MEMORIAL CENTER OF NIKOLA TESLA – The Memorial center „Nikola Tesla“ Smiljan is composed of pre-existing and newly constructed buildings. The historical buildings are: the Birth house of Nikola Tesla, the church of saint Apostles Peter and Paul, the outbuilding (barn) and stone monuments and benches designed by the arhitect Zdenko Kolacije.
The newly built buildings are: the entrance, the experimental station and multimedia center with an accompanying playground for children.
At the entrance of the Birth house there is a stone medallion on the ground that shows all the places that Nikola Tesla lived, worked and visited during his life. The lines represent the direction in which each of the cities are located and the numbers represent the air distance in kilometers.
The Birth house has a permanent interactive exhibit that was introduced by the Croatian History Museum and the Technical Museum of Zagreb with the coordination of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia. The life path of this great inventor and his genius is presented in images, words and sounds on the ground floor of the house, including other historical events that happened parallel to his life are all woven into a timeline. The top floor of the house holds replicas of Tesla’s inventions that changed the world forever and are the foundation for cutting edge technologies even today.
MAJEROVO VRILO – Sometimes there were 50 water mills on the river, but today they are rare in function. The largest river source of the Gacka River is Tonković vrilo, which is located on the southeastern edge of the Gacka valley, while Majerovo is the second in terms of abundance. The Gacka River in its source region has over thirty springs.
Its springs are like small blue lakes, and the water in the Majerov gorge rises to a depth of over 100m. But in this beautiful ambience of the gentle valley is waiting for us to meet the mill and get acquainted with the way the mill works and the traditional method of producing flour.
The departure is from Zagreb at 8AM in front of your hotel or other accommodation. Driving along the slopes of North Velebit and coming to SMILJANI – Birth place of Nikola Tesla and also his memorila center. After visiting the memorial center we departure to OTOČAC.
We will have a panoramic tour of TONKOVIĆ VRILA, a view of the GACKA valley and a visit to one of the Gacka River springs: MAJEROVO VILLAGE and old water mill. A shorter stop to buy souvenirs-flour and enjoy the natural beauties of this popular excursion site. Here we have an option to stop for a lunch in Pizzeria Ruspante (awarded in tripadvisor to be in 10% of best restaurants).
Group gathering and departure to Zagreb. Return to the departure point is anticipated in the evening.