Things to do in Kranjska Gora
Popular ski resort
The town of Kranjska Gora, situated in the Julian Alps in the north of Slovenia, lies in a valley close to both Italy and Austria. The town's surroundings are breathtaking both in the lush greens of summer and the crisp and pure whites of winter. Although Kranjska Gora is most famous as a winter sports town, and hosts several events of the Alpine Skiing World Cup series every year, don't think that's all this unique resort has to offer.
Alpine Skiing World Cup
Kranjska Gora is the largest and most well-equipped ski resort in Slovenia, and for this reason hosts both the slalom and giant slalom events of the Vitranc Cup, aka. the Alpine Skiing World Cup series. The town has actually been a popular skiing resort since the late 19th century, when the nearby valley of Planica became the birthplace of ski jumping. As well as a variety of slopes for beginners and advanced skiers, the resort offers night skiing, ice skating, ski mountaineering, sleigh rides and over 25 miles of cross-country ski trails.
Walks and hikes
To the north and south of the valley in which Kranjska Gora lies are the imposing peaks of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke Mountains. During the warmer months hikers and walkers come from all over the world to enjoy a spot of mountaineering, and mountain biking is also popular. Available trails include those through the Triglav National Park, which lies just south of the town, and routes over the Vršič Pass into the Soča Valley and the neighbouring province of Primorska. Throughout the region explorers can find small villages, farmhouses and impressive ancient churches scattered among beautiful forests and meadows.
The resort offers a wild variety of activities for holidaymakers. As well as skiing and exploring the nearby terrain visitors can try their hand at river fishing, rafting, rock climbing, horse riding and even paragliding – perhaps the most breathtaking way to see the peaks of the valley's mountains and beyond. Experienced skiers may also wish to try a spot of cross country skiing, and those with a taste for the unusual may enjoy frozen waterfall climbing. During the summer a 1,500m toboggan run is opened, and a variety of activities for children are available such as the fairytale-based Kekec Land, Dwarf Land and the Triglav trail.
Cuisine and nightlife
The hotels and inns are colourful and rich in character but if visitors want to step out they can also find a casino as well as a good number of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Popular international dishes are available but regional food such as sausages, ravioli, strudel and 'potica' cakes is easy to find as well. For a typical restaurant, ask for a 'restavracija' – an 'average restaurant' – and to try something with a local touch ask for a 'gostilna'. The difference between the two can be substantial so don't be afraid to experiment.