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Address: 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...

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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Beautiful !!

We read about the beautiful view of the small waterfalls all around the village, but once you see it the view is Magnificat. After watching it from top we went down to the village... read more

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Tel aviv
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We read about the beautiful view of the small waterfalls all around the village, but once you see it the view is Magnificat. After watching it from top we went down to the village and had a walk around. Unfortunately we found it very much touristic as while we wanted to get closer to the waterfalls areas we were asked... More 

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't expect this place to be so beautiful. I also thought it was much smaller. Definitely stop here if you can. Absolutely beautiful!

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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

What a place! Its amazing natural gift from heavean .. I could spend days and days just relaxing my ayes

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Katy, Texas
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Neat mills, restaurants and cafes around little waterfalls. Fresh fish to eat at the restaurants just makes it better. Find the cafe and sit on the patio over the river.

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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Not far from Plitvice there is a small village Slunj and it is beautiful. Very traditionaly reconstructed there is a few waterfalls, watermills and restorants. Nice for relaxation.

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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

Small village, with many, many little waterfalls, so pretty. Couple of pubs/cafes to partake in a little refreshment after you've walked around the village

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Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

A unique little town built above waterfalls. Very quaint and beautiful. Worth a stopover on the way to plitvice lakes.

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Reviewed 12 November 2016

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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Reviewed 6 November 2016 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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Reviewed 22 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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