Guidebook for Zgornja Rečica

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Guidebook for Zgornja Rečica

Food Scene

great pizzas and onion soup!
Pizzeria Verdi Verdi
125 Griže
great pizzas and onion soup!
In the old medieval castle above the city, there's a castle restaurant with original, locally inspored cuisine.
Gostinstvo Pavus Marko Pavčnik s.p.
In the old medieval castle above the city, there's a castle restaurant with original, locally inspored cuisine.
Tusitična kmetija Tratnik is a tourist farm just underneath the climbing site - you can arrange a locally flavoured dinner/lunch here, or simply hop there to get delightful fresh bread from a traditional oven on Thursday mornings or fresh mountain milk. Here is the contact: http://www.slovenia.info/si/Izletni%C5%A1ke-kmetije/Izletni%C5%A1ka-kmetija-Tratnik.htm?excursion_farm=4428&lng=1
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Tusitična kmetija Tratnik is a tourist farm just underneath the climbing site - you can arrange a locally flavoured dinner/lunch here, or simply hop there to get delightful fresh bread from a traditional oven on Thursday mornings or fresh mountain milk. Here is the contact: http://www.slovenia.info/si/Izletni%C5%A1ke-kmetije/Izletni%C5%A1ka-kmetija-Tratnik.htm?excursion_farm=4428&lng=1
This is the haute-cuisine of this part of the country: a highly esteemed restaurant for gourmets, special days and adventurers of taste :)
Galerija okusov, Kulinarični turizem in storitve, d.o.o.
9 Novo Celje
This is the haute-cuisine of this part of the country: a highly esteemed restaurant for gourmets, special days and adventurers of taste :)
At an ancient Roman road to the East lies the typical Slovene "gostilna" that for more than 200 years meticulously specialises in local/Slovene cuisine and offers all sorts of locally made delicacies - from deer broth to all kinds of sweets, this is the place to go, to learn about the local tastes and produce! - http://www.gostilna-privosnik.si
Restaurant Privošnik Franc Privošnik SpA
150 Rimska cesta
At an ancient Roman road to the East lies the typical Slovene "gostilna" that for more than 200 years meticulously specialises in local/Slovene cuisine and offers all sorts of locally made delicacies - from deer broth to all kinds of sweets, this is the place to go, to learn about the local tastes and produce! - http://www.gostilna-privosnik.si
Some of the best burgers and stakes around. http://www.stari-pisker.com
Gostilna in pivnica Stari Pisker
9 Savinova ulica
Some of the best burgers and stakes around. http://www.stari-pisker.com
A mountain hut with typical mountain food and drinks and also rooms. Šmohor is a nice place/mountain village to walk to, probably 40min away by foot and to enjoy the local mountain hut scene.
Gostinstvo Šmohor Helena Perko s.p.
9 Šmohor
A mountain hut with typical mountain food and drinks and also rooms. Šmohor is a nice place/mountain village to walk to, probably 40min away by foot and to enjoy the local mountain hut scene.

