KOZJE EXPERIENCE SOTLA VALLEY AND KOZJANSKO
Podsreda castle – Haler brewery – Amon homestead with golf course and lunch – Olimje monastery – Olimje chocolate shop – Jelenov greben
If you wish to experience the full picturesque variety of the Sotla Valley and Kozjansko, take a trip that will lead your from the most castle-like castle via a micro brewery and a golf course to the monastery and nearby chocolate shop, ending up with an up-close meeting with deer. Unforgettable adventure is only a step away.
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.
Visit to the micro brewery and beer tasting at the Haler homestead
Surrounded by greenery, the beautiful Haler homestead has been brewing beer for over 20 years. They will proudly present their homebrewed light, dark and mixed beer or their refreshing shandy enriched with lime flavour. Anyone with a thirst for knowledge will delight in discovering the brewing process at the micro brewery enhanced with a tasting. The price includes 20 cl of beer and canapés with special ‘beer’ sausage.
Visit to the Amon homestead with its golf course and wine tasting with lunch
Without exception, the Amon family strives to offer the very best to its guest, be it wines, food, sporting activities or accommodation. In their midst, you will find peace and calm and take in pristine nature. You will marvel at the harmony of natural beauty and human endeavours that is the perfectly tended golf course with nine holes and have a go at the game of golf. All of your senses will be pampered when you set off on a culinary journey to the Amon homestead, where you will be served lunch and taste premium Amon wines.
Reception with Friar’s drops and visit to the Olimje Friars Minor Conventual Monastery
In the foothills of Mount Rudnica, in the small village of Olimje lies the famous Olimje Friars Minor Conventual Monastery. This former splendid castle, once owned by the Counts of Attems is now a monastery, home to Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual. You will also visit the magnificent Church of the Assumption, one of our country’s most beautiful baroque buildings, adjacent to the monastery. Hidden in the monastery is a priceless work of art – the old monastic pharmacy adorned by frescoes. The visit includes the presentation of the gardens containing over 200 species of medicinal plants and a stop at the shop selling herbal remedies, where you will sample the so-called Friar’s drops.
Visit to the Olimje chocolate shop
The Olimje chocolate shop is a family-run company that brought back to life the tradition of its forefathers, who made chocolate in Vienna before the onset of the First World War. Today, they offer a wide array of handmade chocolates. From chocolate figurines to truffles, from chocolate bars to dragées to various selected chocolates, you will be hard pressed to find your favourite product. You will be able to witness how chocolates are made and also purchase handmade truffles.
Feeding the deer – an unforgettable experience
A unique feature of the foothills of Olimska gora, the location of the Jelenov greben (‘deer ridge’) homestead, is a heard of some 100 deer and moufflons, who roam around freely. You may feed them corn and see them from up close. It is certainly not possible to be in such genuine contact with the animals ever day, therefore everyone, especially children, will cherish the lasting memory of the experience. At the homestead, you will be welcomed by its kind hosts , who will share with you a few interesting bits from the farm’s history. The visit concludes with a tasting of homemade produce at the shop with a possibility to buy some to take home with you.