Karlovac – Croazia
Swiss Tourism Awards 2012
“La capitale verde della Croazia”
Karlovac is known as the city of four rivers, the city of parks, the city of the Star Fortress, the city of events, for an active vacation, enjoyment and beer festival. It is situated at the junction of the lowland and mountainous regions of Croatia in the “soft underbelly” of the central part of the country. It is one of the rare cities in the world that sits at the confluence of four rivers: the Kupa, the Korana, the Dobra, and the Mrežnica. The reason for the city’s location was military and defensive. Construction of the fortified city began in 1579, when the border of the Ottoman Empire shifted to the west to the Kupa and Korana Rivers to the detriment of the Habsburg Empire. The Vrbanić Gardens were designed in 1895 along the Korana River, make a wonderful green oasis. The gardens are protected as a monument to garden architecture. In the vicinity of Vrbanić Gardens is the Arboretum, since 1986 a dendrological nature park with more than 1,000 seedlings, trees, and decorative shrubs. Modrušan Park with beautiful magnolias next to the Edison Theater was planted between the two world wars. The parks and flower gardens are a heritage that residents of Karlovac nurture with pride, skill, and care. The Croatian Tourist Board awarded Karlovac as the best continental tourist destination in 2010. The banks of the Korana are the one of the longest, most beautiful and most visited of the city’s walking areas. Boats for rowing are one of the frequent images of Karlovac. The four rivers of Karlovac are also an attractive destination for solitary fishermen and painters and photographers. A visit to these waters is ideal for rest and relaxation, and it also inspires creativity. Today, Karlovac is also well-known for its cultural events, such as the Karlovac Beer Festival, the Four Rivers Ethno-Jazz and Jazz Festival, the Youth Film Review, the Four Rivers Film Festival, the International Folklore Review, and the St. John’s bonfires in June. Among religious believers the city is known for gatherings at the National Shrine of St. Joseph and Shrine of the Virgin Mary in Kamensko. Karlovac is a city on a human scale. Not too big, not too small, rich antiquities, but open to the modern, imbued with culture and filled with green and by its rivers, close to the metropolis of Zagreb, but also within reach of the sea, a perfect place for a harmonious life and creativity.
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