Where's My Bag: Zagreb's Advent Markets
Our "Where's My Bag" series features Clark & Mayfield laptop bags and their owners in different parts of the world. In this edition, Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com is traveling with her Corbett cork backpack in cocoa brown.
Zagreb is Croatia's capital, located inland toward the North of the country. Like other popular travel destinations in Croatia, Zagreb was originally developed by the Romans. Today, roughly a million tourists visit the city each year.
Zagreb is known for its diverse economy, high quality of living, museums, sports, and cultural events.
Due to its Catholic background, Croatia's major cities celebrate with Advent markets and festivities in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In Zagreb, the festivities are in full force throughout December, with multiple locations across town decked out for holiday cheer.
Why We Went
My husband and I had spent the previous five weeks on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, mostly in Zadar. We worked online, per usual, and explored with day trips in our free time. For our last week in Croatia, we took a coastal road trip with my parents.
When it was time to fly home, we had an early morning flight from Zadar to Zagreb. But the next leg of the route wasn't scheduled until later that evening. So we had a nice long layover in Zagreb to visit the city.
Taking the Croatia Airlines bus from the airport into town was cheap and efficient. The bus station is about a mile away from Zagreb's main attractions, so we found it easy to explore on foot. Our goal was to see the main sights and various Advent locations, which we accomplished with time to spare.
One of the most interesting festive Advent spots was an underground pedestrian tunnel, Tunnel Gric. It was used as a bunker during the war but now serves as a safe transit under a park and gets decorated each Christmas for people to enjoy a holiday stroll.
Zagreb is an under-rated European city with interesting architecture, historic sites, cafes, cultural events, and a relatively low cost of living. Visiting during Advent is especially fun to experience, if you get the chance!
- Michelle Chang