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Motnik Borough

Motnik Borough

Turistično društvo Motnik

(g. Jože Semprimožnik)

Motnik 33, 1221 Motnik

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Motnik borough is one of the most famous boroughs in the Tuhinjska dolina valley. The borough got its right as soon as 1423 by the Austrian archduke Ernest Železni, the last duke to be enthroned in Slovene language in Gosposvetsko polje.

The borough was supposedly named after the muddy waters of the Motnišnica Stream and has enjoyed great fame throughout its long history. In the Middle Ages, a route that later became known as the Emperor’s Road ran not through Trojane and Črni Graben, but through the Tuhinja Valley for 200 years. During that time period, it was the only possible way to get from Styria to Trieste. Many trades developed parallel with freight-transport: harness-making, inn-keeping and crafts that were in any way connected with travelling and freight-transport.

Butchers, weavers, painters, potters, blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and hat-makers kept the borough busy; and trade in Motnik flourished. An especially interesting profession was that of providing traders with fresh horses so they could continue on their way without having to stop and allow their horses — tired from all the hills — to rest.

A lesser known fact is that Motnik had its own brown coal mine. In 1910, palaeontologists found a skeleton of a Prehistoric animal – the Pygmy Rhinoceros – in the mine.

When visiting Motnik, you can see all this and many other interesting sights. In the town hall, you can visit the Pygmy Rhinoceros Museum, where a life-size model of the rhinoceros is on display. Or, you can set out on the Motnik Tourist Trail. You only need about two and a half hours to see most of the above mentioned attractions in the borough of Motnik.

GPS: N 46°12'52" / E 14°53'14"