Parks & Nature

On Kal, an old pasture-settlement about an hour walk from the house, there is a mountain hut with amazing views of the Prealpine hills, meadows and Alps. The food is hearty, but good. Great for catching a sunset!
Kal
On Kal, an old pasture-settlement about an hour walk from the house, there is a mountain hut with amazing views of the Prealpine hills, meadows and Alps. The food is hearty, but good. Great for catching a sunset!
Famously, one of the most beautiful, most scenic and impressive valleys in the Alps, excellent for visiting a legendary waterfall at its end, or for longer high-altitude hikes. It's neighbouring two remote valleys are even more impressive in their solitude and beauty (Matkov Kot and Robanov Kot). For hikes, cycling, climbing, ski-touring, or just admiring with open mouths, this is the spot :)
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Logarska Dolina
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Famously, one of the most beautiful, most scenic and impressive valleys in the Alps, excellent for visiting a legendary waterfall at its end, or for longer high-altitude hikes. It's neighbouring two remote valleys are even more impressive in their solitude and beauty (Matkov Kot and Robanov Kot). For hikes, cycling, climbing, ski-touring, or just admiring with open mouths, this is the spot :)
A 70km long plateau, which is geographically the ending of the Alps - but completely different. It is a vast plain, full of old forests and upland marshes. Great for skiing (Rogla ski resort) or for tranquil hikes, that can range anywhere from a day to several days. Ideal for winter sports too (ski-running) and for cycling.
Pohorje
A 70km long plateau, which is geographically the ending of the Alps - but completely different. It is a vast plain, full of old forests and upland marshes. Great for skiing (Rogla ski resort) or for tranquil hikes, that can range anywhere from a day to several days. Ideal for winter sports too (ski-running) and for cycling.
Mrzlica is another one of the four hill-tops surrounding the house and one of the three (Mrzlica, Kal, Šmohor) with mountain huts serving food in a friendly atmosphere. The ancient beautiful meadows under the scenic top, between the top and Kal, are designated as Natura 2000 park, full of flowers with solitary farms. It takes an 1h:30 to get to the top from the house and is great for combining with Kal, if you have the time.
Mrzlica
Mrzlica is another one of the four hill-tops surrounding the house and one of the three (Mrzlica, Kal, Šmohor) with mountain huts serving food in a friendly atmosphere. The ancient beautiful meadows under the scenic top, between the top and Kal, are designated as Natura 2000 park, full of flowers with solitary farms. It takes an 1h:30 to get to the top from the house and is great for combining with Kal, if you have the time.
The easiest of the three neighbouring huts to reach from the house, it is the one surrounded by beautiful meadows, birds of prey flying overhead, and a hill-top village with an ancient church surrounded with ancient linden-trees (a centuries old slovene symbol). Half an hour to 45min of an easy hike, 10 min away with a car.
Šmohor
The easiest of the three neighbouring huts to reach from the house, it is the one surrounded by beautiful meadows, birds of prey flying overhead, and a hill-top village with an ancient church surrounded with ancient linden-trees (a centuries old slovene symbol). Half an hour to 45min of an easy hike, 10 min away with a car.
The biggest natural climbing site in the country (5 min away), Kotečnik, is renowned for hundreds of climbing routes in many sectors, from the easiest to the most demanding. Read all about it here: http://www.slovenia-trips.com/eng/rock-climbing/trip/923/Kotecnik - if you need to borrow equipment (or buy maps and guidebooks) Celje is a great place to do that).
Kotečnik
The biggest natural climbing site in the country (5 min away), Kotečnik, is renowned for hundreds of climbing routes in many sectors, from the easiest to the most demanding. Read all about it here: http://www.slovenia-trips.com/eng/rock-climbing/trip/923/Kotecnik - if you need to borrow equipment (or buy maps and guidebooks) Celje is a great place to do that).
The closest hilltop known for it's misterious atmosphere of beech forests and ancient fairytales of the beautiful but revengefull villas ... You can see it just up from the house, it is an hours hike away, with beautiful views to all sides in between (the top, 1110m is forested) and plenty of oportunities to pick wild garlic in the spring or blueberries in the summer.
Gozdnik
The closest hilltop known for it's misterious atmosphere of beech forests and ancient fairytales of the beautiful but revengefull villas ... You can see it just up from the house, it is an hours hike away, with beautiful views to all sides in between (the top, 1110m is forested) and plenty of oportunities to pick wild garlic in the spring or blueberries in the summer.
Kozjansko is beautiful region of meadows and forests, medieval castles like the one in Podsreda and is designated as a regional park. Perfect for cycling through the towns, wine- cellars, apple-orchards. Take your time, because time is slow here.
Kozjanski park
Kozjansko is beautiful region of meadows and forests, medieval castles like the one in Podsreda and is designated as a regional park. Perfect for cycling through the towns, wine- cellars, apple-orchards. Take your time, because time is slow here.
To go to the wine-hills of Jeruzalem is like jumping to another planet - I highly recommend a summer-afternoon visit there, where the soft yellow light adorns the wine-hills that grow out of Pannonian plains. It truly is amazing to drive around this micro-world, solely dedicated to wine and stuck in another era, it's damn beautiful and suitable for any part of the year. You can always find something local to eat in one of the many wine-cellars-farms (you can also google and book in advance) and a drink is never in question :) // The place was named by the crusades knights, that stopped there on their way to the real Jerusalem. You can still see the symbols of the Teutonic Order all over.
Jeruzalem
To go to the wine-hills of Jeruzalem is like jumping to another planet - I highly recommend a summer-afternoon visit there, where the soft yellow light adorns the wine-hills that grow out of Pannonian plains. It truly is amazing to drive around this micro-world, solely dedicated to wine and stuck in another era, it's damn beautiful and suitable for any part of the year. You can always find something local to eat in one of the many wine-cellars-farms (you can also google and book in advance) and a drink is never in question :) // The place was named by the crusades knights, that stopped there on their way to the real Jerusalem. You can still see the symbols of the Teutonic Order all over.

