Water adventures
Boating

You can experience the traditional life of boatmen while riding in a traditional oak boat.
Contact: 031 882 822; 030 767 686

Difficulty:
Easy
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Standup paddleboarding

Go for a SUPer trip around the town on the island, catch some sunrays and indulge in breathtaking views of wooden bridges, swans and the green Krka. During your trip stop to have an ice cream, lunch or a drink. You can rent sups from the SUP Landestrost.

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Fishing

On the Krka we mostly recommend sports fishing of pike, catfish and zander. The Krka’s tributaries, Studena and Obrh, are inhabited by trout, chub, common bleak and common nase. The stream Sušica is frequented by grayling, river trout and huchen.

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The Gorjanci are interlaced with numerous trails inviting you to discover them.
Hiking
Ressel trail through the Krakovo forest

The Krakovo forest is Slovenia’s largest lowland forest, spreading out on the floodplain of lower reaches of the Krka river. In terms of nature conservation, it represents one of the most important wetlands in Slovenia. The starting point of the trail is the information board next to the sculpture of a propeller by Žolnir Inn. The trail leads from Kostanjevica na Krki into the Krakovo forest, past Trstenik wetland to the edge of primeval forest reserve. This circular trail is named after Josef Ressel (inventor of the ship propeller), who lived and worked in and around Kostanjevica na Krki. On the way back you pass Cvelbar oak, the second thickest English oak in Slovenia. The trail ends at Žolnir Inn, where it started. It is advisable to hire a guide to visit the Krakovo forest.

Difficulty:
Easy
Length:
8 km
Duration:
2,5 h
Ascent:
93 m
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Uskok trail

The starting point is at the church of St. Mohor and Fortunat in Črneča vas. The Uskok-themed trail is a story of the border which divides and connects at the same time. It follows the footsteps of the Uskok people in a peripheral, little-known landscape, where complex history meets the magic of the Gorjanci. This circular path is distinctly panoramic in nature; karst relief offers wonderful views of Kostanjevica na Krki with the Božidar Jakac Art Museum on one side and untameable nature on the other. In Črneča vas you can climb to the top of the Watchtower’s bell tower and pick forest fruits on the forest-covered ridges through different seasons. Along the way you can make a toast with a glass of Modra frankinja or Cviček. For a guided tour call 031 613 519 (Jana).

Difficulty:
Medium
Length:
7,1 km
Duration:
2.5 h
Ascent:
376 m
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Cviček trail

Kostanjevica na Krki is known as the cradle of organized growing and production of Cviček wine variety. Experience this Dolenjska wine speciality, authentic homeliness of vineyard cottages and hospitality of local winemakers. You will be accompanied by idyllic views of vineyards, the Gorjanci range and a picturesque town on the island. In Črneča vas you can see the Watchtower and observe typical karst landscape. The path will lead you past smaller and larger vineyards producing excellent wines. Beside the Dolenjska champion, Cviček, you will get acquainted with Modra frankinja and other varietal wines.

Difficulty:
Medium
Length:
6,9 km
Duration:
3 h
Ascent:
391 m
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Castle trail

The trail starts on the island by the well. It’s a short, easy path, suitable also for people with disabilities or for families with strollers. Offering a view of the Gorjanci, it first takes you over the south and then over the Studena bridge, then you turn left at the Jože Gorjup Primary School and continue in the direction of Kostanjevica Cave. After 500 metres turn right, go over a small wooden bridge leading to a macadam road (it leads directly to Kostanjevica Cave). The view reaches the Božidar Jakac Art Museum and Forma Viva park of wooden sculptures, which are within one kilometre walk. Take the main asphalt road to return to the starting point.

Difficulty:
Easy
Length:
4,5 km
Duration:
1 h
Ascent:
20 m
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Trail to Kičer

The hiking trail to Kičer begins at Kostanjevica Cave. Signposts show you the way along a forest path to the village of Dolšce, where you follow the asphalt road for a few hundred metres, until you notice the sign that directs you back to the forest. Follow the ascending forest track until you reach the left turning to Kičer. Below the top there is a large cross bearing the box with a registry book. It is a really nice vantage point overlooking the surrounding villages, vineyards and Kostanjevica na Krki. From here continue your circular way to the hunters’ shelter, where you take the mountain hiking trail on the right, which quickly takes you to the crossroads leading to the top of Kičer. You return to the starting point along the same way.

