The kingdom of Goldhorn
 

The kingdom of Goldhorn

The mountainous region in the north-western part of Slovenia is a fairytale region of Julian Alps, protected as a part of the Triglav National Park. It is one of our top picks if you want to escape the summer heat in the region. The many local cultural sights and sports opportunities this region offers are worth exploring.

You can start your explorations in Kranjska Gora – a village which has numerous hotels, restaurants and hiking paths. It is also a heaven for cyclists and hikers as you can spend days just walking around Kranjska Gora. A beautiful almost flat cycling path exist all the way from the village of Mojstrana to the Italian town of Tarvisio and the Fusine lakes and is suitable for everyone.

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Local tip: 10 minutes by foot from Kranjska Gore there are Zelenci Springs. In Zelenci, Sava Dolinka emerges from the bottom of an emerald lake and is a beautiful sight. Zelenci are home to several local animals and plants.

From a lake...

Just 10 min by foot from Kranjska Gora, there is a lake Jasna. It is a picturesque mountain lake where you can swim with the hardy locals and other brave mountaineers. And if the water is too cold for you, you can relax and enjoy the sun with a magnificent view over the Julian Alps.

...to a high pass...

When you continue your path further from the lake Jasna, you start your ascent to the Vršič pass. The pass is 1611 m high. Our favorite time to visit Vršič is in spring when the road has just been plowed and opened, and the snow on each side of the road is several meters high! A more somber sight along the road is the Russian chapel built by Russian prisoners of war which were held here during the WW1 and who build the Vršič pass.

Local tip: If you love cycling, join the locals for the challenge of the traditional Ride to the Vrsic mountain. Each year on the first Saturday of the month, people gather to cycle 13.5 km to the top of Vršič with a height difference of 801 m. You will be rewarded with a stunning view from the top and ta story to tell how you cycled the highest Slovenian pass. Can you do it?

...where you can still find pristine Alpine valleys ...

The valley Vrata is one of the prettiest Alpine valleys in Slovenia and you should spend at least a day exploring it. From the valley, you can wonder at the Triglav’s north face, which is a demanding climbing route. However, already in at the end of 19th century a sturdy local hunter climbed it alone and without any protection. On the way to the valley, do not forget to stop at the waterfall Peričnik, one of the highest waterfalls in Slovenia.

..and our highest mountain reigns...

They say that each Slovene should climb our highest mountain Triglav at least once. It is 2864 m high, and it is also in our flag. The summer months are the time to climb up as Triglav (meaning 3 heads) is not yet covered in snow and the temperatures are pleasant for hiking. Unless you are very fit, we suggest splitting the climb into two days. First day you climb up to one of the mountain huts, for example Kredarica. and start the second day with the final ascent to Triglav. If you are lucky, maybe you will even see the Goldhorn, a mythical animal who once lived in the Slovenian Alps.

Local tip: Staying in one of the mountain huts is a wonderful experience by itself. You stay in an unspoiled nature and rustical environment, sharing stories with other hikers over typical Slovenian stews and mountain tea.

For the best views over the Triglav National Park, we suggest climbing to the mountain range Karawanks, for example to Robe, an area of summer pastures and shepherds cottages.

...this area is unique, beautiful and, still, unspoiled.

 


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