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Rastoke 25 | At Slovin Unique - Rastoke, Slunj 47240, Croatia
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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.
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Rastoke 25 | At Slovin Unique - Rastoke, Slunj 47240, Croatia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a 'must stop and visit' site. It is a small village that is built more or less on water. The place is majestic. The parking is not free, but a two hour tour in this site is more than enough.

Thank Vali D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This waterfalls were declared protected landscape in 1964 due to the uniqueness of the small water streams falling into the Korana river . The water streams and small houses and lodging places stay all together in a very special unique way.

Thank Gidons51
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is place where I escape from reality and all problems.. I go there twice a year just to relax, sleep and enjoy nature.

Thank Maja S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Village surrounded by waterfalls, a beautiful river and green scenery. Perfect for couples and family. Its very small so if you find a tourist group better to wait for them to be done. Explore the riverside and you will have spots for beautiful pictures. Local...More

1  Thank Luci C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Charming little village surrounded by waterfalls and mills...worth visit if you're passing by on your way to of from Plitvice Lakes

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A historic village & mill set at the junction of two rivers. Peaceful and pretty. Lovely for a relaxing walk around the old mill. Head down into the gorge for stunning views of the waterfalls. If the weather is hot, and during the summer it...More

2  Thank David I
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We came with high expectations, but along with dozens of others, we walked confuzed as to all directions after 150-200 meters the path ended with signs of 'private area'. Everyone were as confuzed as us, maybe it was some holiday or something and the walking...More

Thank Dikla Z
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Lovely place, water everywhere, nice visit for a few hours including food. Nice easy walk around, suitable for kids

Thank Elad G
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Rastoke is beautiful. Instead of paying entrance fees to see the waterfalls, just walk along the forest, you will see everything. There is a nice "beach" for swimming next to the bridge. Kids loved it!

1  Thank Carmen C
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The place is a nice little village with waterfalls within the town and it seems like a place where time stands still. its a nice stop for a few hours, but please ensure to save 3/4th of your day for Plitvice. Rastoke on the other...More

Thank Chaitanya S
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lil10245
9 August 2017|
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Response from Ola C | Reviewed this property |
Hello. It is enough time to visit the place. I think for us it was about 1.5h. I'm not sure if there is any map available but it is so small place that you can basically move around by only looking at the signs.
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ansyaustin
3 August 2017|
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Response from davidtB8137GY | Reviewed this property |
Regarding Rastoke - it is a very small place , of 50 buildings max, and is practically a "suburb" of Slunj. There are nice waterfalls, but if you go there after Plitvice you will have already enough waterfalls . You can... More
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9 July 2017|
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Response from Michele P | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is. People swim in the river just below the main bridge to rastoke . You will see it on your left driving over the bridge into rastoke
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