altThree kilometres east of the centre is Zagreb's largest and lushest open space, Maksimir, reached by tram #11 or #12 (direction Dubrava) from Trg bana  Jelačića. Named after Archbishop Maximilian Vrhovac, who in 1774 established a small public garden in the southwestern corner of today's park, Maksimir owes much to his successors Aleksandar Alagovic and Juraj Haulik, who imported the idea of the landscaped country park from England. It's perfect for aimless strolling, with the straight-as-an-arrow, tree-lined avenues at its southwestern end giving way to more densely forested areas in its northern reaches. As well as five lakes, the park is dotted with follies, including a mock Swiss chalet (Svicarska kuća), and a recently spruced-up belvedere (vidikovac), now housing a cafe which gets mobbed on fine Sunday afternoons.The eastern end of the park holds the city's zoo (daily 9am-5pm; www.zoo.hr), shaded by trees and partly situated on a small island; it's a pleasant place to stroll whether or not you're taken with the animals. On the opposite side of the road to the park stands the Maksimir football stadium, home to both Dinamo Zagreb and the national side.
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