In the southeastern part of the Bistra Municipality is the western part of the Medvednica mountain which is protected as a nature park since 16.06.1981.
Nature Park “Medvednica” is a large natural area (area of 22 826 ha) with very pronounced ecological values: many rivers, picturesque stream valleys, karst features caves, sinkholes, rocks, holes, cracks), indigenous forest communities, rich ground flora, rare mountain plants, diverse wildlife, and cultural and historical monuments. Down the slopes of the mountain water flows into many streams that carved deep valleys in the body of the mountain. Medvednica is covered with dense forest vegetation that covers the mountain from about 200 m above sea level all the way to the top. It is particularly important for Medvednica mountain that in that compact forest, above the marginal urban zones, there are no settlements.
Some of the attractions in the Medvednica nature park:
- Chapel of Our Lady of Sljeme
- Chapel of St. Jacob
- Horvat’s 500 steps
- Queen’s Well
- The cave Veternica
- Zrinski mines …
Although today, with the new territorial organization of municipalities, none of these sites are not located in the Municipality of Bistra, thanks to its geographical location Bistra is a good starting point for a tour of most of these locations.