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Advent Adventure Tour: Christmas Markets in Zagreb

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    They always say that you shouldn’t go around picking fights with anyone bigger than you but in the case of Zagreb, fortune definitely favours the bold! The city’s Christmas Market started out as an underdog on the European stage but it has quickly become the undisputed champion, voted Europe’s Best Christmas Market two years in a row, stealing the crown from the continent’s most well established Christmas Fayres and Festivals. So Zagreb is surely the only destination to consider when deciding on which Christmas Market to visit this year, right?!  

    The really special and exciting thing about Zagreb’s flourishing Christmas scene is that there are actually over 25 markets to choose from! And on this festive tour, we will take you to the best of them, fork in hand. 

    We promise that by the end of your 3.5 hour walk you’ll not only experience the tastes and smells of Christmas — including delicious samplings of festive donuts, traditional walnut or poppy cakes and warming mulled wine to accompany all that sugar — but you’ll also learn about our charming advent traditions and customs. We will also visit a local craft stall that specialises in Christmas decorations, have a chat with the friendly vendor and even give you a chance to have a go at making your own, personalised gift to take home. And as Christmas is the time for giving, your gift is on us (well, it’s included in the tour but it sounds better when we say it’s a Christmas present doesn’t it?!). 

    We’ll start our tour in Jelacic Square, which transforms itself into the largest and oldest Christmas market in Zagreb over the winter months. We’ll check out which concert, exhibition or show is on at the nearby European Square and admire the live nativity scene that is set next to the magnificent cathedral. 

    We’ll then explore the Christmas markets of the old town where amazing gift ideas abound, including gingerbread hearts, wheat seeds, Christmas tree decorations, advent wreaths and loads more. You’ll admire charming churches and hidden courtyards and delight in the amazingly festive atmosphere of the Fuliranje market, which literally translates as ‘fooling around.’ 

    But don’t spend all your money yet, as there are more amazing places and artisan stalls and food vendors to visit! How about exploring a secret tunnel that is now beautifully decorated for the winter months?! 

    Then we’re off to see the Secret Garden before heading to the loveliest and definitely our favourite park in the city, Zrinjevac (there are three different Christmas markets here alone!), which, together with an awesome-looking ice rink, provides almost endless foodie treats to tickle the taste buds.  

    Finally, it’s time to get your (rented) skates on and take an (optional!) turn around the rink and show us your best pirouette. 

    It will truly be the best and most festive day ever! Merry Christmas! 
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    Reviewed 29 June 2019

    Wow, what a tour! Max, who knows Zagreb in and out, showed as around and we visited the well known (and not so obvious) places in Zagreb related to Christmas. We had the chance to taste local food - both sweet and savory - and...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank Josef T
    Reviewed 20 March 2019

    Zagreb is a rather small town in Central-East Europe; similar to Vienna and Budapest. I is much smaller, the scale of everything does not compare to these two other cities. Recently, however, the tourist board has made a major breakthrough in entertainment offer in pre-Xmas...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank Berkeley1990
    Reviewed 1 March 2019

    Max was so friendly and has so much knowledge of Zagreb and it’s history. He made exploring the city so much fun!More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    1  Thank adlowery
    ZagrebUA, Manager at Zagreb Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2019

    We are so grateful for your feedback! Thank you for your kind words and for giving us a high five (even if just 4 stars are visible :-) ) for all that we do. It is truly nice to know that our tour and max...More

    Reviewed 17 February 2019

    Max was such a great tour guide who shows such passion for his home city. The facts were so interesting to learn about and I am so happy I got to go on this tour. Also, the food is incredible! Thanks Max!More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    3  Thank Stephanie S
    ZagrebUA, Manager at Zagreb Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2019

    Thank you, Stephanie, for giving us such high marks. We are constantly hard at work to deliver the best possible experiences. Max is really a great guide and we are glad that you noticed his passion for Zagreb. You are always welcome back on the...More

    Reviewed 10 December 2018

    Advent ili Christmas market je organizovan na više lokacija u centralnim ulicama Zagreba, tako da stičete utisak da je ceo grad u veselom raspolozenju predbozićnog perioda.Zagreb je elegantno ukrasen mnoogobrojnim svetiljkama i brojnim standovima sa masnom i slasnom hranom.Ono što nedostaje na standovima je veganska...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    1  Thank Dragan S
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