Most beautiful mountain roads in Slovenia

If you are in love with great views, unspoiled nature and mountains  than do not miss mountain roads in Slovenia! We chose three most spectacular mountain roads in Slovenia that offer amazing views and exceptional natural sightseeing. No AC needed in summer, fresh air guaranteed! Hiking, cycling or driving by car – that’s your choice 😉

1. SOLČAVA PANORAMIC ROAD and PAVLIČ SADDLE PASS

Klemensek farm, splendid view on the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, Solcava panoramic road, one of the most beautiful alpine roads in Slovenia
Klemensek farm, splendid view on the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, Solcava panoramic road, one of the most beautiful alpine roads in Slovenia (photo: center Rinka, T. Jesenicnik).

There are places in the world that you could simply fall in love with. Solčava panoramic road will lead you through the natural and cultural heritage of Solčavsko, European destination of excellence for protected and preserved natural areas. The region is famous  for specatular Logar Valley and Robanov kot landscape park. Majestic peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, highland homesteads, producing everything nature offers and more than 20 points of interest – just absorb the nature and genuineness of the Savinja valley! The 21 kilometres of trail with 12 stops mostly lead you along a paved road with only a small portion being on a gravel road. The road is one of the most “sightseeing” mountain roads in Slovenia!

You could explore the Solčava panoramic road and continue to Črna na Koroškem, the hometown of Tina Maze, so far the best Slovenian skier or explore the road to Pavlic saddle pass (1338 m) at the Austrian boarder.

Natural and cultural sights near Solcava panoramic road:
  • be inspired by the amazing views from the lookout point near Klemenšek excursion farm;
  • pamper your taste-buds on the hospitable tourist farms along the way (do not hesitate to taste traditional Zgornjesavinjski želodec dry-meat);
  • get a cup of healthy water, visit iron water spring.
Natural and cultural sights on the Solcava panoramic road. (photos T. Jesenicnik, T. Gerkman)
Natural and cultural sights on the Solcava panoramic road. Don’t forget enjoying local food on the tourist farms. (photos T. Jesenicnik, T. Gerkman)
Information on Solčava panoramic road:
  • WHEN TO GO: spring, summer, autumn (depends on snow, the road to the Pavlic saddle is usually opened from April till the end of October);
  • HOW TO GO: hiking, cycling, by car or mini van
  • DURATION OF THE TRIP: 1 day
  • APPROPRIATE FOR: couples, families, group trips, cyclists, hikers
  • WHERE TO SLEEP: Tourist farms and mountain huts
  • WHERE TO EAT: Tourist and excursion farms
  • DO NOT MISS: Solčavski dnevi etnological event (summer)
  • MORE INFO: Solčava panoramic road, Rinka center

2. VRŠIČ MOUNTAIN PASS

Vrsic mountain pass (1611 m) leads from Kranjska Gora to Trenta and offers splendid views on the Julian Alps.
Vrsic mountain pass (1611 m) leads from Kranjska Gora to Trenta and offers splendid views on the Julian Alps. (photo Tina Gerkman)

The Vrsic mountain pass is a high mountain pass across the Julian Alps. It is the highest pass in Slovenia and Eastern Julian Alps. The road is known as the Russian Road (Ruska cesta) and was built in 1915 for military purposes, to supply the Soca front during  WW1. The Vršič Pass is considered an excellent starting point for excursions to surrounding peaks like Velika Mojstrovka (2.366 m), Prisojnik (2.547 m), Razor (2.601 m) or idyllic Slemenova Spica (1.911 m). A series of 50 hairpin bends from Kranjska Gora to Trenta (Soča Valley). This is one of the curviest mountain roads in Slovenia.

Natural and cultural sights near Solčava panoramic road:
  • Russian Orthodox chapel (1200 m), built by the Russians to commemorate their comrades dead during the road construction;
  • bronze monument in honor of the mountaineer and writer Julius Kugy; 
  • the heathen maiden, the rock formation that resembles a female human face.
Natural and cultural sights on the road to Vrsic pass: Russian capel, Ajda girl, Kugy monument (photos Tina Gerkman)
Natural and cultural sights on the road to Vrsic pass: Russian chapel, the heathen maiden, Kugy monument (photos Tina Gerkman)
Information on Vrsic mountain pass:
  • WHEN TO GO: spring, summer, autumn (depends on snow, usually closed during the winter)
  • HOW TO GO: hiking, cycling, by car or mini van
  • DURATION OF THE TRIP: 1 day
  • APPROPRIATE FOR: couples, families, group trips, cyclists, hikers
  • WHERE TO SLEEP & EAT: Mountain huts and lodges: Erjavec Lodge (1,515 m), Tičar Lodge (1,620 m), Postman’s Lodge (1,725 m)
  • DO NOT MISS: Goni Pony Red Bull cycling event (June)
  • MORE INFO: Kranjska Gora TIC

3. ROAD TO THE MANGART SADDLE

The road to the Mangart saddle is the highest and for sure one of the most beautiful mountain roads in Slovenia.
The road to the Mangart saddle is the highest and for sure one of the most beautiful mountain roads in Slovenia. (photo Tina Gerkman)

This beautiful mountain road in the Triglav national park overlooks the Julian Alps and majestic Loška stena wall, the longest alpine rock wall in Slovenia. Curvy road requires some attentive driving, but with views like this it’s well worth it. The roads which was built in 1938 ascends to the elevation of 2,055 m. The saddle affords a fine view of two lakes called the Mangart Lakes (Belopeška jezera). Some scenes of the movies Let’s Go Our Own Way were filmed in this scenic area. One of the most famous mountain roads in Slovenia!

NATURAL and CULTURAL SIGHTS NEAR THE ROAD TO MANGART SADDLE:
  • visit Mangartska planina moutain pasture where you could buy Bovec cheese;
  • taking pictures of Belopeška jezera lakes (Mangart lakes);
  • discovering unique mountain flora
Natural and cultural sights on the road to Mangart saddle: Mangrtska planina pasture, traditional cycling event.
Natural and cultural sights on the mountain roads in Slovenia: road to Mangart saddle, Mangrtska planina pasture, traditional cycling event
INFORMATION ON THE MANGART SADDLE ROAD:
  • WHEN TO GO: late spring, summer, autumn (depends on snow, usually closed during the winter)
  • HOW TO GO: hiking, cycling, by car or mini van
  • DURATION OF THE TRIP: 1 day
  • APPROPRIATE FOR: couples, families, group trips, cyclists, hikers
  • WHERE TO SLEEP AND EAT: The Mangart Saddle Lodge (koča na Mangrtskem sedlu)
  • DO NOT MISS: Kolesarski vzpon na Mangart traditional cycling event (August)
  • MORE INFO: Bovec TIC

 

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