Kamnik is a medieval town with two castles, a monastery and a colourful street lined with artisan workshops. The town is inextricably linked with the Velika Planina plateau and its shepherding tradition. It is only a few minutes away from the largest Slovenian arboretum and the Terme Snovik spa, the spa nearest to the capital.

I regard it as an immense privilege to live in Kamnik. This city embodies foreigners’ fantasies of what Alpine life could be.

Noah Charney, PhD, professor and author of the best-selling book entitled Slovenology: Living and traveling in the world's best country (Slov. Slovenologija: življenje v najboljši deželi na svetu in popotovanje po njej)

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Slovenia is replete with surprising natural and cultural riches. Would you like to know what the must-sees in Kamnik are?

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Experience the shepherding tradition at Velika Planina or in the valley. Explore the town’s streets and its green surroundings on foot or by bike, and treat yourself to relaxing thermal pampering after all of the activities.

Visiting the shepherds at Velika Planina

Visit Velika Planina, one of Slovenia’s most beautiful mountain pastures. Breathe in the fresh mountain air while taking a walk, a long-distance hike or a bicycle ride in the summer. Treat yourself to a memorable nocturnal sledding adventure in the winter, or traverse the snowy landscape in snowshoes. If skiing delights are what you are after, visit the family ski slope offering 2.8 km of well-tended trails covered in natural snow.

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Arboretum and golf – envelop yourself in green

Arboretum and golf – envelop yourself in green

Unwind on a peaceful and quiet walk around the Volčji Potok Arboretum. Families with children will have fun at the large children’s playground and viewing the exhibitions of life-sized dinosaurs and giants of the sea. Golf enthusiasts can have a dynamic round at the near-by Arboretum Ljubljana golf course. “If you play well at Arboretum, you will do fine at any other course,” experienced golfers like to say. 

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Kamnik-Savinja Alps – a hikers’ paradise

Kamnik-Savinja Alps – a hikers’ paradise

If you have active, pleasure-filled hiking holidays against an idyllic Alpine backdrop in mind, complete with romantic mountain pastures and incredible views, visiting the Kamnik-Savinja Alps is the perfect choice. Numerous mountaineering and hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty are available and enable you to adjust your trip to your current level of fitness.

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Following the footsteps of a famous architect

Following the footsteps of a famous architect

Look for traces of Plečnik’s creativity in Kamnik. View Plečnik’s chapel of the Holy Sepulchre at the Franciscan Monastery, the town’s railway station and Plečnik’s bridge across the Nevljica River. Ascend the Mali Grad Hill and the Žale cemetery in Kamnik. Rest up in Stele Family Room and create a candle based on Plečnik's design. Visit St. Benedict Church in Stranje and the Baptistery of St. George Church in Nevlje.

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From grain to bread

From grain to bread

Visit Budnar's museum house, which is over 300 years old, and catch a glimpse into how Slovenian grandmothers and grandfathers lived in the past. Learn how to bake authentic Slovenian bread and explore the special features of the museum house.

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Water fun at Terme Snovik spa

Treat yourself to a family trip to Terme Snovik, the highest-altitude spa in Slovenia. Swim in the indoor or outdoor thermal pool, while children get up to all kinds of shenanigans on the water-slide. Stroll along the well-kept themed footpaths in the vicinity of the spa. Treat yourself to a break in pristine nature and spend the night at one of the apartment houses.

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Experience the world of shepherds in the valley

Experience the world of shepherds in the valley

A tranquil site near the Kamniška Bistrica river is home to a shepherding settlement with modern wooden houses, the Slovenia Eco Resort. Spend the night in a family house or try out glamping for couples. Unwind in the swimming pond and private Finnish sauna. Pick home-grown vegetables in the self-sufficient garden. The mini farm lets children get to know the indigenous animals of Slovenia, as well as the typical life of a shepherd.

