“History is life's teacher – ours too.”
In the heart of the Green Karst, not far from Pivka, lies the largest museum complex in Slovenia and one of the largest parks of this kind in this part of Europe. The Park of Military History in Pivka and its rich museum collection captivates lovers of recent history and is a treasury of knowledge for explorers of all ages with extraordinary exhibits and interactive tours.
The rapidly developing museum and tourist centre is located in the complex of old barracks in Pivka where you can feel the mark of history even today. It contains important collections and exhibitions which depict the history of Slovenia as a country, its independence war, and many people find the exhibits in the Park of Military History and the vast tank and aviation collections most attractive. The recognisable sign of the park is definitely the submarine which fascinates even the youngest visitors.
With numerous supporting activities, interesting experiences, products and services, you can easily spend the whole day at the park, and learn about history in a fun and interactive way.
Spend the day at the Park of Military History
Would you like to become a submarine captain for a day or test your skills as a war plane pilot? Explore unusual experiences provided by one of the mightiest Slovenian museums to visitors of all ages.
See the inside of the submarine
An almost 20-metre long submarine, the P-913 Zeta is one of the greatest attractions of the park. Check out what’s inside with a guide and listen to interesting stories. Be awed by its technical perfection.More
Experience flying with the MiG-21
Not only see but also feel and experience. You will learn about the mission of the museum if you decide to test a flight simulator with the MiG-21. Experience flying at supersonic speed. Do you dare?More
Treat yourself to lunch made according to old military cuisine recipes
After seeing interesting museum collections, boost your energy levels with lunch at the museum canteen where local specialities and dishes with a touch of old military cuisine are cooked or visit the military wine cellar.More
Take a piece of history with you
We believe that you will be captivated by the museum and take with you countless exciting memories. You can also buy a souvenir or two at the museum shop.More
Visit the Festival of Military History
To everyone who wants to taste history in a genuine way, we recommend visiting the Festival of Military History, which is traditionally held on the third weekend in September. You can see a display of a military conflict, life in military camps and similar.More
Discover the Karst and its special features
The Karst surprises with Postojna Cave, which is the most visited cave in Europe, Škocjan Caves with an extraordinary underground gorge and other world-famous special features. Lipica has been the original stud farm of white Lipizzaner horses since 1580. Štanjel is the architectural gem of the Karst. Indulge in cuisine offered by homesteads in Brkini and the Karst. Explore the Karst.
Explore the sights of Pivka and its surroundings
After enjoying adventures at the Park of Military History, go on a trip to other nearby places. They hide numerous natural and cultural sights, which you may discover wearing your hiking shoes or by bike.
Explore the Pivka Lakes and visit an ecomuseum
Seventeen lakes of different sizes charm lovers of natural special features with their picturesqueness. The Seasonal Lakes of Pivka are home to numerous plant and animal species. You can learn about the lakes’ special features in all seasons at the ecomuseum.More
Are you in the mood for a hike?
There is an abundance of walking and hiking trails in this diverse landscape at the crossroads of the Karst and green Notranjska. You can ascend the nearby hills of Sveta Trojica, Vremšica, Kršičevec and Primož.More
Hop on a bike and ride by the lakes
The Pivka Basin is the ideal destination for cyclists of all types and ages. Families can go cycling on the plains and surrounding areas of the Pivka Lakes, while adrenaline lovers may tackle more demanding ascents and descents.More
In the footsteps of Martin Krpan
One of the most known heroes of Slovenian tales – Martin Krpan is deemed to have walked around these places. The mighty man transported salt on his mare; you can follow in his footsteps and embark on a 91-kilometre hiking trip.More
Hidden corners of the Green Karst and the Park of Military History in Pivka
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