Lately, Slovenian media has been frequently reporting about the town Sevnica, where Melania Trump (back in the day Knavs) grew up. This tiny place in south-east Slovenia, close to the border with Croatia, is getting rapidly ready for the increase of tourism.
Since we have never been to Sevnica, we visited to check out what is there to do and how to spend a day.
Getting there from Ljubljana
If you are in Ljubljana, taking a train to Sevnica might be a good option. It is going to take from a bit over an hour to an hour and a half, with a possible connect ride in Zidani Most. One way ticket is going to cost you 6,50 euros. Also, if you choose to travel on a weekend, the return ticket is available at 9.20 euros (the ticket is called Tourist weekend – see more at www.slo-zeleznice.si). Furthermore, we haven’t discovered any tourist shuttles which could take you to Sevnica from Ljubljana. But maybe in the near future this might also be a possibility. The railway station in Sevnica is almost in the center of the town and you can get easily around on foot.
Melania has certainly come a long way from Sevnica to the White House, and now thanks to its native daughter this tiny Slovenian city of approximately 5000 inhabitants has a story to tell.
What to do and see
If you are looking for the best point of contact, we recommend to visit The Dozivljaj Tourist Agency Posavje at the address Trg svobode 10 – almost just across the street from the railway station. We are pretty sure that there you will get all the information you need on how to spend the day in Sevnica. In addition, Mr. Zdravko Remar who works there will be more than happy to present all the tours/programs they are offering for getting to know “Melania’s Sevnica” better.
Additionally, for the visitors who are particularly interested in Melania’s traces in their town, they are running three main tours/programs.
Check out their tour programs
- Sevnica, the treasury of adventures
Price: 8,40 Eur per person
Program includes: seeing the school which Melania attended. Furthermore, sightseeing the town’s attractions; tasting local culinary delights; visiting a souvenir shop, a town market and local producers.
- Melania has put Sevnica on the world map
Price: 15,70 Eur per person
Program includes: seeing the school which Melania attended. Furthermore, sightseeing the town’s attractions; local culinary delights; visiting a souvenir shop, a town market and local producers; a video projection at Sevnica castle and wine tasting in the castle winery
- Sevnica, a wise First Lady
Price: 32,30 Eur per person
Program includes: seeing the school which Melania attended. Furthermore, sightseeing the town’s attractions; a visit of souvenir shop, a snack on a town market and by local producers; visit of the Sevnica castle and a video projection, the Grajska kavarna cafe; In addition, lunch at a tourist farm or a castle’s Medival Banquet
Also, check their web page and find out more at: www.dozivljaj.si
While Sevnica is losing no time for marketing on its most glamorous daughter, who left the town back in the 90’s and never looked back, the town certainly has enough attributes for a visit even without the “Melaniamania”.
Amazing Sevnica Castle
We can easily say, that Sevnica Castle would be a reason good enough for a visit of Melania’s hometown.
Furthermore, if you don’t feel like taking any of the Melania tours, you can make a day trip to Sevnica really enjoyable by visiting solely the Sevnica castle, which truly is a crown of the city.
Head towards the old part of Sevnica. Follow the pictures of little footprints painted on the sidewalk to mark the way. It is a nice and a picturesque walk up to the castle.
You can also visit the building with local museum and the garden with some old trees. Moreover, the amazing view over the old part. Behind the town the green river Sava is nicely visible and some countryside with the hills in the distance.
In the castle you can walk around the inner yard, where an old well and fresco facades will feed every hungry for the beauty eyes. In addition, you can have a coffee at the nicely decorated The Lord of the Castle’s Daughter Cafe (Graščakova hči). The atmosphere in the cafe is really great, and on a nice day you can sit outside and enjoy the landscape.
Melania sweet treats
And surprise surprise – “First Lady” American pie with a taste of Sevnica – is on a menu!
There is the information center and gift shop at the ground floor of the castle. At the information center you can book the tour around the castle, including the well presented wine cellar.
Tasting of the local wines is a must! And … yesss, you are on the right track: “First Lady” local wine is a new hit from Sevnica region.
Apparently, this label is so popular, consequently it is out of stock at the moment.
More info on the Sevnica Castle: http://www.grad-sevnica.com/general-information.html
And for the end -here is Slovenia’s currently most famous dessert -Melania: with strawberries, cream and pearls (of course). It is served at the Pizzeria and restaurant Rondo.