Are you looking for a fun day out with the kids or with visiting friends? Perhaps you just want to spend some time with your favourite people out in the fresh air! Whether it's your first visit to Slovenske Konjice, or you have been before and want to discover it from a different perspective, our self-guided Mini Adventure is the perfect way to get acquainted with this delightful, quiet gem, at your own pace and in your own time.
Known as the "City of Flowers and Wine", Slovenske Konjice (or simply Konjice as it was called until 1934) more than lives up to this title. It's well preserved and clean streets, squares, bridges and buildings are a delight. Set beneath the mysterious Konjiška Gora mountain, where it is said a dragon once resided and nestling amongst hills of vineyards. It is charming, authentic and full of character, a perfect destination for exploring using a Mini Adventure.
The mission in Slovenske Konjice will take you from one end of the town to the other. From the modern area, where the railway station used to be, on to the squares of the new and old town which are separated by the Dravinja river. Once you leave Town Square (Mestni trg) you hit the Old Square (Stari trg) where the stream of "Dragon's slobber" begins. It's a tiny stream with small bridges that divides the one-way street and pedestrianised area. The old square is lined with beautiful town houses, which from spring until autumn, are adorned with colourful window boxes filled with blooms. As well as being able to see frescoes on some of the houses along here, there is also the Plague Monument, a masterpiece from the 18th century.
Leaving this area, you come to the Church of St. George which was first mentioned in the 12th century and is still architecturally the same as in that time! It's a large and imposing building considering the size of the town itself, the bell tower measures 62m high. It's then up the gentle hill to the park area where the kids can stop for a play at the playground. The park has an attractive pond and is overlooked by the Trebnik Mansion, a Renaissance mansion from the 14th century. It was once home to noble families but after falling into disrepair has had extensive renovations. It is now home to the first dispersed hotel in Slovenia, a restaurant and seminar rooms.
One of the things you can't fail to notice as you explore Slovenske Konjice is its celebration of horses. The horses are in honour of St. George's horse. The legend of him riding in on his white horse to save a maiden who was due to be sacrificed to the dragon that lived in the mountain above Slovenske Konjice is celebrated every year. At the end of April an event called Jurjevanje (Feast of St. George) retells the story of St.nGeorge saving the town. They also symbolise when Slovenske Konjice was a busy stopover point for travellers in old times when travelling with horses was the only form of transport.
The area around Slovenske Konjice should also be experienced during your visit. Just 12 kms away is the Monastery Žiče which was founded around 1160 by the Carthusian religious order. It is the oldest Carthusian monument in central Europe and celebrated its 850th anniversary in 2015. It was then, that it was declared a cultural monument of national importance.
And wine lovers shouldn't pass on the opportunity to visit the stunning scenery of vineyards and hills in the region. Sample some of the finest wines in Slovenia, enjoying fine hospitality and nature.
As you explore you will be following our special map, solving clues as you go along - some are sneaky, some not so much. The clues are set on buildings, monuments and permanent features, solving them will reveal the location of the relic you have been tasked to find on your epic adventure. Become one of the Seeker characters presented in the booklet and feature on the free collectable badges that are included.
We have included fun challenges to complete along the way so the fun lasts even longer!
And at the end of the Mini Adventure you will have found the answer to your quest and be able to decode the exclusive 'mini padlock' included in your pack, loaded with lucky Seeker Charms.
Make your day out even more amazing by adding the personalised option. See the Personalise a Mini Adventure section for more information.
Slovenske Konjice - The Poisoned Stream of Dragon's Slobber
- This walking Mini Adventure is approximately 1.5km long and depending on your pace, takes around 2 hours to complete
- This Mini Adventure is not suitable for wheelchairs. There are some steps to navigate so light pushchairs could be used if you are feeling fit!
- This Mini Adventure is suitable for all ages from 4 to 84
- One Mini Adventure map will be enough for 6 people
- Free answer sheet included - sealed, so it's not too easy to cheat but accessible if you get stuck
- There are free certificates for each Mini Adventure available on submission of the answer to the quest. Alternatively, order an extra special Mini Adventurer Certificate at the time of choosing your Mini Adventure and have an awesome personalised certificate sent to you in the post from the Master of Seekers himself!