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Ogulin – The Homeland of Fairytales




In the very heart of Croatia, bordered by the rivers Dobra and Zagorska Mrežnica, is the homeland of fairytales – Ogulin.


Frankopan’s castle - The castle was built around 1500 above the gorge of the River Dobra – Đula’s Abyss. Founder of the town was Bernardin Frankopan, the most powerful noblemen of the 16th century.

Recipe for a Happy Ending

If you are in Zagreb it is 100 kilometres away, and it’s the same distance if you are in Croatia’s largest port - Rijeka. Natural attractions are even closer, it is only 75 kilometres to Plitvice Lakes and also to the beach of Novi Vinodolski. There is no month in the year that Ogulin doesn’t provide space and motivation to the spirit.

The magic of water – Smit’s lake

In June, you can attend the festival dedicated to the folk-inspired literary genre of fairy tales.
During other months you can begin a journey of the imagination at Ivana’s House of Fairy Tales, dedicated to the literary writer Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, born in Ogulin.

In her Tales of Long Ago she revived and enriched the legends and traditions of the magical natural heritage and turbulent history, interweaving them with the perceptions of the townsfolk.

Đula’s Abysscavrn leads into the Medvedica cave, the longest cave in Croatia

Invitation to step forward

It is a place of its own. Its peculiarity is not only reflected in the spiritual heritage which, apart from inside Ivana’s House and a walk down the fairytale route, you can also encounter in the Heritage Museum and Ethnological House. We would rather say that every step in this area entices at step forward for the body and mind.

Ivana’s House of Fairy Tales celebrates fairy tales - Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, the most popular Croatian fairytale writer is host to fairy tales and fairy tale writers all over the world

In sporting and recreational stories, Klek dominates. The 1,181-metre high mountain is one of the most attractive hiking and alpinist destinations in Croatia. The adjoining nature reserve Bijele & Samarske Stijene is also a popular destination.

Mountain Klek is cradle of Croatian mountaineering and alpinism

Another attraction of the Ogulin region is its cycling possibilities;  regional and local routes have not only made Ogulin a great place to cycle in its own right, but a favourite cycling resting point on longer journies.

Cycling along the fairy tale route

For the eye and palate 

Don’t be surprised if you see a sail in Ogulin. On Sabljaci Lake, windsurfers sample the specific mountain breezes. The warmer months see swimmers take to the lakes water to cool off.

Windsurfing and SUV on the lake Sabljaci, close to campsite Sabljaci

Ogulin doesn’t only give a delight to the eye, hand or heart. It also creates an appetite, especially with its choice of cuisine.

The famous Ogulin's  ‘masnica’

The most famous dishes are the Ogulin ‘masnica’ – leavened dough filled with stewed onion, eggs and cream. Ogulins special pickled cabbage and turnip is offered by the excellent local restaurants and taverns.

Houses from the tales

The region with so many attractions has also developed a hospitality infrastructure: hotels, the Sabljaci campsite, the Konaci agritourism resort, private rooms, apartments and houses for rent.

Hotel Frankopan

From wherever you start off your adventure in Ogulin, you will be in the centre of the fairy tale.

And in fairy tales, as we know, everything always ends well…