Croatian Capital Beats All In Christmas Markets

Best Christmas lights Zagreb Croatia

Best Christmas lights Zagreb Croatia

Advent 2015 in Zagreb Croatia

Advent 2015 in Zagreb Croatia

Travelers, tourists – people in the know when it comes to these matters have on the European Best Destinationsportal voted the Croatian capital Zagreb the ‘Best European Christmas Market’ (in Europe). So, Zagreb has beaten the off the likes of London, Vienna, Berlin, Stockholm, Strasbourg, Brussels, Manchester and Nuremberg  …

Every year the Christmas program in the Croatian capital has got better and better, earning the city a nomination among 20 European cities this year. Voting has ended and it was Zagreb who received the most number of votes from travelers. A total of 101,703 votes from 176 countries were received, with Zagreb getting over 30,000 of them.

European Best Destination Christmas Markets Zagreb Croatia

European Best Destination
Christmas Markets
Zagreb Croatia



The centre stages, featuring a diverse musical programme, will be in Zagreb’s main square of Ban Josip Jelačić and the nearby Zrinjevac Park. From November 28th until the beginning of January, Zagreb’s most beautiful park will also feature dance events, while traditional delicacies as well as original gifts and local souvenirs typical of Zagreb will be on sale at numerous stands aligning the park promenade. The traditional Christmas Fair will take place during Advent in the streets surrounding the Jelačić Square, and the young ones can take a ride in the Jolly Christmas Tram with Santa Clause, fairies, elves and many other cheerful characters. All the visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the somewhat-forgotten specialties of Zagreb, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine, or buy unique souvenirs and Christmas decorations for their loved onesis how the Croatian capital was described to voters.

Zagreb was voted number 1, with Strasbourg in second spot, Aachen third spot,  Colmar 4th spot, Brussels 5th spot, Leipzig sixth spot, Rothernburg ob der Tauber seventh spot, Nuremberg eighth spot, Lille ninth spot, Dresden tenth spot.

 WOW! CONGRATULATIONS ZAGREB!

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Here are more photos of Zagreb’s breathtaking images of Advent, Christmas cheer, Joy, togetherness – enjoy! I hope these photos envelop you with love, giving, caring, human warmth and pure joy – PLEASE CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE AND ENJOY THEIR FULL SPLENDOUR. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb), B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

Traditional Croatian Licitar Heart For a "Merry Christmas"

Traditional Croatian Licitar Heart
For a “Merry Christmas”

 

Amazing Advent 2015 Zagreb Croatia

Amazing Advent 2015
Zagreb Croatia

Zagreb Croatia Christmas Markets 2015

Zagreb Croatia
Christmas Markets 2015

Zagreb Croatia 2015 Christmas Markets

Zagreb Croatia
2015 Christmas Markets

Ice Rink at King Tomislav Square Zagreb Croatia

Ice Rink at
King Tomislav Square
Zagreb Croatia

Advent 2015 Zagreb Croatia

Advent 2015
Zagreb Croatia

Advent 2015 Zagreb Croatia

Advent 2015
Zagreb Croatia

 

Advent 2015 Zagreb Croatia Christmas Markets

Advent 2015
Zagreb Croatia
Christmas Markets

 

Advent 2015 in Zagreb Croatia

Advent 2015 in Zagreb Croatia

 

Ice-Skating at King Tomislav Square Zagreb Croatia Christmas 2015

Ice-Skating at
King Tomislav Square
Zagreb Croatia
Christmas 2015

 

Zagreb Croatia 2015 Christmas Markets

Zagreb Croatia
2015 Christmas Markets

 

Zagreb Croatia 2015 Christmas Markets

Zagreb Croatia 2015
Christmas Markets

 

Zagreb Croatia 2015 Christmas Markets

Zagreb Croatia 2015
Christmas Markets

 

Ice Rink for Christmas season Zagreb Croatia King Tomislav Square

Ice Rink for Christmas season
Zagreb Croatia King Tomislav Square

 

Zagreb Christmas Markets 2015

Zagreb Christmas Markets 2015

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  1. Beautiful!

