Zagreb isn’t one of those cities like Paris, Prague, London or Belgrade which lives actively by the river. The river Sava, although fundamental for the city’s development, had never really found its way into the urban culture of the city. Maybe because most people still remember the flood in 1964, so severe it flooded one third of the city.
However, as rough as this flood was, it brought about one really nice consequence: the building of the Savski Nasip (the Bank), designed to protect the city from further floods which it’s still successful at 46 years later.
The Bank came to be more than just a safety net from the flood, though. Over time, more and more people have recognized it as a beautiful place for jogging, walking, relaxing etc. Especially because by walking along the bank you can walk from the Jarun Lake to Lake Bundek (check the Lake Bundek article), enjoying nature all along the way although still in the city.
Mostly used for recreational purposes, the Bank also became a place for outdoor music performances, theater shows and other interesting manifestations. Lovely at all times of the year, even now in winter when the riverbanks have turned white with snow.