Christmas market in Zagreb – is it really the most beautiful in Europe?

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If you are into Christmas markets, you might read that Zagreb was declared as being the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe. Having Zagreb close, we have decided to check this statement ourselves.

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The central market of ban Jelačić (Zagreb Christmas market)

Being based in Slovenia we needed less than 1,5 hours by car to reach Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, what actually makes it a great day trip any time of the year.

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Zagreb’s center has Christmas markets on numerous locations (Zagreb Christmas market)

When you reach Zagreb and start exploring its city center, you will realize Zagreb was important city already years back. Everything looks even more beautiful during its Christmas market.

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Advent wreth around the water spring, from which Zagreb got its name (Zagreb Christmas market)

Christmas market in Zagreb is spread out in numerous locations, so when you walk from one market to another, you will also have time to do some sightseeing. The best way to explore the Christmas markets in Zagreb is by foot.

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Stands, where you can not only find culinary treats from Croatia, but also from all around the world (Zagreb Christmas market)

Christmas markets in Zagreb have traditional look, what we really liked. After all Christmas is all about tradition.

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The city center and its decorated streets (Zagreb Christmas market)

We like the whole area, but still, there were two locations we were fonder than the others. The main square of Ban Jelačić has a small winter village at one side, what makes you fill like you would find yourself in a snowy village in the middle of Lapland. High trees, covered with snow and decorated with lights are perfect for making some of the best photo moments of your Zagreb Christmas market trip. The white wooden cottages, selling mulled wine and traditional food, makes it a great place to be around.

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Our favorite spot is the snowy village on ban Jelačić square (Zagreb Christmas market)

If you like ice-skating, you also have to stop at King Tomislav Park – right opposite the main railway station. The Ice Park is really beautifully done, offering fun for all ages.

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Ice park during the day (Zagreb Christmas market)

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Ice park during the night (Zagreb Christmas market)

A nice place to wander and stop for some Christmas goodies is also Zrinjevac, offering lots of stands with food and drinks to warm you during the cold winter days. In the middle of the stands, you will also find Santa’s home.

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We loved the white wooden cottages/stands (Zagreb Christmas market)

If you are keen of Nativity Scenes, make sure to stop near the City’s cathedral, where you can enjoy Live Nativity Scene. Well, even if you are not into it, do visit the amazing Cathedral.

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Zrinjevac is another nice place, full of lights and stands (Zagreb Christmas market)

If you are flexible with your time, the best time to visit Zagreb Christmas market is during the week. If you visit Zagreb somewhere from Monday to Friday, you will be able to avoid crowds. If you come during weekends, there will be more people, but the whole atmosphere will be a little bit more festive because of the crowds. If you are visiting Zagreb by car and want to avoid paying parking, your best choice is Saturday (3pm onwards) and Sunday. These days there is free street parking available in the city center.

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The secret is in the small details (Zagreb Christmas market)

Last but not least – is Christmas market in Zagreb really the most beautiful in Europe? Well, we have to admit we liked it a lot, but we still cannot say the Christmas market in Zagreb was the most beautiful one we have ever seen. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth your time and visit! We enjoyed it there a lot!

Tips about Christmas market in Zagreb
  • Zagreb Christmas market duration: Open from 26.11.2016 until 8.1.2017.
  • Hotels in Zagreb: To really enjoy the Christmas market in Zagreb, we would definitely recommend you to book a night in one of the many hotels in the city central. Check out hotels in Zagreb here.

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8 Comments

    • avatar

      Christmas market in Zagreb was a nice surprise for us and we are glad we visited it before it closes down. And you are right, it’s great that it is open pass 24th December, what unfortunately cannot be said for lots of Christmas markets around Europe.

  1. avatar

    A question for you: You say that is isn’t quite the most beautiful you have ever seen… where is the most beautiful you have ever seen? Thanks.

    • avatar

      Hi Adam,
      well, Christmas market in zagreb is beautiful, so I am sure you will not be sorry hen visiting it. But maybe, if you are already there, you can also make a trip to Ljubljana – the capital of Slovenia. In my opinion, Christmas market in Ljubljana is more beautiful. 🙂 Maybe because Ljubljana is smaller and charming. I guess, you will have to see it with your own eyes and tell us, what you think. 😉 Cheers, Nina

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