Public Institute for Culture and Tourism Kočevje

The Public Institute for Culture and Tourism Kočevje was established by the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Kočevje on September 29, 2015 with the Ordinance on the establishment of a Public Institute in the Field of Tourism and Culture in the Municipality of Kočevje.

In 2016, the destination brand Kočevsko - The Secret Forest of Slovenia was established, which accelerated the implementation of the tourism development strategy in cooperation with tourism providers in Kočevsko, covering the municipalities of Kočevje, Kostel and Osilnica.

General Data

Public Institute for Culture and Tourism Kočevje (Kočevsko Institute)
Trg zbora odposlancev 62, 1330 Kočevje
1330 Kočevje
Head Office: T: +386 (0) 82 00 94 86


By 2025, Kočevsko will become an internationally recognised and attractive tourist destination for tourists and visitors that want an active and adventurous vacation in the authenticity of nature. The destination will meet the expectations of a demanding, active and ecologically aware tourist, which will contribute to the long-term preservation of the natural and cultural heritage and social and economic well-being of the people of Kočevsko.

We are working with the umbrella vision of Slovenian tourism to make Slovenia a destination for five-star green, healthy and active experiences.

The mission of all destination stakeholders is to develop a high-quality and recognisable tourist offer. The offer of the new recognisable destination of Kočevsko will be attractive to tourists, while being sustainable and responsible for long-term and successful business operations. It will ensure the preservation of ecosystems and natural processes, natural values, the diversity of habitat types, animal and plant species, as well as the quality and diversity of landscapes, the preservation of cultural heritage and the quality of cultural landscape, which is the result of many years of coexistence between locals and nature. The organisation and networking of stakeholders will develop a unified destination with greater synergies that are reflected in growth and development, and above all in the well-being and satisfaction of the local community.

Contact Information

Director: Vesna Malnar Memedovič

Head of the Tourism Sector: Nevenka Klun

Head of the Culture Sector: Aleksander Koprivec

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    Kočevje Cultural Center - KCK

    Kočevje Cultural Center is the central venue for cultural and artistic events in Kočevje.

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    Bearlog Hostel

    Bearlog Hostel is the first hostel in Kočevsko and is located in a renovated house with rich history. The central Tourist Information Centre of the destination of Kočevsko is also located in the Hostel, where you can find information on numerous local activities and events.

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    Camp Jezero Kočevsko

    Camp Jezero Kočevsko has designated spaces for mobile homes, trailers and tents, and it offers accommodation in glamping cottages as well.

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    TIC Kočevska Reka and the Škrilj Bunker assembly point

    The Tourist Information Centre Kočevska Reka offers information for tourists and free publications about the tourist services of the region of Kočevsko. It is also an info point and an assembly point for the underground Škrilj Bunker.