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INTRODUCING KARLOVAC

A centuries old city, a Renaissance and Baroque inspired town, Karlovac has been impacted from the start by the overland crossroads and the four rivers that flow through its county, which more or less have influenced the quality and potential of the city from the start. The city began as a fortified military base which was formed to dissuade any Ottoman invasions into the AustroHungarian Empire. As part of the empire, the city took its name (Karlovac or Karlstadt) from the Archduke of Austria, Karlo von Habsburg, who was also a military commander and had founded the site of the new city in 1578. The birth of this fortified city began with construction of the fortress on 13 July 1579. The fortress was surrounded by ramparts, bastions and a deep moat, what we see today as the Karlovac Star. The urban plan was based on the ideal Renaissance pattern where the city was situated inside the lines of the star, or walls, where all structures were erected in defined geometric blocks. Military and sacred buildings went up first, followed by palaces, squares and houses. Soon after, the city received its first inhabitants of soldiers and civilians and life began. Military houses were built larger than artisan’s houses which were two-storey – the first level being the shop and upper levels for living space. All residential buildings in the historical core have wooden corridors on the backyard side, called ganjak. Bourgeois houses were also built for the noblemen. On the busy walkway of Radićeva street lies the house of Count Janko Drašković (1828), which portrays some stylistic features of urban palaces in Zagreb from the Zagreb architect Felbinger. Karlovac becomes an important trading and merchant town but eventually the citizens demanded less military restrictions which stood in the way of their progression and so the city of Karlovac became a free royal city with its own emblem in 1781, delivered by the Emperor Joseph II. This meant they were under the special king’s patronage yet they had the right to choose their own city council and mayor. From this and the next century on the city of Karlovac prospered and was known as the golden age of trade in Karlovac. Unfortunately the 20th century did more to devastate the former prosperous city, with two World Wars, but most damage was caused in the recent Homeland War, its effects still noted today. As a result of this war, Karlovac declined greatly, with much damage lobbed on community life and structural features. However, as of late, Karlovac has been improving in strides, some due to the strong willed and proud townsfolk, some due to the great tourist potential, some due to the rich cultural and historical value of this city. This city is well known for its location on four rivers which really have a lot to offer. These four rivers have greatly influenced the community of Karlovac from trade to industry to survival and, it was also a vital connection of the Mediterranean coast with inner Croatia. The most popular of the four is the Kupa River, where in all months of the year, especially in winter, the fishermen come to try their hand and adventurers go rafting in spring. The Korana and the Mrežnica Rivers also have their fishing delights, yet its fresh clear waters are more enticing to the exploratory traveller, for it is here that water sports takes place, especially on the wilder Mrežnica River, which is perfect for rafting and canoeing activities and has a multitude of waterfalls and cascades that will please you along with its warm summer waters ideal for swimming. The Dobra River is a smaller version of the former two, but great for rafting. It’s also perfect for a lazy family afternoon in sailing, picnicking or for bathing in the crystal clear waters. If you take your fishing seriously, be sure to get a piece of the action in and around Karlovac. No matter your preferences, there are plenty of spots to choose from and a rich variety of biting fish to entice you. Today, Karlovac is well known for its potential in recreational tourism. For the adventurous spirit, there is more than enough here to keep you entertained and satisfied. Be different! Not only is there a bevy of rolling green parks and promenades to stroll or chase butterflies in, one can enjoy a variety of walking treks, paintball, mountaineering and excursions in the national and nature parks of Karlovac county. Or for simple pleasures, take in a game of tennis, swim at the city beach, or even a secluded and romantic area of a tree lined river bank. Being very bicycle friendly, take a ride through the centre or outskirts of town, a perfect way to see the region in all its charm. Make use of your stay by visiting the wonderful cultural and historical sights of Karlovac….take in a theatrical performance, pop into a museum or simply enjoy the hospitality of friendly people in a number of palate pleasing restaurants. Years of hunting game here has left its mark on a rich gastronomic variety of restaurants with special culinary skills that will leave your tastebuds tantalised. If up for an enthusiastic challenge, leave everyday worries behind and let yourself be taken in by the nature and the thrill of an adventurous Karlovac!

ARRIVING IN KARLOVAC
So you have finally reached our beautiful city, having safely placed your two feet on Croatian soil rest assured as we have all the necessary information on transport and arrival points to help you get around and find your way.

GETTING AROUND Car rental
Budget Car Rental M-3, Trg P. Zrinskog 4, tel. 61 54 05/ 099 589 65 06, kar@budget.hr, www.budget.hr. QOpen 08:00 - 16:00, Sat 09:00 - 12:00. Rent AH Zadar M-5, Prilaz V.Holjevca 2, Central bus station, tel. 61 14 86/ 098 33 00 48, rentah.zadar@optinet.hr. QOpen 07:00 - 21:00. Closed Sun.
Closed Sun.

GETTING AROUND
Generalturist M-3, Trg Petra Zrinskog 4, tel. 61 51 99/ 61 53 99, www. generalturist.hr. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00, Sat 09:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. A Hodočasnik Quo Vadis E-12, Antuna Gustava Matoša 7a, tel. 41 34 72/ 091 568 81 50. Q Open 08:00 - 12:00, 16:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. N Star Turist F-8, Matka Laginje 1, tel. 64 56 00, info@starturist.hr, www. starturist.hr. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00, Sat 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. A Valdemar G-10, Banjavčićeva 10, tel. 61 16 09/ 091 787 59 76, valdemar@ka.t-com.hr. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. N

MAIL & PHONES Public telephone
Phone cards You can purchase phone card (telefonska kar tica) at any kiosk - they come in 15 - 100 units and cost 15, 30, 50 and 100kn respectively. You can also buy prepaid phone cards which give you substantial discounts when calling abroad.

By bus Karlovac Bus Station (M-5) has far more facilities than the train station. Ticket office is open 05:30 - 20:30, Information office 00:00 - 24:00. Abandon your bags in the left luggage facilities, (Garderoba) 06:00 - 20:00 ever y day, 5kn per bag, per day. There are two cafés in the station: Gostionica Albatros, open 05:0 - 22:00, Sat 05:30 - 22:00, Sun 06:00 - 22:00 and Bistro Duga, open 05:00 23:00. There is also a shop Dabar that is open 06:00 - 21:00, Sun 06:30 - 21:00. Calling home: Purchase a phone card at the news-stand or kiosk which is open 24 hours and use one of the public pay phones. The toilets cost a standard 3kn. Changing money: There is an exchange bureau called Rakun (tel.61 47 32) open 08:00 - 12:00 and 16:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Getting to town: The taxi rank is just outside the station and should you want to walk the 10 minutes into town, turn right from the station towards Kralj Tomislav Street which leads you to the well-known Karlovačka zvijezda (The Karlovac Star). Arriving from Zagreb by bus: Leave from the Zagreb Bus Station (autobusni kolodvor) located in the Marin Držić Avenue bb. Prices are reasonable. A single ticket to Karlovac costs from 36 - 40kn and will take approximately 45 minutes. For more information visit the Zagreb Bus Station website: www.akz.hr Arriving from Zagreb by plane: If you are arriving at Zagreb’s Airpor t (Zračna luka Pleso), Croatia Airlines runs a bus ser vice from the airpor t to the Zagreb Bus Station. It costs 30kn and takes about 30min. Once you get to the bus station, take a bus to Karlovac, it runs roughly ever y half hour. By car From Italy: When coming from Trieste, look for signs ‘Fiume’ and route
number E63 /local route 7, which crosses Slovenia and enters Croatia at Pasjak or Rupa. Local road 8 leads you into Rijeka, where a motor way toll will cost you 5kn. After that follow the 107km long A6 motor way that runs directly from Rijeka to Karlovac. The motor way toll costs 44kn in one direction. From Slovenia: After you cross the border at Rupa or Pasjak, local road 8 will take you directly to Rijeka and then follow the A6 motor way Rijeka - Karlovac. From Ljubljana follow the A2 motor way towards the Bregana border crossing and then join the A3 motor way into Zagreb. From Zagreb the A1 motor way / route number E65 drops you directly into Karlovac. From Zagreb: The 42 km long A1 / E65 motor way runs directly from Zagreb to Karlovac. The motor way toll costs 16kn in one direction and is payable in most currencies. Road Safety: The legal limit for drinking and driving is 0.5% blood alcohol concentration if you are over 24 years of age. If you are under that age, a limit of 0.0% applies to you. The speed limit in urban areas is 50kph and 130kph on highways. Using a mobile during driving is strictly forbidden whilst fastening car belts is obligator y.

