Rogaska Slatina is today much more than just a resort. It has developed into an interesting place where four centuries of tradition intertwined with the spirit of modernity.
Rogaska Slatina is famous for its centuries of tradition, as evidenced by excavations and the Roman road, which is the Lemberg through Rogatec lead to Celeia and Pete. This shows that the area known to the Celts and the ancient Romans, in 1803 it started to develop from small villages to modern spas. In the 19th and early 20th century were built the first hotel, Spa center (today’s Grand Hotel) and the main Spa Hall (today’s Crystal Hall). All hotels in 2003 was renovated and modern, yet still retain the impression that it was time left untouched. Rogaska Slatina is famous for visitors from the ranks of the royal families (Habsburg, Bonaparte, Bourbon, Obrenović, Karadjordjević dynasty), aristocracy (Turn and Taxis, Della Grazia, Furstenberg, Windischgraetz, Liechtenstein) and other distinguished guests (the writer Berta von Suttner, musician Franz Liszt ).
Hidden in a green valley Rogaska Slatina with world famous healing mineral water and a mild climate has always offered a healthy relaxation, peace, harmony and well-being. 1665 is one of the most powerful feudal lords, Peter Zrinski, recovered after taking this medicinal waters and its glory had gone around the world. Secret Donat is extremely high content of magnesium, which helps treat and prevent metabolic disorders. The healing power of water is also used in renowned medical centers offering modern diagnostic and curative programs. Today, Rogaska Slatina attractive destination for those who want to experience the healing effects of Donat Mg, well-being and peace in the embrace of beautiful nature and rich cultural offerings. This is the place to meet and make new acquaintances, where people combine the desire for quality, health and relaxing holiday. These are just some of the reasons to visit the springs of health situated in this small town in eastern Slovenia ..
1. Go for a walk through the centre of the resort
The main attraction of Rogaška Slatina is the heart of the Spa resort with its promenade, the green heart of the health resort. A walk through the heart of the Health resort is a very relaxing experience, yet at the same time filled with excitement.
2. Bathing in the thermal water at Rogaška Riviera
A seasonal swimming pool complex with over 1500 m2 of water surfaces, offering lots of fun for the whole family. Inside and outside pools with thermal water are springs of joy for children and relaxation for adults. Bathing in the thermal-mineral water will help those who have muscular problems, as well as spinal and rheumatic illnesses. Thermal mineral water from the deep within Rogaška is a natural healing remedy that provides excellent painkilling therapy, relaxes tired muscles, ligaments and joints and improves poor circulation.
3. Consuming mineral water, Donat, in the glass tavern
In the circular shaped building you can try healing water, Donat, which is regarded as one of the top mineral waters in Europe. This healthy mineral water, which rises from a spring 550 m deep, has been proven effective for many diseases and stress, because of its unique mineral structure. Drinking natural mineral water, Donat Mg, also takes place it the famous glass tavern in the centre of Rogaška Slatina Health Resort. This is the course of treatment which the visitors repeat at least three times per day.
4. Visiting the Medical Center Rogaška Slatina
Your health is going to be taken care of by a group of professional and well known experts; specialists, gastroenteritis experts, cardiologists, specialist in internal diseases, dermatologists, nutritionists, physiotherapists, nurses and masseuses. They use both unique natural remedies and modern equipment.
5. Breakfast at the terrace in the famous Four Seasons of Grand Hotel Rogaška restaurant
It’s amazing to wake up in a room in which so many famous people have slept; such as emperor Ferdinand of Austria, King Peter, musician Franz Liszt and other European moguls. It feels truly royal to sit and enjoy your coffee at the terrace with beautiful views over the park.
6. Massage of the House: Vitality Wave Signature Massage, at the Spa & Beauty center, Grand Hotel Rogaška
This unique massage is a combination of acupressure and the Hawaiian medical technique Kahuna, and is performed only by professional masseuses. While making it they press a spot on the body and make long and deep movements of Kahuna massage. The Vitality Wave maintains health in your body and heals diseases.
7. Visiting the Rogaška Glassworks
In the Rogaška glass factory, they use the same knowledge of 350-years old tradition in forming glass and make crystal products from the area Trebuša, Pohorje and Kozjansko, where in the past existed the first glass crafts. After the glass prosperity in the 18th and 19th century, William Abel , the owner of Joint glass factories, built in 1926 one of the largest glass factories at Saint Cross Church, today’s Rogaška Glassworks, which is one of the largest European manufacturers. In Rogaška Glassworks you can purchase products in the shop and there is also the possibility of a tour of the company, to see how these unique products are made.
Rogaška Slatina is settled inbetween green hills and has great cycling roads which offer long cycling rides within the beautiful environment.
