Three Slovenia off-shore attractions we have recently met. We have heard on our trip that it draws most Slovenia visitors immediately to the sea. To our shame, I must confess that until a few years ago, we did not think otherwise either. No wonder! From Munich to Ankaran it is just over five hours by car.
But I always wondered what to do off the motorway. That's why we've been traveling more inland in recent years. Ptuj and the surroundings of Kamnik we already got to know. This time our trip took us to different regions of Slovenia. Again we discovered interesting places for Slow Traveler and above all the good cuisine Slovenia, There are many reasons why you should take your time traveling through the small country. This includes
three Slovenia attractions off the coast.
There is much more. But these three sights are particularly remembered from our last trip. Here we introduce you to them:
The castle of Zuzemberk
The small Place Zuzemberk is located near the Dolenjska wine region in the east of the country. From Otocec we need about an hour to Zuzemberg by car. The market is currently taking place in the town. It mainly sells clothes and knickknacks. However, we hardly see fresh fruit. Instead, just behind the market square rises the castle wall of the medieval fortress. The castle was badly damaged during the Second World War, but is now rebuilt in large parts. It belonged to the noble family Auersperg for centuries. It was heavily under the Turkish invasion of the 16. Century to suffer. After all, Andreas von Auersperg was responsible for the decisive defeat of the Turks. At the Battle of Sissek on the Kupa his 5000 man strong troop beat an allegedly four times as strong Turkish army.
Medieval festivals and culture in the castle
Today, the castle serves primarily as a venue for medieval festivals, plays and concerts. For visitors it is open all year round. Admission is free. You can see them on your own. We too do that. I particularly like the view from the castle tower on the city and the surroundings. Below the castle, the river Krka flows through the valley. There you can go fishing well in summer.
Only half an hour away, we visit then in Sentrupert
the Haystack of Dezela kozolcev
We had already seen such hay racks on our trip to Kamnik. Back then we wanted to learn more about it. Therefore, we were delighted to visit “Land of the hay barn" most notably. These wooden scaffolds stand out when driving overland through Slovenia. However, it is only in this open-air museum that we realize how different they can be in their form. In the course of time, real masterpieces made of wood were created from simple branch forks that were stuck into the ground. Everything from cereals to hay, grain, flax, hemp, vegetables and ferns was dried on it. If the hay barn was larger, agricultural machinery was also placed in it.
Rupert Gole, architect and mayor of Sentrupert, are fascinated by these wooden structures. Therefore, he was committed to preserving them. A total of 19 of these drying stands are in the Sentrupert Hay Museum. “They show the development of these scaffolds over time,” explains Rupert Gole. In doing so, he points to various examples: "You can easily see which simple farmers and wealthy landlords belonged to." He is right. Some of the scaffolds are kept simple. Others are beautifully carved. This shows the social level of the owner. In any case, they are part of the image of Slovenia today. After all, you can see them all over the country.
The third Slovenian sight we present to you is one of the highlights of the country:
Postojna Caves - one of the top Slovenia attractions
We look at the caves the next day. They are Slovenia landmarks that one should know about. This time we stay at the Hotel Convent in Ankaran * Directly at the sea. From there we drive a good hour inland. You can see immediately that this is one of the main attractions of the country. We meet one tour group after the other. Almost everyone speaks a different language. From Scandinavian to Chinese I hear everything during our stay. I am glad that access to the caves is limited. The visitors drive at fixed times only with a train in the caves. From there it goes on foot into the cave system.
Adelsberg Caves, one of the sights of Slovenia
The Postojna Caves are also called the Adelsberg Grottoes. They are the second largest stalactite caves in the world that are accessible to visitors. (The largest are in Lebanon.) The caves extend more than twenty kilometers into the Karst. The large halls and sintered lime curtains that grow down from the cave ceiling are particularly worth seeing. An impressive example of what nature creates. The caves are one of the must-see sights in Slovenia.
More information about opening times and current admission prices can be found on the Postojna website.
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Source: own research on site. We thank Best Press Story for supporting this trip. Our opinion, as always, remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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