10 things you’ll understand only if you’re from Zagreb

Being a Zagreb native, Purger, means you had all kinds of influences on your upbringing but some things regarding the sole structure and name-giving to locations in Zagreb are the topics of these hilarious jokes below. Of course, don’t take any of them seriously and they might seem to lack any logic and meaning but if you decide to move to Zagreb one day in the future….who knows, you might get all of them!

Singer, Praška street, Zagreb

1) Praška street got its name after a clothing detergent (cro. Prašak/a clothing detergent ) and not after the city of Prague. 🙂

2) Who calls King Tomislav Square under that name is definitely not from Zagreb as the locals always say Main Railway Station.

10 things you’ll understand only if you’re from Zagreb

3)  If a foreigner asks a Zagreb local/ Purger where is the Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square, the Zagrebian will send him to Šubićeva street instead of Zrinjevac park, which got its name after Nikola Šubić Zrinski, an important historical figure.

Zagreb, Zrinjevac Park, photo by Croatian-Attractions


4) Radnička street can be literally anywhere in Zagreb, nobody is sure 100%.


5) No one in Zagreb can tell you for sure which bridge is the Bridge of Freedom and which one is the Bridge of Youth (neither can we, sorry!)

Hendrix bridge over the river Sava in Zagreb, Croatia, photo by Matko M. Švarc


6) A true Purger has been in Mimara museum approximately 0,3 times, never on the Hippodrome and on Maksimir stadium last time in 1982.


7) A real Purger/Zagreb local goes to the Upper Town only when he’s taking his relatives from other parts of the country sightseeing.

Zagreb, Bogovićeva street(6) by Matko M. Švarc

8) You’ll never meet a Purger who swam in Bundek lake.

9) A block without a “Mamiću odlazi” (Mamić go away!) graffiti does simply not exist (Mamić as the chief of the Zagreb football club Dinamo, demanding his resignation).

Zagreb, Žuja, photo by Matko M. Švarc


10) Those who use old German phrases such as feuerzeug, gelender, aufhanger and aschnbeher – is old or even more probably dead!

St. Mark’s Square, Zagre, photo by Matko M. Švarc

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