From above, Metlika, the ancient Bela krajina town, looks like a heart-shaped jigsaw of townhouses and a castle in the middle of green nature. Its turbulent history can be observed on the town’s coat of arms. The two ravens perched on a castle, presumably cursed by the countess, represent the two guards that fell asleep during their watch. The town blossomed during the time of Napoleon’s Illyrian provinces. Today, it stands as the birthplace of Slovene firefighting. For decades, Slovenia’s largest wine festival has been hosted by Metlika. In Metlika Castle you can find the Bela krajina Museum and Tourist Information Centre, where tips for an unforgettable exploration await you.