Kalnik Things to Do
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Vranilac (643 m) is the peak of Kalnik mountain, which is located in the northwestern part of Croatia. The very peak is placed on a long broken ridge to the south. Several paths and trails lead to the Vranilac, and many mountaineers and tourists visit it often.
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You can take stairs to the top of the city, form where you can have a breathtaking view on the whole area....
But beware: Loose steps (picture 4)
0 Hotels in Kalnik
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Under the old city there is a rather large parking place and a nice Inn in the shadows of the large trees. Food is nice, service is hospitable and prices are reasonable.
Or if you prefer you can have picnic on the slopes of the mountain, the grass is green and soft, and on sunny days more and more people come to the Kalnik for a picnic.
Sadly I don't have any picture of the Inn but the next time I go there I'll make some.
Kalnik Warnings and Dangers
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POSKOK (horned viper, long-nosed viper, nose-horned viper, sand viper) lat. Vipera ammodytes
It is reputed to be the most dangerous of the European vipers due to its large size, long fangs (up to 13 mm) and high venom toxicity.
The head is covered in small, irregular scales that are either smooth or only weakly keeled, except for a pair of large supraocular scales that extend beyond the posterior margin of the eye.
Males have a characteristic dark blotch or V marking on the back of the head that often connects to the dorsal zigzag pattern. The ground color for males varies and includes many different shades of grey, sometimes yellowish or pinkish grey, or yellowish brown.
Females have a similar color pattern, except that it is less distinct and contrasting. They usually lack the dark blotch or V marking on the back of the head that the males have. Ground color is variable and tends more towards browns and bronzes, such as grayish brown, reddish brown, copper, "dirty cream", or brick red.
The common name sand viper is misleading, as this species does not occur in really sandy areas. Mainly, it inhabits dry, rocky hillsides with sparse vegetation. Not usually associated with woodlands, but if so it will be found there around the edges and in clearings. Sometimes found in areas of human habitation, such as railway embankments, farmland, and especially vineyards if rubble piles and stone walls and present.
This is the largest and likely the most dangerous snake to be found in mainland Europe. In some areas it is at least a significant medical risk; in the past fatalities were relatively frequent in the Balkans because the peasants there had a habit of walking barefoot.
Bites promote symptoms typical of viperid envenomation, such as pain, swelling and discoloration, all of which may be immediate. There are also reports of dizziness and tingling.
Humans respond rapidly to this venom, as do mice and birds. Lizards are less affected, while amphibians may even survive a bite.
Kalnik Off The Beaten Path
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A hidden shrine, better known to the hikers, can be seen if you go from Ljubešćica, pass near the quarry and follow the dirt road. There is a nice shrine with statue of Virgin Mary and a cute bridge over a stream. There is also a source of water for drinking.
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Favorite thing: When I feel lonely, or simply want to clear my mind, I often go to the old town Kalnik, climb to the top and simply sit there and watch the horizon. It makes me feel relaxed.... When I was younger, I read a lots of comics and always imagined what it would be, to be some of the characters from comics, a Winnetou, or Zagor, or prince Valiant. I enjoyed walking through woods, running and hiding between the rocks, climbing the trees, so when I come to Kalnik the memories return. Aaah yes, those were the days....