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Living in Zagreb, Croatia:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Zagreb, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked seven people living in Zagreb what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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If you’re moving to Zagreb, be ready to fall in love with coffee! If you don’t like coffee you might actually become a social outcast! You’ll find more cafés per square foot than pigeons in the park. Just don’t be surprised if your espresso comes with a side of existential debate and a dollop of gossip.

I would recommend Zagreb to students as there’s a lot to do and young families as there’s opportunities for their children to thrive. I wouldn’t recommend it to single people and older couples, especially those coming from the sunnier parts of the world. The weather is probably the thing that people here hate the most as it’s mostly gray skies and a lot of rain and fog in autumn and fall. The traffic is pretty bad and all parking is paid in most parts of the city. The positives are the culture venues, nightlife and a lot of green areas outside of the city center of which I would recommend “Maksimir” as a huge park with trails, lakes and a zoo.

My city is becoming more and more popular with tourists. Some of them find here the love of their life and decide to move to Zagreb. There are lots of places someone might like here. There are lots of parks, interesting little cafes, and people are considered very friendly. Therefore, it really isn’t so hard to make the decision to move here permanently.

Sladana, says: 2020

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. It is a city full of tourists during the whole year. The city center is fairly small but packed with cafés and restaurants. Zagreb is also rich in history and has more museums and galleries per citizen than any other European city. Zagreb also has a few large parks where people can spend their leisure time.

Simone, says: 2020

Zagreb is a comparatively small city, depending on from where you come. It is the most populous city in Croatia, but small when compared to London or Istanbul. Public transportation during night hours and weekends is sporadic, but more regular from Monday to Friday at day. You can purchase a monthly ticket or a one-ride ticket for the bus or train, the latter which can be bought only at stands, not in vehicles themselves.

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and the largest city in Croatia. It has many parks and nature in its surroundings. The most famous is nature park Medvednica with the highest peak – Sljeme. Another famous place is park Jarun, this is a beautiful spot with a lake and a lot of sport activities. You can rollerskate, ride a bike or simply walk around the lake.

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. It is an old city which used to be two towns: Kaptol and Gradec. It has about one million of inhabitants and might remind you of Vienna, except that it is smaller and much cozier. If you decide to move to Zagreb, you will be able to enjoy rides in Zagreb’s iconic blue trams and buses, drink endless cups of coffee in Zagreb’s many cafes and buy your vegetables and fruit at the famous farmer’s market Dolac. Most importantly, if you want to walk the walk and act like you were born in Zagreb, you have to tell your friends to meet at the main square, which the locals simply call “Trg”. Everyone who’s lived in Zagreb for longer than a month will instantly know the exact spot on the main square where you will meet: in the west of the square, right under the traditional street clock.

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