A worm's eye view of the landscape
To experience stunning views, one would usually head to the mountains to climb some summits, but there is also another way – hiking instead through the valleys, which offer amazing views of the Alpine world. If you are still in doubt, lace up your hiking boots and hit the circular long-distance Juliana Trail. The trail will take you through green forests and blooming meadows, along crystal-clear rivers, and past historical towns and picturesque Alpine villages that are perhaps as yet unknown to you. Seize the opportunity to genuinely interact with the locals and learn about the life, traditions and culture below the mighty peaks of the Julian Alps.
Juliana Trail – a walk around the Kingdom of the Goldenhorn
The Juliana Trail, a 270 km-long circular long-distance trail, offers an exciting opportunity to explore the area at the doorway to the Julian Alps, leading you under the high peaks and inviting you to explore them. The trail is divided into 16 sections, with each of them roughly 17.5 km in length. The sections are designed so that, at the completion of each, hikers can take a break and regain their strength to continue their journey. The trail covers a total of 7163 metres of altitude difference, but its terrain is mostly flat, which makes it great for family outings.
On your hiking journey, you will meet people who live below the Julian Alps, in harmony with them, and learn about places in this area, accompanied by impressive views of Mt. Triglav, the highest Slovenian mountain. The trail will also take you to the edges of Triglav National Park, where you will be able to take a deep breath and relax your thoughts in the pristine natural surroundings.
And you need not worry about getting lost, as the trail is well-marked. The web platform OutdoorActive also has an electronic guide and you can download the app for smartphones.
The ABCs of the Julian Alps
Would you like to learn more about the beautiful mountain world of the Julian Alps? Discover and explore the natural beauty and the picturesque places, rich in cultural heritage and outstanding natural features. Thanks to its natural and cultural diversity and the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature, the area of the Julian Alps is part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves in the MAB Programme.
Respect the natural environment of Triglav National Park
Almost the entire area of the Julian Alps lies within Triglav National Park, Slovenia’s largest protected area and only national park. When visiting Triglav National Park, always respect the unspoilt natural environment and cultural heritage, which reflect the connection and harmony between the local people and their surroundings. You will be rewarded with unforgettable views, the serenity of the mountains, the pleasant coolness of the crystal-clear rivers and lush green forests and mountain meadows.
Explore the Julian Alps with your taste buds
After completing several kilometres of the trail, your stomach will start to rumble. Treat it to something delicious and local. Try some of the typical dishes from the towns and villages around the Julian Alps.
Rateški krapi are a culinary delight from Rateče. This potato dough dish with curd cheese filling is available only at a few restaurants in the Upper Sava Valley.
The villages below Mt Stol and the town of Radovljica have a rich tradition of beekeeping. Treat yourself to their honey delights.
When visiting Bled, grab a slice of the famous Bled Cream Cake, a culinary treat made from puff pastry, fluffy custard and cream.
Bohinj is famous for its cheese. Try the Mohant cheese, a cheese with a distinctive smell and flavour that bears the European Designation of Origin.
Kobariški štrukelj is a pastry with a signature. Every housewife from Kobarid prepares hers in a slightly different way and "signs" it with her fingerprint in the middle of the dumpling.
Treat yourself to the Soča Valley's unique cheeses bearing the protected designation of origin. Try the Tolminc cheese made from cow's milk and the Bovec cheese made from mostly sheep's milk.
A time to take a break?
After you have achieved your daily target of kilometres, find appropriate accommodation to rest and regain strength. Below are some tips for overnight accommodation that you might find helpful.
Share your way of experiencing Juliana Trail
Capture the most majestic moments on Juliana Trail and share your photos and videos with the hashtags #ifeelsLOVEnia and #myway.