Introducing Snežnik Castle & Around
The secluded Lož Valley southeast of Cerknica is home to the recently restored 16th-century Renaissance Snežnik Castle, one of the loveliest and best-situated fortresses in Slovenia, and surrounded by attractive parkland.
Entrance is through a double barbican with drawbridge and moat. The four floors are richly decorated with period furniture and portraits – the household inventory of the Schönburg-Waldenburg family, who bought the castle in 1853 and used it as a summer residence and hunting lodge until WWII.
The castle's isolation means you really need your own wheels to visit. Otherwise, take a bus from Cerknica to Stari Trg pri Ložu (up to six a day) and face a 4km walk.
You can explore plenty of Slovenia's caves on foot, but only at Križna can you take a subterranean boatride. About 7km north of Snežnik Castle and a kilometre or so after you turn off the main road from Cerknica, Križna Cave is one of the most magnificent water caves in the world – it's 8.8km long and counts 22 underground lakes filled with green and blue water as well as a unique 'forest' of ice stalagmites near the entrance. The dry part of the cave, which includes a short boat ride, can be toured without booking in advance.
With advance booking, you can go as far as the Kalvarija chamber by rubber raft via 13 lakes (€45 to €65 according to group size). It's a four-hour tour if you elect to do the entire cave, and the price includes all equipment.