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Address: Rastoke 25 | At Slovin Unique - Rastoke, Slunj 47240, Croatia
Phone Number: +385 47 801 460
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A watermill village situated where the blue-green waters of river Slunjcica...

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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Lots of waterfalls, old water mills, a cave, film location for German "Spaghetti Westerns" of the 1950's, old farm equipment, fish ponds, - don't forget Snow White and the Seven... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of waterfalls, old water mills, a cave, film location for German "Spaghetti Westerns" of the 1950's, old farm equipment, fish ponds, - don't forget Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - plus coffee or beer on the verandah depending upon time of day!

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Kuching, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible, it's a most scenic peaceful village we have visited. Entrance fee per person is 30 kuna. A small village with most unique landscape, beautiful houses with waterfalls fall through almost everywhere. An old woman welcome us into her house to see the hydro powered corn mill, very traditional. Amazing , colourful autumn leaves, beautiful sceneries and sounds of waterfall,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Tiny village on route to Plitvica from the Zagreb direction full of small waterfalls, watermill restaurants, well worth spending a few hours here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Rastoke is a very small picturesque village on the way from Zagreb to Plitvica Lakes National Park. It has several beautiful waterfalls, quaint buildings, and small restaurants. The people are warm and friendly. It was well worth the short stop along the way to Plitvica. While we were there, a small group of local musicians and singers passed by in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Nice visit on the way to Plitvice. I would recommend some ending more time in Plitvice over going to Slunj. Plitvice has much more to offer

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

After a day at Plitvice Lakes we opted to spend the night here and what a sweet spot. It is like a mini Plitvice. Cute village, stay for a meal or a room. Since it is fall and not as busy we were able to be seated right away at a restaurant and then we just knocked on a door... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

What a fabulous little village this is, in the middle of the Slunjcica River as it flows into Korana River. Well not actually in the middle, but the river flows through and around it as it makes it way to the gorge close by. The village which has been rebuilt since the independence war is a picturesque rambling village of... More 

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Yavne, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The place is really unique in that it is a village built on top of the river with the water flowing right under the houses. Take a short stroll and enjoy!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I stumbled on this place on TripAdvisor. Not to be missed it is beautiful. A town built around the meeting of waters on and around cascades of water. It's not big and easy to get around. Trout are reared here for the table. Ian so glad we made the effort to et here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This is a village sitting on top of a maze of streams and waterfalls. a truly unique site and sight,of fairy tale quality. We had a nice walk through the village and a great trout dinner a Pietro's. Definitely worth a visit when in the area.

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