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.
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 ones – is 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!
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)