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Slovenia only a step away Though spanning only about 20,000 square kilometres, with less than a three-hour drive along motorways between opposite corners, Slovenia is criss-crossed by nearly 10,000 kilometres of waymarked walking routes. Usually our attention is first captured by the high-elevation mountain areas – the Julian Alps, Kamnik and the Savinja Alps, and Karavanke Alps – affording captivating views of distant reaches that draw us closer. And so we get to know the mid-elevation areas: Idrija and the Cerkno hills, Škofja Loka hills, Polhov Gradec hills, Posavje hills, etc. We can visit the Pohorje massif or the Snežnik-Javorniki range, which is the longest uninhabited forest range in northwest Europe, take a stroll on the rolling hills of the Dolenjska and Bela Krajina regions and have some exercise along the paths in the Prekmurje region, which may not be steep, but are perfect for Nordic walking.




WHERE TO WALK IN SLOVENIA? • Theme routes • Woodland nature trails • Nordic walking routes, whose network is gaining in size • Mountain trails, ranging from easy to demanding and extremely demanding secured climbing trails, at 7,000 kilometres in total length comprising the bulk of waymarked routes in Slovenia • Trekking along regional and all-Slovenian interconnected long-distance walking trails • Participation in hiking events: organised mountain and theme trail hikes, hiking competitions • Snowshoeing over snow-covered mid- and high-elevation mountain areas


EXPLORING SLOVENIA ON FOOT

 Path to Vrata Valley


Exploring Slovenia on foot

Zeleniške špice ridge

Resting on a fragrant meadow

MAJOR HIKING & BIKINGORIENTED ORGANISATIONS • HIKING & BIKING SLOVENIA • www.hiking-biking-slovenia.com • SLOVENIAN MOUNTAIN GUIDE ASSOCIATION • www.zgvs.si • t +386 (0)41 378 137 • ALPINE ASSOCIATION OF SLOVENIA • www.pzs.si • NORDIC WALKING ASSOCIATION OF SLOVENIA • www.znhs.si

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR HIKERS Weather: • www.arso.gov.si, www.pro-vreme.net Public transport: • buses: www.vozni-red.si • trains: www.slo-zeleznice.si

Komna

Mountaineering equipment

THEMED WALKING TRAILS

WHY GO HIKING IN SLOVENIA • Slovenia is too small to be walked in a short amount of time, so it is only natural to want to keep coming back to the beauty of its diverse landscape. • You simply don’t lose weight despite being hungry and thirsty most of the way, as there are numerous culinary challenges along the way that will satisfy the greatest of hungers. • You want to experience the feeling of heavy feet. It is difficult to stop once you have made your first step on the trails around Slovenia. • You want to multiply the number of days, for “just a day or two” can easily stretch out once you hit Slovenia’s walking routes. • You want to get away from the heat and bustle of the seaside, to refresh yourself by walking through fragrant forests and high up in the mountains. • You want to walk up and down, left and right. And come back time and again.



Komna Blaze

Specialised hiking hotels: • www.slovenia.info/hiking Mountain huts: • www.pzs.si, www.slovenia.info/hiking

QR CODE

Scan the QR code! Download a route description and map to your phone, along with additional information about the route. You can open the route in Google Maps and use it as a navigation aid to get to the starting point, or use it with GPS for navigation during your hike. Use of routes is at your own risk! More about the QR code: http://qrd.by/2lo

Slovenia has over 380 various trails. The majority of them have their own symbols. In 2010, they will start replacing them with uniform symbols. The basic symbol will resemble the mountaineering blaze, except that the outer circle will be yellow and the centre will be white. The signboards will use the same colour scheme.

SPENDING THE NIGHT

Specialised hiking accommodation is offered by more than 50 hotels that are members of the Hiking and Biking Association. In the lower areas as well as in the mountains, you can spend the night in mountain huts. The upland huts are only open in the summer, whereas the lower-lying ones are open all year round or on weekends.

BEST TIME FOR HIKING

Hiking in Slovenia is possible year-round. The best time to head for high-elevation areas is summer and autumn. Normally, weather conditions in the mountains are the most stable at the end of August and in autumn. Mid-elevation mountain areas are the most attractive in spring, autumn and winter.

WINTER HIKING IN SLOVENIA ARE THE TRAILS MARKED?

The majority of the Slovenian mountain trails are marked with signposts and blazes consisting of a white circle with a red edge. Many trails have their own individual symbols.

At that time of year visit the Primorska region and its hilly hinterland, which rises around 1,000 metres above sea level and is usually snow-free. Marked short and long trails around the Karst, Karst Edge, Slovenian Istria and the Goriško area are notably most attractive in winter, when spectacular views open up as far as the eye can see. Winter is also a great time to head for Slovenia’s mid-elevation areas, with numerous attractive trails around the Idrija, Cerkno, Škofja Loka, Polhov Gradec and Posavje hills, Pohorje, and the rolling northeastern part of the country.




WALKING TRAILS AND SPECIALISED HIKING HOTELS


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Slovenia in Europe

KEY Slovenian Mountain Trail Via Alpina (violet) Via Alpina (red) Alpe Adria Trail E6 E7 Walk of Peace Via Pomurje Panoramic Border Trail Specialised hiking accommodation (H – hotel, GH – grand hotel, APP – self-contained unit, YH – youth hostel) walking direction populated spot, mountain pasture summit, summit-finish, finish hut/hotel/accommodation, shelter bridge, saddle castle, lookout tower church, chapel cable car spring, waterfall, health spa parking area, bus stop information, information centre natural attraction, cultural attraction archaeological site, geometric centre vantage point, cheese route information, information centre drinks food and drinks lodging health spa/wellness natural attraction/attraction cultural attraction vantage point archaeological site bus stop train station




SLOVENIAN MOUNTAIN TRAIL AND VIA ALPINA

Aljažev stolp, tower on mount Triglav

Ibex under Mount Kanjevec

SLOVENIAN MOUNTAIN TRAIL

VIA ALPINA

The Slovenian Mountain Trail (SPP) covers all the Alpine ranges in Slovenia (Kamnik Alps, Karavanke and Julian Alps), starting with a hike across Pohorje, a remarkable hill range of magmatic origin, which stands in marked contrast to the otherwise predominantly limestone areas and is seen by some experts as part of the southeasternmost spurs of the Central Alps. Started in 1953, it is the first – as indicated by the numeral 1 written next to the markers showing the way – and oldest interconnecting trail in Slovenia. The trail ends right off the coast in Ankaran. The highest point on the way is none other than Slovenia’s highest peak, Triglav (2,864m).

Across Slovenia run the Red Trail and the Violet Trail, two of the four Via Alpina hiking trails, which make it possible for hikers to see the Alps up close in eight Alpine countries. On the 14-stage Red Trail and 10-stage Violet Trail you get to know all three Slovenian high-elevation mountain ranges: the Julian Alps, the Karavanke Alps and the Kamnik Alps. The Red Trail runs across the Karst and Dinaric landscapes of Mt Nanos, the Trnovo Forest and Idrija Hills. The Violet Trail starts at the heart of the highest mountain area in Slovenia, below Mt Triglav, and runs over the Karavanke and Kamnik Alps into mountainous Austria.

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30 days 500km All difficulty grades Maribor Ankaran Alpine Association of Slovenia, www.pzs.si Hiking & Biking Slovenia, www.hiking-biking-slovenia.com

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10 days (Red Trail), 7 days (Violet Trail) 220km (Red Trail), 120km (Violet Trail) All difficulty grades Krvavi Potok (Red Trail), Dolič (Violet Trail) Korensko Sedlo (Red Trail), Jezerski Vrh (Violet Trail) Hiking & Biking Slovenia, www.hiking-biking-slovenia.com




EUROPEAN WALKING ROUTES E6 AND E7

The Drago Karolin mountain hut on Snežnik

Moon Bay

EUROPEAN WALKING ROUTE E6

EUROPEAN WALKING ROUTE E7

When just before finishing the Slovenian stretch of the European Walking Route E6 you take a walk along the spectacularly panoramic edge of the Strunjan cliffs, you either feel utterly bewildered or know exactly where you are. After three weeks of hiking from the wooded north, you have made it to the Adriatic Coast, an exceptional place in every respect, with flysch cliffs so high and picturesque they’re like nowhere else on the Adriatic coast.

Between the Soča River high ground and gently sloping plains of Goričko there are some 600 kilometres of diverse landscape, hills, slopes and valleys dotted with villages, and warm and friendly local people. The initial section of the E7, between Robič and Škofja Loka, runs through scenic landscape along the southern edge of the Julian Alps and the Škofja Loka Hills, over the gentle Polhov Gradec Hills and into the Dinaric landscape of Notranjska and Suha Krajina.

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20 days 350km Easy to moderate Radelj Strunjan Slovenia Forest Service, E6 guidebook, Hiking & Biking Slovenia, www.hiking-biking-slovenia.com

30 days 600km Easy to moderate Robič Hodoš Slovenia Forest Service, E7 guidebook, Hiking & Biking Slovenia, www.hiking-biking-slovenia.com


Soča Valley

ALPE ADRIA TRAIL AND THE WALK OF PEACE



The Walk of Peace, Outdoor Museum Zaprikraj

ALPE ADRIA TRAIL

THE WALK OF PEACE

A trail taking in three countries, three cultures and three different landscapes. From the Grossglockner, across Slovenia and FriuliVenezia Giulia to Trieste. In Slovenia the trail runs from Jepca, a pass on the border with Austria, via Kranjska Gora and Vršič, to the source of the Soča and along the Soča Trail past Bovec. It ascends to Drežnica below Krn, descends to Tolmin and crosses Kolovrat into the Friuli region of Italy. The trail turns into Slovenia again in the Brda hills, crosses them, winds along the Italian part of the Karst to Lipica and ends at Muggia near Trieste. Shorter (three-day) circular tour: from the Faaker See in Austria to Tarvisio in Italy, past the Laghi di Fusine to Ponza/Ponce and into the Tamar valley, on to Kranjska Gora and over the Jepca pass back into Austria.

The Soča Valley area was part of the Isonzo Front during the First World War. The heritage of this area is linked, together with natural sights, by the Walk of Peace in the Bovec, Kobarid and Tolmin area. The trail leads past six outdoor museums (Ravelnik, Čelo, Zaprikraj, Kolovrat, Mrzli Vrh, Mengore), military cemeteries and chapels, the fortress Kluže, the gorges of the Soča, the Koritnica and the Tolminka, Alpine meadows in the Triglav National Park, the Kozjak waterfall, the charnel houses in Kobarid and Tolmin, and the memorial church of the Holy Spirit on the Javorca plateau. Visitors´ books and seals are located at various points along the route. Hikers who collect all seven seals receive a commemorative badge at the Visitor centre »The Walk of Peace«.

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7 days in Slovenia (total 33 days) – 6 hours a day 145km in Slovenia (total length of the trail is 590km) easy to moderate Grossglockner; Jepca pass (Slovenian section) Muggia; Lipica (Slovenian section) Hiking & Biking Slovenia, www.hiking-biking-slovenia.com

5 days 100km easy to moderate Log pod Mangartom Outdoor Museum Mengore The Walk of Peace in the Soča Region Foundation, www.potmiru.si




PANORAMIC BORDER TRAIL AND VIA POMURJE

The Svečina Hills

Via Pomurje

PANORAMIC BORDER TRAIL The Panoramic Border Trail connects Austrian Styria and Slovenia and runs along the border from the Koralpe to Gornja Radgona. It enters Slovenia at the Jurij/Langegg border crossing and then passes through the wonderful vineyards and orchards of the Svečina Hills, offering a fine view over the surrounding landscape, planted with vines. It continues through woodland and over soft grassy plateaux as far as the meadows by the river Mura and then crosses the flat Apače plain to the famous wine district of the Radgona-Kapela Hills just outside Gornja Radgona, where the trail ends.

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41 hours or 6 days 127km easy to moderate Soboth, Austria Gornja Radgona www.hiking-biking.net

VIA POMURJE POMURJE ALPINE TRAIL In the heart of the Pomurje region, in the midst of undulating plains, lies the town of Murska Sobota, where our 330km hike begins. Our route takes us from the flat plains of Pomurje to a varied landscape of orchards and forests in the Goričko Natural Park. The route continues on the other side of the Mura, where the Radgona-Kapela Hills rise up and if we gaze at the distant horizon we will see the beautiful, softly undulating outlines of the Jeruzalem Hills and the Lendava Hills. The hospitality of Pomurje derives from the soil and its rich gifts, which, with the help of the industrious hands of the people who live here, are transformed into bread, wine, ham, bograč, flatbread and gibanica layer cake.

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20 days 330km easy Hotel Diana, Murska Sobota Murska Sobota www.hiking-biking.net/via-pomurje.aspx


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Hiking packages

HIKING & BIKING SLOVENIA

HIKING & BIKING SLOVENIA

Information and booking: Hiking & Biking Slovenia Dimičeva 13, SI – 1000 Ljubljana t +386 (0)41 646 566 e info@hiking.si, www.hiking-biking-slovenia.com

Information and booking: Hiking & Biking Slovenia Dimičeva 13, SI – 1000 Ljubljana t +386 (0)41 646 566 e info@hiking.si, www.hiking-biking-slovenia.com

VIA ALPINA SLOVENIA PURPLE TRAIL

HIGH AMONG THE ALPINE FLOWERS VIA ALPINA – RED TRAIL

The Purple Trail, part of the Via Alpina international hiking trails, connects three mountain groups in Slovenia: the Julian Alps, the Karavanke and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Over the course of seven days you can experience the Slovenian Alps in their entirety: ascend along one edge of the north face of Slovenia's highest peak, Triglav, descend the other edge, cross the valley of the Sava and follow perhaps the most beautiful panoramic route along the crest of the Karavanke mountains to experience the western part of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. The hike begins in Kranjska Gora and ends at famous Lake Bled. Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

arrive Hotel Lek****, Kranjska Gora (4 hikers) transfer to Planina pod Golico, and from there on foot to the summit of Golica (1,835m), famous for its flowering daffodils in spring. From there the route mainly follows the ridge of the Karavanke to the highest peak, Stol (2,236m), where a little below the summit we spend the night in a mountain hut. Walking time: 7 hours. Easy mountain trail. descent into the valley of the Završnica (1,100m), ascent of Begunjščica (2,060m) and descent to the Prevala pass, 1,311m (mountain hut) and on to the Ljubelj border crossing and the nearby mountain hut. Walking time: 7 hours. Moderate trail. transfer through the Dovžan Gorge to the village of Medvodje, from where we set off on foot to Stegovnik (1,692m), and down a good path over the Močnik mountain pasture to the hamlet of Šenk in Spodnje Jezersko. Transfer to Zgornje Jezersko and the Hotel Planika (3 hikers). Walking time: 6 hours. Moderate mountain trail. ascent to the end point of the Via Alpina in Slovenia – Jezerski Vrh (1,374 m) and back down again. Walking time: 5 hours. Moderate trail. Afternoon visit to adrenalin park in Jezersko and transfer to Hotel Ribno**** in Bled (2 hikers).

Price: €760 per person in a double room. Price includes: accommodation in specialist hotels and mountain huts, half board, transfers of guests and luggage, tourist tax, map Julijske Alpe – zahod, Karavanke (1 : 50 000).

A wonderful panoramic trail between Porezen and Črna Prst, with the extraordinary variety of Alpine flora from spring to late autumn. The second part of the trail allows us to discover three typical Alpine valleys in the Julian Alps and observe the differences in the way of life and work of the inhabitants of the different areas. We start off by Lake Bohinj and the Savica waterfall and, ascending past Komna and the Seven Lakes mountain hut, set off through the valley of these seven wonders to the Dolič mountain hut, just below the summit of Triglav. We then descend into the Trenta Valley, to the Triglav National Park Information Centre, where we can find information relating to this area. Crossing the Vršič pass and passing the refuge below the summit of Jalovec, we descend into the Tamar Valley and Planica – the valley of ski jumps. Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6

arrive Hotel Cerkno*** (4 hikers) transfer to Poče, easy but steep path to Porezen – 2 hours (mountain hut), down to Petrovo Brdo – 2 hours (mountain hut) and down a steep and difficult path to Črna Prst – 3 hours (mountain hut) easy path, difficult in places, across the Za Liscem mountain pasture (mountain hut) to Bohinjska Bistrica, to Bohinj Park Hotel – 3 hours, overnight. Transfer of luggage from Hotel Cerkno to Bohinj Park hotel**** (4 hikers) transfer to Savica waterfall, hike across Komarča – 3 hours (mountain hut) and on to the hut by the Seven Lakes – 3 hours, on across the Valley of the Seven Triglav Lakes to the Dolič mountain hut – 3 hours; overnight. Ascent of Triglav, the highest peak in Slovenia – 2 hours, then descent into the Trenta Valley, to the Triglav National Park Information Centre*** (3 hikers) – 4 hours transfer to Vršič. Hike to the refuge below Špička – 3 hours, then descent into the Tamar Valley and on to Planica – 3 hours. Transfer to Vila Triglav*** (4 hikers) in Kranjska Gora, overnight. Transfer of luggage from Bohinj Park Hotel to Vila Triglav.

