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Tourist Centre Petrova Gora

Tourist Centre Petrova Gora is run and operated by \"Croatian Forests\" national public company.
Highlights
  • Large forest reserve protected since 1969
  • Petrova Gora (Peter’s Mountain) named after the last Croatian King who died there in year 1097
  • Forest was used as a strategic military location for thousands of year
Activities
  • Forest was used as a strategic military location for thousands of year
  • Cycling, hunting, archery
  • 3D archery trail "Petrova gora"
  • Horseback riding
Sights
  • King Peter’s grave stone
  • Remains of the St Peter Pauline Monastery built in 1303 at the top of the highest peek
  • Central Partisan Hospital from the Second World war hidden in the forest
  • Monument to antifascism

Attractions

3D Archery Path "Petrova gora" – The path near the hunting lodge serves for recreation, 3D archery training and competitions. At the path there are 28 animal shaped targets. Archers can shoot with a compound bow, hunting bow, bare bow, bow for instinctive shooting or traditional bow.

Hiking

Educational trail "Rimski put" is equipped with information boards showing some general themes from ecology, which incite interest among all age groups.It was named "Rimski put" (the Roman path) after an old Roman road nearby, which lead over the top of Petrova gora to yonder Roman thermal spa, contemporary Topusko, and all the way to Sisak, former Roman Siscia. The educational trail has a circular shape. It is 2.600 m long and located at the altitude of 230-320 m. The trail both begins and ends at the Hunting Lodge Muljava.

The educational trail "Kraljev put" is developed for people with special needs – people with disabilities, people who are blind or have low vision. Despite being designed primarily for people with special needs, these trails can be interesting to all other visitors as well, especially to families with small children and elderly people. The trail is flat and ensures safe walking with no risk of injuries. The entire trail is made of wood, including both the base and handrail. In order to assist people in wheelchairs, the maximum slope does not exceed 5%. Next to each of the boards there is a translation of the text in Braille, which enables blind people to follow the content.

Cycling

The cycling trail “Petrova Gora” is circular route 71 km long with a height difference 319 meters. Trail uses a network of local roads and hiking paths combing many different terrains.

Birdwatching

Ornithological Park Petrovac is located at the top of Petrova gora, with a surface of 13.6 ha.The park includes an ornithological educational trail with 9 information boards, bird watching observatory, bird pound, bird house for nesting and bird feeder.The park currently counts 32 bird species.

Cultural Heritage

St Peter Pauline Monastery – At the highest peak of Petrova gora, Mali Petrovac, you can find the remains of St Peter Pauline Monastery. The monastery, which was founded in 1303 or 1304, is one of the oldest Pauline monasteries in Croatia. In 1445 it was burnt by the Turks. However, the Pauline Fathers spent one more century there until, due to another Turkish attack, they permanently abandoned it in 1558.

The King's grave – The legend says that the last native Croatian king Petar Svačić, who died in the battle with the Hungarians at the Gvozd Mountain in May 1097, was buried at the place known as ''The King's grave''. On 15 May 2006, the foresters (rangers) of UŠP Karlovac set up a memorial stone to honour the king.

Central Partisan Hospital – The Central Partisan Hospital is located in the forest district Pišin gaj. It includes wooden barracks and dugouts used during the Second World War for lodging, hiding and healing wounded soldiers. Beside this hospital, there were seven additional hospitals during the war. However, the Central Partisan Hospital was never discovered. The hospital was reconstructed out of the wooden houses that were returned to their owners after the war. In the period between 1942 and 1945, the hospital provided shelter and care for around 5.000 wounded soldiers, more than 1.000 of which died. The hospital had its own bakery, blacksmith, tannery, swimming pool, storehouse and power aggregate. Today it is partly devastated and needs to be renovated.