Set across the Villa Angiolina, Juraj Sporer Art Pavilion and Swiss house, the Croatian Museum of Tourism features all manner of photographs, postcards, souvenirs and other memorabilia highlighting the changing face of Opatija tourism. There’s even a hotel inventory collection!
Regardless of the quality of the exhibits, some of which are tired, a walk through the buildings themselves is worth the admission price.
Of these the Villa Angiolina is the show stopper. Built in the middle of the 19th century, Angiolina is an ode to all things Neo-Renaissance. The ground floor is lavishly decorated with stucco work including hand-painted friezes and garlands along with Neo-Corinthian pillars and mirrors.
Encircling the villa are the perfectly manicured gardens of the city park complete with Japanese Camellia, the symbol of Opatija.
Not as fancy as Angiolina, The Juraj Sporer Art Pavilion is located along the Lungomare, next to St. Jacob’s parish church. Until World War I, the building was used as a pastry shop called Gerbaud and later Glacier.
Bringing a touch of the Swiss Alps to Opatija, you’ll know Swiss House by the characteristic roofing, wooden parts of the facade and flower boxes below the windows.