A cultural mountain town surrounded by nature and close to the borders with Italy and Austria, holidays to Kranjska Gora are unlike anywhere else in Europe.
High up in Slovenia’s Julian Alps, Kranjska Gora is a mountain town bursting with culture and surrounded by scenic landscapes and walks.
There's plenty to do in Kranjska Gora, whether you’re listening to traditional Slovenian music at a pavement café or strolling up to Lake Jasna, with its crystal waters and rugged mountain views. And with a local museum and beautiful frescoed church in the town centre, you can learn all about Slovenian culture without having to roam too far.
The Austrian and Italian borders are close by and the three cultures have blended into one, combining Italian and Austrian cuisine and hospitality with genuine Slovenian charm. The borders are a two-hour walk, so you can visit three countries in one holiday if you’re feeling fit. But if that’s a little too far, there are lots of walking trails that start in Kranjska Gora, and wind through the forests and meadows that the area is known for.
Out and about
• Cycle routes
• Indoor pool
• Tennis courts
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Things to See and Do in Kranjska Gora
Kranjska Gora doesn't have any bathing lakes nearby, but if you take a short walk out of town, you'll come across Lake Jasna - two interconnected, artificial lakes at the confluence of the Velika Pišnica and Mala Pišnica streams.
Lake Jasna beaches
The lake itself is pretty small, but it's surrounded with small stretches of sandy beaches that are perfect for relaxing and sunbathing.
Splish, splash, splosh
You can also swim in this clear, blue lake. There are lots of small piers to jump off of, plus a wooden tower at one end of the lake that's great for getting a good view.
Kranjska Gora is relatively small and its restaurants are spread out, so you can incorporate them into your walks through the pretty, traditional town. A local speciality is buckwheat fritters with cottage cheese, and you must try kremšnita, Bled’s famous cream cake.
Inventive Italian fare at the Restaurant Lipa
On the edge of town is the Restaurant Lipa, serving up inventive and creative dishes that take inspiration from traditional Italian and European cuisines. To boast their culinary diversity, they have over 20 different stonebaked pizzas on the menu, as well as an impressive dessert platter.
Afternoon tea at Slascicarna Kala
Further down the road is the famous Slascicarna Kala, a small cake shop selling large slices of cake, pie and strudel alongside proper English tea. The cheap eats make it a great stop after a day exploring the area, and they usually offer complimentary blueberry liqueur with most purchases.
Opulent occasions at the Skipass Hotel Restaurant
Ideal for a celebration or romantic meal is the Skipass Hotel Restaurant. It's more expensive than most other restaurants in town but it's an excellent fine dining option. The restaurant itself is large and sophisticated, and the chefs personally bring you your food – every dish is like a work of art.
Kranjska Gora is a relatively small town – you can walk from one end to the other in around 15 minutes – with a car-free main square full of pavement cafés to tickle your fancy.
The nearest station to Kranjska Gora is Jesenice, which can be accessed by a bus that runs once an hour. From the station you can reach various parts of Slovenia, as well as some cities in Austria.
There’s only one bus stop in Kranjska Gora, and it’s located between the Hotel Skipass and the Pension Lipa. From here, a frequent bus service runs to nearby resorts including Bled.
Between July and August, the Vitranc 1 chairlift operates daily from 9am to 5pm. In May, June and September it only operates three days a week. The lift takes you halfway up the mountain, giving you beautiful views of the Julian Alps and Triglav National Park.
With the Julian Alps and Triglav National Park on your doorstep, Kranjska Gora is an excellent place to explore on foot. If you want to stay close to town, you can stroll to Lake Jasna to see the mythical Zlatorog statue, or simply wander through the nearby forests and meadows. For something a bit different, the Zelenci Nature Reserve is home to many unusual animals and plants, and is a lovely place to spend the day. More demanding walks will take you up to the Vršič Pass, or across the border to Italy or Austria.
To Lake Jasna
This easygoing walk is a good one for your first day in Kranjska Gora. Head south out of town and follow the trail through the trees. The bridge over the River Pisnica is a picturesque place to stop for photos and, from there, it’s less that 200m to Lake Jasna. Spend some time strolling around the lake, among the bridges, pontoons and jumping towers – all backed by beautiful views of the Julian Alps.
Through the meadows to Podkoren
A walk through the meadows is sure to put a smile on any face. From town, head north and follow route 3. Wander along the path that runs parallel to the river – and keep an eye out for the ostrich that lives in a pen nearby. When you reach Podkoren, you can stop at a café for a drink and snack before starting back.
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