Special occasions trip
If you come to Zagreb during the Easter holidays, make sure you visit the exhibition of large hand-painted Easter eggs with Croatian original art motifs that are displayed in the Kaptol in front of Zagreb Cathedral, which dominates the city's skyline. Zagreb is wonderful in the springtime when you can take a stroll through the lovely Zrinjevac, stop for a moment and see the spring unfold before your very eyes.
Light a candle during Easter Week at the Stone Gate, the only remaining city gate, like a true “purger“ as a sign of gratitude for everything you are going to experience during your stay in the hospitable Croatian capital. Visit the Cathedral which juts out through the red-topped roofs and the numerous of streets and alleys that wind through the town. Observe some of the country’s rich Easter customs in Zagreb, and try the traditional Easter food. Last but not least, enjoy a wonderland Easter attraction, a private estate near Zagreb with decorated and illuminated over 20 000 Easter eggs.
|Suitable for||2 people|
|Price per person||from 472.00 €|
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Can you find all the Easter eggs in Zagreb?
This Easter you'll go inside Zagreb's Cathedral, a landmark that can be seen from quite far away
Traditional Easter breakfast includes eggs, ham, bread and cheese. Don't forget that, in Croatia, you need to "fight" with your painted eggs!
The Stone Gate in Zagreb keeps the tradition of lighting candles as signs of gratitude. Will you come light one?
Celebrating Easter has brought forth a number of customs, such as Easter Fires, dyeing Easter eggs, attending Easter Mass and singing Easter hymns. There is an exhibition of huge, hand-painted Easter eggs which represent the Croatian Naïve art; the eggs are displayed in front of the cathedral, at Kaptol. Zagreb zoo also has an interesting thing, that is the Easter breakfast which is prepared for animals which eat eggs. On the Easter morning, these animals get eggs, either real or papier-mâché eggs containing food.
Take the opportunity to visit the Salaj Family authentic rural household, a wonderland Easter attraction and admire thousands of coloured and illuminated Easter eggs.
Traditionally, on Jelacic Square an Easter fair takes place; people in small wooden houses are selling Easter eggs, artefacts, decorations, souvenirs, and delicacies. Some of the most common Easter egg motifs are flowers, ears of wheat, clovers, grapevines, birds, butterflies, rabbits, the Holy Cross, the Croatian coat of arms and interlace and verses from patriotic songs. Do not forget Easter eggs with romantic motifs (hearts, two pigeons) or messages used to be given as presents to the person one was in love with. Easter is special in Zagreb.
Arrival in Zagreb and check-in at the hotel. We suggest that you spend the afternoon at the Ethnographic Museum (open until 18h), which holds one of the most beautiful, extensive and valuable collections of Easter eggs in Europe. The oldest Easter egg dates back to 1847 and was brought from Vienna as a present from Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer.
Croatian Easter customs are a part of the Croatian tradition. Celebrating Easter has brought forth many customs, such as Easter Fires, dyeing Easter eggs, attending Easter Mass and singing Easter hymns. Some of the most common Easter egg motifs are flowers, ears of wheat, clovers, grapevines, birds, butterflies, rabbits, the Holy Cross, the Croatian coat of arms and interlace and verses from patriotic songs.
Breakfast and a guided walking tour that includes: a walk through the 19th century Lower Town, Flower Square and Ban Jelačić Square and then passing through the most beautiful parks in the city on the way to the Upper Town, which dates back to the 11th and 13th centuries. You will go inside Zagreb Cathedral and browse the largest outdoor farmer's market before arriving at the viewpoint below Lotršćak Tower, which is famous for its cannon that fires every day at noon sharp. The Stone Gate, Government Palace, House of Parliament, St. Mark's Church and Square and the Baroque Church of St. Catherine are just a few of the many landmarks that deserve your attention.
Afterwards, you will have lunch at a traditional restaurant in downtown Zagreb tasting Croatian specialities.
We then recommend that you visit Zagreb 360°, the Zagreb Eye viewpoint, which is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Zagreb. It is located in Ban Jelačić Square on the 16th floor at the very top of the Zagreb skyscraper, where you will have a view of Ban Jelačić Square, Manduševac, Kaptol, Gradec, the Upper and the Lower Town, squares, streets and parks. You can continue your walk through the city centre by having a cup of coffee or a cake in the relaxed atmosphere of the terraces in Flower Square (Cvjetni trg) and the nearby streets.
Rather than an Easter-egg "hunt", in Croatia, there's an Easter egg "fight". Everyone chooses an egg from a basket and hits it against their adversary's egg. The winner is the one who emerges with an intact egg.
Easter breakfast at the hotel. We recommend that you go to Zagreb Cathedral. Today is the day for bringing traditional Easter food: “pinca“ (Dalmatian and Istrian sweet roll), “sirnica“ (cheese pie), various Easter scones decorated with Easter eggs, pastries, baked ham and ham baked in bread with young onions, horseradish and radishes, cooked chicken with homemade noodles, “kuglof“ (marble cake), “rožata“ (custard pudding similar to crème brûlée) etc. People bring the food to the church to be blessed during Easter Mass, and then they return home and dine.
In the early afternoon, we will take you to the Salaj Family authentic rural household, a wonderland Easter attraction, only one hour drive from Zagreb. Salaj Family with a well-known Christmas story has also been preparing Easter story. The estate, which boasts 1700 species of plants, three lakes, streams and pathways, will be decorated and illuminated with over 20 000 shining Easter eggs and various light show attractions. Maybe you will get lucky and will find under a thousand plants that egg just for yourself. Return to Zagreb.
Palm Sunday is translated here as “Flower Sunday.” Olive branches are sold throughout the markets and brought to church to be blessed and kept in the home all year. There’s also a custom for each family member to wash their faces with flower water to celebrate new life.
A special fruit-studded yeast-raised Easter bread that is almost like a cake, called pinca or sirnica, is the highlight of the meal. It is usually round in shape with the sign of the cross cut into it after it has risen before it is baked.
Breakfast and hotel check-out. If you still have some spare time let, we suggest that you take a stroll along Strossmayer Promenade, where you will find a unique sculpture of the author A.G. Matoš. He is ”keeping an eye on” Zagreb while sitting on a bench and listening to the stories of its many residents. Taking a walk and having a break sipping coffee is the right choice to make, especially when accompanied by a stunning view of the city.
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