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Zagreb Parks & Wildlife

Zagreb is blessed with ample parks and other green spaces where visitors can go and some spend quality time in nature. The city has plenty of forest areas, parks, promenades and scenic mountainous regions. Places like the Mount Medvednica, Botanical Garden, Maksimir Park, Ribnjak Park, etc. are perfect places for a quick gateway from the city.

The parks are filled with visitors during the autumn and spring times. In winter many Christmas shopping markets are also organized in the parks to celebrate the festive season.

Mount Medvednica (Nature Park Medvednica)
Nature Park Medvednica

Mount Medvednica (Nature Park Medvednica)

The Medvednica Nature Park, established in 1981 is situated on the slopes of Mount Medvednica. In the summers, the park with its walking and hiking trails is popular with locals who enjoy the outdoors and want a way to escape their daily routine. While in the winters, the well-manicured slopes of the mountain provide ample opportunities for skiing and snowboarding.

Hiking the Sljeme Mountain, Medvednica's highest peak, is a great way to keep fit. Another superb attraction well worth a visit is the Veternica cave system, which is home to large bat colonies as well as contains prehistoric remains from the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras. The forest is best visited in the summers when you get to see the land laded with wildflowers and pale golden leaves.

Address: Medvednica Nature Park, Bliznec b.b., Zagreb 10000, Croatia
Tel.: +385 1 4586 317

Maksimir Park (Zagreb City Zoo)
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Maksimir Park (Zagreb City Zoo)

Mishamir Park which houses the Zagreb City Zoo is located to the east of Zagreb and is the city’s biggest park. Also, it is one of the most visited family attractions in Zagreb. People, who want to enjoy a relaxed evening, head to the park while kids love watching the animals get up to their funny antics. The park opened in the late 18th century and encompasses five lakes and a cafe along with the Zagreb City Zoo. The whole area can be accessed free of charge (except for the zoo)

Address: 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Tel.: +385 1 2320 460

Zrinjevac (Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog)
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Zrinjevac (Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog)

Zrinjevac, formally called Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog is one of the most popular green spaces in the city which is buzzing with activity all the year around. The park also features several events and festivals in summer as well as in the winter months. It is a part of Lenuci Horseshoe (Green Horseshoe) which is a series of seven city squares with parks and is a favourite place for the locals to go for a walk and relax.

Address: 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Botanical Garden (Botanički vrt u Zagrebu)
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Botanical Garden (Botanički vrt u Zagrebu)

Established by Antun Heinz, a University of Zagreb professor in 1889, the Botanical garden is located in downtown Zagreb. The garden covers an area of 5 hectares and houses more than 10,000 plant varieties. Visitors can enjoy a refreshing break here and also have some amazing photographic opportunities by the pond. A part of the garden is used for educational purposes by the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb.

Address: Trg Marka Marulića 9A, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Bundek Park
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Bundek Park

A local favourite, the Bundek Park is packed with visitors during the summer months. This lush oasis is situated on the southern side of downtown Zagreb and is an ideal place to have picnics, barbeques, go swimming, and fishing in the beautiful Bundek Lake. The park has two playgrounds decked with toboggans, toys, a maze and many other rides and swings. The park is also a great place to have events and parties.

Address: Ul. Damira Tomljanovića, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Pond Park (Ribnjak Park)
Flickr / Ivana Vasilj

Pond Park (Ribnjak Park)

Named after the ponds that existed till some decades ago, the Ribnjak Park is a perfect place to unwind after a long day. The park sits beside a majestic medieval cathedral which offers impressive sights to the visitors. It has a playground for the kids to play in and is also the destination for different clubs in the city. Many cultural and social events also take place in the park from time to time.

Address: Ribnjak ul. 1, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera (Park Josipa Jurja Štrosmajera)
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Park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera (Park Josipa Jurja Štrosmajera)

The Park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera is one of the nicest and the most underrated parks in Zagreb. The park is named after Josip Juraj Strossmayer, a politician, bishop, and benefactor, and also bears his statue in the Strossmayer Square. Many local events and festivals are organized here.

Address: 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park (Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera)
Flickr / Lassi Kurkijärvi

Plitvice Lakes National Park (Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera)

The Plitvice Lakes National Park is the biggest and also the oldest national park in Zagreb, Croatia. The park is located in the karst area, framing the Bosnia and Herzegovina and stretches across 296.85 square kilometres. The park is a must-visit attraction in Zagreb and is popular for its numerous lakes which are currently 16 in number. Visit this park for an amazing gateway into nature.

Address: Trg kralja Tomislava 19, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

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