Price: €590 per person in a double room. Single occupancy supplement: €8-12. Price with guide: €1,440 per person in a double room. Price includes: accommodation in specialist hotels and mountain huts, half board, transfers of guests and luggage, tourist tax, map Julijske Alpe vzhod/zahod (1 : 50 000) (self-guided option).


Triglav Hiking packages

HIKING & BIKING SLOVENIA

HIKING & BIKING SLOVENIA

Information and booking: Hiking & Biking Slovenia Dimičeva 13, SI – 1000 Ljubljana t +386 (0)41 646 566 e info@hiking.si, www.hiking-biking-slovenia.com

Information and booking: Terme Dobrna, d.d. Dobrna 50, SI – 3204 Dobrna t +386 (0) 3 780 81 10, f +386 (0)3 780 81 11 e info@terme-dobrna.si, www.terme-dobrna.si

TOLMINSKO AND CERKLJANSKO

ACROSS THE SLOPES OF POHORJE – FROM DOBRNA TO SLOVENJ GRADEC

Krn, Kolovrat and Porezen – three mountains, each with its own history. The Krn range and Kolovrat were the scene of fierce battles during the First World War. Meanwhile, the international border agreed under the terms of the 1920 Treaty of Rapallo passed over Porezen. Walking these paths today, you will come across many remains of those times, some still in their original state. On the other hand the valleys of the Soča and the Idrijca are interesting for nature lovers, anglers and extreme water sports enthusiasts. Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7

arrive Kamp Koren Kobarid historical trail with dinner in a Kobarid restaurant overnight at Kamp Koren**** campsite/apartments (4 hikers) transfer to Drežnica and ascent of Krn (2,245m) – through Lužnica and back to the Kuhinja plateau, transfer to Kamp Koren, overnight. Walking time: 7 hours. Moderate mountain trail. transfer to Kolovrat; crossing Kolovrat, 1,150m (easy and panoramic trail), descent to Volče, across Mengore, Modrejce to Most na Soči, overnight at the Hotel Lucija*** (3 hikers). Walking time: 5 hours. Easy mountain trail. transfer to Javorca – Polog mountain pasture – Prode mountain pasture (hand-operated cableway over the Tolminka) – along the left bank to the mountain pasture below Osojnica – source of the Tolminka and return along the left bank back to the Polog mountain pasture and the Tolmin Gorges car park; transfer to Most na Soči. Walking time: 3 hours. Easy mountain trail. transfer to Podbrdo/Petrovo Brdo, ascent of Porezen (1,632m) descent to Cerkno (323m); overnight at the Hotel Cerkno*** (4 hikers) Walking time: 6 hours. Moderate mountain trail. transfer to Tuškov Grič (c. 900m), walk along a wonderful panoramic path over Črni Vrh (1,291m) to Blegoš (1,563m), refreshments in the mountain hut; descent to Počivalo or Leskovica; transfer to Cerkno, also possible on foot; overnight. Walking time: 7 hours. Easy mountain trail. departure

Price: €376 per person in a double room. Price includes: half-board accommodation, transfers of guests and luggage, tourist tax, use of the pool in the Hotel Cerkno.

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The Pohorje massif, which lies at a height of between 1,000 and 1,500 metres, is a unique phenomenon in Slovenia. Geological structure: the granite of Pohorje has allowed the formation of a large number of small lakes and peat bogs of different sizes. The entire area is covered with beautiful spruce forests. After a day's hike, enjoy local specialities such as Pohorje hotpot, local sausages, Pohorje omelette, strudel and of course bilberry brandy and white Konjičan wine, from the lower slopes of Pohorje. A mostly easy hike, on well-marked paths, although it is important to follow the signs, since it is easy to get lost in the thick forests. Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4

arrive Dobrna, Hotel Park**** (4 hikers) half board – dinner, breakfast; swimming, sauna, dancing, etc. hike: Dobrna – Brdce – Basališče – Javorje – Brezen – Vitanje – Sv. Vid – Ovčarjev Vrh – Rogla. Half board at the Hotel Rogla*** (5 hikers). Walking time: 6 hours (23 km) hike: Rogla – Lovrenška Jezera – Ribniško Jezero – Ribniška Koča – Črni Vrh (highest point of Pohorje – 1,543m) – Pungart. Half board at Hotel Luka, Pungart. Walking time: 6 hours (16km) hike: Pungart – Velika Kopa (second highest peak of Pohorje, 1,542m) – Partizanka holiday lodge – Kremžarjev Vrh – mountain hut below Kremžarjev Vrh – Slovenj Gradec Walking time: 4 hours (14km).

Price: €120 per person in a double room (self-guided). Guide: €8/hour. Price includes: half-board accommodation, transfers of guests and luggage, tourist tax.


Bohinj

Mountains surrounding Bohinj

Triglav

Bohinj

JULIAN ALPS

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This area at the heart of the Julian Alps and Triglav National Park offers amazing possibilities for hiking. Here you can enjoy yourself at various altitudes, from the lake at 540 metres above sea level to Slovenia’s highest peak, the 2,864m-high Triglav. A similar spectrum of emotions overwhelms you when hiking on marked trails in the valley or above the tree line, with or without a guide. Hiking in Bohinj is delightful any time of the year, as 17 walking and hiking trails offer numerous possibilities in winter, from cross-country skiing to snowshoeing. Bohinj is the place to be.


Julian Alps | Bohinj

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PRŠIVEC, 1,761m

TRIGLAV, 2,864m

Despite a hot climb from Stara Fužina over the Vogar mountain pasture and on to Pršivec, the hike right above Lake Bohinj is pleasantly cool. The lake far down in the valley and the magnificent and flourishing Alpine landscape of Bohinj arouse a feeling of peacefulness. You will feel peace within and all around, and no mountain jackdaw or even eagle could ever disrupt it. On the contrary, the calmness is further amplified because the trail does not allow much talking to oneself. The mission is simple: from the mountain hut at Vogar, over the Hebat mountain pasture and to the top of Pršivec, then a long break before heading back to Stara Fužina via Viševnik, Pri Jezeru and Vogar. The path leads through the high-elevation mountain area, the last secret of the Julian Alps that captivated Julius Kugy, the emotionally-charged explorer of this magnificent mountain range.

Atop the highest peak in Slovenia – having been climbing along a wellsecured steep rocky trail for the last hour and a half – you can truly relax. You may have been looking over your shoulder with slight fear in your eyes earlier, but now you are happy to have reached the highest peak in the Julian Alps. The trail starts far down in the valley, at Stara Fužina in Bohinj, and leads to the top via Uskovnica, the Vodnik hut and Planika. But up there you are only halfway to the full experience. Return to the valley through the wonderful Triglav Lakes Valley, cross Komarča and on a steep trail descend to Ukanc and Lake Bohinj.

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Walking time Length Difficulty

6–7 hours 15km Moderate 1,110m Stara Fužina 46.2903N 13.8878E Bohinj (1 : 25 000) Julian Alps, East (1 : 50 000) Triglav (1 : 25 000) Triglav National Park (1 : 50 000) Additional information TIC Bohinjska Bistrica, TIC Ribčev Laz Events International Wild Flower Festival, May, June Hiking festival, September, October

2–3 days or 15–17 hours 38km The climb from Kredarica to Triglav is very difficult; the rest is moderate Elevation gain 2,500m Starting point Stara Fužina GPS coordinates 46.2903N 13.8878E Maps Bohinj (1 : 25 000) Julian Alps, East (1 : 50 000) Triglav (1 : 25 000) Triglav National Park (1 : 50 000) Additional information TIC Bohinjska Bistrica, TIC Ribčev Laz Events International Wild Flower Festival, May, June Hiking festival, September, October

Information: Turizem Bohinj, Triglavska cesta 23, SI – 4264 Bohinjska Bistrica t +386 (0)4 574 75 90, f +386 (0)4 574 75 91, e info@bohinj.si, www.bohinj.si


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Julian Alps | Bohinj

BOHINJ PARK ECO HOTEL*****

HOSTEL POD VOGLOM**

Information and booking: Bohinj Park ECO Hotel Triglavska cesta 17, SI – 4264 Bohinjska Bistrica t +386 (0)8 200 40 00, f +386 (0)8 200 42 00 e booking@2864.si, www.bohinj-park-hotel.si

Information and booking: Hostel pod Voglom, Ribčev Laz 60, SI – 4265 Bohinjsko jezero t +386 (0)4 572 34 61, f +386 (0)4 572 30 71, m +386 (0)40 864 202 e info@pac.si, podvoglom@siol.net www.pac-sports.com, www.hostel-podvoglom.com

In the heart of the Julian Alps and the glacial basin of the Bohinj Valley you will find an exclusive Alpine eco-resort with its own aquapark (sauna complex, pools, slides, whirlpool baths), an open fire, lounge areas, bowling, a cinema – and fantastic cuisine. If you are setting off for a hike through the valley or higher up, into the mountains, where you can test your climbing skills and conquer one of the peaks of the Julian Alps, the Bohinj Park ECO Hotel offers an excellent base and a place to relax and recuperate your strength. The hotel, which blends harmoniously into its surroundings, was built with great attention to the environment and is one of the most advanced energy-efficient hotels in the whole of central Europe. This modern complex was completed in June 2009. In April 2010 it was awarded the prestigious Green Globe international sustainability certificate.

Hostel Pod Voglom, including the Rodica annexe, stands in an idyllic location in the heart of the Triglav National Park, on the shore of Lake Bohinj. It is suitable for youth groups, adult groups and individuals. Other facilities: 20 kayaks and canoes and 50 mountain bikes for hire, private beach, garden with sun loungers for relaxation. Additional facilities: The hostel incorporates the Pac Sports outdoor centre (tandem paraglider flights, rafting, canyoning, adrenaline park, hydrospeed, trekking and hiking, caving, boat and bicycle hire, hire of other sports equipment). Winter activities include snow rafting, snowshoeing, night tobogganing from Vogar with head torches. Pac Sports outdoor centre – 10% cash discount. A 45-seat coach is also available.

5-day package

3-day package ACTIVE IN BOHINJ

• 5 nights with generous self-service breakfast and dinner, staying in a double room • admission to aquapark – pools, whirlpool baths, slides, climbing walls, etc. • 1 x daily admission to sauna park: Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, bio and infrared saunas • fitness centre with view of pool • 1 x map of footpaths in the Bohinj area per room (22 marked paths) • free WiFi in the hotel lobby • internet point in the hotel • secure car park • 10% discount on wellness services • 10% discount on bowling Price: from €395 per person for 5 nights.

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2 nights B&B at the Hostel pod Voglom (room with bathroom) half-day bicycle hire half-day canoe hire slackline park

Price: €64 per person. Dinner €9 extra.

5-day package ACTIVE IN BOHINJ • • • • •

4 nights B&B at the Hostel pod Voglom (room with bathroom) half-day bicycle hire half-day canoe hire slackline park rafting on the Sava Bohinjka

Price: €133 per person (minimum 2 people). Dinner €9 extra.


Julian Alps | Bohinj, Pokljuka

HOTEL** & VILLA**** STARE AT LAKE BOHINJ

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ŠPORT HOTEL POKLJUKA***

Information and booking: Hotel & Vila STARE ob Bohinjskem jezeru Ukanc 128, SI – 4265 Bohinjsko jezero m + 386 (0)40 558 669, f + 386 (0)4 574 64 01 e info@bohinj-hotel.com, www.bohinj-hotel.com, www.rent-villa-slovenia.com

Information and booking: Šport hotel Pokljuka, d.o.o. Goreljek 103, SI – 4247 Zgornje Gorje t +386 (0)4 533 50 17, f +386 (0)4 531 21 03 e info@sporthotel.si, www.sporthotel.si

Hotel & Villa STARE are nestled in the heart of the Julian Alps in a beautiful Bohinj Valley. Perfect for a unique stay in the mountains in summer, in autumn, in winter and in spring. Only 150m from the shore of Lake Bohinj. Our Guests treasure Hotel & Villa STARE as soon as they arrive. Routes to the most beautiful parts of the national park run past Hotel & Villa STARE. Accommodation: Hotel & Villa STARE are small in size but big in hospitality. We have 10 rooms and 1 luxury suite, balconies facing the lake. You can enjoy a buffet breakfast and selected homemade specialities on a sunny terrace while admiring the waters of the lake. 3500m2 large great green garden for Relaxation and free parking area. Experience a unique place - Hotel & Villa STARE at Lake Bohinj. It is the secret address for people searching for a unique, cozy, sporty and relaxing stay! There are many hotels in Bohinj. But only one combines mountains, lake and the personal touch with such a charming sense of harmony. Additional offer: Bicycle rental, hiking pole and backpack rental, guided mountain trips, fishing, natural swimming spot 150m away, Vogel Ski resort 700m, Lake Bohinj 150m.

Šport Hotel opens its doors to all who love nature and exercise. Its situation makes it an excellent starting point for numerous activities and for spending free time surrounded by unspoilt nature. Accommodation: The hotel offers 120 beds in pleasant and spacious single, double or triple rooms (additional bed available on request) and six family rooms. All rooms have WC/shower, hairdryer and free internet access. Hotel facilities: the hotel restaurant offers a wide selection of typical Alpine dishes. The Šport bar, with its pleasant terrace offering a wonderful view, serves cold drinks, hot beverages and energy/sports drinks. Additional facilities: Multipurpose room for meetings and seminars (up to 100 participants) or sport and recreation; sauna, fitness centre, sports equipment hire (cross-country skis, toboggans, snowshoes, mountain bikes), ski lift next to the hotel, children's corner, WiFi internet access.

3-day, 5-day or 7-day package HIKING PACKAGE • • • • • • • • •

Accommodation in Hotel or Villa STARE by the Lake Bohinj Homemade aperitif for welcome Rich, various breakfast buffet Evening's 4-course Dinner at Candles Half a litre of Slovenian wine (for two/day) Package lunch (sandwich, fruit, drink) Map of Triglav National park (1 : 50 000) Ticket for entrance to Waterfall Savica 3 hours mountain bike to explore Alps

Trips: • Valley of the seven Triglav lakes • Bohinj alpine meadows, Cheese route, Alpine Dairy Museum • Vogel and Rodica mountains (flowers) • Lakes, waterfalls and canyons of Bohinj • Triglav Mountain (overnight in mountain hut – surcharge) • Lipanca and Debela peč • More of Bohinj: water sports, biking, fly fishing, culture, flowers & birds… Price: from €139.

5-day package CHAMOIS • • • • •

5-day stay at the hotel (Wednesday to Sunday) 4 x half board 3 x guided hike 1 x guided bicycle tour 1 night in mountain hut (option)

Price: from €126 per person. Other charges: tourist tax


Bled

Blejski Vintgar

Blejska koÄ?a na Lipanci mountain hut

Bled

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Most famous for its magnificent lake with an island, Bled is no less compelling as a starting point for hiking trips to the eastern reaches of Triglav National Park. The most attractive nearby spots are Vintgar and the Pokljuka Gorge; however, the Alpine Pokljuka Plateau and peaks rising above it are also not far away. The realm of forests and mountains is perfect for exploratory hikes along marked trails, which are so many that you will keep coming back in all seasons. What is more, Pokljuka is very popular during winter thanks to its intricate network of cross-country skiing routes and the doorway to the Alpine giants.


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THROUGH VINTGAR Through the canyon along a blue-green river

When you follow the marked route past the Church of St Catherine down to the Šum na Radovni waterfall, you enter a realm of water and rock which would be completely impassable if it weren’t for the marked route. We can now walk through Vintgar with great ease and take numerous breaks along the way to admire the amazing canyon scenery, where the walls in some places are only few metres apart. To return to the starting point, simply follow the walking route over the scenic slopes under Hom. There you can soak up the panoramic view of the near and distant stretches, as this is one of the most beautiful vantage points in the Gorenjska region.

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2 hours 5km Easy 150m Parking area, St Catherine Church above Zasip 46.3943N 14.1076E Julian Alps, East (1 : 50 000) Bled (1 : 30 000) Triglav National Park (1 : 50 000)

DEBELA PEČ, 2,015m

Through the lush woodland of Pokljuka to the panoramic summit at the edge of a plateau, high above the glacial valley of Krma From the high-altitude starting point at the heart of the fragrant Pokljuka woodland, walk uphill over the Javornik and Lipanca mountain pastures, where you can take a break in the pleasant Blejska Koča hut. You have reached the western edge of Pokljuka, where a number of peaks rise above the Krma Valley. Climb Debela Peč, which, among other things, offers a magnificent view of Triglav and the surrounding area. Debela Peč is one of those mountain tops that afford such magnificent views you simply cannot part with it easily. This close encounter with the heart of Triglav National Park is so compelling you won’t be able to resist coming back.

