Activities

Bicycling

To enjoy a direct experience of nature, the best way is to take the cycling trail leading from Skradinski most to Skradinski buk, along the right bank of the Krka River. The trail is accessible throughout the year, and a visit to the Krka River in any season is bound to provide a lasting impression and a desire to return to this gravel trail 3600 meters long. 

Skradinski most – Skradinski buk

Walking and cycling trail leads along the right bank of the Krka River to Skradinski buk.

Trail length: 3,6 km

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Bicycle rental possibilities: Not available

Trail type: Gravel

Cave tours

One place you should not miss during your visit is the cave of Oziđana. Above Roški slap, at the very top of the canyon, one enters a place rich in ancient history and marked by long presence of man in this area. The cave is dry even during the strongest rains. It once served as shelter to man; today, it allows visitors to examine the remains of Neolithic cultures of the Adriatic, providing a unique experience of sharing with our very distant ancestors. 

Oziđana pećina

Oziđana pećina, a cave within the educational walking trail Stinice – Roški slap – Oziđana pećina, is a site of extraordinary natural, cultural and historical value. It is located close to the very top of the canyon, above Roški slap, at 220 meters above sea level.

 Archaeological research has confirmed the presence of all Neolithic cultures of the Adriatic area in the cave (including Impresso, Danilo and Hvar cultures), as well as Eneolithic cultures and cultures of the Early and Middle Bronze Age. Human presence in the cave was continuous in the period from 5000 to 1500 B.C. The cave includes an archaeological collection in situ.

Length: 59 m

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Duration: 30 min

Boat trips and rentals

Some Park attractions, such as the island of Visovac, a must-see destination in the Krka area, can only be reached by boat. The closeness of water and the roar of the cascades provide quite a special experience, which is why many visitors prefer a boat tour to the ancient Croatian fortresses of Trošenj and Nevčen, the Krka Monastery or Roški slap, instead of reaching these sites by road.

Island of Visovac

Due to its outstanding value, the island of Visovac has always been attracting numerous pilgrims, who continue to flock to the site, using excursion boats of the Krka National Park.

Those who wish to visit Visovac can take a boat from Skradinski buk. The excursion takes two hours, with half an hour dedicated to sightseeing of the island itself, the Franciscan monastery, church and museum.

Boat excursions from Skradinski buk to Roški slap also include half an hour of sightseeing of Visovac.

Duration: 3.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: April to November

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities:  Accessible, access possible with the assistance of the Krka National Park staff.

Note: Organized groups should arrange their visit in advance and make reservations for the boat.

Roški slap

In addition to road access, Roški slap can also be visited by boat excursions organized by the Krka National Park, departing from Skradinski buk.

Boat excursions include a visit to Visovac, passage through the canyon Među gredama, and sightseeing of Roški slap (walk along the trail passing next to the so-called "necklaces", sightseeing of water mills, fulling mills and looms) for one hour.
The offer also includes organized boat transfer to Krka Monastery and Trošenj and Nečven fortresses. Entrance tickets for Krka National Park and boat excursion tickets for Krka Monastery can be purchased at the Krka National Park entrance Roški slap (reception desk).

Duration: 3.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: April to November

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities:  Accessible, access possible with the assistance of the Krka National Park staff.

Note: Organized groups should arrange their visit in advance and make reservations for the boat.

Krka Monastery and Trošenj and Nečven fortresses

Krka Monastery is a spiritual center of the Orthodox Diocese of Dalmatia, which has its headquarters in Šibenik. The monastery is located on an islet in the upper part of the course of the Krka River.

Krka Monastery can be visited by boat transfer organized by the Park in the period from April to October, departing from Roški slap, or by road from Kistanje. 

Duration: 2.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: April to November

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities:  Accessible, access possible with the assistance of the Krka National Park staff.

Note: Organized groups should arrange their visit in advance and make reservations for the boat.

Skradin – Skradinski buk – Skradin

Park boats transfer visitors from the Park entrance Skradin to Skradinski buk. Boat transfer is included in ticket price. 
Boat transfer of visitors is available from April to November according to the defined schedule.

Duration: 20 minutes

Recommended time of year for visit: April to November

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities:  Accessible, access possible with the assistance of the Krka National Park staff.

Note: Organized groups should arrange their visit in advance and make reservations for the boat.

