Karlovac is located in the heart of Croatia, at the junction of four rivers. Founded by the Austrians in 1579, the historic town center was built in the shape of a 6-pointed star. The reason for the structure was to strengthen the defenses against the invading Ottoman Empire. After threat faded, the city walls were torn down. Today, only a small section of the original defensive walls remains. Another important sight is the 13th century Dubovac Castle. The castle sits on an ancient hill overlooking the city (providing a spectacular city view) and is open for visitors to revel in what was once home to many Noble families and army generals. There is also a city museum and many park and green areas to explore. Karlovac is also home to one of Croatia’s two most popular breweries, Karlovacko. This gives the city its infamous nickname of the ‘city of beer’.
Šibenik is a historic city in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. Šibenik is a political, educational, transport, industrial and tourist center of Šibenik–Knin County and also the third-largest city in the historic region of Dalmatia. It is the oldest native Croatian town on the shores of the sea.