Mayor: Jože MUHIČ Number of inhabitants: 3.267 Area: 110 km2 Number of villages: 29
Dolenjske Toplice is a settlement near Novo Mesto in southeastern Slovenia and is the seat of the Municipality of Dolenjske Toplice. The area is part of the traditional region of Lower Carniola. The municipality is now included in the Southeast Slovenia Statistical Region. The town lies on the Sušica River, which joins the Krka 2 km north of town. It is a spa town known for its thermal baths established in 1658 by the Counts of Auersperg.
The name of the settlement was changed from Toplice to Dolenjske Toplice in 1953. The historical German name was Töplitz.
The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Anne and belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Novo Mesto. It is a Gothic building that was restyled in the Baroque in the late 17th century.
«As regards thermal waters, there are some in Central Carniola that are so excellent that people come from far and wide to visit them.« These words appeared in the second half of the 17.th century in a book by the polymath Johann Weichard Valvasor and confirm that tourists have been coming to Dolenjske Toplice – still today one of the most popular spa areas in Slovenia – for centuries.
The first written mention of Toplice dates from 1228, when Henry IV, the margrave of Istria, bestowed part of his property on the Cistercian abbey in Stična. The thermal springs that give the town its name have been known since prehistoric times – something proved by the archaeological sites in the immediate vicinity.
Today Dolenjske Toplice is a centre of health, wellness and congress tourism and an area of unspoilt nature with a rich cultural heritage.
The driving force behind spa and wellness tourism is Terme Krka, which has been operating here for almost 40 years. Dolenjske Toplice´s latest acquisition is a Cultural and Congress Centre whose main activity is congress tourism.
The unspoilt natural heritage of the area includes the forest of Kočevski Rog, to the right of the town. The forest also conceals an important piece of historical heritage among its trees: Base 20, today the only open-air museum of its kind in Europe.
Other important elements of cultural heritage include churches, some of which were once important centre of pilgrimage. Sights in nearby Soteska include the ruins of a once-mighty castle, the garden pavilion known as the Devil´s Tower and a collection of old vehicles that come under the aegis of the National Technical Museum. You can also visit the Gottschee Museum in Občice of take a walk in Gottschee village Kočevske Poljane.
Summer is the busiest time of year, with a large number of cultural and social events (from May to September). The climax comes with the municipal holiday (22 July) and Topliška noč, the biggest and most important cultural event in the municipality.
For more information on the sites of interest, facilities and amenities, and events in the Toplice valley, please contact TIC Dolenjske Toplice, T: 07 384 51 88, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: http://www.dolenjske-toplice.si.
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