Just a hop, skip and jump away from the train station you can find Zagreb's Botanical Gardens, which have been open to the public for more than one hundred years. Admission is free, and once inside you'll be able to see more than 10,000 different plant species as well as some small buildings and informative displays. Be on your best behavior as there are lots of rules (don't walk on the grass!).
The first sight I came upon in Zagreb is Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square, a long, narrow park just a block beyond the train station. Part of a series of seven parks forming a horseshoe shape in the Old Town, the park is home to a music pavilion and busts of famous Croatians, in addition to lots of greenery. At 7:00 in the morning the park was mostly empty, though there were some families out for walks.
Zrinjevac is just a foot from the main square and offers bag full of surprises, especially on saturdays mornings. Imagine an green oaza which is situated in the heart of the city, park full of flowers, green areas and city traditions. Here you can go back to the past, enjoying waltzes, operettas, jazz, evergeen and good old rock n roll from 60s and 70s. Or you can put on costumes of times long ago and take a photos.....
When tired of strolling through the streets and squares of Zagreb, go to Botanicki vrt (Botanical garden), which is situated next to the hotel Esplanade and the Croatian National Archive, and enjoy in endless tranquility you'll find here.
This is the biggest and the most beautiful park of South East Europe, it was laid out in 1784 and is graced by an old oak forest, sunny open space and romantic lakes.
Besides, there is a huge Zoo park too, one of the biggest in that part of Europe.
There are kilometres of walking paths, several small lakes, green meadows but above all here you could hear the sound of silence. There is nothing so sweet like dozing on a green grass in a shadow of an big oak tree, try it and you will enjoy it alot.
Btw, the name Maksimir means maxy peace.
Most of the visitors are looking for monuments or classy buildings to take the picture of, I suggest you to visit parks and gardens of the city. There are so many parks and greenery in the city centre of Zagreb.
The Botanical Garden is situated in the heart of the city, and it is a real oasis of calm and beauty. It is in a walking distance from the main square, right next to do the Regency hotel, do not missing it
Very big park near the central of the city opposite of the Stadium. I recommend to you to visit the Zoo inside this park. From Main square ( Ban Jelacic Trg ) you can take tram to this direction. Tram no : 12 & 11 ( Direction DUBEC ) . If you get the tram from Main Train Station ( Glavni Klodvor ) you should take the tram no : 4 ( Direction called DUBEC )
Zrinjevac, or Nikola Subic Zrinski Square, Zagreb's best-known public garden, is a romantic promenade and a recurring motif in the works of photographers, painters and poets. So, should you wish to experience the silence of the 100-year-old plane trees, enjoy watching the sparrows taking their morning bath in the fountains, or take a look at the meteorological post to see what tomorrow brings – then Zrinjevac is the place to be.
"what is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?" if you like Davies's Leisure, or you are an observing type of person, fond of nature, or just looking for hideaway from the sun, Zagreb's parks are place to visit. well-kept, with adequate number of benches to take a rest. and do I need to say that they are beautiful in full spring blossom? oh, and don't forget to check on sun-bathing tortoises at the pond :)
I immediately fell in love with this park. It's big, it has some sights, benches to have a seat and relax and it's big enough to take a decent walk or for jogging. The attractions are a small lake, a church, monuments, the pavilion of echos, a couple of cafés and the zoo.
Zagreb has beautiful parks and King Tomislav Square is part of it. With the statue of the King on a horse that dominates the area opposite the main train station, the park is a start of the walk to the Jelacic Square. You can take a tram to take you to the Jelacic Square if you are in a hurry, but you will miss out on nice scenery.
Maksimir Park is situated in the eastern part of the town. Named after its founder, Maksimilian Vrhovec, it was opened to public in 1794. It contains a couple of lakes, a main promenade and literally thousands of trees. It is unlike any other park that I have visited.
To me, one of the most beloved places in Zagreb, park Zrinjevac, situated only few minutes from the central square. Place to sit down and enjoy the harmony of art and nature! I strongly recommend a night walk, when old lanternes are illuminating discretely while fountains are flashing under the lights of reflectors!
This is the large park you step into when arriving to the city from the railway station. This is one of the most beauty entries to any city I saw in Europe, unfortunately I arrived to Zagreb from the airport.
The botanical garden is a five-minute walk from the Central Station, situated right behind the Esplanade hotel. The entrance is free, so you should use the opportunity to check it out. Considering that Croatia has a lot of endemic flora, I believe it's quite a good thing to look into it a bit more. For info on opening hours, details & maps, please check here. Enjoy!
I wouldn't advise going there during the night, because it's known as a place where there's all kinds of people...