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Vrbnik on the cliff.jpg
Vrbnik is located in Croatia
Location of Vrbnik within Croatia
Coordinates: 45°05′N 14°40′E / 45.083°N 14.667°E / 45.083; 14.667Coordinates: 45°05′N 14°40′E / 45.083°N 14.667°E / 45.083; 14.667
CountyPrimorje-Gorski Kotar County
 • MayorMarija Dujmović Pavan
 • Total50 km2 (20 sq mi)
49 m (160 ft)
 • Total1,245
 • Density24.9/km2 (64/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)051

Vrbnik (Italian: Verbenico, German: Vörbnick) is a small Croatian town on the east coast of the island of Krk. The town is perched on a limestone outcropping 50m above the Adriatic Sea.

Vrbnik is naturally separated from mainland Croatia by the Vinodol Channel, where the towns of Crikvenica & Novi Vinodolski can be observed across the sea. Since 1980 the island has been connected to mainland Croatia via the Krk Bridge.

Originally a walled town, Vrbnik was established in medieval times. The town itself has a population of 944 (2001); there are a total of 1,245 people in the municipality of Vrbnik, which includes three other nearby villages (Garica with 149 inhabitants (2001), Kampelje with 6 inhabitants (2001), and Risika with 146 inhabitants (2001).


The Vrbnik Statute (Croatian: Statut Grada Vrbnika) was written in 1388, and confirms the status of Vrbnik as an administrative and political center. The town is also known through the folksong "Verbniče nad moren" or "Verbniče nad moru" (Oh Vrbnik over the Sea), sung as far away as White Carniola in Slovenia.

Places of cultural significance include the Vitezić library, the Gothic Chapel of the Rosary and the Chapel of St. John in the Parish Church of the Assumption, and a collection of ancient manuscripts and List of Glagolitic manuscripts housed at the parish church.

Vrbnik is known for its indigenous varietal of white wine called Žlahtina.

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