Places to Explore Near the Castle
Far away from the city, noise, and hustle and bustle lies the pristine region of Kozjansko, intertwined in its heart with one of Slovenia's most beautiful natural treasures - Kozjansko Regional Park. Here, we find places infused with the spirit of friendly people, tasty local cuisine, unique experiences, and a mysterious landscape.
The paths of the Kozjansko hills lead to hidden corners where time stands still and history is still alive. Take a walk along the picturesque and scenic path past the chapels of the Stations of the Cross to the Old mountains above Podsreda where we find the Church of the Sorrowful Mother of God, or by the Podsreda Castle Trail o the most castle-like among the castles in Slovenia, Podsreda Castle, and rest your eyes on the view of the old town center of Podsreda, accompanied in the municipality by two more ancient squares – the Kozje square with old prisons, the Krofl Mill, and a museum classroom, as well as the historically rich Pilštanj square, where, according to legend, the only Slovenian saint, St. Ema, was born.
In the midst of the mighty beech forests of Orlica and Bohor Hills, expansive meadows covered with wild orchids, and crystal-clear waters in the pristine nature of the Kozjansko Regional Park, enjoy the intoxicating scent of a blossoming collection orchard, where over a hundred different old varieties of Kozjansko apple trees and other fruit trees thrive. Alternatively, take a walk and explore the unique beauty of the dry meadows on Vetrnik. Breathe in the freshness of the green surroundings on walking paths, such as the trail that connects Podsreda Castle and the nearby Holy Mountains above Bistrica ob Sotli, or the path that leads to the Bistrica River gorge – an excellent choice for hot days. Alternatively, saddle up and discover the unique beauties of the Kozjansko landscape on horseback with a visit to the Rubin’s Stables.
Enjoy the tranquility of the castle courtyard. Far from traffic and urban hustle and bustle, listen to the wind in the treetops and the murmur of streams in the Gruska Valley, or stop and spend special moments in Lourdes Cave, where you can quench your thirst with spring water that is believed to have healing powers according to legend while visiting the nearby village center of Zagorje. Relax to the soothing buzz of bees in the apiary while enjoying the tasting of various types of honey at the Kozmus Beekeeping Farm in Pilštanj. A special kind of silence awaits us when we enter the extraordinary sandy world of ancient sandstone caves, known as “turnip cellars” or in Slovene “repnice”, particularly one of the most beautiful and largest ones – the Najger Sandstone Caves, where the glimmer of thousands of quartz sand crystals brings the past together with the present.
Explore the rich cuisine of Kozjansko, composed of the flavors of local farms. Follow the wine route to its source, where it is born among the golden hills at the Vinogradništvo Mramor wine cellar above the Gruska Valley in Buče. Follow the path of local milk, processed into excellent cheeses and yogurts, even delicious homemade frozen yogurt at the Sinkovič Farm in Buče. Rekindle the fondest memories with the aroma of freshly baked bread from the bread oven served at the Kukovičič Mill, where grains are ground in one of the last remaining mills on the Bistrica River. Enjoy high-quality local cured meat products from the Kunej Farm in Gorjane near Podsreda or the Gorjup Farm in Zdole, for those who appreciate good taste.
FOR MORE IDEAS AND TIPS
follow the links below to useful websites:
Website of one of the largest and oldest regional parks in Slovenia
Website of the Tourist Information Centre Podčetrtek, Bistrica ob Sotli and Kozje
Welcome to Obsotelje and Kozjansko – Municipalities of Šmarje pri Jelšah, Rogaška Slatina, Rogatec, Podčetrtek and Kozje
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