Kranjska Gora is one of Slovenia's most beautiful alpine towns, among the mountains and icy lakes of the Triglav National Park. The popular tourist town is one of the largest ski resorts in the country in winter and a popular hiking destination in summer.

The area has a real alpine atmosphere, where everything is about nature, tranquillity, and relaxation. There are endless opportunities for exploration. From the many hiking trails, one can find easy routes around Lake Jasna and the Zelenci Reserve, intermediate climbs to Martuljek and Pericnik Falls, and challenging trails to the surrounding peaks.

River Sava originates here (Sava Dolinka) and crosses the village. Kranjska Gora is bordered on the north by the Karavanke while on the south by the Julian Alps.

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Kranjska Gora is the name not only of the town but also of the surrounding area.

Kranjska Gora Details
Country Slovenia
Location Triglav National Park, Gorenjska region
Bovec distance 45 mins / 50 km
Ljubljana distance 1 hour / 85 km
What's it known for? Ski and hiking paradise close to the border
Website kranjska-gora.si
Slovenia's highest mountain is Mount Triglav. Many who climb the peak stay in Kranjska Gora because all of the starting points of the hike (Krma and Vrata valleys) can be reached easily by car from here.

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Where is Kranjska Gora?

Address, map, distance, approach, getting there

The resort town is located in the northern part of the Triglav National Park, close to the Italian and Austrian border. It's almost halfway from Bled to Bovec. Part of the Gorenjska region.

  • Distance from Ljubljana: 85 km / 1 hour
  • Distance from Bled: 40 km / 30 mins
  • Distance from Bovec: 48 km / 45 mins
Kranjska Gora - Ljubljana distance

History of Kranjska Gora

According to written sources, the town was settled in the 11th century and became an important commercial point as early as the 14th century. Here a major trade route led to Tarvisio (Italy).

It has had city privileges since 1848. In 1870, the railway line between Ljubljana and Tarvisio was completed (passing through the town). With this, the development of Kranjska Gora started.

Establishment of the ski resort

The ski resort of Kranjska Gora put it on the map. The city owes its growth to winter tourism dating back several years.

Every year, the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup series, also known as the Vitranc Cup, hosts events for slalom and downhill skiing.

In the well-known Tamar Valley is the Planica ski jumping, the Nordic Center Planica - which is located south of the city.

Kranjska Gora ski resort map

Attractions

Let's take a look at the top attractions in Kranjska Gora that can't be missed on any holiday.

#1 Lake Jasna

5 mins / 2.3 km

Lake Jasna, or Jezero Jasna, is the closest attraction to the city. The lake, which is also suitable for bathing, attracts tourists in summer. You can go hiking and cycling around the artificial lake - although many people just come out to relax, sunbathe, and picnic.

  • Slovenian name: Jezero Jasna
  • Distance from the center: 5 minutes / 2.3 km
  • Address: Jezero Jasna, 4280 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

#2 Zelenci Reserve

5 minutes / 5 km

One of the symbols of Slovenia, one of the sources of the river Sava, the Naravni Rezervat Zelenci, is quite close to the city. The reserve is protected as it plays an important role in maintaining the ecosystem of the area.

  • Slovenian name: Naravni rezervat Zelenci
  • Distance to the centre: 5 minutes / 5 km
  • Address: Jezero Jasna, 4280 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
  • Opening hours: 00:00 - 24:00
  • Admission: free

#3 Martuljek gorge and waterfalls

12 minutes / 5.5 km

Martuljek Falls is a waterfall system consisting of two waterfalls. A narrow gorge leads to the falls, which were formed by the river Martuljek in Mount Martuljek - also known as Mount Spik.

The hike is intermediate to the Lower Waterfall. Upper Falls is more difficult to reach as this route is more technical. Many go only to the first cascade so that one attracts more leisure hikers.

  • Slovenian name: Martuljek slapovi
  • Distance from the center: 12 minutes / 5.5 km
  • Address: Martuljek slapovi, 4282 Gozd Martuljek, Slovenia

#4 Pericnik waterfalls

19 km / 28 min

Peričnik Waterfalls are considered to be the most beautiful waterfall in Slovenia. The falls are located in the direction of Bled, in the dense, wooded part of the park. It can only be reached on foot. The hike is not too long, but the terrain is a bit steep.

The famous two cascades are a little further away from Kranjska Gora (30 mins by car).

