Discover our best Sightseeing places

Sightseeing

 

Bilpa Caves

Bilpa caves are located on the border between the municipality of Kostel and the municipality of Kočevje. Above the caves rises the Bilpa wall, which Valvasor named the wall of echoes. In it, nature has shaped various human, animal and superstitious characters. Bilpa consists of four caves, the last of which was discovered only in 1983. The entrance to the caves is in a wall about 30 meters above the road, it is 8 meters wide and 6 meters high. Immediately behind the entrance to the caves is a long hall, which is quite charming, in it are various stalactite formations. In this work, archaeologists have found several objects that prove that this area was inhabited in the ancient past.

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Mill Grbac

As part of Kostela’s technical heritage, the Grbac mill is very important. It is located just below the Nežica waterfall, and powered by the Prifarski ditch. It was first mentioned in 1494. Drežnica goats, cike cows and Styrian hens can be found on the farm, there you can also refresh yourself with colorful bread, a real farm breakfast (mash with milk and other delicacies), visit the mill, participate in farm chores and make a purchase of products. They also run workshops for children.

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Jelovicka Cave

Jelovička Cave was discovered in 1941. The entrance to the cave is located under a 20-meter vertical wall and opens at the beginning of a 330-meter-long torrent bed, which is very picturesque with large stone blocks overgrown with moss. The Kotnica streams originate from the Jelovička Cave, and after about 300 meters they flow into the Kolpa.

The cave is 184 meters long and 30 meters wide. At the beginning, the cave descends for a while, and then slowly rises to the end. We descend into the cave along a clayey slope, along which a stream flows, which originates in the cave and flows underground to the river Kolpa. During heavy rains, an underground stream erupts from the cave, flooding the cave almost to the ceiling.

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Kostel Family Trail

The Kostel family trail is a shorter cycling trail that takes you around Kostel and is also suitable for small children. At the beginning, it runs along the road, but then turns into the forest, thus enabling a peaceful ride in the shelter of the canopy. The last part of the route passes through two larger villages, where children can observe domestic animals, and you can refresh yourself with local delicacies (goat cheese, honey…), visit a 100-year-old white willow tree with a trunk branched into four parts, or refresh yourself at a nearby restaurant.

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Kolpa bike path

The Kolpa cycling route is a long route on which you get to know all the beauties of the green valley of the river Kolpa. It is a circular path that leads you from Kočevje all the way to the Kolpa.

Get to know the green valley of the river Kolpa, its dams and mills, the old smithy, the mysterious karst spring Bilpa and the mighty medieval fortress – Kostel Castle. This landscape-attractive section of the cycle path is interesting for both amateur cyclists and families with children. Along the way there are several tourist farms and food providers, where you can indulge in the tastes of traditional Kočevje, Kostel and Bela Krajina dishes.

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Shinrin yoku Kostel

Guided forest baths with yoga, pranayama and meditation

A real antiburnout experience with guaranteed relaxation. Homo sapiens comes from nature, not from the city, so an urban sapiens who wants to escape techno-stress must return to nature for health. Supposedly, plant phytoncides with a hermetic effect are responsible for the regeneration of our immune system. Forest nature with its colors, shapes, smells, tastes and sounds gently but thoroughly refreshes and regenerates all five human senses.

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Taborska wall

The Tabor wall rises east of the Žurgarska wall, above the town of Belica above Čabranka. There is a cave in Tabor wall, well in fact it is a hole, where a tragedy took place during the Second World War.

Tabor cave opens at the beginning of Tabor wall. You can reach it along the Kočevje mountain trail if you follow the markings and signposts. Just before we reach the edge of the Tabor wall, we pass a monument, which is actually a pile of stones stacked in a pyramid, on which two memorial plaques are placed.

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Lake Resko

When the Reški stream sinkhole was dammed under the Kočevska reka in the 1970s, Lake Reško with approximately 20 hectares in size, was created. The stream river bed was about 3000 m long. Three mills and a sawmill stood next to it in the past. They were called the Upper, Middle, and Lower Mills. Today, piles of stones and a few walls by the water are barely reminiscent of the ruins of the buildings.