Sightseeing

A beautiful medieval town, perfect for an afternoon exploration - and it has a great spa!
Laško
A beautiful medieval town, perfect for an afternoon exploration - and it has a great spa!
Celje is a historic town of important counts of Celje, the big rivals of the Habsburgs, there's an old castle above the town, well worth a visit for the views, and a young and vibrant art scene along the Savinja riverbanks. A nice place for an afternoon walk or a museum visit.
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Celje
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Celje is a historic town of important counts of Celje, the big rivals of the Habsburgs, there's an old castle above the town, well worth a visit for the views, and a young and vibrant art scene along the Savinja riverbanks. A nice place for an afternoon walk or a museum visit.
Just above Žiče, in a remote valley of Saint John's, lies an incredibly beautiful thousand-year-old ruin of a Žiče Charterhouse monastery (with a 500 year old tavern, the oldest in the country), once even the seat of the main priors of the order. I highly suggest you don't miss it! There will probably be some options for gift-shopping of local honey and herbal schnapps.
Žiče
Just above Žiče, in a remote valley of Saint John's, lies an incredibly beautiful thousand-year-old ruin of a Žiče Charterhouse monastery (with a 500 year old tavern, the oldest in the country), once even the seat of the main priors of the order. I highly suggest you don't miss it! There will probably be some options for gift-shopping of local honey and herbal schnapps.
The oldest city in Slovenia (every guidebook tells you about it), an enormous metropolis in Roman times, today with a famous pagan carnival, that involves the terrible monsters of winter "kurenti" (google it). Definitely worth a visit at anytime for a half day of strolling and enjoying the quaint streets. You can combine it with Jeruzalem hills or Žiče monastery, Maribor etc. It has an enormous castle with great views and a good museum - collection!
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Ptuj
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The oldest city in Slovenia (every guidebook tells you about it), an enormous metropolis in Roman times, today with a famous pagan carnival, that involves the terrible monsters of winter "kurenti" (google it). Definitely worth a visit at anytime for a half day of strolling and enjoying the quaint streets. You can combine it with Jeruzalem hills or Žiče monastery, Maribor etc. It has an enormous castle with great views and a good museum - collection!
An ancient town on an island in the middle of the river. Known for is music scene and festivals.
Kostanjevica na Krki
An ancient town on an island in the middle of the river. Known for is music scene and festivals.
The village in the valley under the house is beautiful in the afternoon light, dotted with the enormous traditional Slovene wooden haystacks and with the modernist church of Plečnik's (famous Ljubljana architect) school.
Zgornja Rečica
The village in the valley under the house is beautiful in the afternoon light, dotted with the enormous traditional Slovene wooden haystacks and with the modernist church of Plečnik's (famous Ljubljana architect) school.
A good museum, in an imposing castle in the centre of town - that takes you to the ancient times of the region!
Maribor Castle
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A good museum, in an imposing castle in the centre of town - that takes you to the ancient times of the region!
Right at the centre of this micro town, lies an ancient Roman necropolis with enormous tombstones. Check it out on your way to a local restaurant, Ljubljana, Logarska valley, etc.
Petrov trg
Right at the centre of this micro town, lies an ancient Roman necropolis with enormous tombstones. Check it out on your way to a local restaurant, Ljubljana, Logarska valley, etc.
No visit to Slovenia is perfect without a visit to the 'white' Ljubljana - an old picture-perfect capital, with an mediterranean chill-out vibe in the summer and snowy sexy winters.
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Lubiana
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No visit to Slovenia is perfect without a visit to the 'white' Ljubljana - an old picture-perfect capital, with an mediterranean chill-out vibe in the summer and snowy sexy winters.
The old second biggest town in historical Styria (second after Graz) and now the second biggest in Slovenia is immensely beautiful to look at it from an enormous bridge leading to the centre. It has less going on than Ljubljana on event-level, but it's ballet it's world-class! And summer evenings and music are nice especially in Poštna street (čevapčiči there are great). The town lives for its annual festival of music and folk hedonism, Lent. (visit it :) But the greatest charm of town is just strolling through it, observing the wine hills above it, or even climbing to them. Drava valley and surround wine-hills and Pohorje mountains are perfect to cycle to!
Administrative unit Maribor
The old second biggest town in historical Styria (second after Graz) and now the second biggest in Slovenia is immensely beautiful to look at it from an enormous bridge leading to the centre. It has less going on than Ljubljana on event-level, but it's ballet it's world-class! And summer evenings and music are nice especially in Poštna street (čevapčiči there are great). The town lives for its annual festival of music and folk hedonism, Lent. (visit it :) But the greatest charm of town is just strolling through it, observing the wine hills above it, or even climbing to them. Drava valley and surround wine-hills and Pohorje mountains are perfect to cycle to!

