The city does not look good, as neither city hit by war does not look good. There are still visible traces of destruction, there is still cracked roads, and there is a collapsed house. But that is no reason not to visit this place.
Slunj is one of those places that friends tell you to visit it. It’s like a rough diamond, it’s still a gem.
But… regardless of the state of the city, entering the Slunj always, but always elicits gasps of delight. While driving down the road D1 from Zagreb to Split views from the car will remain trapped on dreamy waterfalls Rastoke, immediately after Rastoke you’ll see the old town Slovin and you are in Slunj for the moment.
Well, on the rocky hill above the canyon of Slunjcica lies the town, an old town that for centuries watching over Slunj. The old town that should be honored because there was no war that the town didn’t participate in it.
Napoleon built a warehouse here, the wooden bridge remembers his General Marmota, and the mills are working tirelessly and remembered three centuries ago when their work was more precious than gold.
I have already mentioned the old town that proudly stands on the hill above the Slunjcica River. Built in the early 15th century was connected with the settlement and a market on the opposite side of the river.
At the end of the 16th century, this Slunj settlement was completely destroyed in the Turks attack and the city was transformed into a defensive fort.
Besides the Frankopan fort, the remains of Napoleon’s warehouse are worth to see in Slunj.
At the beginning of the 19th century, Slunj was found under French rule for several years, and witness of that is a warehouse in which Napoleon’s army stored food and weapons.
Besides to the grain warehouse, during the short period of French rule were built the mills in Rastoke, roads to Bosnia, a bridge to Korana and similar military facilities.
The Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, which has repeatedly demolished, repaired and constructed is the witness of fierce past of the Slunj region.
The oldest part of the church was built in the Middle Ages.
The church houses old Franciscan crypts with an ossuary, a stone slab with a coat of arms of Frankopan and the memorial to the Emperor Josip II.
In the center of Slunj you can see the birthplace of Milan Neralic, the first Croat who won a medal at the Olympics.
Neralic was born in Slunj but much of his life spent in Vienna and Berlin. At the Olympic Games in Paris, in 1900, he won bronze medals in the saber. He was a respected teacher of swordsmanship.
Fans of swordsmanship from “Oldtimer” Club from Slunj set a memorial plaque and a wreath on his birth house.
Not far from the town of Slunj, where the blue-green water of Slunjcica flows into the Korana River is a picturesque watermill village.
In this place, the Slunjcica River, in the length of 600 meters, is spread over a series of travertine barriers. Besides the exceptional beauty of the waterfalls of the vibrant names Buk, Hrvoje and Vilina Kos, in Rastoke you can enjoy an authentic architectural heritage.
The wooden mills in Rastoke are typical of the Karst region, and the largest number of dwellings were built at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
About 5 kilometers from Slunj, along the road leading to Plitvice, you can enjoy the untouched nature of the river Slunjcica, one of the most beautiful springs in Croatia.
Access to the source of the river is not marked, and to the source, you can go by the overgrown with cart path. Sometimes the wagons came down here and brought grain to the mills, which is evidenced by the ruins of three mills. At the Slunjcica spring site, at the base of the vertical cliffs is a little blue-green lake about 26 meters deep.
Area Plitvice Lakes National Park is known as one of the most beautiful places in the world!
It is part of the Dinaric karst area and belongs to one of the most impressive karstic parts in the world.
In the Plitvice Lakes National Park the specific features of rocks and curved barriers allowed the retention of water on rocks by creating beautiful lakes and canyons in limestone deposits.
A leisurely walk over wooden bridges and forest paths you will discover the natural beauty that will leave you breathless.
In the hot summer months you can refresh yourself at the town beach near the center of Slunj.
River Korana is known for its clear and medicinal waters containing iodine. According to the popular proverb, water from the Korana River encourages women’s beauty and strengthens the male strength 🙂
Besides swimming, you can engage in sports activities (ski jump, beach volleyball, badminton, football, games on the water), and there’s even a dog beach.
Seven cycling trails were traced and marked in the Slunj area.
From a total of 110 km, only 500-meters must be driven by a highway D1, and all other by the roads with little traffic. The trails are not too demanding, so no one has to be in top shape to be able to enjoy the ride.
The rafting potential is also recognized outside Slunj, so every year RastRaft organizes a race that is part of the European Rafting Cup and brings together more and more contestants.
This route is over ten kilometers long and passes through impressive canyons, over 30 waterfalls, and by the way are several old and abandoned waterfalls. Of course, unlimited amounts of adrenaline are a must!
The longest and the beautiful trail (in the finishing stage) winds along the river Korana. In the course of 6 hours of walk you’ll find beaches, viewpoints, fresh drinking water, caves, fishers, canoeists, cyclists, mushroom collectors…
When you are in Slunj, you can also go for recreational and sports riding. Equestrian Club organizes walks in the unspoiled nature for children and adults with the possibility of the horseback riding school.
Rivers in the most beautiful way show the harmony and richness of nature and are very appealing to the fishermen.
All Slunj rivers are rich in fish. River Slunjcica is rich in trout, and Korana, Mreznica, and Glina with other white fish (pike, chub, carp…).
Fishing licenses can be purchased at one of the three souvenirs in Rastoke, and at the entrance number three in Rastoke. The daily ticket price is 60 KN for fishing on the Korana, Mreznica and Glina rivers, and 150 KN for fishing on the Slunjcica River.
And do not forget, Slunj was proclaimed the second most welcoming place in the world according to Booking in 2018.
For more info about Slunj check http://tz-slunj.hr/en/