This mountain massif of National Park Risnjak was named after the lynx, in Croatian ris, its most popular inhabitant. It covers the area of 64 km2 and being located where the Alps meet the Dinaric Range and where the Mediterranean gradually gives way to the Pannonia Plain, it combines almost all the forest types of the areas and contains numerous plant and animal species.
Reasons to visit National Park Risnjak.
Nature lovers come to Risnjak for the beauty of the mountains, forests, waters and karst. The most frequent visitors are mountaineers, who find the highest peak of the massif the most rewarding challenge. Risnjak’s summit is equally attractive in all seasons. In winter, when covered with snow and in spring, when the meadows around it transform into carpets of flowers. In summer, when it offers respite from the heat in the nearby littoral area. And in autumn, when the trees are bathed in a myriad of colours.
In addition to lynx, the symbol of the mountain, there are also brown bears, martens and dormice. National Park Risnjak is famous for its views of the islands in the Kvarner Bay and the mountains in neighbouring Slovenia and further to the Alps.
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The Wellspring of Kupa river
321 metres above sea level, the shaped water mass of the turquoise green and blue lake will enchant you by its appearance. The upper flow of the Kupa River is, thanks to the wealth of its flora and fauna, called the Enchanted butterfly valley. A visit to the Kupa spring is reachable from two directions—from the village of Razloge, situated 15 km from Crni Lug and from the village of Kupari, 30 km from the same village. Because of the narrow street, access to both villages is possible by small bus or by personal car.
The footpath from the village of Razloge is full of serpentines and you will need around 30 minutes walk to reach the spring. You can reach the spring from the village of Hrvatsko too (Crni Lug – Hrvatsko 45 min drive) through Kupari (Hrvtasko-Kupari 1 h 30 min walk). The path from Kupari is situated close to the water flow and will take you to the spring in around 30 min. You can go back using the path which extends close to the right part of the river bank, parallel with the river flow.
The Kupa River source is one of many unsolved karst riddles, one of the most powerful, most extended and deepest Croatian wellsprings.
Leska Educational Path
During your visit to the National Park Risnjak the Leska Educational path should not be missed – and is one of the first facilities of its kind in Croatia. It is easily accessible from the direction of Crni Lug and its start is located close to the Park’s administration. A series of 23 information tables, brought together on just 4.2 km footpath are a great chance for encountering the natural and cultural heritage of the national park.
Mountain Peak of Snjeznik
The rocky peak surrounded by mountain meadows will surprise you pleasantly with its availability and picturesqueness. The plants of this area is adapted to the most difficult climate conditions and tolerates without any difficulties the summer’s boiling heat, the severe cold and wind, whilst the view that extends from the lookout at 1506 metres above sea level is one of the most beautiful in Croatia.
To reach Snježnik from the direction of Platak, you will need around an hour. The simplest way is to take the path across the Greben reef to the peak, whilst on your way back you can take the path through Grlo which climbs down on the western part of the Snježnik peak.
The vast Lazac meadow is located among the above mentioned mountain reefs and will enchant you with its extensiveness and colourful plant variety. You will spend a day full of experiences which you will remember forever!!!
How to Reach National Park Risnjak from Klenovica
The mountainous region of the National Park Risnjak can be reached from Klenovica within an hour drive. Proceed in the direction of Rijeka (E65 + E7) and climb up the mountains of Gorski Kotar by exiting E7 on E501.