Stinice – Visovac – Remetić

Boat depart to the island of Visovac from the piers on the left and the right bank of the Krka River, with half an hour of island sightseeing.

Duration: 30 minutes

Recommended time of year for visit: April to November

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities:  Accessible, access possible with the assistance of the Krka National Park staff.

Note: Organized groups should arrange their visit in advance and make reservations for the boat.

Educational trails

Three educational trails lead to three superb attractions: the Krka Monastery, Bilušića buk and Manojlovac. No choice is wrong, and the only question that remains is when to return to this place and take a trail not yet taken. The trails are accessible throughout the year, and spending less than thirty or so minutes on them, which is how long it takes to pass through the loop trail leading to the Krka Monastery, is more than enough to turn the visit into an unforgettable experience.

Skradinski buk

Tufa barriers, islands and lakes of Skradinski buk can be explored by using a network of trails and bridges. A series of water mills and ethnographic collection testify to the economic history of the city of Šibenik and the entire region.

Trail length: 1,9 km

Duration: 1 h

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Partly accessible

Trail type: Gravel, wooden paths and bridges

Skradinski most – Skradinski buk

Walking and cycling trail also serves as a firefighting path, leading along the right bank of the Krka River to Skradinski buk.

Trail length: 3,4 km

Duration: 1,5 h

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Gravel

Lozovac – Skradinski buk

All those who prefer to avoid organized bus transfer, or car ride in the winter months, can get to Skradinski buk by taking a forest trail from the entrance of Lozovac.

Trail length: 0,875 km

Duration: 20 min

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Gravel

Rupe – Rogovo

A pleasant walk along the trail leads to a viewpoint offering a view of the geomorphologically interesting narrow passage Među gredama.

Trail length: 2,3 km

Duration: 45 min

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Gravel

Brnjica – Čikola River bed

The trail leads through a rocky canyon to the bed of the Čikola River. Throughout the trail, visitors can enjoy a view of the medieval fortress of Ključica on a rock on the very edge of the canyon.

Trail length: 1,45 km

Duration: 45 min

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Gravel

Ključica

This pleasant trail leads to a viewpoint offering a view of the medieval fortress of Ključica and the canyon of the Čikola River.

Dužina staze: 1,6 km

Trajanje obilaska: 25 min

Preporučeni period godine za posjet: Tijekom cijele godine

Individualni ili grupni posjeti: Individualni i grupni

Da li aktivnost prilagođena za invalide: Ne

Vrsta staze: Makadam

Stinice – Roški slap – Oziđana pećina

Jedna od najljepših pješačkih staza u Hrvatskoj opremljena je edukativnim pločama s detaljnim informacijama o biljnim i životinjskim vrstama specifičnima za područje NP Krka, geološkim fenomenima kao i o kulturno-povijesnim lokalitetima koji se nalaze uz stazu. Uz prethodnu najavu u NP Krka, moguće je organizirati obilazak staze uz povratak brodom i posjet otoku Visovcu.

Dužina staze: 8,5 km

Trajanje obilaska: 2,5 h

Preporučeni period godine za posjet: Proljeće, jesen

Individualni ili grupni posjeti: Individualni i grupni

Da li aktivnost prilagođena za invalide: Ne

Vrsta staze: Makadam, drvene staze, mostići i stepenice

Napomene: Potrebna je primjerena obuća i slojevita odjeća. Ponijeti sa sobom vodu.

Roški slap

Ovo je kružna staza koja vodi preko očaravajućeg niza kaskada, u narodu zvanih „ogrlice“ i spaja se s poučno-pješačkom stazom Stinice – Roški slap – Oziđana pećina.

Dužina staze: 1,36 km

Trajanje obilaska: 25 min

Preporučeni period godine za posjet: Tijekom cijele godine

Individualni ili grupni posjeti: Individualni i grupni

Da li aktivnost prilagođena za invalide: Dijelom

Vrsta staze: Makadam

Niz ploču

Nešto zahtjevnija strma staza nekada je bila put lokalnom stanovništvu do vode i posjeda koje su obrađivali. Danas je prvorazredna atrakcija na kojoj posjetitelji mogu uživati u pogledu na očaravajući krajolik Roškog slapa.

