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Rastoke 25 | At Slovin Unique - Rastoke, Slunj 47240, Croatia
+385 47 801 460
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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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“plitvice lakes” (60 reviews)
“the river” (38 reviews)
“beautiful place” (12 reviews)
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Rastoke 25 | At Slovin Unique - Rastoke, Slunj 47240, Croatia
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+385 47 801 460
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"plitvice lakes"
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"the river"
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"beautiful place"
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"worth a stop"
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"national park"
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"small village"
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"few hours"
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"trout"
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"nice stop"
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"old town"
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"walk around"
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"old mill"
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"water flowing"
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"pretty little village"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I visited this place by the company "RoundAbout"🌟The trip was great and the tour guide 👌🏻Mr. / Dino Simunec 👌🏻was a respectable and educated person, he told us information about the place, the trip with him was pleasant, the place very nice.

Thank Hanan A
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It is so nice to spend an hour or two there. Waterfalls are beautiful same as the village. I loved the fish in a restaurant.

Thank Melita T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The village is cute and nice and the nature is beautiful. It has only two restaurants with not so many choices, and one pizza place. The atmosphere was beautiful and calm.

Thank Antonija B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A wee hidden gem on the Korana river. Take a stroll down through the old mills and have lunch in the restaurant on site.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A small town on the way to the plitvice lakes. Sort of a refreshing walk around the town. Was part of the tour so went there.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a little paradise. Kids are too small for visiting Plitvička jezera so we were visiting Rastoke. Jewel of nature and homemade food.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had one more day free after spending 2 days in Plitvice lakes national park. We decided to go to this picturesque place in Slunj. Historical centre with lots of waterfalls, old watermills really surprised us. Nice views from riverside, but the best place to...More

1  Thank Karolína A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a peacefull and romantic walk in two.. waterfalls are just stunning and all the nature arround. It misses a bit contenst during winter months.

Thank MareStipe
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A perfect stop on our way to the Plitvice lakes. Beautiful, stunning landscape, charming mills and cheap, delicious homemade food. I felt like I was in s fairytale there with my husband.

Thank Lada1977
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here to stay overnight and were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful water falls and the general beauty of the area. Nice walking trails that are paved easy to access.

Thank Cathy T
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Elissa R
27 January 2018|
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Response from Rastoke | Property representative |
Elissa, if you want to stay in center of Rastoke, use our own Guesthouse Slovin-Unique and wake up looking at the waterfalls.
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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
4 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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