Gorski Kotar - Lika

Delnice the central and largest city and the entire village of Gorski Kotar. Situated on the field and surrounded Delnička tops Drgomalj, Petehovac Japlenški and top with a height of 730m, "the highest" in Croatia During the city.
Photo: TZ Delnice

City Delnice covers the central area of Gorski plateau. The backbone of the populated areas, with the Delnice make Brod na Kupi located in the canyon of the river Kupa, Crni Lug, which is located on the slopes dragomaljskog assembly and risnjačkog massif. Places to imbue their differences and cultural and geographical connections making it a unique balance between the Kupa valley and more crnoluške - Risnjak zone, figuratively called Delnički trefoil. According to the 2001 census., In the city inhabited by 6262 residents.

Spend a few days in an idyllic winter setting in Gorski Kotar. Heat picturesque places and their inhabitants will stimulate your soul, and the hospitality you will find the way to your heart. Taste the richness of traditional cuisine in restaurants highland!

Explore opportunities for recreation in the winter: you can skate in Sports Delnice, skiing on the mountain Petehovac center, swim in the pool under the torches and sledge.



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The overall area of ​​the City, is located on the plateau of average height of 700 to 900m which is surrounded by hills above 1500m altitude. The lowest category measures a height of 210 (Kupa Valley), and the highest 1528 meters (National Park Paklenica). Although these natural characteristics suggesting a distinct variety of areas, the relief is very continental in character, and mountain air.

View of DelniceZime are long and sharp: the average duration 106 days, abundant snowfall and temperatures that reach -8 ° C. Summers are short and fresh and the air temperature which rarely exceeds 25 º C. A lot of moisture and do not skip the appearance of fog and frost a year (on average) fall 2079 l / m² of rain.

Limestone-dolomite rock substrates stimulates the growth of so-called. Green rocks "or vegetation of shallow roots. The whole end of the rich forests of beech, spruce and fir, and areas where growth of berries and mushrooms. Inhabited by deer, bears and wolves, and many rodents and various species of birds and insects.


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The richness and beauty of the city, most evident in the unspoilt nature that surrounds him and his is an indispensable part. To preserve, many areas are protected.

Come hiža, Drgomalj, the largest cave of Gorski Kotar, available only cavers due to difficult access. Its entrance hall, 85m long, 27m wide and a height of about 16m, is the largest underground spaces found in our karst. Numerous channels and cracks, is about 900m long.

Park Forest loft in the nearby village pools make up the beech trees, fir and spruce with some very high (over 35m) and the thick trees on the underlying bulk of limestone, which give this area and the properties of special reserve of forest vegetation.

Protected areas are the National Park Paklenica, Park Forest Japlenški peak, valley of butterflies (Kupa Valley).

In the area of ​​the Kupa (about 20km), according to research, there are about 500 different species of butterflies even though this number is not final. In this space lies 108 species of butterflies which accounts for about 60% of the Croatian butterfly fauna. Many species are protected by law, and recorded two new, endemic subspecies, which is a unique case in Croatia as the geographical isolation of populations of butterflies in this area led to the evolutionary processes that led to the creation thereof.

Ski and mountain Petehovac Center is located on the same section of the top above an altitude of 1050m / n. Distance from the center Delnica is about 3 kilometers. Ski resort offers night skiing every day and in the period between 18 and 20:30.

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The oldest historical records about Delnicama are related to family Frankopan, its organization and administration of government and the Gorski Kotar. Delnice was first mentioned in the court document 24th Parliament February 1482nd year, issued Zagreb merchants, where they said that they are not obliged to pay at that time tridesetnicu over whose land they travel.

First Delnice village was completely čakavsko, located slightly south of its present location in ports. Frequent Turkish attacks had resulted in looting and burning of highland villages, where killed and Delnice.

After being away from their homes, the 17th century, the family settled Zrinski Delnice population from their estates pokupskih Čabra, Broda and Gerova. Together with the return of the descendants of the old Crain Delničana. It starts building new Delnica but in second place, below the road to Brod na Kupi, thus creating the basic conditions for the transport of goods. In the century reconstruction was founded in Catholic parishes. New families are brought into that, since ancient čakavski end Kajkavian which then makes the southern border kajkavian dialects. Gorski fertile fields along the revival of traffic gradually give life Delnicama and Gorski Kotar. Population, and later a profit in wood processing.