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3–4 hours 13km Easy 750m Parking area, Šport Hotel on Pokljuka 46.3943N 14.1076E Julian Alps, East (1 : 50 000) Triglav National Park (1 : 50 000)

Information: Turizem Bled, Cesta svobode 11, SI – 4260 Bled, t +386 (0)4 578 05 00, e info@dzt.bled.si, www.bled.si, www.tnp.si TIC Bled, Cesta svobode 10, SI – 4260 Bled, t +386 (0)4 574 11 22, e tdbled@telemach.net Information – Vintgar: http://td-gorje.s5.net


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HOTEL RIBNO****

HOTEL KRIM***

Information and booking: Hotel Ribno Izletniška 44, SI – 4260 Bled t +386 (0)4 578 31 00, f +386 (0)4 578 32 00 e info@hotel-ribno.si, www.hotel-ribno.si

Information and booking: Hotel Krim Ljubljanska cesta 7, SI – 4260 Bled t +386 (0)4 579 70 00, f +386 (0)4 579 71 00 e hotelkrim@hotel-krim.si, www.hotel-krim.si

Hotel Ribno is located in an idyllic village not far from Lake Bled. Its wonderful natural setting and Alpine style make it a popular choice, particularly among nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. Services available for additional charge: single room or apartment, full board, organisation of hikes, hiking equipment hire, laundry service, transport of equipment, bicycles and/or guests, sports activities in the surrounding area (tennis, rafting, canyoning, beach volleyball), massages in the hotel, etc. Additional information on cycling and hiking programmes available at reception, where there is an info point for cyclists and hikers.

The Hotel Krim, located in the centre of Bled, 200 metres from the lake and close to sports facilities, has been welcoming guests for over 50 years. Accommodation: 115 recently refurbished rooms with free internet access Hotel facilities: two restaurants with excellent cuisine, bar, cafe, TV lounge with big-screen TV Relaxation in the Studenec wellness centre (Turkish bath, Finnish and infrared saunas, whirlpool bath and cold plunge pool) As well as a wellness centre, the Hotel Krim has a massage salon and a beauty salon. Ideal for groups. Athletes welcome.

2-day, 5-day or 7-day package HIKING OR CYCLING PACKAGE

• 2, 5 or 7 nights in a double room, half board • free use of hotel's mountain bikes (in the warmer months) • 1 hour of tennis per day on the tennis court by the hotel (in the warmer months up to 3.00 p.m.) • unlimited use of free WiFi in the hotel • 10% discount on massages in the hotel • 20% discount on admission to the pools in the Živa Wellness Centre in the centre of Bled • free use of saunas and hot massage pool in the hotel • map of cycling routes in the surrounding area • bicycle storage and facilities for washing bicycles • guide to themed hiking trails in Slovenia • daily snack with energy drink (for stays of 3 nights or more) Price: 2-day package from €78 per person in a double room. VAT included. Discounts: one child aged up to 12 stays free in a room with two adults. Services available for additional charge: • sports activities: rafting, canyoning, canoeing, river tubing, paragliding, horse riding, diving, climbing • guided BICYCLE TOURS or HIKES • Tourist tax €1.01

2-day, 5-day or 7-day package HIKING PACKAGE

• 2, 5 or 7 nights in a double room, half board • free use of hotel's mountain bikes (in the warmer months) • 1 hour of tennis per day on the tennis court by the Hotel Ribno (in the warmer months up to 3.00 p.m.) • unlimited use of free WiFi in the hotel • 10% discount on massages in the hotel • 20% discount on admission to the pools in the Živa Wellness Centre in the centre of Bled • free use of saunas and hot massage pool in the hotel • guide to themed hiking trails in Slovenia • daily snack with energy drink (for stays of 3 nights or more) Price: 2-day package from €70 per person in a double room. VAT included. Discounts: one child aged up to 12 stays free in a room with two adults. Services available for additional charge: • sports activities: rafting, canyoning, canoeing, river tubing, paragliding, horse riding, diving, climbing • guided BICYCLE TOURS or HIKES • Tourist tax €1.01


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pool with heated thermal water, a whirlpool bath, a sauna, a fitness centre and a Thai massage centre. An ideal starting point for hikes in the Julian Alps and the Karavanke, fresh air, clean rivers and lakes... perfect for an active holiday. We also offer the following services to hikers (additional charges apply): • personalised selection of food and drink items to carry on hikes • organisation of additional hikes and equipment hire • specialist massages for muscle relaxation after a hike

3-day package

HOTEL PARK****

• 2 nights with VITAL breakfast and buffet dinner • 1 x guided hike, also includes laundry service for hiking kit, energy packed lunch and map • consultation with foot specialist and evaluation of suitability of your hiking footwear • unlimited swimming in the hotel's thermal pool • free admission to the saunas and fitness studio in the Hotel Park • free use of the thermal pools at the Živa Wellness Centre in the Hotel Golf Price: €160 to €194 per person (including VAT). Additional charges: tourist tax, single room, extra day, additional services in relaxation centres.

5-day package

Information and booking: Hotel Park, Cankarjeva 6, SI – 4260 Bled t +386 (0)4 579 18 00, f +386 (0)4 579 18 01 e reservations.park@hotelibled.com www.hotel-park-bled.com, www.hotelibled.com

• 4 nights with VITAL breakfast and buffet dinner • 2 x guided hike, also includes laundry service for hiking kit, energy packed lunch and map • consultation with foot specialist and evaluation of suitability of your hiking footwear • unlimited swimming in the hotel's thermal pool • free admission to the saunas and fitness studio in the Hotel Park • free use of the thermal pools at the Živa Wellness Centre in the Hotel Golf

The Hotel Park is located in the centre of Bled, right on the shore of the lake. Relaxation, recreation and beauty facilities for guests include a large indoor

Price: €288 to €356 per person (including VAT). Additional charges: tourist tax, single room, extra day, additional services in relaxation centres.

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Lake Jasna

Hike to the Slemenova špica

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The Triple Border

The Upper Sava River Valley, with Kranjska Gora, provides hikers with many possibilities. To the south, the valley is surrounded by the peaks of the Julian Alps, with the highest mountain in Slovenia, Triglav, 2,864m, with a magnificent north face; to the north by the wooded slopes of the Karavanke Alps, the most prominent being Kepa at 2,139m. Kranjska Gora has 20 hiking trails for all abilities, ranging from easy and gentle (two hours, elevation gain 100m), moderate (three hours of walking, elevation gain 300m) and hard (four hours of walking, elevation gain 800m). The trails are marked and a detailed map with descriptions is available. In summer, a chair lift runs from Kranjska Gora to Vitranc, 1,578m. Vitranc affords a beautiful view of the Julian Alps and Triglav. It is also the starting point for hikes up the 1,746m-high Ciprnik. In cooperation with the Mountain Guide Association and the Alpine Association of Slovenia, we offer the possibility to hire mountain guides for different trips. Kranjska Gora also runs organised instructor-led Nordic walking courses and rents out walking poles. Above Kranjska Gora is the Vršič Pass, at 1,611 metres above sea level the highest road pass in Slovenia. It is located on the divide between the Adriatic and the Black Sea. Over the pass runs a road, which was constructed based on the ancient transport connection between the Upper Sava River Valley and the Trenta Valley. The road was built by Russian prisoners of war during WWI; the Russian chapel situated near the road leading from Kranjska Gora to Vršič is a monument to their work. The pass is a popular starting point for tackling the peaks Sleme, Mala Mojstrovka, Prisank, Jalovec and Razor.


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SLEMENOVA ŠPICA, 1,911m

PRISANK, 2,547m

Take the marked trail north from Vršič and continue to the Vratca Pass, where you make a right turn. Descend into the hollow and continue uphill towards Sleme and Slemenova Špica. Return in the exact opposite direction.

Starting from Vršič, pass the Tičarjev Dom hut and continue towards the Poštarska Koča hut. At the fork under Solna Glava, head left and down below the north faces of Prisank, then follow the secured climbing trail to the ridge and on to the top. Descend along the south side of the mountain and continue southwest to Gladki Rob, past Solna Glava and both huts to reach the starting point.

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A panoramic mountain hike to beautiful lakes affording spectacular views of the towering Jalovec

Events

2.5 hours 5.5km Easy 500m Vršič 46.4354N 13.7441E Julian Alps, East (1 : 50 000) Kranjska Gora (1 : 25 000) Traditional mountain hike to the Triple Border, second Sunday in September

Across a fantastic but no less real mountain world to one of the mightiest peaks of the Julian Alps

Events

6–7 hours 6.5km Very hard 1,050m Vršič 46.4331N 13.7435E Julian Alps, East (1 : 50 000) Kranjska Gora (1 : 25 000) Traditional mountain hike to the Triple Border, second Sunday in September

Information: TIC Kranjska Gora, Tičarjeva ul. 2, SI – 4280 Kranjska Gora t +386 (0)4 580 94 40, f +386 (0)4 580 94 41, e info@kranjska-gora.eu, www.kranjska-gora.si


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HOTEL LEK****

HOTEL VILA TRIGLAV****

Information and booking: Hotel Lek Vršiška 38, SI – 4280 Kranjska Gora t +386 (0)4 588 15 20, f +386 (0)4 588 13 43 e info@hotel-lek.si, www.hotel-lek.si

Information and booking: Rožle G&M d.o.o. Tičarjeva 14, SI – 4280 Kranjska Gora t +386 (0)4 588 14 87, +386 (0)4 588 13 74, f +386 (0)4 588 12 25 e vila.triglav@rozle.si, info@ rozle.si, www.rozle.si

The Hotel Lek enjoys a wonderful location on the edge of the Triglav National Park, not far from picturesque Lake Jasna and a mere stone's throw from the centre of the village. Nature and comfort, taste and modernity, tradition and cosmopolitanism all come together here. Attractive at all times of the year, the hotel offers guests numerous opportunities for enjoyment, rest and recreation. Specially selected menus and a wide range of services make the hotel particularly suitable for hikers. A swimming pool and saunas, floodlit tennis courts, pleasant rooms and friendly staff guarantee an enjoyable stay.

Villa Triglav stands at the edge of Kranjska Gora, where snow-white peaks tower into the blue sky and a winding mountain road slowly begins its climb towards Vršič. In a setting of unspoilt nature and fresh mountain air, with the crystal-clear Pišnica stream rippling nearby. Villa Triglav is surrounded by numerous footpaths, hiking trails and cycling trails. Facilities in the hotel include a pool, sauna and a fitness centre.

7-day package HIKING PACKAGE • • • • • • •

7 x half board including self-service breakfast Welcome drink 1 x themed dinner 2 x guided hikes 1 x ticket for Vitranc chairlift admission to pools and whirlpool bath 2 x admission to saunas

Price: from €350 (per person in a double room). Discounts and additional charges according to published price list.

3-day package HIKING PACKAGE • • • • • •

Welcome drink 3 nights with self-service breakfast 1 x guided hike with local guide unlimited access to pool, sauna and fitness centre packed lunch available excellent cycling opportunities and possibility of bicycle hire (additional charge) • return ticket for Vitranc chairlift • map of hiking trails Price: from €146 (per person in a double room).


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SLOVENIA GREEN

In Slovenia we are aware of the importance of sustainable development and especially the importance of sustainable tourism development. That is why the Slovenian Tourist Organisation has undertaken the project “Green Slovenia”, the object of which is trying to motivate every tourist service provider and visitor to live, work or visit Slovenia in an environmentally conscious manner: to use environmentally friendly materials, walk or ride a bicycle or other environmentally friendly vehicles if possible, save water, recycle etc.

GREEN FACTS

A total of 58 % of the Slovenian territory is covered in forests, 36 % of the surface area is protected, with one national park (Triglav National Park), three regional parks and 40 landscape parks or Natura 2000 areas. There are various levels of protection at these sites. Slovenia is a land of waters, having over 27,000 km of rivers, creeks, springs, waterfalls, lakes and 46 km of seashore. The rich fauna and flora further increase the green natural wealth of Slovenia.

GREEN HIKING AND CYCLING

More than 50 accommodation facilities have become specialised in hikers. One has already received the European daisy eco-label and several facilities are in the process of acquiring it. An increasing number of accommodation facilities are introducing heating with environmentally friendly aggregates – biomass, photovoltaic power plants, small hydroelectric power plants, separate waste collection, water recycling. Mountain huts are starting to use solar energy to satisfy heating and other power needs, and small wastewater treatment plants are being installed. Almost everywhere in the higher parts of the Alps, drinking water is acquired from springs and tap water is potable everywhere. In the Julian Alps, accommodation facilities offer natural spring water. Trail marking system: in the mountains the trail marking system avoids putting large signboards on trees and rocks. Not all the trails are marked, but it is possible to hire a licensed guide to accompany you on the unmarked trails. In the lower parts, there are many trails and in 2010 they will start having uniform signboards. The purpose is to remove the signposts and information boards of different dimensions and contents and replace them with uniform ones. Waste generated during the hikes must always be taken along and deposited in hotels or villages into waste bins. Almost every town has a special waste bin for empty batteries. Public transport in Slovenia is well developed. Buses and railway lines take you to the starting points for hiking or cycling tours. Trains have special cars for bicycles.

VISITING GREEN SLOVENIA ON FOOT OR BY BIKE

A challenge for anyone – Slovenia is a small destination, but discovering the country on foot or by bike is a unique experience that will ensure you that Slovenia is nevertheless a large country, offering countless opportunities for green activities so that Slovenia will become etched in your memory as a green destination.


Bovec and the surrounding area

Mount Mangrt

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The Soča River in the valley of Trenta

Prestreljenik natural window, Kanin

Hikers in the Bovec region are captivated by numerous marked high-elevation trails, which are known for their primeval, secluded rocky land and karst phenomena. Kanin has several chasms more than 1,000m deep, the deepest being Čehi II, at 1,544 metres the seventhdeepest known chasm in the world. The upper station of the Kanin circular cable car, at 2,202m, is a great starting point for trips to high mountain areas. The lowland with its vast forests, blue-green rivers and streams, magnificent waterfalls and gorges is enriched with old homesteads and friendly people and connected to numerous marked theme routes. In the Bovec region hikers can enjoy the blooming colourful meadows and awakening life in spring and summer, and the softness of winds, calm and peacefulness of nature in autumn. Snowshoeing trips are very popular in winter when snow blankets the land. Also available are guided tours. An integral part of the destination is Triglav National Park. Lovers of lowland trips around Bovec enjoy theme routes such as the Walk of Peace and the Soča River Trail. Following the Walk of Peace, which connects the remains of numerous fortifications, open-air museums and monuments, you learn about the legacy of World War I. If you want to experience it in a special way, go see the 1313 Association performance at the Kluže Fortress. The Soča River Trail, running along the blue-green Soča River and past numerous cultural attractions, runs to the Trenta Valley, at the heart of unspoiled and serene scenery.


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SOČA RIVER TRAIL

Triglav National Park nature trail along the emerald green Soča, from the source, over the Trenta Valley and toward Bovec The oldest and longest nature trail in Triglav National Park, the Soča River Trail takes you from the Soča source toward Bovec. It connects old footpaths and secluded spots, remote corners of the valley away from the road and noise. The Soča is the emerald thread leading the way to the valley’s more or less known natural attractions and cultural heritage. Particularly interesting are the picturesque footbridges that cross the river at several locations.

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8–10 hours 25km Easy 400m Parking area at Koča pri izviru Soče, accessible from Bovec or over the Vršič mountain pass 46.4093N 13.7255E Triglav National Park (1 : 50.000), Trenta (1 : 25.000), Bovec (1 : 40.000) Guided theme tours along the Soča River Trail (by certified national park guide), every Thursday in July and August

NATURE TRAIL

Prestreljeniški podi – Kanin The final stop of the Kanin cable car is an excellent starting point for trekking and hiking tours. The cable car brings us to the canteen at Prestreljenik (2,202m), no need for climbing the steep slopes using wire ropes and pegs. From there, you can take marked routes and climb the peaks of the Kanin mountain range, see the picturesque natural window of Prestreljenik, or cross the Prevala pass to Rombon, which will satisfy even the most demanding hikers. Those who prefer easier hikes in the mountains will enjoy the Prestreljeniški podi – Kanin nature trail. Enjoy the uplands Karst, where you can see all the typical karst phenomena and geological history dating as far as 220 million years into the past. The geography of this unique environment is presented on seven information boards where you can learn about the surrounding mountains, rocks, glacial movements, pasture farming, trekking, flora and fauna. A stroll along the 650-meter-long nature trail with stops will take you about an hour.

