Klopotec in Prekmurje

A traditional bird scarer named Klopotec, seen at a vineyard in Prekmurje, Slovenia

An iconic rural element in Slovenia is the Klopotec. It is a sort of bird-scaring rattle. You find it in many traditional Slovenian wine-growing areas. They are also common in some parts of Austria (esp. Styria) and Croatia (esp. Zagorje).


Snežnik Castle in Kozarišče

View of Grad Snežnik at a pond

Snežnik Castle (Grad Snežnik) was first mentioned in 1268. I was especially impressed by the complete interior furnishing of the 19th/20th century. So, this place gives a good impression of the noble lifestyle in that period. As most Slovenian castles lost their furniture at the end of World War II, this manor house is really a gem. [German]


Roman walls in Ljubljana

Outside the roman wall of Ljubljana

The ancient Roman name of Ljubljana was Emona. Today one can still see some Roman elements in the city. E.g. this redesign of a part of the Roman town walls created by architect Jože Plečnik. The reconstruction of the walls is not really authentic but works as remarkable monument to the former presence of the Romans.


Dragon bridge in Ljubljana

Sculpture at the dragon bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia

This dragon was one of four I saw at the dragon bridge (Zmajski most) in Ljubljana. The bridge finished in the beginning of the 20th century shows some elements of the Viennese Secession. The dragons were produced in Vienna (Factory A. M. Beschorner).