SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS
Enter the Struga castle and travel back in time with your host, Lady Eleonora. Learn about life in the Renaissance and Baroque, take part in a Medieval feast and enjoy the masters of archery, sword fighting or iron forging. Do not miss the unique chance to experience a part of history, currently only available to groups.
Brežice Castle is the dominant feature of the town situated on the pier above the left bank of the Sava. The castle was first mentioned in sources in 1249. It was renewed after a peasant rising in 1515 and at the end of the 16th century. The interior of the castle has been a luxurious Baroque residence for a long time. Since 1949 there has been a local museum in the castle with different collections.
Žužemberk Castle is one of the most picturesque in Slovenia. Its history goes back to the 13th century, and its defences were reinforced with seven huge round towers in the 16th century. From 1538 until World War II, it was owned by the noble Auersperg family from Turjak. During the war the castle was heavily damaged and restorations began in the 1960's.
Trough the region of Bela Krajina winds a wine tourist road. It combines three wine growing subdistricts of Črnomelj, Metlika and Semič. Along this road one can visit wine shops, wine growers, tourist farms, accommodation facilities, beekeepers, etc. In addition to the tasting of selected sorts of Bela krajina wines, particularly Belokranjec and Metliška Črnina, you can also have a taste of the local flat cake.
The area is marked by a diverse natural heritage. You will be enraptured by the vast forests of Gorjanci with their numerous hiking and bicycle trails, the green Krka River, where you can enjoy walking along the banks or boating on its smooth surface, the gigantic linden trees on winegrowing Trška gora, and the natural springs at the health resorts.
Merops apiaster (bee eater) is a migratory bird, which flies from Africa in May. They dig nesting pits which are up to 1.5 m deep. In June, when observation becomes most interesting, is the time when they feed their young ones. Their nests are usually empty in August, because the birds move to trees near Sotla River, and at the end of the month they fly South. Visitors can view from a special floor observatory.
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The only operating Carthusian Monastery in Slovenia is in the valley at the foot of Gorjanci. It was founded by Herman II, Count of Celje in 1407. It was later sacked by the Turks, and then rebuilt with strong fortifications by the monks. It is surrounded by a three metre high and 2,800 m long wall. The monastery belonged to the Jesuit Order from 1595 to 1773. It later became the property of the state but was regained by the Carthusian order in 1899.
The museum is based in the old part of Metlika and stores movable cultural heritage of Bela krajina. The archaeological collection begins with remains from the Stone Age and features finds that show life in the Bronze and Iron Age, under Celtic and Roman rule, and in the late Classical period. The cultural history collection presents the history of Bela krajina from around 1200, when Kolpa River became the border between Carniola and Croatia.
The Metlika fire brigade is presented as well as various historical materials from all over Slovenia, especially numerous fire fighting photos from the period before the First World War and the oldest fire-fighting newsletter. The visitors can see interesting helmets, fire fighters' hatchets, horns and trumpets, uniforms, awards, epaulettes, medals, and the small tools used by fire fighters.