This year was honestly such a whirlwind of emotions, both for me personally and for the world in general. But I'm not going to be talking about that now. The only thing I currently need is some winding down and relaxing. And snow, please, let there be snow soon. My semester is finally over, and I've just had my last exams two days before Christmas so I'm not really in the festive mood, but oh how I will make up for all the lost days of Advent that have passed whilst I was studying.
Now let's get to the actual theme of this post, which is Zagreb during Advent. Our Christmas market has been voted the best in Europe for the second consecutive year! It makes me so proud to see that other nations recognized my hometown as something worth visiting and talking about.
Probably the most interesting thing about the Christmas market in Zagreb is the number of locations it is spread across. It's not just one street or one square, it covers both the Upper and the Lower town, and it even goes under the city through the Grič tunnel. The most popular part is the area surrounding the main square and the ice-skating rink, which is located next to the main railway station. This area is packed with tourists, so if you enjoy the murmur of crowded places, you'll love it.
If you' d like something to eat, visit Martićeva street or European square. But you can find great food all around the city. In my opinion, the best part of Zagreb Advent takes place in the Upper town. It is much less noisy and much more cozy. If you fancy drinking some mulled wine while listening to live music, The Courtyards are the best choice for you (and me, too). They are very popular during summer, when museums and private houses open their courtyards for the public, but 2016 is the first year that this event took place in winter, too. I don't even know if I like the winter or the summer edition more.
There is something for all types of people in Zagreb, whether you're out-going and like busy places or just want to have a peaceful walk under the fairy lights. Even though Advent has ended, the markets will be up till the middle of January, so you can still have a spontaneous trip to Zagreb and see the Christmas magic. If you can't make it to Zagreb this winter, go ahead and enjoy a little bit of the magic I tried to capture with my camera.
see you soon peeps