Slunj  Croatia Holiday Slunj city Croatia Holiday Slunj city Croatia Holiday Slunj city Croatia Holiday Slunj city Croatia Holiday Slunj city Croatia Holiday
Holiday in Slunj city in Croatia

Slunj

Slunj is a town in the mountainous part of central Croatia located along the important north-south route to the Adriatic Sea between Karlovac and Plitvice lakes national park where river Korana and Slunjcica meet. It had a population of 5,076 people in the municipality as per 2011. Administratively, the town is part of Karlovac County. It is the cultural and social center of the region of Kordun in the vicinity to Bosnia and Herzegovina. As of 2011, Slunj’s population consisted of 87.9% Croatians, 10.5% Serbs and a small number of other ethnic communities found in the area.

More on Slunj

The Plitvice lakes park attracts a good number of tourists all year round from all over the world. Slunj is well known for its beautiful waterfalls, unique wooden houses and the mills since the 18th century. The waterfalls have been formed in exactly the same way as the Plitvice lakes with deposits of carbonate minerals in the water building up layers of travertine. The Slunjcica River offers a marvelous site as it begins life in Mala Kapela range then quickly disappears underground after only 6km resurfacing again 20km away just south of Slunj. While underground, the flowing water dissolves minerals such as calcium carbonate from the limestone and as it flows interacts with the plant life to form barriers which result to formation of new water falls within the river. The town is a great tourist attraction that is suitable for families as it has something for everyone in the family to enjoy both as a group and individually while there.

Highlights

  • Until 1918 Slunj was part of the Austrian Monarchy and was administered by Szluiner Grenz Infanterie- Regiment. It became a district capital in the kingdom at some point.
  • In 1963, the Australian writer Heimitovon Doderer published a novel ‘the waterfalls of Slunj’ which features a climatic sequence of the locality. During the 20th century the area was under a number of scientific studies especially in the Rastoke district.
  • The town was first mentioned in a written document by the chronicler, Johann Weikhard Von Valvasor who reported about the fortified town, a bridge and a mill in 1689.
  • During the short French governance period from 1809 to 1813, Slunj encountered an economic boom as streets, storage facilities and mills were built and vineyards and mulberry trees planted. At this time, the Croatian language was the official language of the land.
  • The old fort in which Slunj was built was the property of the Frankopan family since the 15th century later on ravaged by the Ottoman wars and turned into a military outpost and was rebuild in the 17th century and named Slunj as it exists today.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Until 1918 Slunj was part of the Austrian Monarchy and was administered by Szluiner Grenz Infanterie- Regiment. It became a district capital in the kingdom at some point.
  • In 1963, the Australian writer Heimitovon Doderer published a novel ‘the waterfalls of Slunj’ which features a climatic sequence of the locality. During the 20th century the area was under a number of scientific studies especially in the Rastoke district.
  • The town was first mentioned in a written document by the chronicler, Johann Weikhard Von Valvasor who reported about the fortified town, a bridge and a mill in 1689.
  • During the short French governance period from 1809 to 1813, Slunj encountered an economic boom as streets, storage facilities and mills were built and vineyards and mulberry trees planted. At this time, the Croatian language was the official language of the land.
  • The old fort in which Slunj was built was the property of the Frankopan family since the 15th century later on ravaged by the Ottoman wars and turned into a military outpost and was rebuild in the 17th century and named Slunj as it exists today.