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Over the mountain pastures 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! Awaiting us, there are lively paths below Mt. Stol, followed by a number of murmuring streams and enchanting forests, the ancient Mt. Ajdna and the most beautiful views of the Karavanke range and the Julian Alps.

Ride upwards on the nice gravel road from the reservoir Završnica. The trail along Potoška planina pasture 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.

Valvasor mountain hut

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 of the southern slope of Belščica.

Come to Žirovnica, jump on a bike and up the hill we go! 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. 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 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.”

Završnica valley is ideal for taking a break, a family trip or a cycle tour in pristine nature. You can ride your bike to the reservoir Završnica, where you can choose one of the uphill trails. There are many of them, but they all have one thing in common – wonderful nature and spectacular views of mountain scenery. 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 pass important museum houses and monuments. The most famous linden tree in Slovenia and the birth house of the greatest Slovenian poet, France Prešeren, are the starting points for the beautiful cycling trip. The trails continue passed Anton Janša’s apiary, St. Clement’s church in Rodine and Jalen’s birth house. A sunny day, a bicycle, peaceful villages, smiling faces and the creative power of culture – a bike tour a la Žirovnica!

Along Žirovnica Cultural Heritage Path

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

The path starts at the car park in Vrba village, near Prešeren’s brth house. Ride through the village, pass the village linden tree and to the Imperial road. Turn left on a gravel road and continue to Žirovnica, where you can visit Matija Čop’s birthplace.

Return to the main road and ride through the villages below Mt. Stol. You can stop at the Žirovnica primary school and visit the avenue of famous men. Continue through Zabreznica. In Breznica, visit a reconstruction of Anton Janša’s apiary, in Doslovče Franc Saleški Finžgar’s birth house and in Rodine Janez Jalen’s museum house. Continue with the trip in the direction of Hraše. You will arrive at the intersection with the Imperial road that takes you back to the starting point in Vrba.