Starting point GPS coordinates Map

Final stop of the Kanin cable car 46.3589N 13.4766E Brochure Prestreljeniški podi – Kanin; marks T01 to T06 are the positions of information boards along the track with additional information Additional information TIC Bovec

Information: TIC Bovec, Trg golobarskih žrtev 8, SI – 5230 Bovec t +386 (0)5 389 64 44, f +386 (0)5 389 64 45, m +386 (0)31 388 700, e info@bovec.si, www.bovec.si Triglav National Park Information Centre, Dom Trenta, Na Logu v Trenti, SI – 5232 Soča t +386 (0)5 388 93 30, f +386 (0)5 388 93 30, e dom-tnp.trenta@tnp.gov.si, www.tnp.si


Most na Soči with Tolmin

Above Škrbina

Tolmin, Kobarid

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Tolmin Gorges

Standing at the top of Krn or high above the Tolminka Valley, you are face-to-face with the primeval mountain world at the edge of the Alps and the jagged hills at the meeting point of the Julian Alps and the Dinaric mountain chain. The surrounding area of Tolmin and Kobarid, together with its peaks, which are not as tall as those of mountain giants, is ideal for multi-day trips, as the land at the meeting point of two mountain chains boasts some of the most diverse and amazing formations of nature that can rarely be seen anywhere else. To the south of the Soča, high above Benečija, rise Matajur and Kolovrat, which afford spectacular views of the Julian Alps as well as the Adriatic Sea and the Po River Valley. To the north, there are many wild gorges cutting into the high mountain ridge of the Julian Alps; one of them – the Tolmin Gorges – can be experienced on a secured trail close to Tolmin. Besides numerous other hiking and mountaineering trails, the space between Kobarid and Tolmin is connected by the Walk of Peace, a theme route leading to the remains and monuments of the WWI Isonzo Front, which left a huge mark on the valley. Four of the total six museums are situated out in the open, on the trail between Kobarid and Tolmin. In the Tolminka Valley, there is the Church of the Holy Spirit at Javorca.


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A panoramic high-elevation walk along the high edge of the Julian Alps

HISTORICAL PANORAMA TRAIL

Bučenica – Mengore – Cvetje

Follow the marked trail from the parking area across the mountain pasture Kašina, ascend the mountain pasture Leskovca and continue uphill to the Lužnica Valley. Then ascend Prag and continue across the wide Batognica, 2,164m. Then you reach the Krn jag and head for the top of Krn. Leaving the peak, pass the mountain shelter and head back down to the parking area at Planina Kuhinja.

On the Bučenica – Mengore – Cvetje trail, we can feel the not-so-distant past. All the hills were heavily fortified as the Austro-Hungarian front of WWI ran through it, forming the Tolmin bridgehead. For the Austro-Hungarian positions, which were otherwise on the opposite, left bank of the Soča River, this was a great exception as they were very exposed to the Italian artillery, but nevertheless withstood the pressures until the end of the Isonzo front.

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6–7 hours 11km Moderate 1,500m Parking area at Planina Kuhinja, at the end of the road above the village of Krn, at 1,000m, accessed from Kobarid via Vrsno. 46.2413N 13.6630E Krn, Kobarid-Tolmin (1 : 25 000) Tourist and Bike map / Kobarid-Nadiške dolineTolmin (1 : 55 000) Julian Alps, West (1 : 50 000) Triglav National Park (1 : 50 000)

5 hours 15km Easy 700m Hotel Lucija, Most na Soči 46.1528N 13.7407E Tourist and Bike map / Kobarid-Nadiške dolineTolmin (1 : 55 000) Additional information Cultural and historical trail of Most na Soči Guide along The walk of peace

Information: Tourist Board Sotočje, Petra Skalarja 4, SI – 5220 Tolmin t +386 (0)5 380 04 80, f +386 (0) 5 380 04 83, e info@lto-sotocje.si, www.dolina-soce.com


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Bear’s Head

JULIAN ALPS Tolmin, Kobarid

Tolmin Gorges, the common name for the Tolminka and Zadlaščica gorges, is the most magnificent natural attraction around Tolmin. The Tolminka Gorge, approximately 200m long and more than 60m deep, was formed by a blue-green river that in some places flows between steep walls that are only a few metres apart. The Zadlaščica Gorge is shorter but no less picturesque.

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TOLMIN GORGES The wilderness of the Tolmin Gorges can be experienced on a one-hour walk along a secured circular trail. The starting point (parking area) can be reached from Tolmin via Zatolmin. Soak up the magical movement of water and wild rocks, kneel down to a warm spring, stop at the rock resembling a bear’s head and the entrance to the Zadlaška or Dante Cave. Return to the starting point by crossing the Devil’s Bridge, 60m above the Tolminka.

Schedule

April-November, daily from 9.00 until 17.00, in the summer until 19.00.

Entrance fee

Adults €4.00, discounts for children, pensioners, students and groups. Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps

Information: Tourist Board Sotočje, Petra Skalarja 4, SI – 5220 Tolmin t +386 (0)5 380 04 80, f +386 (0) 5 380 04 83, e info@lto-sotocje.si, www.dolina-soce.com

1.5 hour 2km Easy 100m Parking lot in front of the entrance point into the Tolmin Gorges 46.1972N 13.7386E Tourist and Bike map / Kobarid-Nadiške dolineTolmin (1 : 55 000) Julian Alps, western part (1 : 50 000) Triglav National Park (1 : 50 000)


Julian Alps | Tolmin, Kobarid

KAMP KOREN KOBARID APARTMENT VILLAGE/CAMPSITE

Information and booking: Eko apartmajsko naselje Kamp Koren Kobarid Drežniške Ravne 33, SI – 5222 Kobarid t +386 (0)5 389 13 11, f +386 (0)5 389 13 10, m +386 (0)41 371 229 e info@kamp-koren.si, www.kamp-koren.si GPS coordinates: 46.1505N 13.3520E Accommodation: in a tranquil setting above the river Soča, six wooden eco-chalets (100 sq m) in the Kamp Koren campsite. The combination of wood and tasteful blue furnishings, comfortable beds, a balcony and a terrace, and the surrounding greenery and flowers make a stay in these chalets a wonderful experience. Additional facilities: restaurant, sauna, shop (groceries, eco-products and camping equipment), vegetable garden and herb garden, washing machine and dryer, picnic/barbecue area, bicycle hire, guided tours, hiking and cycling, children's playgrounds and beach volleyball, table tennis, boules, climbing wall for children and adults, internet corner, telephone, etc. Activities in the area: rafting, canoeing, cycling, hunting, fishing, walks, hiking, climbing, horse riding, paragliding, skiing and other winter sports. If you want to try one of these activities but lack experience, you can book it at the campsite at a special rate and we will provide an instructor/guide. Enjoy the marvellous Soča Valley and discover its stories on the Path of Peace. Stay at Kamp Koren in a tranquil setting above the gorge of the river Soča, just a short walk from Kobarid, with guided tours of the area's interesting and varied natural, cultural and historical heritage.

4-day package

• 4 nights plus breakfast in wooden chalets at Kamp Koren, Kobarid • Discovering historic Kobarid: visits to Kobarid Museum, panorama from the Julian Alps to the Adriatic at the Kolovrat open-air museum • Inspiration of mighty Krn: hike to beautiful, unspoilt Zaprikraj, visit to the picturesque village of Drežnica • The rich tradition of living mountain pastures: experience life and traditional cheesemaking in an Alpine pasture, visit to the WW1 memorial church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca, visit to the Tolmin Gorges • Secrets of the land of Zlatorog: excursion to the Trenta Valley and the source of the river Soča, visits to the Triglav National Park information centre, visit to the Alpinum Juliana botanical garden Price: from €175 per person. Packages are flexible.

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HOTEL LUCIJA***

Information and booking: Vilcom d.o.o Most na Soči 57, SI – 5216 Most na Soči t +386 (0)5 381 32 92, f +386 (0)5 381 31 77 e info@hotel-lucija.com, www.hotel-lucija.com Hotel Lucija is situated at the centre of the small town of Most na Soči, at the confluence of the Idrijca and the emerald Soča, recognised as the meeting point of the Mediterranean, Alpine and continental climate. Thanks to its prime location, it is an excellent starting point for trips, sporting activities, walks, or simply a great place to rest. The beautiful setting offers numerous possibilities for short and long walks.

7-day package BACKPACKING WEEK • • • • • • • • •

7 x half board Guided tour of Most na Soči and attractions 3 x guided hikes, 2–6 hours Introduction to Nordic walking (1 hour) 1 x use of hotel sauna 1 x foot massage Drink for hikers Morning exercise Afternoon coffee or tea

Price: from €365 for a double room (including tourist tax and VAT). A minimum of seven participants is required.

3-day package FIRST-RATE PACKAGE • • • • • •

3 x half board Guided tour of Most na Soči and attractions Guided hike, 6 hours Rafting, canyoning Relaxing massage Afternoon coffee or tea

Price: from €205 for a double room (including tourist tax and VAT). A minimum of seven participants is required.


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Idrija and Cerkno hills | Cerkno

pool (25 x 13.5 m), saunas, a fitness centre, tennis, a conference hall and organised excursions. Eight marked footpaths pass close to the hotel and there are countless opportunities for hiking, cycling, Nordic walking, hunting, fishing, sightseeing (Franja Partisan Hospital, Divje Babe Archaeological Park, Laufarji of Cerkno – carnival figures). The hotel also operates the Cerkno Ski Centre, with modern facilities, a restaurant and six luxury apartments. There are several marked cycling and hiking trails in the area.

2–7-day packages WILD WOMEN, A MAGIC FLUTE, SOLITARY HAYRACKS...

HOTEL CERKNO***

Information and booking: Hotel Cerkno d.o.o., Sedejev trg 8, SI – 5282 Cerkno t +386 (0)5 374 34 00, f +386 (0)5 374 34 33 e info@hotel-cerkno.si, www.hotel-cerkno.si, www.ski-cerkno.com With its pleasant, homely atmosphere, the Hotel Cerkno feels more like a family-run hotel than one that can accommodate up to 180 guests. Its modern rooms have a balcony or air conditioning, with some adapted for disabled guests. Facilities include an indoor thermal-water swimming

• half board in double room from €25.50 per person • free admission to thermal pool, 1 x Finnish sauna, herbal sauna or infrared sauna, one hour fitness and tennis (minimum stay 2 nights) • generous self-service breakfast including selection of traditional local breakfast dishes • 50% discount on hire of handheld GPS device with preloaded routes to the surrounding summits (3–6 hours hike), with the opportunity to make photos of some unique mountain flowers • information and bookings for visits to natural and cultural sights of interest • picnic at Cerkno ski centre with accordion music, mushroom and bilberry picking (min. 15 people) • hike to the Divje Babe ("Wild Women") archaeological park and tasting of Šebreljski želodec, a local form of salami (min. 8 people) • free Wi-Fi in rooms and use of computer for hotel guests Price: from €25.50. Additional charges: tourist tax, guide service, packed lunches, admission and transfers where applicable. We are happy to tailor programmes to meet guests' wishes (duration, difficulty). All programmes can include Nordic walking. We reserve the right to adjust prices.

NORDIC WALKING With its mountains and valleys, Slovenia is a paradise for Nordic walking enthusiasts. Nordic walking is a form of physical activity in which participants walk normally while using specially designed poles. It is a safe, natural, dynamic and effective physical activity suitable for everyone. One of the advantages of Nordic walking is that you can do it practically anywhere, without great effort and with little equipment. The Nordic Walking Association of Slovenia (www.znhs.si) brings together 99 registered Nordic walking instructors and a similar number of Nordic walking guides. The Nordic Walking Association of Slovenia is a member of the International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA). You are welcome to join us at various events, where licensed guides and instructors will demonstrate Nordic walking for you: • 14. 4. 2012 Nordic walking among the vineyards Vinotour Ratsch–Svečina • April 2012 Nordic walking day with Nika • 19. 5. 2012 Nordic walking expedition at the 32nd Three Hearts Marathon Additional information: www.maraton-radenci.si • 17 8. 2012 Nordic walking expedition in Logarska Dolina • 29. 9. 2012 Vinotour Svečina-Ratsch Additional information: www.svecina.com/html/nw-vinotur.php www.ratsch-weinstrasse.at • October 2012 Nordic walking day with Nika • November St Martin's Day Nordic walking in Goriška Brda

NORDIC WALKING ASSOCIATION OF SLOVENIA


Hiking events

The Hiking Festival 2012 Discover the beauties of nature and monuments of the past under the guidance of experienced guides.

Triglav

Triglav National Park bus, Bohinj

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Soča Valley

22. 9. – 7. 10. 2012 LTO Sotočje, TIC Kobarid +386 (0)5 38 00 490 info.kobarid@lto-sotocje.si www.visit-soca.com

Julian Alps train, Solkan bridge

GOING GREEN IN THE JULIAN ALPS (ON FOOT, BY BIKE OR BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT) The smaller the carbon footprint, the bigger the adventure.

Additional information:

www.julijske-alpe.com

From the railway station in Bled, we head down to the lake. We then take a traditional local boat called a pletna to the island in the middle of the lake. We can set off to Kranjska Gora by coach or set out on foot through the picturesque valley of the Radovna, visiting the Pocar Farm and the Psnak Linden as we pass, and continue below the highest peaks as far as Mojstrana and on to Kranjska Gora. For Bovec we set off up the Vršič pass. The road takes us past the Russian Chapel, a Giantess carved into the rock and a wartime bunker. Past the monument to mountaineer and writer Julius Kugy, we descend into the Trenta Valley and then head towards Bovec. We leave the Soča in the village of Trnovo and climb up to Drežnica, a mountain village. We then continue along the Path of Peace to the Kuhinja mountain pasture and, passing through the village of Krn, descend back into the valley, to the town of Tolmin. Next we follow the shore of the lake to Most na Soči. Here the Soča is joined by the Idrijca, which takes us to the railway station, where we can catch a train to Bohinj. We then set off on electric bicycles along the cycle path to Lake Bohinj. We continue our route towards Bled by train or bus, or alternatively on foot. We follow the old stone path to Koprivnik, continue across Goreljek to Pokljuka and then descend via "old Pokljuka" to Bled.


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Sv. Peter nad Begunjami

SLOVENIAN ALPS

Radol'ca – honestly sweet In Radol'ca (Radovljica) wonderful nature – flowering meadows, vast forests and mountain views – interweaves with a rich cultural heritage. Easy paths and cart tracks lead across fields and through forests, while mountain trails lead to the peaks of the Karavanke and Jelovica. As you walk you will come across signs of the area's rich beekeeping, mining and farming traditions, while after your hike local restaurants will spoil you with traditional Slovene cuisine and specialities made with honey. Begunje na Gorenjskem, a village at the foot of the Karavanke, is a good starting point for hikes to Roblekov Dom, Begunjščica and Dobrča. Two slightly easier hikes are the climb up to St Peter's church or a walk to the ruins of Kamen Castle. On the other side of the river Sava, the Lipnica Valley combines beautiful countryside with the centuriesold tradition of smithery, evident in the ironwork heritage of Kropa and Kamna Gorica. Marked hiking trails lead from here to the mountain pastures on the Jelovica plateau. View from Roblekov Dom

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SHEPHERD'S TRAIL BEGUNJE The Shepherd’s Trail Begunje is a themed circular trail linking the mountain pastures on the slope of Begunjščica. Along the way you can sample local specialities and at Roblekov Dom enjoy an outstanding view of the entire Gorenjska region. Continue the hike by climbing Begunjščica's highest peak Veliki Vrh (2,060 m). The trail is marked with signposts and information boards in Slovene, English and German.

Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps

Information: Turizem Radovljica, Linhartov trg 9, SI – 4240 Radovljica t +386 (0)4 531 51 12, f +386 (0)8 205 13 36, e info@radolca.si, www.radolca.si

5 to 6 hours 10.2km Moderate 960m Valley of Draga near Begunje 46.3951N 14.2183E Map of theme hiking and cycling trails in the area of Radovljica


Slovenian Alps | Radovljica

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Benefiting from an outstanding location in the heart of the medieval town of Radovljica, the family-run Guesthouse and Restaurant Kunstelj, which dates back to 1873, offers culinary delights and breathtaking surroundings. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Sava River and the Julian Alps from your balcony and from the garden. Sample delicious traditional Slovene specialties, especially during the summer, when the ingredients come straight from the garden. Visit our wine cellar and taste exquisite wines along with local sausages and cheese. Radovljica is ideal for golfing, walking, hiking and biking. Plan your arrival with public transport as Radovljica and our guesthouse are easily reached by train or by bus.

