Have you ever wondered what would living in the homeland of fairy tales look like? Residents of Ogulin, a town in Croatia’s central region, know the feeling pretty well. Surrounded by natural splendor and remains of ages long past, their community has provided the nation with some of the most imaginative writers in Europe.
Kingdom of Legends
Situated in the heart of Croatia, in the proximity of Plitvice Lakes National Park, half was from Zagreb to Rijeka, Ogulin emerged in the wide and encircled valley where the rivers Dobra and Zagorska Mreznica flow. The site is considered a separate micro region due to its specific natural features. As for history, Frankopan Tower from the 16th century rises in the centre of the town. Opposite from it, one can find a unique natural phenomenon – a 40-metre-deep abyss. Legend says that the abyss bears the name of a young lady Đula who threw herself in after hearing her beloved captain died in combat. Đula’a Abyss ends in the picturesque gorge of the Dobra River, that disappears in the depths of the earth under the rocky cliff.
Home of Croatian Fables
The most famous inhabitant of Ogulin is the Croatian writer Ivana Brlic Mazuranic, who called her hometown fairy tale-like, and found in her home region inexhaustible inspiration for her popular fables. Her works represent an exceptionally valuable and unique cultural potential and this author, who lived during the transition from the 19th to the 20th century, is rightly placed side by side with Hans Christian Andersen and the Grimm brothers.
The Magical House
An enchanted forest and talking trees, a magic mirror, secret room and keyholes are only a part of the magical world that you will discover if you visit “Ivana’s house of fairy tales” a museum dedicated to the favorite citizen of Ogulin, Ivana Brlic Mazuranic. The museum was opened at the end of last year and it is situated in the Frankopan Bastion Complex in the very centre of Ogulin.
Now that you know where homeland of fairy tales resides, feel free to visit Ogulin and enjoy its original features.
Author: Milena Budimir / Adria Times