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The legend of the Klek witches (Ogulin, Mount Klek)
Legend has it that during a stormy night, witches, wizards and fairies from around the world gather on Mt. Klek and their wheel dance and screams can be heard all the way to Ogulin.

In order to give tourists a special experience, today in Ogulin you can see the Klek witches in costume while travelling on the Karlek eco-tourism train. Or visit the Ogulin Fairy Tale Festival, as the people of Ogulin celebrate not only the fairy tale quality of their region but also stimulate artistic and cultural creativity intended for children, by encouraging all those interested to work on projects for children and youth. In addition to numerous plays and the promotion of local theatrical productions, the festival in Ogulin also includes guest performances by many puppet theatres, children and youth theatres, as well as entertainment for adults including plays, concerts and competitions. With the plays intended for both children and their parents, the festival encourages better quality communication between adults and children, while the various workshops and meetings between artists and experts supports the direct artistic process.
 
Treasure trove of impressive history
Welcome to Croatia! A land whose rich cultural heritage is not discovered only from within the walls of numerous museums, galleries and churches, many of which today, as zero category monuments, are included in a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, but much more in that magical place on the Mediterranean, where even the shortest stroll becomes a journey down a staircase thousands of years old which takes one through a history that is at the same time turbulent, exciting and glorious. Whether walking the intricate grid of narrow white stone streets and alleys, or revelling in the teeming life of the port towns of Istria, Kvarner or Dalmatia, or climbing the green serpentines of Central Croatia to the fairy-like fortresses and castles, each step is an ever fresh experience, made special by the fact that on her territory as many as four cultural circles meet, intertwine and complement one another - west, east, Central European and the southern spirit of the Mediterranean. Croatia is a land of urban culture which numbers more cities than any other part of the Mediterranean.


If you are interested in the days of antiquity, you should start from the Roman amphitheatre in Pula, through Zadar and its forum - the largest excavated forum on the eastern shores of the Adriatic - and then to the magnificent palace of Emperor Diocletian in Split. Walk through time, from the pre-Romanesque Church of St. Domnius in Zadar dating from the 9th century, to the world of the Romanesque that is the magical monument city of Trogir, or the islands of Krk and Rab. Follow the Gothic period in Zagreb, Pazin, or, for instance, the town of Ston on the Pelješac peninsula. Discover the Renaissance in Osor on the island of Cres, Šibenik cathedral, the islands of Hvar and Korčula, and finally, the one and only Dubrovnik. The towns of Varaždin, Bjelovar and Vukovar glow with the splendour of the Baroque, while the heritage of the 19th century is at its best in Rijeka, Osijek and, of course, in downtown Zagreb.

 
 

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