Dolenjska, different experiences


The Municipality of Ribnica lies between the Mala gora and Velika gora mountain ridges. The seat of the Municipality of Ribnica was first mentioned in the 13th century. The clergy had already established a quality educational system here in the 14th century, a system that would be famous later in the 19th century for having educated France Prešeren. The large forest cover, small amounts of arable land and long winters made survival difficult, so sources of income like handicrafts were very important, particularly pottery and woodworking. The latter craft is known worldwide from this region.

1. Church of St. Stephen

This church from the 19th century is an excellent example of the historicism in Slovenian church art. It is adorned with the Ribnica Crowns, the work of Jože Plečnik. Inside, you can view the altar image of St. Stephen by the impressionist painter Ivan Grohar.

2. Old Town Centre

In the old town centre, you can find one of the oldest markets in Carniola, which is also one of the most beautiful because of its characteristic decorated ceilings. Near the bridge over the Bistrica stands the Miklova hiša House and the Ribnica Castle, which are now used for cultural and museum activities. In the castle courtyard, there is also a Cultural Park dedicated to the memory of those who contributed to Ribnica's development. Here we find the Forma vivo, which were created in the eighties by renowned Slovenian sculptors. Inside the complex, there is also a wedding hall and a summer theatre where the “Castle Evenings” take place.

3. Craft Centre

The centre was built in the renovated Marof-adjunct castle building in order to preserve and develop Slovenian crafts, particularly wooden products and pottery, which have centuries of tradition in Ribnica. Visitors can become acquainted with these handicrafts through live production demonstrations and by viewing the permanent as well as temporary exhibitions on the modern production of wooden products and pottery.

4. Škrabec Estate

This estate in Hrovača was the birthplace of Stanislav Škrabec (1844–1918), one of the most important Slovenian linguists of the 19th century. For more than two centuries, the generations of the Škrabec family resided, dreamed and worked here, and now the wonderfully restored buildings and the valuable cultural monuments serve as venues for cultural events as well as for business meetings. On Bean Day, which is dedicated to the native varieties of “Ribničanu” beans, or during the festive December atmosphere, you will certainly find this village to be among the most interesting places in Slovenia.

5. Ribnica Fair and Craft Festival

The Festival is held every first Sunday in September on the Ribnica streets. The Fair is a visual feast and tempts nearly 30,000 visitors each year to purchase wonderful items, some of which are displayed being manufactured live by participating woodworkers.

Information: Ribnica Craft Centre, Cesta na Ugar 6, +386 (0)1 83 61 104