Parking
As in most other Croatian cities, parking in Karlovac can be paid for via a simple mobile text message. Croatia was the first country to introduce SMS pay parking. Look for signs along the parking areas and pay at the allocated machines which accept coins or simply send the registration number of your car as a text message (no spaces, no special characters) to 8471.Your payment is confirmed with a reply text message. The first hour of parking costs 4kn and 5kn per hour thereafter. Payment on weekdays are from 7am-8pm and from 7am-2pm on Saturdays. A few minutes prior to your parking expiry, a text message is sent to either top up your parking limit or remove your car. Just in case you don’t display the ticket on your dashboard, you may expect to receive a fine of 160kn. Latecomers will be charged 40kn. Parking d.o.o. F-11, Trg Josipa Broza 2, tel. 61 55 08.

Emergency numbers
Police Fire department Ambulance 92 93 94

MAIL & PHONES City express mail
CityEx F-11/12, Senjska 70, tel. 61 29 00, karlovac@cityexpress.hr, www. cityexpress.hr. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun.

Internet places
interior, decorated only with black and white photographs. It’s a rather small cafe bar with free internet access and music on the radio. It’s a good place to kick back and relax after a day of sightseeing. QOpen 07:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 07:00 - 24:00, Sun 08:00 - 23:00. Library for the youth (Knjižnica za mlade) O-2, Banjavčićeva 8, tel. 61 41 88. Your traditional municipal librar y is what you’ll find here and it’s in the Zvijezda area. It is dedicated to children and teens mostly; besides the reading room, it also holds exhibitions, seminars and workshops. Seven computers with internet access are available to all visitors for 6kn per hour. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

Karlovac telephone code is +385-47 Tourist informations
M/N-2, A.Vraniczanya 6, tel. 61 53 20, info@tzkz.hr, www.tzkz. hr. QOpen 07:00 - 15:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Karlovac Tourist Board F-10, Petra Zrinskog 3, tel. 61 51 15, karlovac-touristinfo@ ka.t-com.hr, www.karlovac-touristinfo.hr. Q Open 08:00 - 15:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. From June 15 till October 01 Open 08:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00, 17:00 - 20:00.

Petrol stations
Zagrebačka ulica bb, tel. 63 76 09QOpen 06:00 - 22:00, Smičiklasova ulica bb, tel. 65 57 00QOpen 00:00 - 24:00, Marmontova Aleja bb, tel. 41 38 08QOpen 06:00 - 22:00, Rakovac bb, tel. 65 45 99QOpen 06:00 - 22:00, Sun 06:00 - 14:00, Senjska 120, tel. 43 22 32QOpen 00:00 - 24:00, Vilima Reinera 6, tel. 64 58 85QOpen 06:00 - 23:00, Sun 07:00 - 22:00.

Bundes Caffe O-3, Radićeva 27. Located inside the Zvijezda area, modern

Karlovac County Tourist Board

Public transpor t
Karlovac is a rather small town and all major tourist sights and events are a mere 20 minute walking distance. There is no developed public transport system that passes through the city centre itself. Existing bus lines at Korzo, Tržnica and the main Bus Station connect the city to surrounding suburban areas a few times a day. There is a single bus line that goes from the city centre to the Švarča Hospital. One way tickets can be purchased inside the bus and costs 10 - 27kn. For more information contact the Autotransport Karlovac Office, tel. 60 07 42, 61 18 21 or visit www.atsk.hr

Making the call
You’ve memorised the misleadingly simple code break-down, and are ready to take the plunge (let’s hope you decided not to drop that tricky calculus course). Local Calls: Here’s the trick: dial the subscriber’s six- or seven-digit number, and place the receiver to your ear. National Calls: Dial the Croatian city code (047 if you’re calling Karlovac for instance) followed by the subscriber’s number. Calling Abroad: Dial 00 (the international access code), the appropriate countr y code, a city or area code if applicable and the subscriber’s number. Calling Croatia from Abroad: Dial your international access code, 385 (Croatia’s countr y code), the city code (dropping the initial 0) and the subscriber’s number. Calling a Mobile: Mobile numbers are 9 or 10-digits and begin with either 091, 092, 095, 098 or 099. Dial the subscriber’s number and wait for a human voice. For an international call to a Croatian mobile, dial your international acess code, 385 (countr y code), drop the 0, and then dial the remaining 9 digits.

National holidays
January 1 January 6 April 12 April 13 May 1 June 11 June 22 June 25 August 5 August 15 October 8 November 1 December 25 December 26 New Year’s Day Epiphany Easter Easter Monday International Workers' Day Corpus Christi Anti Fascist Resistance Day Statehood Day Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day Feast of the Assumption Independence Day All Saints’ Day Christmas Saint Stephen’s Day
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Rent a bike
Hotel Korana Srakovčić R-4, Perivoj Josipa Vrbanića 8, tel. 60 90 90.
25kn/hour, 50kn/half a day, 100kn/whole day.

are generally sound. It includes a ticket office which is open 05:00 - 21:10 and has a free public toilet. Getting to town: Since there is no taxi rank outside the railway station, call one of these phone numbers: 098 85 38 45, 098 35 36 85 or simply stroll to the underground hallway that is in front of the station and under the main road which leads across Banija. Take a right turn towards center and walk across the bridge over the Kupa River. It will take you approximately 10 minutes to get to the city centre.

By train The facilities at the train station (E-8) do require the odd touch up but

Road help
HAK (Croatian Auto Club) tel. 987 has 24 hour road ser vice and dial for road conditions in English (only during summer). For more information visit www.hak.hr. You can also contact Auto Klub Karlovac, Gažanski trg 1 (G-9), tel. 61 36 13, 098 41 75 74 for 24 hour break down ser vices and road assistance.

Taxis
The only taxi rank in the town can be found in front of the Bus Station (M-5). Occasionally you can catch a taxi at the Railway Station or at the beginning of Radićeva Street, but since that’s not always the case it is best to call one of these numbers: 047 42 24 44, 098 85 38 45 or 098 35 36 85. Star t: 20kn and 7kn (1km) drive. Luggage: 5kn. Night drive: plus 20%.

Mobile phones
Mobile phone use in Karlovac is typical to most ever ywhere in Europe: they appear to be permanent growths that have attached themselves to ears or cheeks. Unique however, are the numerous and exciting tonal renditions of show-tunes and 80s glam-rock that shatter the most tranquil of moments. It seems that churches and cinemas remain the only structures holy enough to warrant the tragic silent-mode designation in this central European location. The networks that exist are VIP (091), T-Mobile (098,099) and Tele 2 (095) and their SIM cards can be bought all over the place, priced 100kn for Vip and T-mobile and 25kn for Tele 2. Buy pay-as-you-go cards in news kiosks, or top up at a cash machine. T-Centar Trg Petra Zrinskog 6 (M-5), tel. 098 1520.QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Vip Centar Gundulićeva 8 (N-1), tel. 091 77 00.QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Tele 2 Centar V. Mačeka 1 (L-1), tel. 60 13 66. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

GETTING AROUND Bike repair
Štraus F-9, Banija 17, tel. 64 84 05, straus@ka.t-com.hr, www.biciklistraus.hr. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. A Golf Aurora E-11, Miroslava Krleže 4c, tel. 41 72 54, www.golfaurora.hr. Q Open 08:00 - 16:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. June - September Open
08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

Trains
Central train station (Željeznički kolodvor) E-8, Vilima Reinera 3, tel.
060 33 34 44, www.hznet.hr. There are several daily runs to and from Rijeka, Split and Zagreb. Options are fast and slower trains to Zagreb (30 - 36kn oneway and 47 - 56kn return) with 18 lines a day during week days (not so offten on weekends) star ting early morning around 5:00 with last one between 21:00 and 23:00. The journey lasts 30 - 60 minutes with connections for international lines made through Zagreb. Ticket window is open daily 05:00 - 21:10.

Street register
B Bakarska E-9 Banija F-6 - 9 Banjavčića, Ivana G-10/O-2 Baščinska E - H-14 Bencetića, Đuke G-10/O-3 Bledska D-12 Bogovića, Mirka F G-8 , Bogovića, Vladimira B-8 Bohinjska C-12 Bolnička E-10 Borlin A, B-7, 8 Boškovića, Ruđera C, D-9, 10 Bulića, Franje D-10 Bunjevačka A, B-8 Bušića, Brune B-8 C Cesarca, Augusta G-10/N,O-2

Buses
Central bus station (Autobusni kolodvor) M-5, Prilaz V.Holjevca 2, tel. 060 33 88 33. This is a definite hub station, with buses coming to and from many destinations. From here there are regular buses to Zagreb (40 lines a day, almost ever y half an hour with 4-hour brake between 22:30 and 02:45), Rijeka, Plitvice and other par ts of Croatia. Ticket office is open 05:30 - 20:30 and Information office 00:00 - 24:00.

