Jeruzalem Slovenia Experience
Jeruzalem is the land of sun, counts and wine. It lies on the northeastern part of Slovenia between Mura and Drava rivers. With its rolling wine hills, hospitable people and endless natural and cultural attractions it is a perfect destination for wine and food lovers, natural enthusiasts and active families.
My top things to do while exploring Jeruzalem destination
Visit a tourist farm or two in Prlekija
We were driving through the narrow village roads before we ended at Tourist farm Ozmec. »You can not start your day without taking a breakfast.” said Sonja and offered us a huge Prlekija breakfast consisting of salami, 3 types of spreads, cheeses. Let the photos tell you a yummy story. In the family they are dealing with farming, tourism and carpentry. Believe it or not, the most photographed item on the farm is a tractor, red Porsche.
Another great tourist farm is Puklavec in Zasavci village where we were enjoying nice views over neatly vineyards, admiring huge rattle and indulging our taste buds in local specialties. In Prlekija you will eat well. Do not leave Prlekija without tasting sweets (Gibanica pogača, kvasenica), meat delicacies (tünka, zobl, postržjača) and other local treats (čurke, prezvuršt, pocane murke, sireki, pumpkin seed oil). And of course wine!
Wine tasting in Prlekija
We visited family-run Kogl winery 1542. Firstly, you will fall in love with its exterior. The estate is based on the hill surrounded by the terraced vineyards and artistic items. It offers endless and spectacular views over the Prlekija countryside and even further to Štajerska region. »The wine and art goes hand in hand at Kogl winery.« greeted us Špela and Franc who invited us into the wine cellar. But before we entered into the winery, we spotted a huge wall. On the wall there are written all sorts of wine that are produced at Kogl winery. Secondly, you will fall in love with its interior of Kogl wine cellar. Kogl winery is one of those small wineries you will never forget. Because it just stands out too much. The vineyards in Prlekija have great conditions to grow: abundance of sunshine, cool nights and mineral-rich soil of the Pannonian sea. One is for sure! You can not leave Prlekija without tasting local grape variety called Šipon (Furmint) which is a pride of Jeruzalem and Prlekija region.
The lagoons of Ormož
The lagoons of Ormož, once wastewater basins from Ormož sugar factory, are a nature reserve and a wetland of national and international importance due to numerous endangered species of birds. They are managed by BirdLife Slovenia who (after the sugar factory was closed down in 2006) installed new water system and constructed 6 large breeding islands with the total surface of 10000m2. The lagoons of Ormož are part of Drava Natura 2000 area and are one of the most important stopover and breeding sites for water birds in Slovenia. Believe it or not, the biggest attractions are 26 buffalos which are freely roaming around, grazing along the banks and maintaining low vegetation in pools with shallower water. It is a quiet and peaceful place for relaxing and observing animals in their natural habitat. Along the pools you can follow the education path on foot, by bike or on horseback. There are observation points and a visitor center.
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