The small town of Grosuplje lies in a small basin just 17km to the south-east of Ljubljana in Central Slovenia.
When travelling from Ljubljana to Grosuplje, the Ljubljana marshes blend into the characteristic hilly landscape of the Dolenjska.
The area of Grosuplje has been settled since around 500 BC, but the first recorded mention of it dates back to 1136. Today, Grosuplje is a centre of crafts and industry whose rapid development is mainly due to its good transport connections and nearness to Slovenia's capital of Ljubljana.
The area surrounding Grosuplje is well known for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. The most interesting places to see include the Magdalenska gora archaeological site, a fortified church on the Tabor hill above the village of Cerovo, the Županova jama cave and a karst polje known as Radensko polje.
Alternatively, there are several airports around Slovenia with more budget flights that are now well connected by one of many shuttle companies, although you can also use public transport. Look especially for flights to northern Italy into Trieste, Venice (Marco Polo or Treviso airports), Bologna, Bergamo, Milano-Linate/Malpensa, but also to Munich, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Rijeka, Pula and Zagreb.
From the A2 Ljubljana to Zagreb Motorway take Exit Nr. 19 and the town centre of Grosuplje is just one kilometre to the south from the motorway exit.
Grosuplje is small enough to get around easily enough on foot. Collect a free city map at the tourist information centre or in the Kongo Hotel & Casino. Navigating or finding a street is easy as streets are clearly marked.
By city bus
Ljubljana Passenger Transport (LPP) runs every day of the year and the bus line for Grosuplje is line 3G (Ljubljana-Grosuplje). Grosuplje is located in the third zone.
While taxis ordered by phone are cheap, those waiting on the street will usually charge through the roof, and you can end up paying €25 for a short ride! Unless you're in a hurry, always order a taxi by phone.
Magdalenska Gora archaeological site
This remarkably well preserved archaeological site is one of the best known in Slovenia. Although some finds are from late Roman and Medieval times, most of them are dated earlier, between the first and eighth centuries before the Christian era. Unfortunately many of them are exhibited in museums in Ljubljana, Vienna and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This hill has been a defensive position since prehistoric times and a great number of family burial mounds, ramparts and terraces can still be clearly seen.
Right at the top of the hill is the rustic Gothic church of St Magdalene built on the site of the more ancient acropolis and first mentioned in 1366. Its patron, Saint Mary Magdalene was beatified after being present at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and despite having previously had the reputation of being a notorious sinner, with no less than seven devils exorcised from her.
There is a walkway with illustrative panels that will guide you around the Iron Age settlement remains and provide good insights into the probable daily lives of its previous inhabitants.