The Secret Forest
Visit the times of the olden days, the deepest corners of the Kočevje region where lush forests lay hidden and untouched. Forget about time and experience magical nature as never before.
Enjoy the miraculous nature, fill your lungs with fresh air and feel its immense power. Discover paradise!
Debela Jelka Fir Tree
Near the old village of Rajhenav in Kočevski Rog, stands a mighty fir: the Queen of Rog. It towers 51 m above the ground, its top hidden entirely from sight. One of the tallest Slovenian firs, over 500 years old, is called Debela jelka (the Fat Fir), for its girth is so great that four grown men can barely circle it. This five centuries old beauty is surrounded by many respectable sentinels, but there can only be one Queen. Have you already embraced our Queen and listened in silence to her story?
The rare remnants of primaeval forest are some of the most valuable corners of the forest.
These parts are pristine and unspoiled; no tree was ever felled by the hands of man, who never set foot in the ancient woods. Primaeval forests were preserved thanks to their difficult access and the wisdom of the forester Dr. Hufnagel, who protected them from logging by adding a tiny remark on the economic plan: ''A forest must always thrive here''.
Primaeval forests cover only an area of 218 ha. The small size of these areas makes them the more vulnerable. Among the best-known in Kočevje are Rajhenavski Rog and the Krokar primaeval forest. The latter even more so, since it was added to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List in 2017. We therefore strive to keep it safe and unspoilt.
Rajhenavski Rog Primeval Forest
The Rajhenavski Rog Primeval Forest covers an area of approx. 51 ha. You can experience the forest by following the Rog hiking trail that winds along the forest's edge. Look for marks in the shape of a bear paw. Do not enter the forest as its natural processes should remain undisturbed and its areas untouched. Following the path, you are overwhelmed by the immense size of the centuries-old sentinels, an eternal cycle of death and birth, the circle of life. Stop, listen and feel the beat of the forest in its utmost natural form.
Krokar Primeval Forest
The Krokar Primeval Forest represents the beauty and untouched nature of beech woodlands, covering an area of more than 75 ha. It is a strict nature preserve, also a part of the Nature 2000 program, and represents an ecosystem with an ever-changing balance of soil, climate and a myraid of living organisms: from microscopic beings to bears. Here, the natural processes are unhindered by man and have never been subject to logging. Follow the marked trails and admire the forest from afar.
Although Krokar may be very tempting, do not enter the forest to collect fruit as it is a strict preserve. Follow the marked paths of the Borovec hiking trail and discover its greatness, enjoy its fresh air and experience its ever-changing nature.
Together with the Snežnik-Ždroclje forest reserve, the Krokar Primeval Forest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This was an important event for Slovenia. It is one of the most important events in the 30 years since the Škocjan Caves were added to the list. This acts as a special recognition of the good management of natural and forest areas in the Kočevje region. In particular, this is a strong commitment and a promise to preserve the ecosystem of the beech forest for many years to come. We can only achieve our goal by working together and respecting the boundaries of the primaeval forest; follow the marked trails and preserve our greatest treasure.