A landscape so rich - with water resources, animal species, forests, fields and vineyards. Named even the most beautiful in Europe and protected by UNESCO. It hides thousands of excursion opportunities that will delight all generations. You can be active, casual or cultural. You can taste the flavours of local wines and excellent home-cooked dishes. You can discover the legends of counts and bandits there. You can climb a hill or even a tower. And you can just sit and enjoy the moment while listening to the sounds of nature while lazily chewing a grass stem from the nearby meadow.
Where you breathe in the fresh air, feel the purity of nature that surrounds you and discover the rich cultural heritage giggling from around the corners and curves. You can walk on foot or explore the horizons with bikes. You can choose from forest paths winding under the shadows of mighty canopies, or paths that guide you from story to story – from the lovelorn Counts and the mischief of the bandit Guzaj to passionate winemakers and chocolatiers.
Can you imagine that our small village in the heart of our small Slovenia is the most beautiful village in Europe? Yes, you can. It received the golden award at the International Competition Entente Florale, where they place healthy social and cultural development at the forefront, thus promoting gardening, tourism and a landscaped environment.
In Kozjansko we have more than 2000 wine producers. Each of them is of the same opinion: "There is never so much wine that you can't drink it on your own, but also never too little to treat you with it." Hospitality awaits you at the entrance, and health and tradition, of course, come from the barrel.
A village specialty and the heart of Olimje cultural heritage once a castle, but today a functioning monastery, spreads out of the grip of the surrounding trees in a gray and white patterned cover. The outdoor herb garden is still the main source of medicines offered by the working Old Pharmacy inside the castle.
The unspoiled nature and its colourful diversity, over 120 different bird species, numerous plant rarities and rich cultural heritage have brought the valley of Kozjansko and Obsotelje to the UNESCO International Network of Biosphere Areas – this is one of the oldest and largest protected areas in our country.
Everywhere around, from restaurants and surrounding houses, it smells like home-made delicacies prepared according to the recipes of folk traditions, which have been passed down from generation to generation for years, waiting to enchant as many curious stomachs with their taste. There are many only waiting to be explored.
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