Kostanjevica na Krki

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Kostanjevica na Krki
Coat of arms of Kostanjevica na Krki Map of Slovenia, position of Kostanjevica na Krki highlighted
Basic data
Country SloveniaSlovenia Slovenia
Historic region Lower Carniola / Dolenjska
Statistical region Posavska (Lower Sava Region)
Coordinates 45 ° 51 '  N , 15 ° 25'  E Coordinates: 45 ° 50 '46 "  N , 15 ° 25' 20"  E
height 155  m. i. J.
Residents 2,480 (2008)
Post Code 8311
License Plate KK
Structure and administration

Kostanjevica na Krki ( German  Landstraß an der Gurk ) is the oldest and at the same time the smallest town of Dolenjska in Slovenia. The oldest part of the village is located on an artificial island in the Krka River . The German names for this place are the more common Landstraß and also the older Landestrost.

Kostanjevica na Krki is also the name of the entire municipality, consisting of 28 villages. The community has 2,480 inhabitants, 751 of whom live in the main town Kostanjevica na Krki.


The Krka in Kostanjevica

The settlement founded by the Spanheimers emerged at the beginning of the 13th century. It was first called a city around 1210, and its market rights were put on record in 1249. Around 1234, Duke Bernhard von Spanheim founded the Cistercian monastery of Mariabrunn ( Latin: Fons Beatae Mariae ). The Mariabrunn Monastery (now Slovene Kostanjevica) was a subsidiary of the Viktring Monastery near Klagenfurt in Carinthia . Until the end of the Habsburg Empire , Kostanjevica na Krki belonged to the Crown Land of Carniola , with Kostanjevica forming its own municipality. Kostanjevica was also the seat of the judicial district Landstraß , which in turn belonged to the Gurkfeld district .

Due to its island location, the city at the foot of the Gorjanci is often flooded, which is why it was nicknamed Venice of Dolenjska (Dolenjske Benetke).

In 2002 the city celebrated the 750th anniversary of the first documentary mention.


  • Kostanjeviška Jama : The karst caves were discovered in 1937 after the entrance was cleared by a flood. In total, more than 1800 m of the cave system have already been explored, with many of the tunnels being flooded. The cave has been open to the public since 1971. An approximately 210 m long path has been laid out for tourists, the remaining parts are only permitted for experienced cave climbers.
  • Kostanjevica Monastery (Fons Beatae Mariae, Mariabrunn): today contains a gallery for modern art .

Districts of the entire municipality


Web links

Commons : Kostanjevica na Krki  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Miha Kosi (Laibach): City foundation and city development. Problems and examples from the Slovenian area . In: Pro Civitate Austriae. Information on urban history research in Austria , New Series, Issue 14, Austrian Working Group for Urban History Research, Linz 2009, p. 7
  2. Kostanjevica Cave  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.robinson-sp.si   , robinson-sp.si (English).
  3. ^ Kostanjevica na Krki, monastery (also called castle) , slovenia.info.