Jane’s Walk 2018: Explore Hidden Corners of Zagreb with Free Guided Tours

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April 25, 2018 – The Croatian capital is participating in the global movement Jane’s Walk, an annual manifestation of citizen-led walking tours of urban centres

Man, does time fly or what? It seems like we only reported about the Jane’s Walk programme in Zagreb a couple of months ago, and it’s already been a year: the Croatian capital is again participating in the global movement of walking tours guided by volunteering citizens.

The project was named after Jane Jacobs, the late American-Canadian journalist and activist dedicated to promotion of community-based urban planning and development. Jacobs passed away in 2006, but her name lives on in the best possible way: locals who know a great deal about their city’s history become tour guides for a couple of days, providing free tours of some of the lesser known neighbourhoods and areas. You won’t find this type of content as part of a classic guided tour of any given city, nor are you likely to easily dig out such information online. The citizen guides in question have a vast, detailed knowledge of their urban layouts and its hidden corners, with many a fun fact to share with the group.

So, what’s in store this year? The Cultural Centre Trešnjevka and its initiative named ‘Trešnjevka Mapping’ are again hosting Jane’s Walk activities in Zagreb. They prepared ten themed walks that will take place from May 11 to May 27, taking the interested participants all over Zagreb. From the famous Botanical Garden and Maksimir Park, to several neighbourhoods located on the outskirts, the walks make for a unique opportunity to learn something new. Even if you’ve been a resident of the capital for years, there’s always room to expand your knowledge – you might be surprised. Here’s the full schedule, taken from the Trešnjevka Mapping website:

May 11 (Friday)

Vanja Radovanović: „Dotrščina, Bačun and some other funny sounding words beneath Sljeme“ , meeting at 17:15 at the entrance of Dotrščina memorial forest (near the monument), reachable by ZET bus, line 205 from Dubrava bus terminus, departing at 16:55 

May 12 (Saturday)

Daša Filipčić: “Green dots of urban Maksimir”, meeting at 17:00 at Kvaternik square, near the fountain

May 13 (Sunday)

Saša Šimpraga: „From a star to the Star“, meeting at 17:00 near the monument at the corner of Bukovačka road and Vinec, reachable by ZET bus from Svetice terminus, line 203, departing at 16:30

May 17 (Thursday)

Domagoj Augusta: „Following Štefanovec creek – get to know the former eastern border of Zagreb“, meeting at 17:00, at the entrance of Dotrščina memorial forest, reachable by ZET bus, line 232 from bus terminus Dubrava, departing at 16:45

May 18 – 20 (Friday– Sunday)

Zeleni Klik and Cultural Centre Trešnjevka are organizing a seminar with international guests named „Jane’s Walk: City from the walking perspective, some good examples“
Find more information and the full schedule here (scroll down for the English version).

May 25 (Friday)

Ksenija Banović: „Dugave, 40 years from the construction start“, meeting at 18:00 on the corner of Vatikanska street and St. Matej street, reachable by ZET bus, line 220 from Main Railway station bus terminus, departing at 17:40, and line 109 from Črnomerec bus terminus, departing at 17:22

May 26 (Saturday)

Young green gardeners (Zeleni klik! volunteers): „A walk through gardens of Prečko“, meeting at 10:00 in front of Prečko library, Slavenskog street

Goran Pinter: „Along the Podsused cable car track“, meeting at 17:45 at the corner of Aleje Bologne and Prigornica street (former cement factory in Podsused). Reachable by ZET bus line 172 from Črnomerec bus terminus, departing at 17:31

May 27 (Sunday)

Mladen Perušić: „Construction and reconstruction in Botanical garden in Zagreb for its 120 years anniversary“, meeting at 10:00 at the entrance of the Botanical garden

Jasminka Klemenčić: „Get to know all sides of three-in-one Kozari, paths, branches and roman numbers“, meeting at 16:00 at the bus stop on Kanalski put, I. Kozari put V. odvojak, reachable by ZET bus line 237 from bus terminus Kvaternik square, departing at 15:30

This year, 189 cities from 36 countries will participate in this unique initiative. You can find the full list here and learn more about the Jane’s Walk movement here. Then pick a tour, go out and explore!


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