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On the trail of smugglers!

Guests and groups arriving at the nearby Ljubljana Airport are transferred to the congress destination – which takes around 45 minutes – in the company of an unusual fellow traveller: a “smuggler”.

On the trail of smugglers!

During the drive up to the Loibl Pass via the sharp bends that are steeped in history, he will recount exciting episodes of the hard life led by smugglers and the historical significance of the border region. But a stop along the way at the “Deutscher Peter”, where guests will be treated to refreshments and a hearty roast pork meal, will quickly ease the supposed “hardship” of this smugglers’ journey.

How the “Deutscher Peter” got its name:
During the time of Emperor Karl VI., the father of Maria Theresia, who reigned from 1711 to 1740 and greatly loved trade and transport, the Loibl road was to be upgraded to a paved road. On 23 August 1728 Emperor Karl VI. himself opened the road over the Loibl Pass at an altitude of 1366 metres.>br< After staying overnight at the stately home in Unterloibl, the Emperor and his retinue rode through the imposing mountain world towards the Loibl Pass. When he reached the Kleiner Loibl (Sapotnitza), the miners and lumberjacks had gathered there to welcome His Majesty.ine Majestät zu begrüßen. The Emperor wanted to ask about the way of life of these rugged chaps who worked in the natural surroundings, but none of them could give the ruler any real information as they only used the local Wendish dialect. But the Emperor could not understand the Wendish spoken in this region ,which was a mixture of Slovenian and German linguistic elements. So Emperor Karl asked the bystanders, “Is there really no one here that can speak German?” A lumberjack answered somewhat clumsily, but still understandably, “A bit further up, Your Majesty, there is an inn. The innkeeper speaks German.” the Emperor and his retinue rode on over the Teufelsbrücke bridge and came to the humble inn called the “Katruschnig”, which belonged to Peter Tschauggo. The Emperor called a halt again here, and quickly got into an interesting conversation with the innkeeper. The Emperor was so delighted at this conversation in German in the middle of the Wendish region that he shook Herr Tschauggo’s hand and declared: “My dear innkeeper, thank you for your information. And in recognition of this, from today you shall be known as “Deutscher Peter”. You may also pass this name on to future generations of your family”.

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