To the south of Ljubljana, Slovenian capital city, there is a piece of flat land almost uninhabited. Off course there is a reason for that, as the area is very boggy. The first settlers were the Pile dwellers, who would build their homes on the piles near running water, which often flooded. After the culture of pile dwellers nobody really wanted to inhabit the area, even the Romans, famous for their construction skills thought of the area as unsuitable for living.
But everything changed when in the end of 18th and start of 19th century, Austrian authorities decided to promote Ljubljana marshes to the Slovenian farmers as a good farming opportunity as they thought the soil is very rich and suitable for farming. Most of the settlers that responded to the initiative bought the land and built themselves a house. Most of the houses were made out of wood, because it made them lighter and they were cheaper to build, but all of them were built on the oak piles to prevent them to subside into the soft marshy soil. The truth was, that the authorities were wrong about the soil being perfect for cultivating. On the contrary, farmers had to work hard to dig up the channels to get rid of the water that prevented them from farming. With the start of the industrial revolution, there was another chance for the settlers who started to cut peat and sell it on the market. Unfortunately, when the peat was gone, people had to start cultivating the land again and that was the time when a lot of the people decided to leave Ljubljana marshes for good. In 2008 Ljubljana marshes has been protected as a landscape park as it is one of the richest habitats for birds as part of NATURA 2000 in Slovenia. There is a place called Trnulja estate, where the owners decided to respect the heritage of the area. They built an eco-farm made mostly out of wood, where they can take you “back in time”. You can experience traditional Slovene dishes all produced ecologically and enjoy the tranquility of the area.