As medieval towns go, this one is as straightforward as they come. It consists of a wide street fronted by old buildings on both sides, perched on top of a promontory surrounded by valleys and mountains in the distance.

The solitary girl in the tourist information shop has what must be one of the quietest jobs in the world. She gave me a leaflet marked with the main buildings and an explanation on them. She explained that the town was the only one in Slovenia that is still surrounded by a moat. There’s a beekeeping museum in the town hall, but this was closed on Mondays. So that was a decision I didn’t need to take: whether to go into this museum.


There are also a handful of inns, restaurants and pubs to serve many a weary traveller. One cannot help noticing an ingenious attention grabber outside one of the pubs, in the middle of the square.


You have to read the small print, of course, the equivalent of ‘terms and conditions apply’. I was sorely tempted but I needed to drive soon, so the beer had to wait for a while.