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Kranjska Gora Region - Natural Attractions

Tucked between the protected wilderness of the Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps and the Karavanke Mountains, the Upper Sava Valley is a natural wonderland packed with breathtaking mountains and lush valleys where waterfalls cascade from the cliffs and rivers flow through forests and meadows, whilst lakes punctuating the landscape remind us of the areas glacial past. Not far from Kranjska Gora elsewhere in Slovenia or over the Italian and Austrian borders there are yet more magnificent natural sights to explore. For a selection of the areas natural highlights see the list below.

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Lake Jasna

Lake Jasna, Kranjska Gora

A delightful small lake 15 minutes walk from the centre of Kranjska Gora, a trip to Lake Jasna makes the perfect stroll from the resort to one of Slovenia's most celebrated viewpoints looking across the lake to the imposing Prisojnik mountain (2547m) and is the start of the Vršič mountain pass which is arguably Slovenia's most beautiful road. On the shore of the lake is the famous sculpture of the "Zlatorog" (a mythical mountain goat with golden horns!) .
In 2015, Lake Jasna underwent a facelift that boosted its popularity. New visitor friendly features were added: namely new beach areas as well as a better access for swimmers / sunbathers, a newly opened bar / ice cream parlour and finally a new three-tiered wooden diving platform, resembling a castle turret. Lake Jasna now offers not just a place for a walk to admire the views but somewhere lovely to while away whole Summer days on the beach, swimming and sunbathing - adding an important new dimension to Kranjska Gora’s Summer offering for tourists

Zelenci Nature Reserve

Zelenci Nature Reserve, Rateče Kranjska Gora

Just a few minutes drive from Kranjska Gora near the village of Podkoren, Zelenci, considered as being the source of the Sava Dolinka River was declared a nature reserve in 1992. It encompasses not only the emerald green lake, after which it was named, but also its surrounds, to make up a total area of 47ha. Re-emerging water from an underground stream originating in the Planica Valley forms a 2m deep lake. The porous chalk bottom of the lake permits a constant up-welling of groundwater in tiny jets, a unique occurrence in Slovenia. The lake has a year round temperature of 5 - 6 degree celcius. Water from the lake flows into a stream and on into a 200m wide shallow marshland. The area is home to numerous endangered animal and plant species and makes a wonderful easy walk from Kranjska Gora.

Fusine Lakes - Belopeški Jezeri (Italy)

Fusine Lakes - Belopeški jezeri, Tri border Kranjska Gora

Just across the border in Italy just a few minutes by car from our Retreats are two beautiful alpine lakes, Belopeški jezeri in Slovene or Laghi di Fusine in Italian, there is an upper and a lower lake with striking green and blue waters fed by the melting snow off the high mountain peaks which rise above it. There is a pleasant bike path which runs along an old railway line, from Kranjska Gora to the lakes it's an easy 15 km ride. A stunning must see when staying at our Retreats!

Peričnik Waterfalls

Peričnik waterfalls, Mojstrana, Kranjska Gora Information

As one of Slovenia's most stunning and well known waterfalls, Peričnik is a remnant of the ice age when the largest glacial valley, the stunning Vrata Valley, was shaped. Cascading at first 16m down to the first ridge and then a further 52m into a pool below, the sound of the falls can be heard from quite some distance. In winter the falls turn into numerous flows and icicles, a wonderful wall of blue and green; an interesting challenge for the would be ice-climbing adventurer. The Peričnik falls are reach from Mojstrana a charming village 15 minutes drive from Kranjska Gora south along the valley.

Bled and Bohinj

Stunning Lake Bled, beyond Kranjska Gora

The world famous Lake Bled, named by Yahoo Travel as one of the World's 10 Most Beautiful Lakes, this truly spectacular place is just 30mins drive from Kranjska Gora. Nestled amongst the mountains with the fairytale castle perched high on the cliffs overlooking the lake with its island where sits a 17th century church. Another 30mins drive on from Bled reaching into the Triglav National Park is yet another breathtakingly beautiful alpine lake, Bohinj. Not as well known as Bled its well worth driving on to see the expansive glacial lake surrounded by steep mountains – Bohinj is a popular bathing area in summer, whilst in winter the Vogel Ski Resort perched above the lake attracts plenty of visitors.  

Predil - Raibl Lake (Italy)

Lake Raibl - Predil, Italy, Tri border attractions

Sitting on the Italian side of the Julian Alps about 10km south of Tarvisio (30-40mins from Kranjska Gora), Lago del Predil (or Raibl in Slovene) is a spectacular turquoise lake with steep mountain slopes rising above it. At an altitude of 960m and reaching depths up to 35m the glacial basin lake is usually pretty cold though at the height of a warm summer it is a beautiful place to have a refreshing (quick!) dip and then lay out on a beach in this beautiful 'forgotten' valley.

Austrian Lake District (Austria)

Worthersee - Austrian Lakes District, Tri border attractions

Faakersee - Lake Faak, Kranjska Gora Tri Border Attractions

With more than 200 lakes in the region there is a lake to suit everyone’s needs whether you’re looking for a tranquil summer swimming spot or a natural ice skating surface in winter. Unlike in Slovenia almost all of the lakeside beaches in Austria are privately managed and charge swimmers hourly or daily fees, but nonetheless all 3 of the lakes below are highly scenic and recommended.   

Lake Faak (Faakersee)
The southernmost lake in Austria and closest to Kranjska Gora, Faakersee is a beautiful shimmering turquoise lake with the impressive Karavanke Mountains framing the landscape.  

