourself!
To sum up, Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes are both totally worth a visit. Just be prepared for extreme heat and massive crowds (at Plitvice Lakes) if you go in the middle of summer!