LENGTH: 28 km
TYPE: CIRCULAR ROUTE
Recommended direction: Ozalj – Trg – Polje Ozaljsko – Zorkovac na Kupi – Zorkovac – Mirkopolje – Brezarić – Krašić – Hrženik – Vrhovac – Zajačko selo – Ozalj
This 28 km long route starts in Ozalj, the green heart of Croatia, near the well-known Žumberak nature park. It will take you along some beautiful meadows, connecting Ozalj with a host of dispersed villages in the surrounding area. From the center of the Zrinski-Frankopan town of Ozalj, a narrow cycling path will take you across the Kupa river, over a bridge that offers a view of a unique building not quite unlike a castle. Though at first sight it does not look like that at all, it is a hydroelectric power plant, colloquially called the Munjara. It was the first hydroelectric plant on the in Croatia, built at the suggestion of Croatia’s greatest technical mind, Nikola Tesla, and with the help of the great architect Hermann Bollé. Today, it still generates electricity, powered by one of the greatest Croatian rivers. The Nikola Tesla street is going to take you to Zajačko Selo. Above the village, you’ll se the St. Rocco church, renovated after being destroyed in the World War II. After a climb through fragrant meadows and wide fields, you’ll arrive to Vrhovac, well-known for its folklore society “Vrhovac”, founded in 2000. The town of Ozalj awarded it a special award for preserving the cultural heritage of the area. The trail then leads you through Škaljevica, around which you’ll be able to enjoy beautiful vistas of dense woods, deep valleys, scattered hamlets and the wine-growing hills of the famous Ozalj-Vivodina area. The forest trail will bring you to the center of Krašić, after passing by the historical St. Anne statue and St. John the Baptist baptistery on a hill in Hrženik. The center of Krašić is dominated by the parish church of Holy Trinity, first mentioned as early as 1334.
The church is a real gem for all art lovers, as the 700-year-old building contains a Gothic sanctuary, a Baroque altar, a Rococo ostensorium, as well as a beautiful relief carving depicting the Golgotha. Returning to the road you left behind temporarily, you’ll go through Brezarić and Mirkopolje, and continue along the Kupa bank to the quiet village of Zorkovac, with the chapel of St. Helena, the patroness saint of the village. East of the village, there’s a manor house – a modest one-storey castle. If the battery in your camera is still ‘alive’, we firmly believe you’ll make a short stop here and take a photo of some of the details of the building from the late Baroque period. The final stretch of the trail will take you near Polje Ozaljsko, to the medieval Trg, where you can visit the All Saints’ Church. Trg is well-know for its cultural and ethnologically interesting heritage. A picturesque ethnic theme park, with log cabins having thatched roofs, is situated on the left side of the Trg-Ozalj road. The route ends in Ozalj, the starting point of this interesting and historically significant trip.