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Municipality of Ilirska Bistrica


Bazoviška cesta 14


6250 Ilirska Bistrica


(05) 714 13 61


(05) 714 12 84


Emil Rojc

Predlgajatelj župana

Social Democrats

Število prebivalcev


Število naselij



480 sq kilometres


Spletni naslov

Uradne ure

Monday: 8:00 – 11:00

Wednesday: 8:00 – 11:00 and 12:00 – 16:30

Friday: 8:00 - 11:00



The municipality of Ilirska Bistrica is situated in the south of Slovenia, by the Croatian boarder. It covers a very varied landscape, from the Snežnik plateau with Slovenia’s highest non-alpine mountain Snežnik (1796 m), the karst meadows of Zgornja Pivka, the River Reka valley, the Brkini hills where excellent apples and plums are grown and the famous “brkinski slivovec” (Brkini brandy) is produced, to the Matarsko and Jelšansko low-lying land with many mysterious dead-end valleys. Ilirska Bistrica is one of the largest municipalities in Slovenia, covering an area of 480 square kilometres and having a population of 14,000 people. The centre of the municipality is the town of Ilirska Bistrica, which lies at the edge of the Ilirska Bistrica basin, at the foot of Mount Snežnik, above the confluence of the Bistrica, Molja and Pila streams with the River Reka. It is the centre of the area that comprises the wooded Snežnik plateau, the Reka valley, the eastern part of the Brkini hills, and part of the Podgrajsko low-lying land. The town was formed by joining several settlements on the sheltered, sunny side of the slopes at the foot of Mount Snežnik. In the town, the roads to Pivka, Podgrad (over Brkini) and Snežnik separate from the Postojna-Rijeka road. Ilirska Bistrica has merged with Gabrje, the new settlement by the road to Zgornja Pivka, and with Koseze and Jasen. The older part of the town is at the foot of the steep limestone slopes, which give way to meadows and artificially planted pine forests. Stražica (711 m) rises in the north, Volčji Hrib (757 m) in the east, and behind the latter there is Zelena dolina (green valley). The Bistrica stream rises from below the steep limestone slopes and has three periodical tributaries (the Kukčeva, the Sušec, the Kovačevec), all of which spring out of the slopes above. The Bistrica has one more tributary – the Pila stream, flowing from Jasenska pila, which is the source of drinking water for the area. A dam, where the drinking water is collected, and a fishfarm, have been built by the source. In the middle of the town, there is a park on Brinšek hill (433m). There is also a monument dedicated to the so-called Overseas Brigades (which fought the occupying forces in WW II), and a monument in front of the primary school, dedicated to the poet Dragotin Kette. Ilirska Bistrica was also the birthplace of the painter France Pavlovec.