The Krka Valley is not the best-known part of the Celje region in Slovenia, but it still has a lot to offer. It is one of the most attractive destinations in Slovenia in terms of natural beauty, outdoor activities, historical and cultural attractions such as spas, wine and food specialties.
The source of the river Krka to the southeast is only 30 km from Ljubljana. From here it continues east towards the Croatian border and flows into the Sava River at Novo Mesto. Along the way, you will pass many attractions such as the Pleterje Monastery, the Otočec Castle and the town of Kostanjevica na Krki on the islands in the middle of the river.
Further east, the historic town of Brežice, the castle in Mokrice, and several spas await us, including the largest in the country Čatež and the most elegant Dolenjske Toplice.
To the east, stretching from the centre of Podsreda to Bizelsko and the Croatian border, lies the Kozjansko Park, one of the largest wine-producing regions, a member of the Bizeljsko Wine Route.
In the northern part of the country, halfway between Ljubljana and Maribor, lies the third largest Slovenian town, Celje, which boasts a beautiful old town and spectacular mountains around it.
To the south and east, you find more spa towns such as Rimsko Toplice and Laško. However, many know more about Lasko's beer than its spas.
Top 10 attractions in the Krka Valley area:
#1 Kayaking on the river Krka
The stunningly beautiful river meanders 30 km southeast of the capital and gives you the opportunity to try out kayaking, mainly around the town of Krka, near the source of the river.
#2 Podsreda Castle
Built in the 12th century, the castle is located in Kozjansko Park. It is one of the most beautiful examples of Slovenian Romanesque architecture.
#3 Walks in Kozjansko Park
The length of the hiking trails in the park varies from 2 to 32 km. They lead to cultural and natural attractions and are equipped with several information stations.
#4 Tasting of Slivovica (Plum Brandy)
To taste this miracle drink, visit the Pleterje Monastery. Founded in 1407, this monastery is located at the foot of the Gorjanci Mountains, east of the Novo Mesto.
#5 Otocec Castle Hotel
It is worth spending a night but also seeing this former castle building, which is located on the island of the river Krka, east of the Novo Mesto.
#6 The spa centre of Slovenia
There are 6 of the 15 certified spas in Slovenia in this region. One of the best known is the Čatez & Šmarješke Toplice Spa. The selection is so wide that everyone will find what suits their needs in it.
#7 Brezice Castle
Frescoes in the royal hall
Brezice is a charming small medieval town near the confluence of the rivers Sava and Krka. Here is the castle, whose Royal Hall is the venue for the Sevigc Early Baroque and Renaissance Music Festival.
#8 The best wine-producing region in Slovenia
The excellent sparkling wines of Istenič, the “Modra frankinja”, ie the blue wines of the Blue Franconian, the Bizeljsko area and the cviček wine from the Dolenjska region, make this region famous far and wide. Tasting can be a rewarding program for those who are familiar with wines and those who only like wines.
#9 Kostanjevica na Krki
The beautiful 13th-century town invites you to look out for a pleasant walk. Its location is already magical, as it is located on an island in the middle of the river Krka. In the Kostanjevica Monastery, you can also see the gallery of Božidar Jakac.
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