Travel agencies
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Post offices
Banija F-8, A. Starčevića 22, tel. 64 61 72. QOpen 09:00 - 16:30. Closed Sat, Sun. Dubovac Dubovac 7, tel. 41 63 82. QOpen 08:00 - 15:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Grabrik G-12, M. Vrhovca 9, tel. 42 24 13. Q Open 07:30 - 19:00.
Closed Sat, Sun. From July 1 till August 31 Open 07:00 - 14:30. Closed Sat, Sun. Main post office N/O-2, I. G. Kovačića 4, tel. 69 47 00. QOpen 07:30 19:00, Sat 07:30 - 14:30. Closed Sun.

Adriatica.net F-11, Trg Josipa Broza 4, tel. 41 21 11, poslovnica.karlovac@ centarputovanja.net, www.adriatica.net. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 -

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Konoba Zec G-7, Bogovićeva 2, tel. 64 54 55, zeljko.jurajevcic@ka.tcom.hr. With a huge selection of grilled and barbequed dishes from the spit, this restaurant offers fur ther appetising dishes of Italian cuisine - pastas and pizza’s from a wood fired oven. Swing by on Saturdays and be enter tained with live a capella music, or stop by on Sundays to enjoy a atmospheric family lunch. Good food, good prices! Fine array of white and red wines. QOpen 06:30 - 24:00, Sun 08:00 - 24:00. (70 - 130kn). PALGB Kristal F-8, Matka Laginje 1, tel. 64 56 00, info@restoran-kristal.com, www.restoran-kristal.com. This famous Karlovac restaurant is situated in the Bakin Business Centre. Its facilities include an a la car te restaurant and a multipurpose hall which can be easily transformed into a large hall that can host many events and celebrations, such as meetings and weddings. The restaurant offers fish and meat specialties, homemade cakes, confectioner y delicacies, wedding cakes and ice cream - making those memorable moments ever so sweeter. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 - 17:00. (40 - 90kn). PALG Pod starimi krovovi O-2, Radićeva 8/10, tel. 61 54 20. Located in the hear t of the old city centre and the famous star, you’ll find one of the best catering schools in this countr y which also acts as a restaurant. The restaurant offers an international cuisine of fresh ingredients. The specialty of the house is rumpsteak based in a tasty oyster mushroom and cranberr y sauce. Other speciality dishes include frogfish and steak with truffles. Stop by for a delicious meal and enjoy the comfor t and warmth of this side of Karlovac. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00. Closed Sun. (25 - 60kn). PJAGB Tempo M-2, Mažuranićeva obala 1, tel. 60 01 68. Centrally located with an excellent choice of cakes, sweets and ice cream. Tempo is ideal for coffee. Moreover, enjoy some of the gastronomic specialties as they ser ve brunch and lunch at cheap prices. QOpen 07:00 - 22:00, Sat 09:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun. (35 - 180kn). PAGB Tiffany E-10, Dr.Vlatka Mačeka 6/I, tel. 61 46 66/ 098 46 15 80. Located next to the depar tment store, this is a little gem with the best hot sandwiches in town as well as pizza. Wor th a visit for something less formal and more laid back. QOpen 07:00 - 23:00, Sun 13:00 - 23:00. (30 - 90kn). NGB

WHERE TO STAY Upmarket
60 90 91, info@hotelkorana.hr, www.hotelkorana.hr. This exclusive 4 star hotel is located in one of the best spots in town, right beside the Korana river and a centuries old serene park. All rooms are elegantly designed, spotless and leave you feeling like royalty. Choose from 3 business suites, 12 double rooms, all with air-conditioning and internet connection, telephone, TV and satellite, a safe and mini-bar. Extra ser vices: laundr y ser vice, room ser vice. The hotel also includes restaurants, bars, conference hall, wellness centre with pool/sauna and parking lot. Fur ther information offered on excursions, trips and recreational activities around the region. Q19 rooms (12 singles €106 - 130, 12 doubles €119 - 136, 4 triples €157, 3 apar tments €135 - 226). PHA6ULEGBKDC hhhh

WHERE TO STAY Camping
Slapić Mrežnički brig bb, tel. 84 57 00, autocamp@inet.hr, www.
campslapic.hr. Happy campers do we have a treat for you! Pack your gear as this private camp which is situated 10km outside of Karlovac, in the village of Mrežnički brig, is jam packed with ever ything your camping hear ts desire. It’s equipped with 48 units, a bathing area plus facilities which include: canoeing, barbecue, table football and a children’s playground. The campsite itself has a reception desk, restaurant and bar, per fect for that getaway! The nearest shop is 300 meters away. Peak season (01.06 - 31.08.) prices for adults are 30kn and 15kn for children between 5 - 12. Additional prices include car for 25kn, a trailer 35kn, a tent 20kn, and pets are 10kn. Electricity is 15kn and water 10kn. Off peak season is from (01.04 - 31.05. and 01.09 - 31.10.)

RESTAURANTS
M-90 Zagrebačka cesta bb, tel. 63 76 44, m90@ka.t-com.hr, www.m-90. hr/restoran.html. If comfor t and natural surroundings are your thing, make your way down to this restaurant with large terrace where you can enjoy business lunches or formal dinners by candlelight and soft music. Treat yourself to fresh seafood and barbequed dishes. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00. Closed Sun. (60 - 130kn). PALB Mali odmor Borlin 142, tel. 63 46 00/ 098 53 19 37, mali.odmor@hi.tcom.hr. Located on the road to Karlovac-Jurovski Brod-Slovenia and sitting beside tennis cour ts sits this charming restaurant which offers a rich wine list of more than 30 options to accompany their menu of seafood and well-known truffle dishes. QOpen 07:00 - 23:00, Sun 08:00 - 22:00. (50 - 100kn). PALB

NIGHTLIFE
Antique N-2, Gundulićeva 2, tel. 61 54 15. Want a place to warm up before a big night out on the town? Then this café bar is your answer with some cool tunes playing on the turntable. Besides the front door being beautifully decorated with ornaments, the interior itself doesn’t have much to do with antiquity except for a few minor details.QOpen 07:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 07:00 - 01:00. Sun 08:00 - 24:00. B Coloseum F-11, Tuškanova 10. The Coloseum in Rome was a place of enter tainment, as is this spacious café bar. Situated near the bus station and in a new building, the weekends are transformed with more of a night club atmosphere and live per formances by rock bands. Enjoy a game of pool between sets and you just might see some modern day gladiators. QOpen 07:00 - 23:00, Fri 08:00 04:00, Sun 08:00 - 23:00. Drmeš Klub N-2, Šebetićeva 3, tel. 61 10 99. For an alternative to disco and house music joints, take yourself down to this rock club for a rocking fab night out. Q Open 07:00 - 24:00, Thu, Sat 07:00 - 02:00. PNGB Edison - Buddha bar N-3, Šetalište Dr.Franje Tuđmana 13, tel. 099 350 59 59. A taste of Asia can be found within the Edison cinema complex as this tediously exotic bar has an interior designed in the oriental style. It’s a true architectonic spot with an open galler y. The weekends alter as DJ’s enter tain the younger crowd. QOpen 07:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 07:00 - 04:00. B Knjige i kava O-2, Kraševa 4. The warm hues of this café are easy on the eyes and the music is definitely easy on the ears. This cutesy bar attracts a young casual and chatty crowd, the setup is laid back and comfy, the interesting features are the old books and records that line the wall. QOpen 07:30 - 24:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 01:00. Papa’s bar N-2, Šetalište dr.Franje Tuđmana 1, tel. 61 53 30, papasbar@ papasbar.com.hr, www.papasbar.com.hr. Dedicated to the great Ernest Hemingway and with a focus on a wooden interior with Havana flavour, this spacious and smar tly decorated bar has the right touch, and more than enough flavour to keep you coming back. The nights come alive here with animated friends and a fabulous choice of records. QOpen 07:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 07:00 - 02:00, Sun 08:00 - 24:00. NGB The River Pub-Great British Pub N-1, Preradovićeva 10, tel. 63 86 97. A pub that is actually a club where the so called young like to rendezvous. It is ver y spacious and full of enter tainment with regular live per formances by popular Croatian bands such as Elemental as well as local band Čokoladne bradavice (Chocolate nipples). QOpen 07:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 07:00 - 02:00. PAGB Ziher O-2, Banjavčićeva 16. Hot and heavy well defines this place thanks to the tunes that tremble through the speakers. Fans of rock and metal gather here. It’s loud and their proud! You’ll find cer tain remains of drum kits clanged to the wall amongst some black and white snaps. There is also a playroom for a game of night flipper, dar ts or table football. To put it simply, it rocks and it’s slap bang in the hear t of town! QOpen 07:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 07:00 - 03:00, Sun 09:00 - 24:00.

