Garden sights in Croatia
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For a change from museums and galleries, relax in the lovely Botanical Garden, which were laid out in 1890. In addition to 10,000 species of plant, including 1800 tropical flora specimens, the landscaping has created restful corners and paths that seem a world away from bustling Zagreb.
Maksimir Park is a peaceful wooded enclave covering 18 hectares; it is easily accessible by trams 4, 7, 11 and 12. Opened to the public in 1794, it was the first public promenade in southeastern Europe and is landscaped like an English garden-style park with alleys, lawns and artificial lakes. The most photographed structure in the park is the exquisite Bellevue Pavilion, which was constructed in 1843, but there is also the Echo Pavilion and a house built to resemble a rustic Swiss cottage.