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    Updated on 20 Dec 2019. Posted on 19 Dec 2019

    13 Amazing Things To See, Do And Eat At One Of Europe's Best Christmas Markets

    Christmas lovers, put this one on your bucket list.

    Croatia is known for its stunning coastlines, turquoise waters and summer festivals. But did you know that this summer-loving nation turns into a winter wonderland at Christmas time?

    At the end of November every year, Croatia's capital city comes to life when Advent in Zagreb begins — and let me tell you, it's seriously stunning.

    While there are so many incredible things to see and do at Advent in Zagreb, here are 13 highlights you should be putting on your to-do list.

    1. Skate around the ice rink of dreams at Ledeni Park in King Tomislav Square.

    2. Walk through Grič Tunnel, which has been transformed to reflect this year's festival theme: the Nutcracker.

    3. Pose next to the giant Christmas Tree in St Mark's Square.

    4. Stroll through the magical Zrinjevac Park, which gets lit up at night time.

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    This gorgeous park is absolutely covered in Christmas lights during the festival — plus, it also houses many a food, drink and gift stall.

    5. Explore the Christmas Markets dotted around the city.

    6. Try traditional Croatian foods, including street sarma.

    7. As well as a crowd favourite, kobasice.

    8. If you're looking for a sweet treat, try some fritule, Croatia's answer to doughnuts.

    9. Or germknedle, which are dumpling-like sweets popular throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

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    Traditionally filled with locally-grown plums, you can find lots of contemporary takes on germknedle all around the festival — which are typically super indulgent.

    10. And don't skip the international dishes on offer, like these Japanese Takoyaki.

    11. Make sure you check out the various shops and cafes that also get into the Christmas spirit, like Caffe Bar Finjak.

    12. And enjoy some of their homemade mulled wine and festive hot chocolate while you're there.

    13. And finally, take some snaps for the 'gram at the picture-perfect activations set up around the city.

    This year's Advent in Zagreb runs until the 7th January 2020, but if you can't make it, don't despair — it'll be back (and probably bigger than ever) next year!

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