There are many beautiful green open spaces and elegant parks in the heart of Zagreb. These lush areas of foliage strikingly contrast with the urban city’s magnificent monuments, architecture and historic culture. To enjoy a uniquely different vacation in Croatia explore the well-trodden routes around the city, and admire cultivated greenery and scenery in the parks and semi-wild forests that lead you directly to Medvednica Mountain.
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When it comes to park life in Zagreb’s Lower Town you really are spoilt for choice. There are 7 stunning parks that are interwoven into a green horseshoe shape. Zrinjevac Park is a popular place to begin your exploration of the city’s greenscapes. The park also hosts outdoor events and festivals throughout the year.
The U-shaped Lenuci’s trail takes you on a tour of fragrant flowerbeds and directs you to a lush lily covered pond. Find yourself a shady spot under a leafy tree and spent some quality time daydreaming about your exciting adventures in Croatia. Stop off for a while at the Botanical Garden. The elegant garden boasts an English-style arboretum, and over 10,000 plant species.
If you prefer to spend time in a stunning natural beauty spot that is a little more intimate in size, head for Rokovo. The tiny peaceful and tranquil park has a charming sculptured fountain and is home to the 17th century Church of St Roch.
Established in 1787, Maksimir is the oldest public park in the city of Zagreb. The park was originally designed to give the local people somewhere beautiful to relax and unwind. The preserved park covers 316 hectares and is modeled on the open green spaces of the English countryside.
This majestic public greenscape of Maksimir is part of Croatia’s cultural heritage and also home to an impressive collection of plant and animal species. The park’s densely forested areas are surrounded with tree-lined avenues. When you pay a visit, you can also discover its 5 lakes, numerous follies, mock Swish chalet, children’s playground and café.
Zagreb’s fabulous Tuškanac Forest invites you to reconnect with nature. The semi-wild scenic spot has no landscaped lawns or signposts to show you the way. On your ramble around Tuškanac Forest, you can completely lose yourself and explore the forgotten wilderness that boasts nooks and winding trails. The expansive woody green area forms the early slope of Medvednica Mountain and presents nature at its very best.
Many of Zagreb’s local residents head for Jelenovac Forest whenever they want to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city. The verdant forest covers around 50 hectares, and is named after an influential 14th century judge’s son, who once owned the land.
The forest has plenty of marked walking trails that lead you to breathtaking areas where you can see ornamental like arrangements of gigantic oak, beech and acacia trees. Pack up a tasty picnic and hunt out your perfect relaxation zone in Jelenovac Forest.
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Lydia June 11th, 2019