Explore the lungs of Zagreb on a walking tour of its green oases and city parks. Discover the " Green Horseshoe" of connected squares, and marvel at the monuments of Lower Town. Pass a magnificent train station that served the Orient Express line.
What to Expect
Join a licensed city guide to discover the green oases of Zagreb, starting at Ban Jelačić Square, named after the noted army general, Josip Jelačić von Bužim. Continue to the central park of Zrinjevac to explore a part of Zagreb's network of parks and squares known as the "Green Horseshoe" (Lenuci Horseshoe). Learn about the 19th-century architect, Milan Lenuci who said that a proper city must have a proper park at its center, and then went on to construct 8 of them, interconnected in a "U" shape.
Built in the 1870s, Zrinjevac was the first park in the Lower Town, and it continues to attract locals who come to sit on the grass under the shade of plane trees that are more than a century old. See the beautiful palaces and former residences of the rich and famous at the turn of the century. Today, many are home to museums, galleries, ministries, embassies and courts. Delve further into Lower Town, mainly built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, and admire buildings that showcase a range of architectural styles. Stroll the streets that meet at 90-degree right angles, much like Manhattan in New York.
Pass the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Art, now the home of the Strossmayer Gallery, and see the recently renovated Art Pavilion. Arrive at the impressive facade of the city's main railway station on King Tomislav Square. Built in late 19th century, the station was a stop on the Orient Express line as it made its way from Paris to Istanbul. Look at the magnificent Hotel Esplanade, built for the train's rich passengers, and take a step back into the past.
Continue to the Botanical Garden to discover 4.7 hectares of around 1,000 different plant species. Look at the National Archives building to see one of Zagreb's finest secession-style monuments. Arrive at Marshal Tito Square (commonly known as "Theater Square") and gaze at the beautiful buildings, such as the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the School Museum and the glorious Neo-Baroque Croatian National Theater. View the neighboring University of Zagreb, founded by Jesuits in 1669 and now the oldest continuously-open university in southeast Europe.
Give your feet a rest by riding one of the city's famous blue trams, and watch the locals going about their everyday lives at they return from Dolac Market or take their children to Maksimir Park. Get off the tram at Maksimir Park, opened at the end of the 18th century by the bishop Maksimilijan Vrhovec of Zagreb. Stroll around one of Europe's largest public parks to discover 5 lakes, numerous walking and jogging paths, small pavilions and Zagreb Zoo.
- Return ticket on Zagreb's blue tram
What's Not Included
- Entrance tickets to museums and galleries
- Entrance ticket to Zagreb Zoo
- Food and drinks
Know Before You Go
• Please note that this tour may be bilingual if there are bookings in English and Spanish for the same departure time
• If you are booking a private tour, you can choose any departure time between 08:00 and 16:00. Please advise of your preferred departure time