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Top Parks und Gärten in Zagreb

From Maksimir Park to Mt. Medvednica, here are the best green spaces in Zagreb.
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With a U-shaped chain of parks that curve around the Lower Town (Donji Grad) and trail-threaded expanses on the outskirts of town, Zagreb is blessed with a wide variety of green spaces. Here are our top picks for parks in the Croatian capital.

Zagreb Botanical Garden

Irises and historic bildings in Zagreb Botanical Garden in Zagreb.
Irises in the botanical garden.Bildquelle: INTREEGUE Photograpy / Shutterstock

Founded in the 19th century, the Zagreb Botanical Garden—part of the Lenuci, or Green, Horseshoe, a chain of eight landscaped parks that loop around the Lower Town—offers some 10,000 different plant species. The 11.6-acre (4.7-hectare) space also has several glasshouses, an arboretum, rock gardens, ponds, and tranquil corners that provide the perfect respite for weary sightseers.

Zrinjevac Park

Wintertime in  Zrinjevac Park in Zagreb.
Zrinjevac Park in the winter.Bildquelle: Ivica 9 / Shutterstock

Also located in the Lower Town, this picturesque green square is surrounded on all sides by important cultural institutions and government buildings, including the Supreme Court of Croatia, Zagreb’s Archaeological Museum, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At its center is a music pavilion that hosts concerts in summer and a festive Christmas market in winter.

Maksimir Park

The leafy Maksimir Park in Zagreb.
Lush trees in Maksimir Park.Bildquelle: Ilija Ascic / Shutterstock

Open since 1794, Maksimir is one of Zagreb’s oldest parks. Today the ‎780-acre (315-hectare) patch of green is also one of the city’s most popular, with woods, meadows, lakes, cafés, ample walkable pathways, and the Zagreb Zoo. 

Mt. Medvednica

A path amid green trees in Mt. Medvednica in Zagreb.
A hiking trail in Mt. MedvednicaIlija.Bildquelle: Nate Hovee / Shutterstock

Located 20 minutes by road from the center of Zagreb, Mt. Medvednica is an easily accessible retreat for city-folk. During winter, the snow-covered park has top-notch skiing and sledding; in summer, it’s a favorite among hikers making the 2.5-hour trek to the top of its highest peak, Sljeme, which sits more than a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) above sea level. Not a hiker? Fear not—you can catch a bus straight to the top.

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