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Zagreb Advent guide
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Zagreb Advent guide

Zagreb in winter? I bet you never imagined it could be so much fun, what with an Advent programme that embraces pre-Christmas markets and live music in several destinations. Sausage vendors, mulled wine stalls and igloo-shaped rakija bars help to stimulate the senses. Wooden-roofed stalls sell everything from craft toys to traditional sweets, fruit preserves, speciality biscuits and gingerbread hearts. The music programme features a month-long season of outdoor gigs and DJ high-jinks.

In pictures: 69 photos of the best street art in Zagreb
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In pictures: 69 photos of the best street art in Zagreb

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.

These then-and-now photos show how Zagreb has changed in the last 100 years
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These then-and-now photos show how Zagreb has changed in the last 100 years

A lot has changed in Zagreb over the years, beautifully captured in this series of images by Ognjen Ivanović. The photographer has travelled across the city with old pictures and polaroids in hand, documenting how Zagreb looked then and now. The results are fascinating and also rather beautiful - just take a look at this slideshow of pictures to see what we mean. 

Your FREE essential guide to Zagreb is out now
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Your FREE essential guide to Zagreb is out now

Winter is coming. And it’s a good thing you’re in Zagreb for it. The capital turns Christmas-crazy in December and there’s few places (other than Lapland, maybe) where you’ll find quite as much festive buzz than Zagreb. Decked out in little wooden- roofed stalls and miles of twinkly fairy lights, the sheer scale of the winter extravaganza can be overwhelming, but don’t worry – we’ve sorted out the festive treats from the Christmas turkeys in our Advent guide. Winter is all about staying cosy, so we’ve taken a look at what Zagreb has to offer behind closed doors, from cool bars to artisan shops and century-old patisseries. Need ideas for a rainy day? We’ve got a jam-packed guide of great things to do this season and more events than you can shake a candy cane at. Season's greetings and Sretan Božić! Discover everything Zagreb has to offer this winter in our 98-page guide, packed with essential information and insider's knowledge. See the highlights below. The free digital edition is available for download now. You also can buy the magazine at Tisak and iNovine in Croatia or at our distributors in the UK.  Summer is over but Zagreb's cultural calendar is just hotting up. Time Out's writers have selected the most unmissable things to do this season. Beat the cold by exploring some hidden aspects of the city, as we look at Zagreb behind closed doors. We met Croatian philosopher and organiser of the Philosophical Theatre, Srećko Horvat, to see why philosophy on stage

How to get involved with Zagreb Advent Run 2019
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How to get involved with Zagreb Advent Run 2019

One of Croatia's most fun and well attended annual sports events is once again preparing to bring much mirth and festive cheer to the streets of capital city Zagreb. On December 8, at 11am, thousands of runners from different parts of the world, dressed in all sorts of costumes, will gather for the fourth year in front of The Westin Zagreb Hotel. Their goal will be to support the fight against melanoma and turn Zagreb Advent Run into one of the biggest events of the Christmas festival. The organisers of the race are Millennium Promotion, Croatia's leading marketing and communications agency, and Run Croatia, a company promoting sports and healthy lifestyles. They invite all runners and hikers to come together to transform this race into one of the biggest Christmas sport events in Europe. In return, they promise a non-stop music, sport and educational programme over a two-day period. Zagreb Advent Run is dog-friendly 'For the first time, race participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a great program a day before the race, on December 7. After that, runners will get starter packs, a rich music program, and a sports education program; as well as the option to have a free preventative mole examination and expert skin protection consultations in conjunction with the association Zdravi pod suncem,’ said Mario Petrović, CEO of Millenium promocija. Runners can choose between two courses, five or ten kilometres, and will be joined along the routes by Nordic walkers. L

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The 71 best things to do in Zagreb

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The 100 best Zagreb restaurants
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The 100 best Zagreb restaurants

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Essential Zagreb attractions

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The best cake shops in Zagreb

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The best vegetarian restaurants in Zagreb

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Zagreb's strangest museums

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Zagreb's best art house and independent cinemas
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Zagreb's best art house and independent cinemas

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Zagreb's best vintage shops and markets
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The best pizza in Zagreb
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The best burgers in Zagreb
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The best Asian restaurants in Zagreb
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The best Asian restaurants in Zagreb

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The best sushi in Zagreb
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The best sushi in Zagreb

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The best vegetarian food in Zagreb
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The best vegetarian food in Zagreb

Here are the best veggie lunches and dinners to try in Zagreb and where to try them.

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The best day trips from Zagreb

If you're looking for Zagreb day trips, you're spoilt for choice.

Everything you need to know about Plitvice lakes
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Everything you need to know about Plitvice lakes

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The best clubs in Zagreb
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The best coffee in Zagreb
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The best live music venues in Zagreb
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