Haloze is a geographical sub-region of Slovenia in the northeast of the country, in the Lower Styria region. It's a hilly area bounded by the border with Croatia in the south and the Dravinja and Drava rivers in the north. Haloze a very special place to me, because my family has a vineyard in the hills so I spend a lot of time there in the Summer and Autumn. I love it because the region enjoys long hot summers followed the by spectacular colours in Autumn and later on snow turns Haloze into a sparkling snow scene, just like in a movie. The place is ideal for people like me, who want to enjoy a nice walk with their dog and just listen to the sound of nature. Castles, valleys and vineyards. The place is like a living breathing fairytale
Donacka gora is a hill in sub-region Haloze in Slovenia. Tome its very important because even fromwhen l was young we used to go to Donaèka gora with my family and have a greattime. Its a very important part of my hometown to me. I remember how we went toDonacka gora with my primary school and how all of us had so much fun. Me andsome of my friends from primary school still get together every year and we goon a trip on Donacka gora.
Donacka gora is very popular with tourists that know of thisplace. Most of them are usually from Slovenia or Croatia, because manyforeigners don’t know about it. It really is a shame because its a veryrelaxing place. You can see nature and take a walk up the hill.
This area is filled with peace, birds and pure nature. Many locals visit the lake to go jogging, cycling, walking and take part in many different sports. Some come here for a walk in peace or just to observe the nature. Because there is a lot of pure and unspoiled nature you can meet photographers taking pictures of birds and flowers
The today manor stands on the site of a former smaller one, which stood there probably already in the Middle Ages and belonged to the Lords of Ptuj, the Herbersteins and the Sauers. In 1730 the entire property was bought by the Count Dizma Attems who had it thoroughly rebuilt between 1739 and 1743, thus creating a true Baroque manor surrounded by a beautifully rich park. After 1820 the owners were princes of Auersperg, and before the last war the family Pongratz. After the war, the Institution for people with special needs was moved there.
The building with its frescoes and pavilion-like smaller buildings and the park represent the ideal synthesis between the architecture and nature shaped by human creativity. The manor, composed of the central wing and two pavilion-like buildings in the courtyard, stands in the axis of the Baroque park full of various plants and of Baroque statues (the antique themes and allegorical figures prevail). Equally rich in decoration, the interior boasts a two-storeys Main Hall and its paintings which depict the life of the antique hero Hercules. Other rooms are also very nice, embellished with stucco work and equipped with rich furniture of the Rococo style, as well as wall tapestries. The latter were taken to the Ptuj Regional Museum. Nowadays, the Institution having moved out, the buildings are uninhabited.
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Borl's beginnings are in the 12th or the 13th century. The castle was first mentioned in 1255 when the Magyar king Bela IV issued a bill to Friedrich, the Lord of Ptuj, regarding several castles, among which was Anchenstein or Borl.
The castle lies at an important point where, during the Middle Ages and even later, various borders crossed. There are a few strategic advantages to its position: a naturally formed rock prominence on which the castle is built; the river Drava with the traffic going on which had to be controlled as well as the passage across the river.
Until 1620, the castle was the property of the Herbersteins, and from 1639 on, the Thurns were the owners. Most probably it was during that time that the casstle was adapted to the then living standards, and the arcade corridors were built.
In 1952 it was renovated and it became a restaurant. The business grew and in 1972 the restaurant turned into a hotel. Unfortunately, reconstruction and renovation works were too often carried out in a reckless way, funds for its complete renovation were never sufficient, and therefore the castle slowly deteriorated. When in 1981 high waters swept away the bridge across the river Drava, the hotel was simply shut down.
The castle is closed at the moment, so you can see it only from the outside. But there are some ways to come in the castle (for example by crawling under the main door :)
The central Slovenske Gorice are densely populated. There are typically scattered settlements which spread over flat longitudinal ridges. Smaller villages built in clusters developed only around churches, which are normally situated on top of hills.
Dynamic scenery includes, besides the varied soil relief, various crops and plants of which trees cover shady hillsides, while vineyards grow on sunny sides, pastures and meadows spread in valleys which are fringed by fields and orchards.
White wines predominate in the region and they are: Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sipon, and other varieties.
Haloze represents an agreeable region of rolling and relatively low tertiary hills in the Pannonian region of Slovenia.Haloze was first mentioned in the 15th century under the name of Chalas and Kalosen. The name is supposed to derive from the Latin word Colles meaning vine-growing hills, or from the old Slavic word "halonga" denoting a hilly world.
The north of the region is fringed by rivers Dravinja and Drava, on the west it is bounded by a high hill Boč, and on the south by smaller mountains of Donačka Gora and Macelj. The hilly region extends right into Croatia on the east and southeast. Its southern part is also called vine-growing Haloze, as vineyards cover almost one tenth of the entire surface there, and only one per cent in the higher western part.
The Haloze region is one of the favourite destinations for numerous hikers. Across this hilly world leads the Haloze Mountain Route, which can be covered in two or three days. The route starts at the castle of Borl and ends at the mountain Donačka Gora (882 m), one of the highest in the region together with Boč and Macelj. The highest peak in Haloze is Jelovica (623 m), the view from which embraces the entire region. As we are in Haloze, we can as well visit two outstanding cultural monuments: the Church of the Virgin Mary at Ptujska Gora (also famous for its breathtaking views), and the manor house at Štatenberg.
Situated along the Ptuj-Ormož road, in the community of Gorišnica, the Dominko's homestead is, according to the experts of the Institute of Natural and Cultural Heritage Protection, the oldest house of the Pannonian style (300 years), which has been entirely preserved.
The house is made of wooden beams and the roof is made of straw. The interior consists of a typical kitchen called "the black kitchen", the central part called the "house", a larder, an entrance-hall and an outhouse. Close to the house are two drying-racks, one of which is a wicker rack more than 200 years old and covered with straw. The other one is wooden and covered with boards. A tour of the interior is very interesting since the “black kitchen” and other rooms boast original furnishings and equipment. Behind the house, there is a small pool surrounded by autochthonous flora. Cereals and maize, typical of the region, are grown on a field in front of the house. A garden next to the house produces vegetables, medicinal plants and flowers.
From time to time, local theatre performances are staged in front of the house during summer months.
Visits only by prior appointment.
The famous Slovene Janez Puch (spelled Puh in Slovene), inventor, factory owner and visionary, invented the first bicycle with same-size wheels. In 1899 he started his first machine-made bicycle production in cooperation with the manufacturer Werner. In 1901 the first motorbike with a gasoline engine was produced at the Puch factory. Puch made his first automobile in 1906, and then continued its mass production. In Graz, Austria, a car factory still bears Puch’s name.
Opening times: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 18:00 (from April to November) during the week only by prior appointment.
The natural conditions and human influence are the main reasons for the decline of rare and endangered animal and plant species. Many different types of endangered birds, plants and dragon flies can be found here in their natural habitat.
The Šturmovec landscape park is a protected area and therefore football games and picnics are not permitted. And anyway, if you are too noisy you will not see much! You may however organise field trips and educational excursions but make sure you remember to be considerate towards the natural landscape when walking through this last oasis in the otherwise poor and dried out landscape.