Ponikva Study Trails

Karstic water study trail of Stanko Buser
 
The trail, which presents the Ponikva karst area, is devoted to an excellent geologist and professor from Ponikva, Dr Stanko Buser. The signposts contain a sign with Pironaea buseri, one of the five fossils names after him.
The trail starts in front of the Blaž Kocen primary school in Ponikva, where a former water sink for livestock feeding will be placed next to the new road from the main road, and proceeds behind the Church of St. Martin, where you can see a wooden well. Passing a cemetery, you will see on your left a plant purification device that purifies wastewaters and was the first of its kind in Slovenia. To the right under the hill of St. Ožbalt is the source of the Meklen Stream, where women used to do laundry and is therefore called Periše (washing area). Along the road, you can see two karstic sources, a permanent and a periodic, which supply from ponors – swallets at Mlakarjeve Rupe. The growing place of the pasque flower in Boletina is part of the protected area of Natura 2000 and is one of the most popular destinations on the outskirts of Ponikva. A hundred meters further, you can admire water disappearing into the depth of ponors - swallets that give Ponikva its name.
 
At the hayrack next to the Šmid Wine Cellar, where you can also fill up your empty stomach, you can enjoy a nice view of the dry karstic valley and if the weather is nice also the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.
The Šmid well is situated on a steep karstic slope and is interesting because of its cave with stalactites at a depth of 4 metres. The trail continues to the birth house of Dr Stanko Buser and ends circularly through the forest to the road that leads back to Ponikva. Along the road, you are welcome to visit the Pokrajšek Tourist Farm.
The trail, which presents the Ponikva karst area, is devoted to an excellent geologist and professor from Ponikva, Dr Stanko Buser. The signposts contain a sign with Pironaea buseri, one of the five fossils names after him.
The trail starts in front of the Blaž Kocen primary school in Ponikva, where a former water sink for livestock feeding will be placed next to the new road from the main road, and proceeds behind the Church of St. Martin, where you can see a wooden well. Passing a cemetery, you will see on your left a plant purification device that purifies wastewaters and was the first of its kind in Slovenia. To the right under the hill of St. Ožbalt is the source of the Meklen Stream, where women used to do laundry and is therefore called Periše (washing area). Along the road, you can see two karstic sources, a permanent and a periodic, which supply from ponors – swallets at Mlakarjeve Rupe. The growing place of the pasque flower in Boletina is part of the protected area of Natura 2000 and is one of the most popular destinations on the outskirts of Ponikva. A hundred meters further, you can admire water disappearing into the depth of ponors - swallets that give Ponikva its name.
At the hayrack next to the Šmid Wine Cellar you can enjoy a nice view of the dry karstic valley. The Šmid well is situated on a steep karstic slope and is interesting because of its cave with stalactites at the depth of 4 metres. The trail continues to the birth house of Dr. Stanko Buser and ends circularly through the forest to the road, which leads back to Ponikva.
 
The trail of the three famous men of Ponikva
The trail is historical and geographic and called after the Lavantine bishop Anton Martin Slomšek, the cartographer and geographer Blaž Kocen and the grammarian and lexicographer Mihael Zagajšek. Using the signposts, follow Slomšek’s Blaže and Nežica.
The road leads from the Ponikva Blaž Kocen primary school to a stunning panoramic view at the Church of St. Ožbalt. Continue on a part of Slomšek’s walking trail to Slom, where you can see permanent exhibits about the bishop’s life and work in the renovated birth house of Slomšek. At the Ponikva railway station, you can see a historical interpretation of the importance of one of the first eight railway stations along the Southern railway line Vienna–Celje, built in 1846 on the territory of Slovenia.
A somewhat longer walk on the walking trail will take you to the memorial room and monument of Blaž Kocen at Zgornje Hotunje. Crossing the Hotunje forest, you reach Masten’s ponds, where you can enjoy some time in harmony with nature and recharge your batteries to continue along the way. The way passes fields where you reach a settlement and continue your way down the road towards the former property of Zagajšek. Here you can read much about Mihael Zagajšek.
Passing an orchard down the trail along the railway, you reach the main road and chestnut avenue that used to be part of a manor. The trail leads to Šamec sandpit, which is rich in flintstone, parts of algae and shells. There are boards presenting the age of these sediments.
The walking trail leads from the main road back to Ponikva, where you finish your excursion with a view of the Baroque interior of the Church of St. Martin.
 
 
 
 

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