Forest Park Maksimir, the first in south-eastern Europe, was opened in 1794 at the initiative of Bishop Maksimilijana Vrhovac. In 1839 Bishop Juraj Haulik ordered that the park would be arranged in English landscape style.
Park Maksimir is the place where, despite its small area of 316 hectares, many plant and animal species have found their shelter. Due to the preserved centuries-old oak forests, its value for the protection of endangered species living in old lair is priceless.
At the time of its creation Park Maksimir was the most modern, most elite and most popular project in and around the city area, connected with the names and policies of the current period. Today, it represents the first-class antique live part of the city space that should be kept and preserved in a prestigious place among European historical monuments with a contemporary approach to protection and use.