The Koroška region is highly respected as the cradle of the Slovenian nation. Once, a huge area became two: Kärnten (in Austria) and Koroška (in Slovenia) after the referendum. It was once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but after World War I, this region became a point of dispute. As a result, what was once a single region became part of two different countries adjacent to each other.
For those who travel to Slovenia to admire the beauty of nature, the region offers itself as an idyllic destination. Plenty of hiking trails cross the mountainous, forested landscapes. Traditional rafting on the Drava is the most popular recreational program. Rafting tours are launched from Javnik and Gortina.
It includes three valleys - the Mislinja, the Drava and the Meza - and three mountain ranges - the Savinja Alps, the Karavanke and the Pohorje Mountains.
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The Slovenj Gradec, Ravne na Koroškem and Drava agglomerations form the centre of the Koroška region. The largest settlements in its hinterland are scattered, and the region is also home to the highest economies in Slovenia.
The economic, administrative and cultural centre of the region is Slovenj Gradec. The remaining traces of its rich historical past can be seen in the Regional Museum. The city has a historic role in international relations, which has been recognized with an award for cities that send a message of peace.
Ravne na Koroškem
Ravne na Koroškem was formed below Mount Urslja at the lower reaches of the river Meza. Until the end of World War II, its name was Gustanj, and its history has been defined by iron and steel for many centuries. Its most important attraction is the outdoor sculpture collection called Forma Viva, which consists of steel works of art in keeping with the city's traditions.
The Koroška region has always been closely connected to the Drava. Although the locals no longer travel on rafts, the river played an indispensable role in the development of many cities. There is also a city called Drava, named after the river.
Between the two world wars, it was characterized by strong industrialization and its development during the communist period. Its attraction is the Church of St. John, mentioned in a 14th-century source. It was rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries when it received its present-day Baroque appearance.
The Slovenian Mountain Road crosses the Koroška region, passing through hills, valleys and mountains. It’s just as beautiful in the spring as in the fall.
- The unspoilt landscapes and dense forests of the Peca and Raduha mountains can be explored through a complete network of hiking trails. Peca is one of the most beautiful mountains in Slovenia, a 4-hour walk away.
- At 1020-meter Plat, hikers will also encounter a historical attraction, a small chapel from the 15th century with beautiful baroque decoration inside.
- The road leads through pastures and farms to the peak of Raduha, at 2062 meters. It is worth interrupting the trip with several rest periods while tasting the traditional dishes and recharging the beautiful panorama.
The countryside is also ideal for mountain biking. The designated routes touch the most beautiful parts of Koroška. Slovenia's first mountain bike park was established in 1995 in Crna na Koroškem. This village was built at the confluence of 7 valleys; its passes are very good for off-road cycling.
Dark forests and slopes ideal for skiing symbolize Pohorje. On some slopes, the ski season starts mid-November and lasts until spring.
The countryside has served as a mining centre for centuries. The Mezica mine, converted into a museum, is reminiscent of these times. It allows us to see the abandoned tunnels under Mount Peca.
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