Zelenci natural reserve

“There is nothing more beautiful in Europe than this,” wrote Sir Humphry Davy about the beauties of the Sava Valley with its waterfalls and lakes.

Lake Zelenci can be discovered just behind the village of Podkoren on the south side of the main road. Many interesting plant species, including carnivorous sundews, have found a home in this nature reserve, and amphibians and nesting birds are richly represented among animals.

It lies on the northern edge of the Triglav National Park, in the south it is surrounded by the forested Vitranc, and in the north by Karavanke. The swamp with the Drni marsh is about 1,200 meters long, 150 meters wide on average, about 200 meters in the widest part, and about twenty in the narrowest part. In the extreme western part of the swamp is an emerald green lake, from which extremely clean and cold springs boil trough a layer of lake chalk, which gives the water its characteristic blue-green color. Due to its color, the lake with the swamp was named Zelenci.

Zelenci do not freeze in winter, their constant temperature throughout the year is about 6°C. In 1992, Zelenci and its surroundings were declared a nature reserve by a decree of the municipality of Jesenice.

You can walk to the lake and the swampy surroundings on a special wooden footbridge without harming nature.

An unforgettable green experience.

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Kranjska Gora is a land of many opportunities for active holidays in nature. Enter the kingdom of the highest Slovenian peaks.

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Lake Kreda

Lake Kreda

The lake takes its name from the chalk that was dug there until 1985.

Slemen's Spit (Slemenova špica)

Slemen's Spit (Slemenova špica)

A trip to the golden larches.

Srednji Vrh

Srednji Vrh

A picturesque village above the settlement of Gozd Martuljek, worth a visit.

Mojstrovka

Mojstrovka

A popular peak with an easy route and a challenging protected circular route.

Vitranc

Vitranc

Vitranc is a mountain on the edge of the Julian Alps and the Triglav National Park, with two trails leading to it.

Dovška baba

Dovška baba

This beautiful 1891 m high mountain in the Karavanke Mountains is hidden above the village of Dovje.

Grančišče

Grančišče

Grančišče is a rocky outcrop above the village of Veliki Breg in Mojstrana.

Martuljek mountain chain

Martuljek mountain chain

He took a handful of all nice with his hand, weaving them into a wreath over the valley deep.

The Triglav National Park

The Triglav National Park

Discover the Kingdom of Zlatorog, the only national park in Slovenia.

Krnica Valley

Krnica Valley

Krnica is an approximately 6 km long mountain valley south of Kranjska Gora.

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Get to know the rich range of active experiences in Kranjska Gora and its surroundings. Experience genuine contact with the Julian Alps and life in their embrace.

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Rutarška pot za Savo

Rutarška pot za Savo

A path beside soothing water, among energising trees and breathtaking views...

Morning yoga on Lake Jasna

Morning yoga on Lake Jasna

Breathe and let yourself be in the moment under the guidance of certified yoga teacher, Tamara Manojlović. After yoga, stop for a delicious breakfast with a view.

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Online guide "Where to go"

No idea where to go on a trip? Take our interactive quiz and our online guide will suggest the trip that's closest to your preferences at the moment. Let's get underfoot!

Cycling route to the Lakes Fusine

Cycling route to the Lakes Fusine

A route to scenic views of the surrounding peaks and green-blue lakes.

Interactive game Heroes of Planica

Interactive game Heroes of Planica

An interactive, game-rich AR experience throughout the Planica area.

The Karavanke Cycling Loops

The Karavanke Cycling Loops

An unforgettable mountain-biking tour - an adventure on the authentic slopes of the Karavanke Mountains.

The Karavanke Hiking Trail

The Karavanke Hiking Trail

The long-distance Karavanke trail brings together places and people that are a part of the Karavanke mountain range in a unique hiking experience.

Icy Kingdom Mojstrana

Icy Kingdom Mojstrana

Take a walk along the forest fairy-tale trail that winds along the stream between ice-covered trees, footbridges, streams, lakes and water towers, past the chapel of Lurška and the mill, to a quaint little Gorenjska village with a small church.

Along the path of cultural heritage

Along the path of cultural heritage

The trail is a picturesque hiking trail that brings us closer to the life of the inhabitants of Srednji Vrh in the past.

Via Ferrata Dobršnik

Via Ferrata Dobršnik

Ferrata is set in a secluded wild ravine of unspoilt nature, rising above Hrušica towards the Karavanke Mountains.

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Stories of Kranjska Gora

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In Kranjska Gora and the surrounding areas, lively experiences of the Julian Alps await you. There are plenty of experiences that you want to try for yourself, from actively spending your holidays to peacefully discovering your natural and cultural heritage. You can discover the secrets of well-being in the rich wellness offer, attend business and social meetings or explore the mystical past of the Upper Sava Valley with your family. This is where the adventure begins!

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5 things not to be missed in the autumn-colored Kranjska Gora

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World Bee Day and a picnic area for bees
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9 ways How you can visit Kranjska Gora during an epidemic

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Summer hit: Juliana Trail hiking trail
Summer hit: Juliana Trail hiking trail

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A notice that changed life in Kranjska Gora forever
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