Croatia: New Year Time In Hrvatsko Zagorje - Hiking Day
For New year eve we decided to be in our weekend house in Croatia. On our second day we decided to conquer the highest hill of Hrvatsko Zagorje, Ivanščica, with 1061 meters of altitude.
For Ivanščica, the highest mountain of northwestern Croatia, most of us know only that it is located in Hrvatsko Zagorje. But did you know that, according to legend, Ivanščica was the largest gathering of witches in Europe?
|We started in Juranščina and soon we were walking through the forest near the Brana creek.|
|Small waterfalls on Brana creek|
|Harmonia axyridis (Harlekinska polonica) is a large coccinellid beetle. Its colour ranges from yellow-orange to black, and the number of spots between none and 22. It is native to eastern Asia, but has been artificially introduced to North America and Europe to control aphids and scale insects. This species is widely considered to be one of the world’s most invasive insects.|
|Belecgrad - The Belec fortress is centrally positioned among southern foothills of Ivanščica|
|Winter is here and so are the spring flowers|
|On top of Ivanščica infront of the Pasarič hut, named after Josip Pasarić, Croatian mountaineer, journalist, writer, author of pedagogical works and publicist.|
|Nada, Rok, Tuši, Vid, Tanja, Borut and Žiga|
|Cold view from the observation pyramid|
|Sun came out for a couple of minutes|
|Belige, 974m, was a peak on our way back|
|And also was the Babin zub - Woman's tooth|
|View from Babin zub, 638 m|
Belecgrad was abandoned in the early 19th century. It is perched on top of a rocky and highly inaccessible hill, and its plan view coincides harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. The fort is believed to be built in the 13th century, although the time of its construction can not accurately be dated without a thorough investigation.
Last hike of the year
|We finished the day with a game called Mister-X|
GeoCaches found, first 2 received a visit by trackable item "Zelda 2 the Zebra Travel Tag", TB3FNKH and it was dropped off in third one:
- Slap na potoku Brana, GC5YVV5
- Planinarska kuća Belecgrad, GC5YVNF
- Ivanščica no1, GC437NV
- Utvrda Belecgrad, GC5YVJZ