What you must know before your next adventure
Gorenjska, the mountains
One of the most beautiful areas of Slovenia is the Gorenjska region, located at the northwest side of the country. Gorenjska offers a big range of activities, from gourmet delicacies to mountain hiking, all in an enchanting setting.
The main landscape of Gorenjska is the impressive and gorgeous Julian Alps, a chain of mountains that stretches all the way from Italy to Slovenia. The highest peak in Slovenia and its national emblem is Triglav Mountain – the three-headed mountain.
All around Mount Triglav is the Triglav National Park, the only park of its kind in Slovenia. With a surface of approximately 880 km2, the landscape varies from mountains, lakes, rivers and others natural features. The park is so vast that it pours into different regions of Slovenia.
Two of the most impressive lakes of Slovenia are nested within the Julian Alps in the Gorenjska region. One of them is the famous Lake Bled, that offers a dreamlike breathtaking scene to its massive amount of visitors. Lake Bled is also a landmark of Slovenia, with the Bled Castle sitting on a high cliff, looking down on Lake Bled and the Church of Assumption that stands on Bled Island.
The second one is Lake Bohinj, also known as the largest glacial lake in Slovenia. Lake Bohinj attracts a lot of visitors because it is the perfect spot for various outdoors activities, such as rafting, hiking, and swimming. The Savica Waterfall, one of Slovenia’s most famous waterfall and the legendary Goldenhorn of Bohinj are also a must-see.
Kranjska Gora has plenty of outdoor and indoor adventures to offer. It is mostly known for Planica, where the Ski Jumping World Cup is held ever year. The Vršič Pass, an impressive mountain road with a total of 50 curves, connects the region of Gorenjska with Goriška from the east side. The view from the top, at 1611 meters, is simply splendid.
Sweet Radovljica is suited for those who love beautiful sightseeing paired with exquisite food and delicious sweets. Radovljica has a rich range of delectable foods, from traditional Slovenian grandma’s dishes to modern cuisine. The art of beekeeping and honey production is well-known and practiced in Radovljica – the Museum of Apiculture, in the Radovljica Mansion, exhibits its history. The town holds many important festivals and events such as the Chocolate Festival, Medieval Day and Radovljica Festival of Early Music.
Located between the two alpine rivers of Sava and Kokra is 4th biggest city of Slovenia: Kranj. The greatest poet of Slovenia France Prešeren lived an important moment of his life in Kranj. Nowadays, he is commemorated through different ways in the city: a memorial museum in the old town center, a Prešeren Award Winners Gallery and a bronze statue in front of the Prešeren Theatre. The lovely estate of Brdo pri Kranju is a great place to go for a romantic walk or a photo-session. The landscape is perfectly manicured and maintained.
With more than a thousand years of history, Škofja Loka is considered one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval cities through Slovenia. Bishops of Friezing have been living in the Loka Castle from 973 to 1803. In 1959, the castle became the local museum.
Jesenice is famous for its fine iron and mining industry. A visit to Stara Sava, an old ironwork settlement, and the Upper Sava Valley Museum will show you much about the tradition in Jesenice. The first Slovenian Botanic Garden, the Zois’s Park, will also enchant you.
A small town near the Austrian borders is Tržič, known for its shoes industry since the end of the 19th century. Nowadays, it is home to the famous Slovenian shoe brand Peko. The magnificent hiking paths of Dovžanova Soteska is known for its geological interest.
Gorenjska is a fantastic region to visit for its cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes. Three Gorenjska inns are part of the Gostilna Slovenija brand that offers delicious Slovenian traditional dishes: Gostilna Ančka in Kranj, Gostilna Krištof in Predoslje and Jezeršek Mansion – Brnik 1768 in Zgornji Brnik. The Kranjska klobasa, a traditional sausage in Gorenjska and the kremšnita, the popular cream cake from Bled are two must-try.
Attractions in Gorenjska
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