We have already stepped into autumn. the tops of the highest mountains have already been whitened by first snow and morning temperatures are already falling below zero in the valley. The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Specifically, we have already stepped into autumn, the tops of the highest mountains have already been whitened by snow and morning temperatures are already falling below freezing in the valley. The air smells of autumn, of roasted chestnuts and mushrooms sprouting from the forest’s mossy soil.
For many, autumn is the right time for a short break or discovering new corners. Destination Kranjska Gora offers peace and every morning a new color spectrum in forests and meadows. Autumn in Kranjska Gora is also a paradise for photographers. That is why we have collected some activities for you that you can do in the fall in Kranjska Gora.
1. The Tibet-style bridge over the Pišnica river
There is nothing more beautiful than a morning walk through the woods waking up from a night’s rest. The forest is calm, under the feet of creaking fallen leaves, covered with salt overnight. One of these walks can be enjoyed along the path that leads from the Best Western Hotel along Vršiška cesta, which can be skilfully avoided if we turn a little before “Baba šči” onto the path that leads to the forest path to Lake Jasna. If we follow this path, it will lead us to an exceptional suspension bridge that leads over the river Pišnica. The Tibet-style bridge is 30 meters long and is a real adrenaline treat at 1.4 m high. When you cross the bridge, you turn towards Lake Jasna, which with Razor on the left and Prisank on the right offers beautiful autumn-colored views.
2. A trip among the golden larch trees
A paradise for photographers and lovers of golden yellow is the ascent to Slemenova špica mountain. The path leads us from Vršič, which after a short ascent lays down and winds between rocks and pine trees. On the left we have beautiful views of the walls of the surrounding peaks and the Tamar canopy, and in the distance the village of Rateče on the other side. At the top of the 1911 m high peak Sleme you will find golden-colored larch, occasionally smaller lakes and views of the peaks of the Julian Alps (the mighty Jalovec, Mojstrovka and Ponce in the background). You will need about an hour and 15 minutes of walking from Vršič to ascend Slemenova špica. More experienced hikers can extend the route and descend to Tamar past the Black WaterFall.
3. Water, the source of life
Water has always had an impact on people. When we look at it, we can relax, and our problems flow with it down the riverbed. In Kranjska Gora, the views of the surface of three lakes are particularly enchanting: the Zelenci Nature Reserve, Lake Jasna and the hidden gem, Lake Kreda, which calm even the most restless spirit with their beautiful colours. A classic among walks is the walk along the Triglavska Bistrica trail to the Peričnik waterfall in the Vrata valley. The peaks of the Julian Alps hide two more hidden, but no less beautiful, waterfalls. The first of these is reached after a short climb from the Tamar gorge, where you ascend to the Nadiža waterfall, which is also the first source of Slovenia’s longest river, the Sava Dolinka. After a short climb, you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the peaks above the Tamar mountain lodge. You will reach the second one if you follow the trail leading from the Tamar Mountain Home to Slemenovo Špica. It is called the Black Water Waterfall and is named after the black rock along which it flows. It rises below Slemenova Spica and falls in several waterfalls, the highest of which is the Black Water Waterfall (70 m). Just below the waterfall, the water runs down, hence the name Disappearing Waterfall.
4. Harvesting autumn fruits
Autumn or potato holidays can also be used to pick chestnuts and other autumn fruits. Next to the Best Western Hotel Kranjska Gora is a tree-lined avenue of mighty chestnut trees, where you can pick chestnuts for autumn decorations that will adorn your table or front door.
A popular activity in the autumn forests is definitely mushroom picking; mushrooms, chanterelles, apricots and other edible forest treasures. We, as real mushroom pickers, will not give you places to collect them. But we will give you some tips for trips to the Karavanke. What do you know, maybe you can find your edible mushroom right there.
Tip for families: Harvested fruits can be used to create interesting ornaments and sculptures for autumn decoration.
5. Actively catching the warm autumn rays
Karavanke offer quite a few opportunities for walks and a little longer hikes. However, the Karavanke Mountains are popular in the autumn, especially by those who still want the warmth of the sun’s rays. From Rateče you can climb to Peč or. a triple border where you can stand in on the tri-border of three countries. When the weather is nice, you have views of the Julian Alps, the Ghent Alps, the Krško Alps, the High and Low Tours and part of the western Karavanke. From Kranjska Gora you can cross Robe to Srednji Vrh, a typical alpine village with a magnificent view of the Julian Alps and the starting points of the Karavanke. You do not need to pack a snack with you, as you can buy a very tasty Serjan cheese at Hlebanjeva kmetija, named after the inhabitants of Srednji vrh – Serjani. An even more beautiful tour in the Karavanke is Planina Dovška Rožca. At the top of the mountain, next to the mountain hut, you are offered beautiful views of the Triglav Mountains, part of the western Karavanke and part of the Upper Sava Valley. You can extend your hiking adventure to Dovška Baba or Hruški vrh.