Zagreb Secrets: Sleep, Cook and Drink Rakija Free Near Slovenian Border

Lauren Simmonds

September the 28th, 2020 – When it comes to hearing about isolated little houses deep in the forest in the middle of nowhere, it can either be a childhood fairytale or a the basis of a good horror story, but what if it isn’t? Zagreb secrets are abundant, and one of them is a little hunting lodge in the woods, close to the Slovenian border, where you can sleep, cook and even drink rakija for zero kuna.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Mr. Petar Miljenovic, simpy known as Pero to his friends, is one of the few, if not the only Croatian hospitality worker who rents out his accommodation completely free of charge. His hunting lodge is located “in the middle of nowhere” on the Croatian-Slovenian border and is one of the very, very well kept Zagreb secrets indeed.

In the vicinity of Pogana jama at 980 metres above sea level, the secret of excursionists, hunters, mountaineers and even lovers who come to the idyllic Zumberak area has been kept, according to a report from punkufer.

“Above the village of Gric, which is located at 780 metres above sea level and is the most populated place in Zumberak, we go another 5 kilometres uphill. The key is always ”next to the mat” – the cottage is open to all casual travellers and photographers who easily get lost in the expanses of Zumberak. Next to the house is a picturesque spring, and the water, after about 300 metres, flows into a large cave called Pogana jama. In addition to the stove and, of course, ready chopped ​​wood, the house has several pots, a map of the Zumberak Nature Park – Samoborsko gorje, and most importantly, a bottle of Zumberak brandy.

“The doors of the house are open to everyone, and hunters and hikers know that they can rest and sleep there if they need to. Ten people can sleep there, but you have to know that it is a Robinson Crusoe holiday. There is no bathroom, only a toilet. There’s also a roaster and brandy available, which I bring every few days. Sometimes I get 50 kuna, and sometimes 2 euros instead of a thanks. In the future, I’ll rent out the house, but for now, nothing needs to be paid,” says Petar of perhaps one of the best kept Zagreb secrets of all.

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