The gorgeous small town of Kranjska Gora is nestled in the Julian Alps. Although there are many visitors who flock the place to ski during the months of winter, the place is also a wonderful destination during summer season. The place never fails to catch the attention of nature lovers and this is all for good reasons.
Kranjska Gora at a Glance
Kranjska Gora, located on the border of Italy and Austria, is Slovenia’s most popular mountain resort that hosts world cup ski jumping and skiing events every year.
Many people cannot help but to be drawn to the skiing opportunities available in this super resort not only for intermediate and beginner level skiers but also for families.
For the more advanced skiers, World Cup also runs at Podkoren and eight resorts in Slovenia, Austria, and Italy within 30 to 60 minutes drive.
With the panoramic scenery of the mountains, the easy access to Triglav National Park, and the plethora of winter and summer outdoor activities including walking, mountaineering, cross country skiing, horse riding, and mountain biking, Kransjka Gora remains extremely famous no matter what time or season of the year it might be.
The town in itself is a very beautiful alpine affair that is also family-friendly dotted with lively bars, restaurants, mountain bike park, a sledding piste in the summer, a couple of spas and swimming pools.
There are also several breathtaking villages around the towns featuring traditional farmhouses of Gorenjska style and some stunning local gostilnas or inns.
How to Get There
If you will come from Ljubljana, it will only require 1 hour and 20 minutes of driving for you to get to the town. There are still a lot of wonderful places you can check out on your way to the town during summer such as Lake Bled.
Summer Activities in Kranjska Gora
Below is a short list of the top activities you can do and try when you visit Kranjska Gora during summer months:
Visit Lake Jasna
Lake Jasna, located just 2 kilometers away from the main center, is a charming place where you can spend your whole day without even noticing time passing by. With its English translation “two small artificial lakes,” Lake Jasna is exactly that although you cannot really consider the lakes to be small at all.
Even though the two lakes themselves are beautiful, this place stands out because of the dazzling natural scenery. There are two small cafes, a jumping tower, and wooden piers there that can guarantee you a fun day outside.
Go on a hike
Most of the tourists go to Kranjska Gora during summer season to hike, which is not at all surprising considering that you can choose from more than 100 kilometers of paths. There are also family friendly hikes perfect for kids as well as others that might be more suitable to more experienced hikers. There are also some hikes that require a mountain guide and suitable gear and equipment.
For instance, you can hike starting from Mojstrana to the foot of Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain. The route passes through the valleys of Krma, Kot, and Vrata. You can be sure that no matter what hiking path you choose, you will be seeing some great alpine views.
Drop by at Lake Zelenci
The panoramic Lake Zelenci is a mere 10-minute drive from the town. It is a favorite among many tourists for the simple reason that it is just so beautiful in every sense of the word. With its sparkling lake of turquoise green color, the most spectacular nature surrounds the area.
While it is not a swimming spot, the lake is definitely worth the visit. You can easily spend an hour as you sit on the edge of the pier and bask in the beautiful color of the lake and watch the fish as they swim around.
Dining Spots in the Area
The town is a really sweet one. Despite its not so large size, it got this nice feel that you will find irresistible. There are several dining options here and one of these is Milka Restaurant. Its location overlooks Lake Jasna that makes it worth a short drive from the main center. Satisfy your taste buds with their cauliflower soup and a delish beef dish as your main course. Some other restaurants in the area include Hotel Lipa Restaurant, Hotel Kotnik, and Gostilna & Pizzerija Bor.
Hotels and Accommodations
For those planning to stay a little bit longer in the town, you don’t have to worry as you can easily find some great accommodation here:
Built in 2012, Hotel Skipass is a boutique hotel only 200 meters from the main center. This is a charming hotel with 10 modern rooms that will instantly make you feel right at home. The site also has plenty of parking spaces complete with a sauna and one of the area’s best restaurants. If you will visit during the months of winter, Hotel Skipass can also help you organize ski school, transfers, and ski lift passes.
The Best Western Hotel nestled in the heart of Kranjska Gora is highly acclaimed as one of the best you can find in the area. Large enough to house 72 rooms, this is the perfect option for families. The hotel is equipped with an indoor pool, fitness facilities, full service spa, ski in and ski out access, and children’s pool.
Apartments and Rooms Kaja
There are two rooms and six spacious apartments at Apartments and Rooms Kaja. The apartments featuring dining and living rooms are perfect for couples and families who are in the town for several days. Each room boasts of tasteful interiors and wooden floorboards.
This villa is located at Lake Jasna, only 2 kilometers away from the main center. In case you are not that worried about the location, you will surely fall in love with this hotel. This modern boutique hotel only has 8 rooms and the guests can use the fitness, sauna, and pool facilities for free. The Café & Restaurant offers the kind of view that will make you want to return again and again.