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Senj – City of the red-haired Zora
The City of the red-haired Zora is a new thematic trail being offered to visitors of Senj, a town under Velebit, visited before the Second World War by the Swiss writer Kurt Kläber under the nick name Kurt Held, after which he wrote a novel „Red Zora an her company“ inspired by real-life characters and events from the thirties of the twentieth century.

In the book, first published in 1941, with many new editions ever since, the fourteen year old Zora is the leader of a company of orphans who call themselves uskoci and hide in the fortress Nehaj above Senj, and live of petty theft, but they steal only from rich people.

In 1978 in Senj, in a German-Swiss-Yugoslav coproduction a TV series of the same name was shot, being a great success in the German speaking region and is still popular today. Three years ago, a feature-length film on the red-haired Zora and her adventures was shot, which was on in German cinemas in 2008. It is for this popularity of the Red-Haired Zora and the interest the tourists from the German-speaking countries show for Senj, that the project “ The City of the Red-Haired Zora” has been launched, within the framework of which a brochure and a thematic trail was designed, leading visitors to locations on which the series was shot, from the old City of Senj centre to the Nehaj fortress, introducing them at the same time to the rich history of Senj.

The fortress of Nehaj, the symbol of the City of Senj, was built in 1558 under inspection of the captain and general of the Croatian military region Ivan Lenković. It was built fro the material of demolished churches, monasteries and houses which were previously outside of the city walls. On the first floor, there were rooms for officers and the fortress commander. On the second floor there was a canon battery of 11 heavy canons. Today, here are culture and music events, scientific congresses and other culture events.

The top of the fortress is a belvedere. In the past, watches were from the top carefully observing access roads to Senj from the land and from the sea, and accepting smoke signals and light signals from their accomplices from islands and the shore. From the top of the fortress there is a beautiful view to Hrvatsko primorje and islands of Rab, Goli, Prvić, Cres, Krk, and mountains of the Gorski kotar, Učka and Velebit. The fortress Nehaj is open for visitors from May to November.

Beside Nehaj and other historical heritage, the area of Senj can offer to visitors great many other things. In the vicinity of town is a mountain village Krivi Put, the pass of Vratnik (698 m), wherefrom a wonderful view may be taken, and in the surrounding woods there are rich hunting areas and ideal places for trekking and hunting. Senjska Draga is also worth seeing with a classicistic mausoleum from 1848. Those deciding for beauties of Velebit, it is the best they visit the mountain lodge Zavižan (with about 50 beds) which may be reached through Sv. Juraj and Oltari, and wherefrom one may with longer or shorter walks visit many rarities of nature – a botanical garden, Hajdučki and Rožanski kukovi, Lukina jama (pit) and others.

Senj is famous for many events of entertainment, and the most famous ones being the winter carnival in January and February, a festival of klapas small choir singing in July and the Senj summer carnival in August.

Tourist Association of the Lika-Senj County
www.lickosenjska.com

Tourist Association of the City of Senj
www.tz-senj.hr
 
 

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