St. Vitus Trail

    Length: 7km
    Duration: 2.5 hours
    Starting point: Sušnik Ethnographic Collection

    The trail will lead you from Parklejevec (the area between Brezovica and Pišeška Road) to the Church of St. Vitus or to the pilgrimage centre of Sveta Gora. The trail starts at the Marija Sušnik Ethnographic Collection. At the information board, carefully cross Pišeška Road.

    Follow the asphalt road past Miglč’s chapel. You can enjoy the view of Podgorje on the left and an overgrown sandy slope on the right. At the end of the slope stands the beautiful Tkalec Homestead, which is home to a small “repnica” cave you can visit.
    You will then arrive at the crossroads at Petan’s cross. Stop at the old pear tree and admire the view of Bizeljsko Castle, the hamlet of Nimnik, the Blažova Gorca Tourist Farm, and the vineyards of the Janeževa Gorca Homestead.

    At the Blažova Gorca Tourist Farm, turn left onto a steep path that descends to the village of Drameljšek and continues to Špiček, the highest peak of the Orlica Hills and an increasingly popular tourist destination. On the top of the hill, you can see the Church of St. Vitus and the chaplain’s house.
    When you reach a crossroads, turn left past the cross. You can see several crosses on the way, which indicates the pilgrimage route to Sveta Gora. The trail will then lead you to the smallest thatched vineyard cottage in Slovenia. Walk through the vineyards. In the autumn, you can see a wind rattle there. Turn right at a fork and continue towards the cellar with a wooden cross. Below you is the Opatično Homestead, which used to house nuns (hence the name − “opatica” means nun in Croatian). On the right, you can enjoy the view of the Janeževa Gorca Homestead, the heart of Bizeljsko with the Churches of St. Lawrence and St. Anthony, Lusthaus and the mountain peak of Sljeme above Zagreb.

    Pass the old wooden vineyard cottage on the right and ascend along the cart track. You can see a beautiful “kevdr” (stone hut used for wine storage) with solar doors and the thatched Kelhar’s vineyard cottage on the right. Turn sharp left towards the Rajterič Homestaead, which offers a wonderful view of the hamlets of Vitna Vas and Bošt and of the Gorjanci Hills. Pass another “kevdr”, which was built in 1900 and includes a grape pressing room, and continue past the wooden Osojnik’s vineyard cottage. You will then arrive at the renovated chaplain’s house and the Church of St. Vitus, which holds two masses a year − on Saint Vitus’ Sunday and on Saint Roch’s Day. If you are not too tired, you can continue walking through the vineyards towards the settlement of Vrhovnica. Not far from the Church of St. Vitus, you will come to a crossroads. Straight ahead, you can see the Kehlar Homestead with the Keltis Wine Cellar. If you turn right, you will come to the centre of Bizeljsko. You can also go left towards Sveta Gora, following the signs for the Slomšek Trail.

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