Travel slowly on the green route of ancient peddlers and take pleasure in the sights from Višnja gora with its chained snail and Muljava with its open-air theatre to the source of the Krka River, Dolenjska’s beauty.
The freshness of its flow over rapids and natural dams will accompany you past the powerful castles in Žužemberk and Soteska to picturesque Novo mesto.
The peddlers, whose spirit still permeates this route, will guide your hand decorating Easter eggs in Adlešiči or making toothpicks in a Ribnica woodenware workshop.
After you cross the myth-filled Gorjanci mountain range, a land of white birches, swaying ferns, and dolines opens before you. And here runs the second river on this route, the Kolpa, which is as warm as Bela krajina’s legendary hospitality.
Suggestions on the Peddler Route
Gastronomy: first place definitely goes to the protected Cviček wine, but there are also Bela krajina “pogače” cakes and Metliška Črnina wine to enjoy. This region is also home to numerous poticas with various fillings, “Kostelski želodec,” and Kočevje honey
Bicycling: in the vicinity of Novo mesto, across Bela krajina, along the beautiful Krka River, in the Trebanjsko region and the Mirenska dolina valley, from Jasnica to the Kolpa River and the valley of Peter Klepec and the seven churches in Osilnica, and the Kostelsko stretch of the Kolpa River
Hiking: Gorjanci, Kočevje forests, Grčevje, Trška Gora, European E6 and E7 Footpaths in the Velike Lašče area, 7-day package »Along the Heritage Trails« with marked paths: Along the Krka Valley; Along the Paths of Partisans; Walk by the Seven Hills; Following in the Footsteps of a Beautiful Maiden; Following in the Footsteps of the Monks; The Mysterious Underground World; Along the Trails of Vineyards and Cviček wine
Wellness: spas in Dolenjske Toplice, Šmarješke Toplice, and Otočec
Events: cultural-entertaining Novo Mesto Summer fair of wooden goods and pottery in Ribnica, Spring in Metlika, Zeleni Jurij (Green George) Festival, borough days at the Žužemberk Castle, Kočevje Summer evenings, tamboura playing at Kostel
Casinos: in Otočec and Kočevje
Riding: at Mlaka near Grosuplje and at the equestrian center in Češča vas near Novo mesto
Golfing: on the picturesque Otočec court
Caving: Županova jama cave near Grosuplje, Krška jama cave
Water: numerous water activities on the Krka and Kolpa rivers – rafting, swimming, canoeing, fishing . . .
Aviation: at the Prečna Airport; extremely favourable price for panorama flights by motor plane
Top experiences on the Peddler Route
- Visit of the Medieval town core and Dolenjska Museum in Novo Mesto - Participation at a top event: Week of Cviček Wine in Novo Mesto - Top pilgrimage across the Osilnica Valley and Seven Churches - Walk along the untouched nature of the Lahinja Regional Park - Healing Bathing at Dolenjske Toplice - Experience of Karst caves and 'steljniki' on the Karst Teaching Trail from Lebica to Krupa - Historical Memory of the Second World War at Kočevje Baza 20 - Visit of old Metlika core and famous Rosalnice