Rising up from the gentle rolling hills dotted with small farms and vineyards is the peak of Donačka Gora (884 m). The locals call it “Štajerski Triglav” owing to its three peaks visible from the south (Triglav = “three-head”).
Leading from the Rudijev Dom mountain hut to the summit, through a protected virgin beech forest reserve, is the first mountain trail in Slovenia to be set up and marked (around 1853). A special feature of Donačka Gora is its diverse flora (endemic species, the Dianthus plumarius pink called hoppejev klinček, and the only growing area for juvanov netresk, or Juvan’s houseleek/Sempervivum juvanii). Owing to its geomorphological, botanical and zoological characteristics, Donačka Gora was designated a natural monument in 1990.
Those in search of adrenaline thrills will be drawn to the trail from the eastern saddle, which leads up the final 20 metre rise by steel rope. The favourable thermals make this hill a perfect paragliding spot. The Equestrian Centre offers a truly special experience, a tour of the area around Rogatec on horseback along 7 arranged riding trails, or you can just ride a circuit or two around the manège.