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From getting outdoors to incredible restaurants, there are some incredible things to do in Kranjska Gora. This alpine resort town near Slovenia’s Triglav National Park is one for those who love to be immersed in nature. When it comes to bucket list experiences, you’ll definitely want to book a night or two in Kranjska Gora during a road trip through Slovenia.

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: Top Things to Do

Not far from the Julian Alps and surrounded by thick forest, the area of Kranjska Gora is the perfect home base for exploring this area of Slovenia. Reachable by car, the number of sights nearby are endless. During the summer, the lakes here are wonderful to cool off and plenty of hiking around the area. In the winter, it’s a perfect place to go cross-country skiing, cozy up in a cabin, and even snowshoe.

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: Top Things to Do

Ready to explore? Here are the top things to do in Kranjska Gora.


How to Get to Kranjska Gora

This part of Slovenia is most accessible by car. It’s about a 45-minute drive from the Ljubljana Airport or about an hour from Ljubljana city center.

If you’re opting to take public transportation, the best option would be to take the train to Jesenice where from there you can take a bus to Kranjska Gora. The downside is that you will be limited to foot and bike activities only.


Where to Stay in Kranjska Gora

Jasna Chalet Resort — One of the most incredible accommodations in Slovenia, awarded for their sustainability and green movement, is the Jasna Chalet Resort. Located right on the waters of Lake Jasna, the chalets each look out over the lake with the mountains in the background. The chalets are incredibly spacious, great for sharing with friends or for families.
Check here for available rates.

Since the Jasna Chalet Resort has limited rooms, here are a few other options I researched in the area:

Find more hotels and private rentals here:

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Top Things to Do in Kranjska Gora

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: Top Things to Do. Black Swan Burger

Grab a “black burger” and enjoy the view of Lake Jasna.

Right on the water during the summer months is the burger stand called “Black Swan Burger.” Arguably the world’s best food truck with a view, their famous black bun (charcoal) burgers are amazing. You can order your burger and then sit on the patio of Jasna Chalet Resort and order a drink.


Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: Top Things to Do

Visit Zelenci Nature Reserve

You could take bikes from Lake Jasna or Kranjska Gora to get out here as there are side trails that reach the reserve. Or, you can make the quick ten-minute drive to the side parking lot and walk out. the Zelenci Nature Reserve is a beautiful area to go for a walk around the crystal colors of the waters here. You’ll find some fish in the lake and a viewing tower.

Though it may look like a lake, it’s actually a spring which is why the water bubbles out inside. Surrounded by marsh, it’s a beautiful setting to catch the sunset at as well.


Go for a walk around Lake Jasna or a swim.

Lake Jasna is a stunning lake with turquoise waters that sits at the base of the Julian Alps. Around it, they’ve built planks and docks to explore, so it makes for a wonderful place for an afternoon or morning stroll. You can even go for a swim during the summer as there are small beaches that have been made for use.

Photography tip: At sunrise, the peaks of the Julian Alps reflect off the water. Set up early with a tripod right out front the Jasna Chalet Resort for an incredible photo.


Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: Top Things to Do

Take a scenic drive up to Vršič Pass.

One of the most beautiful roads winds up the mountains to the famed Vršič Pass. There’s a view over the Soca Valley once you get to the top, and hairpin turns with pull-outs along the way. You’ll want to go on a clear day so you can see the peaks of the Julian Alps and into the valley.

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: Top Things to Do

If you’re looking for a stop along the way, the mountain cabin called “Erjavčeva koča – Vršič, PD Jesenice” is a nice location for a beer with a view. Their patio looks right out over the peaks.


Have a romantic dinner at Milka Restaurant.

Located above the road on Lake Jasna, this local restaurant is favorite for an upscale set dinner with a view. During the summer months, the patio is open and you can dine outside, soaking in the surroundings. It’s great Slovenian food and best to reserve in advance.


Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: Top Things to Do

Go for a hike in the Julian Alps.

One amazing part of staying in Kranjska Gora area is the opportunity to hike this mountain range. The views are out of this world. I did a bit of walking around but unfortunately didn’t have time to go for a full day’s hike — I’ll definitely be returning to do this. A few hikes that I found when researching that I had starred were:

The Slemenova Špica Hike — 3-hour hike, moderate difficulty. See this link for more information.

The Path of the Pagan Girl — 1.5-hour hike, easy to moderate difficulty. See this link for more information.


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1 Comment

  1. Courtney Fulton Reply

    The Julian Alps are so high on my bucket list. Aaaand so is a black burger now, too. Yum!

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