GUESTHOUSE & RESTAURANT KUNSTELJ

Information and booking: Gostilna in prenočišča Kunstelj Gorenjska cesta 9, SI – 4240, Radovljica t +386 (0)4 531 51 78, f +386 (0)4 530 41 51 e gostilna@kunstelj.net, www.kunstelj.si

5 day package HONESTLY SWEET • • • • • • •

5 x Bed&Breakfast Welcome afternoon tea (grown in our garden) with honey Honey tasting in the local fair trade shop 18sedem3 A map of hiking trails in our vicinity for self-guided walks Bike rental for 2 days Sunloungers in our garden Free guided tour through the old town of Radovljica every Sunday at 2.00 pm (meeting point 200 m from our guesthouse).

Price: from €170 per person in double room. Single room supplement €11. A la carte lunch or dinner served all day. Once a week, traditional Slovene evening is organised, which includes a visit to our 100-year-old wine cellar, a three course dinner and live traditional Slovene folk music (€25 per person). Guided hiking tours: from €83.


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Vinharje with Blegoš

ŠKOFJA LOKA HILLS

Škofja Loka and the valleys of Selška Dolina and Poljanska Dolina, with Žiri With their variety, beauty and well-maintained marked trails, the Škofja Loka Hills are ideal for hikers and cyclists at all times of the year. Enjoy leisurely walks across meadows and pastures, through rustling forests and past friendly hill villages, and take in the view from the summits, where you can breathe fresh air that purifies body and soul. As you walk through the colourful Škofja Loka Hills, you can also sample the riches of genuine local cuisine in numerous restaurants, on farms catering for tourists, and in mountain huts. Surrender to limitless experiences in the embrace of the Škofja Loka Hills and feel the relaxed pace of unspoilt nature. Ratitovec

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HIKE TO THE PLANICA AND KRIŽNA GORA From the mediaeval Škofja Loka, the road takes us to the village of Crngrob, best known for its pilgrimage site, the Church of the Annunciation. On the exterior of the gothic church there is a large fresco of St. Christopher, and the interior walls are filled with scenes from St. Mary’s life. Above the church, the trail climbs towards the forest to the pass, where you turn left to Planica and follow the signposts to the top. Then you descend through the forest and cross the ridge to Križna Gora, where you can visit the well-known restaurant Pri Boštjanu. Here you can get the key to see the nearby Church of the Holy Cross. From there you can enjoy the spectacular view on the Sorško polje plain and the surrounding hills. To return to the valley, you can take a footpath leading past a hunters’ cabin to the Cavrn village, where you turn into the forest and take a forest trail to descend into the village of Trnje and further to Stara Loka. Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps

4 to 5 hours 14km Easy 450m Škofja Loka 46.1673N 14.3072E Škofjeloško, Idrijsko in Cerkljansko hribovje (1 : 40 000), Tematske poti na Loškem (Themed trails in the Škofja Loka area) Additional information Turizem Škofja Loka, PD Škofja Loka Event Traditional hike to the Križna Gora, May 1st Information: Turizem Škofja Loka, Kidričeva cesta 1a, SI – 4220 Škofja Loka t +386 (0)4 517 06 00, f +386 (0)4 517 06 05, e info@skofja-loka.com, www.skofja-loka.com


Škofja Loka hills | Škofja Loka and the valleys of Selška Dolina and Poljanska Dolina, with Žiri

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FOLLOWING THE TRACES OF THE RUPNIK LINE TO BLEGOŠ In the years 1920 to 1947, the border between the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the Kingdom of Italy ran on the ridges surrounding Škofja Loka and Cerkno. In the period between 1938 and 1941, the Yugoslavian army was building a system of forts known as the Rupnik line, in order to defend them from the Italians. During WWII, the construction ended and the fortifications remained unfinished and unused. This hike from Hotavlje to Blegoš constantly draws our attention to the period in which the fortifications of the Rupnik Line were built. From Hotavlje our route leads us to the village of Čabrače, notable for its church dedicated to St Gertrude. Lower down in the village we can sample home-brewed beer. We continue across picturesque meadows and through a beech forest to the summit of Blegoš, lush with vegetation and affording remarkable views. The views really are unforgettable, and stretch from Trnovski Gozd, Snežnik, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanke all the way to the Julian Alps and the Western Alps. From the summit we descend to the recently renovated mountain hut (Koča na Blegošu) on the Leskovica plateau, where we can stop to eat. We then continue our descent towards the west and the Jelenci mountain hut (Koča na Jelencih), and on to Ogradi above Leskovica, where, if we had brought our own car, the hike could end. In our case we descend in a westward direction along the narrow old path towards Volaka and from there back to our starting point in Hotavlje.

Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps

6 to 7 hours 10km Moderate 1,200m Hotavlje 46.1152N 14.1168E Škofjeloško, Idrijsko in Cerkljansko hribovje (1 : 40 000), Gorenja vas – Poljane (1 : 35 000), Rupnikova linija (Rupnik Line) Additional information Turizem Škofja Loka, PD Gorenja vas Event Memorial and recreational hike to the Blegoš, Sunday nearest to 9th May

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FOLLOWING THE TRACES OF THE RUPNIK LINE TO RATITOVEC The third leg of the Rupnik line takes us even higher. It starts in Zali Log with a steep ascent on the slope of Ratitovec. It continues through Groblje to Povden, from where a forest trail takes us to the top of Ratitovec. Incredible views open on the villages below, which are among the highestlying Slovenian villages. In the Krekova koča mountain hut at the summit you can get a bite to eat or a refreshing drink. Ratitovec, also known as the last mountain of the Julian Alps, was an important strategic point at the time of the Rupnik line, so the fortresses are easy to find on this part of the trail. The hike continues along the Ratitovec ridge over the Altemaver and Kremant towards Soriška planina. You will pass the Danjarska planina pastures where you can often see grazing herds of beautiful horses. After approximately three hours of walking, you will reach the Soriška planina, which offers a spectacular view on Lajnar, Možic and Slatnik summits.

Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps

6.5 hours 11.4km Moderate 1,145m Zali Log 46.2064N 14.1011E Škofjeloško, Idrijsko in Cerkljansko hribovje (1 : 40 000), Rupnikova linija (Rupnik Line), Tematske poti na Loškem (Themed trails in the Škofja Loka area) Additional information Turizem Škofja Loka, PD za Selško dolino Železniki Events Traditional recreational hike to Ratitovec, 1st Sunday in September; Hikers’ Ball on St. Jacob’s Sunday, the last Sunday in July


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Škofja Loka hills | Škofja Loka and the valleys of Selška Dolina and Poljanska Dolina, with Žiri

Hike along the Rapallo Border

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RAPALLO BORDER TRAIL From the parish church of St Martin's in Žiri, we set off across the bridge and follow a cart track along the left bank of the Sora towards Ledinica and the chapel of ease dedicated to St Anne. Behind the sacristan's house next to the church, the trail turns towards Mrzli Vrh. We follow the sign for Mrzli Vrh and taking the forest path or macadam road make our way to the turning in the forest, where we turn left and follow the marked mountain path along the ridge to the foot of Mrzli Vrh. We emerge from the forest below the level, plateau-like summit and follow the road to a fork, where we turn left. Just below the summit of Mrzli Vrh we start our descent across the Loncmanova Sivka pastures (viewpoint) towards the village of Breznica, from where the descent continues into the valley and we walk through Stare Žiri back towards our starting point. In some sections of the trail we can see boundary markers and bunkers from the time when the "Rapallo border" was forcefully cut through here. Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps

3 to 4 hours 11km Easy 530m Žiri 46.0445N 14.1081E Škofjeloško, Idrijsko in Cerkljansko hribovje (1 : 40 000), Tematske poti na Loškem (Themed trails in the Škofja Loka area) Additional information Turizem Škofja Loka, TD Žiri Event Traditional Hike along the Rapallo Border, 3rd Sunday in September Information: Turizem Škofja Loka, Kidričeva cesta 1a, SI – 4220 Škofja Loka t +386 (0)4 517 06 00, f +386 (0)4 517 06 05, e info@skofja-loka.com, www.skofja-loka.com


Jezersko

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KAMNIKSAVINJA ALPS Jezersko

Untouched wilderness, a refreshing climate and numerous natural attractions have long made the Jezersko area popular with hikers and nature lovers. Here you can experience the riches of nature in all seasons of the year, since the valley is surrounded by peaks, rocky cliffs and pleasant mountain pastures. You can climb up to the highest summit, Grintovec, descend through the natural window of Stegovnik, the oldest mountain in Slovenia, or refresh yourself at the glacier below Skuta, the easternmost glacier in the Alps, as the ibex do when they move to Jezersko from the warm southern slopes of the Grintovec group in search of a better climate and better pasture. You should spend at least one night in the venerable old mountain hut called Češka Koča, tastefully preserved with a sense for the heritage of our ancestors, and breathe in the fresh mountain air that smells particularly sweet at sundown and at daybreak. The route to Češka koča

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FROM JEZERSKO TO KRANJSKA KOČA AND ČEŠKA KOČA HUTS The unforgettable reflection of the mountains in Lake Planšarsko Jezero gives you the energy you need for a morning hike to the Kranjska Koča hut on Ledine. After walking less than two hours, you reach the hut which is surrounded by larch. After a short rest, follow a secured trail through Žrelo to the Češka Koča hut, more than 100-year-old mountain post, which has retained its charm and character to this days. At the end of the day you head down via alpine meadow Štularalm for the Ravenska Kočna glacial valley, where your trip has begun. Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps

Information: TIC Jezersko, Zg. Jezersko 57, SI – 4206 Zg. Jezersko m +386 (0)51 219 282, e tic@jezersko.si, www.jezersko.info

4–5 hours 11km Trail through Žrelo is very difficult; the rest is moderate 850m Planšarsko jezero 46.4032N 14.5153E Kamnik-Savinja Alps (1 : 50 000) Jezersko and the surrounding area (1 : 25 000)


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Logarska Valley

KAMNIKSAVINJA ALPS Landscape Park

Logarska dolina Solčavsko The Logarska Valley is nestled among the 2,000mhigh peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. This prime location holds numerous starting points for several days of mountaineering or a couple of hours of hiking in two picturesque valleys in the Solčava area, Robanov Kot and Matkov Kot. Marked trails lead up to mountain huts and peaks, while the Natural Science & Ethnography Trail runs through forests and meadows in the Logarska Valley. Local park and mountain guides know exactly how to spark your interest with many otherwise hidden attractions.

In Plest

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OVER THE LOGARSKA VALLEY TO PLANJAVA, 2,394m The Natural Science & Ethnography Trail (NSET) in the Logarska Valley runs along the base of the valley at first, then after seven kilometres it climbs 300 metres. The Rinka waterfall is a true reward for those who walk the whole trail from start to finish, but on the shorter trails you can also discover many interesting things. After a short break in the hut on Okrešlje, climb the Kamnik Saddle to admire from high above the Rinka waterfall, the Logarska Valley, Kamniška Bistrica and the Ljubljana Basin. A difficult trail secured with spikes and wire ropes leads to Planjava. The highest mountain in the Štajerska region affords a panoramic view all around, and the trail continues along the ridge towards Ojstrica. At Škarje, descend toward the hut at Klemenča Jama and on to Logarska Valley. Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps

Two-hour NSET, together with a climb to Planjava, 10–12 hours, two-day tour 19km The NSET is easy, the mountain trail over Planjava very difficult 1,600m Logarska Valley, the source of the Črna 46.4188N 14.6417E Kamnik-Savinja Alps (1 : 50 000) Grintovci (1 : 25 000)

Information: TIC krajinski park Logarska dolina, Logarska Dolina 9, SI – 3335 Solčava t +386 (0)3 838 90 04, f +386 (0)3 838 90 03, e info@logarska.si, www.logarska-dolina.si, www.solcavsko.info


Hike to Raduha, with Ojstrica in the background

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KAMNIKSAVINJA ALPS Solčavsko

European Destination of Excellence Solčavsko lies in the embrace of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and is known for its three Alpine valleys: Logarska Dolina, Robanov Kot and Matkov Kot. The first two of these, Logarska Dolina and Robanov Kot, are protected as natural parks. The area is also famous for the Solčavsko Panoramic Route, which leads from Solčava to the hamlet of Podolševa and to Bukovnik, the highest-lying farm in Slovenia. In 2009 the European Commission awarded Solčavsko the title of European Destination of Excellence (theme: tourism and protected areas).

Robanov kot

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HIKE TO RADUHA, 2064m AND OLŠEVA, 1929m

Ascent from Solčava to Raduha with a visit to Snežna Jama. Panoramic tour along the Olševa ridge to Potočka Zijalka. A climb through meadows and forests towards the imposing face of Raduha. At over 2,000 metres, the summit of Raduha offers wonderful views, but from here we soon descend towards the queen of the high mountain karst, Snežna Jama or Snow Cave. We spend the night at one of two mountain huts, Koča na Loki or Koča v Grohotu. The main theme of the following day is a hike along the grasscovered ridge of Olševa, enjoying magnificent views. A marked trail and sheep paths lead to Potočka Zijalka, a famous archaeological site. A forest path leads us to the hamlet of Podolševa and the Solčava Panoramic Route, with its agritourism farms. After a rest or an overnight stay, we can visit the Potočka Zijalka Museum in the valley. The hike ends at the Rinka Centre, our starting point. Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps

3 days or 16 hours 33km Moderate 2,500m Solčava, Rinka Centre 46.4201N 14.6916E Kamnik-Savinja Alps (1 : 50 000) Grintovci (1 : 25 000) Additional information TIC Solčava – Rinka Centrea Events Spring hiking days, May, June Autumn hiking days, September, October Information: TIC Solčava – Rinka Centre, Solčava 29, SI – 3335 Solčava t +386 (0)3 839 07 10, e info@solcavsko.info, www.solcavsko.info


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Upper Savinja Valley | Golte, Rečica ob Savinji

HOTEL GOLTE****

Information and booking: Hotel Golte Radegunda 19 c, SI – 3330 Mozirje t +386 (0)3 839 11 00, m +386 (0)51 354 806 e info@golte.si, www.golte.si Location: on the ski slopes at a height of 1,410 metres above sea level. Accommodation: the hotel has 54 modern rooms and a total of 114 beds. All rooms have television, telephone, WiFi internet access, minibar, bathroom and balcony. Hotel facilities: as well as a self-service restaurant with terrace the hotel has an à la carte restaurant and ice bar. Additional facilities: wellness centre with Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, herbal sauna and infrared sauna, whirlpool bath and outdoor massage pool. The hotel also incorporates a fitness centre, a shop, a ski school, sports equipment hire and service (hiking poles, snowshoes, etc.), ski and bicycle storage, a conference hall and an Alpine library.

2-day package HIKING PACKAGE (Summer/autumn 2012) • • • • •

2 x half board 1 x admission to wellness centre at the Hotel Golte visit to Alpine garden 1 x packed lunch hike to Smrekovec with guide

Price: €109 per person

3-day package (Winter 2012) • • • • • •

3 x half board accommodation in double rooms at the Hotel Golte admission to wellness centre and fitness centre ski equipment storage 30% discount on ski pass purchase organised entertainment

Price: €177 per person

CAMPING MENINA

Information and booking: Camping Menina, d.o.o. Varpolje 105, SI – 3332 Rečica ob Savinji t +386 (0)3 5835 027, m +386 (0)40 525 266 e info@campingmenina.com, www.campingmenina.com The Menina campsite is located in the middle of the Upper Savinja Valley, where the hills and mountains rise up from 800 to 2,700 metres. A visit to these mountains is suitable for beginners, families and more experienced hikers. The campsite is situated in an idyllic pine wood by the river Savinja and has its own lake. As well as pitches for tents, mobile homes and wooden chalets are available. Facilities: restaurant, climbing wall, mini golf, sports park. Additional facilities: rafting equipment, organised entertainment for children and adults, hiking maps and hiking equipment. When you arrive at the campsite we will discuss with you the hikes you would like to try. We provide guides and bookings for overnight stays in mountain huts, and everything necessary for a safe mountain tour!


