City Guide: Zagreb and Plitvice, Croatia

WOW. I am just finishing up a trip to Croatia and I can say with certainty that it is in my top three favorites of countries I’ve visited. Here’s my itinerary, as well as tips for traveling through this picturesque country.


Flights are typically much cheaper to and from Zagreb (my guess is because its not on the coast). Despite not being a top tourist city, there is still plenty to be seen!

What to see/do:

 Museum of Broken Relationships: people from around the world send objects, along with short stories or poems, which remind them of a relationship that is no longer there. Not all are intimate relationships- some are between child and parent, friends or siblings. Definitely the most unique museum I’ve been to! See their website for hours and prices.

Lookout: Located right next to the Museum of Broken Relationships, the lookout tower provides the best view of the entire city, as well as the mountains behind it. Price is 20 Kuna (about 2.50 Euros). Go around dusk to see the city in beautiful light, and then watch the sun set behind the mountains!

Where to stay:

Hostels are plentiful in this city. Because everything is within walking distance, you can’t go wrong with any of them but I stayed in Palmers Lodge. The bed was amazingly comfortable, the workers were helpful and friendly, and it was always very quiet and peaceful- perfect for when you want a good nights sleep.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

How to get there: 

There is a bus that runs regularly between Zagreb and Plitvice. You can buy tickets on the bus, but I recommend getting them beforehand. Bus ride is about two hours.

What to see/do: 

Waterfalls! Start at the bottom (entrance 1) and work your way to the top, or the other way around. They say it takes five hours to go through the whole park, but if you plan to stop a lot and take photos, I would plan on a couple hours more.

Where to stay:

If you want to stay in the park, I recommend Villa Lika. Amazingly nice employees and only a short walk from the park.

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