Park Maksimir, Park Maksimir, Park Maksimir
Originally, Park Maksimir was located on the eastern outskirts of Zagreb. But since its creation in the 18th century, the city has grown around it and now the park is surrounded by city blocks from each side. Even though it isn’t the biggest of parks (316 acres) it is a home to a vast array of plant and animal life. The most impressive are the bird population that found their home in the hundred-year-old oak forest.
Seen as a modern undertaking at the time of its creation it represented a forward thinking state of mind of the cities leaders and was seen as a place for people to come and enjoy their free time. Today it serves that purpose in full. In addition to that, it has become a monument of architecture, culture, flora and fauna. The biggest landmarks in the park are the ZOO, lakes, oak forest and numerous architectural monumen
The architecture in the park is heavily influenced by the way how English parks look like. The man behind this idea was the Bishop Juraj Haulik who was the initiator behind the idea of creating a city park. There are many notable architectural landmarks in the park.
The New summer house of Bishop Haulik was built in around 1855. It is well known for its romanticist style, which is highlighted by large, shallow windows in its forefront.
The Doorman’s house was built in 1847 and it is located at the park’s main entrance, and as such is the first building the visitors see when they enter the park . It has a rectangular shape with a rectangular roof and in the past, it served (as its name alludes) as an apartment for the two guards that were serving as doormen to the park.
Lakes are a big part of the park, there are five of them. Some are natural and others are artificial. People can row boats in them, or sit on the benches located next to the lakes while watching and feeding ducks and swans.
There is a vast number of tracks that go through the forest of Maksimir and they represent a perfect way to get ”lost” in the middle of a big city, no matter if you’re on a bike or on foot. People also often play football, badminton, throw frisbees and balls around, or just sit and lay on the blanket in the middle of many lawns that are located inside Maksimir. No matter if you’re looking for an active day out, or just to relax and sit around, Maksimir has something to offer.
You might also find the following links useful: