64% of the area of Medvednica Natural Park are covered with forests. Lower part is covered with Downy Oak and Chestnut Oak, and reaches the altidude of 600 metres. The middle part of the mountain is covered with Beech forests, while at the upper part Beech is mixed with Fir forests.
There are eight special reservates of forest vegetation:
Bliznec – Sumarov grob (Beech and fir forest)
Gracec – Lukovica – Rebar (Termophilic forests of Downy oak and Black hornbeam)
Mikulic potok – Vrabecka gora (Hilly beech forest)
Pusinjak – Gorscica (Hilly beech forest)
Rauchova lugarnica - Desna Trnava (Beech-fir forest)
Tusti vrh – Kremenjak (Chestnut oak and beech forest)
Bablji zub – Ponikve (Chestnut oak and beech forest)
Markovcak – Bistra (Beech-fir forest)
Almost 23,000 hectares of Medvednica is within the boundaries of Medvednica Natural Park. Its basic phenomenon consists of well preserved natural forests and forest communities that cover more than 60 % of the Park. There are eight special reservates of forest vegetation.
On the edges of the Park a man-made environment of orchards, vineyards, agricultural fields and old villages can be found.
Only a 30-minutes tram ride from the centre of Zagreb Medvednica (also known as “Zagrebacka gora” – Zagreb Mountain) is the huge forest area and offers numerous hiking trails, natural phenomenons, mountain huts and other options for being outdoors. It is very popular among the people of Zagreb, both during the winter months when it offers snow possibilities and escape from the Zagreb fog, and during the summer when the mountain offers refreshment and escape from the asphalt heat.
You’ll often hear locals refer to it as “Sljeme”, but this is rather incorrect since Sljeme is only the name of the highest point of Medvednica, at the elevation of 1035 metres.
If the day is clear Sljeme offers beautiful views of Zagreb, but also of Hrvatsko Zagorje (hilly region on the north) and even Slovenian Alps.
Ovako izgledaju stabla kada ih ne srusis na vrijeme, debelo, masno, odurno.
Zamisli sto bi bilo kada ne bi postojala covjekova briga da nam uljepsa okolis, ovi monstrumi bi se spustili do grada ruseci sve pred sobom.
Pretpostavljam da je ovo prvo sto covjek zamijeti kada se na noge zaputi spram Sljemena, gusto poredane biljke koje su narasle do neslucenih visina pa zaklanjaju vidik. Jos je dobro dok je ovako suplje, a sta kada se sve to zazeleni, ak' fulas pravac mos' se naci u Sloveniji.
Fala bogu da ima dobrih ljudi koji ruse stabla i otvaraju nam vidike.
A mozda je ovo najava da ce slijedeca zima biti duga i hladna.