6 Parks in Zagreb, Croatia

7 Parks in Zagreb, Croatia

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Our recent travels have taken us to quite a few old walled cities with little green space. A trip to Plitvice Lakes cured our craving for nature, but that didn’t mean we weren’t stoked to find 7 parks in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city. In addition to strolling the historic streets to see the sites in Zagreb original towns, Gradec and Kaptol, we found green spaces throughout the city.

7 Parks in Zagreb, Croatia

#1: Maksimir Park

Maksirmir Park, which is just a short tram ride east of the city center, was opened in 1794 – making it the oldest of all the parks in Zagreb, Croatia. In addition to the numerous trails, there are five lakes and a zoo at the park. 

Autumn leaves and Gazebo at Maksimir Park in Zagreb, Croatia Autumn reflections on a lake at Maksimir Park in Zagreb, Croatia

#2: Mirogoj Cemetery

Not our usual idea of spending time in nature, Zagreb’s cemetery is lush with vegetation and magnificent architecture. Designed by one of Zagreb’s famous architects, Herman Bolle, it was opened in 1876 as a cemetery for all religions and includes expansive burial grounds, arcades and monuments. Some of Zagreb’s most famous people have been laid to rest at Mirogoj Cemetery, including the first president of Croatia.

Mirogoj Cemetery arcades

One of the parks in Zagreb is the Mirogoj Cemetery

#3: Jarun Park

To the southwest of the city – and within walking distance from our apartment – is Jarun Lake and the surrounding park. The lakeside paths attract joggers, bikers and roller bladers; the cafés around the beach attract those who are less active, but still want to spend time around nature.

One of the Parks in Zagreb is Jarun Park Lake

Jarun Park Lake with swans in Zagreb Croatia

#4: Medvednica Nature Park

Medvednica Mountain is on the north side of Zagreb and encompasses an area of 88 square miles, many trails and a castle – and is easily accessible via public transportation. The tallest peak, Sljeme, is 3,396 feet (but we didn’t make it that far).

Medvednica Nature Park in Zagreb, Croatia

#5: Strossmayer Promenade

On the outer edge of one of Zagreb’s original cities, Gradec, there is a spot that, although not necessarily the most outdoorsy, does provide a hint of nature and has great views over the city. It’s been nicknamed Stossmartre.

Strossmartre is one of the parks in Zagreb, Croatia

#6: Dubravkin Put

We literally stumbled on this path through Dubravkin Put that is part of the Tuskanac Forest Park. The 2km trail runs through a forested park north of the city to Cmrok.

Dubravkin Put is one of the parks in Zagreb Croatia

#7: Green Horseshoe

A series of eight city squares in the shape of a horseshoe combine to create one of the best parks in Zagreb, Croatia’s city center. Each one unique, some feature fountains and statues – but they are all surrounded by excellent architecture, once the mansions of Croatia’s wealthy.

Parks in Zagreb include The Green Horseshoe with King Tomislav Statue

Green Horseshoe is one of the best parks in Zagreb, Croatia

We want to know: Have you been to any parks in Zagreb, Croatia? Which is your favorite? Any others you would add to the list? Let us know in the comments!

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