Karlovac

Karlovac

Built as a six-pointed, star-shaped Renaissance fortress, Karlovac is now the main city of Karlovac county. It is located 112 metres above sea level, in the heart of Croatia and at the intersection of major roads that link Croatia’s coastal and Pannonian basin regions. In addition to the ‘Josephina’ road, the historic roads ‘Louisiana’ and ‘Carolina’ also pass through Karlovac. You can camp along the Kupa, Korana, Mrežnica and Dobra rivers, refresh yourself in the clear waters, shoot down the rapids or try your hand at fishing. You can find many of Karlovac’s restaurants in the same locations, and on their menus you will find specialities prepared from freshwater fish. If you want to explore the area surrounding the city, Karlovac county has the distinction of the greatest number of fortified caves in Croatia and even in Europe. In most cases, these caves are located in the upper streams of Korana and Mrežnica rivers. Also characteristic of this region are some unusual bridges, including the one at Mrežnički Brig, the longest wooden bridge in Croatia. Visitors to Petrova Gora will also be able to enjoy the natural delights of one of the best-preserved forested landscapes in Croatia’s mountainous areas.

 

There is also Dubovac castle, a favourite short excursion for Karlovac’s citizens. In summer its fortifications become the backdrop to many concerts, theatre and dance performances and exhibitions. Apart from Dubovac, there are also some other well-preserved old towns such as Bosiljevo, Ogulin, Ribnik and Novigrad.

Nenad Reberšak
The northernmost part of the Plitvice Lakes is also in Karlovac county, where the virgin forest of Čorkova Uvala is rich in ancient trees and protected animal species, including, in addition to bears, wolves and lynx.