Karlovac city – 53 km from Zagreb

One of the most ancient and one of the most beautiful city of Croatia – Karlovac – was founded in the 16th century, and today it is the administrative centre of the Karlovac region of Croatia.

The population of the town of Karlovac is 49 082 people. Karlovac is conveniently located at the intersection of major highways of Zagreb city and Rijeka city, just 56 km from Zagreb capital.

Initially, a fortress for protection against the Turks was build on the spot where the future town of Karlovac would be located, where the rivers Kupa and Korana merge. The fortress was named after the Austrian Duke Karl II, who gave the order of its construction. An Italian architect planned the fortress in the shape of a six-pointed star.

The fortress of Karlovac was assaulted six times, but it never surrendered, which led to it receiving the deserved title of impregnable.

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Video 3D tour of the Karlovac fortress of the 18th century
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After the retreat of the Turks, the town began to grow beyond its boundaries around the fortress, and to actively develop at the intersection of trade routes.

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Sightseeing in Karlovac

The main sights of Karlovac: the Church of Holy Trinity (1692) built in the Baroque style with a marble altar and a street-clock, a very interesting museum of church art in the building of a Franciscan monastery,

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the old museum Zorin Dom, the town museum located in the 17th century Francopan palace.

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In the town museum you can see the historical, ethnographic, archeological and cultural exhibits and facts about Karlovac’s rich history.

Aquarium Aquatika in Karlovac

Freshwater aquarium “Aquatika” in Karlovac

Karlovac is called “the city of four rivers”. Rivers Kupa, Mrezica, Korana and Dobra merge together in Karlovac city.

More than 100 freshwater fish species exhibits in aquarium “Aquatika” of Karlovac.

“Aquatika” freshwater aquarium in Karlovac city was opened in 2016.

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Karlovacko beer / Karlovacko pivo

In Karlovac there is found the largest beer factory in Croatia – Karlovacko pivo.

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“Days of Beer” / “Dani Piva” festival

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Every year, “Days of Beer” / “Dani Piva” are celebrated in Karlovac.

In 2012, the 26th Dani Piva took place from August 24th to September 2nd.

During Dani Piva the Karlovac beer factory organises free bus and train rides from Zagreb to Karlovac.

Traditionally, during Dani Piva in Karlovac, beer degustations and music events take place.

Official web Karlovac beer factory www.karlovacko.hr

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Sightseeing countrysides of Karlovac

The natural and architectural riches of Karlovac countrysides are no less interesting no less than the city itself.

It is crossed by deep rivers Dobra, Mreznica, Kupa and Korana. Karlovac is surrounded by thick centuries-old forests and waterfalls, partially included in the world-famous Plitvice Lakes national park – 83 km from Karlovac.

Dubrovac fortress – 4 km from Karlovac

Dubrovac fortress of Karlovac is located in 4 km from the historical center of the Karlovac city, and in 56 km from Zagreb city.

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Dubrovac fortress is one of the best-preserved and the most beautiful monuments of Croatian medieval architecture.

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Ozalj castle – 17 km from Karlovac

Ozalj Castle of Karlovac is located in 17 km from the historical center of the Karlovac city, and in 66 km from Zagreb city.

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The castle is located at the top of the rock; it rises above the Kupa river – it was initially build to guard its waters and banks.

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Vrlovka cave – 28 km from Karlovac

The underground cave Spilja Vrlovka is located to the nortwest of Karlovac, 65 km away from Zagreb and 128 km away from Rijeka. Spilja Vrlovka is a karst cave. In the cave, there is a river and numerous stalactites. The cave is 380 m long.

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The cave was discovered in 1928 by the explorer Vladimir Horvat. The cave was provided with electricity and open for visits in 1978.

Waterfalls & mills Rastoke and town of Slunj – 50 km from Karlovac

The town of Slunj, according to legend, was founded by King Zvonimir, but for the first time it was mentioned as a feudal fortification in the 12th century.

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In Slunj you can visit the ruins of an old Francopan fortress, built in the 15th century along with a Franciscan monastery during war with the Turkish kingdom. In the 16th century, the town was razed by a Turkish army and made an outpost of the Military border. At the end of the 17th century, the place started to look the same as it Slunj looks like now.

Rastoke is a part of the town of Slunj, which is famous for its waterfalls and its preserved watermills. Rastoke grew as a millers’ area back in the 17th century, and it is supposed that it had happened earlier.

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Hotels and apartments in Karlovac

One of the best hotels in Karlovac

Hotel Korana Srakovcic 4* Karlovac

Hotel Korana Karlovac
FABULOUS rating 8.7 / 10
Rating based on 278 guest reviews
Distance to the historic center of Karlovac: 800m
Distance to Aquarium Aquatika: 850m
Distance to the center of Zagreb: 61km
Additionally: hotel is located right on the banks of Koran river, from the terrace of the hotel restaurant offers magnificent direct views of the river, the sound of a waterfall. Near the hotel there are 4 tennis courts, a Carpaccio riding club, and a new golf club in 25km. The hotel is ideal for holiday or business meetings.
Price for room for 2 guests: from 123 euro / per night

Photo and description rooms of hotel Korana Srakovcic 4* Karlovac

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Get to Karlovac

Karlovac is located just 56 km from Zagreb – the capital of Croatia.

The nearest international airport to Karlovac is Zagreb international airport.

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Karlovac is conveniently located at the intersection of major highways.

You can go this way on a rental car right at the airport of Zagreb immediately upon arrival.

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Get to Karlovac by bus

You can get to the city of Karlovac by bus from the Main Bus station of Zagreb city.
The cost of a bus ticket from Zagreb to Karlovac for adult is 36-42 HRK, about 4,7 euro – 5,5 euro
Official website of the bus station in Karlovac www.atsk.hr

Get to Karlovac by trains

Also you can get to Karlovac by trains from Zagreb Main railway station.
The travel time of the train from Zagreb to Karlovac is app. 1 hour.
The cost of a train ticket from Zagreb to Karlovac for adult is 34.40 HRK, about 4.5 euro
Official website of Croatian Railways hzpp.hr

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