Activities

Hiking/walking

Author: Gordana Zec
All the splendor of karst forms and karst fields can be discovered by taking the hiking trails of the Park. There are fourteen trails in total, not a single one truly difficult, most of them at medium-difficulty level. Trails passing along the source of the Kupa River have available drinking water, but most trails do not. Appropriate footwear and clothes are required, and it is also worth checking out the recommended time of year for visit.

Horvatova staza (Horvat Trail)

The trail begins at Crni Lug (Bijela Vodica), passes next to Vučja jama (Wolf Pit), continuing further through the areas of Bukovac and Smrekovac, and ends below the mountain lodge.

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 738 m

Recommended time of year for visit: May to October

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Trail across Markov brlog

The trail leads visitors through the valley of Leska without climbs. It then ascends to Markov brlog on the road above Leska, and continues to the intersection at the site of Medvjeđa vrata. From there, the trail continues across the peak of Južni Mali Risnjak to the mountain lodge.

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 738 m

Recommended time of year for visit: May to October

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Trail across Vilje

The trail mildly ascends to the intersection at Bukva, followed by a steeper climb to Medvjeđa vrata. From there the trail continues across the peak of Južni Mali Risnjak to the mountain lodge.

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 249 m

Recommended time of year for visit: May to October

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Trail across Lazac

At Lazac, the trail mildly ascends along Podcajtige, followed by a steeper climb to the mountain lodge.

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 360 m

Recommended time of year for visit: May to October

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Trail from Mrzle Vodice

The trail first leads across the valley of Suha rečina, and then along a forest road and marked path across Andrićev laz to Medvjeđa vrata. From there, the trail continues to the mountain lodge.

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 498 m

Recommended time of year for visit: May to October

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Trail from Platak to Snježnik

The trail leads along Rimska cesta (Roman Road) to a small parking lot, and then along the trail Kroz Grlo to the mountain lodge below Snježnik.

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 323 m

Recommended time of year for visit: May to October

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Trail from Platak to Snježnik

The trail leads from Platak to Rimska vrata across a ridge, ultimately reaching the very peak of Snježnik.

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 323 m

Recommended time of year for visit: May to October

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Trail from Lazac to Snježnik

The trail passes steeply through the forest along the Frankopanska Road to the site of Srebrna vrata (Silver Gate). From there, hikers can choose between two paths leading to the peak of Snježnik: the trail to the left is more direct and steeper, and the trail to the right is easier.

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 448 m

Recommended time of year for visit: May to October

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Trail from Jelenc to Snježnik

The trail passes along the ridge, taking the route Jelenc – Planina – Guslica – Međuvrhi – Snježnik. The route passes through the area rich in wide natural mountain grasslands.

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 232 m

Recommended time of year for visit: May to October

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Trail from Risnjak to Snježnik

The trail from Risnjak leads directly across Cajtige and Fratrovi dolci to the Roman Road, across the site of Rimska vrata, all the way to Snježnik.

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 250 m

(Risnjak lodge 1418 m.a.s.l.; Snježnik 1506 m.a.s.l.; the trail descends at Cajtige to 1128 m.a.s.l.)

Recommended time of year for visit: May to October

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Trail Razloge – source of the Kupa River

Leading from the village of Razloge, the trail steeply descends to the source of the Kupa River.

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 235 m

Recommended time of year for visit: April to November

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Available

Note: The trail is short and steep; source of the Kupa River

Trail Hrvatsko – Kupari – source of the Kupa River

There are two trails leading from Hrvatsko to Kupari. One trail leads along the river, and the other trail leads along the asphalt road on the other side of the river, descending to the bridge and leading to the river source.

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 32 m

Recommended time of year for visit: April to November

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Available

Note: Malni; source of the Kupa River

Loop trail Razloge – Kupari – Razloge

The trail steeply descends from the village of Razloge to the river source. It then continues across the bridge and downstream along the Kupa River towards Kupari. After crossing another bridge, the trail then continues through the forest along the asphalt road back to Razloge.

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 0 m

(Razloge 556 m.a.s.l.; source of the Kupa River 321 m.a.s.l.; Kupari 314 m.a.s.l.; Razloge 556 m.a.s.l.)

Recommended time of year for visit: April to November

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Available

Note: Razloge; Malni; source of the Kupa River

Platak – Cajtige – Risnjak

The trail leads from Platak via Cajtige to Risnjak.

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 371 m

(Platak 1110 m.a.s.l.; Cajtige 1128 m.a.s.l.; Risnjak lodge 1418 m.a.s.l.)