Dužina staze: 1,5 km

Trajanje obilaska: 35 min

Preporučeni period godine za posjet: Tijekom cijele godine

Individualni ili grupni posjeti: Individualni i grupni

Da li aktivnost prilagođena za invalide: Ne

Vrsta staze: Makadam

Manastir Krka

Kružna staza koja vodi kroz izvornu prirodu Carigradske drage u kojoj se smjestio pravoslavni manastir.

Dužina staze: 2,1 km

Trajanje obilaska: 35 min

Preporučeni period godine za posjet: Tijekom cijele godine

Individualni ili grupni posjeti: Individualni i grupni

Da li aktivnost prilagođena za invalide: Ne

Vrsta staze: Makadam

Manojlovac

Godine 2011. obnovljena je i za posjetitelje otvorena staza s vidikovcem. Tad je otkrivena i spomen-ploča podignuta u čast austrijskom caru Franji Josipu I., koji se sa suprugom Elizabetom upravo s toga mjesta divio ljepoti Manojlovačkog slapa.

Dužina staze: 0,36 km

Trajanje obilaska: 15 min

Preporučeni period godine za posjet: Tijekom cijele godine

Individualni ili grupni posjeti: Individualni i grupni

Da li aktivnost prilagođena za invalide: Ne

Vrsta staze: Makadam

Bilušića buk

S ruba kanjona vodi staza duga tristo metara, na čijem se kraju iza gustih vrbika otvara Bilušića buk koji se, s obzirom da se preko njega cijele godine prelijeva sav dotok Krke, čuje mnogo prije nego što se vidi.

Dužina staze: 0,3 km

Trajanje obilaska: 15 min

Preporučeni period godine za posjet: Tijekom cijele godine

Individualni ili grupni posjeti: Individualni i grupni

Da li aktivnost prilagođena za invalide: Ne

Vrsta staze: Makadam

Schools in nature

The strong link between bats, insects and plant seeds is best understood in nature, where life actually takes place. That is why a tree branch or a wooden bench on an educational trail serve as great places to learn why bats are not “blood suckers”, but actually a valuable animal species. Field training provided in the Park teaches young visitors how to become small but important guardians of nature, providing a major contribution to its conservation. Awareness of the importance of nature conservation developed at the earliest age represents the best guarantee of success in this important endeavor.

Mini park rangers

The workshop is intended for preschool-age children, with Park educators presenting the Park to children through stories and games, in a manner adapted to their age.

Children first learn about the Krka National Park and its key phenomenon - tufa - and about the Park's natural and cultural values. What follows is a vivid story about Jopa the bat who is trying to celebrate her 6th birthday, but is prevented from doing so because of water pollution, showing children how their individual behavior can have a positive or negative impact on animals and nature as a whole. The workshop ends with a YES/NO quiz, following which every child becomes a "mini park ranger" and receives a diploma, a badge and working materials.

Target age group: Preschool children

Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Recommended time of year for visit: During the school year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Groups of children

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Programs in Skradin and Drniš Offices of the Park are accessible

Little park rangers

The workshop is intended for children in lower elementary school grades, with Park educators presenting the National Park to children through stories and games, in a manner adapted to their age.

Children first learn about the Krka National Park through a PowerPoint presentation. What follows is a story about Jopa the bat who is trying to celebrate her 6th birthday, but is prevented from doing so because of water pollution, showing children how their individual behavior can have a positive or negative impact on animals and nature as a whole. The workshop ends with a game in which children work in smaller groups, and the best group wins special prizes at the end. Every child becomes a "little park ranger" and receives a diploma, a badge and working materials.

Target age group: Lower elementary school grades

Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Recommended time of year for visit: During the school year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Groups of children

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Programs in Skradin and Drniš Offices of the Park are accessible

3R – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Today's consumerism, reflected in the urge to buy everything that is offered to us in the market, resulting in a society where people are constantly in a rush to buy something new, while discarding items that do not yet deserve to be discarded as waste.

The workshop focuses on creative use of materials usually categorized as waste. As various activities unfold, Krka National Park educators discuss the importance of activities that children are undertaking, and that represent simple and practical examples of environmental and nature protection. Some of the activities that make the workshop and recycled materials special include the following:

- Making pearls out of paper (e.g. from glossy magazines) and using them to make bracelets or necklaces;

- Using plastic bags to make large rose flowers that can be used as decoration on a piece of clothing or handbag, or used as a bracelet, etc.;

- Ironing plastic bags (with a household iron at medium temperature) and using them to make a variety of useful items, such as handbags, protective mobile phone cases, etc.),

- Recycling matte paper (e.g. from daily papers) by adding various harmless dyes in a household blender, in order to make drawings and various decorative shapes that are then painted and embellished.

