TRIGLAV (2864 m)
The highest mountain of the Slovene Alps Kugy called a 'kingdom'. Some are convinced that Triglav gained its name through having three heads. In Slovene, the first syllable suggests tri, 'three', and the second syllable glava, 'head'. But such a simplification loses its point in view of the fact that the mountain does not have three summits at all. From a distance it resembles a pointed pyramid, since the summit is the meeting point of three ridges from the north, east and south. With 2864 meters is Triglav the highest slovenian mountain and the symbol of slovenian nation and independence. Its summit was conquered for the first time on 26. August 1778. The Aljaž tower on top of the Triglav was built in 1895. There are over 40.000 climbers who visit the highest peak of Julian Alps every year.
The largest and the highest alpine mountain group in Slovenia is a part of the largest european mountain range the Alps. Its name comes from the roman city Forum Iulii, which is today Cividale in Italy. One third of the Julian Alps is on italian teritory, bigger part in Slovenia covers Triglav national park. In the past people of this area lived from farming, forestry and mining. In the last 100-150 years tourism has become very important; 49 mountain houses were built. There are several skiing centres high in the mountains (Kanin, Kobla, Zatrnik, Vogel) and in the valleys (Kranjska Gora, Tromeja, Tarvisio, Monte Lussari). One of the biggest tourist attractions in the Julian Alps are also Bled lake and Bohinj lake.
TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK
Its name comes from the highest slovenian mountain, which rises in the heart of the park. Triglav National park lies in the north-western part of Slovenia and covers the area of Julian Alps.
The area is divided between 7 municipalities and there are even 25 settlements in the peripheral area of the park. In 1908 Prof. Albin Belar prepared the first proposal for founding the park. Unfortunately his ''nature conservation park above the Komarča cliff'' was not realised. Not until 1924, when The Alpine Conservation Park in the Triglav Lakes Valley was founded (extent 1400 hectares). In 1981 the Law on the Triglav National park was issued (83.807 ha). The park was divided into a central area (55.332 ha) and a peripheral area (28.475 ha).
KARAVANKE MOUNTAIN RANGE
This mountain range is more then 100 km long. Because of its east-west continuancy the peaks follow each other like in a caravan. Western half of Karavanke is much higher then eastern part. In western part are also the two highest summits Stol (2236 m) and Kepa (2145 m). Over Karavanke road-passes (Jezerski vrh 1218 m, Ljubelj 1058 m, Korensko sedlo 1073 m) was always a lot of traffic between Austria and Slovenia and still is. Very well developed is also mountain tourism with 19 mountain houses and several skiing centres Peč, Peca, Zelenica.
TIPS FOR TRIPS
Here are just a few suggestions what to see and where to go in our vicinity. More detailed information and useful maps are available at the camping reception and in Tourist information centre Mojstrana.
|trip destination||starting point||time to walk||difficulty|
|Waterfall Peričnik||Mojstrana||1 h||**|
|Vrata valley – under Galeries||Mojstrana||2,5 h||**|
|Triglav north wall||Aljaž house||1 h||**|
|Ravne (Karavanke slopes)||Dovje (camping)||2 h||*|
|Mlinca river (Karavanke)||Dovje (camping)||2 h||*|
|Radovna valley||Mojstrana||1 h||**|
|Krma valley||Radovna||1 h||***|
|Luknja||Aljaž house||3 h||***|
|Kepa||Mlinca river||3 h||***|
Time of walking in one direction Level of difficulty rises with number of stars (1-5). With 1-2 stars are marked easy walks, with 3 stars or more are marked mountain routes.
SIGHTSEEING IN THE SURROUNDINGS
- winter and sommer resort Kranjska Gora - mountain pass Vršič (1611 m)
- nature reserve Zelenci by Podkoren
- Tromeja (three borders corner IT-A-SLO)
- Planica valley with Tamar
- Bled – lake, castle, St. Mary’s Church on the Island
- Vintgar gorge - Bohinj
- lake, aqua park, alps, waterfall Savica
- Old town centres in Kranj, Škofja Loka, Radovljica, Ljubljana
- Dovžanova gorge by Tržič
- Alp Golica
- Martuljek waterfalls under Mt. Špik
- and so much more…