SHOPPING
Katzler Pavilion N-2, Stjepana Radića bb, tel. 098 81 80 57, info@paviljonkatzler.hr, www.paviljon-katzler.hr. Ar tistic postcrads, antiques and photos. Q Open 10:00 - 13:00, 16:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Lin trgovina F-11, Trg Josipa Broza 2, tel. 60 97 00, ivan@lin-trgovina.hr. QOpen 07:00 - 20:00, Sat 07:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. A Štacun pri Gambonu N-2, Stjepana Radića 8/10, tel. 61 64 94. Q Open 13:00 - 20:00, Mon, Wed 08:00 - 15:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. A TTM M-4, Kralja Tomislava 29, tel. 098 29 40 62/ 098 36 47 62, www. ttm-suveniri.hr. Q Open 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

SPORT
licences cost a mere 60kn, and can be bought at 12 agencies in the Karlovac region. For all information and fishing season dates contact: KŠR Korana, Domobranska 25 (N-4), tel. 61 71 22 or 095 / 617 12 24; www. krs-korana.hr. Open 09:00 - 14:00, Wed 13:00 - 19:00. Closed Sat and Sun.

Korana Srakovčić R-4, Perivoj Josipa Vrbanića 8, tel. 60 90 90, fax

Fishing & Hunting supplies
Raub F-10/M-3, Zrinski trg 7, tel. 61 48 66/ 091 571 23 23. Hunting, fishing and camping supplies. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 14:00. Sekstagon G-12, Maksimilijana Vrhovca 9, tel. 65 40 97, sekstagon@ ka.t-com.hr. Fishing and hunting supplies. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00
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Desser t
covered outdoor terrace, the interior is reminiscent of a bygone Viennese era. The café looks onto the popular downtown square, so drop in and enjoy your coffee with any number of tasty pastries. QOpen 07:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 07:00 - 24:00. PNGB Slatki centar L-3, Vlatka Mačeka 6, tel. 61 38 01. If you suddenly get that craving for something sugar y, then visit the so called ‘sweet centre’. It’s known to have the best pancakes and cakes in town. Salty snacks for brunch are also on offer. QOpen 07:00 - 23:00, Sun 08:00 - 23:00. PGB

Mid-range
hr, www.carlstadt.hr. The hotel is located in the ver y centre of downtown, quite close to the Karlovac star. All rooms are immaculately clean, spacious and suitable for all tastes. The hotel features many different rooms all equipped with modern cons. Internet ser vices are provided at reception. Q40 rooms (9 singles 310 - 340kn, 25 doubles 455kn, 3 triples 500 - 645kn, 3 suites 815kn). PAL hhh Europa F-8, Banija 161, tel. 60 96 66, fax 60 96 67, hotel-europa@ hotel-europa.com.hr, www.hotel-europa.com.hr. Located near the main train station, this hotel is modern, clean and full of comfor t! Included is 1 apar tment and 33 rooms with air-conditioning, satellite TV, wireless internet. The hotel also provides a conference room, a bar and restaurant, and recreational extra’s of a sauna and solarium. Park your car with ease and enjoy the friendliness of this peaceful hotel. Ask for ser viced excursions to local places of interest. Q34 rooms (6 singles €73 - 104, 23 doubles €92 - 113, 4 triples €106 - 155, 1 apar tment €138 - 225). PHA6ULKD hhh

Mozart N-2, Trg Matije Gupca 1, tel. 091 161 12 20. A cute café with a

Robna kuća Karlovčanka M-2, Trg M.Šufflaya 1, tel. 61 48 05, info@ tekstil-karlovac.hr, www.tekstil-karlovac.hr. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00. Closed

Carlstadt N-2, A. Vraniczanya 1, tel./fax 61 11 11, carlstadt@ka.t-com.

DIRECTORY Banks & Exchange offices
- 14:00. Closed Sun. Erste bank M-4, Trg Josipa Broza 2, tel. 062 37 45 50, www.erstebank. com. QOpen 08:00 - 18:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. Exclusive change F-11, Trg J.Broza 5, tel. 41 71 66. QOpen 07:00 22:00. Closed Sun. Karlovačka banka L-3, Vladka Mačeka 8, tel. 41 73 00; 41 74 06/ 41 74 12, radojka.gagic@kaba.hr, www.kaba.hr. QOpen 07:30 - 20:00, Sat 07:30 - 12:00. Closed Sun. Privredna banka N-4, Domobranska 6, tel. 54 71 01. QOpen 07:30 - 19:30, Sat 07:30 - 12:00. Closed Sun. Raiffeisenbank Austria M-2, Trg Milana Šufflaya 1, tel. 60 66 00, www. rba.hr. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:30 - 12:00. Closed Sun. Rakun M-3, Prilaz V. Holjevca 2 (Bus terminal), tel. 61 47 32. Q Open 08:00 - 12:00, 16:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Titanic N-2, A. Vraniczanya 1, tel. 60 03 00. QOpen 07:00 - 20:00, Sun 10:00 - 12:00. Zagrebačka banka N-2, Stjepana Radića 5, tel. 84 31 03, www.zaba.hr. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:30. Closed Sun.

- 13:00. Closed Sun. A T&T N-3/4, Domobranska 27, tel. 61 13 39. Fishing supplies. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. A T&T N-3/4, Domobranska 25, tel. 60 16 78. Hunting supplies. QOpen 08:00 - 15:00, Tue, Thu 12:00 - 19:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Vidra N-1, Gundulićeva 1, tel. 61 55 70. QOpen 08:00 - 12:00, 17:00 20:00, Fri 08:00 - 13:00, 17:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. A

Andy C,F/10-12, Luščić 3, tel. 41 46 10. QOpen 07:00 - 20:00, Sat 07:00

Hunting
If hunting yetis isn’t your cup of tea, then pop over into Karlovac county and start hunting like a real man! There are plenty of locations and opportunities to seize to make your hunting excursion well worthwhile. Hunt culinary specialties of the area from birds to wild game. Rejuvenate yourself in the fresh outdoors. Croatians love to hunt and alongside them you’ll be sure to enjoy your experience. Hrvatske šume, Put Davorina Trstenjaka 1 (H/I-10), tel. 84 32 00, www. hrsume.hr; karlovac@hrsume.hr; Open 07:00 - 15:00. Closed Sat and Sun. Karlovac County Hunting Union, Mažuranićeva 11 (O-3), tel. 61 50 08; Open Tue,Thu 08:00 - 12:00.

CAFÉS
with minimalist features, a young crowd, it’s sharp on swish and quick on coffee. Sit by the window and face the human traffic strolling the main thoroughfare ‘Korzo’. QOpen 07:00 - 21:00. PG Cohiba N-2/3, Šetalište Dr.Franje Tuđmana 4. Named after the famous Cuban brand of premium cigars that were originally supplied by Fidel Castro, this small yet ver y popular café with its elongated terrace situated along the city’s promenade is an ideal place for drinking coffee or cocktails and people watching. Known for its relaxed atmosphere, good choice of music and the best hot chocolate in town! QOpen 08:00 - 24:00. NB Gradska straža O-3, Radićeva 22, tel. 60 14 22. Set in a beautiful old house inside the Zvijezda, this place has a simple interior that is decked all out in wood with the loft under wooden beams. The atmosphere is relaxed and it is popular amongst secondar y school students. QOpen 07:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 07:00 24:00, Sun 08:00 - 23:00. B Kazališna kavana Zorin dom N-4, Domobranska 1, tel. 60 15 12. Located on the lower level of Zorin Dom Theatre, this cafe has indoor and outdoor seating with a pleasant view of the park. Complimenting the theatre it has a retro-secession style interior with polished feel. QOpen 08:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 08:00 - 01:00, Sun 09:00 - 23:00. NGB Slap R-5, Koransko šetalište bb, tel. 65 58 15. Sip coffee amidst intricate surroundings. This café bar, positioned along the ground floor of the former Korana Hotel, has an interior design that hasn’t changed since the hotel’s establishment; thus giving visitors a lovely stroll down memor y lane of this site. The location next to the Korana River is sublime with a terrace that gives you a per fect view of the river and the old bridge. You’ll enjoy it for hours on end. QOpen 07:00 - 22:00. B

