Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Our Trip to Zagreb 2/3: Tour de Zagreb with Swanky Travel (Museum of Illusions, Museum of Torture,...)


Even before Iva from Swanky travel picked us up for our walking tour, I knew that that particular Sunday afternoon is going to be bomb dot com. The sun was shining, people (including us) were a bit hungover but happy due to dancing and laughing (and traces of gin) from the night before. We were sippin' coffee on the Swanky Monkey Garden terrace (click here for the post) and not giving a damn about the fact that our weekend is coming to an end. We did not even finish the coffees when Iva was suddenly standing in front of us all bubbly and ready for the trip. Her good mood was infectious and soon we formed a little chatty group wandering through Zagreb, amused. See, the fact is, that all those city tours give us all sorts of negative associations. Museums and churches. Duh. Boring. In primary school, now and forever. Well, not this time. Ivas' last name could be MythBuster because she smashed all the myths about those boring city tours when the only highlight of the day is McDonald's at the end. Let me tell you, that after the Museum of Torture even I could not finish a McFlurry (I am an MCD ice cream queen, obvo). I also already told you on Instagram (@ sindiana.jones) that the horse of Ban Josip Jelačić was named Emir but what I did not tell you is that because of that little trick I remembered EVERYTHING about that mighty statue (did you know that Ban and Banovina can't be translated no matter how hard you try? It is not monarch, it is not knez, it is not car, it is and will stay Ban and Banovina). We also walked through an underground tunnel (Tunel Grič) where rave concerts were raving during the war. If you listened closely...well, you heard nothing but the acoustics in that place was damn fine if you uttered a word in that spot. Oh, and check out the Facebook page of Grički Top. And its last 10 status updates. You are welcome.

The statue of Ban Josip Jelačić (this statue was first removed due to political reasons, then brought back; now he is pointing in another direction; to the "future")



St. Marks' Church (the animal on the left is actually Kuna-Kuna is the Croatian currency)

Tunel Grič

Underground marketplace








Museum of Torture

Museum of Torture

Museum of Torture






Before/After renovation

Before/After renovation



Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions


Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you ever visited Zagreb and what did you like the most!:)

Should you wish to book Swanky Travel for a walking tour or an adventure created individually for you (do you fancy some scavenger hunts, maybe? Are you coming with the boys/girls for the weekend without any plans?), you can contact them on Instagram (@ swanky_travel) 

See you soon in the next post:  Zagreb part 3/3!


Hugs and kisses,


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