9. See a show or event at the Crystal Hall, Grand Hotel Rogaška
The Crystal Hall, Rogaška, is one of the most important cultural monuments in Rogaška Slatina and it is the stage of dance and cultural events. The most famous event is Anna’s Ball, with almost 200 years of tradition. In the hall can be seen four oil artworks by Austrian painter Schröter from the year 1912, which represent important events in the history of the town, and there is also five hand-made chandeliers from Glassworks Rogaška.
10. The wine route of Rogaška Slatina
One of the characteristics of the vineyard area of Rogaška Slatina are the many hospitable wine lodges, cottages and houses where the locals make and store top quality wines. Every hiker in Rogaška Slatina is impressed by the sunny, regularly tended vineyards which are treated with the utmost care. During your hike the owners of the wine cellars will gladly serve you a glass of their best wine.
The wine roads in the area of Rogaška Slatina are part of the Šmarje-Virštanj tourist road, VTC 10. The main route runs over the countryside and with the help of its many paths brings closer the natural beauties, cultural attractions and ethnological specialties of the area which adds to the appeal of the tourist-health-centre of Rogaška Slatina. We suggest that you take the wine road of Rogaška, because it will reveal countless secrets and the beautiful heritage of our county:
Shorter trail: 540 m / 1771.6 feet; 8,4 km / 5.2 miles; 2 hours
The chapel of St. Ana – Ivanov hrib (Ivan’s hill) – Cvetlični hrib (Flower hill) – we cross the bypass road – Tourist farm Jus – Cerovec pod Bočem – Cellar Kregar – Gril chapel – »Smoletova gorca« (Smole’s wine cottage) – descent to Calska gorca.
The forest spring is one of the oldest springs in Rogaška Slatina, and was described in the first pamphlet of Health Resorts in the year 1883. It was promoted as “the spring of iron water”. This can be seen at the bottom of Janina hill.
St. Ana chapel
The chapel was built in the year 1804, and is dedicated to St. Ana, the protector of the Healing-centre. The chapel has neo-Romanic features, and the plans for it were made in Graz. It is a single nave building with a rectangular absido. The altar picture of St. Mary with the child and St. Ana was painted in 1686 by the baroque painter Hans Adam Weissenkirchner of Štajerska. The famous architect, Jože Plečnik, remodelled it in the year 1926. Interestingly, the county holiday falls exactly on the day of St. Ana (26th of July), who as a saint reflects the worldly attitude towards health.
Access: At the foot of the Ivan’s hill (behind the building of the Medical centre).
The weather house was supposedly built in 1926 and is situated in the Spa park. On it one can see the wooden reliefs, on the back of which it is written:
When drinking mineral water one strengthens his health.
In the park she and he met and showed their affection with a kiss.
Love was ignited, emotions were speaking.
She is sitting in the park all alone once more and heals her wounds with mineral water her wreath has shrivelled.
Rainy days are long and lonely.
Access: Spa park
Pavilion of cacti
The Pavilion of Cacti in Cerovec, below Boč, is an admirable collection with over seven thousand different cacti and other succulents from all over the world.
Ivan’s spring is rich with iron and still preserved and alive today. The time of its discovery is not known, but it is mentioned in different sources as early as 1821. It was named by Archduke John of Habsburg, a regular guest and sponsor of the Health .
Access: in the near proximity of the Rogaška Riviera (behind the apartments of the Villa Golf).
Junež Homestead, a protected monument – ethnographic outdoor museum, extends over an outbuilding, partly closed double hayrack, a beehive and a renovated old farmhouse with a black kitchen from the 19th century with the original autochthonous furniture and inventory from that time. The house was inhabited until the beginning of the 1980s and it is the only one of its kind in the near proximity of the Spa resort Rogaška Slatina. Here you can taste the traditional culinary delicacies and get familiar with the traditions and habits of Rogaška Slatina.
Ana’s Mansion – Museum of Rogaška Slatina
In the newly constructed facility with a floor area of 1,250m² one can experience the history of Rogaška Slatina by passing through different thematic areas and learn about its main attractions today.
The “Glassworks collection” leads us through the stages of production of crystal glass combined with light and sound effects. The “Graphics collection” offers an ingenious solution for archiving, especially for exhibiting the graphic collection of the Swiss Kurt Mueller, a long-time visitor of the health resort, who donated his collection to the Rogaška health centre. As a result of many years’ work by the local Aleksander Jurkovič, a special section presents the “local studies collection”, “collection of signatures” and the “royal collection” associated with the Karađorđevič family. The path to the floor leads to the “park collection”, where tree species, characteristic for Rogaška Slatina, are presented. The last section is dedicated to a key element of the historical development of Rogaška Slatina – water, which is presented in the cellar in different sceneries where the visitors can test the impact of water on their own senses.