Savinjska region | Dobrna

TERME DOBRNA HOTEL PARK***

Kamnik-Savinja Alps | Snovik

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TERME SNOVIK****

Information and booking: Terme Dobrna, d.d. Dobrna 50, SI – 3204 Dobrna t +386 (0) 3 780 81 10, f +386 (0)3 780 81 11 e info@terme-dobrna.si, www.terme-dobrna.si

Information and booking: Terme Snovik Snovik 7, SI – 1219 Laze v Tuhinju t +386 (0)1 834 41 00, f +386 (0)1 834 41 36 e info@terme-snovik.si, www.terme-snovik.si

The Hotel Park (built 1875) was fully refurbished in 2008. It is located in a 200-year-old park laid out according to the principles of feng shui and is 300 metres from the central Hotel Vita. The surrounding area offers unlimited opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Dobrna is an ideal starting point for cyclists, runners and hikers and we also promote Nordic walking. Facilities in the immediate vicinity of the Hotel Park include a trim trail, tennis courts, table tennis, skittles and boules. Bicycles and Nordic walking poles are available for hire at the Hotel Park. Dobrna also has outdoor facilities for basketball, football and beach volleyball. The hotel is perfect for all who wish to spend their free time in an active manner. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, a fitness room, a lounge and individual saunas. All rooms have telephone, pay TV (Quadriga system: CDs, films, cartoons, internet, etc.), bath/WC, hairdryer. Pets can be accommodated at the Hotel Park (additional charge applies). Pets are not admitted to the hotel restaurant.

Eco-spa Terme Snovik is the highest-lying spa in Slovenia, and the unspoilt environment, invigorating mountain air and positive energy are an invitation to spend your free time actively. Terme Snovik is an ideal starting point for a hike to Sv. Miklavž na Gori ("St Nicholas on the Mount") and on to the Menina mountain pasture in the direction of Črnivec, and then to Velika Planina or in the direction of Vranja Peč to the Budnar House. Also interesting are hikes along the old paths in the surrounding area, recently repaired by the Tuhinjska Dolina tourism association. During your hike you can visit monuments of cultural heritage and call in at farms to buy their produce. Accommodation: apartments or rooms Facilities: relax with massages and a sauna; improve strength and vitality in indoor and outdoor pools. Eat at the Potočka Restaurant, where we offer delicious meals made with organically produced ingredients. Additional services: bicycle hire and Nordic walking poles hire.

5-day package HIKING PACKAGE • • • • • • • • •

5 x half board – generous self-service buffet (all meals) unlimited swimming in pools with thermal water morning gymnastics led by physiotherapist daily water aerobics organised entertainment 2 x free admission to Land of Saunas 3 x guided hikes free use of hiking poles coupon in amount of €10 for services in Massage and beauty centre »Hiša na Travniku« or in Salon for hair care (coupon can be used at the time of your stay)

Price: €220 per person in a double room. Supplements per person per day: • single room supplement €12, • full board €11, • tourist tax €1.01.

4-day package HIKING PACKAGE

• 3 nights / 4 days (programme includes one hike) • 3 nights with half board in apartment in the Forest Edge apartment complex • free use of thermal pool and whirlpool bath • 1 x themed hike tour with guide (route by agreement) • use of Nordic walking poles • 10% discount on entry to sauna and massage centre • VAT Price: from €138 per person. Additional charges: tourist tax, 20% extra for single occupancy, sports activities, additional use of guide service, relaxation studio services


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Regions of Dolenjska and Bela krajina | Otočec, Metlika

HOTELI OTOČEC HOTEL ŠPORT****

HOTEL BELA KRAJINA***

Information and booking: Hoteli Otočec, Grajska cesta 2, SI – 8222 Otočec t + 386 (0)7 384 86 00, f + 386 (0)7 384 86 05 e booking.otocec@terme-krka.si, www.terme-krka.si

Information and booking: Hotel Bela krajina, Cesta bratstva in enotnosti 32, SI – 8330 Metlika t +386 (0)7 305 81 23, f +386 (0)7 336 35 281 e hotel.belakrajina@gtm-metlika.si, www.hotel-belakrajina.si

Beautiful green countryside is only ever a step away in Otočec. Come and recharge your batteries! You can move easily and freely in a setting of green forests, gently undulating hills, the emerald-green waters of the Krka and unspoilt grassy oases. Days so full of a variety of experiences that you will feel vital and fulfilled for a long time afterwards. Additional facilities: weather forecasts; hire and sale of hiking equipment and hikers' maps; equipment storage, cleaning and drying; transport and emergency call option; guide service for hiking trails. Information and advice is available at the reception of the sports and recreation centre (hikers' info point). The Prealpine Trail runs past Otočec and European long-distance path E7 passes close by.

The hotel is located in the old centre of Metlika, on the north-south road through the town. It offers all you need for a pleasant stay in Bela krajina. Accommodation: 26 air-conditioned rooms (56 beds) Hotel facilities: air-conditioned restaurant (120 seats) serving excellent cuisine with influences of the Bela krajina region Seminar facilities: for up to 40 participants Other facilities: suitable for disabled guests (lift, disabled WC/bathroom). An ideal base for cycling and hiking through the land of silver birches by the river Kolpa. Bicycle hire. A range of recreational activities are available at the Podzemelj campsite by the river Kolpa.

2-day, 4-day, 6-day or 8-day hiking packages

• accommodation: half board at the Hotel Šport**** Otočec • thermal pleasures: • unlimited use of thermal pools at Šmarješke Toplice spa (4 km) • unlimited use of thermal pools at Dolenjske Toplice spa (19 km) • romantic night swimming (Friday and Saturday) • swimming on day of departure included • wellness: free admission to saunas and fitness centre at the Otočec Sports Centre • hiking/cycling tour: • 1 x hike with guide on the Cviček Trail or Family Trail • map and booklet with description of hiking/cycling trails • 10% discount on all wellness services at Šmarješke Toplice and Dolenjske Toplice • free transport from Otočec to Šmarješke Toplice and back (Friday–Saturday) • WiFi in all hotel rooms Prices of packages per person in double room at Hotel Šport**** • 3 days/2 nights €94.00 • 4 days/3 nights €124.00 • 6 days/5 nights €190.00 • 8 days/7 nights €256.00 Additional charges per person per day: full board – €9.50, single occupancy – €15.00, tourist tax – €1.01 Discounts: children under 6 stay free in room with two adults, 50% discount for children aged 6–12, 20% discount for children under 12 staying in their own room.

3-day package WEEKEND IN BELA KRAJINA – active break • • • • • • • •

welcome with Bela krajina flatbread and glass of local wine (Metliška Črnina) 2 x half board 2 x individually organised hike map of hiking and cycling trails in Bela krajina bicycle hire, hiking poles hire 1 x tired legs massage – 30 min use of sports facilities (beach volleyball, mini golf, basketball, table tennis) visit to old centre of Metlika and the museum in the castle

Price: from €120

5-day package ALONG THE KOLPA AND THROUGH THE GORJANCI– active break • • • • • • • • • • •

welcome with Bela krajina flatbread and glass of local wine (Metliška Črnina) 4 x half board 4 x individually organised hike or bicycle tour map of hiking and cycling trails in Bela krajina bicycle hire, hiking poles hire 1 x sports massage – 30 min use of sports facilities (beach volleyball, mini golf, basketball, table tennis) visit to old town centre and the museum in the castle visit to a vineyard cottage and wine tasting 1 x canoe trip down the Kolpa and picnic by the river demonstration of local crafts (painted Easter eggs and traditional linen making)

Price: from €255


Sv. Ožbalt, Uniše pri Ponikvi

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KOZJANSKO Šentjur

Hiking trails in Kozjansko pass through mixed forests, meadows, old orchards and vineyards and cross numerous hills and ravines. They offer visitors many opportunities both for more demanding mountain hikes and for strolls through the Kozjansko countryside, a world of many rare plants and animals, simple and friendly people, mighty castles, ancient settlements, numerous churches and good food. The municipality of Šentjur, home of the celebrated Ipavec family, which produced several notable composers and doctors, offers both themed routes and hiking trails: • from Šentjur to Resevna, to the mountain hut and observation tower, • from the Treasures of Rifnik Museum (Šentjur) to the Rifnik archaeological park, • along the Guzaj Trail and numerous other routes, among them: The Three Famous Men of Ponikva Trail (Ponikva). St Martin's Church, Ponikva

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THE THREE FAMOUS MEN OF PONIKVA TRAIL (PONIKVA) This themed trail is named after three notable Slovenes: Anton Martin Slomšek, Blaž Kocen and Mihael Zagajšek. The trail leads past the house where Blessed Anton Martin Slomšek – poet, writer and bishop of Lavant – was born, and the site of the house where the geographer and cartographer Blaž Kocen (Blasius Kozenn) was born. Along the way you can also visit the renovated home of the lexicographer and grammarian Mihael Zagajšek (1739–1827), who under the pseudonym Georg Sellenko published the first German-Slovene grammar to be written in Slovene. As well as history, the trail takes in interesting natural sights, among them a famous chestnut avenue, the Šamec sand pit, which reveals the area's geological past, and the Masten fishponds. Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Map

3 to 4 hours 7km Easy 200m Blaž Kocen Primary School, Ponikva 46.2527N 15.4431E Tourist Map of Municipality and Town Šentjur (1 : 30 000)

Information: TIC Šentjur, Ulica skladateljev Ipavcev 17, SI – 3230 Šentjur t +386 (0)3 749 25 23, m +386 (0)41 660 091, e tic@turizem-sentjur.com, www.sentjur.si, www.podezelje.com


The colours of the valleys

Na Ojstrici nad Dravsko dolino

KOROŠKA

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On the meadows below Peca

Koroška is one of Slovenia's most mountainous regions. It is characterised by the whiteness of the rocks and the soft slopes of the Alpine foothills, which along with the green of the forests give it its characteristic appearance. The forests of Koroška are deep and dark and in places impassable, but for the most part they are crisscrossed by cart tracks and forest paths and their ridges are accessible via trails that generally lead to the points from which to enjoy the best views. There are numerous mountain huts along the marked mountain trails, offering hikers warm shelter and a place to spend the night, fortifying food and drink and friendly advice. The Koroška region is traversed by European long-distance path E6 and the Slovenian Mountain Transversal. Hillwalkers enjoy the challenge of the Koroška Alpine Trail, hikes across the expanses of the Pohorje massif, to the peaks of Kozjak, Uršlja Gora or Smrekovec, or the more demanding mountain ascents of Peca, Olševa or Raduha. The areas surrounding the region's larger towns offer numerous interesting themed routes suitable for relaxing walks, recreation or exploring. You will not find great crowds of hikers here, except on special occasions, and therefore your experience of unspoilt nature will be all the more genuine. Koroška is the perfect choice both for occasional hikers and for those who enjoy the challenge of steep slopes. For more information on themed routes in the Koroška region, visit http://hiking-biking.net/koroska


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KOROŠKA ALPINE TRAIL

PLEŠIVEC FOREST TOURIST TRAIL

A circular long-distance path with 31 control points running across the slopes of three main valleys in the region – the Meža, Drava and Mislinja valleys – and connecting the Karavanke, Pohorje and Kozjak ranges and the Savinja Alps.

Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps

10–12 days or 80 hours 230km Difficult (some easier stages) 14,186m Ravne na Koroškem – bus station car park 46.5465N 14.9634E Koroška - leisure map (1 : 50 000) Kamniško-Savinjske Alpe (1 : 50 000) Pohorje (1 : 50 000)

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A circular hiking trail through deep forest and over pastures and meadows, with a number of places to stop for rest and refreshment. The Plešivec Forest Tourist Trail was voted the top themed trail in the Koroška region in 2011.

Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps

4 hours 11.9km Easy 540m Gostilna Suhodolnik in Suhi Dol pri Slovenj Gradcu 46.4645N 15.0236E Turistične tematske poti na območju MO Slovenj Gradec (1 : 50 000)

Information: Koroška Regional Destination Organisation, RRA Koroška d.o.o., Meža 10, SI – 2370 Dravograd, e info@koroska.si, www.koroska.si TIC Slovenj Gradec, t +386 (0)2 881 21 16, e tic@slovenjgradec.si


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Koroška | Prevalje

tain biking, hiking and other activities in nature, offering comfortable accommodation as well as original dishes prepared with organically grown food. Features: • Beautiful views • Organically grown food, • Organised individual and guided group tours and activities in nature • Premises for peaceful and creative spending of leisure time.

5-day package SHORT HOLIDAYS “MOUNTAINS OF KOROŠKA REGION”

EKOHOTEL KMETIJA KOROŠ***

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Wanderings around the vast forests and secluded mountains of Koroška region. Four half-board days at the ecohotel Individual guidance and preparation of tours with maps Organised transfers

Price: from €149 per person in a double room.

Information and booking: Ekohotel kmetija Koroš Jamnica 10, 2391 Prevalje t +386 (0)2 870 30 60, f +386 (0)2 870 30 61 e koros@mtbpark.com, www.mtbpark.com The Ecohotel Farm Koroš is a unique small ecohotel with a beautiful view over the surrounding mountains and forests. The Koroš Farm is a centre for moun-

7-day package INDIVIDUAL 7-DAY HIKING TOUR “THE KARAVANKE MOUNTAINS”

• An individual hiking tour around the diverse mountain landscape among the picturesque peaks of the Savinja Alps and the Karavanke Mountains. 7-day, medium demanding, 110km long tour with daily distances ranging between 11 and 19km. • Half-board accommodation at tourist farms and small hotels. • Information package with maps. • Organised baggage transfer. Price: €790 per person in a double room.


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POSAVJE HILLS Laško

Laško is famous for its brewery and its thermal springs, and is an excellent starting point for excursions and active leisure in natural surroundings. Explore the surrounding area on well-maintained and marked mountain paths and hiking trails suitable for ramblers, experienced hikers and Nordic walking enthusiasts. The paths lead past numerous natural, historical and cultural sights of interest and several good inns and mountain huts offering a variety of cuisine.

Rest stop on the path below Žikovško Brdo

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TRAIL ALONG THE OLD LAŠKO MARKET TOWN BORDERS – B2 A hike with a historical theme

Up until the 18th century the people of Laško maintained the custom of "riding the boundaries" of the market town's territory every few years, in this way confirming that it belonged to them. This route, which is today marked along its entire length, begins in Aškerčev Trg and passes below the western part of Hum hill to the upper part of the boundary between Jagoče and Tovsto, crosses the western slope of Žikovško Brdo to the road leading to Ojstro, then turns onto the road to Reka and Gaberno and continues to the village of Trojno. We then continue along the road to the Pirc Farm, where we turn left onto a macadam road, descend into the valley of the Lahomnica stream and, at the bridge above Marija Gradec, turn onto the main road to the Gostišče Čater. We return to the starting point in Laško along the road past the church of Mati božja and the Laško brewery. Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps Additional information Events

Information: TIC Laško, Trg svobode 8, SI – 3270 Laško t +386 (0)3 733 89 50, e tic@stik-lasko.si, www.stik-lasko.si, www.lasko.si

3 to 4 hours 11.2km Easy to moderate 468m Aškerčev Trg (next to Laško Museum and Library) 46.15561N 15.2354E Laško (1 : 50 000) Hiking in Laško and its surroundings (leaflet) Traditional walk along the old Laško market town borders, second Saturday in November


Maribor, Pohorje, Slovenske gorice and Dravsko polje

Lobnica

SLOVENIAN STYRIA

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On the Mariborsko Pohorje

St Urban

Slovenian Styria is bursting with lush green forests, sunny wine-growing hills, a rich heritage and a remarkable viticultural tradition, the symbol of which is the oldest vine in the world, which grows in Maribor, the centre of the region. The numerous trails in the region are attractive at all times of the year and as well as unique gastronomic experiences the region offers natural and cultural sights of interest that ensure unforgettable hiking experiences. Set off on a hike through the silence of the virgin forest of Pohorje, among waterfalls and peat moors, where you might encounter the giant peacock moth, the largest European moth; on BoÄ? you can admire the beautiful flowers of the extremely rare pasque flower, or follow one of the picturesque wine routes and stop at an tourist farm; you might bump into Ovtar, the guardian of the Slovenske Gorice hills, and you will certainly encounter hospital locals! Combine all of this with the excitement of the European Capital of Culture 2012 and the enormous range of cultural activities in Maribor and its partner towns!


Slovenian Styria | Maribor, Pohorje, Slovenske gorice and Dravsko polje

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ALONG THE POHORJE TRAIL

KOZJAK TRAIL

From Bolfenk across Areh and Žigartov Vrh, through the Šumik primeval forest and along the Lobnica to Ruše Passing the church dedicated to St Bolfenk on Pohorje, we set off to a viewpoint from where the view stretches far over the Drava Valley and the wine-growing hills all the way to Austria. Continue through fragrant pine forests across Areh and Žigartov Vrh to Bajgot, where three rivulets of Pohorje meet and many forest paths cross. Take a deep breath and embark on the short and wild walk past Veliki Šumik, the largest waterfall of Pohorje, and then follow the Lobnica to Ruše.

Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps Events

8–9 hours 24km Easy, difficult between Veliki Šumik and Mali Šumik 350m Church of St Bolfenk, ascended by cable car or on foot from Maribor 46.5160N 15.5770E hiking map Pohorje (1 : 50 000) leisure map Pohorje (1 : 50 000) leisure map Maribor in okolica (1 : 50 000) Hike to Pohorje: POMLADNI NA NOGE! - ON YOUR FEET IN SPRINGTIME! (6. 5. 2011)

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Over the wine-growing hills to Urban, Gaj and Tojzlov Vrh This is a trail of amazing experiences that takes us from the Maribor City Park through a varied landscape of wine-growing hills and forests to the viewpoints on the eastern slopes of the Kozjak range. After a pause at the summit, with the church dedicated to St Urban, we continue through a forested landscape with its isolated farms to the mountain hut below Tojzlov Vrh (703m). Farms and vineyards along the way offer genuine hospitality and open the door to a world of local gastronomic pleasures.

Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps Events

6–7 hours 20km Easy 500m Maribor city park 46.5640N 15.6481E hiking map Pohorje (1 : 50 000) leisure map Pohorje (1 : 50 000) leisure map Maribor in okolica (1 : 50 000) Hike to Urban: ZIMSKI NA NOGE! - ON YOUR FEET IN WINTER! (5. 2. 2012); Hike to Urban: JESENSKI NA NOGE! - ON YOUR FEET IN AUTUMN! (7. 10. 2012)

Information: TIC Maribor, Partizanska cesta 6a, SI – 2000 Maribor, t +386 (0)2 234 66 11, e tic@maribor.si

www.maribor-pohorje.si, www.hiking-biking.net/maribor-pohorje


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THE BISTRIŠKI VINTGAR GORGE

TRAIL TO BOČ

The Triglav of Slovenian Styria

The picturesque gorge of the Bistrica stream The trail begins by the waterworks in Zgornja Bistrica and continues along the crystal-clear Bistrica stream, which rushes and roars over the obstacles in its course. Past the Roman quarry, the Šum waterfall and the abandoned watermills and sawmills, we come to Močnik, where the path along the gorge ends. From here we can follow the trail markers through the forest as far as Trije Kralji (another 1.5 hrs) or make our way back by the same route. We can also return through the little village of Urh, past the ancient settlement of Ančnikovo Gradišče in Jurišna Vas, and then on towards Veliko Tinje and Visole, from where a path leads us towards Slovenska Bistrica.

Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps

2.5 hours (to Močnik) 6km Easy marked trail (in winter and after heavy rain the path can be difficult and dangerous in places) 600m reservoir in Zgornja Bistrica (past the Impol factory) 46.4063N 15.5360E hiking map Pohorje (1 : 50 000) leisure map Pohorje (1 : 50 000) leisure map Maribor in okolica (1 : 50 000) Bistriški vintgar, kraljestvo vode in povodnega moža Vodovnika (leaflet about Bistriški Vintgar and the merman Vodovnik who is said to live in the Bistrica)

At the start of our hike, a signpost indicates "Detičkova pot", also designated Forest Nature Trail No 1, which will be our path on the way up, and the path over Baba ("čez Babo"), which we will take on our way down. Boč, or the "Triglav of Slovenian Styria" as the locals call it, is in fact the best-known peak of the southernmost extension of the Karavanke, before the mountains give way, via Donačka Gora and Macelj, to the Pannonian Plain. Boč has two peaks of roughly the same height that are just five minutes' walk apart. One peak is topped by transmitters and the other, which is accessible to visitors, by a 20-metre observation tower offering a fine view over the greater part of eastern Slovenia. Boč is covered by thick forest and other vegetation and the area is protected as a natural park. The extremely rare greater pasque flower (Pulsatilla grandis) can be found growing near the mountain hut.

Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point

3.5 hours 10km Easy marked trail 699m Zgornje Poljčane, car park by the entrance to the forest at the foot of Boč GPS coordinates 46.2986N 15.5822E Maps hiking map Posavsko hribovje Boč-Bohor (1 : 50 000) Additional information guidebooks Po kraljestvu gozdnatega Boča, Po gorah severovzhodne Slovenije

Information: TIC Slovenska Bistrica, Trg svobode 17, SI – 2310 Slovenska Bistrica, t +386 (0)2 843 08 10, e ti.center@amis.si

www.tic-sb.si, www.hiking-biking.net/maribor-pohorje

TIC Razvojni center narave, Bistriška cesta 68, SI – 2318 Poljčane, t +386 (0)2 802 92 40, www.hiking-biking.net/maribor-pohorje


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ŠENTILJ TRAIL

AGATA'S TRAIL AND FRANC'S TRAIL

Over hills, through vineyards, over meadows and fields, through forests, along the river Mura and through the settlements of the Šentilj municipality

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Nature trail/footpath from Hrastovec Castle to Črni Križ and around the Komarnik lake

On this hike you can enjoy nature and admire numerous sights of cultural and local interest. These include castles, churches, chapels, wells, and museum collections illustrating local customs and traditions. You can ride a unique ferry across the Mura and visit Zgornja Velka, one of the most beautiful villages in Slovenia. This hike will also take you past the remains of a Celtic settlement, since part of the route follows the so-called Celtic Trail. You will not go hungry or thirsty, since along the way you will find various farms that together form the "Autumn Trail" and are part of trade mark "Good things from the municipality of Šentilj".

Franc's Trail is named after Franc Breznik, who loved the countryside of the Slovenske Gorice region. It is a trail of experiences running along the restored ramblers' path around the Komarnik lake, an important sanctuary and home to many endangered species of plants and animals. Ovtar, the legendary guardian of Slovenske Gorice, will be your constant companion during the hike, giving you hints and advice and instructing you. Franc's Trail then joins Agata's Trail, which leads from Hrastovec past Komarnik to Črni Križ (Black Cross), the subject of an interesting legend.

Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Additional information

Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point

17.5 hours 56km Easy 1700m Šentilj 46.6719N 15.6606E Šentilj Trail logbook with space for up to 12 stamps

3 to 5 hours 7.7 km Easy 177m two kilometres west of Lenart, south of the main Maribor–Lenart road GPS coordinates 46.5744N 15.8019E Additional information leaflet Sprehajalno-učna pot Agatina pot in Franckova pot

Information: TIC Maribor, Partizanska cesta 6a, SI – 2000 Maribor, t +386 (0)2 234 66 11, e tic@maribor.si

www.maribor-pohorje.si, www.hiking-biking.net/maribor-pohorje

TIC Lenart, Trg osvoboditve 9, SI - 2230 Lenart v Slovenskih goricah, t +386 (0)59 128 773, e tic@rasg.si, www.hiking-biking.net/maribor-pohorje


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Pohorje | Maribor

HOTEL BELLEVUE****

HOTEL BOLFENK****

Information and booking: Hotel Bellevue Na Slemenu 35, SI – 2208 Pohorje t +386 (0)2 607 51 00 e bellevue@termemb.si, www.termemb.si

Information and booking: Športni center Pohorje d.o.o., Hotel Bolfenk Hočko Pohorje 133, SI – 2208 Pohorje t +386 (0)2 220 88 41, +386 (0)2 220 88 42 e info.scp@sc-pohorje.si, www.pohorje.org

Hotel Bellevue is situated next to the upper station of the Pohorje cable car, 1,050m above sea level, and offers soothing climatic effects of fresh mountain air in the lush forests of the Maribor Pohorje Hills. It is a perfect starting point for hiking trips across different forest paths, which are suitable for families with children and experienced hikers alike. In Hotel Bellevue, all fans of nature and active holidays can participate in active holiday programmes (cycling on Pohorje, hiking on Pohorje, picnic on the Pohorje Plateau) and wellness programmes for relaxation of the body and soul. Bicycles as well as basic hiking equipment (poles, backpacks, hiking maps, etc.) can be rented at the hotel front desk. Additional offer: Rental of basic hiking equipment, guide hire subject to demand, possible storage of hiking equipment, lunch packs. The offer of Pohorje Wellness Centre Bellevue includes: saunas, massages, hydro massages and baths, wellness programmes.

“The Pohorje Mountain Range is a green oasis of nature on the eastern edge of the Alps, representing outstanding natural wealth for both Slovenia and Europe. Pohorje is a world of beautiful forests, hidden lakes, wild gorges and waterfalls. Here, we can find bogs, beautiful plains and panoramic peaks. It is covered by a forest, which is the largest continuous forest in Slovenia, besides the Kočevski Rog Forest; the Pohorje forest alone could provide enough oxygen for the entire Slovenia.” Jurij Pivka

3-, 6- or 8-day package HIKING ON POHORJE • • • • • •

Bellevue welcome 2/5/7 x half board Buffet breakfast Dinner with a touch of the Pohorje cuisine Unlimited use of saunas in the Pohorje Wellness Centre Bellevue 1 x entry to the pool complex with thermal water and use of sauna in Hotel Habakuk • 1 x foot massage (30min) – with 3-day stays (2 nights) • 1 x massage for hikers (45min) - with 6- or 8-day stays (5 or 7 nights) • Map of walking routes on Pohorje and the surrounding area Price: • 3-day package (2 nights) – from €114 • 6-day package (5 nights) – from €237 • 8-day package (7 nights) – from €302

Pohorje is all this and much more. Discover it together with us. Spend a few unforgettable days in one of our hiker-friendly hotels (Arena, Bolfenk, and Videc) beneath or on the Maribor Pohorje. You will be welcomed by primeval nature as well as friendly and warm people.

3-day package DISCOVER THE MARIBORSKO POHORJE IN THREE DAYS

Staying at the Hotel Bolfenk**** on the Mariborsko Pohorje Hike 1 Rozka's Nature Trail (3 km). Along the trail are 17 markers indicating natural sights of interest. Walking the trail takes one hour (three hours if accompanied by a guide). Hike 2 Hike along the Pohorje Trail Bolfenk – observation tower – Areh – Žigartov Vrh – Bajgot – Šumik waterfall – the valley of the Lobnica – Ruše – transport back. The hike lasts the whole day. Hike 3 Walk through the area around Bolfenk, followed in the afternoon by relaxation at the Bolfenk Wellness Centre Price: €108 per person (2 nights). Price includes: 2 x half-board, hiking poles hire, 1 x refreshing drink, information at reception and hiking/cycling map, 1 x daily admission to the Bolfenk Wellness Centre, 1 x return cable car ride (including bicycle), bicycle storage, internet access in room, car park Additional charges: tourist tax and insurance €1.10 per adult, €0.55 per child aged 7–17. Transport from Ruše to Maribor €15.00 (min. 5 people); single occupancy €15.00; pets by agreement €15.00.


Zreče Pohorje mountains | Rogla, Zreče

HOTEL ROGLA***

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HOTEL DOBRAVA 2000****

Information and booking: Unior d.d. Program Turizem Rogla, Cesta na Roglo 15, SI – 3214 Zreče t +386 (0)3 757 61 55, f +386 (0)3 576 24 46 e rogla@unitur.eu, www.unitur.eu

Information and booking: Unior d.d. Program Turizem Terme Zreče, Cesta na Roglo 15, SI – 3214 Zreče t +386 (0)3 757 61 56, f +386 (0)3 576 24 46 e terme@unitur.eu, www.unitur.eu

In an unspoilt natural setting and surrounded by vast forests, the climatological health resort of Rogla lies at a height of 1,517 metres above sea level and is attractive in all seasons of the year. In winter the world is fairytale white and as well as skiing offers snowshoeing across a carpet of snow. In the warmer months you can explore the countryside on foot or by bicycle, following marked hiking and cycling trails. In the "Land of Well-Being" you can enjoy – as well as saunas and bathing in the pool – a wide range of massages and baths, where relaxation is guaranteed. Additional offer: hiking equipment hire, equipment storage, cleaning and drying, guide service, Nordic walking course.

A world of beauty, relaxation and pleasure awaits you at Terme Zreče. In the midst of nature, with numerous marked hiking and cycling trails, discover the beauties of the surrounding area with experienced guides and get to know its cultural and natural heritage. The touch of thermal water, the homeliness and warmth of the Sauna Village: the perfect choice after a pleasant day in the wonderful countryside. Discover the Idila Wellness & Spa Centre, open all year round, and pamper your senses.

3 or 5-day package HIKING OR CYCLING PACKAGE

Day 1 Guided hike (8 km – destination Pesek) or bicycle tour (27.5 km – destination Skomarje) Day 2 Basics of Nordic walking or climbing on climbing wall or guided bicycle tour (37.8 km – Planina na Pohorju) Day 3 Guided hike (18 km, destination the Lovrenc Lakes) or mountain biking on the European Cup cross-country cycling course or visit to the mountain bike park on Rogla Day 4 Visit to Terme Zreče spa Day 5 Guided hike (20 km, destination Ribniška Koča mountain hut) or bicycle tour (63 km, Šumik) • 3-day package includes: unlimited access to the pool, 1 x admission to sauna, half massage (20 min), 1 x ride on the Zlodejevo alpine coaster • 5-day package includes: unlimited access to the pool, 2 x admission to sauna, half massage (20 min), reflex foot massage, 1 x ride on the Zlodejevo alpine coaster • Hiking package prices: 3-day package from €119 to €139, 5-day package from €224 to €256. • Cycling package prices: 3-day package from €127 to €144, 5-day package from €227 to €259. The programmes are run by experienced guides for a minimum number of 4 participants. Discounts: children under 12 (package does not include massages) – no extra bed – 30%; extra bed – 50%.

3-day package TERME ZREČE ACTIVE • • • • • • • •

2 x half board unlimited swimming in thermal pools, water aerobics with instructor 1 x admission to the Sauna Village 1 x herbal bag massage with Pohorje herbs 1 x organised hike (Brinjeva Gora) 1 x organised bicycle tour (Dravinja Valley) 1 x Nordic walking with advice from Nordic walking instructor 30% discount on bicycle hire

Price: accommodation in Terme Zreče Villas – €156, in Hotel Vital – €180

5-day package TERME ZREČE ACTIVE • • • • • • • •

4 x half board unlimited swimming in thermal pools, water aerobics with instructor 2 x admission to the Sauna Village 1 x herbal bag massage with Pohorje herbs 2 x guided hike (Golek, Brinjeva Gora) 1 x organised bicycle tour (Dravinja Valley) 1 x Nordic walking with advice from Nordic walking instructor 30% discount on bicycle hire

Price: accommodation in Terme Zreče Villas – €242, in Hotel Vital – €289 The programmes are run by experienced guides for a minimum number of 4 participants. Discounts: children under 12 (package does not include massages) – no extra bed – 30%; extra bed – 50%.


A land of intoxicating moments

Šmartno

Dobrovo Castle

Stone bridge, Krčnik

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This fairy-tale landscape with views stretching towards the sea and the Friuli and Veneto regions has a special, magical power. Brda, a land of hills nesting halfway between the Alps and the Adriatic, conserves and develops its traditions, protects its beauties and bestows beneficial effects that can be recognised and felt by all who come here. In Brda, where succulent fruit ripens, excellent wines thrive and delicious food is never far away, you can enter the green vineyards and orchards and find your own peace under the vine trellises. Choose one of the nine hiking trails and discover the Brda countryside. Eight of the trails – Čmpevka, Črnica, Drugmbernca, Kozanka, Prvačnca, Bjla C'pika, Trcinka and Karnjuka – are named after old varieties of cherry grown in the region, and each leads through a unique, rich and varied landscape that is full of life at all times of the year.


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BRDA HIKING TRAIL – DRUGMBERNCA

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Discovering the sights of Brda

We begin our hike in the very heart of Brda, outside Dobrovo Castle. Our route leads us through the region's vineyards, along paths that fork in several directions and down farm tracks into the most hidden and genuine corners of Brda. After a brief descent we climb up to the village of Šlovrenc, where the terrain levels out again. By the crossroads in Peternel we come to a stone bridge with two arches, a stone statue of St John of Nepomuk and a WW2 memorial. If we leave our route for a moment, the Kožbanjšček stream a few metres higher up offers one of the most beautiful natural sights of its kind in Slovenia: Krčnik is a natural stone bridge five metres long and over a metre thick, worn smooth by the action of the water, which spans the gorge of the Kožbanjšček. Also popular are the nearby Kotline, three pools or basins which the Kožbanjšček has hollowed out on its way down a rocky cliff more than 10 metres high. Our route now takes us on to the little village of Hruševlje, and then to Neblo, where we can enjoy a marvellous view from the highest point, in the middle of the vineyards. There now comes a small descent and then another climb, to the village of Fojana, famous for its two churches. The eminent composer and conductor Rado Simoniti is buried in the little church of the Holy Spirit on the Lake, while in the other church, dedicated to St Florian, we can admire the high altar from 1800. Our path now leads us back to Dobrovo, our starting point.

