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Top Choice Museum in Novo Mesto

Dolenjska Museum

The Dolenjska Museum's impressive collection is spread over a campus of buildings. The oldest, which once belonged to the Knights of the Teutonic Order, houses a valuable collection of archaeological finds unearthed…
Top Choice Slovenian in Otočec

Grad

Otočec Castle's restaurant is as fancy as you would hope: ancient stone walls, stained glass and locally made artisanal furniture. It's formal, but not at all stuffy and service is excellent. The mains aren't as exp…
Top Choice Slovenian in Dolenjske Toplice

Oštarija

There are few eating options in town, so it's a joy to find this place, a foodie's treat with a menu based around seasonal local produce. Drop in for their three-course lunches (Monday to Friday €10, Saturday €12, S…
Forest in Dolenjska

Kočevski Rog

One of Slovenia's most pristine areas, Kočevski Rog's virgin forests have been a protected nature area for more than a century. As many as 250 brown bears are believed to live here, as well as lynx and fox. Ten hiki…
Gallery in Novo Mesto

Jakac House

The Dolenjska Museum administers Jakac House, which exhibits some of its 830-odd works by prolific painter and local boy Božidar Jakac (1899–1989). The artist visited dozens of countries in the 1920s and 1930s, pain…
Cultural Centre in Ribnica

Ribnica Handicraft Centre

This is a great addition to the town – a centre tasked with preserving and promoting the area's longstanding handicraft traditions. The suha roba made in the region can be translated as 'dry goods', but that doesn't…
Church in Ribnica

Church of the Assumption of Mary

The church at Nova Štifta, in the foothills of the Velika Gora 7km west of Ribnica, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Slovenia. Completed in 1671, the baroque church is unusual for its octagonal shape…
Viewpoint in Otočec

Trška Gora

Vineyard-covered Trška Gora (428m) can be reached by road from Mačkovec, about 5km southwest of Otočec. From there, follow the road north for 1km to Sevno then continue along the winding track for 2km until you reac…
Castle in Otočec

Otočec Castle

Perched in the centre of the Krka River and reached via a wooden bridge, Otočec Castle, 1.5km east of Otočec village, showcases both late Gothic and Renaissance influences. The castle consists of two wings and an en…
International in Novo Mesto

Gostišče Loka

This riverside spot with a huge outdoor terrace, just beyond the footbridge linking the two banks, is the most happening place in town. The short menu covers all the bases with burgers, pasta and risotto, more expen…