Medvedgrad Castle, Zagreb

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Medvedgrad is a medieval fortified town located on the south slopes of Medvednica mountain, approximately halfway from the Croatian capital Zagreb to the mountain top Sljeme. For defensive purposes it was built on a hill, Mali Plazur, that is a spur of the main ridge of the mountain that overlooks the city. On a clear day the castle can be seen from far away, especially the high main tower. Below the main tower of the castle is Oltar Domovine (Altar of the homeland) which is dedicated to Croatian soldiers killed in the Croatian War of Independence.HistoryIn 1242, Mongols invaded Zagreb. The city was destroyed and burned to the ground. This prompted the building of Medvedgrad. Encouraged by Pope Innocent IV, Philippe (de genere Türje), bishop of Zagreb, built the fortress between 1249 and 1254. It was later owned by bans of Slavonia. Notable Croatian and Hungarian poet and ban of Slavonia Janus Pannonius (Ivan Česmički) died in the Medvedgrad castle on March 27, 1472.The last Medvedgrad owners and inhabitants was the Gregorijanec family, who gained possession of Medvedgrad in 1562. In 1574, the walls of Medvedgrad were reinforced, but after the 1590 Neulengbach earthquake, the fortress was heavily damaged and ultimately abandoned. It remained in ruins until the late 20th century, when it was partly restored and now offers a panoramic view of the city from an altitude of over 500m.
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  • Original plan did not include this, however I saw it somewhere and made everyone go! :D It was very cool! The road up is definitely the most confusing as google maps is really only so good on the moun...  more »
  • Winter season only at weekends for 10 to 17 hours you have open. If it is not possible to go into the forest, then nothing can be seen. So just take her for a walk, he wants one in the forest.
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  • Among other things rebuilt badly. The tower is of two different materials. Beautiful scenery and area to walk around.
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  • Nice place. Too bad there is nothing but ruins here and access road is not in the best shape. The place is not for people with walking difficulties.
  • A very wonderful place, probably one of the most beautiful place I have visited so far in Croatia.
  • That's the most embarassing example of castle renovation I've ever seen. It's hard to describe - its all done so bad that its even funny ;) Nevertheless, the neighbourhood (the hill) is pretty nice during the autumn and there are almost no turists at all (not surprising regarding the quality of a place itself)
  • Don't get me wrong. The view from this place is something else. I was there on one New Years Eve, at some concerts and on usual walks on weekends. It is breathtaking. The view, the old walls and passages. But, the whole place seems rather neglected, interior is rather bland and exterior around it is a real mess. It can be so much more than it is right now.
  • Nice walk up to the castle. Great veiw.
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