Medvednica Nature Park

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Medvednica Nature Park is a protected area located in the northwestern part of Croatia, near the city of Zagreb. The park covers an area of over 200 square kilometers and is home to diverse flora and fauna.

One of the main attractions in the park is Medvedgrad, a medieval fortress built in the 13th century. Visitors can hike up to the fortress and enjoy the scenic views of the surrounding area. There are also several other hiking trails in the park, ranging from easy to challenging, that offer opportunities to explore the park’s forests, meadows, and streams.

In addition to hiking, the park offers a range of activities such as cycling, horseback riding, and skiing (during the winter months). There are also several educational programs and guided tours available for visitors who want to learn more about the park’s history and natural features.

If you are planning to visit Medvednica Nature Park, there are several accommodation options available in the nearby town of Zagreb, ranging from budget-friendly hostels to luxurious hotels. There are also several restaurants and cafes in the park where visitors can enjoy local cuisine and drinks.

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The forests of Medvednica descend almost to the very center of Zagreb. In addition to peace and greenery, this mountain abounds in rich and diverse animal life and special features such as the ‘Bliznec’ forest trail for people with disabilities, the Veternica cave, the medieval Zrinski and Francuski mines, the Sljemenska chapel, 500 Horvat steps…

The highest peak of Medvednica is Sljeme, 1033 m high. There is a 169 m high radio and television tower on it. Until 2007, a cable car led to the top. There is also a ski slope on Sljemen where the Snow Queen race takes place.

The best-preserved fort in Medvednica is Medvedgrad, built in the 13th century and used to defend the Kaptol and bishop’s estates.

The second fortress is Susedgrad, also built in the 13th century. It is known for the battle that took place under its walls during the Peasants’ Revolt.

Also, near Gornja Stubica, there is the Oršić Castle, which was built in 1756 on the foundations of a fort built in the 13th century. Later, the castle was remodeled and (in 1973) turned into the Museum of Peasants’ Uprisings.

Hotels and restaurants near Medvednica.