To end our time here in Zagreb, we decided to go for a very calm and relaxing feel for the day. First, we headed for the Botanical Gardens which is located just around the corner from our Air Bnb. It was the perfect day for a walk around the gardens, and although they weren’t quite as impressive as ones we’ve been in before, it was great to add to our list of Botanical Gardens we’ve visited (is that sad?)
Anyway, take a look at these pics…
From there, we hopped on Zagreb public transport for the first time as everything up until now has been in walking distance for us. Within about 20 minutes of leaving the gardens, we were at the zoo, which is within a larger park. We were able to use the transport and get entry to the zoo for free with our Zagreb Card,* and again soak up the sun whilst seeing some amazing animals, fish and birds within this stunning zoo. It was surprisingly so quiet in there too, at times it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
Of course whenever we come to zoos we automatically compare to James’ hometown zoo in Chester and inevitably Chester will always rank higher, but putting that aside we still had a fantastic time here!
With the temperate touching 35 degrees whilst strolling around, clearly a lot of the animals didn’t fancy it and must’ve been indoors, but we managed to get some snaps of those who did brave the weather…
Our final plan for the day was to head back to the city centre and go to a museum. This one is pretty unique as it is what is says on the tin… The Museum of Broken Relationships. We got off the tram at Ban Jelacic Square and took the quickest route which rather conveniently was the funicular. This connects the lower and upper town, and is the shortest in the world at just 66m. In about a minute we we went from the bottom to the top, again for free with the Zagreb Card, and were now just around the corner from the museum.
The museum contains contributions from the public of items that represent their previous relationships, along with short stories to go alongside it. We should put on record that we came here for the banter, and as far as I know at least, this isn’t a secret message to you all! Jessica did say she would give them our camera memory card with all our blog photos and vlog clips, but of course she was joking.
It was a pretty fascinating way to spend an hour or so, and some of these stories really did cut deep!
We now have just one more morning left in Zagreb before we get on a midday train to Ljubljana tomorrow, and it’s been another great trip to a new city for us. Not as much to see and do here as in the likes of Budapest, but you can easily fill a great couple of days here, and now our next mission must be to visit other parts of Croatia! We’re dying to go down to the coast and visit their national parks – they look like heaven!
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