Slovenia is rich in gems of natural and cultural heritage. With its diverse landscapes, is an attraction in itself. It is the first country in the world that has been, as a whole, declared a green tourist destination. Certain gems are an important piece in the mosaic of world heritage and are under the auspices of UNESCO. ( visit site… )
TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK
The Tríglav National Park (TNP) is located in the area of northwestern Slovenia, more precisely in the Julian Alps. It is the only national park in Slovenia and it has a special nature protection regime, which is stricter than in landscape parks. The park area is dominated by high mountain karst. The vegetation in the park is typically alpine, but due to the proximity of the Adriatic Sea and the influence of the Mediterranean climate in the southwestern part of the park, plants from this area are also present. The park measures 83,807 ha in area, its highest point is Triglav with 2,864 m, and its lowest area is Tolminka with 180 m. The park was named after Triglav, the highest Slovenian mountain, which lies almost in the centre of the park. ( more… )
Vrata Valley – It can either be reached from Mojstrana along a gravel road or along a footpath – Triglavska Bistrica trail. The ‘ Aljažev dom’ mountain hut at the end of the Valley is the starting point to the Mount Triglav, as well to the Škrlatica Mountain, Stenar Mountain, and the Kriški podi plateau. It is the largest glacial redesigned valley on the north side of the Julian Alps, stretching from Mojstrana to the foot of the North Wall. On the trail, we can visit a scenic Peričnik waterfall. From here the path leads us under the »Galleries«. The Galleries are hollowed-out and eroded by the stream, which today runs deep below.
Kot Valley – If you want a relatively quick and moderately demanding access to Triglav, your choice is the Kot (Corner) Valley. There is no mountain cabin in the Kot Valley, and mountaineers can only find shelter in the hayloft in the Lengarjev rovt meadow. In the upper gable-like part of the glacial valley, you can admire the rock faces of the Rjavina (2,532m), Luknja peč (2,245m) and Vrbanova špica mountains (2,408m).
Krma Vally – The easiest and the longest trail to Mount Triglav. Treat yourself to an 8-kilometre hiking trip, which you can start in Mojstrana going through the settlement of Zgornja Radovna. A bite to eat is waiting for you at the ‘Kovinarska cabin’, where you are only six hours away from the top of Mount Triglav.
GALLERY OF THE TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK
The starting point for the Julian Alps and a charming accommodation base. Mojstrana lies at the starting point of the Triglav National Park. Three wonderful Alpine valleys are leading from here into the heart of the Julian Alps (Krma Valley, Kot Valley and Vrata Valley). Mojstrana has always been associated with mountaineering. The first guided service was established as early as around the year 1800. With the arrival of Jakob Aljaž (1845-1927), who came to Dovje as a parish priest, and with the railroad the tourist activity and the mountaineering associated with it increased. Aljaž bought the Triglav peak in 1895 for a symbolic price and with that achieved that the mountain remained the property of Slovenians and not the German Alpenverein, who wanted ownership of it. ( visit site… )
THE SLOVENIAN ALPINE MUSEUM
The Slovenian Alpine Museum – The Slovenian Alpine Museum in Mojstrana is a unique Alpine and mountaineering centre in Slovenia. Take a walk through the permanent exhibition with an exciting concept – “The way is the story, the story is the way”. The collection guides you from the call of the mountains and mountaineering preparations through mountain huts to the conquest of the peaks. An information point of the Triglav National Park is on the ground floor, in the museum shop. You can buy an original souvenir there.
THE VILLAGE OF OLYMPIANS
The village of Olympians – A special feature of such a small place is the surprisingly large number of athletes who, due to their good results, competed in many Winter Olympics. The names of those who were born in our places (18) and those who immigrated to Mojstrana, Dovje and Belca later are written in the Viharnik Garden, a small botanical garden by the road to Vrata.
Peričnik Waterfall – Peričnik Waterfall with its 52m one of the highest among Slovenian waterfalls. There is a marked trail leading to it from Mojstrana. It is best to visit it on foot or by bike. From the Peričnik mountain cabin from the board with all information about the waterfall, you can reach the highest, lower waterfall in ten minutes. You can cross it under the waterfall and get to the other side. You can also ascend to another, upper waterfall, but its height is only 16 meters.
