Slovenia Walking

Category: Postojna based walks

Walks using Postojna, Slovenia as a base.

31. Rakov Škocjan, near Cerknica

Walk 31 – a walk through Rakov Škocjan, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

The River Rak in Zelske Jame, Rakov Škocjan

This short walk is packed full of interest! Explore collapsed caves, walk over natural rock bridges, peer down into underground rivers and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the woods and meadows along the Rak river.

Start/Finish – Rakov Škocjan

The River Rak in the Rakov Škocjan gorge

Distance – 5km/3miles

Height gain – minimal

Time – 1h26min

Grade – easy, but note that after heavy rain parts of the walk may be inaccessible due to flooding.

Recommended map – is the 1:50 000 Notranjski Kras map, published by GZS

Equipment – Walking boots, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – available at Hotel Rakov Škocjan

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Public transport – There is no public transport to Rakov Škocjan. You may be able to get a taxi from either Postojna or Cerknica. The nearest train station is at Rakek.

Nearest Town/Village – Our base for this walk is Postojna, which has hotels, apartments and rooms plus a Youth Hostel.

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The nearest campsite is the Pivka Jama Camp located about 4km north-west of the town. Postojna has an excellent range of shops, and places to eat. In Cerknica there are rooms available and there is, of course, the Hotel Rakov Škocjan on the route of the walk.

The Veliki Naravni Most of Rakov Škocjan
The Veliki Naravni Most of Rakov Škocjan

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30. Velika Slivnica, near Cerknica

Walk 30 – a walk to Velika Slivnica, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

On Velika Slivnica
On Velika Slivnica

This fine walk to the summit of Velika Slivnica is rewarded with superb views over the intermittent or ‘disappearing’ lake of Cerknica, Cerkniško jezero.

Start/Finish – Cerknica

Disappearing lake of Cerknica - Cerkniško jezero
Disappearing lake of Cerknica – Cerkniško jezero

Distance – 9km/5.6miles

Height gain – approx 540m

Time – 2h23min

Grade – easy-moderate; on good paths and tracks.

Recommended map(s) – are the 1:50 000 Notranjski Kras map and the 1:25 000 Notranjska Cerkniško jezero tourist map, both published by GZS

Equipment – Walking boots, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – available at Dom na Slivnici

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Public transport – There is a bus service from Postojna to Cerknica.  The nearest train station is at Rakek.

Nearest Town/Village – Our base for this walk is Postojna, which has hotels, apartments and rooms plus a Youth Hostel.

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The nearest campsite is the Pivka Jama Camp located about 4km north-west of the town. Postojna has an excellent range of shops, and places to eat. Cerknica, where the walk starts has rooms available and one hotel, the Hotel Rakov Škocjan about 5km away from the town (ideally situated for our Walk 31).

To see a few more pictures of the lake when it is full and Velika Slivnica, follow this link to VVS Photography.

Velika Slivnica, Slovenia
Velika Slivnica, Slovenia

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29. Škocjan Caves and the River Reka

Walk 29 – a walk from the Škocjan Caves Visitor Centre, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

Modern painted beehives, Slovenia.
Modern painted beehives, Slovenia.

After visiting the wonderful Škocjan Caves, why not spend a few hours wandering alongside the River Reka to find a ruined castle above a deep gorge and the attractive village of Famlje.

Start/Finish – Škocjan Caves visitor centre

Distance – 10.8km/6.7miles

Height gain – approx 250m

Time – 2h40min

Grade – easy-moderate; mainly on good paths and tracks. The descent from the castle is a bit steep and slippy.

Recommended map(s) – are the 1:50 000 Slovenska Istra and the 1:6 000 (yes, really!) Regijski park Škocjanske jame maps, published by PZS

Equipment – Walking boots, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – none

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Public transport – There is no public transport to the Škocjan Caves Visitor Centre. The nearest train station is at Divača, about 5km away.

Nearest Town/Village – Our base for this walk is Postojna, which has hotels, apartments and rooms plus a Youth Hostel. The nearest campsite is the Pivka Jama Camp located about 4km north-west of the town. Postojna has an excellent range of shops, and places to eat.

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Alternatively, the coastal towns of the Slovenian Istria are in easy reach of Škocjan Caves.

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The church of Škocjan on the cliffs above a collapsed cave
The church of Škocjan on the cliffs above a collapsed cave

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28. Hrastovlje, Slovenia

Walk 28 – a walk from Hrastovlje, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

Dance of Death fresco, Hrastovlje
Dance of Death fresco, Hrastovlje

You can easily combine this this walk with a visit to see the wonderful frescoes, including the ‘Dance of Death’, in the fortified church of Sv. Trojica, which is also the walk’s starting point.

Sv. Trojica, Hrastovlje, Slovenia
Sv. Trojica, Hrastovlje, Slovenia

Start/Finish – Hrastovlje

Distance – 10.5km/6.6miles

Height gain – approx 400m

Time – 3h14min

Grade – easy-moderate; mainly on good paths and tracks

Recommended map – is the 1:50 000 Slovenska Istra, published by PZS

Equipment – Walking boots, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – none

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Public transport – You can reach Hrastovlje by bus or train from Koper but both services are limited and not practical for walkers.

Nearest Town/Village – Our base for this walk is Postojna, which has hotels, apartments and rooms plus a Youth Hostel. The nearest campsite to the town is the Pivka Jama Camp located about 4km to the north-west. Postojna has an excellent range of shops, and places to eat.

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Nearer to Hrastovlje are the coastal towns of Koper, Izola, Piran and Portorož and any of these resorts would make a good base for exploring the Slovenian Istria.

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The frescoes of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Hrastovlje, Primorska, Slovenia.
The frescoes of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Hrastovlje, Primorska, Slovenia.

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