Top 10 Things to do in Lower Carniola Region, Slovenia

November 29, 2017 Harland Bartelt

Discover the best top things to do in Lower Carniola Region, Slovenia including Skocjanske Jame, Grajski Park Otocec, Terme Catez, The Posavje museum Brezice, Terme, Bozidar Jakac Art Museum, Dolenjske Toplice, Bogensperk Castle, Open Air Museum Pleterje, Catez ob Savi Tourist Information Centre.
Restaurants in Lower Carniola Region

1. Skocjanske Jame

Matavun 12, Skocjan 6215, Slovenia +386 5 708 21 10
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 111 reviews

Skocjanske Jame

Reviewed By mandragora13

We enjoyed this place very much! Not so turistic, so overcrowded such Postojna jama. Look like cave from some fantasy, Lord of the rings, dwarfs cave maybe. We had super guide, he was very clever, funny and his strong Slovenia accent was unforgetable:-) Realy recommend this place, for me it was much more beautiful and pleasant than Postojna.

2. Grajski Park Otocec

Grajska cesta 2, Otocec, Novo Mesto 8222, Slovenia +386 7 364 86 05
Excellent
86%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 38 reviews

Grajski Park Otocec

Reviewed By Miha P - Maribor, Slovenia

Otočec means and is little island. This island is in the middle of river Krka. Connections to the island are two wooden Bridges. One is under reconstruction in March 2017. Park is opportunity. Owners can do much more from it. Meadow is a place for spring flowers, terraces need to have connections to the paths, boats can be prepared and parking area smaller and with less asphalt. There is still place for another sculpture or two. Castle is a crown in the middle.

3. Terme Catez

Catez, Catez, Slovenia +386 7 493 67 00
Excellent
24%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
8%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 544 reviews

Terme Catez

Reviewed By judy e - Tel Aviv, Israel

Great water attractions, we loved the pool with waves, and other special pools.
the great weakness: very bad service.
The park where there are many pools offers no benches or Seating apart from deckchairs you can rent. However, the complex is very spread out , so walking from one attraction to another one still needs to sit a while somewhere, and there is no where to sit. This problem doesn't exist in the indoor pools as it is built differently .
The wi fi in the house didn't work, the sole airconditioner is insufficient, the reception office made mistake after mistake in the paper work and even gave us a key and sent us, on arrival , to a house that was already occupied.
We took a lux house, that has 2 bedrooms that are upstairs but the bathroom and toilet are downstairs, and the narrow stairs make this a real inconvenience. It is also too difficult to carry suitcases up these stairs to the bedrooms so we left them downstairs in the living room. We booked for 7 days but left a day early, though actually we tried to find a room and leave 2 days early. the heat was unbearable .

4. The Posavje museum Brezice

Cesta prvih borcev 1 | Brežice Castle, Brezice 8250, Slovenia +386 7 466 05 17
Excellent
52%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

