If you ask me Otočec Castle is simply the most beautiful castle in Slovenia. Not only it rises like a jewel from the mists of the Krka River and is the only water castle in Slovenia, you have to love this castle because it is not as crowded as for example Bled or Predjama Castle and it offers so many photo opportunities.
Leave your car on the parking space just near the river (you can’t miss it) and start taking photos. Immediately! Some of the best views of the castle can be captured from there. Most of the time you can find some boats in the river that can make a great addition to your photo (we all know boats are a must:)
When you are done with the first few photos cross the first wooden bridge & start exploring. The island on which the castle stands is really small, it is basically just a park and you can walk all around it. You can capture photos of the wooden bridges (there are two, one on each side), trees, paths, river, swans, ducks, flowers … and the castle itself.
Even the castle is a popular wedding destinations, it is a hotel and it has a bar & restaurant, I’d advise you to – skip it. As long as I know and as long as I explore Slovenia this place is just too expensive. I don’t mind paying a little extra for something great, but whenever I was there – the coffee sucked and the service to. #myopinion
Instead of drinking coffee … cross the second bridge and turn right. There you will find a path going up the river through some nice woods. Follow it. You will come across some great views of the castle and the river and finally (after a half of an hour walk) you will end up on a bridge near Village Otočec. The place also offers some great photo options.
You can return to the castle (& your car) on the other side of the river (from Otočec Village), but you will be walking on a quite busy road so I would recommend you to go back where you came from.
To see everything there is to see – 2, 3 hours should be more than enough. If you are looking for great photos you already know to be there early in the morning or late in the afternoon. There are some other nice places to visit nearby so you can spend a day or two in the area.
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Sanja Leban Trojar – @sanya_lt