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  2. I can confirm that! Zagreb looks beautiful – even for us who live here :-). Way to go, Zagreb!

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  3. Beautiful!

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  4. Very impressive. On my list for next year!

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  5. stunning photos. looks like a lot of fun.

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  6. This is really a pleasure to read and look at the magnificent pictures.🌲

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  7. Well done Zagreb. Your post reminds me that this is a city that I need to visit!

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  8. Beautiful 🙂

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  9. Looks really lovely. 🙂

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  10. Such a delight Ina, to read about beautiful cultural aspects amid the more difficult social and political issues. Makes one appreciate that bit of metaphoric blue sky! Thank you for always allowing these spaces; and thank you for being the ever-important witness to the harder realities.

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    • Thank you for the feedback, Jasna, much appreciated and yes, with a great deal of turmoil and instability – poliical and economic – it’s pure joy seeing that the cheer of Christmas makes such a grand entrance and hopefully will hold warmth for quite some time.

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  11. Great photographs and very colourful. Merry Christmas. 🙂

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  13. I LOVE these pics!

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  14. Ina thanks for posting. Lovely story.
    On another note, December 15 (yesterday)marks the feast day of the Drina River Martyrs…. Sisters from the Congregation of the Daughters of Divine Charity. The 5 nuns (Austrian, Slovenian, Hungarian, and Croatian background) were killed by Serbian Chetniks in Bosnia on Dec 15, 1941. (Note the date, because it speaks to the terrible crimes taking place by Serbian Chetniks (British Allies) during WW2.) Their bodies were dumped into the Drina River in the eastern Bosnian town of Gorazde. An eyewitness to the heinous crime was priest Don Anto Bakovic and he has written extensively about this. The sisters tried to avoid rape by the Chetniks so they jumped out of the window of the building they were being held captive. The Chetniks then slaughtered them and dumped their bodies in the river.
    The sisters were beatified in 2011.

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    • Such terrifying times, Veronika, and I do hope that the glory of Christmas that strengthens the resolve to believe also adds to the resolve never to forget the victims of Croatia’s fight for freedom and democracy.

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    • …there is a newsreel from that era called…”STRAZ NA DRINI”
      ..The Chetniks of WW2 and the Homeland War (and present day), are the most satanic, murderers of ALL time, and the way
      that they behaved in the Homeland War, Kosovo, Bosnia, Banat, etc., is the same way that they behaved during WW2, the Balkan Wars 1&2! Totally demonic..kind of the “devil in his last day”!

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  15. Wow…It all looks so lovely. Just wonderful. Cheers!

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  16. ..the FRONT page picture looks very “CHRISTMAS—Y”, and it should be a model poster picture for the Christmas season on American advertisement posters! …good pictures!

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  17. It looks like a marvelous market, I’d love to visit. I haven’t been to any foreign Christmas Markets yet.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  18. Zagreb is absolutely amazing… beautiful photographs, dear Ina… Wishing you a great Christmas and a happy new year… Love. Aquileana ✨☺️

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  19. wow….!!!! spectacular :O :O

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  22. Looks like a wonderful market. Must be a delight to wander around there.

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  23. how pretty!

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  24. Congratulations Zagreb, you little hidden gem! Oh to be there right now.

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  25. Wow that looks beautiful, I love Christmas markets have visited Leipzig and Brussels so think this will have to be on my to do list for next Christmas, it looks wonderful. I hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy New 2016 🙂

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  26. Absolutely beautiful pictures, Ina! Great job! I love seeing how other parts of the world celebrate Christmas. Merry Christmas!

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  27. Merry Christmas dear professor

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  28. Dear Ina: Sretan Božić i Nova godina! 🙂

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  29. merry Christmas…god bless you

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  30. Lovely scenes, ina. Thank you!

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  31. Nice to see that the economy is stabilizing. War has the nasty side effect of bad economies for a long time. When will the power of love win out?

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    • Let’s hope it will stabilise fully soon, Doug although chances seem slim but, hey, miracles have been known to happen 😀 As to the power of love winning – it has no chance of that unless we make it our business to see it so. I’m the first to enlist 🙂

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  32. Nicely done, Ian – thank you 🙂

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