  • Slovenian name: Slap Peričnik
  • Distance to Kranjska Gora: 19 km / 28 minutes
  • Address: Slap Pericnik, 4281 Mojstrana, Slovenia

#5 Vrsic Pass (1,611 m)

13 km / 24 min

The Vrsic Pass is one of the most beautiful mountain attractions in the area and the second most visited pass after the Mangart Saddle (40 km from Kranjska Gora). The pass is located at an altitude of 1,611 meters.

  • Slovenian name: Vršič
  • Distance to Kranjska Gora: 13 km / 24 minutes
  • Address: Vršič, 5232 Soča, Slovenia

Tip: On the way to the Vrsic Pass, on the side of Mount Prisank, is an attraction called The Pagan Girl - a natural formation. The masterpiece is clearly visible from the mountain cabin “Poštarski dom” in Vršič.

Read more: Vrsic pass guide

#6 Russian Chapel

7 km / 12 min

The wooden Russian chapel near the Vršič Pass was built by Russian prisoners of war during World War I. They wanted to commemorate their peers who fell in an avalanche while building a road over the Vršič Pass.

There is also a small cemetery nearby.

  • Slovenian name: Ruska kapelica
  • Distance to Kranjska Gora: 7 km / 12 minutes
  • Address: Vršiška cesta 83, 4280 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
  • Opening hours: 0:00 - 24:00
  • Admission: free

#7 Radovna Valley

19 km / 25 min

Next to Pericnik Falls, you will find the Radovna valley. The alpine valley is surrounded by the northern extent of the Pokljuka plateau, the foothills of Mount Triglav, and the highest peak of the Mežakla plateau, the Jerebikovec. The largest settlement in the valley is Zgornja Radovna.

The Radovna River flows through it, which also transforms the famous Vintgar Gorge. In the valley, you will also find Lake Kreda, which you can admire not only from the shore, but you can swim in the lake.

Tip: The valley is a great destination for cycling. Rent an electric bike in the area and head to the valley.

  • Slovenian name: dolina Radovne
  • Distance to Kranjska Gora: 19 km / 25 minutes
  • Address: Dolina Radovne, 4281 Mojstrana, Slovenia

#8 Planica Valley

9 km / 11 min

Next to the Zelenci Reserve is the Planica Valley - which is also home to the ski jump. In winter, in summer it is an ideal destination for family hiking, romantic activities, skiing, and biking.

An extended, narrower section of the valley is the Tamar Valley. So, you can only get into the Tamar Valley through the Planica.

Ledine lake

One of the most beautiful sights of the valley is the Ledine lake below the village of Rateče. The lava lake fills with water in spring and autumn during all heavy rains.

During the summer the lake dries out and disappears. In winter, it freezes several times and can be used for ice skating.

  • Distance to Kranjska Gora: 19 km / 25 minutes
  • Address: Dolina Radovne, 4281 Mojstrana, Slovenia
Planica Ski Jump

#9 Tamar Valley

12 km / 25 min

The Tamar Valley is a continuation of a beautiful glacier valley, the Planica Valley. Public transport in the valley is not allowed, so hiking here will give you a quiet, relaxing experience.

It is also impossible to drive by car, so it is most convenient to park in Planica. It is about a 1-hour walk from Tamar.

Nadiza Falls

Before the Sava Dolinka comes to the surface in Zelenci Park, Nadiza sees the light of day for the first time.

The lake in the Tamar Valley is approx. It can be reached within a 20-minute tour (approx. 1 km). The route is popular and well signposted.

  • Slovenian name: slap Nadiža
  • Distance to Kranjska Gora: 12 km / 25 minutes
  • Address: Nadiža, 4283 Rateče Planica, Slovenia

#10 Krma Valley

23 km / 40 min

The name Krma Valley certainly sounds familiar to those who have already climbed Mount Triglav or flirting with the idea. The picturesque valley not only offers a fabulous hiking trail but is also the starting point for one of the routes to the mountain (the easiest one I might add).

In winter, lovers of ski touring and snowshoeing come here.

  • Slovenian name: Krma
  • Distance to Kranjska Gora: 23 km / 40 minutes
  • Address: Krma, 4247 Zgornje Gorje, Slovenia

#11 Vrata Valley

21 km / 30 min

Located in the heart of the Julian Alps, the Vrata Valley leads to the foot of the highest (northern) wall of Mount Triglav. It is the largest valley transformed by a glacier on the northern side of the Slovenian Alps. The Vrata Valley stretches from Mojstrana to the northern Triglav Wall.