Every hand-made item serves as a lasting souvenir from the 3R workshop, reminding children of the time spent with their Park educators. In addition to actively participating in the program, children also share their experiences from the workshop with their families, their kindergarten and school teachers, and, naturally, with their peers in preschools and schools. In this way, children are made aware of the importance of the recycling process for ecology, in order to act responsibly towards nature as adults, and in order to participate in the conservation of vital biodiversity processes.

Target age group: Preschool children; lower elementary school grades

Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Recommended time of year for visit: During the school year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Groups of children

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Programs in Skradin and Drniš Offices of the Park are accessible

Give more for the bats

Bats are an extremely important part of world ecosystems, and an indicator of a healthy environment.

The importance of bats in nature is reflected in biological population control of insects, pollination and spreading of plant seeds. The main dangers that bats are facing include loss of habitat (excessive felling of old hollowed trees, destruction and altering of caves by filling them with material and exploiting them for tourist purposes, coating wooden beams with toxic wood protection chemicals), use of pesticides, reduction of insect populations, disturbance of bats, drainage of watercourses, water pollution, etc.

The workshop is aimed at overcoming some of the prejudice around this species, such as, for example, the idea that bats drink blood or get tangled up in people's hair; the saying "blind as a bat" is also tackled. The program consists of a brief PowerPoint presentation with basic information on bats and interesting thematic workshops (making origami bats, painting bat masks, creating 3D bats from toilet paper rolls); a Bat Olympics is organized as well.

Target age group: Preschool children; lower elementary school grades

Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Recommended time of year for visit: During the school year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Groups of children

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Programs in Skradin and Drniš Offices of the Park are accessible

Lectures and field training

Little Park Rangers; 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle); Bats; Small School of Archaeology; Romans in Our Areas; Animal World in the Park; Water; GIS – Geographic Information System; Water That Builds Cascades; National Park Management; Visitor Transfers in the Park.

Target age group: Elementary and high school (adapted to age)

Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Recommended time of year for visit: During the school year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Groups of children

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Programs in Skradin and Drniš Offices of the Park are accessible

Guided tours

It is possible to avoid walking around with a handbook in one’s hands and excessive research prior to visit, and yet still learn a lot about the various facets of both history and present of the Krka National Park on the spot. The key attractions of the Park can be explored in guided tours, with top-quality guides leading you to all the right places, telling stories that are sometimes missed in haste or unawareness and that reveal the overwhelming richness of the area.

Skradinski buk, Visovac, Roški slap, Oziđana pećina, Krka Monastery, Burnum, Archaeological Collection in Puljane Eco Campus

Tour of the covered sites with the provision of information and interesting facts about the Park.

Duration: 30 minutes to 2 hours (depending on the site)

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Partly accessible

Recommended equipment: Suitable footwear required.

Note: Prior notice required for guided tours.

Accommodation and catering

There are no accommodation facilities in the Park area itself; however, the surroundings of the Park provide ample accommodation opportunities. Catering establishments offer simple food and drinks, allowing visitors to get much needed rest after sightseeing in the National Park. Catering service providers have adjusted their opening hours to opening hours of the Park in the area of Roški slap.

Buffet i fast food - Lozovac

Buffet offers warm and refreshing drinks, cold starters and sandwiches, before or after a tour of the Park.

Important information: 

Depending on the time of year, opening hours are identical to those of the Skradinski buk site.

Buffet i fast food - Visovačke mlinice

Buffet offers warm and refreshing drinks and cold starters in a wonderful rural setting, before or after a tour of the Park.

Important information: 

Depending on the time of year, opening hours are identical to those of the Roški slap site.

Attractions

Skradinski buk

Skradinski buk, the longest cascade on the Krka River, is one of the best known natural wonders of Croatia.The cascade consists of tufa barriers, islands and lakes. It is accessible throughout the year via a network of trails and bridges that ensure safe and pleasant walk. There are renovated water mills and fulling mills on Skradinski buk, using the power of water for centuries. Respecting the traditional architectural values, individual mills have been converted into souvenir shops, while others serve as exhibition areas for ethnographic collections. The Skradinski buk Ethno Village in the Park received the prestigious Golden Flower of Europe (Entente Florale Europe) award in 2006, in a competition that included several thousand sites. The award is given by the European Association for Flowers and Landscape.

