Daily Mail: Forget Vienna and Prague, head to Zagreb in Croatia this Christmas

With an ice sculpture festival, brass band fanfares and a huge skating rink, Croatia’s capital is pulling in growing numbers of winter tourists in the hope of cheering its struggling economy.

In a country better known for summer holidays along its pristine coastline, Zagreb is promoting itself as a festive wonderland aiming to rival Europe’s traditional Christmas destinations such as Vienna and Prague.

A packed ‘Advent in Zagreb’ programme offers special flight and hotel offers, themed walking tours, dozens of concerts and illuminated market stalls, where mulled wine, hearty sausages and cinnamon donuts are among the big hits.

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Photo: Hrvoje Pilić / Zagreb Tourist Board

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