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Along the mountains below Mt. Stol

Length: 19km
Altitude difference: 820m
Time: 2.5 hours
Trail difficulty: difficult

Green fragrant nature, hills, valleys and a magnificent sunlit morning. Let’s ride a bicycle! A lively path below Mt. Stol and before us, a number of murmuring streams and forests, the ancient Ajdna and the most beautiful views of the Karawanks.
Drive upwards on the nice gravel road from the reservoir Završnica. The trail along Mt. Potoška planina is going to spoil you with the views of the Upper Sava Valley. On the top, stop by the Valvasorjev dom mountain hut and enjoy the local delicacies. Pleasantly rested, continue your way on the gravel road to the Žirovniška and Zabreška planina pastures.

Mountain hut Valvasorjev dom

Length: 10km
Altitude difference: 580m
Time: 1.5 hours
Trail difficulty: partially difficult
GPS: download the gpx file

The joyous atmosphere, kind-hearted people, excellent homemade food and its position in the middle of unspoiled nature have placed the Valvasorjev dom hut at the top of the list of the most popular huts among hikers. The hut is situated below the mighty Mt. Stol, on the terrace on the south slope of Belščica.

To Žirovnica, on a bike and up the hill! The idyllic forest road will lead you through the pleasant shade of the pristine forests to the mountain hut Valvasorjev dom. There, you can rest and enjoy a homemade lunch. Do you have itchy feet yet? Jump on a bike and explore the forest paths surrounding the hut.

Završnica valley

Length: 12km
Altitude difference: 610m
Time: 1.5 hours
Trail difficulty: partially difficult
GPS: http://visitzirovnica.si/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Dolina_Zavrsnice.gpx

The hero in the Fran Saleški Finžgar’s novel, Mr. Hudournik , decided: “This is where I am going to rest, warm up in the sun, breathe the mountain air, drink milk and eat žganci.”
The Završnica valley is ideal for taking a break in nature, a family trip or a cycle tour. You can ride your bike to the reservoir Završnica, where you can choose one of the uphill trails. There are many of them, although they all have one thing in common – wonderful scenes from nature . A bit higher in the mountains, enjoy the fresh water of the Završnica stream and a refreshing lunch in one of the mountain huts.

Along the Imperial road

Length: 12km
Altitude difference: 70m
Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: easy
GPS: http://visitzirovnica.si/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/po_cesraski_cesti1.gpx

In the time before railroads, carriages carried various goods on the Imperial road, while the most important were the post coaches. Retrace their path – on a bike!
The idyllic villages around Žirovnica will lead you through important houses and monuments. The most famous linden tree in Slovenia and the house of the greatest Slovenian poet, France Prešeren, are the starting points for a beautiful cycling trip. The trails continue passed the Janša beehives, St. Clement’s church in Rodine and Jalen’s house. A sunny day, a bicycle, peaceful villages, smiling faces and the creative power of culture – a bike tour a la Žirovnica!

Along the Žirovnica Cultural Heritage Trail

Length: 11.5km
Altitude difference: 90m
Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: easy
GPS: download the gpx file

We start the trip from the car park at Dr. France Prešeren’s house. We ride through the village, pass the village linden tree and to the Imperial road. We turn left on a gravel road and continue to Žirovnica, where we visit Matija Čop’s birthplace. We return to the main road and drive through the villages below Mt. Stol. We stop at the Žirovnica primary school and visit the avenue of famous men . We continue through Zabreznica. In Breznica, we visit a reconstruction of Janša’s beehives, in Doslovče Franc Saleški Finžgar’s house and in Rodine Janez Jalen’s museum house. We continue with our trip in the direction of Hraše. We arrive at the intersection with the Imperial road and return to our starting point in Vrba.