"Hiking up & around Medvednica" Medvednica by diocletianvs

Medvednica Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 51 photos


Zagreb is situated just under Medvednica – or Zagrebacka gora (Zagreb Mountain) and its 1,000,000 inhabitants are lucky to have a natural area in their immediate vicinity. Only eleven tram stops from Ban Jelacic Square – the center of Zagreb – there’s an entrance to Medvednica Nature Park.

Medvednica is a huge forest area with its highest peak – Sljeme – reaching 1,035 metres above the sea level. A large part of it belongs to Medvednica Nature park, with natural forest areas and several special reservates of forest vegetation.

In the year 1870 a group of citizens from Zagreb built a wooden pyramid on Medvednica – a first mountaineering object marking the start of now more than a century old tradition of weekend hiking pilgrimages to Medvednica. On its paths you’ll find older people, younger people, couples with small kids and students who are taking Medvednica walking as part of their sports activities at the university.

Skiing and sledging during the winter and hiking during the summer are the favourite activities on Medvednica. In the winter climbing to Sljeme is sometimes your only chance to catch some sun while Zagreb is under fog for months, while in the summer the forest offers the best escape from the heat of the asphalt.

The mountain can easily be reached by public transport from Zagreb – it is served by tram and bus lines, and there’s also a a cable car and a road for those that don’t like walking but enjoy a good meal on fresh air in one of the mountain huts on Sljeme.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nature, fresh air, good food
  • Cons:Well... if you don't like walking ... Use the cable car
  • In a nutshell:Great escape from the asphalt of Zagreb
  • Last visit to Medvednica: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated Apr 17, 2004
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Bog and I hope we can return to Hrvastki one day. The hiking looks like a great trip. I just hiked steep mountains in Phoenix Arizona and it was difficult. You did a nice job of presenting this great area.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Wonderful Medvednica page with excellent travel tips especially on restaurants, hotels & accommodations. Medvednica Nature Park certainly looks interesting to visit and explore! Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Great that this nice hiking area is so close to Zagreb and so accessible. Funny that you got stamps on your hands for hiking. Here you would get them to prove you paid admission to a rock concert or disco.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2007 at 11:28 PM

    Lots of useful stuff here for anyone planning a hike. Looks great. leyle

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    i would love to do this next time i come to zagreb - but i would insist on getting a stamp on my hand - very funny!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Ah, I should have looked at this page before visiting Zagreb! I could do with an Apfelstrudel right now :))

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2007 at 12:12 PM

    Niksa, very interesting page. As far as I remeber I also took tram #15 to Dolje and walked a bit around but didn't really make it to Medvednica.

  • DPando's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2005 at 4:14 AM

    great forests !!!!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2005 at 1:30 PM

    an interesting page and great pics ! Thanks for sharing !

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2004 at 4:15 AM

    Gr8 tips on a beautiful area so close to the city. When I get time I'll have to check your Split & Zabgreb tips too. Regards from downunder.

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