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“Little paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Rastoke
Rastoke 25 | At Slovin Unique - Rastoke, Slunj 47240, Croatia
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Slunj
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: A watermill village situated where the blue-green waters of river Slunjcica flows into the Korana river. Most of the houses were built at the end of the 19th and the beginning o-f the 20th century. Because of its extraordinary natural beauties and historical tradition, in 1962 Rastoke village fell under the protection of the State Directorate for cultural and historical heritage. Many ancient civilizations, as well as contemporary urban environments whitness that the water has always attracted people to come to its banks and settle there. For thousands of years, the waters of Korana and Slunjcica, and their flora and fauna, fought the laws of nature, and as a result of this struggle in the limestone plateau, a remarkable canyon was carved in for us to take pleasure in. Seeing this natural phenomenon, this "poured off" ("rastocen") terrain, a place where the waters of river Slunjcica pour off in several backwaters, leaving behind small elevations which then form watercourses and waterfalls, people built a village and named it RASTOKE. Here, they found everything they needed and stayed here, forever bound with nature. Rastoke is a village of ambiance value and authentic heritage when it comes to architecture, and according to some records, it was built in the 17th century, possibly even earlier. Most of the houses were built at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. People have always lived in Rastoke. Grain from nearby villages was constantly being milled here, and since its location is by the main road - which connects southern and northern part of Croatia - it became the intersection of various buyers, dealers and live stock traders. This rich village constantly suffered war damages and other social-caused troubles that destroyed it and set its development back to the beginning. Although people were forced to move away, the nature always stayed and defied the odds with its distinctiveness. Because of its extraordinary natural beauties and historical tradition, in 1962 the Rastoke village fell under the protection of the State Directorate for cultural and historical heritage. During the Homeland War in the 1990's, the village was completely destroyed. It was renovated with the help of Croatian Ministry of Development and Reconstruction. Today, there are about 30 households in Rastoke, and their wish is to renew the water mills and start running businesses. The prerequisites to do that were met last year, when the sewage system was built in Rastoke. Most of the households started renting out rooms for tourists. The fear of the future when it comes to their businesses is increasing, because the old road Karlovac-Slunj-Plitvice is not as interesting to the tourists now that the motorway was built. This problem could be dealt with earlier, and today can be evaded by organized accomodation. This is exactly what prompted the Holjevac family, who already owned an estate in the centre of the village, to bulid a small complex of tourist facilities, and to offer those to domestic and foreign tourists. The family company Slovin Unique - Rastoke d.o.o. was founded in 1997, and is the legal bearer of all the services the company offers. With their own knowledge, hard work and strong will, and with the loan taken from Croatian Postal Bank, the family turned the old hayloft into a cosy catering facility. Today, the company has an elaborate vision of future activities.
Zagreb, Croatia
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“Little paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

On the half way from Zagreb to the Adriatic coast there is little village ideal to
stop and relax. All around the place is small river with waterfalls. If you desire
to drink or eat something, it is possible, and still there is antoucth nature all around.
Water is calming and pure. I cann' t imagine best place to rest with or without the people.
Rastoke are just beautiful.

Visited April 2013
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“Lovely little place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Lovely place a short drive from Plitvice NP...worth a visit easy to park and interesting, the main attractions are by admission but this is only about 10eu each.

Visited September 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Plain gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Rastoke is a little village on the outskirts of the town of Slunj, about 85 km south of Zagreb. This village lies on a flowing river. The river flows between the building and small clear pools are created all over the place. Then there is a height difference that allows the formation of many small waterfalls that bring the water into the Korana river.
A brief hike combine with a fine pizza of a fresh trout can make your day

Visited September 2013
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Brixen im Thale, Austria
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“Best place for romantic evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

It`s incredible what a wild nature can make. And how it can be used by people. In a canyon where 2 small rivers meet, there are couple small islands where you can find a few houses, B&Bs` and restaurants. Have you ever felt like in Tolkien`s Shire? If not - don`t hesitate to go there in the evening whenever you`re around, get a pint of beer and chill out in one of the restaurants on a tiny island surrounded by quietly splashing water. Unforgettable.

Visited September 2013
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“ENCHANTING WATERFALLS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

This hidden jewel was discovered during our drive from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes. It is like being lost in time when you see these majestic waterfalls cascading down below houses everywhere your eyes can look! We did not stay overnight in the town as we were on route to Split, but a walk through the rustic village gave the impression that it would be a charming stopover.
In many ways this was even more impressive than the falls at Plitvice.

Visited May 2013
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