Caffe Express Corso M-3, Trg Petra Zrinskog. Modern retrograde styled cafe

Private rooms
Here is a list of private accomodation rooms. All relevent information in regards to private accomodation in the Karlovac area (with prices range from 75 - 200kn per person per night) can be found at the Karlovac Tourist Office, Petra Zrinskog 3, tel. 61 51 15 or www.karlovac-touristinfo.hr. Đurđica Đurić Tušilović 37a, Tušilović, tel. 71 80 31/ 091 562 94 40, spomenka.djuric@gmail.com. Žganjer Restaurant Jelaši 41, tel. 64 43 33, fax 64 13 04, restoranzganjer@ka.t-com.hr, www.restoran-zganjer.hr. Q PAUGK Ana Juraić Logorište 5, tel. 64 15 16/ 098 24 69 68. Bernarda Milčić Mostanje 7, tel. 65 44 28/ 091 761 55 05. Boris Kozjan Donje Pokupje 82a, tel. 65 14 85/ 098 59 62 10, boris. kozjan@ka.t-com.hr. Q 6L Darko Cindrić Turanj 113, tel. 64 18 53/ 091 254 27 49. Ivica Mandek Tušilović 19b, Tušilović, tel. 091 547 27 47. Josip Živčić Logorište 3, tel. 64 15 15, 60 01 25/ 091 402 02 40, vesna.zivcic@inet.hr. Q L Karan Restaurant Vukamnićki Cerovac 119a, tel./fax 70 13 03, tel. 098 41 02 07. Marija Letec Turanj 109 C, tel. 64 19 02. Mirko Ljepović Tušilović 45a, Tušilović, tel. 71 82 67, dragana_lj_20@ yahoo.com. Nikola Novković Vukmanićki Cerovac, Vukmanić, tel. 70 13 12. Rade Čosić Mostanje 19, tel. 65 44 35. Q L Stjepan Goršić Mostanje 100, tel. 64 17 13/ 098 58 34 94. Q 6L Svetislav Ličina Tušilović 23, Tušilović, tel. 71 82 39/ 098 948 97 33, mlikky@hotmail.com. Vinko Čančar Jelaši 61, tel. 64 11 79/ 091 782 59 06, josipa_09@ live.com. Zdenka Lemić Turanj 71, tel. 64 10 21/ 098 188 69 89, natasa. urosevic@ka.t-com.hr. Zdravko Čujko Turanj 4, tel. 64 13 60/ 091 534 36 53.

RESTAURANTS Croatian
globalnet.hr, www.kvaka.net. Located on the banks of the river Kupa in one of the most beautiful par ts of Karlovac called Dubovac. Not to mention being surrounded by centur y old chestnut trees at the foot of the walls of The Old Town, this restaurant is a per fect choice for anyone looking to experience the life of the town embarked by its four rivers. Restaurant Kvaka is known for a ver y pleasant family atmosphere and an unforgettable gastronomic experience. It offers fresh water and sea fish, vegetarian dishes and all sor ts of meaty national dishes. Lovers of good wine won’t be cheated of their right to dine either. Kvaka has also opened their newly completed winter garden. QOpen 08:00 - 23:00, Sun 09:00 - 23:00. PALB Mandić D-11, Jamadolska 2, tel. 41 54 90. Family run and set in a family house with a rustic interior and exterior on a beautiful terrace. Although it’s outside the city centre, it’s wor th the hike. The versatile menu has something for ever yone and will even have vegetarians salivating. Beyond that, the highlight is undoubtedly the fantastic meat options that sizzle off the barbecue grill. During brunch, they offer 2 to 3 prepared meals at reasonable prices. Expect big por tions, friendly staff and moderate prices that will have you coming back again. QOpen 06:30 - 23:00, Sat 06:30 - 24:00, Sun 07:00 - 22:00. (40 - 80kn). PAB Mirna G-12, Rakovačko šetalište bb, tel. 65 41 72. You’ll find this predominately seafood restaurant in a great location, on the banks of the Korana. This well regarded Mediterranean and continental flavoured restaurant offers an large assor tment of freshwater (trout, catfish, pike, perch, carp) and sea fish (dentex, bass, grouper, sole, dor y, squid, octopus, scampi) not putting aside other dishes of meat, salads and desser ts. QOpen 09:00 - 23:00. (40 - 65kn). PALGB

Rafting & Canoeing
Action lovers make your way down to Karlovac, where you can have a truly enjoyable experience by trying rafting or canoeing on a thrilling downstream ride! An ideal environment for special events, team building or simply for friends and families, you’ll find yourself hanging on tightly for an exhilarating water ride. No previous experience is necessary for this fun filled activity but a sense of adventure is a must. The season starts in April and ends in November and prices range from 240-270kn pp per day. Karlovac rafting and canoe club, tel. 091 474 83 77, tel. 85 10 12 4 rijeke pustolovine travel agency , Belaj 61, Duga Resa, tel. 85 10 12, 091 474 83 77; Open 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun; www.4rijekepustolovine.hr, mmihajli@globalnet.hr Kanuking avantura travel agency, Donji Zvečaj 41, Duga Resa, tel. 099 215 08 70, 098 83 35 83 www.kanuking-avantura.hr, kanuking.avantura@ ka.t-com.hr Terra Croatica travel agency, tel. 091 183 44 82, www.raft.com.hr, info@ raft.com.hr

Out of town
hr, www.restoran-zganjer.hr. For many years now, this restaurant has kept its place amongst Croatia’s top one hundred restaurants. Located 5 km from Karlovac and on the road to Plitvice Lakes, this twin-terraced restaurant also offers 10 air-conditioned rooms along with bathrooms and SAT TV making for a comfor table stay for visitors and tourists. Žganjer is an ideal place for relaxing and has an excellent domestic cuisine which is open from 7am until midnight. The restaurant offers meat dishes (famous whole lamb on the spit), including foalmeat and ostrich-meat specialities, as well as native dishes such as pork-shank, home made bread, sweets and pastr y to round off a tasty magnificent meal. Its rustic exterior and interior gives it an edge. QOpen 07:00 - 24:00. (30 - 200kn). PALGB DP Donji Zvečaj 41, Zvečaj, tel. 81 91 10/ 098 83 35 83, info@restorandp.com, www.restoran-dp.com. This family-run and well supplied restaurant is located 6km from Duga Resa and 11km from Karlovac. Only 100m from Mrežnica River and surrounded by serene nature, this restaurant seats up to 250 people and has a large selection of star ters, mains, desser ts and wines, with great prices. With Croatian cuisine utilising specialties of the region, this restaurant caters to all events - weddings, bir thdays, conferences, lunches etc. For extra enter tainment they also organise tennis tournaments and canoeing excursions on the Mrežnica and Korana. This restaurant also provides accomodation for the night. QOpen 06:30 - 23:00, Sat, Sun 06:30 - 24:00. (30 - 100kn). PALGB Karan Vukamnićki Cerovac 119a, tel. 70 13 44, 70 13 03/ 098 36 49 05. Located next to the main tourist road Zagreb-Karlovac-Plitvice-Split and only 10km from Karlovac on the bank of the Korana River. Karan is the oldest restaurant in the area and upholds a distinctive 40 year old tradition. The restaurant is known for its rich and tasty cuisine, offering roast spit meals, with lamb and pork amongst its main delights. The restaurant also offers accommodation if you’re after a night in. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00. (30 - 90kn). ALB Lovački rog Pojatno bb, tel. 63 76 75, restoran@lovacki-rog.hr, www. lovacki-rog.hr. This family run restaurant is big on quality and tradition, but not shy on reasons to surprise you. Surrounded by a magic wood of oak trees, relax out on the summer terrace or sit in, as this restaurant has ever ything to keep your tastebuds satisfied. Caters to weddings, semi-formal, business, casual events. QOpen 10:00 - 23:00. (35 - 70kn). PALGB

Kvaka D/E-9/10, Žorovica bb, tel. 41 66 16/ 091 518 87 24, mprugove@

Žganjer Jelaši 41, tel. 64 13 33/ 64 13 04, restoran-zganjer@ka.t-com.

