Category: Towns and Cities

Holiday information for towns and cities in Slovenia

Luče and Solčava

Church of Our Lady of the Snows (Marija Snežna), Solcava
Church of Our Lady of the Snows (Marija Snežna), Solcava

The remote Upper Savinja Valley in Štajerska is a playground for walkers, mountaineers, cyclists and kayakers. The two villages of Luče and Solčava, situated near the head of the valley, are ideal bases from which to explore this beautiful valley and the surrounding hills and mountains.

Attractions in and around Luče and Solčava

Igla (The Needle), near Luče
Igla (The Needle), near Luče
    • Igla and Presihajoči Studenec – About 4km north of Luče and towering above the road is the rock tower of Igla, the Needle. (Local legend says that a girl lived in Savinja valley who was so big that she stood on mountains either side of the valley and washed laundry in the Savinja river. One day she was sewing a shirt but in the rough canvas her needle broke, so she threw it into the valley). Below it is a most unusual feature, Presihajoči Studenec, a small hollow that fills with water which is then drained by an underground siphon at regular intervals. To the left of this is a little path that climbs to the base of the Igla, once the only footpath between Luče and Solčava and passing through a narrow fissure in the rocks before dropping back down to the road opposite the bar.
    • Snežna jama (Snow Cave) – found high up on the slopes of Mt. Raduha, above Luče is Snežna jama, a wonderful cave with ice formations. A guide leads you through the cave and your only light is from the carbide lamps that you carry. Accessible by car via a forestry road. Open: 1st June to 14th July Sat, Sun, Holidays 9.00-17.00, 15th July- 30th Aug: daily 9.00-17.00, Sept: Sat, Sun, Holidays 9.00-17.00.
    • Church of Our Lady of the Snows (Marija Snežna) in Solčava – it dates to the 15th century and contains a 13th century statue of the Virgin Mary. (Pictured above).
Logarska Dolina
Logarska Dolina
  • Logarska Dolina – a beuatiful alpine U-shaped valley carved by a glacier out of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. One of our walks explores some of the features of this stunning valley and another visits the Slap Rinka Waterfall and the source of the Savinja River.
  • Robanov Kot – just as beautiful (we think) as Logarska Dolina but much less visited. Access on foot only, so take a picnic or, in season, eat at the hut at the head of the valley. Our Walk 38 explores Robanov Kot.

Walking

We have four walks within easy reach from Luče and Solčava in our book.

Accommodation in Luče and Solčava

Accommodation is a little limited in Luče. It has no hotels, but several Tourist Farms offer accommodation. There is a small campsite, with excellent facilities, just to the north of the village. Solčava has even less choice but in Logarska Dolina you will find hotels and Tourist Farms. See the Luče Tourist Information Centre and Logarska Dolina websites for more details.

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Public transport

The Upper Savinja Valley is easily reached by public transport.

Shopping facilities are limited are limited in both villages but the local Mercator food-stores will satisfy most needs. Both places have an Inn where you can get a meal.

Barn and field in Robanov Kot
Barn and field in Robanov Kot

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Kamnik, Slovenia

The Romanesque Chapel, Kamnik
The Romanesque Chapel, Kamnik

Kamnik is a bustling town with a very attractive historical centre. It lies a little off the main tourist routes, so consequently many visitors to Slovenia give Kamnik a miss in their rush to see Bled or Ljubljana, which is a pity. Glavni trg and Šutna are the heart of the old town with the Little Castle (Mali Grad) and the Romanesque Chapel standing above them. Kamnik is a good base and is handily placed for walking in the Kamnik – Savanija Alps and on the famous Velika Planina.

Attractions in and around Kamnik

    • Little Castle and the Romanesque Chapel – the castle dates back to the 11th century and the chapel (picture above) houses 15th century frescoes and has a superb rooftop view over the town.
Šutna, Kamnik
Šutna, Kamnik
  • Šutna – the very attractive main street (closed to most traffic) of Kamnik. The Street’s centerpiece is the Church of the Immaculate Conception but look out for the unique shop signs as well.
  • Old Castle (Stari Grad) – just ruins are left now, but the view is well worth the walk up through the woods. The Castle lies to the east of the town on Bergantov Hill, just across the Kamniška Bistrica River.
  • Volčji Potok – Slovenia’s largest arboretum and very beautiful. Plenty of shade and ice-cream on a hot day! Open March – November, times vary. More information on the Volčji Potok website.
  • Velika Planina – mountain summer grazing area, famous for its wooden shepherds huts. It is easily accessible by cable car (timetables here) and the walking is superb. Our Walk 36 explores this area.

