Castle Trail (Bizeljsko)

    Length: 6.5km
    Duration: 3 hours
    Starting point: the centre of Bizeljsko

    As its name suggests, the trail will take you to Bizeljsko Castle. The trail starts on Kumrovška Road, in the centre of Bizeljsko, right next to the information board. You will see the parish Church of St. Lawrence on the Hribček Hill in front of you. Turn left at the mighty Kos’s house and ascend along the asphalt road past the elementary school. When walking through the vineyards, you can see the Obsotelje Region and Mt. Medvednica (Sljeme is its highest peak) in Croatia. On the left, you can enjoy a picturesque view of the St. Vitus Trail and the Church of St. Vitus, accompanied by the Orlica Hills and the peak of Špiček. You can also see the “Lusthaus” (a beautiful viewpoint). If you turned left at the crossroads behind the chapel, you would continue along the gravel road and reach the viewpoint. However, you should follow the asphalt road to the Drenovec−Bukovje crossroads.

    Continue straight on to the Pr' Mrazi Wine Cellar, which holds a famous majolica collection. Then ascend to the old Premelč (“Puhpinter”) Household, which keeps many old farm tools.

    Continue ascending through a small forest to the crossroads. The road straight ahead leads to Bizeljsko Castle, but you should turn left and pass the Lupšina Homestead and Malus Winery, where you will see Bizeljsko Castle in the distance for the first time. The trail descends steeply through Srajček, runs through the forest and passes a vineyard cottage. You will soon see the Obsotelje Region and the town of Klanjec in Croatia. The trail will then take you back to the crossroads where you will see the ruins of Cesargrad Castle in Croatia in the far distance. Stick to the right, walk along the asphalt road and turn left at the next crossroads following the asphalt road. At the signboard, turn right onto the gravel cart track that winds across the stream and between fields, meadows and vineyards with the view of Bizeljsko Castle. It will take you to the Bizeljsko−Orešje road.

    Turn left and continue along the asphalt road past the Church of St. Magdalene. Ascend slightly to the wine-growing Malus Homestad. You can see the old Orešje School on the right, named after Anton Martin Slomšek, renowned Slovenian bishop, pedagogue, and author.

    You will see another magnificent building on the way − Šribar Homestead (now Faver), which has always been called “Freihof” (a Hallstatt urn was found here, indicating that the settlement already existed in 3,500 BC). On the way, you will pass many homesteads offering wine, such as Pavlin, Petrišič, Kunst, Zagmajster, Berkovič, and others.

    Several rock faces rise over the village, the most imposing being the so-called Vlka Rock Face. Along the way, you can enjoy the view of Bizeljsko Castle on the left. You will finally arrive at the castle cellar and granary, situated below Bizeljsko Castle.
    The Castle Trail than runs through a tree-lined castle avenue and leads you to the village of Bizeljska Vas and the Rožman Homestad, home to an over 300-year-old linden, the oldest linden in Slovenia.

    Continue straight on, go slightly uphill along the old castle forest path, past the Bandit’s Ravine (“Tolovajski Graben”) to the hunting lodge and to the “Lusthaus” that offers a breath-taking view of Bizeljsko and its surroundings. Descend along the cart track, through the vineyards and to Slavik’s chapel. Return to the starting point, i.e. to the centre of Bizeljsko, following the Castle Trail.

    Sightseeing: collection of natural and cultural heritage of Bizeljsko and Slomšek’s room in the parish house, Church of St. Lawrence and St. Anthony, Centre for Rural Development (exhibition room), Kovačič Winery, Bizeljsko Castle, Klakočar and Berkovič Cellars, Lusthaus.

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