Which day trip from Zagreb should I pick?
May 8, 2018 7:23 AM   Subscribe

Should I go to Plitvice Lakes National Park, the Krapina Neanderthal Museum and “Grgos Cave”, or the Varaždin and Trakošćan Castles?

Option A: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Option B: The Krapina Neanderthal Museum and “Grgos Cave”
Option C: Varaždin and Trakošćan Castles

I'll be in Zagreb for a multi - day event and have been given a choice of three day trips.

Possibly salient information:
- I've never been to Eastern Europe before.
- The rest of my time will be spent in Zagreb.
- I love history and museums and beautiful landscapes, so they all sound worthwhile.
- It will be late July.
- All of these will be group tours.
posted by bardophile to Travel & Transportation around Croatia (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Plitivice lakes are amazing
posted by 15L06 at 7:28 AM on May 8, 2018 [1 favorite]

Plitvice Lakes are incredible. An unmissable experience. (It'll be hot though! Take sunscreen and water!)
posted by Ziggy500 at 8:52 AM on May 8, 2018 [1 favorite]

Another vote for Plitvice due to its uniqueness.
posted by drlith at 9:10 AM on May 8, 2018 [1 favorite]

posted by Wilder at 9:29 AM on May 8, 2018

Yes, go to Plitvice.
posted by tooloudinhere at 10:21 AM on May 8, 2018

Best answer: All 3 will be hot and crowded. Plitvice the most, Varaždin the least. Varaždin is a lovely little town in Mitteleuropa style, but it's small and not that unique. If you're used to big-city museum experiences, Krapina might leave you underwhelmed. Plitvice is definitely glorious and I'd vote for visiting it before its ecosystem crumbles (due to lots of tourists and bad local infrastructure), but be prepared for a very crowded experience. So, if you want to escape the crowds, go for Varaždin or Krapina - the first is a more urban experience, the second is more nature-oriented.
posted by gakiko at 10:21 AM on May 8, 2018 [1 favorite]

Plitvice. There's really no debate.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 10:47 AM on May 8, 2018

Another vote for the lakes. They’re spectacular.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 2:25 PM on May 8, 2018

Best answer: You can experience loads of East-Mittel European culture in Zagreb, plus as capital of Croatia, you get Dalmatian and Istrian restaurants (think Italian seafood of the 18th century.) Plitvice would be the obvious choice after that - bring a camera. A good camera. (Unfortunately: no fishing allowed...)
posted by zaelic at 2:54 AM on May 9, 2018

Plitvice is going to be INSANELY crowded, like Disneyland-long lines, just to buy tickets to get in. So I would only go if you can get there as early as possible.
posted by Aubergine at 2:24 PM on May 9, 2018 [1 favorite]

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