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The Samoborsko gorje

Samobor is the obvious base for hiking trips into the Samoborsko gorje, a ravine-scarred upland region which rises abruptly to the west of town, and backs directly onto the hills of the Žumberak. Both ranges fall within the boundaries of the Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje Nature Park (Park prirode Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje; w park-zumberak.hr), which begins 5km west of Samobor and stretches 30km farther southwest towards the town of Ozalj. An area of deep forest interspersed with subalpine meadows, the eastern end of the park is perfect for gentle uphill hikes, and is correspondingly busy with local families on summer weekends. The 1:50, 000 Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje map published by the Nature Park is a useful aid to exploration; Samobor tourist office or the Eco Centre at Slani Dol may have copies for sale.