Walking

We have two walks easily reached from Kamnik in our book.

Accommodation in Kamnik

Accommodation is a little limited, but there is one 4* hotel, the Malograjski dvor Hotel and some apartments available. There are also rooms, a Youth Hostel and two Camping Sites – Camp Resnik (500m from the town centre) and one beside the Velika Planina Cable Car. See the Kamnik Tourist Information Centre website for more details.

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Public transport

Kamnik is easily reached by public transport.

Kamnik has an excellent range of shops, and places to eat. The Kamnik Tourist Information Centre has lots of useful information and is located in Glavni trg.

Rooftop view from the Romanesque Chapel, Kamnik
Rooftop view from the Romanesque Chapel, Kamnik

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Postojna, Slovenia

Predjama Castle, near Postojna
Predjama Castle, near Postojna

Postojna is a modern bustling town and the commercial centre for quite a wide area in the region of Notranjska. Without a doubt most people visit the town to take the 1 1/2 hour tour of the Postojna Cave (Postojnska Jama), a series of passages, caverns and halls, hollowed out by the Pivka River. We have not actually visited the caves but use the town as a base for exploring other cave systems, karst features, castles and historical sites.

Attractions in and around Postojna

    • Postojna Cave – For more information visit the Postojna Cave website. It is open all year, although times do vary.
Mali Naravni Most of Rakov Škocjan
Mali Naravni Most, Rakov Škocjan
  • Predjama Castle – an amazing place and not to be missed! The castle is built into the mouth of a cave and was the home to Erazem Leuger, who is sometimes compared with Robin Hood. Erazem, unfortunately, did not live happily ever after like Robin. The castle was besieged and Erazem was betrayed by a servant. He was killed by a well-aimed cannonball whilst sitting on the toilet! The Predjama Castle is open all year, but again times vary.
  • Rakov Škocjan – an area of karst features, collapsed caves, natural rock bridges and underground rivers. Our Walk 31 covers a circular route visiting the major points of interest.
  • Lake CerknicaCerkniško jezero, the intermittent or ‘disappearing’ lake. If you visit Cerknica in the summer you will wonder what the fuss is about! There are fields of grazing cattle and farmers getting on with the hay-making, just like a lot of other rural areas of Slovenia. But come at any other time of the year and you will likely see Lake Cerknica. In wet times the underground tunnels, potholes and sinkholes cannot cope with the amount of water and the fields flood. Our Walk 30 climbs Velika Slivnica and has great views over the lake, or fields!
Wedding at Snežnik Castle
Wedding at Snežnik Castle
  • Snežnik Castle and the Dormouse Museum – situated at the head of the peaceful Lož Valley. Romance is in the air at Snežnik, or so it seems, because everytime we visit their is a wedding in progress! Indeed, its a super place to get married, a moated castle with a drawbridge and set in parkland, what more could you want? Follow the link for more information about Snežnik Castle. Open all year, but times do vary.  Next door is the Dormouse Museum. Here you can learn about this creature and how and why it was hunted.
Škocjan Caves. Photo © S. Jeršič and B. Jakše - Jeršič
Škocjan Caves. Photo © S. Jeršič and B. Jakše – Jeršič
  • The Škocjan Caves – or Škocjanske jame are a fascinating network of passages and chambers, one of them being one of the largest in the world. The guided tour (on foot) takes about 1 1/2 hours and is around 3km long and we definitely recommend it. The caves are open all year and lots more information can be found on the Škocjan Caves website. Our Walk 29 starts at the visitor centre and explores the collapsed caves and the River Reka.
  • Lipica Stud Farm – if horses are your thing then you will want to see the Lipizzaners. Guided tours on the Stud Farm are available all year.