In recent years, the upper part of the lake is registered as a forest reserve, and the lower part is intended for boat fishing and other types of recreation. It is an invaluable habitat that provides a habitat for many fish species and many species of birds. The forest reserve also provides shelter for forest animals and beasts. There are also observatory huts along the lake, which offer a magnificent view of the beautiful surroundings of Lake Reško.

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Goteniški Snežnik

Goteniški Snežnik is the highest peak of the karstic Goteniška gora, overgrown with forest. It rises above Kočevska Reka and Gotenica. The area that was guarded and closed in the decades after the Second World War. The ascent to Goteniški Snežnik is therefore for some still a feat that they once did not dare to even think about.

We walk under the rocks of the Stone Wall. This is the most picturesque part of the trail, where we can find ourselves in trouble in the wet and snowy weather. In such conditions, a more suitable route is from Kočevska Reka, which almost all the time runs along the road. When the rocks recede slightly, the path runs uphill again and ascends to a smaller pass. From there we can walk to the rocky edge, from which the view sails all the way to Klek in Croatia. The most beautiful of course is Kočevska Reka and the landscape around it, which was once much more populated than it is today. 100 years ago Kočevska Reka had a population of 469, but has less than three hundred nowadays. Gotenica had more than three hundred people in 1937, but was completely emptied after the war.

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Ložec wall

he Ložec wall above the valley of the river Kolpa near Osilnica is a beautiful piece of unspoiled nature, where we can experience many beautiful things. From the wall, which is about 1000 meters high, visitors have a beautiful view of the Kolpa valley and the surrounding hills. The easiest way is to get to the wall from the direction of Borovec, or along the new road from Osilnica, and we will descend to the wall via Firstov rep. You can also climb the wall from the Kolpa valley. The Ložec wall is beautiful in all seasons.

The path to Ložec wall is considered quite dangerous, so caution and appropriate equipment for hikers is mandatory!

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Vrazji Prolaz canyon

When the Vražji prolaz was first mentioned in 1884, they wrote that it was intended only for the bravest excursionists. Today, courage is not necessary to visit it. You just cannot be afraid of heights when walking on a well-kept path through the canyon, which is only here and there equipped with a steel rope. A walk through the steep canyon is suitable for adults and children who know how to follow the rules. The narrow canyon has a well-maintained path, and the steepest and narrowest part, where the width of the canyon narrows to only two meters, is also reached by metal stairs.

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Nezica Waterfall

In Slovenia we have many diverse natural sights, which are not arrogantly magnificent, but modestly hidden. This also applies to tufa formations. The Prifarski jarak originates in the headwaters above the settlement of Tišenpolj, between Planica and Vrana stena at an altitude of 350 meters. In the past, there was an underground karst cave under the spring, that people destroyed because of the tufa so they used to build houses. The stream used to be more important, as people set up mills and sawmills next to it, but today it is mostly known for the 15 meters high waterfall Nežica.

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Risnjak National park

Risnjak National Park is one of the most beautiful National Parks in Croatia. It is located in Gorski Kotar and enchants visitors with magnificent karst phenomena intertwined with lush vegetation. The forest kingdom is home to three large European beasts: the lynx, the bear and the wolf. Here nature is its own master, life here is self-sufficient. That is why Risnjak is extremely valuable for researchers, as they can study life without human influences here.

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Bunker Skrilj

The Bunker Škrilj is located 80 m underground, near the village Škrilj and was built during the Cold War. Everyone who knew anything about it, had to remain strictly silent. Tours are guided and carried out by prior arrangement and at pre-arranged times. Transport is organized from the collection point to the bunker, which is the only allowed way to access the facility. Independent access to the Bunker Škrilj is not allowed. Access (ride) to the bunker is by blindfold, just as they used to do. Everything looks so much more mysterious that way.

