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Ajdna above Potoki village

Mountain range: Karavanke
Height: 1,046m

Ajdna is one of the most prominent archaeological findings of the Late Antiquity in Slovenia.  In the 5th and 6th century, during the attacks of the northern tribes, the locals took refuge on the rocky slope of Mt. Stol, from where the views extend up to the Julian Alps and Lake Bled. It was a very difficult ascent, only possible on foot.

The artefacts and objects found during archaeological excavations, stir up one’s imagination. A special enigma is the tomb of a young female that was buried with her jewellery inside the early Christian church. Was this the mysterious Heathen Maiden (Ajdovska deklica)? The bronze bird, which is the main symbol of the exhibition in  Čop’s birth house, does not tell that. Instead, it invites you to ascend the Ajdna mountain with a mysterious atmosphere.

Valvasor mountain hut- Valvasorjev dom

Mountain range: Karavanke
Height: 1,181m

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.

In the embrace of the green nature, with your lungs full with fresh, mountain air, you can admire the Upper Carniola villages and the amazing Julian Alps with the highest Slovenian peak Triglav, all from the courtyard of the mountain hut. The hut is also an excellent starting point for many other peaks nearby.

The hut at the source of Završnica- Koča pri izviru Završnice

Mountain range: Karavanke
Height: 1,425m

The mountain hut at the spring of the Završnica stream is positioned on an idyllic meadow on Smokuška planina mountain pasture below Mt. Begunjščica. Surrounded by forests and white peaks, it is a true mountain paradise. Near the hut there is the source of the Završnica stream – a rippling stream running through the hills that will refresh you and provide the young hikers with an outdoor playground.

In the summer, herders take their cattle to pasture on the pastures surrounding the spring. The trail through which you will get to the hut, is as pleasant as the meadows around it. Keep a watchful eye, as this is the place where you might find a crumb that Hansel and Gretel left behind.

Prešeren’s hut on Mt. Stol- Prešernova koča

Mountain range: Karavanke
Height: 2,174m

Would you like to feel like the king of the world? Climb up the Stol mountain –  the highest summit of Karavanke mountain! Before your eyes, the mysterious forests of Gorjanci, Kamnik–Savinja Alps, Mt. Snežnik, the emerald blue Lake Bled, Jelovica and Pokljuka plateau and other green jewels unveil.

On a clear day, from the pleasant mountainous shade in front of the Prešeren’s mountain hut, you can see the white Ljubljana in the distance. The trail leading to the hut is picturesque and fun. Those who pick up firewood and bring it to the hut, will be rewarded with a smile. Don’t forget to taste the delicious homemade food.

Turkish cave

Mountain range: Karavanke
Height: 835m

The Turkish cave, lying carved in the stone below the Gozdašnica peak, is also called a medieval cave castle. The path to the cave, exploring its hidden corners and peering through the stone slits truly brings the past closer. Many centuries ago, women and children used this cave as a hiding place from the Turkish invaders.

The trail leading to the Turkish cave starts at the reservoir in Završnica valley. It leads us along a forest path, across a stream and up a narrow, steep path. The freshness of the forest will lead your steps to the cave and the rocky ledge above it! Stop there for a moment, take a deep breath and enjoy the views of the lush green hills.

The village of Tito - Titova vas

The forest around Titova vas (the village of Tito) is unspoiled and mighty. It was difficult to locate the settlement in the past, and this is why the secret partisan camp could be set up below the Smokuški vrh peak. It had its own newspaper, a choir, butchery and everything needed for the everyday life during the Second World War.

The path to Titova vas leads through a ravine with a small stream, over small bridges and wooden footbridges and through the forests that gives out a feeling that a warrior will peer from behind the trees at any time. Today, Titova vas is well arranged. The recently renovated partisan camp takes you on a walk down the history lane.

More about Titova vas.

Memorials of the National Liberation War in the municipality of Žirovnica

Crossing the Peč ridge

Mountain range: the last ridge of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps

Peaks:
Brin vrh (715m)
Mali Vrh (863m)
Veža (837m)
Gosjak (814m)
Gosjaška peč (883m)
Vrh (868m)
Jecola (1,080m)
The peak of Peč also known as Smokuški vrh (1,122m)
Pleče (1,131m)

The trails from all villages in the municipality of Žirovnica lead to the Peč ridge. It rises among the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, from Lipje through Peč and all the way to the Smokuški vrh peak. The trail across the ridge is beautiful and interesting. Mountain paths and the forest invite us to activities, while benches call for rest and taking in the magnificent views.

The ridge is also called “The balcony of Žirovnica”. The sights that are revealed along the trail, steal your attention and your heart. Stop for a moment and take a deep breath. The air is completely different – mountainous and better.