Usually, when browsing through a guide through a foreign city, people look for those special details, the ‘hidden gems’, the things that ‘the annoying tourists’ haven’t discovered yet. I’m no exception to that rule. I love to ‘discover’ stuff I believe no-one has ever noticed, though in all honesty I know I’m not the first one.
But have you ever thought about the stuff that’s impossible to miss?
Like the chimney of the heating plant, with its ugly, bad, polluting, visible-from-any-spot-in-the-town smoke?
Or the hills that peak just behind the city (they’re accessible by tram!), giving it healthy lungs that can fight back the smoke?
Or the cathedral (ever scaffolded), towering over everything…
It’s precisely because these views are so ubiquitous that they can always be new. This is the first time I realize there’s a clock on the back of the cathedral tower. And I’ve seen it millions of times, just not from this particular angle.
And yes, there are the hidden gems too. So here’s a few hints from a local.
Zagreb is a city where you have to remember to look up. At ground-level, it might just look like a building full of shops on a busy street, but if you look up, you could be surprised by some elaborate artwork (even if it is in decay).
It might be a bank you’re seeing on the corner there. But if you look up, you could notice a fairy-tale turret.
It might just be an ordinary house with an ordinary modern-style window… But wait, what’s that little thing underneath?
It’s a remnant of a time when not everything needed a purpose. Some things were there just for the sake of beauty. Of making this town of ours a bit more interesting…
Just keep your eyes open – you’ll find plenty more…