Karlovac Travel Guide

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Karlovac Things to Do

  • The milestone

    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...

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  • WAR RAVAGED HOMES

    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!

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  • MILITARY MUSEUM

    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...

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  • Hiking at Kalvarija

    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!

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  • The City Parks

    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.

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  • Picturesque houses

    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.

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  • Gradski muzej

    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.

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  • Wooden bridge

    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.

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  • Korana River

    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.

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Karlovac Restaurants

  • Gostionica

    "Gradska straza is traditional Gasthouse, sort of tavern, where one can get very descent and inexpensive grilled meat and lot of "Karlovacko" beer, a local brand which is very popular in whole of Croatia. The ambience in such a taverns, which Croatians call "krcma", is simple but clean. It is one of those places where the atmosphere is very...

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  • Bar in the bedroom

    I got quite a strange feeling going into this PUB; the counter is situated where the bed I used to sleep in was in the years 1972 - 1980!Nice place, the coffee was good. Turkish, offcourse :-)

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Karlovac Nightlife

  • "Norijada"

    There are numerous cute looking cafe-bars in the old core of the city with the terraces on the sidewalks. The old core is rather small and you can wlak it side to side in a relatively short period of time.You can enjoy in cold drinks, good music and nice looking youngs.

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  • Papa's Bar, Karlovac

    Papa's is a great place to spend an evening with friends.The bar is spacious and nicely decorated, and has seats outside for those hot summer evenings.Can get very lively at night, when the place packs out and the music kicks in.Also a great place to meet for a coffee during the day!

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  • "Norijada"

    Today, on May 23., the abiturients are ruling in all Croatian cities. We call it "Norijada", their last day of schooling in secondary school. On this day they are allowed to do almost anything they want.

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Karlovac Shopping

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    Most of the old houses in the city centre are turned into the shops. This one offers well known trade mark called "Mustang", offering casual type. This brand is especifically popular among youg population, although it is lately that much in as it used to be several years ago.

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Karlovac Local Customs

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    Mrežnica is one one the four rivers in the town of Karlovac and to me it is the cleanest one. The best and most attractive bathing resorts at Mrežnica re in the outskirts os the town. Check area around Zvecaj.
    Watch the local people before entering into the water, because there are streams and other things with which one is not familiar.

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Karlovac Off The Beaten Path

  • Jewish Cemetery

    Jewish community in Karlovac excisted from the second half of the 19th century when Ashkenazic Jweish immigrants from Hungary, Bohemia, Moravia and Austria moved south to Croatia. The Jewish quarter, called Zidovska varos, had synagogue designed and built in 1870-1871 by Ernest Muehlbauer. During WW II it was used as a warehouse and totally...

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  • Pavillion Katzler

    Pavvillion Katzler, made of wood, was built for the exibition in Zagreb, in 1897. After exibition ended it was bought by Engelbert Hajek, who at that time was the main city horticulturist, and the pavillion was placed in the central city park eight where it stands today. Later on the pavillion was sell to Wilhel Katzler a florist who turned it into...

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  • Goat farm along Mrežnica River

    I love goats because my granny used to have one at her home for a milking. Actually goat is the first animal I got to know as a kid. Goats are pretty smart and very friendly, as far as I remember it, and giving the best quality of milk.This small farm along Mrežnica river brought back some nice memories to me.

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Karlovac Sports & Outdoors

  • basketball

    Danas je tesko zamislivo da je Karlovac svojedobno bio grad kosarke i da su na terenu U legendarnom "Sancu" ponajbolji jugoslavenski klubovi redovito ostavljali bodove. Jos i teze je zamisliti da su na ovom betonu 1964.utakmicu odigrali Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Bob Cousy i Jerry Lucas, jer oni spadaju u vrh vrhova NBA legendi "of all times"....

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  • The River of Mrežnica

    The river of Mrežnica is the cleanest of all four rivers in Karlovac. It is well known resort for all kind of water sports, such as rowing, sportfishing, rafting and swiming. The river is green in colour and the water is crystal clear. Those who have experienced this river would definatelly come back again draging friends to enjoy in its...

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  • Water sports

    The main city beach is situated on both banks of the river Kupa, which is rich of water even in a very warm summer period. It is very convinient to those tourists who are coming by car from the eastern part of Europe, traveling towads the destinations on the Adriatic. The rivers of Karlovac are very inviting, stop here and refresh yourself before...

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Karlovac Favorites

  • Radiceva street

    Radiceva street is non traffic area and the main promenade of the city. This is where the Governor's Gate stood, the main entrance into the town in the medieval times. Most of the buildings here, on both sides of the street, are built in the Baroque style.

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  • Strossmayerov trg

    Strossmayerov trg, which is situated right next to the J. Jelacic trg, is the administrative center of the town. The Town Hall building, in Baroque style, dominates the whole square which is situated centraly inside the six-pointed star ground plan of the old city core.

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  • Franjevacki samostan i crkva Presvetog...

    The Franciscan Monastery and the Most Holy Trinity Church with its bell tower, dominates the central part of the old core of the town. The church was built on the site of an previous sacral building and was reconstructed several times during the centuries.

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Top 5 Waterfall Hikes: Karlovac

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Plitvice Lakes is Croatia's best known national park and the only natural spot among Croatia's seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. Located in the mountainous area of central Croatia, just off the border of Bosnia and Herzegonia, the park is comprised of 16 interconnected lakes between two mountains. While VirtualTourist members said the entire park, with its network of paths, provides ample hiking and water features, Veliki Slap (the Big Waterfall) seems to be a particular draw for visitors. Located in the Lower Lakes area of the park, the Veliki Slap falls 255 feet (78 meters). VirtualTourist members noted that although there are viewing platforms at the bottom of the falls, there are also stairs that you can climb to the top of the waterfall as well as a tunnel where you get to look down upon the waterfall.

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