Skradinski buk can be reached from the Lozovac entrance, where free parking is available; free bus transfer from the entrance to the cascade is ensured for individual visitors in the period from April to October. The second entrance is in Skradin, with boat transfers organized by the Park taking the visitors from the entrance to the cascade in the period from April to November. Visitors who wish to enjoy nature and hiking can reach Skradinski buk by taking the walking trail 875 meters long leading from the Lozovac entrance to the site; alternatively, visitors can take the trail from Skradin, which is four kilometers long and also serves as a cycling trail. Boat excursions to the island of Visovac and the site of Roški slap are also available from Skradinski buk.
 
Note:
Throughout the year.

Visovac

The island of Visovac is one of the most important natural and cultural values of the Republic of Croatia. Since 1445, it has been home to the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy and the Church of Our Lady of Visovac, creating a unique ambiance together with the amazing landscape of Visovačko jezero, the lake where the island is located. In the course of its turbulent history, Visovac has always been and remained an island of tranquility and prayer, with its Franciscan monastery a fortress of spirituality and faith.

The monastery includes an important archaeological collection, a collection of historical church robes and cutlery, and a rich library containing a number of historical manuscripts, valuable books and incunabula. Due to the centuries of worship of Our Lady, the island is also referred to as the Island of Our Lady. Visovac has always been attracting pilgrims, who continue to embark on pilgrimage until the present day, by using shuttle boats of the Park.

Boat excursions to Visovac are organized from Skradinski buk, Stinice and Remetić. The visit to Visovac includes a 30-minute tour of the islet, the Franciscan monastery, church and museum.

Note:

From April to November.
Visits in the winter period are possible by prior arrangement with the Park or directly with the monastery. 

Oziđana pećina

OOziđana pećina, a cave site within the educational walking trail Stinice – Roški slap – Oziđana pećina, is a location of extraordinary natural, cultural and historical value.

Archaeological research has confirmed the presence of all Neolithic cultures of the Adriatic area in the cave (including Impresso, Danilo and Hvar cultures) and Eneolithic cultures, as well as cultures of the Early and Middle Bronze Age. Human presence in the cave was continuous in the period from 5000 to 1500 B.C. The cave includes an archaeological collection in situ.

On the left bank of the Krka River, prior to the descent towards Roški slap, visitors should follow the signposts for the direction Bogatići Miljevački, and then for the direction Bogatići Prominski; after three hundred meters, at the Krka National Park parking lot, a trail leads further towards the site. There are 99 steps to Oziđana pećina, and further 517 steps to Roški slap. Oziđana pećina is also accessible via a series of wooden steps from Roški slap as well. 

Note:

Throughout the year

Roški slap

Roški slap is a large series of cascades, consisting of the main cascade section 22.5 meters high and a series of meanders, smaller cascades and tufa islands. Roški slap is located approximately 36 kilometers downstream from the source of the Krka River. The beginning of the barrier consists of a range of small cascades (called “ogrlice” or “necklaces” by the locals), followed by a number of meanders and islets. From the “necklaces” onwards, 517 wooden steps lead towards the Oziđana pećina.

A road that had linked the two river banks back in Roman times spans over the tufa cascades. Pristine nature that still exists in almost the entire area of Roški slap is bound to thrill true nature lovers. Along the left bank of the cascades, there is a range of attractive water mills, some still in use. The water mill complex at Roški slap is one of the most precious and interesting ethnographic monuments of the region of Dalmatia and Croatia as a whole.

Roški slap can be visited by boat; the voyage Skradinski buk – Visovac – Roški slap takes three and a half hours, and it is available from April to October. Roški slap is also accessible by road from Šibenik, Drniš, Knin and Skradin. On the left bank of the Krka River, follow the signposts for Pakovo Selo, and then for the route Visovac – Roški slap. On the right bank of the river, follow the signposts for Kistanje, and then for Laškovica and Roški slap.

Note:

Throughout the year

Manojlovački slap

Located next to the Knin – Kistanje road, only a couple of hundred meters from the archaeological site of Burnum, there is the cascade called Manojlovački slap. It is the third cascade in the Krka River series – the highest and, according to many, also the most beautiful cascade on the river.