Difficulty:
Medium
Length:
7 km
Duration:
2 h
Ascent:
450 m
Loop trail to Štembuh

It starts at the Božidar Jakac Art Museum in Kostanjevica na Krki and takes you to the end point at Mirčev križ or to a mountain shelter where the box with the stamp is too. You can get there via two trails, converging at the chapel at Mirčev križ. If you go left, you pass the village of Orehovec where the blazes direct you to a cart track leading to Štembuh mountain shelter and ahead to Mirčev križ. The other option is to go ahead at the signpost at the Božidar Jakac Art Museum, through the villages Grič, Podstrm, to the church in Male Vodenice and further up the slope along the marked mountain trail to the chapel at Mirčev križ. Both paths converge here. For hiking uphill we recommend the left variety through Orehovec and the for the return the right variety through Male Vodenice, making a loop. The path offers panoramic views of Kostanjevica na Krki and its surroundings. At the church in Male Vodenice you get a nice view of a former Cistercian monastery. During the hike you can observe the diverse flora and fauna of the Gorjanci.

Difficulty:
Medium
Length:
12 km
Duration:
3-4 h
Ascent:
626 m
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The Way of St. James (Jakobova pot)

The Way of St. James or El Camino de Santiago is a common name for several pilgrim routes that led to the shrine of St. James the Great in the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Next to Rome and Jerusalem, it was the largest Christian pilgrim shrine. The Dolenjska route of the Way leads through Slovenska vas, past Kostanjevica na Krki, Novo mesto, Stična, Ljubljana, across Kras to Trieste and further in the direction of Spain. The Dolenjska route is about 158 km long. The first stage finishes at the church of St. James (Sv. Jakob) in the smallest Slovenian town, Kostanjevica na Krki. An interesting detail is the St. James’ shell, the symbol of St. James, hollowed in the stone on the entrance step of the church of St. Mary in Male Vodenice.

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E7 European long distance path

It enters our country from Italy at a disused Robič International border crossing. The trail leads to Kobarid, Škofja Loka nad Vrhnika, all the way to the village of Krka, through Dolenjske Toplice to Gospodična (822 m) on the Gorjanci and next, past Pleterje Monastery to Kostanjevica na Krki. You can admire the rolling and picturesque Gorjanci hills along the way. All culture lovers can take the tours of Pleterje Charterhouse and a former Cistercian monastery that houses the Božidar Jakac Art Museum, and pay a visit to the old town centre of Kostanjevica na Krki. The trail continues in the direction of Krško, crossing the Krakovo forest and lowland Krško field.

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Varied terrain of the Gorjanci offers biking trails of various difficulty levels. Go for a ride among hills, vineyards, plains and wooden bridges.
Biking
Trdinova pot trail

The longest and at the same time the most demanding biking trail leads along the edges of the Krakovo forest and past the Cvelbar oak in Malence. The trail continues to Šentjernej and Pleterje Monastery, and from there along the macadam road to Mirčev križ and Črneča vas, where you can see the Watchtower. Next you ride through Vrbje, Vrtača and Prušnja vas. In Planina v Podbočju you can have a snack at Stipič tourist farm. Above it you reach the highest point of the trail and after you turned to the east, start a long descent toward wine-growing hills in Gadova peč, where you join the riverside biking trail past Bušeča vas, Dobrava and Podbočje back to the starting point.

Difficulty:
Heavy
Length:
64,5 km
Duration:
6 h
Ascent:
1633 m
Highest altitude:
790 m
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Cvičkova pot trail

Moderately difficult trail, equipped with signposts, leads from Kostanjevica na Krki to the church of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Slinovce. Riding among the picturesque wine-growing hills, vineyard cottages and wine storage sheds, you reach Gadova peč – the cradle of excellent Dolenjska wines. Magnificent views of the Krško field, Bohor and Brežice plain open up. From Klunove Toplice spa in Bušeča vas you are riding back to the starting point through lowlands, along the right embankment of the Krka, past Dobrava, Podbočje and Slivje. Do not forget to check the invigorating effects of Dolenjska wine champion – Cviček, with protected geographic origin, which you can taste in one of the local restaurants or in an authentic setting of a wine cellar at a local winemaker.