Walking

We have four walks easily reached from Postojna in our book.

Accommodation in Postojna

There are four listed hotels in Postojna, lots of apartments and rooms plus a Youth Hostel. The nearest campsite is the Pivka Jama Camp located about 4km north-west of the town. We advise you to book in the summer months!

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Public transport

Postojna is easily reached by public transport.

Postojna has an excellent range of shops, and places to eat. The Postojna Tourist Information Centre has lots of useful information and is located at the Postojna Cave complex.

Snežnik Castle, Slovenia
Snežnik Castle, Slovenia

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Idrija and Cerkno, Slovenia

Idrija, Slovenia
Idrija, Slovenia

Idrija and Cerkno lie in the wooded foothills of the Julian Alps, an area that is often overlooked which is a shame because in the steeply wooded valleys are several unusual attractions. The woods provided protection and a base of operations for the Partisans in WWII and some sites still remain and are open to visitors. Idrija is famous for the mining of mercury and lace-making. Nearby Cerkno is home of the Laufarija, an ancient Shrovetide celebration where wooden face masks are worn and the Old Year is ‘executed’!

Attractions in and around Idrija and Cerkno

    • Anthony’s Mine Shaft in Idrija – For almost 500 years miners descended here to work the mercury mine and it is possible to experience, in a small way, the arduous conditions in which they worked and visit the unique underground chapel. Guided tours descend the shaft daily.
    • Municipal museum in Idrija – housing a permanent exhibition of the 500 years of mercury mining in the town, a collection of bobbin Idrija lace (klekljana čipka) and a rich geological collection with over 2.600 pieces. The museum is in the Gewerkenegg Castle and open daily between 9am and 6pm.
    • Lace School and Lace Festival in Idrija – the festival takes place every year in June but if you miss that you can visit the Lace School which is open on work days from 10am to 1pm and in July/August every day also from 3pm to 6pm.
    • The Partisan Printing Workshop at Vojsko near Idrija – some 313 issues and 1,394,000 copies of the Partisan Daily were printed under the very noses of the Nazi occupiers who never discovered it. Open on Tuesday to Friday: 9am–3pm; Saturday, Sunday, holidays: 10am–1pm and 2pm–6pm.
    • Wild Lake (Divje Jezero) – a small pool that comes alive after heavy rain as water gushes up from a karst spring and makes the water appear as though it is boiling. There is a pleasant walk from the Idrija to the pool, a nice outing in any weather!
    • Cerkno Museum – home to WWII Partisan displays as well as the Laufarji masks. Opening times are the same as the Partisan Printing Workshop.
Franja Partisan Hospital
Franja Partisan Hospital
  • Franj Partisan Hospital, near Cerkno – sadly, the hospital was destroyed by raging floods in 2007 but, after a Government supported reconstruction effort, the museum re-opened to visitors in May 2010. The hospital was a triumph of adversity and is an inspirational place to visit.
  • Other museums in Idrija and Cerkno – this website has full details of the above museums and many more.

Walking

We have three walks easily reached from Idrija and Cerkno in our book.

Accommodation in Idrija and Cerkno

Accommodation in Idrija and Cerkno is more limited than in the towns near the Julian Alps. Only one hotel is listed for Idrija, the 5* Kendov Manor Hotel, in nearby Spodnja Idrija, about 5km away. In Cerkno there is the 3* Cerkno Hotel. There are some apartments, rooms and overnight accommodation available in both towns, as well as a Youth Hostel in Idrija. There is no nearby camping site. We advise you to book in the summer months!

The Idrija Tourist Information Centre and Cerkno Tourist Board websites have lots of useful information.

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Public transport

Idrija and Cerkno are easily reached by bus. The nearest train station is at Most na Soči.

Idrija has a good range of shops, and places to eat. In Cerkno, the choice is more limited. Tours and trips can be booked at the Idrija and Cerkno Tourist Information Centres (see above for links).

