Metlika is the second largest town and third largest municipality in Bela krajina. It is a place rich with history. It was first mentioned in 1228 as Metlica, but was settled in prehistoric times. In the 15th and 16th century it was a frequent target for Ottoman Empire raids. Metlika's castle was built in the 15th century to combat these raids.
The first school in Metlika was established in the 16th century, by that time Metlika was also a free trade market for books. In 1850 the first town band was created, 1865 a national reading room was created. Metlika is the home of the first Slovenian volunteer fire brigade, established in 1869. After the First world war Metlika got its first water supply, electricity and a steel bridge over Kolpa river. Before the Second world war it became an important cultural center. During this time, after Italy capitulated, Metlika, with the rest of Bela krajina became a free territory and continued the fight against the enemy. In 1944 Metlika got its first Gymnasium. After the war, Metlika grew rapidly and became the center for the textile industry. Metlika is the wine center of Bela krajina.
What to do
Visit historical and other locations such as:
Bela krajina museum, the Slovenian fire fighters museum, Metlika castle, Kambič gallery, Greek catholic church of Saints Cyril and Methodius one of only two in Slovenia,
Metlika’s vine cellar, the three town squares of Metlika, Cultural center Metlika,
The taverns, restaurants and shops,
Many more sights.
Where to discover
Bela krajina lies in southeastern Slovenia. It is centrally located between Ljubljana – Slovenia’s capitol, Zagreb – Croatia’s capitol and Rijeka, Croatia’s port city in the Adriatic. From each of these locations Bela krajina is about 100 km away. No highway leads directly to Metlika. When traveling in Slovenia, you can take the exit to Črnomelj in Ivančna gorica or you can drive to Novo mesto and there take the road to either Črnomelj, Metlika or Semič. If you are traveling from Croatia, choose the Bosiljevo I exit and drive towards Slovenia, through the Vinica border crossing. You can also drive to Karlovec and there turn towards Slovenia, where you will enter the country in Metlika.