Recommended time of year for visit: April to November

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Availability of drinking water: Available

Fishing

The Kupa River, according to many one of the most beautiful karst rivers, springs from a small turquoise karst lake in the Risnjak National Park. Recreational fishing is permitted only by using a fishing rod with artificial fly on a single barbless fish hook, or with a single fish hook with crushed barb.

Kupa River

The fishing area begins approximately 2 kilometers downstream from the river source, spreading from the area from Srednji Kupari "Malni" to the confluence of the rivers Čabranka and Kupa.

Fish habitats:

Brown trout (Salmo trutta): 16 May – 30 September
Grayling (Thymallus thymallus):  16 May – 15 October

Note: Recreational fishing: the only permitted form of fishing is by using a fishing rod with artificial fly on a single barbless fish hook, or with a single fish hook with crushed barb.

Wildlife viewing

One recommended activity in the period from May to November is wildlife viewing. Bear, wolf, roe deer, red deer, fox, wild boar and many bird species all live in this protected area. Lynx too, as the hunter active at dusk and night. Park rangers take visitors to the Lazac log house, where they can stay alone or in the company of park rangers.

Brvnara Lazac (Lazac log house)

Guests are welcomed at the main entrance to the Park in Crni Lug, and Park rangers drive them to Lazac in Park vehicles. That is where visitors receive all required information about the Park and its flora and fauna. Arrival to Lazac usually takes place in the afternoon hours. Guests can then stay in the Lazac log house alone, or in the company of Park rangers. Return to Crni Lug is organized based on the wishes of visitors as well – in the same evening, or the following morning.

Wildlife species that can be seen: Bear, wolf, roe deer, red deer, fox, wild boar, birds.

Recommended time of year for visit: May to November

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Activity can be organized for persons with disabilities, subject to prior arrangement with the Park.

Schools in nature

Educational programs are adjusted to preschool, elementary school and high school age groups. There are also programs for children with special needs. In addition, Risnjak is also a favorite venue of businesspeople who organize their team building workshops there. Group visits are possible from April to October.

Forest pedagogy

The workshop offers a comprehensive experience, without excessive stimulation. It promotes curiosity, imagination and logical thinking. In addition to free movement in fresh air, additional benefits of the program include strengthening of the immune system; developing large motor skills and small motor skills; strengthening persistence, concentration and patience; fostering prosocial behavior; teaching children to take initiative and to adapt. Various games and sounds are used in working with children. All activities (games) are performed under the supervision of forest school teacher.

Target age group: Preschool, elementary school and high school age groups; children with special needs; adult participants (e.g. for team building purposes).

Duration: 2 – 4 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: April to October

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Accessible

Accommodation and catering

There is a boarding house open throughout the year, offering not only accommodation, but also culinary specialties of the region of Gorski kotar. There is also a mountain lodge below a mountain peak. Visitors wishing to stay in it should come equipped with sleeping bags, and check out the opening times in advance.

Boarding house - NP Risnjak

Accommodation is available in five double rooms, and the restaurant offer includes culinary specialties of our cuisine: crnoluški želudac (stuffed pork stomach, a traditional dish from Crni Lug), game dishes, strudel and blueberry pancakes... In hot summer days, visitors can use the open-air terrace and enjoy a wonderful view of a nearby small lake surrounded by dense vegetation.

Important information:

Boarding house is open throughout the year. Opening hours of the restaurant: from 7:00 till 22:00 in summer; from 8:00 till 21:00 in winter.

Contact:

Tel.: 00385 0(51) 836 133
E-mail:

Note:

Pets are not allowed in the facility.

Mountain lodge - Josip Schlosser Klekovski

The mountain lodge is located below the peak of Risnjak at 1418 meters above sea level. It can accommodate 43 persons in two large and several smaller dormitories. Lodge staff prepares meals in the kitchen of the mountain lodge.

Important information:

Mountain lodge has 43 beds, and it is open from May 1 to October 30, every day except Tuesdays.

Contact:

Tel.: 00385 0(51) 836 133

Note:

Pets are not allowed in the facility.

Delnice

For more information, visit the websites of Delnice Tourist Board.

Guided tours

Guided tours are organized and adapted based on the wishes of visitors. These tours can be organized for all hiking trails, combinations of routes and attractions of special interest within the protected area.

Guided tours

Guided tours can be organized for all hiking trails and all combinations of routes, depending on the wishes of visitors.

Educational trails

Visitors can explore the only available educational trail independently or in the company of a professional guide. Most of the route is in the form of a gravel trail, but there are also asphalt and forest path sections. In two hours of the tour, visitors can enjoy stone sculptures, forests and meadows still adorned with flowers of the protected edelweiss.

Leska

Leska educational trail was one of the first such trails in Croatia, and it was opened on June 4, 1993. It has been renovated twice since then. Easily accessible from Crni Lug, the trail starts west of the Park Management building, several minutes of hiking away from it. The trail is designed and adapted in such a manner that every visitor can explore it independently. There are 23 information panels placed along only 4.2 kilometers of trail route, providing an excellent opportunity to learn about the natural and cultural heritage of the Risnjak National Park.

Trail length: 4.2 km

Duration: Approx. 2 hours

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 65%, asphalt 30%, forest path 5%

Number of interpretation panels: 23

Note: In addition to individual visits, guided tours are available as well.

Attractions

Snježnik

Author: Marko Vrdoljak
This stone peak surrounded by mountain meadows is bound to pleasantly surprise visitors with its accessibility and picturesque character. Plants from this mountainous area are adapted to very harsh climate, surviving summer heat and very cold and windy winter conditions with equal ease. The view offered by the viewpoint at 1506 meters above sea level is one of the most beautiful views in Croatia.

Note:

Recommended time of year for visit is from May until the end of October.

Risnjak

Author: Marko Vrdoljak
Marked by the whiteness of its rocks, the massif of the mountain of Risnjak dominates over the green expanse of forests of Gorski kotar. Wonderful views of the Kvarner Bay, the Istrian peninsula and the Julian Alps in the neighboring Slovenia that visitors can enjoy at 1528 meters above sea level are bound to remain imprinted in their memory.

Note:

Recommended time of year for visit is from May until the end of October.

Source of the Kupa River

Author: Marko Vrdoljak

This area, covering the surface of 10 hectares, became officially protected on December 12, 1963. The source of the Kupa River is one of the many still unresolved riddles of the karst. It is one of the strongest, biggest and deepest water sources of Croatia. Located at 321 meters above sea level, spring water has shaped a green and blue lake that impresses visitors with its beauty. Researchers have not yet managed to reach the very bottom of the source, and the most recent record dive reached the depth of 154 meters.

The upper part of the river course, characterized by abundant flora and fauna, is also known as the Wonder Valley of Butterflies.

Note:

Recommended time of year for visit is from April until November, depending on precipitation and the resulting water level of the Kupa River.

Rodna kuća rijeke Kupe (Birthplace of the Kupa River)

Rodna kuća rijeke Kupe (Birthplace of the Kupa River) is a visitor center dedicated to education and provision of information. As one can tell by its name, this facility is located in the immediate vicinity of the source of the Kupa River – the only Croatian river that thus got its official "Birthplace". The facility provides interpretation of rich biodiversity of the river.

Note:

The site is located in the settlement of Kupari. Opening hours are from 9:00 till 17:00 (from May to October). The center is closed on Tuesdays.

Goranska kuća znanja (Gorski Kotar House of Knowledge)

Goranska kuća znanja – Gorski Kotar House of Knowledge – is a visitor center located in an old village school, aiming to preserve the history and memories of inhabitants of the village of Razloge and their descendants. The center tells the tale of shingles – construction material characteristic for Gorski kotar, nowadays mostly made by retired foresters. Visitors can learn about traditional rural architecture that characterizes typical settlements of the region, about handicraft such as wickerwork, and about pastures and beekeeping. The center also provides insight into three key animal species of the region: lynx as the hidden hunter, the biggest European cat species, and the symbol of the National Park; wolf as the symbol of wilderness and the biggest member of the family of dogs; and bear as huge solitary animal and the biggest terrestrial carnivore. It is important to get acquainted with all of these valuable species, in order for us to be able to successfully preserve them.

Note:

The site is located in the settlement of Razloge. Opening hours are from 9:00 till 17:00 (from May to October). The center is closed on Mondays.

Educational trail Leska

Author: Marko Vrdoljak

When it was opened in 1993, the trail of Leska was the first educational trail in National Parks of Croatia. This loop trail is 4200 meters long, and it is located at 700 meters above sea level. Information panels in Croatian and English placed along the trail teach visitors about the most important phenomena and sites characteristic not only for Risnjak itself, but also for the region of Gorski kotar as a whole.

Note:

The trail can be visited throughout the year.

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