Skalinska 4a, Zagreb, 10000, Croatia
Probably the best solution for the bagpackers
Hostel Nokturno is perfectly positioned, verylively location, very centrally and close to each and every major sights of the town. However, because of the traffic resctrictions in this area, it isn't recommendable to those tourists who are travelling by car. Hotel has its own restaurant which isnt expensive and yet offering very descent food.
Unique Quality: Hostel position and the prices are very unique, it offers dorm-style accomodations:
- two tripple-bedded roos
- one four-bedded room
- one six bedded room
the price for a bed, in each of this rooms is 18 € per night.
There is also one private single-bedded room which cost 28 € per night.
Besides, there is one apartment for a couple or family with the 2 small kids, which cost 70 € per night.
Payments in cash only!
Common room with the kitchen, free internet, washing machines, lockers in dorms and no curfew.
More about Zagreb
Italian Restauranrt Oliva, exterier
what to buy?
What shall I bring back fram Zagreb? I want something typical of the country or "good value". Moreover it has to be small enough so that I can carry it onto the airplane. Suggestions?
Re: what to buy?
- Chocolate products made by Kras
- Different alcoholic drinks (wine, Vinjak)
- Meat products (OK for Sweden in your case - but not for Americans or Australians because the U.S. or Australian customs will confiscate such food products). Look for "Prsut" (prosciutto) varieties - not any worse than in Italy!
- The national sport there (too) is how to make a good Sljivovica (alcoholic drink made of plums).
Usually a supermarket has all of this, typically inexpensive one is of Austrian (or German?) "Lidl" chain.
(that shows, we are cheap-skaters....)
Re: what to buy?
I must agree about chocolates. Bajadera or Griotte will probably work.
Alcohol: agree about Vinjak. I would also pass sljivovica (not really typical of Croatia). But you could try Maraschino. Plus, Croatia produces some very good wines, you can find them in any supermarket.
If you are looking for a gift, a neck-tie or a scarf produced by Croata company will come with a background story..... Same goes for Penkala pens.
Food: prsut from Dalmatia, kulen from Slavonia, paski sir (cheese from Pag).
Small things like the lavender bag (from Hvar) or a licitar heart (from central Croatia).
A jam made of dried figs also goes well as a small gift.....
Re: what to buy?
I brought a football tee shirt back for a co workers child and he LOVED it! It is a quite pretty shirt. I wish I had got one for myself.
Travel Tips for Zagreb
we exchanged money virtually everywhere (hotel, bar, taxi, restaurant) and for a rate very close to the official one. it's not worth wasting time lookin for an exchange house, however if late in a pub you should ask for exchange rate first. The one we were offered in Rock cafe was good, though.
Saturday morning music
From spring to fall, every Saturday between 11.00 and 13.30, you can enjoy a concert in Pavillion at Zrinjevac park. There are usually few tables with antique books and one selling Paprenjaci – almost forgotten biscuit typical for Croatia.
Zagreb will celebrate it’s 900th birthday in 2094, so make reservations well in advance, hotels will be overbooked, I’m sure.
Money, Costs and Euros
People seem very happy to accept Euros, but don't expect a great exchange rate if you are too lazy to buy yourself some Kuna. I found I could use Euros in the station buying tickets and in the hotels, and I wouldn't be surprised if there were many more places, given the eagerness of people to accept them.
Hotels are expensive, but food and transport is cheap. A very good meal in a nice restaurant will set you back about 70KN, or 10 euros, and you can eat very well for much less. I ate a big pizza, and drank a coffee and mineral water, near to the cathedral, for a surprisingly cheap 42KN, which is less than 7 euros.
Transport is cheap: 20 euros for a ticket to Belgrade, and other internal destinations are similarly cheap. The exception is going north, where the price ramps up dramatically. It costs nearly twice as much to do the two hours to Ljubljana, than it does to take the six hour train to Belgrade. Taxis can be expensive, however, with a 25KN (3.50 euro) flag fall, and 8KN (1 euro) a kilometer after that.
THE GREATEST GUIDES
My favorite thing about Zagreb were definitely my guides! I was lucky to come to Zagreb on my own but to never be alone because of the wonderful local VT scene.
Nikša was so kind to let me stay at his place and to show me around for several days. He was the best guide you can ask for - knowing basically everything about this city, its buildings, trams and local customs.
Zdenka joined us for cakes and laughs quite a few times and I even bumped into her one day so that I could take a pic of her stuffing her face in her lunchbreak (but I am not allowed to publish it).
And it wasn't hard to talk Boris into a coffee. He even took his jacket off at some point ;-)
A big thank you to all of you .... you made me feel so much at home in Zagreb :-)
My favourite St George statue
As far as I know, there are two statues of St George the Dragonslayer in Zagreb - one at Trg marsala Tita, in front of HNK (Croatian National Theatre), and another at Kamenita vrata, on your way to Gornji grad. The latter is less known but far more beautiful in my opinion. It was sculptured in 1944 by Austrian artists, Kompatscher & Winder, as a tribute to the patron saint of "Druzba hrvatskog zmaja" association.
The first thing you notice about the sculpture is its static quality. As opposed to the usual dragonslaying posture, St George's powerful presence radiates dignity and tranquility, as he pays respect to the dead dragon. Another thing that is noticeable is the coloration - the knight is black and the dragon is white, which is very interesting considering the symbolic meaning of the colours.
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