This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Karlovac. To help you make friends with Karlovac before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
If you have been traveling or living in Europe before, the name Karlovac, Croatia, may sound familiar to you. Not because the city in Croatia -- forty-five kilometers from capital Zagreb -- is that well known, but because it is home to a brewery that sells their beer in the entire continent, Karlovacko. The Karlovacko Brewery is not the reason to visit Karlovacko, Croatia though. It is possibly to visit the brewery -- the is now part of the Heineken Company -- but only on selected dates. Contact the brewery in advance to check the possibilities. Your Karlovac, Croatia hostel will be aware of the tour possibilities, too.
It is the location that makes Karlovac unique. It is connected by four rivers that served as a defense system in Medieval times and the river's connection with the Danube made Karlovac a trade centre. The Old Town is the main landmark in Karlovac, Croatia. It is a bit away from the current centre of town and is basically a fortress. The city centre may be where most restaurants and cafes are, but it is not where you find the most interesting places for visitors. In summer months the river banks come to life and you will find many locals hanging out near the rivers. If you are feeling active, it is also possible to go rafting or kayaking on the rivers. Booking a Karlovac, Croatia hostel in the city centre leaves you in the most central area, but not necessarily close to all places of interest. The best time of the year to visit Karlovac, Croatia, is during the annual beer festival (Karlovacki Dani Piva). There are several stages where music is performed around town for ten days in a row. This is also the time of the year the city becomes most crowded. If you want to visit during this time, it is recommended to book your Karlovac, Croatia hostel in advance.
Written by local enthusiast for Karlovac hostelsMartin Straatman