The Posavje museum Brezice

Brezice Castle: •On a slope on the left bank of the River Sava •The original castle of the Salzburgers •By the castle is the town Brezice - on the breg - meaning on the >>riverbank<< •In 1528 the Habsburg monarch approved new construction of the castle •In 1548 the reconstruction of the circumference was concluded (architects: J. Dispatio, later A. and D. del'Allio) •In 1601, when the castle was in the hands of F. G. Gallenstein, the construction was accomplished •Most of the 17th century the castle was owned by the Frankopan family •In the 18th century the Attems family changed the castle into a residence with a Baroque knights' hall, staircase and the chapel (painters: F. K. Remb, J. C. Waginger and F. I. Flurer) •Since June 26th, 1949 the castle has been the home of the Posavje Museum Brezice The Posavje Museum Brezice: •A place where tribes, families and generations of the Posavje plains and hills meet •Where lifestyles of the Posavje inhabitants and newcomers are knitted into a display of rich cultural heritage •Where the museum exhibits tell real stories about people, work, holidays, art, war and peace •Where Exhibitions, lectures, workshops, presentations, lessons, fairs, Concerts, Literary evenings and weddings are held •Where we learn from the past how to be more skilful and brave in the future •Where we are always welcome so we like coming back OPENING HOURS WINTER (November-March) -Tuesday to Saturday: 8.00-16.00 -Sundays and holidays: 13.00-16.00 SPRING AND AUTUMN (April-June, September-October) -Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00-18.00 -Sundays and holidays: 14.00-18.00 SUMMER (July-August) -Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00-20.00 -Sundays and holidays: 14.00-20.00 *We will not be angry if you come on Monday but the service could not be as good as on other days of the week. The museum is closed on Mondays,, 1. 1., 1. 11., 24., 25. and 31. 12. On prior arrangements (at least 48 hours before the arrival), organized tours are possible outside opening hours as well. The last entry is half an hour before the end of opening hours. ADMISSION Individuals: Adults 3€ Pensioners, students, secondary school students (with evidence) and pupils 2 € Families 6 € Organized groups over 10 people: Adults 2,5 € Pensioners, students, secondary school students (with evidence) and pupils 1,5 € Pedagogic programmes 1 € Admission free have pre-school children, the disabled, the unemployed, members of the Slovenian Museum Society and ICOM and other professional associations related to museum activities, tourist guides and escorts groups, persons with disabilities and journalists (with evidence). Admission free days: 8th February (Slovenian cultural holiday), 18th May (international museum day), summer museum night, 26th June (The Posavje Museum day), 3rd December (Ta veseli dan kulture - doors open day) and other dates published on boards.

Reviewed By Miha P - Maribor, Slovenia

Brežice Renaissance castle is a nice local museum with even too many different collections of their history, local paintings and with really excellent big hall with Baroque frescoes. You can skip some collections but the hall is a must. When a visitor is tired after visit he needs to go the town to rest and to drink a cup of coffee

5. Terme

Smarjeske Toplice, Smarjeske Toplice, Slovenia +386 820 50300
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Terme

Reviewed By LondonHedonist - London

Visited whilst staying at sister hotel Castle Otocec. Although they are related and booked treatments for us and there is free entry no-one told us that they don't supply towels (even though there was a large stack on view). Indoor pools full of children, floors very slippery. But the outdoor pool was nice and there is a little café right by it. Just a shame about having no towel! The woodland setting is lovely.
Had a pain relief mud wrap massage which was excellent.

6. Bozi Dar Jakac Art Museum

Grajska cesta 45, Kostanjevica na Krki 8311, Slovenia +386 7 498 81 40
Excellent
67%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Bozi Dar Jakac Art Museum

Reviewed By Miha P - Maribor, Slovenia

Old Cistercian monastery has really very vivid gallery with nice permanent exhibition and several new presentations. You have long but interesting walk from the parking lot to the first building of the gallery. You will walk between trees and wooden sculptures. After, you have s steep staircase to first and second floor with two parts of new exhibition. First one is little mono presentation of August Černigoj and his study at Bauhaus in Germany. Second part of the presentation is collection of letters and other gifts to Marie Luise Betlheim a friend of a Hungarian architect Farkas Molnar and some other artists, as Paul Klee. You can look at paintings and drawings, prints and photos from the first quarter of 20. Century. You need to pay small entrance fee (4 €).

7. Dolenjske Toplice

Zdravilishki trg 7 | Hotel Balnea Superior, Dolenjske Toplice 8350, Slovenia +386 820 50310
Excellent
45%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Dolenjske Toplice