Pharmacy (0-24)
Centrala M-4, Kralja Tomislava 19a, tel. 61 47 11, fax 61 47 10, centralna-ljekarna@ka.t-com.hr. Central pharmacy.QOpen 00:00 - 24:00.
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SHOPPING Ar t Galleries
14:00. Closed Sun. A Atelier Leš O/P-3, Haulikova 2, tel. 61 58 34/ 091 519 18 97. Married ar tstic cupple who paint their impressions of Karlovac. Q Open 09:00 - 12:00, 16:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. N Atelier Rupčić N-1, Gundulićeva 1, tel. 091 616 75 50/ 098 85 31 45. You can see and buy paintings from ar tist herself. Q Open 09:00 - 12:00, 16:30 - 19:30, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Korzo Gallery M-3, Trg Petra Zrinskog 2, tel. 41 45 81/ 098 191 47 49. Inside a private flat, on the first floor, this is a charming galler y with works by over 30 Croatian academic painters, Tiffany lamps and ceramics. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. A Povrženić Gallery L-3, Vladka Mačeka 4, tel. 61 48 60. Croatian painters. Q Open 08:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

Andy-R Gallery D/E-12, Luščić 3, tel. 41 46 11, fax 60 08 80, andy-r@ ka.t-com.hr. Paintings of a different ar tists. QOpen 07:00 - 20:00, Sat 07:00 -

SPORT Biking
Imagine gliding by the countryside on a bike, enjoying all the sensations of a lazy summer day, a fresh winter morning and surrounded by all the thriving flora and fauna that this spectacular region has to offer. Imagine no more as Karlovac is the perfect area for such simple delights! Cycling routes are plentiful in national and nature parks, especially out of town for example, down by the Plitvice Lakes. Ride by the attractive locations of Rakovica and the old town of Dreznik. You can opt for just about any starting point as all areas are open to cyclists. At the Karlovac Tourist Board office in Petra Zrinskog 3 (N-2) you can get free maps of biking routes and for rental and repair options visit our getting around section. http://cikloturizam.tzkz.hr/

Symbol key
P Air conditioning E Live music T Child friendly B Summer garden J Old Town location G Designated smoking section A Credit cards accepted S Take away U Facilities for the disabled 6 Animal friendly G Smoke-free

International
Dobra (Hotel Korana) R-4, Perivoj Josipa Vrbanića 8, tel. 60 90 90, info@
hotelkorana.hr, www.hotelkorana.hr. Sit back and enjoy the 4-star excellence offered from an array of seafood and meat dishes ser ved amongst a rich selection of wild game. Here one has an assor tment of great wines to compliment their meals. Choose from Croatian regional wines and wines from Slovenia, Italy, Australia, Chile, France and America. Don’t forget to finish your meal with an indulging desser t. QOpen 07:00 - 22:00. PALGB

Fishing
Attention all passionate and would-be fishermen!! The fish are biting and waiting for some action! This town really has something special to offer to anyone who loves fishing. With four rivers, fish ponds and tributaries, there is enough action here for everyone. Bring your gear down to Karlovac, or buy it here, as you won’t be disappointed. Fish on the 4 rivers – Mrežnica, Dobra, Kupa & Korana, where you can find – catfish, pike, perch, white fish, trout, tench, carp.Besides the obvious choice of the four rivers, fishing is welcomed in the area of Radonja, Trebinja, Utinja, Blatnice, Slunjčica and Kupčina. Fishing licences are state run and daily

Swimming
There is a multitude of swimming spots to dip into here and let’s face it, Karlovac and its county is the ideal location for such a sport. If you can’t venture far from town, that’s fine, you can take a dip at Foginovo, the city beach. Besides swimming there, you can find diving platforms, beach volleyball, boccie court and, for the devoted beach-goer, beach umbrellas, stretchers, dressing booths snack and cafe bars. Otherwise if you prefer a more secluded spot, take yourself down to Mrzlo Polje on the Mrežnica River or in Mostanje at the confluence of the Mrežnica and Korana Rivers. Also, there is a river beach on the Dobra River, in Zadobarje, at Grdun, by the Papalina restaurant.

Books
VBZ Bookstore N-2, Radićeva 3, tel. 60 06 38, knjizara-karlovac@vbz.hr, www.vbz.hr. QOpen 07:30 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. A

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Souveniers
Duga interijer N-2, Radićeva 11, tel. 61 66 65. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. A

WHAT TO SEE Essential Karlovac
of solitude and serenity sweeps over you as you stand in the Baroque square, admiring the architecture of bygone years. Surrounding the square are former palaces of noblemen, ar tisans and merchant’s houses, and the Holy Trinity church, all adapted to the urban plan of the star. On the square a votive column was erected in dedication to the Madonna to protect the city folk from fur ther grief after the plague epidemic of 1691. In the centre of the square sits the well of 1869. Dubovac Castle (Stari grad Dubovac) C-9, tel. 61 59 80. Its name originating from the oak forests of the area (Dub or Dab = Oak), the Old Town of Dubovac dates back to the 13th centur y. Dubovac Castle is only a shor t walk away from the centre of town (nor thwest from the star), just head for the highest hill your eye can see. Once you reach the top of the castle-s prehistoric hill, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the city below and its long stretching Kupa River. The castle was built in the 13th centur y for the Gorić-Babonić counts and fur ther expanded upon in the 15th centur y where the castle was rebuilt in Renaissance fashion. The former owners included the noble Slavonian Sudars (1387) and the Frankopans (1442). By the 16th centur y, it had passed into the hands of Stjepan Frankopan’s sister Katarina as a wedding gift when she married the famous Croatian nobleman and warrior, Nikola Šubić Zrinski. Gašpar Šubić Peranski possessed the proper ty in 1576 and in the later par t of the 16th centur y Dubovac Castle was used as a granar y as the developing town of Karlovac became an impor tant trade centre. The keep, then entered by a small drawbridge, was used as a jail. From 1671 onwards until the arrival of the French in 1809, the old city was owned by the generals of Karlovac. In 1837 Earl Laval Nugent restored it in the spirit of Romanticism. It was later bought by the city of Dubovac in 1896. Per fectly located, the preser ved castle and tower is remarkably charming….you almost expect to see figures from another era dashing about. QOpen 14:00 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 18:00. From October 01 to April 01 open by prior arrangment. Admission 5 - 10kn. Josip Juraj Strossmayer Square (Trg Josipa Jurja Strossmayera) O-2. This Baroque styled square of semi-circular shape lies in the nor th-western par t of the star and dates back to the 18th centur y. The Baroque palace of the current city museum built earlier in the 17th centur y faces the square, other buildings include ar tisan’s houses, militar y palaces and the town hall, with the town’s government based here. An interesting structure sits in front of the city museum, the foundation remains from the 17th centur y of St Joseph’s chapel. Karlovac Star (Karlovačka zvijezda) F/G/H-9/10. The most interesting feature of Karlovac is perhaps its most peculiar architectural point, its star formation, which was designed around a typical Renaissance styled urban centre plan. Designed for purposes of defence in keeping out the troublesome Turks, this six-pointed star formed an interestingly different type of for tress, one based on ditches and a moat! Walls were built up on the foundations of the star, and in each of the six corners a strong bastion was erected. It’s interesting to note that there are only two other towns in Europe that have similar plans (Palmanova in Italy and Novy Zamk in Slovakia). The beginning of the construction of Karlovac for tress is known as the bir thday of Karlovac - 13th July 1579. The city was built upon a Zrinski family estate, beneath the Old Town of Dubovac. The city was situated inside the lines of the star, some sectors which are located within the star include, are the Holy Trinity church and its Franciscan monaster y and the Or thodox, St Nicholas church (1784-86) which lie on the main square. On the same square one can see a well (1869) that is decorated with terracotta sculptures which symbolise the seasons. Old plans of the city por tray geometrically lined streets and city blocks. The first residents were militar y men and their families followed by civilians. This new city was named after its founder Karlo von Habsburg, but for some time it was simply known as the new for t under Dubovac and then a centur y later when the city really developed its identity as, Karlovac beside Dubovac. The unique feature of this star is well wor th the visit and is best explored by foot, so take a leisurely walk around the former bastioned for tress. Katzler House Pavillion (Paviljon Katzler) N-2, Radićeva bb, tel. 098 81 80 57, info@paviljon-katzler.hr, www.paviljon-katzler.hr. This intriguingly distinctive building was built in 1891 to ser ve as an exhibition piece for the main exhibition fair in Zagreb. Several years later in 1897, the new owner becomes Wilhelm Friedrich Katzler, a gardner, and he begins to utilise this pavilion as a floristr y, where it over flowed with flowers and plants that attracted the romantic passers-by. It also ser ved as a galler y space for the well-known Croatian painter Oskar Herman (from the Munich circle). Recently restored, the pavilion still stands proudly, now housing a modest collection of antiques and memorabilia of Karlovac’s past. Step inside to step back and glimpse into time. Souvenirs in photographs, postcards, paintings and memorial coins can be purchased here. Q Open 10:00 - 13:00, 16:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

WHAT TO SEE
The Franciscan Monastery and Church of the Holy Trinity (Franjevački samostan i crkva Presvetog Trojstva) P-2, Trg bana
Josipa Jelačića 7, tel. 61 59 50. Located on the main square, construction of this church began in 1580. The lay clergy led prayers until the arrival of the Franciscans in 1641. It was then that the General Vuk Frankopan pleaded with King Ferdinand III for authorisation to build a monaster y, which was granted the following year, with construction beginning in 1658. Altars inside the church were dedicated to St George, St Anthony and St Nicholas. In 1683 General Josip Herberstein erected the church tower. In 1692 a fire greatly damaged the church and adjacent monaster y, burning all altars and par t of the tower with all renovation finally completed in 1705. In 1987 in a section of the monaster y, Fr.Tomislav Tomiš placed a rich collection of sacrosanct ar t. Visiting is possible by prior arrangment to the number above.

