Together with the Krokar primeval forest, which is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Kočevje Region makes for a truly mystical forest landscape. Europe's most self-sustaining forest habitat is known as bear country. The hiking and cycling infrastructure is set up to work seamlessly with this extraordinary natural environment.
If you’re looking for a green, outdoorsy, and stunning destination in Europe,
the Kočevje region in Slovenia should be on your list. I highly recommend it!
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Listen to the rustling of the forests and meet some of the native wildlife. Various forest-related and other activities are a great way of relaxing in the great outdoors.
Cycling on the Forest Trails
Explore the mystical forests of the Kočevje Region by bike. Discover amazing sights, natural and cultural landmarks and quaint villages from lovely trails of varying levels of difficulty – ranging from family-friendly bicycle paths to adrenaline pumping cross-country rides. If you’re more inclined toward the adrenaline, head over to the MTB Trail Center for a safe mountain bike ride.More
Borovška pešpot Hiking Trail with a View of the Krokar Primeval Forest
The area around Kočevje abounds with hiking opportunities. Soak up the sights amongst the majestic trees of the Krokar Primeval Forest, which is skirted by the Borovška pešpot trail. The trail is suitable for family outings in the great outdoors, and marked with the daffodil symbol. Your best bet is to hike the trail in May, when hosts of daffodils flutter and dance beneath the trees. You may also choose to descend down to the Kolpa river canyon.More
Experiencing the Kolpa River
The southern part of the Kočevje Region features a special gem – the beautiful Kolpa river. In the heat of the summer the Kolpa is perfect for a quick cooling off, for recreation or relaxation. It’s great for swimming, canoeing, rafting or kayaking – the possibilities are almost endless.More
Hunting Bears and Other Wildlife with a Camera
Would you like to go on a photo safari in the great outdoors? Set out into the wilderness and capture your photo of a lifetime. All it takes is some skill and a little luck. Take up your position in any of the observation stands to capture amazing wildlife shots. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to snap the king of these forests – the brown bear.
Strolling Through Town
Revisit the history of the town of Kočevje. The town features a theme trail that incorporates 23 buildings and 2 bridges, and presents the milestones of the town's history. A special app will show you a 3D reconstruction of the former castle. Explore the town on your own or hire a local guide.More
Did you know that the woodlands of Kočevje are said to be home to the largest brown bear population in the country? Hire a guide, gear up and go track some bear. Follow the bear paw symbol along the Roška pot trail, which stretches 64 km through the mysterious domain of the brown bear, and retrace the fascinating remnants of the area’s history.More
Surviving the Great Outdoors
Ready for your toughest outdoor adventure ever? Learn the basic skills of survival, like making a shelter, navigation and orientation, identifying plants, animals and materials, and making rudimentary gadgets. Dig down deep inside yourself and connect to your surroundings.
Relish the beauty of the area on horseback. Venture into the backcountry to explore the hidden corners and remnants of the region's past. The Ranch Marina (Koče pri Kočevski Reki) features one of the largest indoor riding arenas in the country, and organizes riding tours through the beautifully green surroundings. The ranch also organizes riding courses.
Slovenia's green story is well in the making. Feel it wherever you go.
Some 90% of the Kočevje Region is covered by woodlands, ranking it among the most wooded areas not only in Slovenia but in all of Europe. Forest preservation efforts are underscored with green activities.
The largest beast in Slovenia, the brown bear, is the undisputed king of these forests and a protected species to boot.
The forests around Kočevje are one of the few places where one can see the big three (the bear, the lynx and the wolf) in their natural surroundings.
This dessert is made in the shape of the beehives from which it takes its name. The recipe and wooden mould for making hive-shaped sweets came to the area of Kočevje some time between WW1 and WW2. The specific mould was later destroyed, but was soon replaced with other versions of it. The members of the Country Women's Society of Kočevje use a mould with a bee design and recommend using the forest honey from Kočevje with a Protected Designation of Origin in the recipe.
Go for a hike on the Roška pešpot trail
The Roška pešpot trail is great for multi-day hikes in the remote corners of Kočevski Rog. See for yourself.
Must-see destinations nearby
Combine your timeout from the green forests with a soothing visit to the spa facilities at Dolenjske and Šmarješke toplice, both located some 40 km from Kočevje. Discover the natural wonders of the nearby karst landscape. Visit the Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle, the mystical Cerknica Lake, the magnificent Lipizzaner horses or the Škocjan Caves, which are also listed UNESCO sites. To get back to the urban hustle and bustle Ljubljana is only a 50 km-drive away. Follow the Kolpa river to the Bela krajina region and taste the local wines and culinary highlights of the region.