KOZJE DAYTRIP AROUND KOZJANSKO
Kozmus Beekeepers – Guided tour of Pilštanj – Kukovičičev mlin (mill) organic farm – Podsreda Castle – lunch at a tourist farm
Welcome to the heart of Kozjansko! During this specially crafted itinerary of the daytrip, which is ideal for groups, you will learn about beekeeping, the miller’s trade, the region’s rich history as well as the natural and cultural heritage of Kozjansko, and sample some of its mouth-watering specialties. Your trip will surely be something to remember.
Visit to the Kozmus Beekeeping Farm
The special importance of bees for the farm is confirmed at any given moment. You will be welcomed by Dr Peter Kozmus, Vice-President of the International Federation of Beekeeper’s Associations, whose profession it is to protect the Carniolan grey honeybee, and immediately grow to respect and love these very important tiny creatures, an endangered species subject to increasing threats. Dr Kozmus will show you around a beehive, present the role of a beekeeper, explain why bees are endangered and what all of us can do to ensure a better future for them. He knows the answers to your questions about bee products, beekeeping techniques, breeding of queen bees, etc. Your visit concludes with a tasting of several types of honey on spelt bread, both from the Kozmus farm. You may also purchase their homemade produce.
Guided tour of Pilštanj
A local tourist guide will show you around the market town. You will see the pillar of shame, old school with a museum classroom, the parish church with the fresco and statue of Slovenia’s only saint (Saint Hemma of Gurk), who was born at Pilštanj. You will also hear many interesting stories and find out why cornel is held in such high esteem at Pilštajn. You will learn lesson from the days of old at the museum classroom, sing Pilštajn’s anthem, the song ‘Water flows past Pilštanj’ and have a taste of the famous cornel berry liqueur.
Visit to the Kukovičičev mlin organic farm
The farm features a working water-powered mill. You will learn about and witness the entire process of grinding grains. To complement the visit, you will be served several types of bread with spreads and homemade fruit juice. The Kukovičičev mlin organic farm also sells a great variety of flour types, breads, infusions, herbs, jams, biscuits, fruits and vegetables.
Visit to the medieval Podsreda Castle
You will be welcomed by a local tourist guide, who will guide your through ‘the most castle-like of Slovenian castles’, where you will visit a few permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as the wedding ceremony hall, to name but a few sights. Podsreda Castle is one of the rare Romanesque-era cultural monuments that rose from a dilapidated state to its new role of enriching local cultural life.
Lunch at a tourist farm
To round off the daytrip, you will head on to one of the local tourist farms, where they will treat you with local culinary specialties and pamper you so much that you will love coming back to Kozjansko time and time again.