Kamnik is situated on the Bistrica plain, which is an integral part of the Ljubljana Basin, between the regions of Gorenjska and Štajerska. Surrounded by the mountains, the town took rise below the southern slopes of the Kamnik Savinja Alps, whose highest peak is Grintovec (2558m).
In the Middle Ages, Kamnik was a flourishing trading town with its own mint and it was home to several European aristocratic families, such as Counts of Andechs from Bavaria (Germany). The town's wonderful architecture and sacral heritage, as well as the numerous myths and legend are a testament to its prosperous days. The most famous legend tells about the enchanted countess Veronika, half-human and half-snake, the guardian of the hidden treasure of Mali grad (Small Castle). Kamnik is protected by Stari and Mali grad (''Old and Small Castle'') on the surrounding rocky hills, and the church of St. Primus, famous for its fascinating Renaissance frescoes, on the slope of the nearby Velika planina.
The old town had to wait all to the end of the 19th Century to be re-established as an important destination for nature lovers and hikers from all over the country. Kamnik is renowned by visitors as a starting-point for walking tours and a place where it is always pleasant to return.
The most beautiful part of the town is certanly the old historical center with the characteristic narrow streets, adorned with medieval and Baroque houses. From the hill right in the middle of the town, Mali grad looks over the streets. The main sight of the town also include Stari grad, presently in ruins, the Zaprice Castle, which has been renewed to host a museum containing part of the private Sadnikar collection, and the Franciscan monastery with a rich library and Plečnik's Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre.
The path by the banks of the river Kamniška Bistica leads to the Volčji Potok Arboretum, where the visitors can stroll through the Baroque park with small lakes and plantations of various different flowers and more than 3000 spicies of trees and bushes from all over the world. Nearby there is a Golf course.
To the east of Kamnik lies the 25 km long Tuhinj Valley, where the Snovik thermal spa was founded on a healing hot water spring. Another way of abosrving some healing energy is aking a walk among the energetic points in the Natural Healing Resort in Tunjice, near Kamnik.
Heading north from Kamnik, you will arrive to the Kamniška Bistrica Valley, where you can enjoy the beauty of unspoiled nature and its soothing coolness in he hot summer months. Kamniška Bistrica attracts the visitors of trekkers, hikers, climbers, hunters and fishers. Of all the peaks in the region, Velika planina is the most visited. A cablecar takes you to the summit of the platue, where you can in summertime experience the life of the local shepards, their food, exspecially love cheese - Trnič and take a wondreful walks.
At the beginning of the village of Zgornje Palovče above Kamnik, Budnar museum Farmhouse is located. Old farmhouse is a unique living museum that offers insight into simple lives of our ancestors. The black kitchen with an open fireplace is still in use and you can also taste the delicacies typical of Slovenian coutryside.
In Kamnik, the second weekend of September is marked by the National Costumes and Clothing Festival, which has become nationally and internationally reconized.
These are just a few of many jewels in the Kamnik crown that consitute a set of natural, cultural and historical treasures with its near and far surroundings.
Everywhere awaits friendly and smiling faces and local cuisine named Okusi Kamika (Taste Kamnik).
Kamnik is a town in the bossom of our mountains. It is a completly another world. So close.
: 29385 Height above sea level
: 379 mAssociation of Historic Cities of Slovenia
Locationbeside a river
: 17 km form the airport Ljubljana, 25 km North from the capital. Railway
: During the week the train leaves from Ljubljana to Kamnik every 15 minutes past the hour. Bus
Hop-on, hop-off bus in Kamnik connecting major attractions and sightseeing spots. Time table is here.
Tourist Information Center : Tourist Information Centre Kamnik
Glavni trg 2
+386 1 831 82 50
Post Office : Pošta Kamnik
Glavni trg 27
+386 1 830 80 00
Bus station : Kam Bus
+386 1 830 94 15
Railway station : Železniška postaja Kamnik
+386 1 839 40 90
Police : Policija Kamnik
+386 1 831 70 57
Medical center : Zdravstveni dom dr. Julija Polca
Novi trg 26
+386 1 830 86 00
Dentist : Zdravstveni dom dr. Julija Polca
Novi trg 26
+386 1 830 86 00
GPS Northing (N) : 46,2221
GPS Easting (E) : 14,6074