The cascade consists of a series of tufa barriers, 59.6 meters high in total. The highest barrier is 32.2 meters high. The canyon around the cascade is covered in rich sub-Mediterranean vegetation, with small fields and pastures along the course of the river.

In the period of high waters, the cascade dives deep in deafening noise, as thousands of drops glisten in all colors of the rainbow. In the warm part of the year, the cascade runs dry, since the water is used by the nearby Miljacka hydroelectric plant.

In 2011, a trail with a viewpoint was restored and opened for visitors. A memorial plaque in honor of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I was revealed on the occasion, on the very spot where the Emperor himself once admired the beauty of the cascade of Manojlovac together with his wife Elizabeth.

Manojlovački slap can be reached only by road, by following the signposts for Kistanje, and then for Ivoševci. Visitors should park at the lay-by on the Knin – Kistanje road, not far from the remains of arches that once belonged to the command building of a Roman camp.

Note:

Throughout the year.

Bilušića buk

The first cascade in the series of seven cascades on the Krka River, the exciting Bilušića buk is located in a canyon nine kilometers downstream from Knin.

A trail three hundred meters long leads from the edge of the canyon to the cascade, with the view of the cascade opening just after a dense willow grove. However, since the entire flow of the Krka River passes through Bilušića buk, visitors can hear the cascade much sooner than seeing it. There were once numerous mills on the cascade; only two water mills and one fulling mill remain preserved until the present day.

The cascade is surrounded by small fields, where the locals grow vegetables. Due to its immense power, Bilušića buk was altered by blasting as many as four times (in 1834, 1895, 1953 and 1954), in order to regulate the flow of the Krka River, and in order to prevent flooding in the area of Kninsko polje.

The cascade can be reached by the Kistanje – Knin road on the right bank, or by the Drniš – Oklaj road from the direction of Promina.

Note:

Throughout the year.

Burnum – amphitheater and archaeological collection

Hidden in the heart of the Dalmatian hinterland, deep in the stone and karst, overgrown with the rough macchia, lies the pearl of the Classical antiquity – the Roman military camp Burnum. Built at the turn of the new era, on a site that made it possible to control the passage across the Krka River, Burnum was the seat of the XIth legion of the Roman army Claudiae Piae Fidelis and the IVth legion Flaviae Felix. Auxiliary units (cohorts) were also stationed here, in a small camp in the eastern part of the complex.

Visitors can see the arches of the command building in the camp, the best-preserved military amphitheater in Croatia (in the area of the village of Ivoševci), and several walls of the military training area.

Archaeological artifacts from the site (weapons, tools and items for everyday use) are on display in the Puljane Eco Campus, opened in 2010.

Burnum can be reached only by road, following the signposts to Kistanje, and then to Ivoševci.

Note:

Throughout the year

Puljane Eco Campus

Puljane Eco Campus is a future educational and scientific research center for children, youth and adults. It is a project aimed at reconstructing and refurbishing the former military facilities in Puljane, located in the northern part of the Park. The aim of the project is to set up a campus with seven renovated and adapted facilities, intended for visitors, volunteers, students, preschool and school children, scientists and researchers. The complex will include outdoor areas linked with thematic educational trails. Buildings for natural history collection and archaeological collection have already been adapted for visits; the latter collection is available to visitors, with a permanent exhibition that includes extraordinary findings from the locality of Burnum.

Visitors approaching from Ivoševci should follow the signposts for Drniš; upon leaving the canyon, one should turn right at the first signpost pointing towards the Puljane Eco Campus. The collection can also be reached from the direction of Drniš, by following the signposts to Oklaj and Puljane, and then turning left towards the Campus.

Note:

Throughout the year

Stinice

Due to the continuously rising interest among visitors for the island of Visovac, this pearl of Croatian natural and cultural heritage, as well as for the Stinice – Roški slap – Oziđana pećina educational walking trail, the facility of Stinice has been opened close to the site of Visovac, as a place where visitors can get some rest and obtain useful information.

The facility includes retail services (catering offer and souvenir shop) for visitors coming to the Park from the left bank of the Krka River, who can also book excursions there.

Note: 

From April to November

Educational walking trail Stinice – Roški slap – Oziđana pećina

One of the most beautiful walking trails in Croatia includes educational panels with detailed information on the unique characteristics of the Krka National Park. The trail is 8.5 kilometers long, and it passes through a diverse landscape, ranging from wetland habitats that belong to the most important European ornithological areas, to the area of centuries-old downy oak and white hornbeam forest with the educational center Lugareva kuća – ensuring a wonderful experience for all nature lovers.

