Are you also one of those people, who look beneath the surface of things, and are keen to learn about all the history of an area they visit? Do you try to imagine all the stories that unravelled there, think about all the characters that once lived there, and picture in your head the manner of life once upon a time on that beautiful piece of land? Luckily for you, Slovenia is filled with spots full of architectural and cultural heritage, and Rogatec is undeniably a shining star amongst them.
The town Rogatec (hist. Rohas, Rohitsch) lies in the southeastern part of Slovenia,where the southern slopes of the wine-producing Haloze hills roll into the green Posotelje valley. The distance from Slovenia`s capital Ljubljana is approximately 120 km, it should take you about 1,5 hours to get there.
Taking a walk trough Rogatec open air museum is like taking a walk trough time.
The largest open-air museum in Slovenia is dedicated to showing you exactly how the rural population in this area once lived. It portrays a picture of life between the 18th and the middle of the 20th century in a remarkably authentic way.
Visitors get to experience what life was like in this part of Slovenia almost 200 years ago (before the industrial era), and I mean – you really get to fully experience it!
There are numerous displays and demonstrations of domestic arts and craftsorganised for the visitors. But more importantly, they hold workshops in which the participants get to create historically significant everyday products in an old-fashioned way. You can either make bread the way the locals used to make it, or you might be more inclined make a beeswax candle? One of the plentiful options is also learning the steps for an old folk dance, or you can also get to learn how to walk on stilts. How incredible is that? Furthermore, the museum also organises guided tours, cultural events, workshops to learn farm chores and some other traditional arts and crafts like knitting, hand-weaving, blacksmithing, quarrying, cooking etc.
So you see, the program is very diverse, and everyone is bound to find something they like. I can guarantee you that you won’t get bored easily by visiting museum Rogatec.
In the past years, Open Air Museum Rogatec became the biggest local museum in Slovenia. The museum was declared a cultural site of national importance, and in 1997, it was also nominated for the European museum of the year.
THERE IS EVEN MORE. Surely, when writing about Rogatec one simply cannot overlook Strmol Manor, first mentioned in 1436. The castle complex is located to the north-west and above the town Rogatec. In the 16th century, the castle lost its original role as a fortification, as an entire wing had been added to the original keep, which changed the original layout of the structure.
Since then, the manor was renovated in 1995 and hasn`t changed since. The last set of renovations enabled us to enjoy a wine cellar, a wedding hall, and the manor restaurant on site. They also restored the magnificent manor chapel and its Baroque frescoes.
The western and the eastern wing of the castle Strmol are also home to four handicraft workshops:
Every Sunday from April to October, between 15:00 and 17:00, under the permanent program ” The Taste of Inheritance ” at least two masters present their craftsmanship techniques and products. You can attend free of charge and unannounced. If you want to, you can even make your own handmade products and take them home.
AND SOME MORE. Beside the open air museum and manor Strmol, the city of Rogatec offers different cultural events, vacation programs and daily excursions around market town Rogatec, cultural and historical sights. Also, in the nearby village of Tlake, a renowned Slovenian poet Jože Šmit (1922-2004) was born. And let`s not forget the surrounding nature, which is absolutely stunning.
So why don’t you take a day off and immerse yourself in the culture and heritage of Rogatec?