Next to the Velika Planina in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, you will find an alpine valley and the town of Kamniška Bistrica. The area is famous because the 33 km long Bistrica River comes to the surface as 3 separate springs. It is a real paradise for hikers, as the high peaks of the Alps surround the valley.

Hiking in the valley, you can feel that water is present everywhere. Most of the time, you will follow the Bistrica stream, but there are places where it comes in front of you in the form of a waterfall or a dam; it has even squeezed itself into the gorges to form grooves and pools.

The slopes surrounding the valley are dotted with caves that were used first as hiding places by 18th and 19th-century roadblocks and then by war deserters.

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Kamniska Bistrica Details
Country Slovenia
Location Kamnik-Savinja Alps, Kamnik
Ljubljana distance 40 mins / 45 km
Opening hours 0:00 - 24:00
Admission 0 euro (free)
Hike duration 3 - 5 hours
Attractions nearby Velika Planina, Mt Grintovec, Mt Jezerska Kočna

Map - Where is Kamniska Bistrica?

Address, map, distance, contact, getting there, parking

The town and the valley are located in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, in the northern part of Slovenia in the Kamnik district. From Ljubljana, it can be reached in 45 minutes.

If you want to hike through the valley, you have to drive to the village of Zgornje Stranje and park there.

Kamniska Bistrica map - Ljubljana distance


The valley holds many natural attractions, the most popular of which is the main source of the Bistrica River and the smaller Mali Izvirek spring, the Veliki Predaselj, Mali Predaselj gorges, and the Orglice waterfall. The waterfall is 30 meters high and is the largest waterfall in the area.

It is also worth visiting the memorial park in memory of the deceased Slovenian climbers and the hunting lodge designed by architect Jože Plečnik for King Alexander I of Yugoslavia.


Hiking in Kamniska Bistrica gorge, Slovenia

Kozelj hiking trail

Almost the entire length of the valley can be traversed on an easy forest path called the Koželj Trail. The trail starts from the village of Zgornje Stranje and ends at the Alpin hut Planinski dom.

The road also passes by the bridge crossing the river, which is one of the most photographed attractions in the valley.

The hike takes you on a scenic path above and next to the river - on one side and the other. Our journey also passes through the two most famous gorges of the valley (Mali Predaselj and Veliki Predaselj).

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starting point: Zgornje Stranje
  • Endpoint: Planinski dom tourist house
The valley is also popular with cyclists, as the asphalt road along the valley leads up to the mountain hut.

Hiking and mountaineering from Kamniška Bistrica

The perfection of the valley is a starting point even if you desire higher and are willing to take more challenging routes to do so.

The Alpine huts on the Kamniško sedlo (1,864 m) and Kokrsko sedlo (1,793 m) passes are reached by relatively short mountain trails.

From here you can get to the surrounding mountains on more difficult and strenuous hikes. Some more notable peaks:

  • Grintovec (2,558 m) - approx. 9 hours tour length
  • Brana (2,252 m)
  • Jezerska Kocna (2,540 m)
  • Planjava (2,394 m)
  • Ojstrica (2,350 m)
  • Skuta (2532 m)
From the valley, you can take the cable car up to Velika Planina, which is the largest alpine pasture in Europe.

Dom v Kamniski Bistrici hut

Dom v Kaminski Bistrici (600 m) is open from April to the end of September. The hut has 36 beds, and you can also have lunch here.

  • Address: Kamniška Bistrica 9, 1242 Stahovica


You can recommend Kamp Alpe for camping. You can also get a tent or arrive by caravan. There are also chalets for rent where you can stay.

  • Address: Kamniška Bistrica 2, 1242 Stahovica, Slovenia