TRIGLAVSKI GAJ PARK
Triglavski Gaj park – A children’s playground is located in the small park Triglavski Gaj by the river Sava, in idyllic surroundings with a pond. Ducks are regular visitors here. Sometimes you can see other animals, too. If the children are not tired after playing, take a walk along the river Sava first and then past the beautiful meadows where the path turns and takes you back. ( more… )
VIA FERRATA MOJSTRANA
Via Ferrata Mojstrana – Experience the via ferrata in Mojstrana! Above the lovely village of Mojstrana, you will find two attractive secured routes or via Ferrata on the slope of the Grančišče hill which offers a new experience in the kingdom of mountains. You can choose between two via Ferratas with different categories of difficulty. Between them lies a route suitable also for beginner climbers. If you follow the via Ferratas, you will reach the summit of the Grančišče hill, offering breath-taking views over the nearby Julian Alps and the Karavanke mountain range . ( more… )
KRANJSKA GORA CYCLING TRAIL
Kranjska Gora cycling trail – One of the most picturesque trails is the Upper Sava valley trail, which runs along the former railroad from Mojstrana, via Kranjska Gora and to Italy. The official name of the trail is the Jure Robič Cycling Trail, which has long been known as the best, most famous and longest cycling trail in Upper Carniola. Its official marking is D-2. It runs from Jesenice to the border crossing in Rateče, totalling to approximatley 28 km. From here, you can continue towards Trbiž, Italy, passing by Žabnica to Ponteba, or you can take a left turn after you cross the border and follow the trail to the breatktaking Mangart lakes. The cycling trail follows a former railroad, which was closed down in 1966. The trail lightly ascends from Mojstrana to the Upper Sava valley and Rateče, totalling to an elevation difference of 255 m. It boasts breathtaking views of the valley surroundings and a number of well-maintained rest areas, where you can stop for a drink of some refreshments. ( more… )
There are many different sights in the vicinity that you can visit at any time.Listed below are just a handful that offers you great views, the possibility of hiking or sports activities.
Martuljek waterfalls – two fantastic waterfalls, Under the Špik Mountain you will find two waterfalls – pearls of the Slovenian Alpine world. The Upper Martuljek waterfall is mostly spectacular, as it descends in three levels over 110m of the vertical wall. Afterwards, the creek continues its path over the Lower Martuljek waterfall. We recommend a visit to both waterfalls in the late spring, when they are the most abundant due to the melting snow.
Jasna Lake – Reflections of mountains in the crystal clear lake water. Before the first road bends to Vršič, stop for a short break at the Jasna Lake. It consists of two interconnected artificial lakes at the confluence of the Velika Pišnica and Mala Pišnica streams. The area around the lake offers excellent trails for walking and cycling.
Russian chapel – artwork in memory of and as a reminder of the Vršič Pass road. The wooden chapel, dedicated to St. Vladimir, was built in 1917 by Russian prisoners of war in memory of the deceased during the construction.
Ajdovska deklica – so real, although made of stone. One of the most beautiful works of art formed by nature can be found along the way to Vršič. You can see the stone face of Heathen Maiden in the northern front of Prisank, the most clearly from the viewpoint at ‘Poštarski dom’ mountain cabin at Vršič, but it is also visible from the Erjavec mountain cabin. According to the legend, the mythical creature, Ajdovska deklica, prophesied to the son of a hunter that he would shoot the Goldhorn. Other heathen women got upset because of this inadmissible prophecy and turned the prophetess into a rock.
Vršič Mountain Pass with its 1,611m is the highest road pass in the Eastern Julian Alps. The high-mountain road from Kranjska Gora through Vršič to Log in Trenta has 50 serpentines, 24 on the side of Kranjska Gora and 26 on the Trenta side. On the way to Vršič, you can see the Russian Chapel, a natural window in the Prisank mountain face and the Heathen Maiden (Ajdovska deklica). In Vršič, you can relax and have something to eat or drink in the mountain cabins. Vršič is also the starting point for the Mala Mojstrovka and Jalovec Mountain and for a very popular (mostly for families) Slemenova Špica Mountain.
PLANICA NORDIC CENTRE
Planica nordic centre – is an exceptional environment for continuing the Slovenian tradition of sky jumping and flying, as well as for cross-country training and competing. It offers you fun ways to spend time in hot summer days as well as in the chilliest winters. Check our activities that you can carry out in Planica, and spend some quality time in a wonderful valley under the Ponce! Planica in itself can be an interesting family trip. All the time you can admire up to 2500 m high mountains and ridges along the valley. The 2,000-meter peaks Mojstrovka, Travnik, Velika Dnina, the Ponc and Jalovec groups will amaze you, and the mountain lodge in Tamar will ensure a pleasant end to the trip. You can climb to the top of the ski jumps, go down the zipline or even fly in the wind tunnel. ( more… )
THE SAVA DOLINKA RIVER
The Sava Dolinka River – is the mysterious life of the longest Slovenian river. If you have visited the Nadiža Waterfall in the Tamar Valley, you witnessed the birth of the Sava Dolinka River. It disappears immediately after and flows underground through the Planica Valley to the Zelenci natural reserve, where it appears again, now in the form of a lake. The Sava Dolinka River merges with its “sister” Sava Bohinjka River in Radovljica, which together form the longest Slovenian river, the Sava River. You can follow it to its end: 221 kilometres on Slovenian territory, and then a further 700 kilometres to the mouth of the Danube River (Serbia – Beograd).
