Tourist Information Center:The municipality of Logatec
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The municipality of Logatec lies in central Slovenia – in the heart of Notranjska – at the meeting point of two large geographical macroregions: the Alpine and Dinaric worlds. It borders the municipalities of Vrhnika, Dobrova-Polhov Gradec, Žiri, Idrija, Ajdovšcina, Postojna, Cerknica and Gorenja Vas-Poljane. On the basis of a state ordinance, the settlement of Logatec became a city on 14 January 2006. The municipality celebrates on 20 September in remembrance of transferring the local administration from Planina in Gornji Logatec in 1875. The municipality includes 19 settlements that compose eight local communities. Larger towns are Logatec, which is central and the largest settlement in the centre of Logaško Polje; Rovte, which creates the possibility of enjoying year-round activities in its unspoilt nature; Hotedršica, located at the edge of Hotenjski Ravnik; and Laze, with Jakovica by well-known Planinsko Polje.
Throughout history, until the establishment of the modern road network, the region of Logatec was recognised as one of the most important strategic points in crossing the Apennine Peninsula to Central Europe. This is the only large crossing between the Alps and the Sea. Armies used it many times. Owing to the natural wealth and the possibility of crossing between different regions, Logatec was a place of historical and strategic “borders” from the Roman defence system and had a network of forts and defence walls, called Claustra Alpium Iuliarum, to the Rapallo border, the Alpine Wall and the Rupnik Line.
Coordinates: 45°55’N, 14°14’E
Area: 173.1 km2
Altitude: 476 m
Population: approx. 13000 +
Highest mountain: Srnjak on Hrušica, 918 m
Lowest point: Planinsko Polje, 443 m
Climate: temperate continental
Oldest written records of Logatec: Around 425 A.D., a famous Roman road map was made called the Tabula Peutingeriana. It shows a settlement or road station called Longatico located between Hrušica and Vrhnika.
What are the origins of the name Logatec?
There are several variants relating to the origins of the name Logatec. The first variant, according to Valvasor, says that the name is derived from the Latin word Longaticum or from the German name Loitsch. The second says that it is derived from the word log, which is the stem of the name Logatec. In the Slovene Dictionary the word log is defined as a (marshy) meadow near water, usually partly overgrown with trees. It must be true since Logaško Polje was flooded several times resulting in marshlands until irrigation was carried out from Gornji Logatec to Dolnji Logatec.
History of Logatec
Today’s shape of the surface of Logatec was formed in the Lower and Middle Triassic period. Surface waters disappeared underground in Pleistocene, at which time, the formation of the karst surface began, creating the landform that is still visible today. Archaeological finds in Matjaž’s Chambers (Matjaževe Kamre) bear evidence of early human presence in the Palaeolithic period, at the time of the early and late Stone Ages. There is evidence of human settlements on the plain near the Logaščica sinkhole and on Pusto Polje beneath Ostri Peak from the Iron Age as well. A central prehistoric fort was built on the hill Velike Bukve above Gorenji Logatec. There are still the remains of terraces where the wooden buildings used to stand.
In Roman times, when the road from Aquileia to Aemona ran through Logaško Polje, a wayside station existed on a strategically important path between the Ljubljana Basin and Hrušica. Antique diaries call it Mansio Longatica.
In the Middle Ages, the administrative centre of the town was located in Gornji Logatec. Logatec was a carters’ settlement, still evident today by the architecture of large wayside farms, until the construction of railway tracks.
After 1857, when transport services ceased, logging and wood trade including wood sawing became more important. In 1875, the development of the town was also affected by the transfer of the local administration, court and tax office from Planina to Logatec. Logatec was a border town during both world wars as well as being the centre of the local district of the Drava Province.
Today, it is still possible to admire the architecture of the Notranjska villages, squares and churches in Logatec. The mansion in Gornji Logatec and several well-preserved wayside farms and adjoining buildings show a rich heritage of buildings.
How to get to Logatec
There are 6 different directions from which you can travel to Logatec: from Ljubljana (NE), from Koper (SW) through Postojna (S), or from Idrija (NW), Cerknica (SE), Ajdovšcina (W) or Žiri (S).
Distance to larger towns:
Ljubljana, 29 km
Brnik, 55 km
Koper, 89 km
Vrhnika, 10 km
Cerknica, 24 km
Postojna, 21 km
Žiri, 24 km
Kranj, 58 km
Ajdovšcina, 33 km
You can get to Logatec by different roads or by train. All the roads in the municipality (excepting cycle tracks) amount to 799.3 km.
Getting from the airport to Logatec Railway
The closest airport to Logatec is the central Slovene airport, the Jože Pucnik Aerodrom in Brnik (www.lju-airport.si), which is 55 kilometres away from Logatec. The best way to travel from the airport to the Ljubljana railway (http://www.slo-zeleznice.si/) and bus (http://www.ap-ljubljana.si/) station, where you can transfer to get to Logatec, is to take a public coach. The drive will take 45 minutes. Coaches from the airport to the main station operate every hour from Monday to Friday: from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday and on Sunday and holidays they operate every two or three hours: from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
When arriving at the airport, it is possible to get information on timetables for the coach that will take you to the Ljubljana bus and railway station, where you can transfer to a coach or train towards Logatec. The drive from Ljubljana to Logatec (by coach or train) takes about 40 minutes. You can also hire a car or taxi at the airport. The drive from Brnik to Logatec by car takes about 30 to 40 minutes when driving in normal weather conditions.
: By train you can come to Logatec from Ljubljana or Postojna. Detailed info: http://www.slo-zeleznice.si/ Bus
: From Ljubljana, Postojna, Idria or Cerknica you can get a bus to Logatec. More info: http://www.ap-ljubljana.si/