We took a walk from the bus station to the Trinity church, then down a steepish road in the corner of the square to the Slunjcica river. Shortly before dusk there were masses of aggressive mosquitos, so some repellent is recommended. I was quite successful fending them off without repellent though. On the way down you will notice a plaque on a...more
Slunj was at the edge of Europe and had to be defended against the Ottomans. Originally the castle was built in the 12th century but was destroyed in the 16th century. It was rebuilt each time and turned into a fortress. For a long time there wasn’t much left of it, but reconstruction has begun and within a few years you probably won’t recognise it...more
As we arrived one late grey afternoon in Slunj it was close to dusk when we visited Rastoke. Rastoke is a bit away from the town center but still within walking distance. The part of town called Rastoke consists of housing and an open air museum with little waterfalls. The waterfall area is also called mini Plitvice. There is an entrance fee (25...more
This greenish looking church is located just off the main square behind the Pansion Park. You cannot enter it as it is fenced off since the war in 1991 as it is damaged. I haven't found out what the name of the church is and any other information. Please feel free to tell me if you know more.Interestingly enough, this church is not featured on the...more
The Trinity church is located on an old square in Slunj within a short walking distance from the bus station. We were able to have a look through the inner glass door. In the entrance hall they hung up a couple of pictures on which you may see how much the church suffered in the Balkan war. This catholic church has been burnt on 30th November 1991....more
Looking across the River, I could see the ruins of a Fort. This was a 15th century fort, which King Bela III gave as a present to the Frankopan family in 1139. It was easily viewed as it sits on the cliff above a Canyon on the Slunjcica River. During french administration, the still standing wooden bridge was built accross the Korana river. The...more
Driving into Slunj felt like driving back into time. The small town has suffered from the recent war, and now has put new roofs on their homes that were damaged. Luckily, the weren't completely demolished, as we still could view homes that were 300years old, thanks to being renovated to their original design with yards still the same.In fact, it is...more
Just beneath the Veliki Javornik mountain top, lies the source of the Jesenica river.Its interesting that after 6kms, the river disappears under the surface of the earth and continues on a subterranean track for about 20 klms and re-emerges 6.5 kms south of Slunj as river Slunjcica.It's at the Slunjcica river where nature has created a good size,...more
I really loved wandering around the Mill Village. Water was everywhere, canals, the little waterfall's, and of course, the old homes that are still standing amongst all of this! There were umpteen bridges, and it really felt like I had stepped back in time. Some of the gardens were over-run, there were Hens scratching as I walked past, washing was...more
I started heading down a path and came across the sign in my 2nd Photo, this was telling me all about the mills of Rastoke, and the power of water.So, after reading the information, it was time for me to go and see for myself! All along the travertine barriers, there were houses and mills built in the style of this region, a combination of the...more
Rastoke is the historic center of the Croatian municipality of Slunj, also the old part of Slunj which is known for its well-preserved mills and the picturesque little waterfalls along the Slunjcica river, which flows into the river Korana here.It is very pretty, and no wonder why, when it's often referred to as "the Small Lakes of Plitvice". When...more
Korana River is a paradise for swimmers, water temperature grow around 28 C degrees during summers. The river is mostly very fast and wild in some parts and it makes Korana ideal for cajacing and canuing. The water is very clean and therefore rich with fish, what makes it attractive for fishermen. Yes, Korana could give high feeling to those who...more
This little restaurant is set in a beautiful surrounding. There is water everywhere and with these waters come the trouts. Having its own trout pool, there is no shortage of fresh fish here. As there is only dish on the menuthis is easy! Don't come here if you don't like trouts.more
We took a bus from Slunj to Bihac in Bosnia-Hercegovina for 50 Kuna. It was run by Autopromet, Slunj, phone: 047 777 276, and it left Slunj at 7.35 am. It also stops at Plitvice Jezero (the bus stop near the Hotel Bellevue) but you need to be there and flag it down. This only works for this Croatian bus once a day.
The bus time table in September 2012 from Slunj was as follows:
7.35 am (without Sunday and public holidays)
13.15, 16.20 (on working days)
12.45, 15.45 (Sundays and public holidays)
To Karlovac and Zagreb:
9.00, 15.15 and 18.00
Best check at the office which is supposed to be open as follows:
Monday-Friday 6 - 16
Saturday 7 - 9 and 15 -18
Sunday 15 - 18
In the center of Slunj right by the bus station and the park you will find a well stocked supermarket "Plus" and a bakery. We went to buy things there to eat in our room since we travelled that day by bus from Nin via Zadar to Slunj and rather used the last daylight hours for sightseeing in Slunj.
In the vicinity of the supermarket you will find 2 fruit and vegetables shops as well as an ice cream parlour (more like a stall) and a few cafes. A short walk along the main street brings you to the Bistro Centar, where you can have a meal. If we would have had more time and would have been hungry then we would have eaten there.
Another option to eat in a restaurant is in the part of town called Rastoke.
(PS: I have taken those pictures from the bus window when our bus from Bihac passed Slunj on the way to Zagreb because I had forgotten to take them when we were staying overnight.)
On the main square in the center of town you will find the town's administrative buildings, the post office and the police. The main square is like a park where the locals will take a stroll in the evening or on weekends.
There is also a monument which probably dates back to 1995 when the war was finished.
We actually spotted two tourist offices on the main road through Slunj. Going from the center of Slunj towards Rastoke you will find a fairly big carpark to your right with a wooden building. This building (picture 1) is the tourist office. The lady there hardly spoke any common languages like English, German or French but we were able to pick up a...more
Sorry if I am not writing the names of this resorts which could be seen on the pictures, I prefer give a chance to potential visitors to explore it by themselves. Rastoke is relativelly small place and could be explored in a short period of time. Side to side it takes like 30 minutes of time to see the whole of this area. Imagine yourself in...more
Rastoke is off the beatten place on the road to Plitvice Lakes and many tourists just passing by, even not noticing it. Those who see the waterfalls, from the car-window, might stop just to admire it from the road-stop or for taking a few pics. Those who are curious by nature and adventurous will stop and explore it. Most of those who stop at...more