Our hike begins outside the Renaissance castle in Dobrovo. Then comes a slight descent and a kilometre-long level section winding below the village of Snežeče. Next we climb up to the observation tower in Gonjače (23 metres high, 144 steps), which on fine days offers a magnificent view in all directions: Brda, the Julian and Carnic Alps, the Dolomites, Friuli, the Gulf of Trieste, the Karst, the Vipava Valley and the plateau of Trnovski Gozd. We now make our way down through a vineyard to the little medieval village of Šmartno, with its church dedicated to St Martin and five defence towers. The picturesque walled village offers more than just a stroll through its streets. In the centre of the village is the House of Culture, where exhibitions are held, while in the Brda House you can see a simple home and hearth from times gone by. There are also a number of places to eat and drink, where you can sample local specialities and gather your strength for the final descent. Our route now takes us to the village of Biljana, dominated by its church dedicated to St Michael, after which we descend back to Dobrovo, our starting point.

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5 hours 16.5 km Easy 50m Dobrovo Castle 45.9966N 13.5245E Pohodne poti po Brdih, Cherry blossom trails (1 : 43 000) Hike from cherry tree to cherry tree, begining of June

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Information: Turistično informacijski center Brda, Grajska cesta 10, SI – 5212 Dobrovo t +386 (0)5 395 95 94, f +386 (0)5 395 95 95, e tic@obcina-brda.si, www.brda.si

3 hours 9.5km Easy 150m Dobrovo Castle 45.9966N 13.5245E Pohodne poti po Brdih, Cherry blossom trails (1 : 43 000) Hike from cherry tree to cherry tree, begining of June


The landscape above Čepovan

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From Lijak to Sekulak

Lokve

The area around Nova Gorica offers numerous footpaths: the path through Panovec, a wood close to the town, paths to Sveta Gora and Škabrijel, the Sabotin Peace Park, paths over the Trnovo and Banjšiče Plateau, the energy trail from Lijak to Sekulak, and paths in the area around Branik. These varied paths suit different tastes and different levels of fitness, reveal the beauties of natural and cultural heritage and lead us past numerous sights of interest. They are also suitable for those interested in animals and plants, history and local traditions. They offer wonderful views of the whole of the Vipava Valley, the Adriatic, the Dolomites and, from the slope of the Trnovo Plateau, the Julian Alps.


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"PATH BEHIND THE WALL" AROUND LOKVE

To the east of Nova Gorica, the Energy Trail from Lijak to Sekulak runs through the villages of Šmihel, Ozeljan, Šempas, Vitovlje and Osek. The trail is designed so that walkers can begin it in any of these villages and choose a direction on the basis of their physical fitness, interests and time available. The hill section of the trail requires a little more physical fitness, while the valley section is ideal for an easy walk. Intermediate linking paths allow walkers to make a circuit of individual sections. The starting points of the trail are indicated by information boards with a map of the area, while individual stations are marked by pillars containing texts and direction indicators showing the walking time to the neighbouring stations.

The "path behind the wall" is an easy hiking trail ideal for less demanding hikers that runs around the village of Lokve. Most of the trail runs through beech forest, in which there are also firs, spruce and other deciduous trees. The trail has several access points, so that the hike can begin either in Poncala (at the Predmeja end of the village), in Cibja Vas (at the Lazna end of the village) or Skokov Vrh (before the road heads down towards Čepovan). The trail is of historical interest. Before the First World War the inhabitants of Lokve were given the use and, eventually, the ownership of the land round the village in order to improve their livelihood. They used the stones that they removed from the fields to build a wall separating their private land from state property. The forest wardens employed by the state did not have the right to cross the private land, so in order to be able to keep an eye on the locals and ensure they were not stealing timber or foliage from the forest belonging to the state, they patrolled behind the wall surrounding the village. This was the origin of the path that still survives almost intact today. During the hike you can climb to the summit of Škol (1182 m) or up to Črni Vrh (by the television repeater). You can also see the feature of Lokve after which the village got its name – one of the last surviving lokve or ponds, known as the Cows' Pond. This can be reached by following the road towards Lazna.

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4 hours 17km Moderate 800m in one of these villages: Šmihel, Ozeljan, Šempas, Vitovlje or Osek Hike from Lijak to Sekulak, in May; Hike along the Vitovlje Circular Trail in November

2.5 hours 7km Easy 370m Lokve 46.0129N 13.7919E Back to the paradise of Lokve, hike, August

Information: Tourist Board - Nova Gorica Tourist Information Center, Delpinova ulica 18b, SI – 5000 Nova Gorica t +386 (0)5 330 46 00, f +386 (0)5 330 46 06, e tzticng@siol.net, www.novagorica-turizem.com


Vipava Valley with Mount Čaven

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The Otlica Window

Vertovec trail

The Vipava Valley offers a wealth of opportunities for hiking. It is crisscrossed by footpaths for all tastes, taking in numerous natural, cultural and historical sights of interest and suitable all year round. There are interesting hikes to Gora and the Trnovo Plateau, to the popular mountain huts on Čaven and below Golaki, to Nanos and also to the lower but no less interesting Vipava Hills. From the summits of the latter you can enjoy a view of the entire Vipava Valley, while if you climb a little higher you can enjoy magnificent views stretching far in every direction.


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Walk from Predmeja to Col along the rocky ridges of Gora, a plateau separated from the Vipava Valley by a steep slope. This wonderful panoramic trail begins by the monument to Mati Gorjanka ("Mother of the Highlands") in Predmeja and leads across the undulating karst terrain, through beech woods, over pastures and meadows, past isolated farms – all the while along the edge of the ridge – as far as Žagolič, a hamlet close to the village of Col. You will be enchanted by the astonishing views and natural and cultural heritage along the way. The Otlica Window, a large natural opening in the rock, is particularly remarkable and offers a unique view of the Vipava Valley. The stone spiral sculpture in a nearby karst hollow – the stone snail, as locals call it – is also worth seeing. The trail is well marked. The Slovenian Alpine Trail also runs along the ridge.

New adventures begin by the ancient oak tree outside the village of Ustje. You can take part in them and enjoy a pleasant hike through the Vipava Hills, with wonderful views (perhaps the most beautiful is the one from Ojstri Vrh, the highest point of the hike), the creative architectural heritage of the Vipava countryside, and friendly locals. Also interesting is the natural heritage of the area, where the fossilised remains of different periods of our past have been found in many places. The area benefited greatly from the efforts of local man Matija Vertovec, a priest who taught scientific viticulture to the winegrowers of Vipava and was a notable writer of popular scientific texts in the 19th century. The trail is circular, well-marked and equipped with numerous information boards. It leads past some of the winemakers on the Vipava Wine Route.

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Enjoy magnificent views

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5 hours 14.3 km Moderate, not recommended when a strong north wind is blowing, very difficult in winter 382m Predmeja 45.9468N 13.8701E Nanos (1 : 50 000) leisure map Goriška (1 : 50 000) Angelska Gora Hike, second Sunday in May; Up and Down the Dol Trail, second Sunday in September

Discover the pleasant Vipava Hills

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5 hours 16km Moderate 347m oak tree outside the village of Ustje 45.8728N 13.8958E Nanos (1 : 50 000) leisure map Goriška (1 : 50 000) Vertovec trail Hike, first Sunday after St Martin's Day

Information: Matija Vertovec Society for the Discovery and Protection of Natural and Cultural Heritage Lokarjev drevored 8, SI – 5270 Ajdovščina, t +386 5 365 91 55 TIC Ajdovščina, Cesta IV. Prekomorske 61a, SI – 5270 Ajdovščina, t +386 5 365 91 40, e tic.ajdovscina@siol.net, www.tic-ajdovscina.si


Karst Edge

Podgorje

ÄŒrni Kal

Koper

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A great rocky step divides the Karst from Slovenian Istria. Legend has it that it was created by giants. This is an open, windswept region in which the Bora, the powerful north wind, is king. The marked trail follows the edge of the Karst and allows walkers to hike from the Italian border all the way to the Croatian border. It is possible to turn off the trail at several points, either down to the coast or to higher-lying Slavnik. The purpose is clear: to add a hiking adventure to a seaside holiday.


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CIRCULAR TRAIL P6 THE DAFFODIL PATH

Setting off from the car park, where there is an information board, we set off to the right into the village, where a signpost directs us between the houses and into the forest on a short and relatively steep hiking trail to Slavnik. We climb gently through the forest in an eastward direction, cross the firebreak and continue straight up. Caution is advised when the ground is wet. Higher up, the forest ends and we climb a little more steeply through scattered pine trees. The path turns to the north-east in the direction of the summit and crosses into broad meadows. We continue down the path across the meadow to just below the summit. Here an impressive view opens up towards the south and west and the path levels out and leads us in the direction of the Tumova Koča mountain hut, clearly visible with its tall antenna just below the summit of the hill. For the return trip we will take a slightly longer and gentler route which is also part of European long-distance path E6, where the trail has partly been converted into a forest road. As we leave the hut we take the same path but follow the signs to the left, which direct on to a new path which slopes more steeply downwards at the edge of the forest and descends towards the valley, initially in sharp curves and later more gently. The path then bends sharply towards the north-west and leads towards the village in a slight downward slope. When we reach the asphalt between the houses we return by the same route we took on the way up to the car park below the village, where our interesting circular hike ends.

Starting from the pond just outside the village, we turn right past the building of the local administrative community and internet point and then pass between the houses and up the steps to the asphalt road. Turning left, we walk towards the upper part of the village, following the yellow trail markers. The road bends to the right but when we reach the yellow house at number 58 we turn left onto a cart track that slopes up gently towards the north-west just below a forested bank. The track takes us gradually higher and when it levels out on a broad meadow dotted with a few lindens, we turn right onto the path that climbs up from Zazid to a broad grassy shelf below the edge of the Karst cliff. After 300 metres a signpost on an isolated tree sends us to the left onto a path that ascends over the edge of the cliff to a crossroads where we follow the signpost to the left, to the summit of Lipnik 300 metres away. Following the same path back to the signpost, we continue our hike in an eastward direction until we reach the cart track from Kojnik which joins our path from the left. Crossing a wide expanse of heathland, we slowly climb to the south-east in the direction of Kavčič. After 800 metres we leave the cart track by a pile of stones and turn right onto a little path that passes two isolated trees and climbs slightly more steeply towards the south, to the area below the summit of Kavčič and then on to the summit, which is topped by two crosses. Continuing in the same direction, we descend to the cart track that we left a little earlier. A gully leads us below the edge of the steep cliff, where we find a surprisingly large rock shelter. We continue our way down the cart track, which gradually becomes a forest road and winds its way along the Croatian border. We continue straight on past two turnings on the right but when we reach a Vshaped fork we take the right-hand branch and descend slowly in the direction of Rakitovec. We enter the village by the upper houses just below the forest and immediately arrive at the turning where we started our ascent.

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2.5 hours 8km Moderate 538m car park below the village of Podgorje (access from the Kastelec motorway exit, 24 km from Koper) 45.5309N 13.9488E Slovenska Istra (1 : 50 000) P1 Na cvetoči Slavnik, Tematska pot (1 : 25 000)

Information: TIC Koper, Titov trg 3, SI – 6000 Koper t +386 (0)5 664 64 03, e tic@koper.si, www.koper.si

GPS coordinates Maps

2.5 to 3 hours 9km Moderate 440m Rakitovec (access from the Črni Kal motorway exit, then through Gračišče and Movraž, 32 km from Koper) 45.4687N 13.9699E Slovenska Istra (1 : 50 000) P6 Po poti narcis, Tematska pot (1 : 25 000)


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CIRCULAR TRAIL P3 BELOW THE CLIMBING WALL From the car park by the campsite we set off uphill to the village and follow the trail markers past the church dedicated to St Thomas and up to the left on a cart track that climbs up through the forest towards the north-west. When we reach the gorge of a stream we turn to the right and, after 30 metres, to the left (the less used path), climbing steeply up through the pine forest to the clearing below the village of Prebeneg. Continuing uphill along the path, we cross an asphalt road and arrive in the village of Socerb. We climb up to the castle (great view), passing the village chapel and pond on the way, and then follow the asphalt road to the nearby cave of Sveta Jama (Holy Cave) before continuing along the road. A wooden signpost directs us to the left (where we follow the trail markings) and we continue in a south-easterly direction almost as far as the Koper–Kozina road. Passing below the rocky edge we then climb up to the panoramic peak of Varda, cross it and continue (through the underpass) to Črnotiče (quarry). From here we continue (pine forest) to the road to Podgorje, along the macadam road to the edge of the cliff above the village of Črni Kal and on (water tank) below the climbing wall to the upper part of Črni Kal, then to the lower part of Črni Kal past the monument to the Overseas Brigades and under the motorway viaduct towards old village of Gabrovica. A short walk along the bottom of the valley returns us to our starting point in Osp.

Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Maps

Information: TIC Koper, Titov trg 3, SI – 6000 Koper t +386 (0)5 664 64 03, e tic@koper.si, www.koper.si

4 to 5 hours 15km Moderate 618m Car park by the campsite in Osp (access from the Črni Kal motorway exit, 16 km from Koper) 45.5705N 13.8565E Slovenska Istra (1 : 50 000) P3 Pod plezalno steno, Tematska pot (1 : 25 000)


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KARST Pliskovica

Thanks to its position on the edge of the Mediterranean, the limestone Karst plateau above the Gulf of Trieste provides opportunities for active leisure in contact with nature at all times of the year. A landscape crisscrossed by numerous hiking trails and footpaths, dotted with little stone villages, vineyards and karst caves, it preserves its traditions with love and passes them on from generation to generation. Teran wine, karst ham and other specialities of the Karst region, along with the snow-white Lipizzaner horses and the Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are among the many enchantments that hikers will find here.

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PLISKA TRAIL AND ASCENT OF VOLNIK/MONTE LANARO, 545m This marked circular trail reveals how the people of the Karst lived in times past, and how much effort was needed to turn this rocky landscape into fields, meadows and pastures. It shows us what they were able to make from stone, how they managed to supply themselves with water, and how they exploited the gifts of nature. This hike is a pleasant walk of just over two hours down cart tracks and paths between long stone walls behind which, in spring, we can glimpse the brightly coloured vegetation of the dry karst meadows, while in autumn the smoke tree bushes, a blaze of scarlet, create a fairy-tale landscape. After a rest at the Pliskovica Youth Hostel we can continue our hike past the Mlačna pond to Volnik hill, from where we can enjoy an amazing view of the sea, the Alpine peaks and the Karst plateau. Walking time Length Difficulty Elevation gain Starting point GPS coordinates Map

Pliska Trail 2.5 hours, ascent of Volnik 3 hours 13km Pliska Trail – easy, ascent of Volnik – moderate 345m Pliskovica 45.77138N 13.78387E Turistični zemljevid Krasa in Brkinov (1 : 50 000)

Information: Pliskovica Youth Hostel, Pliskovica 11, 6221 Dutovje t +386 (0)5 764 02 50, f +386 (0)5 764 02 51, e info@hostelkras.com, www.hostelkras.com, www.pliskovica.si


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Accommodation: the hotel has 20 comfortable single, double or triple rooms and family rooms (a total of 44 beds). All rooms have shower/WC, hairdryer, minibar, telephone, internet connection and cable TV. The hotel is fully air-conditioned. Hotel facilities: the pleasant hotel restaurant (seats 80) offers self-service breakfasts, à la carte specialities of Karst and Mediterranean cuisine, and an extensive list of local and foreign wines. Facilities for guests also include: a bar, a 50-seat summer terrace, a garage and a car park in front of the hotel. Pets welcome. Additional facilities: banquets, anniversaries, weddings, formal and informal meetings organised. Divača and the Hotel Malovec are a good starting point for bicycle tours and hikes through the wonderful Karst landscape.

HOTEL MALOVEC***

Weekend package

• 2 x half board in double room • meat or fish menu Price: €85.00

Information and booking: Hotel Malovec Kraška cesta 30a, SI – 6215 Divača t +386 (0)5 763 33 33, f +386 (0)5 763 33 35 e info@hotel-malovec.si, www.hotel-malovec.si

THE WALK OF PEACE The Walk of Peace unites the heritage of the Isonzo Front and the natural sights of the Upper Soča Valley. It offers hiking in the mountains along the emerald river Soča and an opportunity to discover the area's rich cultural and historical heritage. Entrust yourself to experienced local guides on the Walk of Peace and afford to enjoy the Soča Valley in a different way.

GUIDED TOURS

The Walk of Peace in the Soča Region Foundation organises guided tours along the Walk of Peace. Guided tours are available throughout the year on previous arrangement. Information: Visitor centre »The Walk of Peace« Gregorčičeva ulica 8, SI – 5222 Kobarid t +386 (0)5 389 01 67, f +386 (0)5 389 01 68 e fundacija.potimiru@siol.net, www.potmiru.si


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