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Via Dinarica HR-W-01 Prezid - Čabar - Tršće

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  • Čabar
    / Čabar
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  • / Frankopanski dvor u Čabru
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  • / Izvor Čabranke
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  • / Jelendraga
    Photo: Jasna Kosović, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Kozji vrh
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  • / Planinarska kuća Frbežari
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  • / Prezid
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  • / Sokoli i Sokolska stijena
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  • / Tatinska draga
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  • / Tršče
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In the northern part of the region of Gorski kotar, north of the mountain area of Risnjak and the city of Delnice, there is a mountainous and forested area with the settlements of Gerovo, Čabar and Prezid as key centers. This area offers a sight of the most beautiful mountain oasis in that part of Croatia. The area is surrounded by the Slovenian territory on two sides. To the east, it is bordered by a small river called Čabranka; to the west, its border passes through immense forest expanses; at its northernmost point, in Prezid, there is a border crossing point where Via Dinarica enters Croatia from Slovenia. After the cessation of the Schengen border procedure at the border between Croatia and Slovenia and following some other preconditions, the idea is to move the White Line route of Via Dinarica to the route of what was once the Snežnik – Snježnik path.
Distance 18.5 km
8:00 h
847 m
775 m
Along the edge of the area of Čabar and Prezid, the main part of the route is the Gorski Kotar Hiking Trail, marked by standard hiking trail markings. The key starting point for excursions is Tršće, with a mountain hut in the hamlet of Frbežari. Interesting climbs are possible from there to the peaks of Rudnik and Sokolska stijena. Despite being isolated in terms of transport connections, this area is well developed thanks to the wood industry in Čabar and the vicinity of Slovenia. One thing that visitors are bound to notice is that the settlements are in very good order, with plenty of pleasant houses with flowers in the windows. In addition to the wood industry, the entire area is also focused on hunting tourism.

From the border crossing point Babino Polje / Prezid, the road leads to the center of Prezid. At the entrance to Prezid, one can see hiking trail markings on the main road – those to the right take hikers towards Milanov vrh (hunting lodge), and those to the left lead towards the peak called Vražji vrtec (a nice viewpoint). From Vražji vrtec onwards, it is best to follow the well-marked route of Gorski Kotar Hiking Trail (Goranski planinarski put, GPP) along the northern and eastern edge of the valley of Prezid. The trail leads across the area of Kozji vrh covered in grass (with a transmitter station), and descends to the road at an inn in the village of Kozji Vrh. Hiking trail markings along the road lead through the village of Gorači towards Tatinska draga (there is a monument on the left side of the road), and the route then steeply descends through the forest in many bends to the source of the Čabranka River. This river represents the border between Slovenia and Croatia. From the source of the Čabranka River, a walk along the right bank of the river will bring us to the center of the city of Čabar in 2 kilometers. From the cemetery at the church in the center of Čabar, hiking trail markings of Gorski Kotar Hiking Trail lead uphill towards the village of Kraljev Vrh (the second highest village in Croatia). From there, it is easy to descend to the settlement of Tršće by road.

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Updated: September 21, 2016
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Highest point
933 m
Lowest point
513 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Bife kod Marta


Prezid (755 m)
45.645861, 14.560138
45°38'45.1"N 14°33'36.5"E
33T 465723 5054795


Mountain hut Frbežari


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45.645861, 14.560138
45°38'45.1"N 14°33'36.5"E
33T 465723 5054795
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Book recommendation by the author

Alan Čaplar: Planinarski vodič po Hrvatskoj

Author’s map recommendations

Goranski planinarski put (SMAND i HPD Zagreb-Matica)

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Tom Rnge
July 23, 2021 · Community
A lot of parts of the Via Dinarica in this area are completely devastated cause of a Ice Storm 2014, especially the valley after Goraci and the way to Sveta Gora and the following ascent to Hrib. You should avoid this part if your are not keen for bushwhacking and tree climbing, because in this parts the trail is almost completely vanished and it can be hard to find the right path. The way is partly pretty dangerous, especially the Valley after Goraci. You should follow the riverbed there, as mentioned earlier here in one of the reviews. On the other side the people in this area are unbelievable helpful and the nature is stunning. We stayed at Robinzinkis Campsite and the owner Mladen helped us with everything we could ask for.
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footsteps and a tent
July 01, 2021 · Community
We tried to walk this trail, but unfortunately the trail disappeared. From where you leave to road (at the statue), the trail goes into the forest. Markings becomes spare and the path the might have been there, is not walkable anymore (steep/overgrown/unexisting). So after 1 km of hard work (an hour of walking), we turned around and followed the road to Cabar. Not sure how the trail is afterwards, because we did not walk that.
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Maruša Orel
May 25, 2021 · Community
You can stay in Babno polje, before entering Croatia (, you need to make a reservation). Trail Spomenik u Tratinskoj Dragi-Čabar. The first half is terrible! Not a lot of markings, trees everywhere. Take more time for this part, because you're gonna hike slow. It tried to follow the route and I needed to climb the trees all the time. After I had enough I went down to river bed (without water) and I hiked on it. That was great decision. I think it's the best that you follow the river bed frow the part that trail become very difficult. Then you come to what seems like the end of river bed (it would take some effort to climb it). River bed goes futher, but it's much smaller. If you come here, turn around, go back a little bit and then turn to the left and you will come on original trail and you'll see the markings. From here trail is much better and you can relax a little bit :) Trail Čabar - Vrhovci: there is no trail after the cemetery (see photo). You can just hike in the forest where it looks fine until you come to the road or you can walk all the way around on that road). I stayed in a hut in Frbežari, very nice owner and sooo cheap-one night plus huge dinner with dessert, pancakes with coffe for breakfast, one rakija and a glass of wine for just 86kuna! Amazing! It's better to call before, just to be sure he's there (Vlatko 00385915146158)
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When did you do this route? May 23, 2021
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
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18.5 km
8:00 h
847 m
775 m
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