ZELENCI NATURAL RESERVE
Zelenci natural reserve – “There is nothing more beautiful in Europe than this,” wrote Sir Humphry Davy about the beauties of the Sava Valley with its waterfalls and lakes. The Zelenci Lake can be discovered immediately after the village of Podkoren on the southern side of the main road. This natural reserve is home to various exciting flora, among it carnivorous sundew, and among animals, amphibians and nesting birds are represented in large numbers. It is situated at the northern edge of the Triglav National Park, bordered in the south by the forested Vitranc, and equally wooded Karavanks in the north. The swamp with Drni moorland is around 1200 metres long and 150 metres wide on average. In the far western part of the swamp lies the emerald green lake, from which numerous extremely clean and cold stream emerge from the layers of marl, which gives the water its characteristic blue-green colour. It is because of this colour that the lake and the swamp were named Zelenci (green). Zelenci does not freeze in the winter; their constant temperature throughout the year is about 6°C. Following a wooden footbridge, you can walk to the lake and around the swamps without harming nature, an unforgettable green experience . ( more… )
Cities and attractions
Slovenia is a small but very diverse country.Especially if you have a car, you can visit a variety of places from the coast, the highest peaks and glacial lakes to the deepest underground of beautiful karst caves in one day.
Bled – is a symbol of Slovenia’s beauty, and has been ranked in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List of the top ten must-see global destinations. Lake Bled – This Alpine lake with the only island in Slovenia has been a world-renowned paradise for centuries, impressing visitors with its natural beauty, wealth of legend, and special powers to restore well-being. Open a treasure trove of unique and compelling experiences, as spotted by Lonely Planet, when the famous travel guide ranked Bled among its top ten must-see destinations. Look out at the lake from a castle on a cliff and visit the Bled island on a traditional “pletna” boat. The most beautiful view of the lake, its island, and the surrounding peaks is from the Bled castle towering over the lake on a cliff. Due to its beauty, it is considered to be one of the loveliest wedding venues in Europe. There are many other sights worth visiting in Bled and its surroundings, such as the adventure park and lower viewing destinations: Straža, Ojstrica, Osojnica, Jelovica, the Cave below Babji Zob, the Vintgar Gorge and the Pokljuka Gorge, Dinopark, Golf course and you should also try the famous Bled cream cake.( more… )
Lake Bohinj – is the largest natural lake in Slovenia. It is 4.2 km long and 1 km at its maximum width and is a glacial lake dammed by a moraine. The largest of the streams that flow into the lake, the Savica (‘little Sava’), is fed from Črno jezero (Black Lake), the lowest-lying lake in the Triglav Lakes Valley. The outflow at the eastern end is the Jezernica creek which merges with the Mostnica to form the Sava Bohinjka, which in turn becomes the more massive Sava River at the confluence with the Sava Dolinka. As found out already by Belsazar Hacquet in the 18th century, much more water leaves Lake Bohinj than enters it, which is explained with underground sources of water. In summer, the temperature of the water rises to 22 °C; in winter, the lake freezes sometimes. It is a popular day trippers’ destination for swimming and other water sports. Savica Waterfall – It is one of the must-see sights for Bohinj first-timers, and you may join those who visit Savica every time they come to Bohinj. A spectacular waterfall, hidden amidst the steep walls of the Komarča. Savica is unique among world waterfalls – its watercourse is divided into two parts in the hidden undergrounds. The famous A-shaped waterfall comes typically into sight at an altitude of 836 m and is 78 m high. Difficulty: 20 to 25 minutes moderate walk on stone steps. Mostnica – is an Alpine river with gorges and waterfalls, which show the magnificent nature in all its glory all through the Voje valley to Stara Fužina village. Explore the wonderful world that is available at the tip of your fingers and enjoy a walk through the scenting forest accompanied by the singing of birds and the murmur of this Alpine river. Mostnica Gorge – The gorge expands over the length of 2 kilometres and shows the creative and alluring forces of nature. Not far from the bridge is a trail-head that leads through a forest, where you can view the picturesque gorge. The Mostnica river made the gorge, and in some places, it is very narrow. We can observe exciting creatures of nature along the trail, i.e. waterfalls, pools etc. A hollow rock which got the name “Little Elephant” is especially interesting, since it emerged when the water broke through a rock. ( more… )
ARBORETUM VOLČJI POTOK
Arboretum Volčji Potok – the Volčji Potok Arboretum is the most visited botanical park in Slovenia. It covers an 85-hectare site and features 3.500 plants from all over the world. Streams and lakes, offering habitats to water plants and animals, bring a particular dynamic to the park. In the old part of the park, you can take a break in the summer café, and there is also a large playground for children. The Arboretum also features specially-marked paths leading through beneficial energy points. The Arboretum is worth visiting in all seasons. It regularly features seasonal flower exhibitions.
