SLOVENIAZelenci, Russian Chapel, Vrsic Pass, Kobarid, Kozjak Waterfall, Kanal ob Soci
WINTER IN SLOVENIA
Slovenia is a great destination year around and will leave you wanting more, no matter when you decide to visit. This time around I decided to explore the Nort-West of the country and went to Zelenci, Russian Chapel, Vrsic Pass, Kobarid, Kozjak Waterfall, Kanal ob Soci and also made a few photo-stops along the way.
ZELENCI NATURE RESERVE
Zelenci spring is a nature reserve and only a 5 minute walk from the parking lot by the road. With water’s temperature at 5-6 degrees year-around it’s aloso home to a wide range of flora and fauna. I was fascinated by the clarity of the water here and could see clearly all the way to the bottom. I visited on a work-day morning and had the rare luck of having this place all to myself.
Russian Chapel is a memorial on Vrsic Pass which was build by Russian prisoners of WWI during their construction of Vršič pass road. It’s beautiful and quite eerie there. I had a lucky strike again this day – just as I was leaving the man with the keys to the chapel was on his way up with a couple of Russian tourists. He invited me in as well and I got to ring the wishing bell!
Probably my favorite road in Slovenia – great mountain views from the start and you’ll want to make plenty stops along the way to observe the beauty of the Alps. This road elevates to 1611m and is the highest pass in the Eastern Julian Alps.
Kobarid is a small town in NW Slovenia and while it takes quite a while to drive up there, you won’t regret that you made a stop here, regardless of what your plans around are.
St. Anton church
Old herder’s cottages.
One of the most scenic hikes with greatest rewards is offered by this waterfall. You’ll park your car in a lot about half an hour away and start making your way towards the fall. The hike goes past a field, a WW1 defense line, beautiful river, another waterfall (nope, not there yet!), a lush forest and all the way to the final destination surrounded by rocks. Bear in mind that you are not allowed to swim here and respect the nature around you.
KANAL OB SOCI
Kanal gets quite crowded in the summer, with people coming from all over the world to jump from the bridge. The surroundings are stunning year-round though, so you won’t want to miss this one on your trip to Slovenia.
I did all the above destination in two relaxed days, but you could easily do them all in a single day as well if you’re tight on time. I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know below if you have any questions!