Ossiachersee
The largest lake in the Villach region Ossiacher offers wonderfully opportunities for water sports with particularly great conditions for windsurfers. There is also a 27km bike path around the lake which is a very pleasant ride.

Worthersee
The largest lake in the region, it’s also probably the most developed, long a popular holiday destination luxurious villas dating from the Renaissance period look out over the lake. And there has been more recent development too with cocktail bars dotted along the lake’s beaches and many excellent restaurants lining the shore. In summer it gets quite busy as this inland seaside fills up with holidaying families.    

Vršič Pass

Prisank Massif and the Vršič pass above Kranjska Gora

The Vršič pass straddling the Mojstrovka and Prisank Massif joins the townships of Trenta and Kranjska Gora. A truly spectacular mountain pass, with some 50 curves in the road with stunning views all around including glimpses of the naturally hewn Prisojnik Window in the high rugged peaks, whilst make sure to stop on the summit and take in the astounding mountain views. Numerous walking trails begin their journey from this point, taking you to the surrounding mountains and on to even more breathtaking views. For those more adventurous there are several mountaineering trails and rock climbing routes up nearby and surrounding mountains. The highest pass in Slovenian, it was built by Russian POW's for military purposes and first opened in 1915. A small Russian Orthodox Chapel also built by the POW's commemorates their comrades who died during the construction of the mountain crossing. Given its altitude it is closed during much of the winter due to heavy snowfall.

Mt Peč 'Tromeja' Tri border

View from Tromeja Tri border, Rateče, Kranjska Gora

From the village of Rateče it’s a pleasant 2hr walk up to the three border area of Austria, Italy and Slovenia, also called Pec (1,510m) where German, Slavonic and Romance cultures meet. A popular destination for locals and tourists the summit plays host to an annual gatherings put on by of the three nations. A really great walk accessible direct from Villa Planina and Nebina.

Planica and Tamar Valleys

Tamar Valley, Rateče, Kranjska Gora

To the south of Rateče the picturesque glacial valley of Planica extends 7km into the Julian Alps towards the equally beautiful Tamar Valley where the first flows of the Sava Dolinka River can be seen as they cascade over the Nadiža Waterfalls before disappearing under ground only to reapper in the Zelenci Nature Reserve. Another spectacular walk accessible direct from Villa Planina and Nebina a friendly mountain refuge awaits you at the end of the long walk up the valley.

Vrata, Kot and Krma Valleys

Krma Valley, Mojstrana, Kranjska Gora

From Mojstrana, a charming vilage 15 minutes drive South of Kranjska Gora, there are three spectacular valleys, cutting their way into the Triglav National Park - Vrata. Kot and Krma, extending back into the heart of the Triglav National Park and towards the mighty three headed Triglav itself. All three offer pristine natural settings with excellent hiking and biking opportunities, particularly beautiful is the Vrata Valley which leads past the Peričnik waterfall all the way to the impressive north face of Triglav.

Triglav

Mighty north face of Triglav, Mojstrana, Upper Sava Valley

Slovenia's highest mountain, Mt. Triglav - an impressive 2,864m three headed monster - stands proud as the centrepiece of the Triglav National Park, dominating the Julian Alps. Featured on the Slovenian flag, the might peak is a bedrock of national pride and identity, with it said that to be a true Slovenian you need to reach the summit at least once. First scaled in 1778 there are now four regular routes to ascend the giant with most hikers taking two days to tackle the peak. There are several mountain huts and lodges in the national park which cater to hikers. During the summer months it can become quite crowded. However, come the colder months when the pegs and wires are covered in snow, hikers / climbers give way to mountaineers.

Mangart

Mighty Mangart Mountain, Kranjska Gora Tri Border Region

Towering above the Slovenia - Italy border on the western edge of the Julian Alps, Mangart is the third highest peak in Slovenia. A one time Italian military road climbs from the Predel Pass up to the Mangrtsko sedlo at just over 2000m, which makes this route the highest road in Slovenia and gives direct access to breath taking high altitude mountain scenery. Well worth seeing even if you're not going on to the summit. The route on to the summit is relatively short, though very challenging, snow and ice is not uncommon even in summer, whilst certain routes to the summit require via ferrata.

 

Mount Lussari (Italy)

Mount Lussari, Tarvisio Italy, Tri Border sights

Set above Tarvisio on the peak of Mount Lussari is the Sanctuary dei Tre Popoli (or ‘of the three populations’) with its tiny hamlet perched high on the mountain. Legend has it that the Madonna appeared where the sanctuary is built, making it a popular destination for pilgrims. Whilst pilgrim or not, it’s well worth heading up the Path of the Pilgrim through the alpine forests to the summit which offers magnificent views of the Julian Alps. Whilst in winter you can take the chairlift to the summit and ski down the Mount Lussari ski resort’s excellent Prampero run.

 

Dobratsch Nature Park (Austria)

Dobratsch Nature Park Austria, Kranjska Gora Tri Border Sights

Located to the west of Villach is the mighty Dobratsch (or 'Dobrač' in Slovene) mountain range, in the protected Dobratsch Nature Park. The highest peak in the range rises to 2,166 metres with a cross marking the summit, and only a few meters below that sits a Slovenian church, the highest church in Europe. When not blancketted in snow there are several excellent walks for hikers of all ability in the Dobratsch Nature Park.

For more details about the Dobratsch Nature Park follow this link

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