In Dolenjska, a region of thermal springs along the Krka River, you can get from Šmarješke Toplice and Dolenjske Toplice to Novo mesto with its globally important archaeological heritage. The quirky Slovenian wine called Cviček is produced around the town of situlae.
Somewhere in Dolenjska, there are places, a house, a vineyard, and a piece of a field, there, it’s always the month of May, there, I once called home.
The Šmarješke Toplice Spa swears by the green strategy and prides itself on having obtained the Slovenia Green label.
Dolenjska Delights have been made a finalist for the European Destination of Excellence award given by the European Commission.
Thermal Pannonian Slovenia
Zidanice cottages are the most typical buildings in Dolenjska, located amongst vineyards; there, the Cviček wine, a quite special wine, is kept in wine cellars.
Experience unforgettable moments amongst the gentle wine-growing hills of Dolenjska. The idyllic landscape might encourage you to explore its treasures or pleasantly relax you with its authenticity. The spas of Dolenjska also ensure that you gain fresh energy.
Biking around Dolenjska
Experience a unique feeling of freedom on a cycling adventure called Sava Krka Bike. Enjoy the light breeze from the gentle wine-growing hills between Šmarješke Toplice and Dolenjske Toplice. Ride your bike on trails in the shade of indigenous tree species in the surrounding area of Otočec Castle, which will take you all the way to Struga Castle.More
Hike up to Trdinov Vrh Hill with youthful enthusiasm
Find the elixir of youth and head to Trdinov Vrh Hill from Gaberje. On your hike, get some refreshment at the Gospodična (Young Lady) Spring that, according to folk tales, gives eternal youth. Regain your strength to continue your hike towards the peak by tasting local specialities at a nearby cabin. At the top, you will be rewarded with a view extending past the vineyards, all the way to the Alps.More
To heaven on foot
Go on a night hike at full moon to Nebesa (Heaven) above the village of Šentrupert. At the top, you will be served local food and drinks and you will be able to enjoy some entertainment with an accordion. If the night sky charms you so much that you wish to sleep under the stars, you can also stay in a tent. When you wake up in the morning, your breath will be taken by the view of Mirna Valley, and you can begin your day with a true Dolenjska breakfast.More
Water adventures on the River Krka
Experience the River Krka in a slightly different way. Sit in a raft or kayak and go down its wild waters. In the summer, you can find excellent refreshment in this green beauty of Dolenjska. Popular bathing areas can be found in Žužemberk, Straža, and Kostanjevica na Krki. For those who prefer more peaceful experiences of nature next to water, the River Krka offers an abundance of fishing opportunities.More
Become a local
Every true Dolenjska local is proud of their own zidanica, a vineyard cottage. Get a sense of this pride as you spend your getaway in one. The grape harvest in autumn is quite an experience. After a rich breakfast, grape-pickers head to the vineyard to pick grapes, and the sounds of an accordion accompany their work. After a full day of work, the celebration surrounding the new grape harvest moves to the zidanice cottages, where an evening feast is prepared.More
Taste the best that Dolenjska has to offer. Follow the Dolenjska Delights brand and choose from a wide array of different home-made products, which reflect the culinary and handicraft tradition of Dolenjska. Treat yourselves to authentic local flavours and take an original souvenir from Dolenjska home with you.More
Casual pleasures in the Dolenjske Toplice Spa
Make a stop at the Dolenjske Toplice Spa, where you can first enjoy relaxing wellness moments at the modern Balnea Hotel health resort and then explore the interesting surrounding area. Experience sweet moments by visiting the Berryshka distillery and chocolatier, taste honey specialities made by a local bee-keeper, or visit one of the many wine cellars, in which you can taste local wines.More
In the company of bees
Sleeping in an apiary has a number of positive effects on your well-being. A night spent on a soft bed in candle light and with the scent of tree mushroom incense will be a true getaway from the quick pace of life. The aroma of honey has a positive effect on your respiratory system, and the buzzing of bees creates inner harmony. After a honey-based breakfast, go on a relaxing walk on the trails of a nearby forest or meadow, and focus on yourself.More
Slovenia writes a green story. Feel it at every step.
Trdinov Vrh Hill with a large proportion of giant trees with a diameter in excess of 1 m and with a height of up to 40 m is a valuable protected nature reserve.
Matevž is a delicious dish made of cooked potatoes and beans. In Dolenjska, Matevž is also known as Potato Man. It was once eaten in late autumn and winter, together with sauerkrat, pickled turnip, and on holidays, also with pork meat and sausages. Its popularity is still very strong, both due to its taste and its simple preparation.
Different experiences in Dolenjska
Learn about the unique landmarks of Dolenjska, from the kozolci hay racks to castles, enjoy Cviček wine in the company of friends and go past vineyards to the most beautiful lady in the region – the River Krka.
Experience a pleasant getaway and have some rest
Would you like to stay a little longer and see and experience as much as possible? Then select suitable accommodation that is ideal for you in the nearby area.
Hotel Balnea SuperiorMore
Hotel Grad OtočecMore
Hotel pri BelokranjcuMore
After exploring the beauties of Dolenjska, discover some surrounding destinations too. Head to Bela Krajina, a region 27 km away, a destination of excellence by the River Kolpa, which will surprise you with its tradition and mystical character. Kočevsko is just 47 km away; there, the brown bear dwells in vast forests. Thermal water fun for the whole family with numerous water attractions and the largest pool complex in Slovenia await you in the Terme Čatež Spa, 38 km away, and complement these refreshing moments by also visiting some castles of the Posavje region. Visit Ljubljana, 70 km away, and enjoy its cultural happenings and green character.