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Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships

“The Museum of Broken Relationships encourages discussion and reflection not only on the fragility of human relationships but also on the political, social, and cultural circumstances surrounding the stories being…

The Museum of Broken Relationships encourages discussion and reflection not only on the fragility of human relationships but also on the political, social, and cultural circumstances surrounding the stories being told. The museum respects the audience’s capacity for understanding wider historical, social issues inherent to different cultures and identities and provides a catharsis for donors on a more personal level” the EMF’s (European Museum Forum) judging panel noted this when awarding it as Europe’s most innovative museum in 2011.

It all started as a traveling exhibition based on the idea of failed love relationships. Anyone can donate an object which represents their broken relationship along with a story and objects could be anything from a fluffy toy and music CD to something more extreme as an axe. You can also become a donor and send your exhibit. Donors come from all over the world, from neighboring Serbia to far Japan.

Stories are usually packed with humor, hatred and hurt. The exhibition was shown in cities like Amsterdam, Paris, Istanbul, Singapore, Belgrade, Berlin and Ljubljana.

Winter coat and love notes - Museum of Broken Relationships Zagreb

I was determined to marry her. After two months I called her. She told me that she was in love with another guy who lived near her home. No words came from my mouth, tears ran like a new river from my eyes, and I hung up. I never called her again. My heart was broken very badly, I cried a lot. I spent many sleepless nights. Still her memories are chasing me, still I am crying. She left me alone. Months passed. I moved to my national capital of Delhi. Still it hurts” says an Indian guy Prasanth who donated love notes and winter coat.

“Love is a violent recreational sport. Proceed at your own risk. Helmets, armor, and steel-toe boots are required by law.”

H.C. Paye

Tarantula Bob Dylan - Museum of Broken Relationships

You move on and the next exhibit says “Given to me by an American “boyfriend” when I was 17 and inscribed “for _____ who charmed the savage wolf”. I didn’t know that he would hound my parents for years and would eventually have a sex change and steal their name for his new persona.”

Goalkeeper gloves - Museum of Broken Relationships

Museum of Broken Relationships Zagreb

A pharmaceutical bowl - Museum of Broken Relationships

Axe in the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb

And here’s an “Ex-Axe” story or to be more detailed a story of two lesbians and an axe being promoted to a therapy instrument. After being left for another woman by her partner, this woman from Berlin decided to chop her ex’s furniture. “Two weeks after she left, she came back for the furniture. It was neatly arranged into small heaps and fragments of wood. She took the trash and left my apartment for good.

“Love is an invited deal for losing peace.”
― Seema Gupta

An mp3 and a key ring - Museum of Broken Relationships

A postcard - Museum of Broken Relationships Zagreb

Olive seeds - Museum of Broken Relationships

A Linksys router - Museum of Broken Relationships

A Linksys router with a message “We tried. Not compatible.”

Not every museum will give you an emotional, thoughtful and funny experience like this one and that’s the reason I totally recommend it if you are in Zagreb.

And there’s something we shouldn’t forget;

“There is always love, hope and life after a broken heart.”
― Jelord Klinn Cabresos

The best example for this are Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić who founded this museum after their own relationship broke up!

Which object from your past relationship would you leave in the museum?

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Zagreb in 24 Hours

Although Zagreb is not the most popular destination in Croatia, it certainly is a place you should visit.  There are several features that define the city- great architecture, blue trams…

Although Zagreb is not the most popular destination in Croatia, it certainly is a place you should visit.  There are several features that define the city- great architecture, blue trams crossing the streets, young stylish Zagrebians and people riding bicycles almost everywhere.

If you only have a day in Zagreb it can be difficult to decide how to spend your time so here are the things I recommend you should see/do;

Ban Jelačić Square

Ban Jelačić Square, Zagreb

You will most probably start sightseeing from this place. The square is the main meeting point of Zagrebians and it’s also the main hub for the city’s blue trams.

Ban Jelačić square in Zagreb

Kaptol

Zagreb Cathedral

From the square you can easily move to Kaptol where Zagreb Cathedral can be found. It’s the tallest building in Croatia and one of the most important symbols of the city.

Dolac

Dolac Market Zagreb

Another feature of the city are its open-air food markets and Dolac is the most famous one. Here you can get fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and fish and also other seasonal products from various parts of Croatia. This photo was taken on Easter day and that’s the reason why the market was empty.

Tkalčićeva street

Tkalčićeva street Zagreb

A street filled with boutiques, restaurants and cafés where you can sit with a cup of coffee and relax.

Stone Gate

Stone Gate Zagreb Kamenita Ulica

Stone Gate keeps the memory to the painting of Holy Mother Mary that remained untouched after a catastrophic fire in 1731. Here you will find uncounted number of plaques which thank the Virgin for helping or healing.

Stone Gate Zagreb

St. Mark’s Square

St. Mark's Church Zagreb

St. Mark’s square is home to Croatian Parliament, Constitutional Court and St. Mark’s Church, which is on the photo above.

Strossmayer Promenade

Panoramic View of Zagreb

Promenade is a great place for walking but besides that, it also offers panoramic views of Zagreb. It can be reached by a funicular which is the shortest one in the world. Try to grab a spot at one of the benches and enjoy the view around you.

Croatian National Theatre

Croatian National Theatre

In front of the theatre there is also a fountain named “The Source of Life” which is designed by a famous Croatian artist and sculptor Ivan Meštrović.

The Source of Life Fountain, Ivan Mestrovic

Museum of Broken Relationships

Museum of Broken Relationships Zagreb

I recommend you make some space to visit the Museum of Broken Relationships. It got an award for the most innovative European museum in 2011, as it’s dedicated to failed love relationships.

Pivnica Medvedgrad

And at night I recommend going to Pivnica Medvedgrad in Ilica street, where you can try their own beer which they produce for almost two decades. It’s also a great dining option and here you can taste delicious Croatian food. There is an indoor and outdoor seating area, and it’s definitely a great place to hang out, especially if you are traveling with friends or going out as a group.

So this was Zagreb in 24 hours. Do you have any recommendations for spending a day in Croatian capital? Feel free to leave the comment below.

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