Old town

Knin lies at the northern edge of the Krka National Park at the confluence of Krka and Butižnica rivers. It is one of the oldest Croatia towns. As early as 1040 a diocese was founded here. From the 10th to the 16th century (until the Ottoman occupation) Knin was the seat of the Croatian kings and bans.  After the Turks were driven out, the Republic of Venice and later the Habsburg Monarchy ruled the town. The excellent location on the road leading from Dalmatia to the hinterland and on the Zagreb - Split railway provided great importance for the town in the 19th century.

The latest chapter in the town's history is connected with the Croatian War of Independence. In 1991 the Serbs established a separatist state in Knin county called as Republic of Serbian Krajina. Before the war 65% of the region's inhabitants were Serbs but following the successful Croatian invasion in 1995 (Operation Storm) this rate has transposed. People who had lived in peace for centuries have left burnt-out and abandoned houses and shops behind. You can not engage a local in conversation without mentioning the war.

Getting here & around

By car

Zagreb (A1) – Bosiljevo junction (A1) - exit Sveti Rok (road 50) - Gračac (road 27, then 1) - Knin.

Motorway tolls: Zagreb  – Sveti Rok    97 Kn

By train

Zagreb - Knin (4 direct trains daily) 121,80 Kn

Split - Knin     (5 trains daily)           52,50 Kn

Zadar - Knin   (6 trains daily)           48,30 Kn

By bus

5 buses operate between Šibenik and Knin.

Franciscan monastery

Franciscan church

Zvonimirova ulica 46.

This modern church bears the name of St. Anthony. The most interesting part of the church is the sculpture of Christ on the cross composed of wood-blocks. The side walls are decorated with mosaics.

Pravoslav church

Pravoszlav church

Zvonimirova ulica 38.

This Orthodox church is richly decorated with icons. Since the Serbs left the town, the services do not have many prayers.

Fortress of Knin


Opening hours: 7.00 - 21.00

Admission charge: 10 Kn

Walk up on the stairs of Gunjačina street (opposite to Felix '72 Café) to reach Petra Svačića street from where you can not miss the entrance of the fortress. Within its walls a gallery, the former prison and a chapel decorated with Glagolitic writing can be visited. In the summer the court is the venue of smaller performances. The magnificent view on the surrounding hills is also worth climbing up here.

Topoljski Buk

Topoljski buk

This funny name means a spectacular 22-metre waterfall, about 7 km far from Knin. This is the place where Krčić river flows into the Krka river. The waterfall is situated about 4 km far from Knin and accessible from the road leading towards Split.


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