Rastoke
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Read more
Write a review
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Top ways to experience Rastoke
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
867 reviews
Excellent
576
Very good
220
Average
42
Poor
18
Terrible
11

Keri W
Seattle, WA103 contributions
All the locals who heard I was visiting Rastoke spoke of it with reverence, Definitely see why. Please don't grumble about paying the minimal euros to enter. It's loads cheaper than Plitvice and while a very mini Plitvice, you practically have the place to yourself to wander and enjoy.
Written September 22, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jungyun
Schwangau, Germany2 contributions
A must place to visit before or after visiting Plitvice Jezera. It takes just 1~2 hours to look around this small village of water. Plenty of parking spaces in the town. Not much restaurants and hotels.
플리트비체 방문 전후 반드시 들러야할 작은 마을 입니다.
한 두시간이면 전체 마을을 돌아 볼 수 있습니다.
2022년 여름 비가 적어서 플리트비체나 이곳의 수량은 실망스럽습니다만 그래도 꼭 들러 보아야 합니다.
Written September 14, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

AnnFarrugia
24 contributions
Family
We just visited the Rastoke park and watermill village and we absolutely loved it. The park is free and very well maintained and the watermill village is really pretty, the entrance was reasonable. If it wasn’t raining I would have spent the whole afternoon just in this watermill village. The waterfalls, wooden houses and the whole scenery is just stunning.
Written September 9, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Lord_Dehf
Gothenburg, Sweden239 contributions
Friends
This place is a hidden gem. It's definitely worth to stop for an hour or two and just walk around town. It will probably become a full turist trap in a couple of years so make sure to go there now.
Written August 30, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Den B
Varese, Italy50 contributions
Couples
Rastoke is a beautiful area but the best thing is a beautiful riverside walk from Rastoke to the source of the river Slunjčica and back again. The path follows the river is well sighnposted with red and white markers and well maintained. If you want to find a peaceful walk this is for you. We hardly saw anyone and this was in the middle of August on a Sunday. There are benches along the way and there are lots of places for a picnic. It’s about a 16km round trip there and back. On our walk we saw an otter, kingfishers, dragonflies, frogs and herons. The Slunjčica spring is beautiful and peaceful, we were completely on our own. I would highly recommend this walk if you want to get away from the crowds and enjoy nature
Written August 29, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Fishbus22
8 contributions
Family
We parked in the tourist spot off road 1, great location with good walk down to river and into village but no one could get a ticket from the parking machine!
The machine was only in Croatian, only took coins, 15kn in change which no one had, and the app to pay was impossible to use as only in Croatian. Sent 35mins with google translate various Croatian family’s trying to help me with the app but we all gave up and risked getting a fine!
All the great information boards were in English and all the signs, and everything at Rastoke village so why not the parking machines which are in the tourist parking area!!??

Written August 27, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Pam
Island of Malta, Malta16 contributions
A beautiful tiny town on the way to Plitvice. We stopped here for the night to break the trip from Zagreb to Plitvice. It's a lovely stop to have lunch or dinner while listening to the sounds of the water going through the village. Makes for a lovely romantic walk as well.
Written August 21, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Mareofessex
Nttingham285 contributions
My husband and I stopped here whilst driving from Zagreb to Plitvice. This made a nice stop to break up our journey (although it is only half an hour away from Plitvice). We had a lovely walk here to stretch our legs and there are a few restaurants for something to eat and drink. If you're passing this way and need to break up the journey it's worth stopping by.
Written August 15, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Nadia N
6 contributions
Couples
Its a beautiful gem! We were suprised by how pretty this tiny town will be and we highly recommend visiting it on the way to the lakes
Written August 7, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

David K
Colorado Springs6 contributions
A beautiful and idyllic stop for 1-2 hours. Not to be missed for the buildings and waterfalls. we stopped between Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes.
Written July 7, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 384
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Rastoke (Slunj) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Rastoke

We recommend booking Rastoke tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 67 Rastoke tours on Tripadvisor