Saturday, 14 December 2019

Advent in Zagreb 2019/20, a Video Tour of the Streets

December 14, 2019 - So how is the atmosphere at this year's Advent in Zagreb? We sent our 3 TCN interns out and about with their phones to take a look. 

Join us in wandering the streets of Zagreb, interspersed with the Nutcracker theme.

After winning the Best Advent in Europe for three consecutive years (2016, 2017, 2018), Zagreb is stealing tourists' hearts once again with its originality. This year's theme is the Nutcracker, so every corner is hiding his character.

But what makes this year's Zagreb Advent special is that it's not just the Nutcracker head topic. According to Zagreb Tourist Board (TZGZ) director Martina Bienenfeld at a media conference, the focus is still on ecology and sustainability and accessibility for people with disabilities. Thus, most caterers will use paper cups and plates instead of plastic ones, and special bypasses will be installed to facilitate the movement of people with disabilities.

The whole of Zagreb is imbued with the Advent spirit, but it is most prevalent at European Square, the Croatian National Theater, the Tuškanac cinema, Oktogon, Ban Jelacic Square, the Strossmayer Promenade, Maksimir ZOO, King Tomislav Square, etc.

Mulled wine is one of the most famous drinks oat Advent, and you can find it throughout the city. There are many concerts held at the Klovićevi dvori. You can find a detailed schedule of the concerts on their Facebook page.

Food lovers can find something for themselves on stands that sell sausages, fritters, germknödeln, and many more. When you are satisfied with food, you can take pictures of the many attractions and sightseeing spots in Zagreb.

Walking through Park Zrinjevac, you will see Olaf, with whom you can take a picture. But be aware that you have to pay 10 kn for a group photo. On Zrinjevac, there are stands with handmade toys and other typical Croatian souvenirs, as well as traditional Croatian food. 

The concerts are held from Monday to Friday from 18:00 to 20:00 and from 20:00 to 22:00. Concerts of classical music are held on Saturdays from 11:00 to 12:00, and regular music program is held from 18:00 to 20:00 and from 20:00 to 22:00. On Sunday concerts of classical music are held from 11:00 to 12:00, and the regular music program starts at 18:00 and finishes at 20:00.

The famous ice rink is situated between The Art Pavilion and monument to King Tomislav. If you are not a fan of skating, you can enjoy a rich gastronomic offer and beverages here, as well. The cash register opens 30 minutes before opening the skating ring. Special working hours are: 

Christmas Eve: 10:00 to 17:00

Christmas: 11:30 to 23:00

New Year's Eve: 10:00 to 02:00

New Year: 11:30 to 23:00

Looking for a guide to what's on at this year's Advent in Zagreb? Check out the TCN guide.  

To learn more about Zagreb, check out the Total Croatia Zagreb in a Page guide

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Advent in Zagreb: Dalmatian Klapa Echoes Around Zrinjevac

As Morski/Josip Jakovinovic writes on the 1st of December, 2019, the beautiful sound of traditional Dalmatian klapa music filled the air at the opening ceremony of the heavily awarded Advent in Zagreb, in the very heart of the Croatian capital city, more precisely at the popular Zrinjevac park.

Following the traditional, ceremonial opening of the beloved Advent in Zagreb, which took place on Saturday the 30th of November, the honour of putting on a guest musical performance at 22:00 was done by the FDK (the Festival of Dalmatian Klapa).

Thus, the Festival of Dalmatian Klapa's five award-winning vocal groups, VINCACE (m) - Novi Vinodolski, LUŠE (f) - Split, BOŠKET (m) - Zagreb, TERANKE (f) - Pula and STINE (m) - Zagreb, put on a great performance full of enjoyable music, officially opening the most wonderful time of the year and Advent in Zagreb at Zrinjevac.

With the aromas of fritule and mulled wine filling the crisp air, much loved award-winning Dalmatian klapa songs won the hearts of the residents of Zagreb as well as the audience who came from different parts of the country and beyond to the Croatian capital, which has become very well known for being a top European advent destination following numerous awards.

With the traditional Christmas songs performed by the Dalmatian klapa group, nobody in the crowd could go without being filled with a sense of festive cheer, loudly applauding this unusual klapa guest performance at Advent in Zagreb, far away from the coast and the roots of this type of singing.

Organised by the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb and the Festival of Dalmatian Klapa from Omiš, the combination of klapa singing and the festive atmosphere of Advent in Zagreb has been going on since last year, when klapa songs were performed the opening of Advent in Zagreb on Tkalčićeva.

Make sure to follow our dedicated lifestyle page for much more. If it's just the Croatian capital you're interested in, give Total Zagreb a follow or check out Zagreb in a Page.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

World's First Museum of Hangovers to Open in Zagreb this December

November 26, 2019 - The first Museum of Hangovers in the world opens on December 1 in Zagreb (Preradoviceva 8), just in time for the Advent festivities in the capital. 

