Juliana Trail – Julian Alps – Žirovnica

This circular, long-distance hiking trail doesn’t conquer mountain tops, instead it leads you in a respectful distance of the peaks along the edge of the Julian Alps and Triglav National Park. It takes you where you will feel the real pulse of life in the Julian Alps and learn about the rich natural and cultural heritage of this magnificent and astonishing alpine world that abounds in biodiversity. The total length of the trail is over 270 km, it is divided into suggested daily stages. Each stage is designed in a way that in the place where each section of the trail begins or ends, it is possible to stay overnight and food/drink is available to purchase. Where possible, stages of the trail begin at train or bus stations, which enables easy access and sustainable mobility, and offers a choice of start and end points of the route.

The aim of the trail isn’t to climb the rocky summits of Slovenian mountains but rather to enjoy the beauty of the Julian Alps from valleys and viewpoints in its foothills. Therefore, it primarily addresses hikers who are interested in natural and cultural heritage and genuine contact with the local population.

The trail connects the ten municipalities in the area of the Julian Alps, these are Kranjska Gora, Jesenice, Žirovnica, Radovljica, Bled, Gorje, Bohinj, Tolmin, Kobarid and Bovec.

A part of the long-distance Juliana Trail runs through municipality of Žirovnica. The third stage of the trail starts in the ironworks town of Jesenice, leads over Dobraško polje and over the Sava Dolinka River to the villages beneath Mt. Stol in Žirovnica. The stage ends in Begunje.

When in Žirovnica, Juliana Trail runs mostly along the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage, one of the oldest theme paths in Slovenia. At the start of the path you can visit the Čop’s Birth House with the Ajdna Museum Room and Matija Čop’s Memorial Room. The exceptional cultural, beekeeping and literary heritage of the area, presented in the light-hearted documentary film titled ‘There is No Fairer Place’ can be viewed in the former living area. From Žirovnica, the third stage continues through the villages of Selo, Zabreznica and Breznica, where the trail leads past the famous Janša’s Memorial Apiary, to the village of Doslovče. In Doslovče the trail ascends to the pasture above the village, where spectaculars views of Bled and the Julian Alps with Mt. Triglav, awaits you. Above the village of Smokuč, Juliana Trail leaves the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage and ascends to the Sankaška koča Mountain Hut and the nearby extraordinary viewpoint of St. Peter near Begunje. In the final part, from the Church of St. Peter, the stage follows the narrow Peter’s Trail, descending to Begunje, famous for Slavko Avsenik-the symbol of Slovenian national folk music, where the third stage of the Juliana Trail finishes.


The third stage of the Juliana long-distance Trail is marked as a moderate hiking trail, as it mostly runs along local roads through the villages. However, the ascent from Smokuč to the church of St. Peter is demanding, and the descent to Begunje leads along a narrow path. Special care is needed, especially if the path is wet. The 15.6 km long stage can be traversed in 4,5 hours, with 431 m of ascent and 427 m of descent. We recommend hiking shoes, season-appropriate clothing and walking poles.