Discovering Slovenia in following way might be something different and very interesting. Dolenjska region is located on SE Slovenia and it is accessed very quickly from highway A2 (Ljubljana-Zagreb). The region is mostly covered with small green hills and small villages. For centuries it is usual in Slovenia that such hills are covered with vineyards on sunny sides.
Dolenjska region hides many nice places not far from the highway A2 Ljubljana-Zagreb. One of them is a romantic small city with no high buildings, located on a tiny island on lazy Krka river, not far from Otočec and some Thermal spas. The Kostanjevica Monastery (est. 1234) is very close to the town. And you can also visit Pleterje Monastery (est. 1403).
Cruising through small villages on Dolenjska part of Slovenia can be fun and interesting. You can find many inns and restaurants. One such pearl is “Vinski dvor” run by the Deu family for about century. Architecture from 17th and 18th century hides also wine cellar for many tastes in which they mature the wines from their own vineyards. Marshal Tito was a connoisseur of good things and he visited this house several times.
River Krka is one of the most beautiful slow rivers in Slovenia. On the small island on the river stands small romantic castle Otočec, always kept in good condition and with classy restaurant and hotel.
you want to rest and relax before or after a long ride for a day, two, or more. Or maybe some day you will wish to come back with your friends or beloved one, or with your family…
Start at Žužemberk taking the road 216 to Dvor. Drive thru Dvor and at Soteska drive straight to 419 in direction of Novo mesto.
In Novo mesto just keep on 419 straight thru the city (direction Šentjernej). After Šentjernej you shall arrive at Kostanjevica na Krki. Small village on an island made by two channels of Krka river.
At the West side of Kočevska Reka village take 656 in the direction Osilnica (unmarked intersection).
At Osilnica there is an adrenalin park. Follow the river Kolpa at 657 to Brod na Kolpi.
Plain and simple: Leave the A1/E61 motorway at Unec and take the road 212 thru Cerknica, Nova vas and Sodražica.
Or vice versa.
Or forth and back… 🙂
Or forth and back with a break at Bloško jezero (pictured). 😀 In Nova vas look for an intersection for Bloško jezero (45.786450, 14.514858).
Exit A2/E70 motorway at Bič then follow the road to Žužemberk.
When you get to the right-of-way intersection just before the Žužemberk, turn left to 650 towards Dobrava followed by Dobrnič, Knežja vas, Pluska.
At Pluska, you will cross the motorway A1 and turn left in the direction of Veliki Gaber. Drive thru Veliki Gaber to Radohova vas.
In Radohova vas turn left again (just before the railway crossing). You will arrive back to the A2 entry/exit at Bič. Or you can turn right and cross the railway and continue the scenic route to Litija.
The Bogenšperk castle is the successor of an older castle Lichtenberg from mid-12th century. The castle is renewed and hosts weddings, a restaurant, and a museum.