the royalty of ancient times you can enjoy an alternative
method to healing those persistent ailments, or simply
come here to de-stress and lose weight. But there is more
to this little spa resort than first meets the eye.
Rogaška Slatina is located
about 110kms east of Ljubljana. From the motorway either
take the exit for central Celje, or continue on to the
next exit and head to Šentjur. From here simply follow
the signs and the road will take you into the heart of
Mineral baths, mud treatment and
It not as bad as it sounds. Lymph
drainage is not a form of medieval torture, but a type
of massage in which excess liquids that collect in the
body’s tissues are drained and is just one of many
healing therapies on the list at Zdravlišce Rogaška.
Zdravliški Trg forms the heart
of Rogaška Slatina. Lining this historic square you’ll
be spoilt for choice for ways in which to pamper all your
aches and pains, and indulge yourself in a wealth of beauty
In the circular drinking hall you
can sample the water straight from its source via dispensers.
There are two types: Donat Mg, and Styria. Try the Styria
first, but try not to grimace at its sour taste. The bottled
versions are refined, but being straight from the spring
this is much stronger. The Donat is mildly more palatable
and also the better of the two, health-wise.
If you are here to cure a particular
ailment, the adjacent 12-storey building has a number
of qualified doctors on hand to prescribe the necessary
treatment. The mineral baths are ideal for improving blood
circulation, due to the high concentration of carbon dioxide
in the water. Other rheumatic treatments on offer involve
herbal mud packs made from volcanic clay and mixed with
the local water.
Whether you are sick, or otherwise
fit and healthy and simply want to relax and de-stress,
you can head for the thermal mineral swimming pools. Or
you can participate in one of the many health programmes,
choose from a long list of massages, or if you prefer
to be more active, visit the large sports complex.
The art of glassmaking.
A tour of Rogaška Crystal is
an absolute must. Watch with fascination as a beautiful
piece of crystal glass is produced from a glowing red
blob taken from the 1400°C furnace, and blown with
expert precision in order to shape the outline, before
being placed it into a mould for the finishing touch.
Rogaška Crystal website
In the shop you
can indulged yourself by wandering through the exquisite
collection of glassware with renewed appreciation for
the care, hard work and artistic craft that has gone into
making them, and if your pockets are deep enough, come
away with a souvenir of the tour.
Spring of the kings
If you have time, take a drive through
the gorgeous rolling green hills surrounding the town.
Stop for a drink at the nearby village of Sp. Kostrivnica
where Kraljevi Vrelec has been restored to its original
glory, just as it was in 1857. The keeper of the well
is Marija, who opens it to the public twice a week, or
by prior arrangement for groups. Years ago Celtic coins
were found at the bottom of the well.
Hiking the trail
The nearby hills also offer a large
network of walking trails, shown clearly on the tourist
office map. The most popular hike is to the summit of
Boc. You can either start your hike from town, or if you
are pushed for time, drive as far as the Church of St.
Nicholas. From the church follow the marked trail to the
top and enjoy the view.
Sleepy villages and dragons.
If you prefer the country life there
are several good tourist farms where you can stay and
sample the rural life of the Rogaška municipality.
Zgorni Gabernik is a small village locked into the foothills
of Boc, where one such tourist farm holds a dominant position
overlooking the verdant hills, rivalled only by a great
rocky outcrop which looms over the entire village. The
hollow clunking of the Klopotec, wooden wind-powered rattles
designed to scare off birds, will fill the air. If you
hear thunder in the night it might be the dragon snoring;
or a local farmer.
A desert oasis in the otherwise
For something you’re not likely
to see everyday, take a trip out to the village of Cerovec
pod Bocem and take a look at Paviljon Kaktej, an interesting
display of cacti that were once the proud collection of
a local man, who handed them over when he became too old
to tend them.
An evening of wine tasting.
end to a perfect day. In Cerovec you can reflect on the
day’s events at Vinoteka Klet Kregar, while munching
on cheese and salami and tasting a variety of wines as
you stare out across the endless green fields to the distant
mountains. The people here in Rogaška Slatina are
so friendly and welcoming, and it seems like a world away
from the bustle of the city, but in fact it’s just
1½ hours from Ljubljana.
Vinoteka Klet Kregar website
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