Zrinjevac Park, Zagreb
The Lenuci Horseshoe is a stretch of parks in Zagreb's lower town that together form a big horseshoe. Zrinjevac is one of them. There's some very reprentative buildings around it, mostly travel agencies, ministeries, embassies. You also find a bandstand as well as a nice meteorological clock here which keeps telling you that "the sun will be back in March".
The park on N.Š. Zrinski Square is the oldest park in the Lower Town, and the part of the magnificent string of eight parks which make up "Lenuzzi's green horseshoe". It is probably the most beautiful spot in Zagreb and the favorite city promenade.
The park, laid out in the style of English landscaping, is surrounded by excellent Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Romanesque and Neo-classical buildings. In the middle is the Music Pavillion, built in 1891. In 1893 this beautiful fountain designed by the architect Herman Bolle was built in the park.
The park on Nikola Subic Zrinski Square, coloquially called Zrinjevac, is the oldest park in the Lower Town. In the beginning of the 19th century, the park was just a plough-field and later it became a cattle-fair. In 1872, the fair was turned into a park which became the most beautiful spot in Zagreb and the favorite city promenade.
In the middle of the park is the Music Pavillion, built is 1891. A few years later this beautiful fountain was added, designed by the architect Herman Bolle.
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 I just started working at my bank, one of the clients complained to me that his son had to meet the same loan criteria like «other people».The father felt his son should not have been treated like «everybody else» because he worked «on Zrinjevac». The tone and choice of words indicated that I should have known which important institution resided «on Zrinjevac», but I had no idea. Turned out it was Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It was pure pleasure to explain to the haughty father that our bank valued every customer and offered best terms and conditions to all the people regardless of what walk of life they came from ;-)))
I still have no idea which of the buildings houses Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The only institution I can identify is the Supreme Court. I'm bad, I know. Such an important son is working there…
Btw, Zrinjevac is one of the three squares connecting Jelacic square and the railway station. People from Zagreb tend to refer to all three as "Zrinjevac" although Zrinjevac is only the first one after the main square.
It's a rather large park with many Fontains just in the centre of Zagreb.
Walking through the Zrinjevac park, you will find museums, galleries, shopping centres and other sights of this wonderful city.
There are many parks in Zagreb, but Zrinjevac is definitely one of the most special ones and due to its great location it just can't be missed.
Zrinski Square is the Zagreb's best-known public garden. Surrounding by palatial mansions built in the Italian Neo-renaissance, Neo-gothic and Neoclassical styles this is a square of distinctive facades and beautiful buildings and a recurring motif for photographers, painters and poets. Today, near the square are the Museum of Archaeology, the Supreme Croatian Court , The County Court, the Foreign Office, the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in front of it are busts of great Croatian military leaders, politicians, writers , and painters .
Zrinjevac is the northern-most park in the Horseshoe and is the first one you will encounter if you're going from Trg bana Jelacica toward the station (the last one if you are coming from the station). unlike Tomislavov and Strossmayer trgovi, Zrinjevac doesn't have any museums or art galleries, so you will have to be content with the sculptures and park benches here. It is a nice little park to relax in. I was there in late spring and the foliage was very pretty. I've seen pictures of it in the fall and it is equally as appealing as during the warmer months of the year.
The music pavilion, a gift from Eduard Pristerac, was erected in 1891 during the jubilee economic exhibition in the Zrinjevac Square. It is the largest building in the square and is a beautiful one between trees and surrounded by banches and fountains.
Three city parks spread northwards from Zagreb's main railway station, one 'leg' of city planner Lenuci's intended 'horseshoe' of greenery in Donji Grad (it was never completed).
Of the three, Park Zrinjevac was by far my favourite. It's a classic late-1800s city park, with bandstand, fountain, plenty of grassy areas for sitting and far more trees than the other two. It was first laid out in 1873, when the empty area actually marked the southern extent of the city.
I spent a very pleasant hour or so in the heat of the mid-afternoon, along with a great many local people, just sitting on the grass people-watching. There are benches too, of course, but the grass was comfortable and cool.
It seemed to me, from daily observation, that drinkers and the homeless tended to congregate in the most southerly park, opposite the railway station, particularly around the huge statue of King Tomislav on his horse. Although that park has lovely formal flowerbeds, there's not much shade and there's not much in the middle Park J.J. Strossmayera either. So Park Zrinjevac became my favoured sit-down spot, as it seemed to be for so many local people.
Even if the weather isn't hot and sunny it's worth a walk through all three parks. They are not only excellent examples of city parks but also give an idea of the vision Lenuci had. It's a pity his plans never came to fruition.
This park is - just as Stadsparken in my hometowm - one of the prettiest parks ever! It is not very big, it is more like a square with trees, bushes, lawns and flower, but oh it's beautiful when the weather is somewhat allright! The penthouse in the middle is absolutley perfect for any smaller social activity, such as hanging with friends, spending time with your loved one or just having a beer or two!
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.
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!
The busts of Croatian notables.
In the foreground of Zrinjevac park, a great place to find some peace within the already peaceful capitol, are a string of busts of Croatians who made important contributions to Croatian history.
Zagreb is well known for its parks. One of oldest, biggest and for many the most beautiful park in Zagreb is Park Zrinjevac. I remember how often I saw on TV some manifestation or heard about it and many of them was connected to this park. So, it was on my things-to-do list.
I came here from direction of main train station. I expected that would be bigger somehow, I must admit. I enter from part of famous alley of platan trees and seat on one of their benches. This is favorite place for citizens of Zagreb relaxation so this should be on your list too. See what happens around you. It was very peaceful place in hearth of modern busy city. Their tall tress makes nice shade and it is best place to "hide" during hots summer days.
All paths there leads to interesting pavilion build in 1891. This is not something that is usually to see in region. This all performance start. During my visit there one of them was preparing but we didn't ask what or come later to see. Simple we didn't have enough time.
But I was try to see as much I can here. Interesting details include meteorological from 1884, kissing spot (?) - later I found out that those have Belgrade as well - probably recently added and fantastic pillar with many many many touristic signs and directions. Lots of monuments of notable Croats there as well. I like to see what place find important. There is 6 nobbled heads and busts. Make note or photo of it and search and you will find out lots of interesting information.
Freshens come from nice and unusual fountains and little pool. Just admired them from far, do not touch them. At least that how I treat public fountains.
Park for sure is interesting place but it surrounding as well. Let see - there are number of institutions around it. Start with Archaeological Museum and the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Supreme and County Court and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Croatia.
It is place for relaxation, meditation and inspiration, for learning, party, kissing apparently, but be careful for your behavior (remember where you are and who might watch).
I will be back for sure but this time with my events calendar.