If you are planning to travel to Slovenia, you must already know that Slovenia is a pretty small country. Nevertheless, it is sometimes hard for us to admit, that there are still lots of places, which we have not visited yet, even though we live here.
A week ago, we visited Ribniško Pohorje for the very first time and we were blown away for its beauty. If you like nature, peace and quiet, you should consider visiting Ribniško Pohorje when traveling around Slovenia. But these are not the only reasons, why this little known place will charm you:
While exploring Ribniško Pohorje, we stayed in apartment Breza. We have to admit, we did not expect such a beautiful place and when we saw our new home for the weekend, we were blown away… The apartment was enormous, having a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, beautifully decorated kitchen with modern appliances and quality cutlery, LCD TV, one extra bathroom and toilet, fire place… Just amazing!
There are different apartments available and some are also good for bigger families/groups. If you don’t feel like cooking, there’s also Breza restaurant available, which can serve you breakfast, half board or full board. If nature is not enough to relax you, you can also visit wellness with 4 different saunas, massage pool and ice cave.
Unlimited hiking trails
Ribniško Pohorje is a real paradise for hikers, so taking our hiking boots were a must for us. No matter if you are in top shape or not, you can always find some trails good for your fitness level.
The best starting point for hiking is Ribniška Koča (Cottage), which you can reach by car as well. One of our favorite places was Ribniško Lake – such a beautiful place. It was so peaceful there we just sat and enjoyed doing nothing. Perfect!
Ribniško Pohorje, being a great place for hiking, also means, it is a great place for stunning views. The only advice we can give you when there is, to take time and enjoy them.
Lots of cycling paths
If you are a cyclist you will enjoy the diverse cycling paths at Ribniško Pohorje. There are paths with tarmac and some with gravel, so you always have options to choose from. Just be aware that most roads include steep climbs, so it will be much easier to be in shape for cycling there.
Local food and products
One of our favorite things when exploring a new destination is to be able to find local food easily. Great things about hiking in Slovenia are its cottages, serving homemade food, typical for the place. Make sure to try mushroom soup with buckwheat žganci. Don’t even forget on blueberry strudel.
Lots of activities for young and old
The best starting point to explore Ribniško Pohorje is a small vilage of Ribnica na Pohorju. There are only few kilometers to all the attractions and exceptional spots. If you are not keen of hiking or cycling, we have good news – you will be able to do so much more at Ribniško Pohorje.
Just steps from the apartment houses you will find beach volleyball, football and basketball court and in the winter ski slopes too (including night skiing). But that is not all – if you are traveling with kids, you might also like the following:
- Farm of Aunty Lena (Coordinates: 46.23.02.4 / 015.15.56.3)
If you are traveling to Ribniško Pohorje with kids, you just have to visit Aunty Lena’s farm. Your kids will be able to get to know daily life on the farm and even be introduce to some fun activities/work like picking up apples, raking grass etc… Kids will get to know different flowers and herbs growing on meadows, meet the animals…
Even without kids, coming to the farm can be fun and educational. You can even book a workshop learning to do homemade soaps and jams.
The guided tours and workshops can be done in English, German and Croatian. Visiting the farm with the guided tour will cost you 5€/adults and 3€/kids. The works shops last for 2-3 hours and cost 10€/pp. You need to book the visits and workshops in advance (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Blacksmith’s workshop (18.104.22.168 / 015.19.16.2)
If you are interested in cultural heritage you will find the blacksmith’s workshop worth your time. The workshop was renovated 3 years ago, but 200 years ago, it was a necessary place for the locals.
Visiting the blacksmith’s workshop you will get to know all about work and life at blacksmithery. The guided tour is possible in English and German and costs 3,50€/pp. You can also add a typical blacksmith lunch for 17€ (food can be adjusted for vegans, vegetarians, etc). Booking in advance is recommended at email@example.com.
If you just cannot leave the place and want a real blacksmith experience, you can also stay overnight in a vintage style dormitory.
- Radlje ob Dravi Aquapark (Coordinates: 22.214.171.124 / 015.12.08.3)
Radlje ob Dravi got its first aquapark in 2015, what now makes Ribniško Pohorje a great summer destination too. Can there be anything better than joining hiking, cycling and relaxing in a pool?
- Janževski vrh viewing point (Coordinates: 46.34.07.7 / 015.18.13.5)
Ribniško Pohorje has loads of viewing points and one of them is also the one at Janževski Vrh. You can reach it by foot, by bike or by car. There is a cottage up there, but it is only open for weekends and serving drinks only.
- St. Anton church (Coordinates: 126.96.36.199 / 015.12.11.6)
The church stands in the middle of hills and offers beautiful views around it. If the day is clear, you can see all the way to Austria.
- Tree-lined road (Coordinates: 46.32.02.6 / 015.17.24.5)
This tree-line road is 80 years old and is about 150 meters long. It might not be extremely interesting, but it is a nice photography motive.
Friendly local people
This might be the last reason, but for us, one of the most important one, when exploring new places. In most cases people are the one, who can make the place warm and unforgettable.
It is so beautiful to explore your own country and finding out how rich it is. No matter how many countries we have been or maybe exactly because of it, we can proudly say, we really live in a country worth exploring. If you have never been to Slovenia, don’t wait too long to experience the uniqueness and diversity; Ribniško Pohorje will offer this and much more.
Travel tip: Ribniško Pohorje is a bit hard to reach by public transport, so if you want to explore it, make sure to have your own car with you or try to rent one when you reach Slovenia.
Video – Roadtrip around Ribniško Pohorje
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