Here are some incredible spots to check out for yourself!
1. City Market
You can really find anything and everything needed to eat fresh and healthy.
Next to the city market we noticed the National Theatre, which is almost identical to the one in Zagreb (because it had the same architect). Rijeka's National Theatre is 10 years older than the one in Zagreb, but they're both absolutely beautiful and full of detail.
Various events often take place on Korzo, too. Hereyou can see street musicians and entertainers, outdoor exhibitions, market stalls, sporting events etc. Korzo shows us what Rijeka really is all about, and you get a feeling for the city and its people when you walk along this lively street.
3. City Tower
By the end of the 17th century, Rijeka was surrounded by walls, within which the entire public, cultural and economic city life took place. It was possible to enter this fortified town through the “Sea Gate” which is what its citizens refer to it as.
Tarsatica was a small settlement that belonged to the Roman province of Dalmatia, and it developed because of its position at the mouth of the river Rijecina.
5. St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrala sv. Vida)
The cathedral took over 100 years to build, and is regarded as the most important church in Rijeka.
Sveti Vitus Cathedral was originally built as a monastery church of the Jesuits of Rijeka, on the site of a demolished church dedicated to the patron saint of Rijeka, St. Vitus.
6. Trsat Castle (Trsatska Gradina)
The existence of the Trsat Castle dates back to Roman times, when they built and used it as their military fortress. Trsat castle was first mentioned as the seat of the parish in 1288.
Nowadays, in addition to the beautiful unique view of the city and the Kvarner Bay, Gradina has become a place of numerous art exhibitions, concerts, theater performances and entertainment programs, and a historical museum visited by many tourists each year.
We stopped for a beer at the castle (there's a cocktail bar at the top), and had the best table in the whole place, with the most scenic view we could have asked for!
7. Peek and Poke Museum
‘Peek & Poke opened its doors on September 22, 2007 after five months of remodeling the space. Although the idea was floating around for a long time, it wasn’t until that year that Dario Džimbeg, Tomislav Ribičić, Tomislav Talan and Svetozar Nilović decided to unite the collections and start this very interesting and unique museum.
One interesting thing is that you can play video games on any game console, they’re in working order, so that is so much fun for kids and nostalgic for adults. We played one of the first and the most popular video games “Packman” and it was so much fun.
A couple other things to mention when visiting Rijeka:
8. Governor's Palace (Guvernerova Palača
There are other artifacts displayed as well, like ceramics, glass, paintings, weapons etc. There's also an archaeological exhibit with all sorts of finds displayed - stone tools, pots, coins, jewelry and more.
You can even try your hand at writing in the old Croatian script called Glagolitic (glagoljica).
The top floor houses a maritime exhibit - model ships, equipment, paintings and of course an original life jacket from the Titanic also lives here (which is actually the only one in all of Europe!)
An interesting thing to note is that only 5 of the life jackets from the Titanic in the world have been preserved, and all of them but one (here in Rijeka) ended up in the States.
9. Astronomical Center Rijeka
This center is the only one in Croatia that unites the observatory, the planetarium and other occasional facilities that are part of it, as well.
The planetarium is home to a dome that’s 8 meters in diameter, and a hall with 50 seats to observe. The programs are diverse and are intended for all ages, and the prices are pretty reasonable for an unforgettable observation experience (real or simulated).
We were very pleasantly surprised with Rijeka as a city, and we were so happy we got to experience it all. There was so much more to do here than we ever thought, and it's a very beautiful, historical city that should be on everyone's list!