As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the devastating earthquake of March 2020 and the global coronavirus pandemic well and truly left their mark on tourism in Zagreb – some of the city’s accommodation facilities haven’t yet been restored after the earthquake. But despite this, the metropolis has enjoyed some truly excellent results: by the end of July, 80 percent of arrivals and 85 percent of overnight stays were achieved compared to the record year of 2019 by tourists in Zagreb. The most numerous guests there have been the Germans, Americans, English, Dutch and French, as reported by HRT.
Although the City of Zagreb seems empty during these sizzling summer months because local people have gone to the coast or have headed off abroad to enjoy time off work, the famous Tkalciceva ulica (street) and Gornji grad (Upper town) are still all full. Most of the people there are foreigners.
”We really like Zagreb. We went through the city by tourist bus where we saw the cathedral and the Church of St. Mark,” said Alessia from Italy.
“I was in the Museum of Broken Relationships and it was really fun, and tomorrow I’d like to go to the Museum of Illusions. You have a lot of interesting museums,” said Brandon from the USA.
The turnover in souvenir shops is incomparably higher this year compared to the previous one. Tourists in Zagreb who come from all over the world are most interested in Croatian products. “Licitar hearts and little statues of monuments like the cathedral and St. Mark’s church are doing well in terms of sales,” said Angela Zafranovic, the manager of a Zagreb souvenir shop.
“We like the relaxed atmosphere and architecture throughout the city. You never know what you’ll find around the corner. Just now we discovered some stairs and decided to go through there,” said Pawin from Australia.
“The culture, a beautiful landscape, history and wine. We’ve just come back from tasting Croatian wines, which are excellent”, emphasised Eugene from Las Vegas.
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