Reviewed By livingdolcevita - Victoria, Canada

This is a fabulous spa facility thermal hotspring! I tried many around Zagreb but this one is worth writing about. It's nestled in a very small town of less than 1000 where this is the reason to come. It's a lovely town for strolling and having lunch or dinner and spending a day at the Hot Springs. There are several pools and a tunnel to swim to the outdoor pool. Lots of lounge chairs inside and out if you tire of the water. There is also a private nudist area. The spa is very nice, while I have only had the massage they do offer facials and some other services. There is a sauna area with 4 types of saunas, a 40 degree Japanese pool and a whirlpool. When you pay to use the sauna you get a towel and bathing suits are NOT allowed, birthday suits only. I myself keep my towel on in the dry sauna but if you go into the Japanese pool or whirlpool obviously you must be naked. When you enter the sauna area, there are lockers to leave your bathing suit or they can just be hung on the towel racks. This is a great spot for anyone, couples, families, seniors. I just discovered this in the fall and am looking forward to going there in the summer time. There is a very nice, and pricey, restaurant within walking distance once you have parked at the Hot Springs. It's called Ostarija and then driving distance there is a great family restaurant with fabulous pizza called Gostilna Kolar.

8. Bogensperk Castle

Bogenshperk 5 | Smartno pri Litiji, Litija 1275, Slovenia +386 1 898 76 64
Excellent
62%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Bogensperk Castle

The Renaissance Bogenšperk Castle was built at the beginning of the sixteenth century by the Wagen family - who gave the castle its name - Wagensperg. The castle changed several owners before it was bought by Janez Vajkard Valvasor and his wife. Valvasor gradually turned the castle into a cultural and science centre boasting a print studio and a rich library. This golden period lasted until 1692.Bogenšperk castle is today a major Slovenian cultural landmark, with a museum based on the life and work of Janez Vajkard Valvasor. One can take a stroll trough the castle park, opt for a exercise on the castle track or enjoy at the castle inn Krčma.

Reviewed By BloomfieldTripper - Bath, Somerset

This features prominently in some travel guides, but appears not to get that many visitors. Nevertheless, it is well worth seeking out and visiting.
A Renaissance castle built in the early 16th century, it contains a series of themed rooms on several floors: copper engraving & printing; folk costumes; former library; local history; natural history, etc.
There may be guided tours at certain times, but we wandered around ourselves to be amazed by the different rooms and display areas.
Small gift/souvenir shop. No refreshments when we visited. Free parking.
Recommended.

9. Open Air Museum Pleterje

Drcha 1, Sentjernej 8310, Slovenia +386 7 308 10 50
Excellent
49%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Open Air Museum Pleterje

Reviewed By Mags - Nontron, France

We first visited this authentic museum in 2005. It consists of original farm buildings from the Dolenjske region these have been transplanted from many places in the area. It is tended lovingly by Simon who has been passion about it since he first came there 17 years ago. We visited it again this year and are delighted to see it is still in a pristine condition, with some of the thatched roofs newly replaced.
There is a small house which is exactly like it would have been when first constructed many years ago. There is a big heating stove which shares the heating as well as cooking. The smoke goes up into the loft where food would have been smoked for the long cold winter.
Simon offers you some wine which is made by the monks at the monastery next door. He has a small gift shop selling traditional Slovenian handicrafts. Sometimes events are held which show local crafts such as bread making, pottery etc. Visitors are invited to take part in the crafts making.
It's only a small place but well worth popping into for an hour or so and chatting to Simon who is so enthusiastic about the museum and its history.

10. Catez ob Savi Tourist Information Centre

Toploska cesta 35, Catez ob Savi 8251, Slovenia +386 7 620 70 35
Excellent
45%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

Catez ob Savi Tourist Information Centre

In addition to providing information, the Catez ob Savi Tourist Information Centre offers a wide variety of free tourist publications presenting local attractions, events and organized tourist packages for an unforgettable experience. Our offer includes a variety of tourist publications and books on Brezice, postcards, T-shirts with motifs of Brezice and typical souvenirs.

Reviewed By Tamara D - Belgrade, Serbia

Pools in Terme Catez are really perferct! This is what I can say for hotels, too and for the service. But, if you expect anything more, like great and wild night life, this is not a place for you. Perfect for families with small kids or for couples on the beginning of the relationship.

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