5 reasons to visit Kranjska Gora and surroundings

Visit Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

When planning your visit to gorgeous Slovenia, you might overlook the beauty and general awesomeness of the north-western tip of the country, namely the area around Kranjska Gora. Located by the triple border with Austria and Italy, this region is famous for its picturesque towns, dramatic landscape and crystal-clear lakes. Below you’ll find 5 good reasons and cool activities to convince you to visit Kranjska Gora and its surroundings: 

Admire the Triglav Mountains from up-close

As you approach Kranjska Gora on your way from Lake Bled, you will be accompanied by the majestic Triglav Mountains all the way. At first, you might notice them south of the road in the distance. Then, as you approach the city, you will soon find yourself at their feet.

Triglav Mountains, visit Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Triglav Mountains, visit Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Triglav Mountains, visit Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

If you’re interested in further venturing into the adventurous scenery the Triglav Mountains offer, you can do so by bike. Slovenia has an extensive collection of biking trails in some of the most scenic areas of the country. So if you adore cycling, there’s no better place to practice it than whilst visiting the Kranjska Gora area!

Triglav Mountains, visit Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Triglav Mountains, visit Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Explore the Sava Valley at Zelenci Natural Reserve

Before you visit Kranjska Gora, take a short detour to check out Zelenci Nature Reserve. This protected natural area is made up of swamps, springs and remarkable lakes, giving home to numerous rare plant and animal species. It is also the source of the grandiose Sava Dolinka River. The most photogenic attraction in the entire nature reserve is the charming Lake Zelenci, boasting emerald waters with the Triglav Mountains serving as its backdrop, best viewed from the bird-watching station situated above the lake. It is a great destination for a lovely picnic, doing some hiking or simply some quality R&R.

Zelenci Nature Reserve, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Zelenci Nature Reserve, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Zelenci Nature Reserve, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Zelenci Nature Reserve, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Take a walk in Kranjska Gora

When you visit Kranjska Gora region, there’s no better place to stay a few days than in the city bearing the same name. It offers an excellent base for exploring the area, boasting a handful of inviting hotels, nice restaurants serving delicious food and a stunning Old Town, ideal for a leisurely stroll.

visit Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Chill by the banks of Lake Jasna

By driving further up the mountains from Kranjska Gora, you’ll soon encounter two sparkling lakes by the side of the road. Lake Jasna is made up of two interconnected artificial lakes by the Pišnica River. Since you’re closer to the gorgeous Triglav Mountains than ever before, the area becomes even more dramatic. The scenery is gorgeous in itself and even more beautiful during the autumn months when the leaves of the forest start changing color. Lake Jasna is an iconic stopping point when you visit Kranjska Gora and its surroundings, so make sure you include it in your itinerary. Here are some photos to prove it:

Visit Kranjska Gora, Lake Jasna, Slovenia

Visit Kranjska Gora, Lake Jasna, Slovenia

Visit Kranjska Gora, Lake Jasna, Slovenia

Visit Kranjska Gora, Lake Jasna, Slovenia

Visit Kranjska Gora, Lake Jasna, Slovenia

Visit Kranjska Gora, Lake Jasna, Slovenia

Visit Kranjska Gora, Lake Jasna, Slovenia

Visit Kranjska Gora, Lake Jasna, Slovenia

Visit Kranjska Gora, Lake Jasna, Slovenia

Visit Kranjska Gora, Lake Jasna, Slovenia

Visit Kranjska Gora, Lake Jasna, Slovenia

 

Drive through Vršič Pass

Conclude your trip by driving through the emblematic Vršič Mountain Pass, the highest of its kind in the Eastern Julian Alps with a maximum elevation of 1,611 meters. Drivers and motorcyclists alike will surely enjoy the serpentine road made up of 50 different hairpin turns, definitely elevating your adrenaline. We missed out on this one because it was snowing when we were there (the mountain pass is closed in dire weather conditions), and we’ve been regretting it ever since. So make sure you don’t miss out on this adventurous ride through the Triglav Mountains during your visit to Kranjska Gora!

Vrsic Pass, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

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