Nature and diligent human handiwork have come together in Bela krajina to form a picturesque cultural landscape.

Bela krajina has a predominately karstic topography and therefore features a variety of karstic phenomena. The hilly area of Gorjanci and Kočevski rog gradually descends to the Kolpa river below. As much as 46% of Bela krajina is included in Natura 2000, which is itself a testament to how exceptionally varied and well preserved this living space is.

Fern areas

The region of Bela krajina also boasts areas overgrown with birch trees and undergrowth of eagle fern, locally known as “steljniki”. The most beautiful fern areas are found in Vinomer near Metlika and in the vicinity of Marindol, a village south from Adlešiči. The meaning of the name Bela krajina derives from white birch trees.

Mirna gora

Mirna gora is the highest peak in Bela krajina (1047 m) and also one of the southeasternmost risings of the vast Kočevski Rog mountain massif. The belvedere guarantees a fantastic view of Bela krajina and Kolpa all the way to Karlovac and the Gorski Kotar mountain range in Croatia. The mountain lodge is the only constantly tended highland post. Mirna gora and Planina below it are the starting points as well as final destinations for many walking routes.

Hrast pri Vinici Bauxite deposit

In the vicinity of the village Hrast pri Vinici you can visit one of the biggest and surface-wise one of the most beautiful bauxite deposits in Slovenia. Bauxite has been shaping for millions of years, which makes it a very important geologic natural heritage. Bauxite layers are located by the village water hole Krivača and in the nearby narrow pass of the road. Here bauxite is covered by and mixed with humus. Heaps of artificially accumulated material are the result of experimental mining. 

Smuk above Semič

Smuk is a 547m high tableland above Semič. Towards the south and southeast Smuk lowers into the embrace of the Semiška gora on the sunny side, making its way through forests, towards its foothills, into the clustered, partly dispersed settlement Semič. Smuk represents a second home to a hunter, a recreational athlete, and a nature lover with the renewed hunter's lodge giving them a good reason “to leave all troubles behind”.

Source Jelševnik and Proteus Angunius from Bela krajina

The black proteus or proteus anguinus is the subspecies of the proteus. It was discovered some 300 years after his white counterpart, in 1986, in the nearby source of Dobličica, and later also in the source Jelševnik. The source Jelševnik is the only place, where the black proteus can be observed in its natural environment. You can also find the black proteus in the Zupančičeva house located in the vicinity the source, where it is possible to see the film about the proteus, or simply enjoy food and fish specialities.

Source of the river Krupa

The river Krupa boats the biggest source in Bela krajina, into which underground waters from the hilly part of Bela krajina flow. The river comes to surface in the middle of the northern part of the Bela krajina flat area, in the village Krupa, some 3km from Semič. The river surfaces under a 20m high rock wall. The source is the living space of the proteus and is the only known habitat of the cave shell Congeria kusceri in Slovenia. The river Krupa and its surroundings represent a part of the educational path »From Lebica to Krupa«.