Ogulin - House of fairy tales
The visitor centre, "Ivana's House of Fairy Tales" will be located in the Frankopan Castle, in the building which until recently used to house the library. The building will be thoroughly reconstructed and returned to its traditional appearance from the time of birth of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić.
"House of Fairy Tales" will offer visitors a permanent exhibition, interactively led content, live story telling and production of their own audio and video materials. Besides the tales and stories of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, digital contents will include 75 international fairytale writers and it will be possible to listen to and read them in Croatian, English, German, Italian and French.
For the seventh consecutive year, Ogulin has organized the Fairy Tales Festival in the month of June, inspired by the creativity of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, to whom the Ogulin area was an inexhaustible inspiration for her stories. Therefore, the "Route of the Fairy Tale" is dedicated to her. The entire area is shown by the 12 characters from the collection of stories "Tales From a Long Ago", combining real facts with the imagination of this famous author and leaving every visitor the possibility of creating their own creative experience.
Ivana Brlić Mažuranić was born in 1874 in Ogulin. Her grandfather, a Croatian ban and poet Ivan Mažuranić, was a great influence on her, so by the time she was nine years old she had already written two poems in French and tried her hand at Croatian poetry at the age of twelve for the first time. She published several short stories, fairy tales and collections of poems for children and in 1913 the first Croatian novel for children "Marvellous Adventures of Apprentice Hlapić". She was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature (1931), and in 1937 became the first woman member of the then Yugoslav Academy of Arts and Sciences. A year later the Academy nominated her for the Nobel Prize. Ivana Brlić Mažuranić died in 1939.
Her hometown Ogulin is located in the center of Croatian mainland, in the broad valley of the rivers Dobra and Zagorska Mrežnica. The Ogulin area offers many attractions, especially to lovers of mountain biking, hiking, hunting, fishing, and winter skiing, sledging and snowboarding. On the other hand, the preserved monuments and architectural heritage bears witness to the rich cultural and historical heritage.
The establishment of Ogulin is connected to the famous Frankopan family name, who built a fort in 1500 which is now a fairly well-preserved symbol of the city. Located inside it is the County Museum with archaeological, ethnographic, mountaineering and alpine collection and a memorial room of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić.
The Tourist Board of Karlovac County
The Tourist Board of Ogulin
The Ogulin fairytale festival
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