The idea about fresh water aquarium in Karlovac arose a few years ago, modestly and silently. And then, as a chorus of a good song, it has clinged and simply continued to grow.
Croatia is one of the European countries with the richest ichthyofauna and flora , and the city of Karlovac, as a city famous for its four rivers , is a particularly suitable place for the presentation of the natural richness of our fresh waters.
The idea of constructing an aquarium is a result of the desire for transformation of our rich natural and cultural heritage, especially the element of water, into a notable attraction. The city of Karlovac applied its project on the first European Union Structural Funds competition for non-refundable funds. The European Union acknowledged our idea and has decided to support our project enlisting it in 15 chosen project applications out of 144 recieved.
It is a great recognition and an incentive for the city of Karlovac in its future plans for the active preparation of the new projects for EU funds, presenting one of the most significant financial sources for the various development projects.
The importance of an aquarium as the unique city attraction is of great matter not only for touristic development of the city of Karlovac but it also represents the business opportunity for all the enterpreuners involved in the project from the moment of its creation to projects yet to come due to colaboration on all levels. Aquarium contributes to the achievement of the strategical goals of the city of Karlovac: workplace concern, tourism in the function of city development and the higher quality of life for citizens of Karlovac.
Each town of the Karlovac County has its river – Ozalj has Kupa, Duga Resa has Mrežnica , Slunj has Korana, and Ogulin has Dobra. The four rivers meet in Karlovac. Through the aquarium the citizens of Karlovac will continue to live the local tradition on rivers and with rivers in the city of meeting, in the heart of Croatia.
Mayor of Karlovac, Damir Jelić prof.
The path from the idea to the project was certainly not simple and easy. Further, our institution will meet a lot of challenges fulfilling its main goal – to become significant and locally recognizable tourist attraction.
We will certainly succeed in this because Public institution AQUATIKA – FRESHWATER AQUARIUM KARLOVAC offers each vistor the unique experience of underwater world which just appears to be familiar.
Fresh water aquarium Aquatika is a public institution primarily created to meet the demands of children and youth, students, scientists, aquarists and local population – not only to create awareness of extraordinary biological diversity but also to meet the demands and educate its vistors to sustainably use the exceptional richness of their mother country/homeland.
Vision of the institution is to be the unique touristic, research and educational destination in field of fresh water biodiversity.
- To offer unique touristic experience based on environmental resources
- Encourage the preservation of fresh water biodiversity
- Networking of economic, educational and research activity
Flora and fauna
Aquarium presents the flora and fauna of Croatian rivers and lakes, geological history, traditional culture and history of the basin of four Karlovac rivers.
The richness of life
Visitors can witness richness of life in rivers and lakes, and more than one hundred freshwater fish species, of which 40 are endemic.
WITHIN THE AQUATIKA COMPLEX
Many other activities will be available within the complex: a congress hall, an educational center, a scientific research center, information office and a gift shop with a lot of home made souvenirs.
Take a peek into the mysterious world of the river – Karlovac freshwater aquarium!