This is the route of enterprising people. Among them were the powerful Counts of Celje and the rafters of Koroška, who will invite you on an adventurous raft trip from Dravograd to Vuzenica.
The alpine farmers of the Logarska dolina valley will serve you characteristic mountain dishes, and old charcoal-makers will show you how to build an authentic charcoal pile.
Enterprising gardeners from the Mozirski gaj Botanical Gardens and the Volčji potok Arboretum will escort you through hectares of roses and tulips, and Maribor’s winemakers will invite you to a grape harvest on a winegrowers’ holiday . . .
The residents of Mežica will take you on a genuine mine train into the underground below Mount Peca, and the villagers of Vače will show you the geometric center of Slovenia. Then, there are people of Bistrica, who . . .
Suggestions on the Amber Route:
Gastronomy: well-stocked wine cellars along numerous vineyards, wine roads, famous sparkling wines and heady white wines, dried meat products such as “solčavski želodec” or “pohorska bunka,” Štajerska’s “kisla juha” soup
Bicycling: from the Kamnik area across the Posavje Hills, in the Pohorje mountains, in the Logarska dolina valley, in the Koroška and Podravje regions
Hiking: Zreško Pohorje, Ribniško Pohorje, and Mariborsko Pohorje, Lovrenška jezera lakes, letting the adrenaline flow on Mariborsko Pohorje
Wellness: revive your body and soul at thermal spas: in more than 600-year-old Dobrna, in Laško, Topolšica, and Maribor
Events: Festival Lent, Beer and Flowers in Laško, Medieval Days at Celje Castle, flower exhibitions at Volčji potok Arboretum and Mozirski gaj Botanical Gardens, The autumn wine festivals In the Embrace of the Ancient Vine and Starobistriški večeri, winter’s Golden Fox World Cup ski races on Pohorje
Golfing: on Zlati grič near Slovenske Konjice, beside the Volčji potok Arboretum
Riding: on horseback across the Posavje Hills, on Maribor’s Pohorje
Water: enjoying a raft trip on the Drava River at Dravograd and Maribor
Top experiences of the Amber Route
- cave bicycling through the underground mineshafts of Mount Peca - Slomšek pilgrimage trail from Bizeljsko to Nova Cerkev - bicycling adventure from Dravograd to Ptuj - trekking on horseback across the Posavje Hills - a visit to the Rifnik Late Roman archeological park - New Year’s sled run at Kope in the Pohorje mountains - dancing lessons with a medieval dance troupe at the old castle in Celje - hiking, horseback riding, adrenaline activities at Pohorje - wine-tasting in the underground wine cellar in Maribor