DISCOVER THE SUSTAINABLE HERITAGE OF OUR CASTLE

Dear Castle Visitors and Guests,

Welcome to Podsreda Castle, where sustainability and history are intertwined in the heart of the protected area of the Kozjan Regional Park.

As custodians of this precious cultural heritage, we invite you to join us on a green journey that weaves into the castle's legacy a commitment to preserving the natural beauty that has been given to us.

Within the ancient walls of the castle, we proudly embody the essence of sustainability and strive to reduce our negative impact on the environment through green practices in maintenance, services, logistics and products.
Since 2017, Kozjanski Park, managed by Podsreda Castle, has been a member of the family of four parks that are proud holders of the GREEN PARK label. It is also part of the Podčetrtek tourist destination, which has the SLOVENIA GREEN DESTINATION label.
By receiving the Green Key certificate and the SLOVENIA GREEN ATTRACTION label for Podsreda Castle and the SLOVENIA GREEN ACCOMMODATION label for the Rooms and apartments at Podsreda Castle, we have further strengthened our green commitment to sustainable development and operations.

Get to know the Green Scheme of Slovenian tourism

The Green Scheme of Slovenian tourism is a national programme and certification scheme which, under the umbrella brand SLOVENIA GREEN, brings together all efforts for the sustainable development of tourism in Slovenia, provides destinations and providers with concrete tools for assessing and improving their sustainable performance, and promotes this green performance through the Slovenia Green brand.

THE "GREEN KEY" ENVIRONMENTAL LABEL

The "GREEN KEY" eco-label is the leading standard of excellence in environmental responsibility and sustainability in the tourism industry, and signifies the commitment of providers to adhere to the STRONG CRITERIA set out by the International Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

The label recognizes our EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY and SUSTAINABILITY.

We declare that:

  • We are environmentally responsible in all areas of our business;
  • We make our visitors, guests, friends, and family aware of the importance of sustainability;
  • We are constantly looking for new solutions for the responsible management of natural resources and for the efficient use of electricity and thermal energy.

Green Key – Unlocking sustainability in the hospitality industry.

Operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education

SLOVENIA GREEN

The Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism (GSST) is a comprehensively designed national system to promote the development of sustainable tourism in Slovenia across all pillars of sustainable development: environmental, social, and economic.

Pod krovno znamko SLOVENIA GREEN združuje vsa prizadevanja za trajnostni razvoj turizma v Sloveniji, destinacijam in ponudnikom ponuja konkretna orodja za oceno in izboljšanje trajnostnega delovanja in skozi znamko SLOVENIA GREEN to zeleno delovanje tudi promovira.

As of 2023, Podsreda Castle has become part of the Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism, receiving the Slovenia Green Attraction label for Podsreda Castle and the Slovenia Green Accommodation label for Rooms and Apartments at Podsreda Castle. By signing the Green Pledge of Slovenian Tourism, in which we responsibly embraced 10 sustainable principles, we are committed to sustainable operations and ongoing efforts for improvement.

Podsreda Castle has thus become the FIRST ATTRACTION “colored” green in the wider Savinja region.

Rooms and apartments at Podsreda Castle have joined TWO MORE GREEN ACCOMMODATIONS in the Podčetrtek destination. This recognition confirms our commitment to responsible tourism experiences.

DISCOVER SUSTAINABLE LUXURY IN CASTLE ACCOMMODATION

Experience sustainable offerings surrounded by a medieval castle and castle accommodation, where we strive to honour our commitment to preserving the environment and reducing our environmental footprint at every turn.

We invite our guests to embrace the eco-friendly concept of Podsreda Castle and become part of our noble endeavour. For the land we walk on and the natural treasures we treasure are not just a legacy from our ancestors, but a loan from our children, entrusted to us to protect and pass on with respect and care.

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OUR ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES

Open your heart to green habits for a better future. We have prepared tips for you to visit Podsreda Castle. We will be very glad if you will help us to preserve the environment by acting responsibly.

6 SMALL STEPS FOR 6 BIG CHANGES

"It takes everyone to change everything" - Greta Thunberg

ILLUMINATE THOUGHTFULLY

In the glare of modern lights, it's easy to forget the importance of saving energy. In medieval times, when light was scarce and valued, darkness reigned after sunset. By turning off the lights when they are not needed, we save energy and respect the past.

Let us pay tribute to the efforts of our ancestors and reduce our environmental footprint.

Light with purpose, embrace the legacy of conservation.

SEPARATE WASTE, PROTECT HERITAGE

Previous waste management methods are far from today's organized systems. Today, by separating waste, we respect the wisdom of the past and create a legacy for the future.
Thank you for not leaving waste in nature or flushing it down the toilet.
In the accommodations, you will find separate bins for packaging and organic waste, and in the bathroom, there is a bin for mixed waste. Please leave paper and glass or other hazardous waste on your table for our staff to take care of. Let's take responsibility, protect our planet, and preserve our heritage.

WE DRINK WATER FROM THE TAP

In medieval villages, access to clean drinking water was a rare blessing. Today, we are fortunate – with a simple turn of the tap, fresh and clean water easily flows into our glass. We appreciate this simple luxury and do not take it for granted.

When we drink from the tap, let's remember the heritage we preserve and remind future generations of the happiness brought by access to a stream of invigorating water. Our ancestors valued this gift and strove to provide clean drinking water for everyone. Let's continue their work and preserve this invaluable resource for the present and the future.

RESPECTING THE NATURE CYCLE: RETURNING GLASS PACKAGING FOR REUSE

Dear guests, as you indulge in the sweetness of the castle breakfast in the charming ambiance of our medieval kingdom, we humbly ask you to participate in preserving the natural beauty that surrounds us. After finishing your breakfast, kindly return the environmentally friendly reusable glass packaging to the basket, thus enabling the continuation of the cycle.
If you wish, you can purchase the packaging and ensure that it adorns your home.

LET'S REUSE OUR TOWELS

Connect the prudence of the past with a brighter future.
In the spirit of the past, where every raw material was valued, we embrace the thoughtful use of towels and contribute to conserving energy and natural resources.
Hang towels on the rack or radiator for reuse, and if you want us to replace your towel, simply leave it on the floor.
Together, we can bridge the gap between the past and the present and build a better world for future generations.

RESPECTING BED LINEN CHANGE ON REQUEST

Thank you for respecting the prudence of the past and supporting the practice of changing bed linen on request. Let's bridge the gap between the past and the present and revive the importance of thoughtful consumption.
Out of respect for our heritage and the environment, please inform our castle office if you would like your bed linen changed. We change bed linen upon checkout, every fourth day, or at your request.
Join us in respecting heritage and creating a sustainable future through considerate bed linen changes on demand.

Zapri

GRAJSKA KAVARNA PODSREDA ostaja ZAPRTA zaradi obnovitvenih del. 

Trenutno na gradu Podsreda potekajo renovacijska dela, vključno s prenovo renesančne dvorane in grajske kapele, ki sta ključna dela naše kulturne dediščine.

Zahvaljujemo se vsem obiskovalcem za razumevanje in potrpežljivost v tem času. Vabimo vas, da sledite našim obvestilom za nadaljnje informacije o ponovnem odprtju kavarne.

Medtem vas Grad Podsreda še vedno toplo vabi k raziskovanju njegovih zgodovinskih zakladov in uživanju v čudoviti naravi, ki nas obdaja.

 

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