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Towns and nature

The Croatian countryside is as unmissable as its coast. Here in Karlovac we are surrounded by a little bit of everything that makes an unforgettable trip. Rolling forested hills crowned with medieval castles, vineyards, monasteries andpicturesque villages watch over the four rivers that sneak their way through canyons, valleys and down waterfalls to their meeting point in the city. Renting a bicycle or car is easy and public transport here connects everyone to everywhere anyway!

Plitvice Lakes National Park

The enchanting, ever beautiful and unmissable Plitvice Lakes National Park has been on UNESCO’s world heritage list since 1979. Sixteen turquoise lakes are formed by natural dams of travertine mineral deposits which then spill into each other creating hundreds of waterfalls. The lakes are divided into upper and lower and are surrounded by 8km of pathways or wooden walkways.

Plitvice Lakes National Park is approximately 80 minutes by car or bus from Karlovac. Buses leave daily in the morning and return throughout the afternoon and evening. Hostel Na putu is perfectly located on the east-west/north-south junction of all the main bus, train and road routes of the country which makes it an affordable accommodation option and convenient stop off point to go explore the lakes. Unfortunately you cannot swim there, but after a long hot day hiking you can cool down when you return to the city where our four rivers will be waiting for you!

Plitvice lakes

Slunj & the Rastoke Mills

The sometimes called little plitvice, Slunj, is on the road to its bigger brother and is well worth the stop off on the way or a half day trip from Karlovac. The town of Slunj has been around since the 12th century and was once a military fortification during the ottoman wars. The lower part of the town where the river Slunjčica flows over several waterfalls and eventually cascades in to the river Korana is called Rastoke. During French rule in the early 18th century,corn mills were built here which you can still visit today 200 years later.

Ozalj

The castle of Ozalj is perched on a cliff overlooking the river Kupa. The castle dates from the 13th century and has been the home of the Frankopan and Zrinski families. Behind the castle is the hydro-power station Munjara which could be mistaken for a castle itself. It is one of the most beautiful examples of neoclassical industrial architecture and has been in operation for more than 100 years.

1km down the road from Ozalj, toward the medieval village of Trg, is the cultural heritage preservation Ethno Park. The park is an open air traditional village museum of dwellings and business spaces with authentically recreated interiors giving you an insight into the pre-industrial Croatian way of life.

Ozalj is connected to Karlovac by regular local busses but it is even more enjoyable to incorporate it into a day’s cycling. Vineyards, monasteries, medieval churches, small traditional villages and unspoilt countryside are plentiful in this part of Karlovac County.

Novigrad na Dobri

No one is quite sure when the castle was constructed, some say 11thcentury, some say 12th. What is known for sure is in the 15th it came into the possession of the Frankopans (Croatian noble family). It later changed hands many times until World War 2, when it was burned.

The castle overlooks a valley of the River Dobra and the historical Carolina Road to the coast with its 18th century stone bridge. Nearby is the 15th century Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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