Recover Delnica and the whole of Gorski Kotar was stopped after a failed plot Zrinskih - Frankopana 1670th Army Gen. J. Herberstein looted the Gorski Kotar, a large estate Zrinskih come under the administration of Vienna. Construction of road Karlovac - Copper - Rijeka, the popular "Carolina" was bypassed again Delnice and caused migration of people. Only the construction of "Louisiana", the road was completed 1811th, Delnice again become the center of this region. Intensified with the wood processing, agriculture and animal husbandry, expanding small businesses, and from the second half of the 19 century appears Delnička costume.

Rijeka railway was gradually returning to a life of Gorski Kotar. Part of the population of the 1873rd a job on its route from Ogulin to the Nile. Bring on farming, livestock breeding and processing of wood. The first school was established in Delnicama 1836th Rijeka railway could not significantly alter the difficult life Delničanima so they are included in this century with no easy life circumstances.

City Delnice is now a part of the County is of where the economy seems on forestry and timber industries. Production and wood processing, catering, trade, tourism and the intensive development of entrepreneurship are based on management and directions for further development.

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House - rack built in the 17th century, is a cultural monument which speaks of the ethnic and architectural heritage of this area. Its age is estimated at 200-300 years. Published in Supilovoj Delnicama street in the oldest house Goranska end. Room layout and size of these houses, was remarkably adapted to natural conditions in this region because the entire economy was on a site which has facilitated life during the long snowy winter.

Etnozona United Lešnica eponymous village covers an area which is situated in the hinterland of the forest - the mountain circuit Drgomalj. This place is hrpnog guy with a central area and the dominant position of the church which is located along the edge of the village. It is characterized by residential houses and one commercial purposes, built of wood with a semi-inclined roofs, which until recently was covered with shingles.

Church St. John the Baptist is a church that was first mentioned in 17th century It was built by Emperor Nicholas Delnički pastor in the period from 1825th the 1829th year. The simple three-nave building with a bell tower in front of the entrance. Includes main and two side altars in the late Baroque style.

St. worms. Mary is in the Hazelnuts and is one of the oldest religious monuments. The building is larger in size with a massive bell tower on the northeast side.

Zrinski castle, the castle from the 17th century which belongs to the cultural monuments "first class". It is situated in Brod na Kupi.

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Delnice as well as a mountainous area, provide opportunities for rural tourism and active holidays: cycling, hiking and mountain climbing, hiking, hunting, skiing and cross country skiing, canoeing and rafting, camping and orienteering and gljivarenje.

Given the long winters, skiing is the most popular sport. It seems that in this end of the first skis made in Croatia, and skiing were brought Delnice Austro-Hungarian army conscripts. Today, the trails for alpine and Nordic skiing on the hill Polana, and there is also a newly built cross-country ski (1500). On the southeast side of Petehovac with 350m long ski slope.

The construction of ski jumps started Alexander Klaić 1932nd, and opened in 1936. when it held the first competition in ski jumping. Built on the slopes Japlenški top, this is the only ski hill in Croatia. The same reconstructed 1948th and 1958. the purpose of extending jumping trails, and to it was built, and less that was used for learning and practice.

2004th followed the start of the reconstruction and rehabilitation of ramps that are not used nearly three decades. 2006th was re-opened (now 65m long) and running the City Delnica Cup in ski jumping.

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National Park Paklenica is the most wooded part of Gorski Kotar. From the Adriatic Sea and it is only 15 kilometers north-east of the city of Rijeka. Top big Risnjak is 1528 m above sea level and is considered one of the most beautiful in Croatia. The main entrance to the park is located next to the Board NP Paklenica, which is also situated Bed and Breakfast National Park and the beautiful little lake with ducks to their citizens. To the mountain lodge at the foot of the peak by several marked hiking trails, such as Lesko, Horvatova trails, etc. The complex geological structure of the massif in this area has developed various plants of which the most endemic "edelweiss." Because of the innumerable, and yet undiscovered, caves, caverns and sinkholes Risnjak is a paradise for biologists and cavers. Risnjak inhabit many animal species, most of which are protected. In addition to bear and gray wolf, lynx, especially the points at which the Risnjak probably got its name. Paklenica is also the habitat of over 60 species of birds.

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