On the second day, I entered the train to Split early in the morning. The train was a bit crowded, but having a seat reserved helped. Unfortunatly I knew that kind of train already from home (here known as 612), and changing colours didn't make it a better train.

Train from Zagreb to Split in Gračac

After leaving Zagreb, the train went through nice countryside. After some time hills started - with given-up houses, walls, areas. As I learned in the meantime, this track used to be not the main line to Split but a backland-line. However, since the last war (the one from 1991-1995), the shorter and faster direct line is still cut. In Knin one could still see the reminders of the direct line which was electrified.

Landscape from within the train

The railway was a mixture of historic operations (with many people, changing switches by going there and by hand and using flags instead of signals) and directly into the 21nd century with electronic signal boxes just being built.

train junction in Perković

In spite of "the train should be an alternative to cars and busses"-speeches, as there was only one (and overcrowded) train suiteable for going to Split, priorities seem to be elsewhere (not too uncommon for politics on public transport in Europe). Also, there was obviously much more money put into the streets than into the trains.

The journey to Split should have taken about 6 hours, but the train in the opposite direction was a bit late, so I arrived late about 30 minutes. Directly on the platform there was a crowd of people trying to let appartments to tourists etc. Ignoring that, I first got rid of my luggage in the train station, bought the bus ticket for the next leg, and as having planned for late trains still had ample of time to see Split. This was my first "southern" target on this journey, so I could say Hi to fig trees (and their smell as they were blooming at that time).

Split itself has an historic center (being dated back to the Romans). One could also go up a hill and have an overview over both Split and the Adria.

All in all I found Hrvatska being compareable to other nice parts of Europe: Many tourists, overcrowded, and prices similar to Germany. Usage of public transport by tourists seems strange, and mostly only done by interrailers.