Ogling Ogulin

31 Oct 2019
Right in the centre of continental Croatia, where the rivers Dobra and Zagorska Mrežnica meet, is the town of Ogulin. It covers an area over 500 km2 and is an integral part of the County of Karlovac. The economic development of Ogulin is based on forestry and timber processing, agriculture, tourism and handicrafts. As a hub, it has excellent traffic connections both east and to the southwest: the A1 motorway is only two kilometres from the centre of the town, and Ogulin is also an important junction on the Zagreb, Rijeka and Split railway line.
Ogulin is also the home of fairytales. As a youg girl, Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić listened diligently and with great attention to the fairytales of the town where she was born, and it was of these she would write about in her autobiography. Her fairytales today are extremely valuable and a unique cultural resource which surpasses their local significance. Accordingly, Ogulin has become a homeland of fairytales where every year, in June, an international festival of Ogulin fairytales (OGFB) is held; as well as various creative workshops and storytelling throughout the year which draw visitors to the unique fairytale route encouraging curiosity and playfulness! The fairytale natural heritage which Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić wrote about in her autobiography Klek, romantičnost toka rijeke Dobre (Klek, the Romantic Flow of the River Dobra) and the rich cultural-historical heritage (especially the folk costumes and customs) has really given the region a powerful fairytale feeling. This is completed by the Frankopan Kaštel, a castle in the centre of the town. Ogulin has always attached great importance to the preservation of its intangible heritage. Many motifs from local stories and legends have found their place in the names of civic associations, songs and events. And so they have become a part of the city and its tourist attractions.
Spots to see include the Heritage Museum in Ogulin and the Ethno House in Zagorje Ogulinsko. Across the region, you can also fine sports fishing, photo safaris, hiking and mountaineering Klek, and of course cycling trails. In the winter there’s even skiing, snowboarding and sledding. 


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