Natural Heritage

Lake Slivniško jezero

Near Gorica pri Slivnici, by the road to Podčetrtek there is lake, Slivniško jezero with an area of 84 hectares, or the Kozjansko Sea as it is jokingly called by many.  The lake is 5 km long and half a kilometre wide.  It was created in 1976 by damming the Dobrina and Ločnica streams. The eastern part of the ...

Descendant of the Old Vine

In front of the Ipavec House located at Ulica skladateljev Ipavcev 26, on a trellis grows a descendant of the oldest vine from Lent - “bleu de Cologne” (Modra kavčina).

Pagoda Tree at the Šentjur Railway Station

Railway traffic began running across the territory of present-day Slovenia on 2 June 1846. A railway line was constructed between Graz and Celje, one of the stages in the construction of the railway link between Vienna and Trieste.

Rifnik Garden

The Rifnik Garden of the Mauer family came into existence in 1989. The garden comprises collections of conifers, perennials, and trees. When planting the garden, the owners did not forget plants that grow in the shade and half shade such as the numerous varieties of scrubs, roskoas, podophylums and ...

Resevna Hill

According to legend, the Resevna Hill was once connected to the Rifnik by a stone bridge, which connected the Rifnik and Ploštajn Castles. The hill was named after blue heather that grows there. Today the Resevna Hill is a popular alpine point with a viewing tower and an alpine lodge, rich with forest ...

European Pasqueflower

The European pasqueflower has a silky velvet stalk and incredible purple flowers that attract the attention of every visitor.  For this reason, it is at serious risk of extermination.  It blooms in February, March or April – depending on the weather. Since the species is endangered, it is a protected ...

Chestnut Avenue in Ponikva

A double chestnut-lined avenue (Aesculus hippocastanum L.) once led to the former Mansion of Ponikva (Ponigl) and was an integral part of the castle garden from the second half of the 19th century. Today, only a short part of the avenue has been preserved. It consists of 33 trees, with the oldest trees ...

Mraz Witty Pear

The Mraz Witty Pear has reigned at the Žaler homestead for about 200 years and with its 18 m height and trunk thickness of 102 cm  when measured at chest level is a true sight. May it continue to gaze over the Kozjansko Hills and delight visitors with its beauty and magnificence for a long time. In 2011 the ...

Winter aconite

In the late winter as soon as the warmth of the sun melts the blanket of snow in the Bohor forests of Veliki Koprivnik and Veliki Javornik, the yellow flowers of the winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) pop out of the humus soil.     This perennial, whose peltate leaves with several notches shoot out of the ...