This town is lying on the Kroparica stream, still carries the mark of its former prosperity as an ironworking town from the 18th century. The oldest smelting furnace in Slovenia which dates from the 13th century was discovered in Kropa. In addition, two iron forges are small wooden huts which the people of Kropa used in the 19th century for forging different nails and from where their ironworks were operated. The history of mining, forging and ironworkimg is presented in the Forging Museum (+386 4 / 533 67 17). A well-preserved forge is part of a museum complex. This old tradition is continued today by the UKO company which is well known for its artistic wrought iron products.
This is the birthplace of the greatest Slovenian poet, Dr. France Prešeren. In the house of his birth there is now a museum collection containing furnishings from the poet’s times (+386 4 / 580 20 92). On the edge of the village stands the Gothic church of St. Mark which is interesting to view with its frescoes by Friulian painters from the 15th century and images by Jernej of Loka dating from the 16th century.
Žirovnica is a settlement in the northern part of the Radovljica basin, with the Gothic church of St. Martin, built in the 15th century. Matija Čop, linguist, literary historian and librarian, was born in Žirovnica. There is a collection of archaeological studies in the house of his birth at Ajdna, a late-antiquity stronghold which lies above Potoki, north of Žirovnica (+386 4 / 580 20 92).
This is a mountain tourist resort and an important winter sports centre which lies in the upper part of the valley of Sava Dolinka. Especially in summer, it is an important point of departure for hikers with the beginning of many mountain paths being located here. In Kranjska Gora you can see a real alpine house with an outbuilding dating from the 28th century, known as the Liznjek Homestead (+386 4 / 586 25 82).
Information: Kranjska Gora Tourist Association, tel. +386 4 / 588 17 68
Slovenian’s highest mountain pass at an altitude of 1661 m, connects Kranjska Gora with Trenta, the upper part of the Soča valley. The winding road, which runs over Vršič, was built during World War 1 by Russian prisoners of war for soldiers on the Austro-Hungarian side of the Soča front, near the road, a little above the Mihov Dom Hut, a Russian Chapel stands today. It was built in memory of Russian prisoners of war who were buried beneath an avalanche and all others who died during the construction of the road. Vršič with its mountain huts is also the starting point for many backpacking and climbing tours.
Trenta is the valley from which springs the source of the Soča river. It is a place of unspoiled nature with a healthy if harsh climate. Natural and cultural sights are located along the entire length of the valley and you can choose between various points of interest including: the Kugy monument, the source of the Soča river, the Mlinarica trough, the Alpinum Juliana botanical garden, and the Triglav National Park information centre at Log. The centre features an interesting presentation of Slovenia’s only National Park with an accompanying collection of folk art. Tel.: +386 5 / 388 93 30.
The Vrata valley and the Aljažev dom
A well-maintained gravel road leads through Mojstrana into the 10 km long Vrata valley, just below the mighty rocky walls of Slovenian’s highest mountain, Triglav (2864m). Above the Koča pri Peričniku (Mountain Hut) you can visit the Peručnik double waterfall – the lower waterfall, which is visible from the road, is 52 m high, with the upper one being 16 m high. Almost at the end of Vrata there is the Aljažev dom (Mountain Hut), a point of departure for mountain hiking. The location of the hut enables many enjoyable activities and is within easy access to many joyful undertakings. For example you may choose to go walking in the nearby alpine pastures, visit the monument to fallen Partisan mountaineers, or even venture to the foot of the North Face of Triglav which stands mightily at 1200 m high and 3 km wide.