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Kranjska Gora: a famous ski center in Slovenia

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Kranjska Gora (5,500 inhabitants) is an important holiday and winter tourism center located in the Julian Alps. This alpine village has become famous above all thanks to the ski world cup competitions that are regularly held there. The village, whose name in Italian is Monte Cragnisca, is located at 810 meters above sea level in the Sava Dolinka valley, one of the two Sava spring branches, near the border with Austria and Italy.

The village of Kranjska Gora was probably founded in the 11th century. In the following century the village became a fiefdom of the Counts Ortenburg, a noble family from Carinthia. Since the 14th century, a secondary commercial road that connected it to Tarvisio passed through Kranjska Gora, but the village always remained a small inhabited center.


Kranjska Gora is today primarily a winter sports city. It hosts an Alpine Ski World Cup event every year, typically slalom and giant slalom races. Kranjska Gora has several kilometers of ski slopes with 6 chair lifts and 12 ski lifts. While for cross-country skiing around 40 km of slopes are equipped. For the summer there are over 20 km of marked hiking trails.

In the small historic center stands the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Device Marije Vnebovzete). This church was probably built in the 14th or 16th century, the building is in late Gothic style. Among the prestigious buildings in the village of Kranjska Gora is the House of Liznjek, a building dating back to the mid-seventeenth century. The small Russian chapel was built between 1916 and 1917 by Russian prisoners of the First World War.

Surrounded by spectacular mountains, in the immediate vicinity of the village is the wild Triglav National Park. In the vicinity of the alpine village there are two beautiful waterfalls: the Peričnik waterfall, formed by two jumps of 52 and 16 meters, and the Martuljek waterfalls, formed by three jumps.

Official website of the Tourist Office.



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