Archaeological gem in the middle of Europe
Novo mesto is asking you out on a date. Visit and get to know the city, and before you know it you will fall in love, for there is no other town far or wide as beautiful, caring and welcoming as Novo mesto. The city boasts numerous cultural monuments and landmarks and the Museum of Dolenjska holds a remarkable archaeological treasure trove.
Through the historic city core
The old city core of Novo mesto is impressive with its magnificent Main Square, with arcade hallways fronting the ground floors of old town houses and the dominant Town Hall. Also worth visiting are the St. Nicholas Cathedral and the Franciscan Church, the Museum of Dolenjska and the Jakčev dom gallery (Jakac House). Especially stunning is the row of houses perched on the riverbank – na Bregu; with their reflection dancing in the Krka River they make for the most picturesque part of the city core and a motif frequently depicted by painters. The city can also be seen from a different perspective – from a raft run by Rudolf or Nika.
Events for heritage lovers
In addition to the natural beauty of this wine-producing country boasting forests, rivers, fields and karstic caves visitors can enjoy the rich cultural heritage of the region. Visit the Otočec Castle, Mokrice Castle and Kostanjevica na Krki, Pleterje Charterhouse open-air museum, Jakac Gallery, and the Museum of Dolenjska with its extensive archaeological collection in Novo mesto. Those who enjoy live performances can see one at the Anton Podbevšek Theatre or attend one of many other events taking place in the city.
Hayracks could not be more unique, for they can only be seen in Slovenia. These characteristic wooden structures are intended for the drying of hay, straw and maize and for storing farm tools. They are especially prominent in Dolenjska, the home of Novo mesto. You will see all types of hayracks when travelling in the region, with perhaps the most beautiful ensembles of hayracks found in the villages of Veliki Orehek and Vinja Vas in the Podgorje area.
Cviček and vineyard cottages (zidanice)
Dolenjska is also known for its vineyard cottages. These special little houses are typically set on the edge of vineyards growing the vines unique to this region – cviček and intended for inviting one’s friends to enjoy the wine. Vineyard cottages with stunning views over the landscape can also be rented. Make them your base for a hiking or biking trip, or go horseback riding along one of the many designated trails.
The Krka River Valley
Many people would argue that the Krka Valley, especially above Novo mesto, is the most beautiful Slovenian river valley. Its beauty is highlighted by soft riverbanks, picturesque rapids and natural dams. Further adding to its charm are the numerous mills and castles that dot its course, pilgrimage trails and forests offering a wealth of activities, from fishing and hunting to the harvesting of forest fruits and fishing.
The green nature in and around Novo mesto with the Krka River is both mysterious and enchanting. High above the city loom the mythical hills of Gorjanci, home to dwarfs and bears alike. Bees buzzing across the land produce the delectable honey of Dolenjska. And no festive meal is complete without the local speciality – štruklji (rolled dumplings).
Accommodation in and around Novo mesto
Novo mesto and vicinity offers a diverse range of hotels, private apartments, campsites and more.
Turstična kmetija Pri ZevnikovihMore
Youth Hostel KrškoMore
Apartmaji - sobe RavbarMore
Hotel Balnea SuperiorMore
Hotel Balnea superior****, Terme Dolenjske TopliceMore
Hotel Grad OtočecMore
Hotel pri BelokranjcuMore
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Across the hills to the mountains or the sea
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