The trail also includes Oziđana pećina, a cave that was once home to prehistoric man, and that offers in situ archaeological collection today. At the base of the canyon below the cave, accessible via 517 wooden stairs, there is a series of small cascades that the locals refer to as “necklaces”. Roški slap includes several renovated water mills, a testimony to the traditional economy that prevailed in the area until the first half of the 20th century. Following the cascades, the trail leads the visitors further, towards the geomorphologically interesting narrow passage Među gredama, the cave Šuplja stina, remains of the medieval fortress Kamičak, and the island of Visovac.

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Throughout the year; recommended time of year for visit is spring and autumn.

Offices of the Krka National Park in Skradin and Drniš

Aiming to strengthen the cooperation with the local population, offices of the Park have been opened in Skradin and Drniš. They serve as venues for expert presentations aimed at farmers, family farms and tourist agencies, as well as for workshops for staff, the locals and children.
The offices are equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia capacities, and they are open for visits, providing both the visitors and the locals with information on activities and operations of the Park.

Ključica

Ključica is the biggest and best-preserved medieval fortress in the area of the National Park. It was built by the Croatian noble family of Nelipić above the canyon of the Čikola River in the 13th century, with the aim of protecting their land from the competing noble family of Šubić.

Due to its strategic position, Ključica frequently provoked conflict among its various masters from the city of Šibenik. In 1546, it was captured by the Ottomans, who ruled it until 1648, when they were permanently repelled from the area. Ključica remained abandoned ever since, and no one has ever lived in the fortress again.

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The fortress is not adapted for visits. It can be seen from the Brnjica –Čikola River trail, and from the viewpoint of Ključica.

Kamičak

The remains of the medieval fortress of Kamičak are located between Roški slap and Visovačko jezero. According to the preserved historical records from 1345, King Louis I of Hungary and Croatia granted Ivan Nelipić the right of inheritance to Kamičak. With the Ottoman intrusion and their conquering of the entire area, Kamičak lost its importance, and it has remained abandoned ever since.

The locals also refer to Kamičak as Utješinovića grad; in 1482, the first Croatian cardinal Juraj Utješinović was born there. Kamičak was also the birthplace of Marko Mišljenović, whom King Ladislaus of Hungary and Croatia appointed as viceroy of Croatia in 1506.

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The fortress is not adapted for visits.

It can be seen from the Stinice – Roški slap – Oziđana pećina trail.

Bogočin (Vilin-grad)

Remains of the medieval fortress of Bogočin can be seen on the left bank of the Krka River, on a solitary rock near the village of Bogatić. The fortress was most likely built by the Croatian noble family of Nelipić; later on, the fortress was owned by the noble family of Martinušić.

There is only one medieval road leading to Bogočin, but it is in excellent condition. In the past, the fortress was accessed via a drawbridge. Towards the beginning of the 16th century, the site was conquered by the Ottomans, who ruled over it until 1684.

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The fortress is not adapted for visits.

It can be seen during the boat excursion from Roški slap to the medieval fortresses Nečven and Trošenj.

Nečven

The medieval fortress of Nečven was built on the very edge of a cliff on the left bank of the Krka River. The original masters of Nečven came from the Nelipić family, which owned the entire area of Promina and Miljevci. The fortress remained in their ownership until 1421, when it came into the hands of the Martinušić noble family. Towards the beginning of the 16th century, Nečven was conquered by the Ottomans, who held it until 1688.

The Ottomans brought soldiers to the fortress and turned it into the seat of the administrative unit of Krka; later on, the fortress became the seat of the entire district, and then the wider regional area of Krka. After the Ottomans left the area, Nečven was burnt down and half-destroyed.

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The fortress is not adapted for visits.

It can be seen during the boat excursion from Roški slap to the medieval fortresses Nečven and Trošenj.

Trošenj (Čučevo)

The medieval fortress of Trošenj is located on the right bank of the Krka River, opposite of the medieval fortress of Nečven. Once owned by the Croatian noble family of Šubić, which ruled over the entire right bank of the Krka River, the fortress was probably built in order to guard and control the strategically important bridge over the river.

