The milestone which marks the beginning of so-called "Karolinska cesta" (Caroline road), built in the time of the Hapsburg rule over Croatia, in order to connect hinterland and the coastal part of the country. At the time, it was one of the most modern road in the Europe. The milestone indicates how many hours at that time needed to get to the different locations from the town of Karlovac.
For me, driving through Turanj was a sad sight. We saw many homes with bullet holes, I guess the people too poor to have their homes re-plastered.
We saw ruins and buildings in bad neglect, the area was a grim reminder of what a War leaves behind!
This museum is actually located in the town of Turanj, which is about 10mins south of the city of Karlovac, in central Croatia, and just 10 minutes drive south from the main highway A1.
Turanj is a historic outpost, south of the Austro-Hungarian fortress of Karlovac, established in 1582 to control the mouth of the rivers Korana and Mreznica against Turkish invasions. During the next 500 years, it became very important during the Croatian Homeland War, in 1991-1995.
This was a small open-air museum which we stopped to see.
In 2003, a retired officer of the Croatian Army, decided to make this ruined Austro-Hungarian military base, which is still clearly showing signs of combat damage from 1991, into a Museum.
We wandered around and looked at the Croatian military vehicles, and the demolished buildings.
It has been left like this to preserve the memory of the people who have sacrificed their lives to defend their homeland and their town.
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The Kalvarija area is very nice for walking / hiking. There is a cabin there which is open weekends in the summer season. It is not possible to sleep there, but that is no problem, since it's located quite close to the city.
My wedding party was held in this cabin in 1973!
Those who like parks will come on their own in Karlovac because there are many parks in the town and all of them are situated right in the heart of the city. Actually, there exist a kind of huge ring of parks closing waste area towards the river of Korana.
The town of Karlovac has suffered major distructions during the war 1991 - 1995. Today, it is still under reconstructions, mostly at its outskirts.
The city center is almost fully reconstructed now, displaying colourful facades of its houses as it used to be before.
Gradski muzej, the City Museum of Karlovac, is situated in one of the oldest building in the town. It used to be the seat of Zrinski-Frankopans, famous Croatian noble family from the medieval period.
The museum displays exibits from the earliest history of the town and its surroundings, up to the present times.
The old wooden bridge across the river of Korana is of exceptional beauty. Not much of such constructions can be found nowadays. The bridge is still very well preserved but closed for the traffic. It is situated in the central city park, just a few hundred of meters from the main beach resort.
Karlovac is located on a four rivers, Kupa, Korana, Dobra and Mrežnica. The Korana river flows right through the city centre and since the water is very clean it is the main swiming attraction in the summer season.
The town of Karlovac is situated on the crossroads and connects the eastern and central part of the country with the Adriatic coast.