Slovenian Mountain Hiking Trail
Slovenian Mountain Hiking Trail
The Slovenian mountain trail, the oldest hiking track in Europe is becoming one of the hikers’ favourite challenge in green, active and healthy Slovenia. It runs from Maribor in the northeast, over the Gorenjska region in north and all the way to the Slovenian coastline.
The Slovenian mountain trail, the oldest hiking track in Europe is becoming one of the hikers’ favourite challenge in green, active and healthy Slovenia. It runs from Maribor in the northeast, over the Gorenjska region in north and all the way to the Slovenian coastline. Trail connects Slovenian natural beauties, which offer hikers a genuine green experience and active retreat. Put on your comfortable walking shoes and treat yourself to an adventure through forests, sunny slopes and picturesque valleys. Follow the markings, red and white circle, which will show you the way. Get your idea on where to start and what awaits you in the new Hiking in Slovenia video by Hiking & Biking Slovenia association and Slovenian Tourist Board.
Intact nature in Slovenia embraces you on every step of the way. Since hiking and walking trails are only a few minutes away from the cities, hiking is one of the most popular national activities. It gives you the chance to escape from city hustle, embrace the green nature, explore the cultural and natural heritage, strengthen your heartbeat and take a moment for yourself. Either walking on easy tracks or conquering the high alpine peaks, hiking is an activity for beginners or professional athletes. Discover the beauties of Hiking in Slovenia in a new video made by Hiking & Biking Slovenia association and Slovenian Tourist Board.
Slovenia is covered with more than 10,000 kilometres of marked trails. Among them is also a Slovenian Mountain Trail the oldest hiking track in Europe. It was opened in 1953 with 80 checkpoints, which have changed throughout time. Run your hiking diary in a special green booklet and fill it with stamps you find on 75 points along the way. Altogether 599-kilometre-long hiking trail connects Maribor, the second biggest Slovenian city with Ankaran, a coastal town in the youngest Slovenian municipality. It is marked with Knafelc blaze, a white dot inside a red ring, which has been used for marking mountain trails since 1922.
On the way over Pohorje massif, Kamnik-Savinja Alps, Karavanke, Julian Alps, Karst and Slovenian coast, you can refill your energy and spend the night at 58 mountain huts and enjoy the magnificent views from 23 peaks. Trail takes you through 5 Slovenian cities and passes 2 museums, Slovenian Alpine museum in Mojstrana and Franja Partisan hospital near Cerkno, which was a clandestine hospital in the Second World War. One of the checkpoint is in Škocjan Caves near Divača, listed on the UNESCO world heritage list since 1986.
Walking on the entire Slovenian mountain trail will take you about 30 days. Every year many sportsmen try to set a new record, which is currently below 7 days and 15 hours. Take the advice of Ivan Šumljak, the founding father of the Slovenian mountain trail: “My friend, walk slowly! You can walk the trail in one month, but you should rather take 5 years. It will give you so much more. The honourable title can wait!” Hiker systematically gains mountaineering knowledge, skills and experience while riding on the train. You can take a slow walk and random path, or start at the beginning and continue towards the end in a row. Hiking on the Slovenian mountain trail is much more than collecting stamps and setting records. Take your time for an active retreat in green and active Slovenia.