Hints for Journeys across Slovenia: The Walk of Peace

Published: 21.2.2011

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Hints for Journeys across Slovenia: The Walk of Peace

If you take a walk along the paths in the village of Log pod Mangartom or around Kobarid, where Slovenia has beautiful hidden corners of green nature, it is almost impossible to believe that this is the site where the First World War intruded on the local people’s way of life. Set Off on the Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic!

Hints for Journeys across Slovenia: The Walk of Peace

If you take a walk along the paths in the village of Log pod Mangartom or around Kobarid, where Slovenia has beautiful hidden corners of green nature, it is almost impossible to believe that this is the site where the First World War brutally intruded on the local people’s way of life. Set Off on the Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic!

The Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic represents a silent witness to the stories of the previous century. It connects the heritage, institutions and people living along the former Isonzo Front from Rombon Mountain to Devin. A symbolic mission of the Walk of Peace of the Soča River basin, which was a part of the Isonzo Front during the First World War, is to promote the cooperation and reconciliation of the nations once engaged in warfare. In order to preserve the historical Isonzo Front heritage, which is of significant European importance, and to prove that nowadays neighbouring nations are, first and foremost, friends, various tourist service providers offering tourist experiences in Italy and Slovenia have joined their efforts and prepared some suggestions for journeys.

Following in the steps of history, visitors can go hiking, cycling or travel by car, individually or in a group, in unspoilt nature offering unique views. Visitors can spend several days on the Walk of Peace, hiring local experienced tourist guides who know many interesting stories about the past and present. Along the Walk of Peace, extending over a hundred kilometres, visitors can admire the beauties of the Alpine, sub-Alpine and Karst worlds and enjoy peace, quiet and beautiful views. The upper basin with the emerald Soča River, as the queen of the valley, is marvellous.

Numerous remains from the 1915–1917 period, which particularly marked this area, are preserved. Every cave, fortification or trench, church, path, hill or mountain, cemetery and museum has its own story to tell to those who know how to listen. To those who know how to see, understand and respect. Kobarid Museum, Tolmin Museum, Goriška Museum, the Provincial Museums of Gorizia/Musei Provinciali di Gorizia and numerous private collections complement the Walk of Peace and bear testimony to the region`s past. Regarding the number of tourist visitors, the Kobarid Museum is one of the most frequented museums in Slovenia and it was among the initiators of joint collection and preservation of the heritage of the First World War. The Walk is a special place where not only science and research but also diary memoires and personal experience and the memories of visitors and local residents meet.

On 21 March 2015, the Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic will be opened by the Presidents of Slovenia and Italy with a ceremony on Europe Square, a square shared by Nova Gorica and Gorizia. You can travel the route also by a Museum Train along the Bohinj trails and visit the Sabotin Peace Park, go rafting down the Soča River, pamper your taste buds or simply enjoy the Karst. Opportunities for thematic tourist journeys are numerous, each one is special and unique.

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