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Lokve – A house of nature in Lujzijana

Lokve – A house of nature in Lujzijana
Nature house Kotač was recently opened in Lokve in Gorski Kotar. This is a facility that offers a permanent exhibition area linked to the history of the Lujzijana road and in a specially decorated room guests can taste the famous mountain herb liquors. Guests can view the area where the liquors are produced, as well as the loft where mountain herbs and plants used to make the liquors are dried.

Visitors can also try domestic jams, teas, spreads and cakes and all of this is spiced up with stories about Lujzijana – a 200 year old road that connects Rijeka and Karlovac and was once considered the most modern and most beautiful mountain road in Europe. Apart from the tasting room, there is also an exhibition space in the Nature house where there will soon be a permanent ethno exhitibion named «Lujzijana road».

The Nature house in Lokve was built as part of the tourist project called „Lujzijana and Karolina as historical roads“. The project was launched five years ago and its goal is to revitalize the rural areas along these roads, by including potential cultural and natural heritage in the tourist offer.

These historical roads offer many interesting sites, among which are about 50 architectural attractions, with a string of tourist locations and attractiona such as the Rječina Canyon, Trsat, Lokvar Lake, the Lokvarka Cave, Golubinjak, the river Kupa, Zeleni Vir and the Devil˙s Passway, Kamačnik, Lukovdol, the Zrinski-Frankopan Castle in Severin on Kupa, the old town in Novigrad, Dubovac and the Star of Karlovac all situated nearby.
In the wider area, guests are recommended a tour of river Čabranka, Zrinski Castle in Čabar, National park Risnjak, Zrinski Castle in Brod on Kupa, ethno zones and sacral sites in Brod Moravice, Bajer Lake, Vrelo Cave, ski resort Čelimbaša, castle in Stara Sušica, Javorova Kosa resort, the canyon of Dobra, the old town of Bosiljevo and river Mrežnica.
Lujzijana and Karolina are the two roads that connected Karlovac to the Kvarner. Karolina is a 106 km long road which was built from 1726 to 1732 and was named after the Austrian king Carl VI. It connected Karlovac with Bakar and the subsequently built harbour on Sušak in Rijeka. Karolina does not have milage signs, fountains, sun clock and other additional facilities built alongside it which are all features found alongside the younger road, Lujzijana.

Lujzijana was built from 1803 to 1811 and it was the first road that catered for all conditions and needs of its users. It is considered to be the masterpiece of road building in the early 19th century and one of the most modern roads of the Habsburgh monarchy. Contruction works began in 1803 from the waterfront of Rijeka where a line of trees was planted in honour of this event, which stand there to this day. Lujzijana was apparently named after Napoleon`s wife Maria Louisa, a Habsburgh princess. But there is also some proof that that the Habsburgh emperor Franjo I, personally asked that the road hold the name of his wife, Maria Ludovica and that it was going to be named Via Ludovicea.

The Tourist Board of Primorje-Gorje County

The Lujzijana Association


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