Getting Around

A very easy way to get to the house is using Laško railway station to get from/to Ljubljana or Maribor etc. From Laško you can easily take a hike to the house (2h), which is locally known as Seidl (for asking locals), or a taxi/bicycle etc.
Railway Station Lasko
A very easy way to get to the house is using Laško railway station to get from/to Ljubljana or Maribor etc. From Laško you can easily take a hike to the house (2h), which is locally known as Seidl (for asking locals), or a taxi/bicycle etc.
Kompas hertz Rent a Car d.d., Ljubljana podružnica Celje
1 Mariborska cesta
The easiest place to get of the train, if you want to catch a taxi up to the house (the road will not be paved for roughly half the trip, but good enough).
Celje railway station
The easiest place to get of the train, if you want to catch a taxi up to the house (the road will not be paved for roughly half the trip, but good enough).

Essentials

A small Mercator grocery store in Liboje (10-15 min drive) is possibly the closest and easiest place to buy essential groceries. Open within the usual Slovene work-schedule until roughly 7pm, and until 13h on Saturdays (Sundays closed).
Liboje
A small Mercator grocery store in Liboje (10-15 min drive) is possibly the closest and easiest place to buy essential groceries. Open within the usual Slovene work-schedule until roughly 7pm, and until 13h on Saturdays (Sundays closed).
Laško has three big supermarkets (Tuš, Mercator, Spar) where you can get stocked up with everything you can think of. The big Tuš supermarket just outside of town is open everyday from 08h-20h, and even on Sundays, from 8h-12h. Don't count on buying stuff on Sunday afternoons as you might end up with an only (poor for shopping) option of a big Petrol gas station in Celje.
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36 Celjska cesta
Laško has three big supermarkets (Tuš, Mercator, Spar) where you can get stocked up with everything you can think of. The big Tuš supermarket just outside of town is open everyday from 08h-20h, and even on Sundays, from 8h-12h. Don't count on buying stuff on Sunday afternoons as you might end up with an only (poor for shopping) option of a big Petrol gas station in Celje.
Žalec has three big supermarkets (Tuš, Spar and Mercator) so all the regular food-shopping can easily be done here! Some of them are even open on Sundays for half a day.
Žalec
Žalec has three big supermarkets (Tuš, Spar and Mercator) so all the regular food-shopping can easily be done here! Some of them are even open on Sundays for half a day.
Šempeter has a good Spar, that is useful to you especially when coming from direction Ljubljana or going there or as an alternative to supermarkes in Žalec.
Šempeter v Savinjski Dolini
Šempeter has a good Spar, that is useful to you especially when coming from direction Ljubljana or going there or as an alternative to supermarkes in Žalec.