This unforgettable space for some of our more forgettable events is the project of a group of students designed as ‘a drunken return home’ - from the city streets to a casual stroll through the forest and eventually getting home where, if you are lucky, you manage to wake up in the morning. The idea of this unique museum was borne on an evening out, when students Rino Dubokovic and Roberta Mikelic, together with their friends, began to retell their best booze-fuelled stories. 


It didn’t take long for their tales of tipsiness to bring them to a quite brilliant idea - why not create a museum featuring the best drunken and hangover stories with one item that would best represent it?

The idea came to fruition thanks to the students who chose the space, the lighting, painted the walls, and also sent in their best drunken escapades. To create the feeling of a drunken trip home, the museum will take you on a tour of four different rooms. The experience begins when you enter the museum, where the first stop of the adventure - exiting a stuffy club or packed bar, is visually captivated. 


The Museum of Hangovers is a must-see during this year’s Advent for anyone looking to have a good laugh. The stories are presented in both Croatian and English at the same time, and the museum will be open daily from 9 am to 11 pm. The adult ticket price is 25,00 kuna, while students will have a slight discount (20,00 kuna).

If you also have a hangover story you would like to share to be a part of this unique museum concept, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send a message to their Facebook page

You can find more info about the new Zagreb museum here.


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Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Croatia Advent Offer Promoted in Nine Key European Markets

November 26, 2019 - The Croatian National Tourist Board has launched a promotional Croatia Advent campaign as one of the key motives for traveling here in the winter. 

HRTurizam reports that the campaign is being implemented in the markets of Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, France, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary and Slovenia until the end of December this year. The communication channels through which the campaign is advertised are YouTube and social networks Facebook and Instagram.

The Advent campaign is implemented through the new promotional video "Croatia, full of magic" and encourages the Advent offer of Croatian destinations.

According to the Croatia National Tourist Board, the campaign leads the user to the page "", where in addition to Advent in Zagreb, which won the title of the best Christmas fair in Europe for three years in a row, the Advent events of SalajLand, Slavonia, Dalmatia, Kvarner, Istria and continental Croatia are also promoted. 

Over 50 foreign established journalists, bloggers and influencers from 11 European countries will visit Croatia in the organization of the Croatian National Tourist Board in December and will have the opportunity to get to know and experience the Croatia Advent offer firsthand. For example, Croatia will be visited by Russian MUZ TV, which creates the show "Independent Traveler", which is viewed by more than 25 million viewers across Russia.

Also, a team from Swedish RES TV and RES Magazine will record three special episodes dedicated to Zagreb's Advent, which are estimated to be watched by a total of 1.5 million viewers in Sweden. Croatian traditional holiday customs will be transmitted to its viewers by TVN Discovery, the oldest and largest private TV station in Poland, which is watched by over 8.38 percent of the entire Polish market.

"In the last few years, our country has become an increasingly sought after and attractive tourist destination in the winter, when diverse Advent programs come to the fore. I believe that the vibrant Advent facilities in many Croatian destinations such as Zagreb, Split, Osijek, Zadar, Rijeka, Porec, Dubrovnik, but also on the islands will attract numerous Croatian and foreign guests and contribute to the conclusion of a very successful tourist year,” said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić.

According to eVisitor, more than 410,000 tourists visited Croatia during last year's Advent, generating over one million overnight stays.

To read more about travel in Croatia, follow TCN’s dedicated page

Friday, 15 November 2019

Zagreb Advent Presents Nutcracker Theme, Expands to New Locations

November 15, 2019 - ‘Let the magic begin!’ is the slogan of this year's Zagreb Advent, which will officially start on November 30 in the streets of the capital, with the traditional candle lighting in Mandusevac.

24 Sata reports that the central theme of this year’s Advent is the Nutcracker, which will be seen in several locations in the Upper and Lower Town - in the Gric Tunnel and the Oktogon. The director of the Zagreb City Tourist Board, Martina Bienenfeld, announced that there would also be Zagreb Tourist Board awards through the Zagreb Be There application. 

In addition to the Nutcracker, the emphasis this year is also on environmental awareness and reducing the use of plastics. There will also be easier access for people with disabilities at specific locations.

In addition to traditional locations such as Advent on Zrinjevac, the Ice Park, European Park, Gric Tunnel, Christmas Fairytale on Ban Jelacic Square, Fuliranje, and others, new locations were announced which will expand the event this year. 

The new locations include the Film Advent at Tuskanac, which will screen Christmas movies for all ages at 11 am and 5 pm at the Tuskanac Cinema, and at the Advent in front of HNK, guests can enjoy cultural events on the stage in front of the theater. A novelty this year is the Oktogon pass where concerts will be held.

Eleven festive music festivals have been announced around the city, like Advent postcards, Advent under Lanterna, Evenings with Brahms, Adventfest in the Cathedral, and Advent Classic Fest.

