War and Peace
Even when the snow covers the mountain peaks, there will be some areas in Slovenia still graced by the mild Mediterranean climate, so you can prolong your hiking season well into late autumn. Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails across Slovenian Istria and Karst! Discover the autumnal scenery of the Vipava Valley and the Brda Hills, and enjoy the mild influence of the Mediterranean Sea penetrating deep into the Alpine landscape of the Soča Valley.
More than 100 years ago, this area was one of the main battlefields of World War I – the Isonzo Front. It extended all the way from over the two-thousand-meter high Mt Rombon to the Gulf of Trieste, with a total length of 90 km. Its traces can still be found today. Why not discover the history together with hiking pleasures in the picturesque autumn settings? With 2018 marking the 100th anniversary of World War I (11 November), here are a few tips for visiting some of the most prominent monuments of the Isonzo Front that are interconnected into the Walk of Peace, running from the Alps to the Adriatic.
Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea
The Walk of Peace, which runs from the Alps to the Adriatic, will take you into a world of underground bunkers, firing trenches, military cemeteries, charnel houses and outdoor museums. It serves as a commemoration and a reminder of the Isonzo Front and it is also a way of getting to know the wonderful natural environment along the emerald River Soča and the Karst. Owing to its mission and homage to peace, the Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic – Heritage of the First World War is on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.
A stroll around Kobarid and its surrounding area
The town of Kobarid and the Krn mountain range behind it were heavily affected by World War I as one of the main scenes where the tough and bloody battles of the Isonzo Front raged. The dimensions of this ravaging war and life during the war are well presented at the Kobarid Museum. Are you interested in exploring the history of Kobarid? A special mobile application will take you through the town's history, dating back 100 years. Hike up to the Italian ossuary, located just above Kobarid. If you need a break from the war stories, head towards the Napoleon Bridge, cross it and turn towards Drežnice, and then stroll as far as the spectacular Kozjak Waterfall.
Monuments and Museums with a View
Take advantage of sunny autumn days to climb to the mountain peaks rising above the Soča River, which tell stories dating back to the Isonzo Front and impress you with magnificent views stretching from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea.
The Walk of Peace across the Karst
The Peace Trails that crisscross the Karst Plateau will take you to the quiet corners of the Karst landscape and unveil the heritage of World War I. Climb to the top of the Cerje Hill, featuring a memorial in the form of a fortress. Stroll through the remnants of the defence positions underneath the Cerje Hill, walk the path of the former military railway and visit smaller caves that in wartime offered shelter to soldiers.
Other attractions not to be overlooked
Following the route of the Isonzo Front in Slovenia, visit some other attractions that are well worth seeing. The trails that lead to them are well maintained and can be enjoyed on foot and some parts also by bike.
Enjoy an autumn walk, embraced by the warmth of the Mediterranean.
Take advantage of warm autumn days in parts of Slovenia still influenced by the Mediterranean climate. Explore the special features of the places and local cuisine, and enjoy the myriad of wonderful experiences from the Alps towards the Adriatic Sea.