Municipality of Ivančna Gorica

About half way between Ljubljana and Novo mesto, surrounded by the gentle hills of Dolenjska, carpeted by green meadows and forests and shrouded in the mysterious interweaving of the past and future, lies the Municipality of Ivančna Gorica. Under the slogan “Comfortable and Homelike”, you are welcomed to the municipal centre of Ivančna Gorica, which invites you to visit its Saturday Market and use it as a starting point for trips to its surrounding localities (the 12 pearls). Muljava, where the birth house of the famous Slovenian writer Josip Jurčič welcomes you with the open air museum Jurčičeva domačija, the medieval town of Višnja Gora with its town centre and old castle, or Stična, where your spirit can rest a while with the white monks of the ancient Cistercian monastery. In the neighbouring Šentvid you can join the largest Slovenian choir or simply visit the beautiful green spring of the Krka river, situated near the town of the same name, and sit a while on its peaceful banks somewhere downstream towards Zagradec, where a pleasant smell of freshly ground flour and home-baked bread still awakens the senses. The fascinating scent of vast forests, especially well-known to mushroom gatherers, lures you towards Ambrus and many vineyards throughout the country invite you to taste their fruit in the mysterious wine cellars around Temenica. Some of you can hike along the scenic hilltops of the northern areas and taste the flavours of the local tourist farms around Metnaj. The vivid pulse of typical country towns can be experienced in Sobrače on the upper stream of the River Temenica, and at Dob pri Šentvidu where an authentic rural way of life and picturesque karst features can be found.

All twelve pearls of the Municipality of Ivančna Gorica are connected by a Loop Path that is “Comfortable and Homelike”. You can go hiking, running, cycling or horse riding along this scenic route, or simply drive it by car or with a caravan and enjoy the sights and maybe experience again the forgotten carefree feelings of your youth. Information boards can be found in the middle of all 12 towns. They provide information on the sights and local tourist offers, and are equipped with a stamp intended for the stamp card accompanying this “Comfortable and Homelike” route.

The Municipality of Ivančna Gorica today

Today the Municipality of Ivančna Gorica, with its 137 settlements and 12 local communities, is a relatively rapidly growing area, which increases the value of its transport links, enables the sustainable development of the economy and trade, and ensures a good quality of life. There are many active associations in the fields of firefighting, culture, sports and other association activities in the municipality. Besides the economy, the main focus of the Municipality of Ivančna Gorica is on education, health care and care for the elderly, inter-generational cooperation, local self-supply, energy efficiency, balanced spatial development and tourism. In this last area, the Municipality markets its products under the trademark “Comfortable and Homelike – the Municipality of Ivančna Gorica”.

Area: 227 km²
Population: 16.241 (as at 1. 7. 2016)
Number of villages: 137
Number of local communities: 12


Mayor of Ivančna Gorica

Dušan Strnad

»If we want to succeed as a municipality, we have to work together both inside the municipality and beyond its borders - with other, neighbouring municipalities. I am glad that we have established, with the municipalities of Trebnje and Grosuplje, in a very short time a joint municipal administration, which we call Inter-Municipal Development Centre. Our municipalities are three similar and related municipalities, not only in their geographical position and the number of inhabitants, but also in their development goals and objectives, what is the most important thing.«


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