Five hiking sections in the south east of Slovenia, Dolenjska (Lower Carniola)
Getting there: coming from the north (Austria) by the Karawanken-tunnel, the lakes near Bled are beautiful, you still can see the great mountains of Austria and Slovenia, but Slovenia has, further on in the south, other beautiful hiking areas. We decided not to do the great (awe) hikes in those mountains, but to explore the countryside in this new country (since 1991). South East from the capital Ljubljana. The Dolenjska region.
Doljenska, part of the former duchy Krain (Carniola). For a long time it was a crown-country of the Hungarian-Austrian empire. Empress Sissi, you remember?
Accommodation: “Zimmer frei”, B&B, private pensions. Once we had a problem in finding a place to sleep, but with help from the local ex-postman in Videm, who makes his loft available, that problem also was solved.
Maps: we bought local maps in the cities we stayed. The trails were well marked and maintained. Or try Kompass-maps on the internet.
Easter 1996: a round-walk through a typical middle-European countryside in the south-east of Slovenia, near Sevnica and Grosuplje. A sloping landscape with farms and little villages, estates, woods, rivers, creeks. Beautiful paths between the villages.
Height on trail: 500-700m.
Distance between the stage cities: about 20 km.
Day 1: Grosuplje - Videm (Dobrepolje)
Day 2: Videm - Stavča Vas ( near Dvor)
Day 3: Stavča Vas - Novo Mesto
Day 4: Novo Mesto - Smarješke Toplice
Day 5: Smarješke Toplice - Grosuplje (first kilometers by train )
On trail: friendly people, hospitable, hills with vineyards, wine cellars to try the local wine, valleys in silence, health resorts in Smarjeske Toplice (for those who have time………). ,a friendly landscape. In the valley of the River Krka, many ancient castles can be found, most of which are now ruins.
The beautiful old town centre of Novo Mesto
The quirky Slovenian wine called Cviček is produced here.
On your way home you can visit the capital: Ljubljana. The castle above the city or the City Museum ( Mestni muzej Ljubljana) .
Or stay a day in Novo Mesto on the Krka river, a beautiful city.
Below a video about the hiking area: