Devil's Chair

The view from Devil's Chair (Vražji stolček) to the valley of the river Bednja and the slopes of the mountain Ivanščica leaves you breathless, and the drama of the landscape doesn't seem to belong to the otherwise tame Zagorje. Still, it’s there and worth every step in those twenty minutes of slightly slippery climb.

Devil's Chair is only a few minutes walk from the parking lot, to which navigation will bring you. On the other side of the road there is an ascent along a very well-trodden road. There are no markings, so someone coming for the first time should pay attention to the following: after a few minutes of walking uphill, on the right you will come across a smaller plain (meadow) after which, a few meters further, turn from the main to a smaller path to the right into the forest. This way you will soon be at your destination, although the roots and sometimes steep uphill make it difficult to walk.

On the hill above the Devil's Chair there was an imposing building 150 meters long and 25 meters wide, the ruins of which can still be seen, but today it is not clear from which period it originates. Although remnants of human activity from the distant past have been found, the said building was probably built as a resting place on the way to the Holy Land during the Crusades. The information point about the mentioned building is located at the foot of the hill, along the road from which the road to Devil's Chair starts too.

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VRAŽJI STOLČEK

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Pogled na dolinu rijeke Bednje i obronke planine Ivanščice ostavlja bez daha, a dramatičnost pejzaža kao da ne pripada inače pitomom Zagorju. Ipak, tu je i vrijedi svakog koraka u tih dvadeset minuta pomalo skliskog uspona.

Da, do Stolčeka je potrebno tek nekoliko minuta hoda od parkinga do kojeg će vas dovesti navigacija. S druge strane kreće uspon po vrlo dobro utabanom putu. Nema markacija pa netko tko dolazi prvi put treba obratiti pozornost na sljedeće: nakon nekoliko minuta hoda uzbrdo s desne strane naići ćete na manju ravninu (livadu) nakon koje se, par metara dalje, skreće s glavnog na manji puteljak desno u šumu. Tim putem uskoro ste kod Stolčeka, iako korijenje i ponekad strma uzbrdica otežavaju šetnju.

Da je pogled spektakularan uvjerite se na fotografiji, iako ona ne dočarava stvarnu ljepotu.

Inače, na vrhu brežuljka iznad Vražjeg stolčeka postojala je impozantna građevina dugačka 150 i široka 25 metara, čije se ruševine još naziru, no danas nije jasno iz kojeg razdoblja potječe. Iako su pronađeni ostaci ljudskog djelovanja iz dalje prošlosti, spomenuta građevina vjerojatno je izgrađena kao mjesto odmora na putu u Svetu zemlju za vrijeme križarskih ratova. Informativna točka o spomenutoj građevini nalazi se u podnožju brežuljka, uz cestu s koje kreće put prema Stolčeku.

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