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Bohinj – Bohinjska Bistrica, Slovenia

Bohinj - decorated church tower
Bohinj – decorated church tower

Bohinjska Bistrica is the main commercial and administrative centre of the Bohinj area but the highlights and attractions of Bohinj are to be found in the two valleys, Zgornja (higher) and Spodnja (lower) Dolina and around Lake Bohinj, 6km to the west. Undoubtedly the area’s natural scenic beauty is it’s main asset but the visitor will also discover medieval churches, museums and, in the villages, a pace of life that is perhaps a little more relaxed.

Attractions around Bohinjska Bistrica

Lake Bohinj and Ribcev Laz from Pec
Lake Bohinj and Ribčev Laz from Pec
    • Ribčev Laz Lying at the eastern end of Lake Bohinj (Bohinjsko jezero) it is a picture postcard location, a tourist “honeypot” and understandably so! Just across the bridge over the Sava Bohinjka is the beautiful old church of Sv Janeza Krstnika (St John the Baptist), with its decorated bell-tower and interior decorated with 15th and 16th-century frescoes. Opening times vary, but the Bohinj Tourist Office in the village will have the details. Less visited but just as attractive is the church of Sv Duh (Holy Spirit) on the southern shore of the Lake. On the shore, beside the road, you will find a statue of the fabled golden-horned chamois, Zlatorog.
    • Lake Bohinj – surrounded by the mountains of the Julian Alps, Lake Bohinj is Slovenia’s largest permanent Lake. It is a beautiful and peaceful spot, perhaps best viewed from Ribčev Laz or, if you would like an overall view, from the viewpoint on Peč (see our Walk 23). The water is clear and easily warm enough in summer for swimming. There is also a very attractive walk around the Lake (Walk 20). Boat trips on the lake board at Ribčev Laz or Ukanc at the western end.
    • Vogel cable car – the trip up to the Vogel Ski Station by cable car is a popular outing, many just going for the view over to the Triglav massif. We use it to access the fine ridge walking between the mountains Rudnica and Vogel (Walk 19 and Walk 24).
    • Slap Savica waterfall – The source of Slovenia’s longest river, the Sava. A 78m fall and a magnificent sight, particularly after heavy rain! There is a carpark about 4km beyond Lake Bohinj. There is also a footpath from Ukanc (see Walk 20). Entrance fee. Open seasonally – check with the Bohinj Tourist Office.
Toplarji, Stara Fuzina, Bohinj
Toplarji, Stara Fuzina, Bohinj
  • Stara Fuzina – home to the Alpine dairy Museum. Open all year except from late October to Christmas, times vary.
  • Mostnica Gorge – a deep gorge in the Voje Valley. In season there is an entrance fee. Our Walk 22 explores this valley as far as the Mostnica waterfall
  • Studor – the Oplen House in the village centre is well worth a visit to learn about village life in 19th-century Bohinj. Opening times are the same as the Alpine Dairy Museum in Stara Fuzina. Studor, is perhaps most famous for its double hayracks or toplarji – the best ones are at the entrance to the village. Our Walk 23 goes through this charming village.

Walking

We have six walks around Bohinj in our book, but there are lots, lots more.

Accommodation in Bohinj and Bohinjska Bistrica

Bohinj and Bohinjska Bistrica has a wide range of accommodation. Newly opened in 2009 is the eco-friendly 5* Bohinj Park Hotel in Bohinjska Bistrica.  There are two campsites, Kamp Zlatorog at the western end of Lake Bohinj and our favourite, Camp Danica, on the outskirts of Bohinjska Bistrica. We advise you to book in the summer months!

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The Bohinj Local Tourist Board has lots of useful information and it has two offices, one in Bohinjska Bistrica and the other in Ribčev Laz.

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Public transport

Bohinj is easily reached by bus or train.

Car parking in Bohinj

There is a parking charge at all car-parks beside or near Lake Bohinj. If you are staying in the area it might be more economical to purchase the Bohinj Guest Card which entitles the holder to free parking, plus a range of discounts in certain shops and visitor attractions. The card can be purchased at the Tourist Offices in Ribčev Laz and Bohinja Bistrica, at Camp Danica and at some other locations. Ask at your hotel or apartment reception.

Bohinjska Bistrica has a good range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Trips, excursions and activities of all kinds can be booked at the Bohinj Local Tourist Board.

