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Best things to do in Zagreb Croatia - Christy Kranjec - Cityscape by Marko Tomic on Pixabay

Cityscape. Photo by Marko Tomic on Pixabay.

I’m really excited to interview Christy Kranjec of Always Croatia about Zagreb, Croatia. Christy’s tips for the best things to do in Zagreb are awesome because her family is from Zagreb, and she grew up visiting on a regular basis. Christy lived in Croatia during the Summer of 2018 and loves the culture, vibrant cafes and delicious food. And now, her job is to plan customized itineraries for people traveling to Croatia. It’s like a dream come true.

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Zagreb Art Pavillion. Photo by Marko Tomic on Pixabay.

Zagreb, Croatia

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Zagreb, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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St. Marks Church. Photo by Martin Bennie on Unsplash.

Getting around Zagreb

The local airport is Franjo Tuđman Airport Zagreb (ZAG), which is about a 30-minute drive to Zagreb. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Christy says that you definitely do not need a car to explore Zagreb. Everything within the city is a short, enjoyable walk. There are several public transportation options as well, including cable cars, funiculars, bus lines, and tram lines.

However, if you want to explore outside the city or are traveling to multiple destinations, you may want to rent a car. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Zagreb Croatia - Christy Kranjec - Public streetcar by TheoRivierenlaan on Pixabay

Public tram lines from Zet. Photo by TheoRivierenlaan on Pixabay.

Places we talked about on the Zagreb, Croatia podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Christy Kranjec about Zagreb, Croatia. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Green dots = best things to do in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Zagreb, Croatia

Who is Christy Kranjec?

Christy is a first-generation Croatian-American who is continually rediscovering the beauty and vitality of the world. Whether visiting villages along the Dalmatian coast or immersing herself in Istria, she makes every moment an opportunity to discover unexplored corners and connect with the people around her. She thrives on adventure. With an extensive background in luxury concierge services, she draws on her intimate knowledge of the world to seamlessly orchestrate a travel experience full of depth and wonder for her clients.

In addition to her passions for adventure and immersive cultural experiences, she is dedicated to offering active travel suitable for all levels and interests. Each trip reminds her that travel can rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit. As a yoga teacher, rock climber, and naturalist, she is endlessly exploring land and sea. Her earliest childhood memories are of dipping her toes into a shallow pool of Krka National Park in Croatia.

Whether hiking through Croatia’s Dinaric Alps or luxuriating on the beaches of the Adriatic’s sun-soaked islands and inlets, she seeks to find balance and rejuvenation with each meticulously designed itinerary. Her enthusiasm for sharing her travel experiences grows with each trip and she is eager to facilitate experiences that allow travelers to personally connect to places that capture her heart.

Best things to do in Zagreb Croatia - Christy Kranjec

Here are a few articles and videos about Croatia:

You can connect with Christy on her website and on social media on Facebook and Instagram.

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Best things to do in Zagreb Croatia - Christy Kranjec - HNK Croatian National Theatre by Filip Filipović on Unsplash

HNK Croatian National Theatre. Photo by Filip Filipović on Unsplash.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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  1. Christian

    This reminds me of how much I miss Zagreb. I don’t remember the cable car so that gives me another reason to visit.

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