It has always been said that the left bank of the river Kupa is in Europe, and the right bank is in the Balkans.
The journey starts from today\'s modern European Union, following the river Kupa from Slovenian border all the way to the Glina River, the border with Bosnia, the territory of former Military Frontier.
Croatian military history is rich and Croatian soldiers were feared victors of many battles against much superior invading armies. With the arrival of the Slavs and Croatian tribes in the area of the Roman province of Dalmatia and Pannonia together with colonization of the Illyrian tribes on this territory wars were inevitable. Continuous conflicts and wars with the Avars, Byzantines, Venetians, Franks, Bulgarians and Hungarians shaped Croatian mindset that is hard to find in developed world.
According to some legends, Mongol invasion was stopped in this region in the 13th century. Two centuries later the invasions and conquests of the Ottomans came as new disasters from the east.
Short break in wars with the Turks dispersed Croatian soldiers across European battlefields during the Thirty Year War where they made a mark on an entire generation of army, the light cavalry.
French Napoleonic wars weakened to the end the Croatian Krajina force defending the Habsburg crown.
The first and second World War leaves a big footprint in the region as an ominous prelude to the last war fought in Europe, the Croatian Homeland War.
After neglected and overgrown, often impassable paths our journey with offroad vehicles begins at a medieval castle Ribnik, and continues across the river Dobra with the city of Novigrad, and Dubovac fort.
Upgraded Austro-Hungarian barracks in Karlovac and its surrounding Yugoslavian Army became an important garrison city. Today, several barracks were adapted to universities and countless abandoned military bases and underground facilities still exist. These locations are interesting not only to military history enthusiasts and adventurers but the sight and feel of them leaves person contemplating those times and soldiers that used them.
After the confluence of the Korana and Mrežnica rivers path leads us to the Museum of the Homeland War, the history termed bulwark of Christianity, and the sparsely populated area to the ruins of ancient cities Sjeničak, Klokoč, Krstinja Perna and even the inevitable visit to the ruins of the Pauline monastery in Petrovac. We then proceed to the top of Petrova Gora in which proximity is the King\'s grave. But this is not the end of our adventure.
After the green sea of Petrova Gora the view guides us to glittering falls of village Rastoka. An unique village known for its mills at the mouth of the Koran and Slunjčica. Locals are not concerned only with their daily activities, but also produce handicrafts, and a well-known, handed down through generations and perfected with each one, the distillation of strong alcoholic beverage known localy as Rakija.
Mode of transportation: 4 x4 vehicles