Height above sea level
in the countryside
Average summer temperature:20 °C
Average winter temperature:-1 °C
Dolenja Vas is the centre of a local administrative community and has around 930 inhabitants divided among the villages of Dolenja Vas, Stari Grad, Libna, Spodnja (Lower) Libna, Spodnji (Lower) Stari Grad and Pesje. It extends to the north and south of the regional Krško-Brežice road. An international railway line also passes through Dolenja Vas. Libna railway station, which is for passenger traffic only, is neat and well maintained and has an open platform. Farming is no longer the main source of income in the area. Fruit growing in intensive orchards is the most important agricultural sector, and one that still has opportunities to expand. Libna and Čele constitute the area's wine district. Good wine is produced here. North of Dolenja Vas, between Libna and Čele, is an extensive area of woodland known as Črna Mlaka ("Black Pool"). This area is saturated with drinking water of great purity. The area provides water for all the local inhabitants, while the water that is not used drains into the Dolenja Vas stream. Črna Mlaka is a popular area for mushroom-pickers. Footpaths lead through it to Zdole. In Dolenja Vas itself the well-preserved and beautifully maintained St Mary's church (built 1627) stands atop a high stone retaining wall. Inside the church, the painted decoration dates from 1886. It is still in excellent condition and well worth seeing. The village centre, which is also the centre of the local administrative community, was remodelled in 1995. Features of interest include a memorial to the expellees of 1941–1945, the village well and a chapel. The centre is a pleasant place to stop for those driving through the area. The village cultural centre, though small and only catering for local needs, is nevertheless fully booked up by numerous cultural programmes. Stari Grad is a settlement on the Krško-Brežice road. The hamlet of Marof lies on the upper plateau. St Nicholas's church (built 1627) stands beside the road. Libna is also the name of a green hill rising to a height of 354 metres above sea level. Its southern slopes are planted with vines. At the summit of Libna is St Margaret's church (built 1580) and, nearby, the hunting lodge of the Videm Hunting Association. There is a unique view over Krško Polje and the Gorjanci Hills towards Novo Mesto and Zagreb. Libna was first settled many thousands of years ago. Earlier inhabitants included Illyrians and Celts. Another site worth seeing is the new spring supplying drinking water just below the regional road in Spodnja Libna. Spodnji Stari Grad boasts a large sports centre, still under construction. Pesje is an attractive nucleated settlement above the railway line. Three good roads connect the settlement. Clubs and associations in the local administrative community include an active volunteer fire brigade (founded 1928), a sports club, the Žarek choral society and an expellees' association, among others. The community celebrates its traditional holiday on 15 August. This is a time for the entire population to come together with their friends. There are currently four establishments serving food and drink in the area.