Difficulty:
Medium
Length:
29 km
Duration:
2,5 h
Ascent:
653 m
Highest altitude:
335 m
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Panorama trail

This is a shorter biking trail equipped with signposts, leading past Jože Gorjup Primary School in the direction of Kostanjevica Cave and then along the macadam road past the Božidar Jakac Art Museum. A climb to Male Vodenice comes next, and before you reach the church, the trail turns left toward the valley. The descent leads us to the settlement Grič and past Orehovec to Dolšce. Enjoying the panoramic views, we descend past Avguštine, Jablance and Slinovce to our starting point.

Difficulty:
Medium
Length:
16,1 km
Duration:
1,5 h
Ascent:
387 m
Highest altitude:
354 m
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The Krka river bridges

For the entire Dolenjska-Posavje and lower Krka regions, including Kostanjevica na Krki with surrounding settlements, wooden bridges are a characteristic symbol that connects people and places. Bike loop takes you from »the smallest town on the island« through six wooden bridges past Podbočje, Gazice, Cerklje near Brežice, Boršt, Bušeča vas and Krška vas. Undemanding and extremely picturesque loop trail along the banks of the Krka will enchant you in all seasons. The trail is marked with signposts.

Difficulty:
Easy
Length:
40 km
Duration:
2,5 h
Ascent:
306 m
Highest altitude:
211 m
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Gorjanci trail

This moderately demanding mountain bike trail leads past the Božidar Jakac Art Museum and in an easier climb along the asphalt road takes you to Male Vodenice. At the crossroads at the end of the village follow the signposts to Mirčev križ, then turn left on the mountain trail leading to mountain shelter Štembuh (stamp). In the embrace of Gorjanci forests you can enjoy panoramic views of the Krško field, which, under good visibility conditions, extend all the way to the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. In Črneča vas it is possible to visit the mighty anti-Turkish defensive Watchtower, where photographs showing how people used to live in the surrounding villages are exhibited. The loop ends with a panoramic ride among the wine-growing hills, which takes you back to the starting point.

Difficulty:
Medium
Length:
27,5 km
Duration:
3 h
Ascent:
989 m
Highest altitude:
803 m
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Around Kostanjevica

An easier biking loop trail with a few short climbs takes you around Kostanjevica na Krki via remote trails, macadam and asphalt roads and offers plenty of beautiful views. It takes you to the heart of the Zaboršt forest and up the marked forest path, overlooking the Kostanjevica na Krki. Continue through villages Grič and Orehovec to Kostanjevica Cave, where another climb takes you along wine roads to Slinovce. From here, you take the main road back to the old town centre of Kostanjevica na Krki.

Difficulty:
Easy
Length:
14,4 km
Duration:
1 h
Ascent:
258 m
Highest altitude:
233 m
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Mountain bike trail

The trail leads you partly along asphalt and partly along macadam roads past the Božidar Jakac Art Museum to Orehovec. There you start your climb along the macadam road toward the village Oštrc. Turn right at the village lime tree and follow the macadam road to the Gorjanci. A 6-kilometre climb leads you through the forest up the slope of the Kičer hill, and the descent takes you to the village Črešnjevec. Continue along the cart track to Oštrc, descend along the hiking and biking trail to Kostanjevica Cave, from where you return back to the town on the island.

Difficulty:
Heavy
Length:
19,1 km
Duration:
2,5 h
Ascent:
558 m
Highest altitude:
638 m
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Slovenian Mountain Bike Route

This is a 1,800-kilometre circular route which connects highland parts of Slovenia. In the Dolenjska region the route passes through hilly Gorjanci range along the border with Croatia. From Trdinov vrh, which offers magnificent views, descend to Polom, Oštrc and Črneča vas, following paths and macadam forest paths, in some places asphalt roads, too. The panoramic landscape encompasses forest-covered parts of the Gorjanci, wine-growing hills and typical highland karst landscape. From Črneča vas, where you can visit the Watchtower, the trail leads through Planina v Podbočju, Gadova peč and Brežice. The route is marked with mountain bike identification signs in blue and white colours.

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