The Ottoman army conquered Trošenj in 1522. They placed their military units in the fortress, and built a round tower. With the intrusions of the Venetian army into the area in 1686, the Ottomans were ousted, and most of the fortress ended up destroyed.

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The fortress is not adapted for visits.

It can be seen during the boat excursion from Roški slap to the medieval fortresses Nečven and Trošenj.

Water mills

Water mills in the Krka National Park are excellent examples of pre-industrial river facilities. As symbols of economic power of the area, they were frequently causing conflicts throughout history. Water mills from the 19th century have been preserved as extraordinarily important cultural and historical monuments of rural architecture and economic history.
Given their primary purpose and traditional characteristics, they are also important as ethnological and ethnographic monuments. The renovated water mills of the Park are used to present traditional works to the visitors, such as the grinding of cereals, washing and preparation of cloth, weaving of bags and carpets, forging of horseshoes, plowing, sowing and weeding of grain, preparation of food in traditional kitchen, etc.

Krka hydroelectric power plant

Remains of the former Krka hydroelectric power plant are located on Skradinski buk.

The power plant was built and put to work in 1895, only two days after Tesla’s hydroelectric power plant on the Niagara Falls. In parallel with the plant, long distance transmission lines 11 kilometers long and the city lighting network were built as well, as the first comprehensive electricity supply system in Croatia. Thanks to its builders, the Mayor of Šibenik Ante Šupuk and engineer Vjekoslav Meichsner, the city of Šibenik thus got electric city lighting before many European cities, including Vienna, Budapest, Rome and London. Ten years later, Ante Šupuk built another power plant around one hundred meters downstream from the first plant (Jaruga hydroelectric power plant), which is still in use following the installation of additional turbines in 1936.

Due to its historical importance, the Krka hydroelectric power plant is protected as a monument of industrial architecture.

Cascade Brljan

Two kilometers downstream from Bilušića buk, at the exit from the canyon, the Krka River widens into Ćorića jezero, a lake 400 meters wide and 1300 meters long (also referred to as Bjelober or Brljansko jezero). The lake emerged partly as a result of growth of the tufa barrier of the cascade of Brljan, but predominantly as a result of construction of the concrete dam of Brljan accumulation that feeds the Miljacka hydroelectric power plant. The water of the lake flows over the Brljan cascade only during high waters, since a substantial part of the flow is redirected to the power plant via a drilled tunnel.

Upstream, one finds smaller lakes, rapids and barriers. The cascade is surrounded by lush sub-Mediterranean vegetation, small pastures and cultivated fields. It is most attractive in the spring, when the vegetation turns green, but not yet with the sort of abundance that tends to hide the tufa cascades later in the year. There is an ancient road passing through the canyon and over the cascade, as testified by the remains of the Burnum military camp on the Bukovac side. On the left bank of the river, there are many remains of ancient water mills. In the warm part of the year, the cascade is dry, and almost half a kilometer long section of the Krka riverbed between Brljan and the cascades of Manojlovac also dries out.

From the Bukovac side, the cascade can be reached via the Knin – Kistanje road, by turning to the Oklaj – Drniš road before reaching Burnum. From the Promina side, the cascade can be reached via the Drniš – Oklaj road connecting with the Knin – Kistanje road. The road passes over the tufa barrier, and on approach, on the right bank of the river, there is a viewpoint providing an unforgettable view of the cascade and Ćorića Lake.

Visovac house Kuželj

Description: Visovačka kuća Kuželj
Source: NP Krka

Visovac house Kuželj is a place for rest and education of visitors – primarily younger generations – about autochthonous species in the forest ecosystem.

It is located at Stinice, opposite of the island of Visovac. The ground floor of the facility includes an exhibition on "Pubescent Oak and its Family", with seven oak species as exhibits: sessile oak, pedunculate oak, pubescent oak, kermes oak, holm oak, Italian oak and Turkey oak. The upper floor of the facility contains the main thematic area entitled "Living World of Pubescent Oak" with two key sub-topics: "Forest Plants" and "Forest Animals", dedicated to the flora and fauna of pubescent oak forests.

Centuries-old forest of pubescent oak and oriental hornbeam at Stinice, where the facility Visovac house Kuželj is located, also represents a beginning of the educational walking trail Stinice – Roški slap – Oziđana pećina. This trail, 8.5 kilometers long and one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Croatia, is equipped with educational panels providing detailed information on unique characteristics of the Krka National Park.

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Throughout the year

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