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Located right next to the Dubovac cemeter y, this modern sanctuar y was built in 1968 to accommodate the pilgrims who make their way from all over Croatia to celebrate the town’s patron St Joseph. In 1969 a vestr y was built and in 1970 a religious classroom. In 1987 it was declared a sanctuar y by Croatian bishops. The academic sculptor Ante Starčević created the main statues of St Joseph and the Virgin Mar y. The most impor tant pilgrimage here is 19th March, St Joseph’s day. It will be open for you by arrangment.

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Domobranska 1, tel. 61 49 50, tajnistvo@zorin-dom.hr, www.zorin-dom. hr. Founded in 1892 by the Zora society, with all the literar y and dance talent in Karlovac, it’s easy to understand why this secession styled theatre became the most impor tant cultural establishment in town. Infact, Zora is the oldest Croatian Singing Association first formed in 1858. Miljokaz (Milestone) Located at the beginning of the historical Josefina Road that leads from Karlovac and on towards Senj, the statue Miljokaz is a symbol of the economical development of the town of Karlovac. The building of the road star ted in 1775 during the reign of Joseph II and was finished in1779. It’s final stop being the Great Gates of Senj. It was in this year that the city of Karlovac was declared a ‘free royal town’. Miljokaz is placed on the exact spot that marks a 115 km distance between Karlovac and Senj and it also shows the distance between Karlovac and Rijeka which is written in the old German metric system. In 1892, another Karlovac landmark, Zorin Dom was built next to this monument as well as the beautiful promenade.

City theatre Zorin dom (Gradsko kazalište Zorin dom) N-4,

Galleries
Žunac Ethno Gallery (Etno galerija Žunac) outskirts, Rečica 64, tel. 71 33 00/ 098 67 87 85. On the outskir ts of Karlovac in a village called Rečice, not long ago the city received its first ethnographic galler y. Founded by the painter Josip Žunac, in a house over 200 years old, a collection is displayed of many facets of former village folk life, some items mentioned back from the 15th centur y. This museum opened in 1995 and its histor y and character can be seen through the exhibition of the house itself, national costumes, handmade furniture, folk crafts and agricultural implements that give us insight into a former existence. QOpen 16:00 - 20:00, Sat, Sun 08:00 - 20:00. Ulak Gallery (Galerija Ulak) F/G-10/11, Domobranska 1a, tel. 61 49 56. Located at the Fine Ar t Ar tists Society where exhibitions by various authors and ar tists will begin in April and change ever y month. Q During exhibitions Open 17:00 - 19:00, Sat 10:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. Admission free. Vjekoslav Karas Gallery (Galerija Vjekoslav Karas) E-11, Ljudevita Šestića 3, tel. 41 23 81. This galler y was inspired by the great Croatian painter, Vjekoslav Karas. Established in 1952, (but moved to a new location in 1967 for more space) it exhibits paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries with an emphasis on painters from Karlovac such as, V.Karas, M.Schieder, J.Šašel, M.Detoni). It also displays temporar y and travelling exhibitions from the 19th-21st centur y in an open-spaced modern interior. Q Open 07:00 - 15:00, Wed, Fri 17:00 - 19:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 12:00. Zilik Gallery (Galerija Zilik) N-2, Radićeva 13, tel. 61 70 31/ 091 616 75 50, galerijazilik@yahoo.com. An exhibition hall owned by The Vladimir Nazor Foster Home in which retrospectives by Croatian ar tists who have worked with children at the Zilik fine ar t colony and work shop, are on display. Q Open Mon, Fri 10:30 - 12:30, Wed 17:30 - 19:30. Closed Tue, Thu, Sat and Sun.

Museums
Karlovac City Museum O-2, Strossmayerov trg 7, tel. 61 59 80, gradski-muzej@ka.t-com.hr, www.gmk.hr. Housed in the historic Vuk Frankopan palace on Strossmayer Square this revealing museum founded in 1904 holds a permanent collection with depar tments that cover natural science, archaeology, histor y, cultural histor y, ethnography with almost 18,000 holdings to keep you well informed about the heritage of the region. A display of natural science and fossils is followed by an interesting archaeological exhibition of ar tefacts from the Karlovac region. These include items from the late Neolithic to the Medieval period. Par ticularly significant and remarkable is the largest such figurine collection in Croatia which contains the finds of almost 400 clay figurines from the Illyrian shrine at Turska kosa near Topusko. The Ethnographic collection boasts folk life and traditions with a focus on textile handiwork. The Histor y Depar tment collection leans towards the national identity with aspects of the social and political life prior to World War II also noting the period of the formation of Croatian independence. The historical and cultural development of Karlovac and its surrounding area in the period between the 14th centur y to the end of the 19th centur y is presented in thematically organised segments that provide a monograph treatment of the urban histor y of the town, the impor tance of trade and crafts and social and public life. Guided tours by prior arrangement. QOpen 07:00 - 15:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 12:00. Admission 5 - 10kn. War (Muzej zbirke naoružanja iz Domovinskog rata) Turanj, muzejdomovinskograta@ka-net.net, www.mzndr.net. Located in Turanj, one of the most damaged areas of this region during the past war, and as a tribute to the recent Homeland War, this complete, large open-air museum is held in front of the old Austro-Hungar y army barracks. The collection intended to educate the new generation of visitors and citizens contains several tanks, exhibits of war and of fighting technique, cannons and other elements of militar y battle. The Museum of Army Collections from the Croatian Homeland

Churches
Our Lady of the Snows (Crkva Snježne Gospe) C-9, Dubovac, tel. 41 70 31, zupadubovac@net.hr, http://b2bhr.net/zupa-dubovac.com/eindex.htm. This parish church is situated in the old town of Dubovac, just a shor t stretch from the castle. Dedicated to Our Lady of the Snows, this church was built in the Baroque style from 1683-1732. In 1997 with donations from parishioners, especially those from Canadian St Joseph’s society, the Way of the Cross (which includes 14 concrete chapels as Stations of the Cross) was constructed outside of the actual church, with the purpose of ser ving local followers and pilgrims. As the masses are held here only four times a year, for visit you should call the number above.
Kamensko 53, Kamensko, tel. 64 18 00. This monaster y, in honour of Virgin of the Snows, came into being by the generous donation of Katarina Zrinski in 1404, following the death of her husband Stjepan Frankopan. The Paulines came to the area in March 1404. Evidence has found an early gothic stage in the church and the monaster y. Damaged by fire, on its 600th bir thday the church received a restored wooden altar as the Baroque detailed 18th centur y altar had been damaged in the Homeland War of 1991. Dedicated to the Virgin Mar y, it is said one of the most beautiful altars. QOpen 08:00-12:00 and 16:00-18:00 with prior arrangment needed. Closed Sun.

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Pauline Monastery Kamensko (Pavlinski samostan u Kamenskom)

Parks
Marmont’s Avenue (Marmontova aleja) D-9/10. The French left a
great impact along this tree avenue that was built in the Classicist style. This lush, green, plane-tree plantation was built in 1809 whilst under French rule and overseen by Napoleon’s marshal Frederic Louis Viesse de Marmont in Karlovac. The avenue originally had 112 trees planted whereas today it has 96. Marmont’s Avenue has been a protected hor ticultural monument since 1968 and is under special protection as a monument of park architecture.

