The town and its ties with Slovenia’s greatest poet
When in Kranj, don’t forget to explore its diverse history through sites like the memorial park Prešeren’s Grove and Prešeren Theatre with its sculpture of Slovenia’s great poet, France Prešeren. Walk to the Town Hall to see the permanent archaeological exhibition and peek into the Khislstein Castle, the Gorenjska Museum and the Prešeren Memorial Museum. A diverse range of cultural events, festivals and concerts will make your visit an experience to remember. Nature lovers will be fascinated by the nearby Kokra River Gorge. Not far from the town centre, you can enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding peaks.
The town’s lively cultural scene
In Kranj, you will find lively cultural events in every season of the year. On 8 February, Slovenia’s Culture Day, visit Prešeren Fair, when the town goes back in time, to the 19th century. Learn about Slovenian dramatic arts during the Week of Slovenian Drama, and feel youthful playfulness in the streets of Kranj during Youth Week. Spend your summer evenings attending concerts at the summer Khislstein Theatre. The Layer House will surprise you with its interesting exhibitions and events. Jazz lovers should not miss the Jazz Camp festival in Pungert, the idyllic end point of the rock on which the town stands. The highlight of summer in Kraj is Kranjfest with its wide variety of events. In autumn, you can visit the International Fine Arts Festival, and the Wine Route and Halloween in the Tunnels under Old Kranj are also special experiences.
In the centre of the old town
While visiting the old town don’t miss the opportunity for a nice chat with a taste of Slovenian wine or perhaps the local beer. Try the local Kranj štruklji (rolled dumplings) and enjoy open-air concerts in the easy atmosphere of the Maister Square at the heart of the town’s historic centre.
Environmentally friendly town
Small boutique shops offering homemade and organic products will impress you with local foods, natural cosmetics and new, innovative products. Kranj is famous for its many craftsmen and artisans, whose small workshops allow for the opportunity to meet the authors of truly unique items.
Tour of the town
Tour the town in the company of a local guide, who will take you on the underground trail in the Tunnels under Old Kranj. Learn about Kranj's greatest cultural and natural sights. If you are a lover of architecture, take a stroll through the history of the 20th century, marked by the modernist achievements of the architects Jože Plečnik and Edvard Ravnikar.
Actively explore the surrounding area
Kranj is a town in the heart of nature. On one side, it is dominated by mighty Alpine peaks, of which the people of Kranj love Mt Storžič the most. On the other side, you can visit Mt Šmarjetna Gora and Mt Sveti Jošt, which are ideal for a short afternoon hike and enjoying nature. You can also explore Kranj’s surroundings by bicycle. When it snows, Kranj is a great starting point for visiting Alpine ski centres. The Krvavec Ski Resort is the closes, and Ski Centre Stari Vrh is also close.
Accommodation in and around Kranj
Kranj and its vicinity offer a diverse range of hotels, hostels, private apartments, tourist farms and more.
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Kranj and surroundings invites you to …
Kranj and surroundings offers myriad opportunities to visit the mountains, go skiing or cycling, or a trip to nearby Ljubljana and vicinity.
Slovenia is a country of smaller ski resorts that are family-friendly and suitable for beginners, children and experienced skiers alike. Numerous ski schools and ski instructors, who speak different languages, will make sure that you really enjoy the snow.
Spend your holiday in the heart of mountainous Slovenia. Walk through vibrant and untouched nature that is criss-crossed by 10,000 kilometres of marked and arranged hiking trails. You can choose from 175 mountain huts or spend your nights in hotels and camps for hikers.
To the highest peaks
The path to the mountains always rewards you with incredible views of Alpine peaks. Head to the highest mountain of Slovenia, Mt. Triglav, located in the middle of the Julian Alps, or to the popular peaks in the Karavanke Alps and the Kamnik and Savinja Alps.
Hiking in the hills
Head to green forests. You can hike on easy trails or you can be challenged by high mountain peaks. Numerous hiking trails are close to towns, so you can simply take various one-day trips.
Numerous trails in forests and amidst mountain peaks are suitable for beginners and world-class cyclists. Simply visit one of the many marked biking trails, and adrenaline junkies can also visit multiple locations for downhill rides on mountain bikes.
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