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Ajdna nad Potoki

Mountain range: Karawanks
Height: 1,046m

Ajdna is one of the most famous archaeological sites of the Late Antiquity in Slovenia. This rocky hillside on the south slope of Mt. Stol, shaped like a tooth, was a shelter for the settlers in the 5th and 6th centuries when northern nations started invading these places. It was a very difficult ascent, however, only possible on foot. The view is so rewarding, as it stretches to the Julian Alps and Lake Bled.

The story and the objects found in the excavations, led by the archaeologist Milan Sagadin, stir one’s imagination. A special mystery is the tomb of a young female that was buried with her jewelry. Was this the remarkable Heathen Maiden? The bronze bird, that is in the heart of the exhibition at the Čop house, cannot give us the answer, however, it invites you to climb up the Ajdna peak.

Mountain hut Valvasorjev dom

Mountain range: Karawanks
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 on the south slope of Belščica.

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

The mountain hut at the source of the Završnica stream

Mountain range: Karawanks
Height: 1,425m

The mountain hut at the Završnica stream spring is positioned on an idyllic meadow on Smokuška planina mountain pasture below Begunjščica. Surrounded by forests and white peaks, it is a true mountain paradise. At the house 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 you might find a crumb that Hansel and Gretel left behind.

The Prešernova koča mountain hut on Mt. Stol

Mountain range: Karawanks
Height: 2,174m

Would you like to feel the zeal of the king of the world? Climb up the Mt. Stol! Before your eyes, the mysterious forests of Gorjanci, Kamnik–Savinja Alps, Snežnik, the blue Lake Bled, Jelovica, Pokljuka and other green jewels unveil.
When the sky is clear, you can see the white Ljubljana in the distance from the pleasant mountainous shadows in front of the Prešeren mountain hut. 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: Karawanks
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 hut as a hiding place from the Turkish invasions.

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

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 a secret partisan camp could be set up below the Smokuški vrh peak. It had its own newspaper, a choir and everyday objects during the Second World War.

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

Crossing Mt Peč

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 the villages in Žirovnica lead to the ridge. It rises among the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, from Lipje through Peč and all the way to the Smokuški vrh peak. The trail through the ridge is beautiful and interesting. Mountain paths and the forest invite our steps, while benches call for rests and taking in the views.

The ridge is also called “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.