Parks and Scenic Walkways of Zagreb
By Viator, November 2013
Further north, the ancient woodlands and winding footpaths of Ribnjak park cover a large portion of the Upper Town of Gornji Grad, fronted by the striking Zagreb Cathedral of the Assumption and making a popular spot for sports and recreational activities. Other scenic walks include the Strossmayer Promenade, a pretty tree-lined stretch offering panoramic views over the Lower Town and the leafy boulevards that crisscross the grand Mirogoj Cemetery to the north.
Dating back to 1794, Zagreb’s oldest and largest park, Maksimir Park, lies just east of the center and is home to the Zagreb Zoo as well as a network of walking trails, hilltop lookouts and lakes, dotted with cafés and restaurants. Further out of town, Lake Jarun (southwest of the center) and Bundek Lake (south of the center) are both popular retreats for city dwellers, with plenty of options for hiking, cycling, rowing and summer swimming, or else the Mount Medvednica Nature Park in the north makes a worthwhile day trip.