Walking by hayracks in Zgornja Dolina, Bohinj
Walking by hayracks in Zgornja Dolina, Bohinj

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Tolmin, Slovenia

Tolmin is the main administrative centre of the Upper Soča Valley but seems to miss out as a major tourist destination. The River Soča is now wider and more placid and less attractive to kayakers and rafters, the hills lower and wooded and less exciting than their neighbouring mountains further up the valley. But hidden in nearby valleys are a number of attractions, a good reason not to simply bypass Tolmin.

Attractions around Tolmin

    • The River Soča – is now placid, wide and amazingly blue. At Most na Soči, the river is damned and beside the lake there are some pleasant walks and picnic sites.
    • Tolmin Gorges – Probably Tolmin’s main attraction. Lying at the lowest point of the Triglav National Park the confluence of the dramatic Tolminke and Zadlaščice gorges is a wonderful spot and can be easily explored. Nearby is Dante’s cave where the writer spent some time in exile. The gorges are best accessed from Zatolmin, just north of the town.
Javorca
Javorca
  • Javorca, Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit (Sv. Duh) -located in the Tolminka Valley. It was built by soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian army as a memorial to their fallen comrades who died fighting on the Isonzo Front in WWI. Over 2800 soldiers names are recorded inside, written on wooden panels. The church is open May, June and September on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10.00 to 17.00; July and August every day, Mon – Fri 10.00 to 17.00, Sat – Sun. 10.00 -19.00, rainy days closed. We once visited out of season and were given the key at the Tolmin Local Tourist Board Office.

Walking

We have replaced our walk to the Tolmin Gorges in our book with another, but we do recommend a visit their (see above).  We have eight walks altogether in the Soča Valley.

Accommodation in Tolmin

Tolmin has at least one hotel, the 3* Hotel Krn, guest houses, apartments, rooms and one small but very pleasant campsite with a very charming host.  Kamp Vili, is at Volarje, just west of Tolmin and situated on the banks of the River Soča. We advise you to book in the summer months! The Kobarid and Tolmin Local Tourist Board has lots of useful information.

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Public transport

Tolmin is easily reached by bus.

The nearest railway station is at Most na Soči, 5km away.

Korita Tolminke
Korita Tolminke

Tolmin has a good range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Trips, excursions and activities of all kinds can be booked at the Kobarid and Tolmin Local Tourist Board.

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Kobarid, Slovenia

The Charnel House and Sv Anton, Kobarid
The Charnel House and Sv Anton, Kobarid

Kobarid, forever to be associated with WWI and the battles of the Isonzo Front, is a small town sitting a little above the River Soča and at the base of steep wooded mountains. Close to the border, Kobarid has a distinct Italian flavour. The Soča Valley narrows immediately to the north of the town and it was here, and on the surrounding mountains that the Austro-Hungarian and German forces eventually pushed back the Italians after more than two years of stalemate. Ernest Hemmingway described the town (then called Caporetto) in his novel, A Farewell to Arms, and the horror that was WWI. Today, the bustling centre hosts visitors who come for the wide-ranging sporting opportunities – kayakers and rafters enjoy the River Soča, paragliders have easy access to the surrounding hills and revel in the world famous thermals, and of course, there are walkers and holidaymakers.

Attractions around Kobarid

  • River Soča, near Kobarid, Slovenia
    River Soča, near Kobarid

    The River Soča – a draw for kayakers from all over Europe.  Truly, a most beautiful river, sometimes acqua-marine in colour, sometimes blue, sometimes wild and raging, sometimes, gentle and placid, the river has areas suitable for beginner kayakers as well those more experienced. There are opportunities for rafting too.