Postojna Cave – is the most visited tourist cave in Europe. Postojna Cave is the only place where you can see the most precious brilliant in the form of a cave formation and also meet the baby dragons. Just like the world above the surface, Postojna Cave boasts towering mountains, murmuring rivers and vast subterranean halls. It is a real challenge for explorers and the cradle of paleobiology. It is the only karst cave with a railway which they built more than 140 years ago. Postojna Cave boasts great subterranean halls. In one of them, you can see the most extensive live nativity scene in the underground world at Christmas time. More than 500 performers put on this Christmas show among stalactites and stalagmites.
Soča – In addition to countless natural beauties, the valley of the emerald green River Soča, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful and best-preserved Alpine rivers in Europe, also preserves the shocking heritage of World War I. It was the scene of the Isonzo (Soča) Front, the most massive mountain battle in history. Rising above the valley and its Paths of Peace is Triglav National Park, the largest Slovenian protected natural area.
Ljubljana – Is the capital and largest city of Slovenia . During antiquity, a Roman city called Emona stood in the area. It has been the cultural, educational, economic, political, and administrative centre of independent Slovenia since 1991. A city with a green soul. An exciting mix of different cultural traditions. A riverboat ride through Ljubljana is a great way to see the city from a different perspective. Ljubljana Castle, standing on a hill above the city for about 900 years, is Ljubljana’s main attraction. The castle’s Outlook Tower and ramparts offer some of the most beautiful views of the city. In contrast, the castle houses a museum exhibition on Slovenian history, a puppet museum, and several historical rooms such as the Chapel of St George, the Prison, and a video presentation room called Virtual Castle. Ljubljana Castle, which can quickly be reached by funicular railway, walk or by car. Plečnik’s Ljubljana – Jože Plečnik, mostly famous Slovenian architect, left a lasting mark on three central European cities: Vienna, Prague and Ljubljana. The so-called Plečnik’s Ljubljana, a unique example of urban planning, is considered to be one of the 20th century’s most important total works of art. In designing Ljubljana, the nation’s new capital, Plečnik tried to use modern approaches while modelling the city in ancient Athens. Plečnik’s best-known works include the National and University Library building. The Ljubljanica river dams and bridges, the most notable among the latter being the Triple Bridge and the Cobblers’ Bridge, the Central Market, the Križanke Summer Theatre, the Bežigrad Stadium, the funeral home at the Žale cemetery, and the Church of St. Michael in the Marshes. The Dragon Bridge is a symbol of Ljubljana, which has been proudly reigning in the city coat of arms since the late Middle Ages. Masterfully designed dragon sculptures at the Dragon Bridge are both scary and magnificent at the same time. It was constructed between 1900 and 1901, and it was Ljubljana’s first reinforced concrete structure and one of the largest bridges of its kind to be built in Europe. If you haven’t taken a photo with either one of them, it means you have not visited Ljubljana. Central Market – The Central Market, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik, is the place where the locals’ shop, but at the same time meet and socialise. It encompasses the outdoor market and the buildings of the covered calls. Every Friday from mid-March until the end of October, the market hosts the Open Kitchen food market. Prešernov trg Square – is the heart of the historic city centre. It is a blend of Baroque, Secession and architecture of Jože Plečnik. His image is marked by the pink facade of the Franciscan Church, which is probably the most recognisable image of Ljubljana, a monument to the poet France Prešeren and Plečnik’s Triple Bridge. Ljubljana ZOO – The Ljubljana Zoo, part of a protected nature park situated only a 20-minute walk from the centre of Ljubljana, lies on the southern slope of the Rožnik hill, surrounded by a natural forest and meadows. It has a collection of animal species from all continents focusing on animals typical of the area lying at the intersection of the Alpine, Pannonian and Mediterranean worlds.