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Zagreb Christmas Markets

We are flying into Zagreb in early December to experience the Christmas Markets and festivities. We have travelled around most of Croatia before, so are just there to experience Zagreb for a few days before moving on to other Christmas-y destinations in Europe. How many days would you allow in Zagreb?

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There's several good museums (Museum of Broken Relations, Croatian Naive Art). There's the Cathedral. There's wandering about in the streets. If you are there on a Saturday, there's a great flea market on Iliza St E of Downtown. We thought about going to the Opera last time, but ran out of time. If you are a futbol fan, look for Croatian national team games, and go to the central area to watch with the Croatian fans.

I'd allow 2 days min, especially since one day will be the Christmas Market. Possible 3.

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2-3 days should be sufficent. There is the upper town (older section) and lower town. There is a funicular that goes between the two, but walking uphill and some stairs is also possible. THe two museums mentioned are in the upper town and there are a few in the lower town. It all depends on what interests you. A few of the museums are housed in beautiful old buildings which is always an extra plus for us - such as the Musuem of Arts and Crafts. They are all easy enough to google. We enjoy Zagreb and stop for a day or two whenever we go to Croatia.

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It's a museum-rich city. The Naïve Art Museum is small but superb, and the Museum of Broken Relationships is a lot more fun than you might anticipate. But there are many more, lots of art museums in particular, so the time you'll want there will depend to a considerable degree on how many of those sound interesting to you. Basically, it seems as if virtually all of the Croatia's art museums are in Zagreb. I suggest consulting a comprehensive guide book (better) or perusing the Things To Do list on the TripAdvisor website to be sure you don't miss something that would be especially interesting to you.

With a relatively modest interest in art museums, 2 full days would probably be right for you. If you like art, 4 days wouldn't be too long. Some of the art museums are quite small (single-artist), but there are a few large museums in the area roughly between the train station and the old town. In 2015 I was really lucky to hit a special exhibition on Rodin.

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The Museum of Arts and Crafts was under renovation when we were there at the beginning of September, and most of the exhibits were inaccessible. Check before you pay. They didn't tell us; we found out when we went upstairs to find a particular exhibit. Very disappointing.

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We ALWAYS check websites before going any place in any city, even restaurants. Up-to-date information is a travelers best friend.

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That would be really disappointing. I'm always sad when a museum is closed or a significant part is not open during my visit, but if I know ahead of time, I can make my peace with the situation and reallocate the time I would have spent there.

I must give credit to French museums here. I have often found part of a museum closed, but I think there has always been a sign at the ticket counter, plus a reduction in the entry fee. That has been the situation outside Paris: I haven't been to Paris in decades (maybe next year).

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It was very disappointing not to see particular exhibits, yes, but we regrouped and went on with the program we had planned and had time to have a coffee and people watch as well. Lost a few kuna and an hour or so. No big deal time or money-wise. Mostly just annoying. Oh well.

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Sometimes the websites are not updated so this is when that ‘go with the flow’ attitude is helpful. We’ve realized, being older and wiser, there is always something else on our list to see or do in each city.