Five stages in the south east of the country
Getting there: coming from the north (Austria) by the Karawanken-tunnel, the lakes near Bled are beautiful, you still can see the great mountains of Austria and Slovenia, but Slovenia has, further on in the south, other beautiful hiking areas. We decided not to do the great (awe) hikes in those mountains, but to explore the countryside in this new country (since 1991). South East from the capital Ljubljana. The Dolenjska region.
Accommodation: “Zimmer frei”, B&B, private pensions. Once we had a problem in finding a place to sleep, but with help from the local ex-postman in Videm, who makes his loft available, that problem also was solved.
Maps: we bought local maps in the cities we stayed. The trails were well marked and maintained. Or try Kompass-maps on the internet.
Easter 1996: a round-walk through a typical middle-European countryside in the south-east of Slovenia, near Sevnica and Grosuplje. A sloping landscape with farms and little villages, estates, woods, rivers, creeks. Beautiful paths between the villages.
Height on trail: 500-700m.
Distance between the stage cities: about 20 km.
Day 1: Grosuplje - Videm (Dobrepolje)
Day 2: Videm - Stavča Vas ( near Dvor)
Day 3: Stavča Vas - Novo Mesto
Day 4: Novo Mesto - Smarješke Toplice
Day 5: Smarješke Toplice - Grosuplje (first kilometers by train )
Near Videm Near Dvor Grosuplje
On trail: friendly people, hospitable, wine cellars to try the local wine, valleys in silence, health resorts in Smarjeske Toplice ( for those who have time………).