The Museum of Arts and Crafts, Croatian History Museum, and Museum of the City of Zagreb will organize special exhibitions and programs. They also announced a concert by the Swedish Professional Choir at Advent in Zrinjevac and Maksimir for the Feast of St. Lucy on December 10th.

Advent on Prekrizje will also return, where visitors will be able to find out all about Croatian customs, and it is open on weekends. In addition, ZET will introduce an exclusive line only for the specified location.

To read more about travel in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Monday, 31 December 2018

Madvent in Zagreb: 4 Videos Behind the Scenes

December 31, 2018 - The fourth and final video from's satirical look at Madvent in Zagreb, taking a closer look behind the scenes of Europe's best Christmas market.

It has been another record year for Advent in Zagreb, up 12% on last year, and the December boost for tourism in Croatia is more than welcome. 

But is everything as shiny as it seems? Renowned satirists Borna Sor and Domagoj Zovak teamed up with to produce their own Advent calendar. They called in Madvent in Zagreb, and each Sunday they took a look at a different issue regarding the popular Christmas market. 

A look at some of the issues which do not make the tourist brochures were presented with typical humour and biting satire. You can check out the various videos below, and they are presented in reverse chronological order.

The final video, which was published on December 30, looks at the cost of some of the vanity projects of the Mayor of Zagreb, and where the money could have been better spent. 

Such a huge event brings its own waste management issues. Taking a closer look at Zagreb's waste mountain, the fastest-growing in Croatia (from December 23). 

There are plenty of shiny Christmas lights illuminating the Croatian capital during this season of festive cheer. But who is providing them, and at what cost (from December 16)? 

The Madvent in Zagreb series kicked off on December 9 with the first video looking at the economics behind the lucrative Christmas stalls, which provide the backbone of the Advent offer. Who got the stands, what was the process, and how did the official pricing compare to what the end user was charged in the end?

To learn more about Advent in Zagreb, visit the official website

To follow events in the capital, check out our dedicated Total Zagreb portal.



Saturday, 29 December 2018

Advent in Zagreb Breaks New Records in 2018, Visitors Up 12%

Advent in Zagreb has achieved new records in 2018. 

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Holidays in Croatia: 10% More Tourists Expected than Last Year

Croatia's summer tourism is not the only season breaking records this year.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Sinj Promoted During Advent in Zagreb!

December 16, 2018 - In Zagreb on December 15th, as part of the jubilee, 60th Sinj Nights and Advent in Zagreb, the town of Sinj presented part of its tradition at Zrinjevac park. 

As part of the Sinj Nights and Advent in Zagreb, the City of Zagreb, City of Sinj, Sinj Kluba Zagreb and the Sinj Tourist Board, presented the Inland Dalmatian town at Zrinjevac park in Zagreb. 


Many Zagreb citizens and their guests gathered in one of the most beautiful and famous Zagreb parks to enjoy the songs of the highly rewarded Sinj klapa, as well as the student band Banderija. 


Following them was the performance of the Sinj majorettes, who delighted the crowd with their choreography. For this occasion, all present guests were gifted gingerbread by Christina Križanac, the mayor of Sinj, and Monika Vrgoč, the director of the Sinj Tourist Board. The sweet treats were prepared by Ankica Župić.



The celebration of Sinj Nights in Zagreb was an excellent way of promoting the vibrant tradition and customs of the city of Sinj and the Cetina region, as well as exchanging knowledge and opportunities to enrich the tourist offer.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Madvent in Zagreb: They Said No to Nikola Tesla, But...

December 16, 2018 - Madvent in Zagreb. Taking a closer look at Europe's most popular Christmas market. This week, Borna and Domagoj take a look at the Christmas lights.

Advent in Zagreb is in full swing, and so too is the satire of the stories they don't tell the tourists. 

Last week, Newsbar legends Borna Sor and Domagoj Zovak teamed up with to bring an Advent Sunday series with a difference. Madvent in Zagreb takes a look at some of the issues surrounding the event which are not often discussed. Here is the first episode last week, which was focused on the alleged wide margin between the price the popular stalls are being charged by the city, and the amount that vendors are forced to pay to get one.

This week's episode concerns the plentiful Christmas lights, and do look out for the cameo role of Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric right at the end. 

In many ways, the story of the Christmas lights at Advent in Zagreb tells the tale of the modern Croatia. 

Many years ago, one young Nikola Tesla offered to build an electricity grid for Zagreb, according to the video below, but his suggestions was waved away.

Just one genius from Lika, who ended up moving to the United States and global stardom. 

But if the chance to light up the city is offered by a company whose contracts are allegedly declared illegal, what better way to proceed than to renew the contract, year after year. 

Who cares about the cost? 

It is Christmas after all. 

There are two more videos in the series, which will appear on the next two Sundays - a perfect Advent gift. 

Borna Sor, of course, is a TCN contributor and runs our podcast, which will be bursting into life in the new year once more. You can follow his TCN writing here

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