Rogaška Slatina is today much more than just a resort. It has developed into an fascinating destination, where four centuries of tradition intertwine with the spirit of modernity. Rogaška Slatina is famous for its centuries-old traditions, indicated by excavations and a Roman road which led from Lemberg, passing through Rogatec to Celeia and Petovia – signs that the area was known by the Celts and Romans. From 1803 it began its development from a small village to a modern health resort. In the 19th and early 20th Century, the first hotels were built, namely the Home of Health (now the Grand Hotel) and the main health hall (today’s Crystal Hall). All the hotels were renovated in 2003 with modern touches and comforts, but they still retain their historic airs. Rogaška Slatina is known for being visited by various Royal families (Habsburg, Bonaparte, Hohenzollern, Bourbon, Obrenović, Karađorđević), aristocracies (Turn und Taxis, Della Grazia, Furstenberg, Windischgraetz, Liechtenstein) and by a host of other important guests (the writer Berta von Suttner and musician Franz Liszt both spent time here). Hidden and nestled in a green valley, and offering the famous Donat healing mineral water and a mild climate, Rogaška Slatina has always offered its visitors relaxation, peace and well-being. The water’s reputation for healing derives from a report of 1665, which details the recovery of a powerful feudal lord, Peter Zrinski, after he drank it. The secret of Donat water is its uniquely high magnesium content, which helps cure and prevent metabolic diseases. The healing power of the water is also used at renowned Health centres in the area, all of which offer various modern diagnos-tic and curative programmes. Today, Rogaška Slatina is an attractive and ideal destination for those seeking health, well-being and peace. The resort is surrounded by beautiful nature and a rich cultural life, which provide tranquility and restoration. People also visit to meet others and make new acquaintances; visitors are brought together by a shared desire for self-improvement and relaxation.
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. A walk through the heart of the Health resort is at once a relaxing and exciting experience.
2. Bathing in the thermal water at Rogaška Riviera
A seasonal swimming pool complex which offers lots of fun for the whole family. Bathing in the thermal-mineral water will help those who have muscular problems, as well as spi-nal and rheumatic illnesses. Rogaška’s thermal mineral water provides excellent therapy, relaxes tired muscles, ligaments and joints and improves poor circulation.
3. Consuming mineral water, Donat, in the Rogaška Slatina Health Resort
Here you can sample the healing mineral water Donat Mg, which is regarded as one of the healthiest mineral waters for consumption in Europe. It has been proven to help alleviate var-ious diseases because of its unique mineral structure. Most visi-tors take the water three times a day, which is the recommended course of treatment.
4. Visiting the Medical Center Rogaška Slatina
Your health will be taken care of by specialists, gastroenteritis experts, cardiologists, dermatologists, nutritionists, physiothera-pists, nurses and masseuses. These professionals use both unique natural remedies and modern equipment.
5. Breakfast on the terrace in the famous Four Seasons Grand Hotel Rogaška restaurant
Take in the natural views, and enjoy relaxed conversation, on the restaurant’s terrace.
6. House Massage: 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 by pro-fessional masseuses.
7. Visiting the Rogaška Glassworks
In the Rogaška glass factory, 350 years of tradition and expertise are displayed in various glass and crystal products, all of which are sourced from Trebuša, Pohorje and Kozjansko. After glass production boomed in the 18th and 19th century, William Abel built, in 1926, one of the largest glass factories at Saint Cross Church – today’s Rogaška Glassworks. At the Glassworks you can purchase products in the shop and take a tour of the building to learn first-hand how these products are made.
Rogaška Slatina nestles between green hills, and subsequently has ideal cycling roads which offer great rides within a 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, providing centre stage for the town’s dance and cultural events. The most famous event it hosts is Anna’s Ball, which is almost two hundred years old. The hall contains four oil paintings by Austrian painter Schröter from the year 1912, which represent important events in the history of the town. There are also five hand-made chandeliers from Glassworks Rogaška.
10. The wine route of Rogaška Slatina
The vineyard area of Rogaška Slatina offers many hospitable wine lodges, cottages and houses where locals make and store top quality wines. Hikers in Rogaška Slatina are 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, all of which add to the appeal of Rogaška Slatina.
An ideal trail for nature lovers: 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) – cross the bypass road – Tourist farm Jus – Cer-ovec 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.
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