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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  • We went on the underground bunker and castle tour. Unfortunately, the road to the bunkers was closed and we only got to go up the mountain to the castle / sanitarium / radio tower. There was no reduct...  more »
  • A place must to visit under Underground Bunkers and Medvedgrad Castle Tour from Zagreb. Something to worth see and enjoy.  more »
  • Went to Medvedgrad many times while tracking on the mountain... They (City of Zagreb is the owner) really don't know what to do and how to organize things around this old castle to attract tourists. I...  more »
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  • Beautiful views from the medieval castle, but it's partially quite badly renovated. Accessible by foot (recommended) and by car. Oltar domovine monument is located there. Admission is 30kn (September 2017).
  • 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.
  • Wonderful experience close to Zagreb. Could be even more popular if better signs were placed.
  • It was a really awesome place to visit - lots of pretty cool history, and a damn sweet view of Zagreb! I hiked up here and it was a lot of fun.
  • No more restaurant and the tower is in a bad shape, even though restored in the '90s. Otherwise majestic views of the hills and Zagreb.

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