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Mirtoviski stream

Mirtoviški potok (stream) flows from below Krempa and has two springs. The Modri poh spring is rich with waterfalls, pools, tubs and gutters. The stream used to drive mills and sawmills, but today it drives a small hydroelectric power plant downstream.

Mirtoviški potok (stream) is famous for its uniqueness, immensely wealth and diverse biodiversity. It is also the last otter refuge in Slovenia, and it is also home to crabs, which prove that the water is extremely clean. The forest is the home of the bears, so children can take a breather and be a little louder and together you can also sing a song.

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Smithy Gorše

Blacksmithing was a common craft in the Slovenian countryside and was passed down from generation to generation. A master’s exam was mandatory to do the blacksmithing. Blacksmiths made various tools for work, tools for building houses (gutters, nails), horseshoes for horses and locks.

The smithies were located along streams, which were the main source of energy. In Bosljiva Loka there was a famous blacksmith Janez Gorše, who had a smithy by the Mirtoviški bridge. His grandfather was already a blacksmith and Gorše’s son Jože was also one. Gorše’s smithy is no longer working today. Jože’s son keeps and collects blacksmith products and tools and keeps them on the homestead. He wants to preserve the old smithy and set up a museum in it in memory of the blacksmithing tradition in the valley.

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Kostel Castle

Kostel Castle and its square are the second largest castle complex in Slovenia.
At the time of the Turkish invasions, due to its exposed location and difficult accessibility, it was an important obstacle and defensive point in the anti-Turkish defense system. The castle was embedded in a system of bonfires designed to inform of impending danger.

The castle has been restored in modern times, so it is visited by more domestic and foreign visitors every year. The mighty thick castle walls, kilometers of views from the top of the castle and its varied history will not leave you indifferent during your visit. In it, you can see the exhibition and experience the Middle Ages while you are accompanied by a guide. Various cultural, musical and culinary events also take place at the castle.

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Church of Saint Egidius

In Osilnica valley, seven churches have been preserved from the past and each is something special. The oldest church is the Church of saint Egidius in Ribjek, whose main altar dates back to 1681.

The Church was built at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries. It is built in the Renaissance style. As the construction was gradual, the interior was mostly baroque. The main altar was built during the construction of the church, and the side altars were built later, in 1697. The exterior of the church is richly decorated with seven edges, painted window sills, consecrated crosses and the remains of frescoes. The fully preserved late Renaissance architecture is enriched with high-quality Early-Baroque furnishings such as Baroque altars, a pulpit and a painted wooden ceiling in the church nave. The church is also adorned with a bell tower on a horseshoe, which is covered with a shingled roof and is quite unusual for these places.

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The Krokar Virgin Forest

The Krokar virgin forest represents the beauty and intactness of the primal beech forests on the surface of over 75 hectares. It is a strict reservation, also part of the Natura 2000 area, and represents the ecosystem of a constantly changing balance between soil, climate and countless living organisms – from microscopic organisms to bears. Only the laws of nature apply here, so people consciously keep out. We can enter it only by looking at it from the Borovec natural trail. Krokar is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List with the forest reserve Snežnik-Ždročlje, which is testimony to its exceptional importance.

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Adrenaline Park: Peter Klepec

The adrenaline park is a polygon consisting of tall wooden elements – pillars, on which it is possible to do various exercises that can be overcome individually or in groups. It is a series of controlled individual or group challenges that can be used for recreational, study, development or therapeutic purposes…

a superb day of movement, full of adrenaline and fun

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The River Kolpa

The River Kolpa is a tourist destination in the far south-eastern part of Slovenia. This green beauty is comprised of a 113km-long strip of land which borders the Republic of Croatia. The river is one of the warmest and intact rivers in Slovenia. Passing along more than 50 ancient dams from Osilnica, Kostel, Kočevje, Črnomelj, Semič and Metlika, it is a magnificent location for a grand variety of activities and an unforgettable holiday. The river is particularly popular in the summer months, as the water’s temperature rises up to 30°C.

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