The Zagreb Botanical Garden (Botanički vrt) is a botanical garden located in downtown Zagreb, Croatia. Founded in 1889 by Antun Heinz, Professor of the University of Zagreb, it is part of the Faculty of Science. Thanks to the city authorities of the time, this botanical research center is also a public park. It was the City that donated a piece of land to the University to plant the garden and pursue their research, but on one condition – to make the garden publicly available. Croatian botanists have stuck to this agreement till this very day, so there's still no entrance fee.
Main disadvantages of the park – its lack of space and impossibility of further expansion – turned out to be its greatest enchantments. That is precisely the reason why the Zagreb Botanical Garden has kept its historical spirit safely locked inside, earning its status of a monument of horticultural architecture. Covering an area of 5 hectares (50,000 sq m / 540,000 sq ft), the garden is situated at an altitude of 120 metres or 390 feet above sea level. It is home to over 10,000 plant species from around the world, including 1,800 endemics and exotics. It has large ponds for aquatic plants too.