Northwestern Karlovac County
Northwestern Karlovac County
The Ozalj area is located in the northwest part of Karlovac County, occupying an area of 179.4 square kilometers where there are numerous picturesque villages and huts with a total of 6,837 inhabitants (2011 list).
The Ozalj area is located at the bottom of the Kupa and its right tributaries Dobra is characterized by interesting geographic diversity – picturesque parts of the southern branches of the Žumberak mountains, gentle hills of Vukovar-Vrhovica vineyards, wide and fertile picking plains and the fish of the rich 9 pebble pebbles. The highest peak areas are Vodenica (537 mnv) and Sveta Gera (1 178 mnv).
Like all the open historical books, the Ozalj area is still untouched by a tourist gem. It is home to natural beauty and cultural and historical monuments, and is an ideal place for excursions, from Karlovac, 18 km away, 50 km from Zagreb and 120 km from Rijeka. Certainly, it is best known for its old town Ozalj – the town of Zrinski and Frankopan, around which, like hidden pearls, many lesser-known but no less valuable sights that complement the magic of Ozalj, waiting to be discovered and seen with the eyes of curious visitors. We are talking about a planned medieval town of Trg that nurtures the traditional lace knitting technique and the production of jalas – a women’s cap, then Vrhovac, a village in which each house carries the title of crafts it dealt with; Vivodina that will remind you of Tuscany with its picturesque vineyards and wine cellars; the beauty of the Zumberak natural park; castles and noblemen in Jaškov, Zorkovac, Grdun, Hrašće, Vrhovac (Plepelić-dvor), Trešćerovac and Gornji Pokupje and many others.
The Ozalj area covers an area of 179.37 km2 and is the largest in the middle of the large local self-government units in Karlovac County, where it represents 4.95% of the total area of the county.
The area of Ozalj is not isolated in the territory of the Republic of Croatia, as it looks at the first sight on the map. It is located in the border area near the main traffic flows; on the edge of Karlovac County and Central Croatia. The area of the city is connected with Belo Krajina in the Republic of Slovenia and Bosanska Krajina in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the important transport hub of Karlovac, the most important development center in this part of Central Croatia.
On the territory of the town of Ozalj, road-road routes of regional-county and local importance prevail over the interconnection of certain parts of it with the immediate surrounding areas.
Thanks to its central position, Ozalj town center is within 1-20 km of individual settlements within the city, while the distance from other surrounding important local centers is 10-20 km (Krašić 9 km, Kostanjevac 18 km, Draganić 15 km, Žakanje (Karlovac 18 km, Jastrebarsko 35 km and Zagreb 65 km), and according to those in the Republic of Slovenia 15 to 45 km (Metlika 15 km), and 15 km to the city center (15 km, Netretic 20 km) , Črnomelj 30 km and Novo Mesto 45 km).
The area of Ozalj is located in the northern part of the Karlovac County, bordering the Zakanje and Ribnik municipalities in the west, in the southwest of the municipality of Netretic and in the southeast of Karlovac. In the northeast of the municipalities of Žumberak (Kostanjevac) and Krašić and with the City of Jastrebarsko from Zagreb County, while in the far north and northwest with the Republic of Slovenia, it has the significance of the border area.
In this area there is the international border crossing Jurovski Brod (outside the area of Ozalj) on the international highway Karlovac-Metlika, the border crossing of Krmačina on the regional road Krašić-Vivodina-Metlika and the border crossings Brašljevica, Ostriž, Liješće and Brezovica Žumberačka on local roads in the Žumberak area.
As the highest peaks in the Ozalj area, the Vodenica with 537 mnv and Sveti Gera rises to 1178 mnv. Vivodina, Vrhovac and the Zorkovački bregi halfway round open the beginning of the picking basin through which, after the last dam – hydro power plant, the river rivers flow slowly. On the other hand, from Vodenica to Svetić Hrašća and Erjavca, the arch is closed, under which the rich and cold river Dobra flows peacefully.