Otocec Travel Guide

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Otočec Castle , a jewel rising from the mists of the Krka River , is the only water castle in Slovenia and far around. Its earliest foundations were built in the middle Ages, and its present appearance was created during the Renaissance when it became the property of Baron Ivan Lenkovič, the chief commander of the Croatia-Slavonia march. Otočec is the scene of two well-known stories by the Slovene author Ivan Tavčar, "Otok and Struga" and "Janez Sonce."

Today the castle is a five-star hotel where rooms and apartments with period furniture unveil the centuries and whose restaurant is renowned for its selection of the best Slovene wines and its domestic and foreign dishes, particularly game and mushroom specialties. Special attractions of the castle include the castle reception with attendants in period clothing, medieval music that accompanies guests from the moment they enter the courtyard, torches and candles lighting the castle, the echo of riders leaving the stables at nearby Struga Castle, and the rumbling of horse-drawn carriages carrying castle guests across the wooden bridges. Guests seeking relaxation and recreation can take advantage of many possibilities for sport and recreation at the nearby tennis centre, relax in the thermal pools of the Šmarješke Toplice Health Resort, enjoy entertainment events and dance at the Tango Restaurant, or visit the casino. Lovers of natural beauty are invited to go boating, fishing, or hunting in the vicinity of the castle, while the more adventurous can go rafting on the upper stream of the Krka.

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July 02, 2006 new by tropico (4 points)

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