The Rinka Centre is a multi-purpose centre concerned with the sustainable development of the Solčava region, catering to the needs of visitors to the region as well as information on various locations of interest and famous natural and cultural landmarks in Solčava. The Centre is located in the village of Solčava approx. 5km from the entrance to the Logar Valley Landscape Park.
Solčava, the beginning of Krištof the shepherd boy’s quest for his lost sheep
The Solčava Panoramic Road begins in Solčava, anancient mountain village where bold landlords inhabiting alpine farms wouldturn to Mary of Solčava, a Gothic statue from the mid-13th century –with their prayers in the Romanesque Church of St. Mary of the Snows. Legendsays that Mary moved the wall that was built in a single day to the present-daylocation of the church – namely, she knew that Lintver the Dragon used to livewithin the lake at today’s Matkov kot. At Solčava, Krištof the shepherd boywill begin his search for his lost sheep. And it is back here, to the municipalsheepfold known as the Fara barn, that he will drive his flock.
Solčava is a small alpine village nestled in the narrow and deep upper region of the Savinja Valley, protected by the towering Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanks. The village is simultaneously the beginning and end point of the Solčava Panoramic Road. The special architecture of the village characteristic for markets represents the essence of urbanism in the Solčava region. In 2009, the village was awarded the title of "European Destination of Excellence (EDEN)". Solčava is also the name of the municipality.
What to eat or buy
- A shop selling local produce in the Rinka Centre offers cured meat and dairy products as well as desserts.
- Also on offer are teas and other home-made beverages, wool and Solčava mountain wood products.
What to see
- The Gothic Church of St. Mary of the Snows.
- At the Rinka Centre: a permanent exhibition on life and nature in the Solčava region "Solčava – a Journey into the Heart of the Alps" (the exhibition takes you on a journey from damp prehistoric caves into built houses and farmyards, to timber and sheep, streams, mountain pastures, giant rocks and mountains), the information point for tourists and an area exhibiting and selling products from Solčava as well as the neighbouring regions.
- At the presbytery: an exhibition on caves and fossils "Stories Carved in Stone" introducing the geology of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karawanks mountains.
- A temporary exhibition of wool products and Solčava mountain wood.
Where to go
- At the Rinka Centre: a bar, reading lounge and a children’s corner.
- A themed trail to the Solčava yew tree.
- Fida's Grove themed trail on herbalism.
- Visit the Logar Valley, Robanov kot and Matkov kot.
- From Solčava we set out on the Solčava Panoramic Road – Solčava is where the trail both begins and ends.
- Permanent exhibition Potočka zijavka cave (Guesthouse and museum Firšt).