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Slovenia

Velika Planina Plateau

The Velika Planina Plateau is a mesmerizing natural wonder

Nestled amidst Slovenia’s Kamnik Alps, the Velika Planina Plateau is a hidden gem for nature enthusiasts seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure. At an elevation of 1,666 meters above sea level, it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lush green landscapes.

Covering an area of approximately 500 hectares, Velika Planina is renowned for its extensive meadows and traditional shepherds’ huts known as ‘koča’. These huts have become iconic symbols of the plateau and provide a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

One of the most unique aspects of Velika Planina is its time-honored tradition of seasonal transhumance. Every summer, shepherds lead their flocks to graze on these high-altitude pastures, embracing a way of life that has endured for centuries. This cultural heritage adds an enchanting touch to your visit, as you may witness locals tending their sheep or even taste some delicious traditional dairy products made right on site.

Beyond its pastoral charm, Velika Planina also offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities. Hiking enthusiasts will find themselves spoiled for choice with scenic trails that unravel through dense forests and up towering peaks. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just starting out, there are trails suitable for all skill levels. One trail that shouldn’t be missed is the Zeleni Rob Path, which takes you on a captivating journey through dense forests and alpine meadows. Along this path, visitors can encounter local wildlife such as chamois and groundhogs while inhaling the pristine mountain air.

For those seeking a dose of adrenaline, mountain biking trails crisscross the area – a thrilling way to explore this captivating plateau from a different perspective. Adventure seekers can try their hand at paragliding, while those seeking tranquility can indulge in yoga workshops held amidst nature’s serenity.

For those intrigued by history and culture, a visit to Preskar Museum at Velika Planina cannot be overlooked. The museum provides valuable insights into life on the plateau through exhibits showcasing traditional tools used by shepherds throughout centuries.

To top off your experience at Velika Planina Plateau, stop by one of its charming local restaurants serving authentic Slovenian cuisine made from fresh organic ingredients sourced locally. Indulge in hearty dishes like krapi (Slovenian dumplings) or štruklji (rolled dumplings), and savor the flavors of traditional Alpine cuisine.

If you’re looking to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in nature’s tranquility while experiencing authentic Slovenian culture, put Velika Planina at the top of your travel wishlist.

Read what others share about their experience

  • Andrey B
    11 months ago
    The most amazing part of our 14 days trip to Slovenia. We stayed at the Chalet Gorenjka for 3...
  • Kristian Cini
    a year ago
    One of the most remarkable days in our Slovenia 10 day tour. It was an amazing day of hiking and...
  • Aliyeh Jafari
    a year ago
    This is a fantastic place to enjoy a half day in a very unique, clean, and beautiful nature. The two...
  • Morgan J
    2 years ago
    Stunning views of mountains and huts. You do NOT have to take the cable car if you’d rather hike...
  • diana marceta
    3 years ago
    Wonderful. Great and unique relaxation in beautiful nature. We set off on foot from Kraljevi hrib to...

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