  • Slap Boka – The magnificent Boka waterfall, easily seen from the main road to Kobarid, is an awe-inspiring sight. Impressive enough from the road, we take you a little nearer in our walk, No.14.
  • The church of St Anton and the Italian Charnel House – built in memory the Italian soldiers who died in the First World War. Over 7000 soldiers are interred here. Our Walk 16 visits here.
  • The Kobarid Museuma fascinating museum about Kobarid and the Isonzo Front.
  • Slap Kozjak – just a short walk away from Kobarid, this beautiful waterfall is hidden away in the woods below the village of Drežnica.  Our Walk No.16 also passes this way.
  • Drežnica – a lovely village set in a beautiful location.  We have two walks starting here or nearby, Walk 14 to Krasji vrh and Walk 18 to some hidden waterfalls

Walking

We have four walks around Kobarid in our book, but eight altogether in the Soča Valley.

Accommodation in Kobarid

Self-catering accommodation at Kamp Koren
Self-catering accommodation at Kamp Koren

Kobarid has one hotel, the 4* Hotel Hvala, guest houses, apartments, rooms and two campsites within walking distance of the town centre. Of the two, Kamp Koren is our favourite.  It is often busy but it is exceptionally well run and always welcoming.  There are also campsites within just a few miles such as Kamp Vili at Volarje, near Tolmin. We advise you to book in the summer months! The Kobarid and Tolmin Local Tourist Board has lots of useful information.

Nearby Bovec has a good range of accomodation.

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Public transport

Kobarid is easily reached by bus.

The nearest railway station is at Most na Soči, 22km away.

Kobarid has a small but good supermarket, bakers and fruit/veg shops, cafes and restaurants. Trips, excursions and activities of all kinds can be booked at the Kobarid and Tolmin Local Tourist Board

Slap Kozjak near Kobarid, Slovenia.
Slap Kozjak near Kobarid, Slovenia.

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Bovec, Soča Valley, Slovenia

Kayaking on the River Soca, Slovenia
Kayaking on the River Soca, Slovenia

Bovec is popular with many sporting enthusiasts; including kayakers and rafters who come for the rapids of the River Soča; paragliders who come for the thermals and superb flying conditions of the Soča Valley; in winter, skiers visit Slovenia’s highest ski station on Mt. Kanin; and, of course, hikers and walkers come to climb the surrounding mountains, wander through the fields, explore the nearby villages and walk beside the scenic River Soča.

The town centre is small but attractive (it received a makeover in 2009) and is packed with tourist agencies and sport shops.

Attractions around Bovec

    • The River Soča – a draw for kayakers from all over Europe.  Truely, a most beautiful river, sometimes acqua-marine in colour, sometimes blue, sometimes wild and raging, sometimes, gentle and placid, the river has areas suitable for beginner kayakers as well those more experienced.  There are opportunities for rafting too.
Slap Boka waterfall, Slovenia
Slap Boka waterfall, Slovenia
  • Slap Boka – The magnificent Boka waterfall, easily seen from the main road to Kobarid, is an awe-inspiring sight.
  • The Kluže Fortress – Built by the Austrians in 1882, it stands high above the ravine of the Koritnica River.  There is an exhibition about the WWI Soča Front and refreshments are available.
  • Log pod Mangartom – hemmed in by 2000m+ mountains this village is well worth a visit.  Almost hidden away behind the village church there is an Austrian-Hungarian WWI cemetery.  The village suffered a huge landslide in November 2000, which sadly took the lives of seven people.
  • The Kanin Cable Car – ascending approximately 1800m in 6km.  Nearby the Restreljenik snack bar there is a geological interpretive trail and marked paths lead over the Kanin range.

Walking

We have just the one walk around Bovec in our book, but eight altogether in the Soča Valley.

Accommodation in Bovec

Bovec has hotels, pensions, apartments and guest houses. There are also plenty of campsites within just a few miles.

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We advise you to book in the summer months! The Bovec Local Tourist Board has lots of useful information.

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Public transport

Bovec is easily reached by bus.

Bovec has a good range of shops, cafes and restaurants.  Trips, excursions and activities of all kinds can be booked at the Bovec Local Tourist Board.

Overlooking the Bovec Basin from Svinjak
Overlooking the Bovec Basin from Svinjak

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Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Kranjska Gora is perhaps better known as a skiing resort but when the snow melts away there is some fine walking in the valleys and, as the town nestles below the Julian Alps, on the mountains too.  The old town centre is small but pretty and from the Tourist Information Centre there we begin our walks.

