The Karlovac freshwater aquarium Aquatika has so far been visited by half a million visitors

Author  HrTurizam.hr

13. May 2024.

The main tourist attraction of the city of Karlovac - the freshwater aquarium Aquatika - in its eighth year of successful operation, welcomed half a million visitors!

Maja and Iva Pejčić and Tonka and Vedran Vučičić arrived from Zagreb and on Saturday, May 11, there were 500.000 visitors who walked into this unique institution that combines education, entertainment, care for the environment and the local community.

At Aquatica, they were greeted by a surprise and gifts presented to them by the mayor of the city of Karlovac, Damir Mandić, the director of Aquatica, Margarita Maruškić Kulaš, and the popular radio presenter, Dario Maradin from Karlovac.

A faithful representation of the natural wealth and biological diversity of Croatian rivers, lakes and wetlands reveals in a unique way the secrets of the life of the river world that are hidden below the surface. 

Located in the aquarium complex on the very bank of the Korana river, which fits fantastically into the nature that surrounds it, 25 aquariums house about 100 species of fish, which is as much as two-thirds of the wealth of the Croatian river world, the richest in terms of the number of freshwater fish in Europe.

Among them are trout, carp, bream, pike, catfish, bream, as well as chubs and walleyes, which are accompanied by attractive sturgeons, which are among the oldest and regionally extinct fish species.

"For years, we have been achieving excellent results and organizing numerous events that throughout the year attract visitors from all over Croatia, the region, but also from all over the world. When we remember that at the beginning we expected around 12.000 visitors a year, we are overjoyed with half a million visitors", said the director of Aquatika Margarita Maruškić Kulaš and thanked all visitors, employees and fellow citizens for their trust and visits.

Aquatics photo by Denis Stosic

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One of the most successful projects in Croatia financed from European structural and investment funds since its inception includes local producers.

Thus, about sixty craftsmen make the aquarium souvenir shop a unique place for the promotion of Karlovac and the entire Karlovac region, which contains about 400 different types of souvenirs, among which you can even find the popular Karlovac fog.

The aquarium souvenir shop encourages the work of local artists, artisans, OPGs and domestic handicrafts, which ultimately visitors appreciate and reward with their purchases.

The fascinating world of fish is also enriched by the Green Library, a separate department of the City Library "Ivan Goran Kovačić" Karlovac, which already in its first year of operation was included among the seven best green libraries in the world, in competition with libraries from China, the USA, and Portugal , Spain and Germany.

Recently, the rich offer has been completed with an evolutionary infographic that allows visitors to explore the history of the origin of fish, which are also the first vertebrates to appear on Earth.

An equally significant part of the employees' work is cooperation with the scientific sector, and Aquatika makes its contribution to the international network of UNESCO Water Museums and to the European network of scientific museums and ECSITE centers.

Author of photos: Denis Stošić

Author  HrTurizam.hr

13. May 2024.