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Herbalism

Medicine was one of the main activities of the Žiče Carthusians. In the 12th Century the lower building housed a “hospitalus”, and since the 16th Century a public pharmacy. This is why members of Iršič family reawakened this tradition at Žiče Charterhouse. Walk around the herb garden in front of the breathtaking carthusian monastery, look for numerous medicinal substances for your health in the renovated defensive tower, taste different delicious herbal products and enjoy viewing the herb exhibition. Groups can have tastings of heavenly herbal drinks and degustation spreads arranged. Primary and secondary schools are invited to participate in learning workshops about the usage of herbs in medicine and nutrition.

On your way to the carthusian monastery, in Žiče village, just next to Kalšek wickerwork, you can stop at the picturesque and interesting Majnik herb garden, which offers a great variety of over 120 different herbs. Many years’ dreams have come true for Majda, a keen herb lover since her youth, and her hard-working family, who puts her garden on display, educates visitors, and sells herbs grown in a biodynamic way.

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Konjiška gora Mountain

A special experience is guaranteed when walking and hiking at the bottom of Konjiška gora and around the forests admiring beautiful nature, hunting huts, parks, a great variety of plants and animals, and remote villages. In addition, you can follow hiking trails and forest educational paths and enjoy a fast withdrawal from the turbulent town life, as well as the unique, clean, unspoiled green colour of Slovenian forests.

 

Škalce Natural Park

Wine-growing hills rising above the flat region of meadows, fields, and forests along the Dravinja River embody the sunny, traditional way of life of friendly locals. We kindly invite you for an unforgettable walk along the Wine Road through the wine-growing area of Škalce in every season and in all weather.

Alyssum Montanum, Endemic

Žički grobeljnik (Alyssum montanum var. plusccanescens Raim)

On your way to Žiče Charterhouse you have to stop at the quarry in Žiče where a rare protected endemic tiny flower grows. Do not pick it as this is a protected natural monument, which can be found only in the Žiče Quarry and its surroundings. But do take a photo of it as a souvenir.

Slovenske Konjice

Slovenske Konjice, in the embrace of noble stories

You have opened the door to Slovenske Konjice – a charming town with almost 1000 years of history – laid at the foot of the mysterious Konjiška gora Mountain and sunny golden wine-growing hills of Škalce in northeastern Slovenia. An attractive medieval country town with almost six thousand inhabitants, Slovenske Konjice was first mentioned in 1146 as Counowiz, and its numerous surrounding villages round out the image of the valley along the Dravinja River. With friendly locals and tidy well-kept streets, the town has become a good role model for others. It has won the Most Beautiful Excursion Destination award for many years in a row. Moreover, with two golden medals in the competition Entente Florale Europe (1998, 2014) it was placed alongside the best-kept European towns, while nearby Žiče village won the bronze medal in 1998. Charterhouse Žiče – the pearl of the cultural heritage in Slovenske Konjice municipality – also managed to place among the finalists of the European Destinations of ExcelleNce competition – EDEN 2011. In 2017 also Slovenske Konjice was proclaimed a finalist of EDEN 2017 competition, due to its focusing on cultural tourism. Furthermore, we would like to invite you to enjoy the sounds of Slovenske Konjice ...

Ko legenda zaživi (When the Legend Comes to Life)



Konjiški valček (The Konjice Waltz)

 

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