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Ajdna above Potoki village

Mountain range: Karavanke
Height: 1,046m

Ajdna is one of the most prominent archaeological findings of Late Antiquity in Slovenia.  In the 5th and 6th centuries, during attacks by the northern tribes, locals took refuge on the rocky slopes of Mt. Stol, from where there are expansive views of the Julian Alps and Lake Bled. The ascent to Ajdna was very difficult, and was only possible on foot.

The artefacts and objects found during archaeological excavations, stir 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 provide the answer; instead, it invites you to ascend to the rocky peak of Ajdna to experience its 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 unspoilt nature have placed the Valvasorjev dom 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 the Belščica mountain pasture.

In the embrace of green nature, with your lungs full of fresh mountain air, you can admire the villages of Upper Gorenjska 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 reaching 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 the 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 mountains that will refresh you and provide young hikers with an outdoor playground.

In summer, herders take their cattle to graze on the pastures surrounding the spring. The trail to the hut is as pleasant as the meadows that surround it.

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 Mt. Stol –  the highest summit of the Karavanke range! On a clear day, from the summit there are views over almost the entire country – to the mysterious Gorjanci forests, the Kamnik–Savinja Alps, Mt. Snežnik, the emerald blue Lake Bled, the Jelovica and Pokljuka plateaus, Ljubljana, and many of Slovenia’s other green jewels of nature.

Though long and steep in places, the trail leading to the hut is not technically difficult, and the amazing views and delicious homemade food available at the hut makes it well worth the effort. 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 explores its hidden corners and in places you can peer through stone slits for a seemingly-real glimpse into the past. Many centuries ago, women and children retreated to the cave to seek refuge from Turkish invaders.

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

Tito’s Village (Titova vas)

The forest around Tito’s Village (Titova vas) is unspoilt and mighty. A secret partisan camp was set up below the peak of Smokuški vrh in a remote, hidden and relatively inaccessible location. The camp had its own newspaper, a choir, butchery and everything needed for 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 forest that gives a feeling that a warrior will appear from behind the trees at any time. Today, Titova vas is well arranged and the recently renovated partisan camp takes you on a walk down history lane.

 

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)

There are trails from all villages in the municipality of Žirovnica leading 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. In places there are benches that beckon for rest and a chance to take 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, take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh mountain air.