Top things to do

Nature Reserve in Bela Krajina

Lahinja Landscape Park

This 200-hectare park, about 9km south of Črnomelj, is a protected karst area rich in birdlife and is the source of the Lahinja River. Trails criss-cross the fields, forest and wetlands. It's possible to access the …
Slovenian in Metlika

Hotel Bela Krajina

This convivial place, which starts you off with belokranjska pogača (local flatbread, not unlike Italian focaccia), is the best place for a meal in Metlika, with house specialties like herb-crusted lamb or venison m…
Museum in Metlika

Bela Krajina Museum

Located in Metlika Castle with its splendid courtyard, the Bela Krajina Museum houses a collection of local archaeological finds. There's Hallstatt metalwork from Pusti and Roman displays, as well as items relating …
Slovenian in Kolpa Valley

Gostilna Balkovec

This gostilna in Mali Nerajec, southeast of Dragatuš and Veliki Nerajec en route to Vinica, specialises in pečenka (roast meat), including delicious slow-roasted pork and lamb. The rest of the menu offers few surpri…
Wine Bar in Metlika

Grajska Klet

To try some Bela Krajina wine, head for this vinoteka in the castle courtyard. This is the cellar for Šturm label wines, and you can sample pinot blanc, chardonnay, rieslings and sweet rumeni muškat (yellow muscatel…
Cultural in Črnomelj


The oldest international folklore festival in Slovenia, Jurjevanje is five days of music, dance and bonfires at the fairground near the train station and other locations around town in late June. It’s based on the Z…
Slovenian in Črnomelj

Gostilna Müller

A local favourite, this is one of few options in Črnomelj, and it's a sweet place with farmhouse decor, lots of plants, and nice outdoor terrace. The menu is filled with affordable Slovenian culinary standbys: grill…
Slovenian in Metlika

Gostilna Budački

One of the very few ‘real’ places to eat in the city limits, this bright-yellow gostilna 1km south of the town centre (not far from the train station) gets good reviews for its home-style cooking. Fish dishes and pi…
Museum in Metlika

Slovenian Firefighters’ Museum

Metlika was the first town in Slovenia to have its own fire brigade (1869), commemorated by the Slovenian Firefighters’ Museum, which is just outside the castle. There are old fire trucks with enormous wheels, ladde…
Wine in Metlika

Vinska Vigred

Metlika’s main event is the Vinska Vigred festival held on the first weekend after 15 May. Local wines, foods, folk dancing and music contribute to a merry, much-loved event (enjoyed by more than 20,000 attendees).