Summer 2009, fifth stop of our Interrail tour. After the relaxed time in Split, we boarded the 9pm-train to Zagreb and planned to change trains in some place called Ogulin (around 5am) to get to Rijeka. We had to switch compartments several times, since some people complained “Reservato, reservato” each time we had found empty seats and signalised us these were obviously reserved… Just to clarify: Zagreb was really off the list. Creepy music and/or drum roll. At least we thought so…
The train was already half an hour late when we arrived in some town called Moravice, and we realised that we had no chance of getting that train to Rijeka. Since it was around 3 or 4 in the morning, we decided to keep on sleeping (wasn’t very easy because of the noise of the diesel locomotive) and went to Zagreb. We arrived around 8 o’ clock and eventually got three beds for two nights (in the same hostel which we had tried last time, just before we went to Split)… After having seen the tourist brochures and the 1+1,5h tours that supposedly include everything you need to see in the city centre, we cancelled the second night (which seemed to be a big deal to the staff because we paid with visa – actually it was a 5min effort). It turned out to be the right choice: first of all the hostel was comparatively expensive and secondly we remembered the advice we got before the trip that one day was enough for Zagreb if one’s travel time was limited. Anyway, while we were walking through the city, we talked a lot, saw some of the sights, got lost… The usual. I got the impression that Zagreb looked a bit like a small version of Vienna with really good street art. In the evening, we went out and had dinner but unfortunately we couldn’t find a restaurant with typical Croatian food, therefore we chose the safe way: Pizza. ;)
Don’t touch the turtles… Remember that!
Here are the photos of Zagreb (August 21, 2009).