Attractions in Kranjska Gora

  • The church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary – built in the early 16th century, but the Romanesque belltower dates back further.
  • Liznjekova house – a well preserved 300 year old building now housing an ethnographic museum.

Some nearby attractions

    • The Triglav Museum in Mojstrana – learn about the mountaineering history of Triglav, Slovenia’s highest summit.

The Russian Chapel

  • The Russian Chapel on bend 8 of the Russian Road over Vršič – built in the First World War by Russian prisoners to commemorate their comrades who died in an avalanche. The prisoners built the road over Vršič and kept the road clear of snow during the winter, both monumental tasks.  The road is now formally called the “Russian Road” as a tribute.
  • The Zelenci nature reserve – natural springs and a beautiful emerald-green reflecting lake, home to many rare plants and flowers.

Walking

We have four walks around Kranjska Gora in our book, but there is scope for much, much more.

Accommodation in Kranjska Gora

Kranjska Gora has hotels, apartments rooms and hostels. The nearest camping site is at Gozd Martuljek (4km/2.5km to the east) beside the Hotel ŠpikWe advise you to book in the summer months! The Kranjska Gora Tourist Board has lots of useful information.

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Public transport

Kranjska Gora is easily reached by bus.

  • Click here for up to date bus timetables from all Slovenian locations to Kranjska Gora
  • The nearest train station is at Jesenice some 23km/14.25miles to the east.
  • If you are flying to Slovenia and relying on public transport you will need to catch a bus to Kranj and then another one to Kranjska Gora.  Travelling by train is a little more complicated – first you will need to take a bus into Kranj (or Ljubljana) and then take a train to Jesenice, from where you must complete the rest of the journey by bus.
  • Click here for language help reading timetables.

Kranjska Gora has a good range of shops, cafes and restaurants.  Trips, excursions and activities of all kinds can be booked at the Kranjska Gora Tourist Board.

Spik mountain, Julian Alps
The Spik group, Julian Alps

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Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled, Slovenia

Bled is undoubtably Slovenia’s jewel in the crown and this is borne out by the 1000’s of visitors who come to stay, walk around Lake Bled, visit the Castle and take a pletna boat across to the church on the lake’s island.  Some come to get married too!  It is also a fine base from which to explore other parts of Slovenia.

Attractions in Bled

  • The Lake and it’s pretty island on which stands the church of St Maria – hire a rowing boat or take a romantic pletna boat and be rowed across the lake.  There is a fine walk around the lake, the first walk in our walking guide to Slovenia, although in the summer months it can get very busy – make the effort to get up early to see the sunrise and have it all to yourself!  Although there are fine views all around the lake, we think the best are from the western shore.
  • Pletna and Bled Castle, Slovenia
    Pletna and Bled Castle

    Bled Grad (Castle) – perched high above the lake the castle holds several attractions including a museum, printing works and wine cellar.  There are grand views over the town and lake.  Visit the Bled Castle website for more information.

  • Vintgar Gorge – a popular trip from Bled and easily accessible by car or bus (more buses visit Sp. Gorje, only a few minutes walk away).  A walk on the boardwalks above the rushing Radovna River is a walk to remember – see our walk through the Vintgar Gorge.

Walking

We have six walks around or nearby Bled in our book, but there are lots, lots more.

Accommodation in Bled

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Bled has a huge range of accommodation to choose from. There are also two camping sites nearby. We usually camp when visiting Bled and our favorite site is Camping Bled at the quieter, western end of the lake.  It is a very popular site and is exceptionally well managed with very friendly staff.  It has all the facilities that you would expect from a top-class camping site including a well-stocked shop and restaurant.

The Bled Tourist Board has lots of useful information.

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Public transport

Bled is easily reached by bus or train, although the railway station situated above the north-western shore of the lake is inconveniently placed for the resort centre and hotels.

Bled has all the usual gift shops that you would expect, as well as cafes, restaurants and, if you fancy a flutter, a casino.  Trips, excursions and activities of all kinds can be booked at any of the tourist agencies.  The Bled Tourist Board website is useful and they can help you with all your holiday needs.

Bled Castle, Slovenia
Bled Castle, Slovenia

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