I checked out of the hostel about ten minutes before noon, put luggage in their computer area and looked at the Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget to plan out my day. Zagreb does not have the free walking tours found in most European cities, so I had to plan my own sightseeing day. I asked the woman at the front desk for advice on what to see in Zagreb, she gave me a map, a Zagreb Step by Step guide, and circled her recommended locations. She told me Zagreb is small, I could easily see everything in a day, the same thing the hostel staff told me last night.
I started out a little after noon on my self-guided walking tour, my first destination was food. I had not eaten breakfast and wanted to get something quick to eat. I found a bakery, bought a pizza and a doughnut, I ate and then headed to Ban Jelacic Square, Zagreb's main square.
|Lynnae in Zagreb's Main Square|
After I used the bathroom at my hostel, I decided to take a different route to Zagreb's upper town, I took the Funicular which is located next to my hostel. Zagreb's Funicular is the shortest passenger railway in the world according to the Zagreb Step by Step pamphlet I got at my hostel. Zagreb's funicular opened in 1890.
|Lynnae on Funicular|
|Lynnae in Zagreb's upper town after Funicular Ride|
|Zagreb's Stone Gate & Worshipers in Chapel|
After exploring Zagreb's upper town, I walked down to lower town, I passed through Zagreb's open-air Dolac Market, the merchants were packing up for the day. I returned to the main square, looked at my map and mapped out my tour of Zagreb's lower town. I stopped and relaxed at the Mandusevac Fountain before beginning the rest of my self-guided walking tour. Mandusevac fountain provided Zagreb with drinking water until the 19th century. According to Zagreb Step by Step, court records about the persecution of witches mention the spring as their main meeting point.
|Lynnae at the Mandusevac Fountain|
I will blog about my Euronight train to Munich tomorrow. It is time for me to get ready to head to Zagreb's main train station to catch my train.
Zagreb Day 1 Photo Album