Green Ways of Zagreb Walking Tour

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4 hours
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Spanish, Croatian, English

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What You'll Do
  • Fill your lungs with fresh air in Zagreb's many parks. Although a city of 800,000, Zagreb boasts picturesque green oases easy to explore on foot
  • Take in the impressive Lower Town's architecture from the turn of the century
  • Marvel at the Croatian National Theater, the biggest in Croatia
  • Walk through time at Zagreb's Main Railway Station and nearby Hotel Esplanade of Orient Express fame
  • Relax under the canopy of over 100-year-old plane trees in Zrinjevac central park
  • Follow the people of Zagreb and ride the city's famous blue tram to Maksimir Park
Overview
Did you know that Zagreb has 30 parks that cover an area of 400,000 sq meters? On this walking tour you get to the 8 parks/green squares of Lower Town's "Green Horseshoe", as well as to Maksimir, one of Europe's first public parks from the 18th century.
What to Expect
Explore the green oases of Zagreb with licenced city guide on this tour around the Croatian capital. You start your walking tour on the Josip Jelacic's Main Square, the center of life in the city, and continue to nearby Zrinjevac central park. In the second half of the 19th century architect Milan Lenuci said that a proper city must have a proper park in its center. At the end he didn't construct one but eight of them. Mr Lenuci interconnected them in the form of a letter U, and today they are known as the "Green Horseshoe" of Zagreb.

Zrinjevac is the beginning of the "Horseshoe" and one of its most popular parts. It was "born" in the 1870s as the first park in the Lower Town. Like in bygone times, still today in spring and summer local population tends to enjoy peace and quiet of this park sitting on the grass under the canopy of over 100-year-old plane trees. Take some time to gaze at some of Zagreb's most beautiful palaces, once residences of the rich and famous at the turn of the century, and today home of numerous museums and galleries, ministries, embassies and courts.

You delve further into the Lower Town, part of Zagreb constructed mostly at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. Its buildings are showpieces of neohistoric architectural styles. Meeting at 90° angle, the streets and squares make a nice street network, similar to those of Buenos Aires in Argentina, Manhattan in New York, Eixample quarter in Barcelona, Spain.

Passing by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Art, today home of the Strossmayer Gallery, and the recently renovated Art Pavillion, you arrive to the impressive building of Zagreb's Main Railway Station on King Tomislav Square. Built in late 19th century, this station was a stop of Orient Express, Europe's first transcontinental express train, on its way from Paris to Istanbul. In 1925 the city fathers decided to build the Hotel Esplanade for the rich and famous of this train. A walk around the Railway Station and the nearby 5-star Hotel Esplanade is a step back into the past.

The Botanical Garden is not far away and behind its gate you will together with the guide uncover the 4,7 hectares of green wonderland with around one thousand different plant species.

A look at the National Archives, the best example of secession style in Zagreb, and you are already on Marshal Tito's Square, or commonly known as the Theater Square. This square showoffs with some beautiful buildings like the Museum of Arts and Crafts and the School Museum but the glory goes to the neobaroque Croatian National Theater, center of cultural life in Zagreb. With its almost 800 seats it is the biggest theater in the country and a central stage for theater, opera and ballet. Next to the Theater is the seat of the University in Zagreb, founded by the Jesuits in 1669 and today the oldest countinuously opened university in Southeast Europe. It has 29 faculties and 70,000+ students.

After all that walk around Zagreb's Lower Town you take a rest by riding one of the famous blue trams of Zagreb. You will join the ladies going back home with their bags full with fresh produce bought at Dolac market, people returning or going to work, children getting together to play in Maksimir park.

And Maksimir is also the final stop on this tour. Opened at the end of the 18th century by the bishop Maksimilijan Vrhovec of Zagreb, it is one of the first public parks in Europe. On its 316 hectares of surface you find five lakes, numerous walking and jogging paths, small pavillions and the Zagreb Zoo. A perfect end of our Green Ways of Zagreb!
What's Included
  • Walking tour with professional tour guide
  • Return ticket on the Zagreb's blue tram
What's Not Included
  • Entrance tickets to museums and galleries
  • Entrance ticket to Zagreb Zoo
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuites
Meeting Point

Meeting for the private tour can be arranged for anywhere within the city limits upon confirmation. Please advise where you want to be picked up i. e. train station, hotel etc.

Know Before You Go
This tour can be bilingual if there are bookings in both English and Spanish for the same departure.

If you are booking a private tour, you can choose any departure between 08:00 and 16:00. Please advise us of you desired departure time.

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