One chilly day, when most people enjoy the warmth of their home, we decided to spend the day-in even colder regions. We headed to Gorski Kotar, Skrad, namely Zeleni Vir. Zeleni Vir is a beautiful place, proclaimed a special geomorphological reserve. There are numerous hiking trails, but perhaps it is more important to mention the pearls of the region-Vražji prolaz and Muževa hiža.
Vražji prolaz is a canyon that has been carved into the rocks by the stream Jasle for thousands of years. The water breaks through steep and sharp rocks, making it a stunning sight that is worth every step you take. Of course, one should not have too much influence on nature, but I must admit that here in some way we can forgive this intervention, since numerous bridges and stairs were made, which makes it easier to visit this beautiful natural phenomenon. The entrance to the canyon itself is next to Zeleni Vir, one of the lowest-placed mountaineer’s huts. It is located at only 230 meters above sea level.
Muževa hiža is a cave located on the left side of the Jasle brook. I have to admit, it really fascinated me, although we did not go far inside because it is necessary to bring a stronger flashlight for better visibility. Next to the entrance to the cave, there is an interesting information panel that says that at the end of the cave there is a lake that occasionally dries out, and there are two boats that date back to the 19th century. What exactly did they serve and why they are there until today is not known. The cave allegedly received its name because they were hiding “muži”(men) there during the Turk attacks. Of course, there’s a more modern story that says that husband (muž) were hiding there from their wives. What you think is right, judge for yourself.
After a tour through the forest, we climbed back to the train station, where we parked our car. This was one more interesting excursion where we saw a lot and learned even more. I would recommend this tour to anyone who appreciates and loves nature and its incredible phenomena.