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Kamnik – heaven for cyclists

Kamnik – heaven for cyclists

Diverse terrain, cycling trails for children and the most challenging recreational cycling trial are but a few reasons why you should visit Kamnik on bike. Ride a city bike to the Volčji Potok Arboretum, a road bike towards the spring of Kamniška Bistrica, or ascend towards Velika Planina on a mountain bike.

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The mysteries of the Kamniška Bistrica Valley

Find peace in the valley of Kamniška Bistrica. The area is full of natural sights you can explore on foot or by bike. Take the Koželj Trail all the way to the spring of Kamniška Bistrica. For the more adventurous among you, the upper part of the valley, Konec, will be of interest as it features numerous glacial remnants. For families, the trail leading to the Orglica Waterfall – Orličje is more suitable.

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Recharge your batteries

Recharge your batteries

Take a break from your hectic daily routine and take some time for yourself. The holistic health centre at the Tunjice Natural Healing Resort is great for anyone wishing to improve their well-being or restore/preserve their physical and mental balance. Try the centre’s living water, which has a similar composition to the water in your body.

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Fly-fishing in Kamniška Bistrica

Fly-fishing in Kamniška Bistrica

Fly-fishing is a popular activity in the glorious surroundings of the Kamniška Bistrica river. It is a genuine experience, spent in harmony with nature and engaging in active leisure time. Fly-fishing lets you rest in the outdoors and distance yourself from everyday stress.

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Green facts

Slovenia is writing its green story. Feel it at every turn.

Velika Planina is one of the rare preserved Alpine herding settlements in Europe, where herders take their cattle every year.

The healing resort at Tunjice features a spring of living water, which has been scientifically studied and tested. Living water maintains optimum energy in your body.

A little over 26% of Kamnik’s surface is protected under Natura 2000.

The trnič cheese from Velika Planina is protected as intangible cultural heritage.

Trnič cheese

Trnič is a type of pear-shaped hard cheese made of cottage cheese, cream and salt, embellished with special ornaments. Shepherds made trnič mostly in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Each shepherd had his own pattern, a small wooden board with carvings, which he used to decorate the cheese. The gift of trnič was intended to delight the girls of Kamnik who were in love. Today, you can use trnič to treat your nearest and dearest. Make a delicious ice cream with trnič.

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Visit Kamnik

Kamnik, a town nestled in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, is proud of its rich history and tradition. Discover the endless ways to spend your leisure time and set out to experience memorable adventures.

Experience a pleasant getaway and have some rest

Would you like to stay a little longer and see and experience as much as possible? Then select suitable accommodation that is ideal for you in the nearby area.

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Gostlina Mili vrh

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Penzion Repnik

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Youth Hostel Pod Skalo

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Prenočišča Pri Cesarju

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Apartma Kotnik

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Apartmaji Hribar

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Kamp Resnik Kamnik

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Penzion in okrepčevalnica Špenko

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Prenočišče in bar Kamrica

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Near-by destinations

Take the road or traverse the Kamnik-Savinja Alps to the Upper Savinja Valley, where you can learn about the special features of the Solčava region and visit one of the most picturesque Alpine valleys, the Logar Valley. Kamnik is only 25 km away from Ljubljana, the lively capital of Slovenia, where you can take a nice walk in an urban environment. Stop by Cerklje na Gorenjskem, only 15 km away from Kamnik, which offers plenty of experiences throughout the year, including activities atop Krvavec. Drive 60 km through the Tuhinj Valley to reach Celje, another intriguing historical city of Slovenia.

Upper Savinja Valley

An idyllic valley with an incredible natural backdrop where time stands still.

Upper Savinja Valley

Upper Savinja Valley

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Ljubljana

A lively green city combining the charm of a small capital and the self-confidence of large European cities.

Ljubljana

Ljubljana

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Cerklje na Gorenjskem

Your first contact with Slovenia and its green Alpine landscape when you step off the plane

Cerklje na Gorenjskem

Cerklje na Gorenjskem

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Celje

The town of princes with rich archaeological treasures, a modern urban vibe, and a green soul.

Celje

Celje

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Kamnik in greater detail

For more information, please visit the website of the town of Kamnik.

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