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About Bistra

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Bistra Municipality

As local government body Bistra Municipality was established in 1995 godine.

The area of Bistra Municipality extends from the top of Medvednica, its western slopes and across the valley to the river Krapina. It consists of six villages: Donja Bistra, Gornja Bistra, Poljanica Bistranska, Oborovo Bistransko, Novaki and Bukovje Bistransko that cover a 52.7 km2 area.

Bistra today

District Municipality of Bistra occupies an area of 52.74 square kilometers and extends from the top of Medvednica, its western slopes and across the valley to the river Krapina.

Bistra surroundings are characterized by a rich natural, historical, cultural and ethnological heritage. The most prominent part of the natural heritage situated in that part of Bistra inside Medvednica nature park. The richness of flora and fauna, and above all, clear streams and drinking water make this region especially valuable. The nearby city of Zagreb, good road and transport links and an enviable level of development of communal benefits are enjoyed by a very few municipalities.

The ski slope running from Sljeme towards Bistra hosts World Ski Cup races since 2005. Bistra has potential to become attractive destination for winter sports enthusiasts, mountaineers and other tourists.

Bistra through history

The oldest piece of the historical heritage of Bistra is the stone hammer dating from the transition from the early Stone Age to the Bronze Age and the first written historical document that mentions the Bistra villages is King Andrew’s document from 1209 in which Bistra, farm Poljanica and parish of St. Nicholas are mentioned.

Cultural and ethnological heritage of Bistra is made of many Bistransko dialects, music and folk costumes and traditional Bistra holiday house and castle in Gornja Bistra, which was built from 1770 to 1773 by a retired general Krsto II Oršić Slavetički, assessor of Ban assembly and mayor of Zagreb County.

Bistra Municipality insignia

Bistra Municipality day

Bistra Municipality day is on 06 December and is identical to the day of the St. Nicholas the Bishop, patron saint of Bistra.

Bistra Municipality coat of arms

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The appearance of the coat of arms of the Bistra Municipality was determined at 13th session of Bistra Municipal Council held on 17.10.2002.

Bistra Municipality flag

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The appearance of the flag of the Bistra Municipality was determined at 13th session of Bistra Municipal Council held on 17.10.2002.

Bistra Municipality celebration flag

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The appearance of the celebration flag of the Bistra Municipality was determined at 13th session of Bistra Municipal Council held on 17.10.2002.

Statistical data

  • 1209 year of the first mention of the name “Bistra” in historical sources
  • 1848 beginning of organized education in Bistra
  • 1995 establishment of an independent Municipality
  • 52.75 km2 area of the Municipality
  • 6,632 population (data from 2011)
  • 125.73 population density per km2 (data from 2011)
  • 6 number of villages in the municipality

Nature park

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
  • Medvedgrad
  • 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.