Zagreb Hippodrome

The Hippodrome has a 2400-meter-long grass racetrack.

In its current location in Kajzerica neighbourhood, the Zagreb Hippodrome covers over 65 hectares between the Sava River in the north, the Zagreb Fair and the Lokomotiva Stadium (now Jožef Antal Street) in the south, the Liberty Bridge and Bundek in the east, and the Kajzerica neighborhood in the west. It was to be a part of a near-utopian Croatian Olympic Center project started in 1947. The prisoners of the old Kajzerica Prison built the layout of many sports fields, but since then, only the Hippodrome and the Lokomotiva Stadium have survived.

The Zagreb Hippodrome is mid-sized, and encompasses all aspects of equestrian sports, which is rare. Modeled after the Paris Longchamp race course on the banks of Seine, whose first race was observed from a yacht by Napoleon III, the nephew of the famous Napoleon. A hundred years later, in 1950, the Zagreb Hippodrome was built on the southern bank of the Sava River, in Kajzerica, which was named after the Kaiser (the Emperor), since that was the location of a former imperial training ground. And also, this was the short lived border of the Illyrian Provinces.

Today it is marked by the old French milestone near the footbridge at the entrance to Kajzerica. The race tracks are high-quality, with good drainage. The Hippodrome used to have birch enclosures, and a grand stand in the sand bank which enclosed the track, as well as other sports objects. The Hippodrome features a rare 2400-meter-long grass racetrack, a 1600-meter-long grass racetrack, and a 1000-meter-long dirt racetrack.  All three tracks were opened in 1950. In the middle of the dirt racetrack there is a show-jumping course.

Celebrities about Zagreb

Wolfmother

Wolfmother

The location of the festival and Zagreb, where we spent a pleasant morning, are wonderful.

Source: INmusic festival

Eric Sardinas

Eric Sardinas

I am looking forward to Zagreb as a destination where I always feel good. It seems it has been too long since the last time I was here, although it was just a year or so. 

Source: www.muzika.hr

50Cent

50Cent

I was very looking forward to coming to Zagreb, especially because my mother travelled with me. My people found out everything about it, so that we could see the main stuff in the city!

Source: Hotel Antunović Zagreb

Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel

I like Lisinski very much. It was very intense to perform there, because people came, listened carefully and felt the music in their hearts. Lisinski is a beautiful concert hall, and I am very honored to be performing there. I have wonderful memories of my first performance in Lisinski.

Source: www.muzika.hr

Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg (actor) spent the autumn in Zagreb in 2007: Zagreb is an incredible town. I enjoyed sightseeing the old parts of the town, and at night I went to clubs. I was thrilled that it was near Austria and Italy, so I visited Venice, Milan, Ljubljana, Graz, Split... over the weekends.

Source: www.vjesnik.com

Alex Kapranos

Alex Kapranos

Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) wrote about Zagreb on his blog: http://bit.ly/nO3yin

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Juliette Gréco

Juliette Gréco

I remember Zagreb as a beautiful city, and the people I met were very nice and offered me a warm welcome. The audience was wonderful as well. Really, that concert has been like a lovely souvenir.

Source: www.muzika.hr

Chris Urbanowicz

Chris Urbanowicz

I remember our performance at INmusic festival. We can hardly wait to see our fans again. I expect it to be very exciting.

Source: www.tportal.hr

Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly

We're enjoying this Tuesday in Zagreb. We're heading onto the main stage of the INmusic Festival soon.

Source: INmusic festival

Baka DJ, Ruth Flowers

Baka DJ, Ruth Flowers

Zagreb is beautiful, but the people thrilled me the most. Everybody is so kind and outgoing. I could not wish for better hosts.

Source: Hotel Antunović Zagreb