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Great things to do in Zagreb in June

The top events and attractions in the Croatian capital this month

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Before the city-dwellers slip away to the Adriatic coast, Croatia's capital spurs into life in June: cultural festivals, music events and major attractions strike up a city-wide summer party. Here are some great goings-on this June.

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The 71 best things to do in Zagreb
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Compact and easy to navigate, Zagreb contains plenty of historic sights and fascinating galleries, complemented by destination restaurants, clusters of busy bars and numerous live-music venues. The main square divides the hilly Upper Town – museums, institutions of national importance, panoramic views – from the flat, grid-patterned streets of the Lower Town, with its gastronomic landmarks, designer boutiques and art galleries. Spread out east and west are areas of bucolic greenery while south over the Sava river stretches the post-war residential blocks of Novi Zagreb. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world, or take a look at our list of the 50 best things to do in the world right now.
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This attractive, Habsburg-era city is a grand place for a winter break in Croatia. The month-long Advent festival transforms the city into a lively celebration of Christmas, with several major locations dressed up with wooden chalets and glittering canopies of fairy lights. On crisp winter days, the snow-tipped Sljeme mountain range is an enjoyably bracing hike - and an unbeatable location for a beer once you've reached it's summit. Cutting-edge modern art, wonderful boutique shopping and sightseeing opportunities aplenty complete the winning mix. RECOMMENDED: more great things to do in Zagreb.
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Halloween or All Hallow's Eve is derived from Pagan-era harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, and still to this day holds a connection with such ancient events as we create scary-faced lanterns from seasonal and recently harvested pumpkins. The date has taken on many more modern traditions since and is now an opportunity for young people all over the western world to dress up as scary creatures for an evening of frightful fun, attending parties, clubbing or trick-or-treating. Though not as popular in Croatia as it is in some countries, the capital offers several spooky possibilities for this year's date.
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Zagreb's streets have been bustling and thriving all December, with Advent bringing all the spectacular sights, smells and tastes of the season to the city. Expect this wonderful ambience to continue into New Year, not least on New Year's Eve itself, when live music and DJs will join the attractions at the Advent sites. But, for those who'd rather be inside, or those who'd like to celebrate the New Year long into the morning, these are some of the best venues and parties you can attend.
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Born out of the ubiquity of concrete and a love for functional shapes, the architecture of Brutalism is frequently misunderstood. The very term seems to attract us for all the wrong reasons, inviting us to admire buildings for their roughness, or their obstinate refusal to be pretty. Recent years have seen the word Brutalism fall victim to a warped social media aesthetic in which it is exoticized as something east European, communist, falling to bits – an object of nostalgia or pity that is shorn of its social context. Touring the modernist neighbourhoods of Zagreb is something of an antidote to this – Croatian Brutalism is restrained and sympathetic to its surroundings in a way rather different to the application of the same style in, say, Sheffield or South London. Not all of it is pretty – Brutalism was above all a functional style designed to provide social planners with cheap solutions to big problems. However, there is plenty here of compelling interest – enough to justify Zagreb’s growing reputation as an unsung treasure-trove of Central-European modernism.
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There are some great happenings to warm you up in Zagreb this month. Zagreb's Film Festival is a world-class event with heaps of indie screenings, Q&A's with actors and directors, as well as short films and workshops to get involved with. Music is similarly high-profile with a crop of indie talent visiting the capital. Advent kicks off at the end of the month, mustering a level of yuletide-mania to rival Prague, Vienna, and Munich. Get your month off to a good start by reading our list of amazing things to do in Zagreb this November. RECOMMENDED: more great things to do in Zagreb.
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The distance from Zagreb to Split is just over 400km. The quickest way from Zagreb to Split is to zoom down the A1 motorway, a journey south of just over four hours and 400km plus, passing close to Zadar and Šibenik. Croatian motorways have a toll system, so be prepared to pay about €25 between the two main cities. To make the journey more comfortable, you can organise a Zagreb to Split transfer in style with Octopus Transfers. In fact, why not go from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes which is on the route to Split, and take in the amazing cascades and waterfalls of Croatia’s most stunning national park. A Zagreb to Split via Plitvice Lakes transfer is both a cost and time effective way of travel! Buses from Zagreb to Split leave about every 30 minutes, average direct journey time around five hours, tickets €20. You’ll pay an extra €1 for every item of luggage you store in the hold. Some Zagreb to Split bus services actually stop at Plitvice Lakes, so again you can break up your journey, either with two buses or by arranging a transfer with Octopus from Zagreb to Plitvice or Plitvice to Split. Trains from Zagreb to Split take about six hours during the day, eight hours overnight, allowing you to arrive in Dalmatia with the day ahead of you. A Zagreb to Split train ticket is around €30 but you can also pay a supplement for a couchette, with extra services laid on in high season. If you are after a Zagreb to Split flight, the National carrier, Croatia Airlines, provides around half-a-
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An easy tram hop from the city centre, the beautiful tree-lined cemetery of Mirogoj is a rarely visited attraction. Founded in 1876 and designed by Hermann Bollé, few visitors reach Mirogoj, but those who do discover an expansive space filled with excellent sculptures and seemingly endless tiled arcades. Here are ten reasons why you should make the journey to Mirogoj Cemetery. 1) It's an architectural treasure Designed by Hermann Bollé, the architect responsible for Zagreb’s Cathedral, Mirogoj cemetery covers a vast area that stretches up towards the base of Medvednica. The green oxidised copper domes, with their intricate, pastel coloured inner designs, are magnificent. So too are the tiled arcades that appear to stretch on into infinity, past an endless succession of memorials and flowers. The arcades are especially striking in the summer time when they are clad in bright green ivy and the sun patterns the innumerable columns and arches. Bollé is buried here alongside plenty of notable local figures. 2) The Croatian poet Petar Preradović is buried here Mirogoj is an excellent place to indulge in a spot of taphophilia, or tombstone tourism as it is otherwise known. The cemetery is the final resting place of Petar Preradović, a seminal figure in Croatian Romantic poetry. Born in the north-eastern village of Grabrovnica, Preradović fought as a soldier in the Wars of Italian Unification and produced some of the country’s most celebrated verse. He
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Zagreb. The first snows have already fallen and Advent is about to take over the city. Zagreb's award-winning Advent lights up three new areas this year, charming residents and visitors of all ages. The city's nightlife is in full swing and there's not a week without music highlights between now and New Year's Eve. Here's our rundown of the best things you can do in the capital this month. RECOMMENDED: more great things to do in Zagreb.
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Zagreb is no stranger to graffiti, from its downtown walls covered in rashes of swirling name-tags to bright and beautiful murals that add flourishes of colour to the city. Here are 69 beautiful examples of urban art in the capital with a distinctly Zagrebian flavour. Photos of Tesla, Human Rights House, Čulinečka (Mali princ) and the Grif bar used by kind permission of Zagreb photography website Lice Grada. Check it out here.
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