Entertainment & Activities

Great for skiing and days of hiking/cycling/mushroom picking in the vast beautiful spruce forests.
Hotel Rogla
1 Rogla
Great for skiing and days of hiking/cycling/mushroom picking in the vast beautiful spruce forests.
A famous spa dating from the days of the Austro-Hungarian empire, when it was a spa of choice for the Viennese nobility. It has two, older and newer sections and pools and saunas are especially good in the new one. Great family experience!
Hotel Thermana Park Laško****Superior
6 Zdraviliška cesta
A famous spa dating from the days of the Austro-Hungarian empire, when it was a spa of choice for the Viennese nobility. It has two, older and newer sections and pools and saunas are especially good in the new one. Great family experience!
Another famous spa dating from the days of the Austro-Hungarian empire, when it was a spa of choice for the Viennese nobility and princesses. It is recently renewed and beautiful!
Toplice
Another famous spa dating from the days of the Austro-Hungarian empire, when it was a spa of choice for the Viennese nobility and princesses. It is recently renewed and beautiful!
A ski-resort with a great, modern mountain hut. It's the closest ski-resort and also the smallest and cheapest one, ideal for learning how to ski, teaching kids, trying some new moves or for a cool evening ski run!
Hotel Celjska koča
31 Pečovnik
A ski-resort with a great, modern mountain hut. It's the closest ski-resort and also the smallest and cheapest one, ideal for learning how to ski, teaching kids, trying some new moves or for a cool evening ski run!
A very nice ski-resort with great views of the Alps, ideal for daily skiing or for sailing through powder, the next day after a snowy day!!
Golte Hotel & Mountain Resort
58 Radegunda
A very nice ski-resort with great views of the Alps, ideal for daily skiing or for sailing through powder, the next day after a snowy day!!
The biggest ski resort in the country, it's really beautiful and vast when the snow conditions are right - it has a legendary world competition run for female FIS skiing, held every February (and called 'The Golden Fox) - it's valley part is so close to the town of Maribor, you can jump on a town bus and be the in centre in 10 minutes :)
Mariborsko Pohorje
The biggest ski resort in the country, it's really beautiful and vast when the snow conditions are right - it has a legendary world competition run for female FIS skiing, held every February (and called 'The Golden Fox) - it's valley part is so close to the town of Maribor, you can jump on a town bus and be the in centre in 10 minutes :)
Another nice ski resort!
Kope
Another nice ski resort!
Haven't been here myself, but I hear this is a really really cool ski resort on the Austrian side of the famous mountain Peca (in the Alps)!
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Petzen-Bergbahnen GmbH
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Haven't been here myself, but I hear this is a really really cool ski resort on the Austrian side of the famous mountain Peca (in the Alps)!

Arts & Culture

Head for this boarder town if you want to catch a glimpse of pristine Yugo-Nostalgia. A birthplace of (half-Slovene, half-Croatian former communist ruler Tito) Kumrovec is still a place of pilgrimage for some and for others, a piece of living history.
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Kumrovec
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Head for this boarder town if you want to catch a glimpse of pristine Yugo-Nostalgia. A birthplace of (half-Slovene, half-Croatian former communist ruler Tito) Kumrovec is still a place of pilgrimage for some and for others, a piece of living history.
Art quarter Celje brought together the artists of the region - it is it's main contemporary event and exhibiton place! Haven't been there myself, but I heard it's nice to visit!
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Art quarter Celje brought together the artists of the region - it is it's main contemporary event and exhibiton place! Haven't been there myself, but I heard it's nice to visit!