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tumbles onwards down the staircase that the barriers create, the tumult ending 135m below the point at which it started, as the waters leave the final lake in the series and plunge in one last 72m dive to join numerous cascades racing to fuse with the Korana River. Around the lakes stands dense forest with the occasional glade – mostly the result of human engineering for the sake of livestock. Many paths lead through the park and around the lakes providing you with a superb playground to wander about in, feeling insignificant in comparison to the majesty of nature; the power of the waters; the vigour of the forest; the achievements of moss. Definetly a must while you are in Karlovac. www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr. More info on Karlovac surroundings: www.tzkz.hr

WHAT TO SEE
Vrbanić’s park (Vrbanićev perivoj) R-4. Named after town mayor Josip Vrbanić who led the city from 1895-1903. Under his mandate, Vrbanić initiated the move to redevelop and expand the park with the assistance of town gardener Engelsber g Hajek. The park was opened in 1896 and is now a protected hor ticultural monument. It masses exotic and rare trees that include the Gingko balboa, the Tulip tree, the American walnut as well as oak and chestnut trees. The park was divided into three: the conifer, English and French woods. Inside the English Park, an ar tificial hill was made (later called The Olympus) and soon became a favorite spot for lovers. Today, you can still find trees that were planted over one hundred years ago. Within the park, visitors can find sculptures which have been named ‘Lovers’, these were created by Ante Despot. From 1967-1976, a number of replicas by famous Croatian sculptors such as Vanja Radauš, Ivan Meštrović and others were placed there. That explains how the park became an open galler y.

EVENTS
August 28 – 30 LED Festival Fans of electronic music and multimedia can jot this into their buzzing calendars with a three day festival to dance to. Set along the Korana River and is organized by the Poluga Association. August 30 The 6th Cross-Country World Cup Race Helmets on with this event which is being held on the Dubovac cycling road. End of August/beginning of September Kayak rodeo on the Korana Waterfall There’s no better place to hold this spor ts competition in ‘kayak rodeo’ then on the Korana water fall, in front of the Korana Hotel. September 10 – 13 The 14th Film Review by the Youth and the 2nd Four Rivers Film Festival It isn’t mainstream but that’s cool! A review of Croatian films and videos made by high school students held together with the 2nd international film festival which will also host high-school students from abroad. Held at the Zorin Dom. September 11 – 13 International Tango festival Viva la tango! Come and see top class tango dancers who will per form on the streets and squares in and around the city centre. September 16 – 22 European Week of Mobility The main feature of this event will be Saturday when the city is organizing a cycling race. September – October weekends Autumn Špice A change of season brings with it this series of enter tainment, music and gastronomy held in the park on the Promenade. A treat for all! October 31 Pumpkin Days The brew of the witches just might include this orangey vegetable. Celebrate Halloween at the old town of Dubovac with pumpkins a lit. December 6 – 24 Karlovac Christmas City Promenada, Korzo December 31 New Year’s Eve Celebration Held on Korzo

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April – May weekends Spring Promenades Spring is in and ever ything organic just seems to flourish at this time of year!! Throughout the next few months a series of musical and enter tainment events with sales and flower exhibitions will be held in the park on the Promenade. May – June The Nobility Fair Dubovac (Sajam vlastelinstva Dubovac) For the 5th year in a row the glor y and the pride of knighthood and chivalr y returns at this fabulous fair that reinvigorates the medieval past. The event is set underneath the old Dubovac For tress and is seen as a great educational experience. More info at Tourist Board Karlovac. May 15 – 17 KLC most wanted Who said break-dance is dead? This energetic style of dance which came to fruition in the 80’s is alive and kicking. There’ll be a break-dance competition at Korzo, Promenada klub (Draškovićeva 15). May 24 European Days of Parks Parks are essential in keeping our good health. Some see them as an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, whilst for kids they bring sheer joy. Central events will be held at the Franjo Tuđman Promenade. Extra fun -“Grahijada” - event where you can see all the local recipes of different ways to prepare and ser ve bean dishes. It will be along the Korzo and Promenade. May 30 The 7th Festival of Old Military Vehicles If you are interested in war and in par ticular relics, then attend the promotion of the museum’s collection in Turanj and of the town of Karlovac which has rich militar y historical heritage. Mid June Hit the street take a break (the end of the school year) A second break-dance competition located in-front of the Zorin Dom. June 15 – August 15 Karlstadt festival This great summer festival simply rocks as the city becomes a summer stage with concer ts of all musical styles, dancing and theatre plays on squares, in parks and river banks; it’s on for young and old all age with food prepared according to traditional Karlovac recipes. All in one! June 22 – 28 ‘Four Rivers’ International Ethno & Jazz Festival Jazz enthusiasts will be delighted with this four day bonanza in the city of four rivers. The festival will be organized on the Promenade and Šanac basketball playground. June 23 The St. John’s Bonfire (Ivanjski krijes) One traditional event that’s sure to lighten up your night as big bonfires will be lit on both sides of the Kupa River to mark the summer solstice. July International Joust tournament Three days Jousting was seen as an ar t to be mastered centuries ago. Today, attractive tournaments are on and you can also see various exhibitions of medieval equipment. Held at the old town of Dubovac and the Šanac Basketball Playground.

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Ozalj This little town lies close to the border with Slovenia, near the Dobra and
Kupa rivers and close to lakes richly stocked with fish, protected by the serrated Žumberak mountains to the nor th, and surrounded by gentle hills and vineyards. At the centre of the little town stands, high on a limestone rock, Ozalj’s castle, the symbol of the town. Founded in the 13th centur y and owned by successive Frankopan and Zrinski dukes, the castle grew into a small walled city. A newer par t of town later grew up at the foot of the for t, but the overriding impression is a charming medieval one. Since it acted as a seat for these noble families, the town once had a far greater impor tance than you would think now, including a rich cultural and literar y life based on the Kajkavian dialect. Ozalj has both a Native Museum and an Ethno Park, which are excellent for giving you an insight into this cultural past and into local traditions. The museum is where you can find ever ything from prehistoric remains to ar tefacts from the time of the noble families; from the militar y to the religious and spiritual life of the area. There’s also a collection of landscapes by local painter Slava Raškaj. The Ethno Park (actually the ethnographic depar tment of the museum) is where you can see the hear tbreakingly pretty thatched cottages typical of the area, and the simple but pristine, whitewashed and wooden interiors brightened with flashes of colour of handmade textiles. In the Ozalj area there are numerous stately homes and palaces dotted around. One of the most surprising looks rather like a miniature English castle, lying right by a weir on the Kupa riverbank. This “Stone Palace” is, in fact, a hydro-electric power plant, dating back to 1908, one of the first in Croatia. Although it really did work, ser ving Karlovac with electricity, this neo-renaissance building is nowadays a listed monument. All in all, we vote Ozalj a great day out.

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Plitvička jezera A sultry oppression sat over the fields and mountains for months. People and animals, meadows and gardens yearned for refreshing, gentle rain. The Crna Rijeka river, ordinarily a cheerfully babbling stream, dried up. The people’s prayers and pleading were all in vain the skies showed no mercy on them. But then the Black Queen with her glittering entourage appeared in the valley. The people cried for help, asking for water, without which they would all perish. And the Queen took pity on them: with great thunder and lighting, heavy rain began to fall in an instant, bringing life to the people and animals, fields and meadows. The rain poured and poured, and the waters began to grow, until they formed the lakes as we see them today.” Thus reads just one of the many legends that surrounds the forming of this series of sixteen lakes that step down hill, connecting to each other by waterfalls. Plitvice really is the most unique natural sight in the country, having been formed, so an alternative and more coldly scientific theory reasons, by triffids! Well, not actually triffids if truth be told; the lakes are in fact formed by lumps of moss, but how else does one think of pleasure pool building plants? Let’s get the technical bit out of the way shall we? It is entirely true that the lakes are built by plants. The warm, aerated water of the streams that permeate the park are ideal to promote the growth of mosses. The mosses sit in the water and catch in their roots the dissolved limestone that the rough water sweeps down. This material is then called travertine. Over time this limestone hoard builds, new mosses jump on the top and round it all goes again. Leave to stew for a few thousand years and hey presto, you have yourself a series of lakes consisting of waters trapped by the limestone barriers that the mosses have built. Further than this, these mosses, perfectionists that they are, are not satisfied with their creation and continue to feverishly construct new barriers. Measurements of the depth of the water taken in 1855 were 3m lower that those recorded in 1958. These glistening blue and green lakes are linked by waterfalls as the water

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The 430th Birthday of the Town Karlovac
July 13 The 430th Birthday of the Town Par ty up dear readers as this seaside town is celebrating its bir thday and ever yone is cordially invited. The fun and shenanigans will be held at the PARK and RIVER; Radiceva Street - Promenada-Korzo-Šanac and the Korana Spor ts and Recreation Centre – (includes night events for teens). Witness this big mosaic of different activities with the main focus on bir thday and various theme contests as well as the breaking of records. After all, records were meant to be broken! So come and join in on the fun! August 28 – September 6 Karlovac Beer Days You’ll probably here the chant ‘more beer, more beer’ at this traditional beer festival that makes Karlovac the beer capital of Croatia. Heaps of enter tainment provided, did we say ‘more beer, more beer’. Then nothing else needs mention apar t from the fact that it takes place at the Korana Spor ts and Recreation Centre and the Korana River bank.

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