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Karlovac

This city is located in the central part of Croatia and it acts as an administrative center of Karlovac County. With its population of approximately 55,705 inhabitants it boasts of being one of the most diverse in Croatia, the main inhabitants are Croats (88.21%), Serbs (8.01%), Bosniaks (0.45%), Albanians (0.43%), Macedonians (0.13%) and Montenegrins (0.09%). Consistently on July 13, the city of Karlovac celebrates its birthday, which is commended by the birthday ball on Trg bana Josipa Jelačića square, and with the festival session crescendo being granting of public acknowledgment awards. The patron saint protector of the city is St. Joseph, he is celebrated on March nineteenth, and the focal celebrations are held at the congregation of St. Joseph in Dubovec - the national hallowed place.

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Due to its unique geography the city is ideal for hiking, mountain climbing, biking and horseback riding. There are lots of preserved trails all around the city, especially in the large Kozjača forest that begins on the city's western edge, old town Dubovac is right on the edge of Kozjača. The rivers also provide great beaches for swimming, there is an official beach on the Korana River called Foginovo, with cafes, sports facilities, jumping platforms and a lifeguard service. There are also three main festivals that should be at the top of anyone’s to-do list as they visit this city, these are: Karlovački Dani Piva held at the end of August which is a beer drinking festival, Karlovac Piano Festival held in July and it features international piano acts and finally the International folklore festival which includes authentic music and dances from various cultures from all around the world. The presence of the four major rivers has also made water sports a popular activity in Karlovac, there is rafting, canoeing and water polo just to name a few. This Croatian city also offers great site seeing opportunities with the popular spots being Dubovac castle, the castle of Ozalj and the museum of the army.

Highlights

  • The city was named after its founder, Charles II, Archduke of Austria.
  • Karlovac was built from scratch by Austrians in 1579 as a bit to strengthen their defense in the southern region from Ottoman aggression.
  • Although all the buildings burnt down in 1594 the first church to be built was in 1580 at Central Square.
  • This Croatian city is home to Karlovac Music School, one of the oldest educational music institutions from this part of Europe which was established on 1st December 1804.
  • This city is popularly referred to as the city on four rivers due to its location at the juncture of four rivers: the Korana, Kupa, Mrežnica and Dobra.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The city was named after its founder, Charles II, Archduke of Austria.
  • Karlovac was built from scratch by Austrians in 1579 as a bit to strengthen their defense in the southern region from Ottoman aggression.
  • Although all the buildings burnt down in 1594 the first church to be built was in 1580 at Central Square.
  • This Croatian city is home to Karlovac Music School, one of the oldest educational music institutions from this part of Europe which was established on 1st December 1804.
  • This city is popularly referred to as the city on four rivers due to its location at the juncture of four rivers: the Korana, Kupa, Mrežnica and Dobra.