The most spectacular sight of the valley is the Peričnik waterfall.

  • Slovenian name: Vrata
  • Distance to Kranjska Gora: 21 km / 30 minutes
  • Address: Vrata, 4281 Mojstrana, Slovenia
Vratna Valley, near Kranjska Gora (town of Mojstrana on the pic)

#12 Pisnica Valley

4.5 km / 10 min

Starting from Lake Jasna you can get to the lesser-known Pisnica Valley. The 5 km long valley is not only fabulous but also contains a remnant of a primeval forest with one of the oldest and strongest larches in Europe.

The old hiking path leading in the valley is closed because it collapsed 30 years ago as a result of an earthquake. Still, at the beginning of the valley, you can hike on easy terrain. But when you reach the closure, the path will be trickier. If you want to explore the whole valley (4-5 hours), do so only if you are a hiker with a routine - because the terrain is difficult and technical.

There are several waterfalls at the end of the valley, the highest of which is the 30-meter Mala Pisnica waterfall.

  • Distance to Kranjska Gora: 4.5 km / 10 minutes
Pisnica valley in Kranjska Gora
Read more: Pisnica valley

#13 Mangart saddle

40 km / 1 hour

A bit further away, you can find the magnificent Mangart saddle. As the mountain can be found halfway to Bovec, many combine the two programs: visit Bovec, and see the highest panoramic road in the country.  

On the 2679 m high Mangart mountain, you will find the saddle on 2055 meter. You can get here on the panoramic road, which is famous among cyclists and motorbikes as well.

  • Kranjska Gora distance: 40 km / 1 hour

#14 Prisank window (Prisojnik)

In addition to the Pagan Girl, Prisank offers another natural attraction. The front window on the upper edge of the northern wall of the Prisank is the most famous rock window in the Julian Alps. The window is 80 m high and about 40 m wide.

It was a collapse that expanded into its current form due to the weather. The window is even visible from the road. However, if you drive from Vršič along the ridge to the top of Mount Prisank, the path leads past the window.

  • Slovenian name: Prisankovo ​​okno

#15 Bike Park Kranjska Gora

2 km / 5 mins

The bike park, open from April to mid-November, has open gates seven days a week. In the park, you can not only choose from tracks of different difficulty and techniques, but you can also rent a bike. So even if you don't want to take your own bike, you can still enjoy the paths offered by the park.

  • Family-trail
  • DH: classic downhill track
  • Luft Waffel: which contains mainly acrobatic elements, so you can spend as much time as possible in the air.

One day's admission is around €27, and an all-day bike rental is around €55.

  • Address: Borovška cesta 107, 4280 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
  • Distance from Kranjska Gora: 2 km
  • Admission: ~ 27 euros
  • Bike rental: ~ 55 euros

You can find Bike Park’s website here.

#16 Tarvisio, Italy

22 km / 25 min

25 minutes from Kranjska Gora, you will find Tarvisio, one of the most charming Italian towns in Italy. The alpine village is a ski resort in winter and a hiking and biking paradise in summer (with many nearby attractions). The town on the Italian-Slovenian-Austrian border is a cultural center between the three countries.

With a short drive, you can reach the Fusine Lakes, Predil Pass, Lake Predil, or the Fontanone Di Goriuda Falls.

  • Distance to Kranjska Gora: 22 km / 25 minutes

#17 Fusine Lakes, Italy

14 km / 20 mins

If you don’t relocate to the Italian side of the Julian Alps, your reward will be none other than Fusine’s two fabulous lakes, the Laghi di Fusine. The lakes are only 14 km and 18 minutes from the center of Kranjska Gora. The two alpine lakes are famous for their fabulous colors.

Take about 1.5 to 2 hours to walk around the lake.

Of course, once we are here, we can also move on to Tarvisio, which is also the nearest Italian ski resort - in the summer we can of course hike.

  • Italian name: Laghi di Fusine
  • Distance from Kranjska Gora: 13.8 km / 20 minutes
  • Address: 33018 Tarvisio, Province of Udine, Italy
  • Opening hours: 0:00 - 24:00
Fusine lakes - Tarvisio, Italy

Mountains of Kranjska Gora

List of major mountain peaks in the area:

  • Rusica, 2,096 m
  • Spik, 2,472 m
  • Stenar, 2,244 m
  • Skrlatica, 2 740 m
  • Razor, 2,601 m
  • Prisojnik, 2,547 m
  • Robicje, 1,941
  • Jalovec, 2,645 m