A majestic mountain standing above the city of Zagreb is one of the capital’s hidden gems favored by locals and tourists as well. Visible from every corner of the city, it rises from the foothills with its highest peak called Sljeme at an altitude of 1035m. With more than 70 hiking and trekking trails, together with numerous bike trails and walking paths adjusted to beginners and advanced climbers, Medvednica is an unavoidable hikers’ paradise. Plenty of mountain houses and shelters can be found along the way, offering a hot cup of tea or traditional meals. All paths are marked and sorted by the complexity, and length, beginning at the different starting points. Hikers can choose an ideal trail whether they want a speedy path before the closing climb to the summit or whether they prefer longer routes with fantastic vistas along the way. With all that, fresh air and a magical, serene environment are more than guaranteed.
While exploring the hidden corners of Mount Medvednica, all hikers will spot a beautiful Medvedgrad Castle, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Croatia with spectacular panoramic views that reach almost the entire Zagreb. After reconstruction, it became a state memorial to the unknown defenders of the homeland and a popular stopover among mountain visitors. Another secret that a forest hides is the Veternica Cave, one of the largest caves in Croatia that is worth getting off the beaten track while hiking. This natural attraction is best known for its rugged terrain, paleontological importance, and fascinating bat population. The cave’s length is 7128 m, and the tour is only possible with an expert guide, so planning the visit ahead is recommended.
All year round, Mount Medvednica is a favorite place for outdoor leisure. Numerous picnic spots, incredible landscape views, interesting trekking paths and the irresistible strength of the forest attract not only sports enthusiasts, but also nature lovers and those seeking rest for the soul and body. Endless fields of beech, chestnut, and oak woods make a wonderful sight especially during autumn when the whole forest is bathed in warm colors, showing off for gorgeous photo capture. However, a deep forest offers not only luscious greenery but also a rich animal kingdom including deer, foxes, wild hogs, bats, different bird species and interesting reptiles. On the other hand, during the cold months, Sljeme turns into a popular skiing and snowboarding spot with international quality and a regular fixture on the World Cup skiing circuit.
As some of the hiking paths can be crowded, particularly during warm weekends, it is recommended to come early. Comfortable, safe shoes, a camera, and goodwill are the best things to bring!
Activities: Hike, Photography, Chilling, Jogging, Walking
Amenities: Pet Friendly, Child Friendly, Parking, Picnic Area, Food nearby, Lodge nearby