I guess I’ve reached this age when most of my friends already decided or are deciding to tie the knot. In mid-August my husband and I attended wedding of our dear friends held at the gorgeous Otočec castle in Dolenjska Region (Lower Carniola Region) in the South-Eastern Slovenia.
Dolenjska is often overlooked, but is with its charming landscape of green meadows, vineyards, vast woods, green rivers and lovely towns with rich cultural heritage, well worth a visit.
One of the jewels of Dolenjska is definitely Otočec settlement with its fairy-tale castle. The origins of the castle are bit mysterious. It is unknown who and when built it. First known information about it is reference in historical documents from the 13th century. Since then, the castle passed from one noble family to another.
At the beginning of the Wold War II was the castle seized by the Italians (who then occupied this part of Slovenia) and was used as a fortress. Partisans fighting the Italians burnt down the castle in 1942. The fire left the building heavily damaged. After the war, Otočec castle was nationalised and renovated. Later it was turned into luxury hotel and a restaurant.
Otočec castle is a nowadays a popular wedding venue. No wonder why, because it is incredibly lovely and romantic location. Located on a small island on the river Krka is the only castle in Slovenia of such kind. But, the castle wasn’t originally built on an island. It was built on a river-bank. Supposedly, in order to increase the safety of the castle, one of the owners ordered part of the estate to be dug out and filled with the river-water.
Location appropriate, our friends’ had a true fairy-tale wedding. The lovely ceremony was held in the park by the river and the reception was held at the castle’s yard. After the delicious dinner was served, the party followed and we had a great time!
Because the main purpose of our visit of Otočec was the wedding, we sadly didn’t have a chance to explore the surrounding area. But because it is a gorgeous place, we would definitely like to return and (re)explore what the Dolenjska region has to offer.