Velika planina – breathtakingly hiker’s paradise 30 min from Ljubljana

velika planina hiking

Only a stone’s throw away from the Slovenia capital

The charming Velika planina. Only a stone’s throw away from Ljubljana lies the breathtakingly beautiful (but easily accessible by a cable car) Velika planina mountain plateau. The place itself is magical and one gets a feeling as if one stepped directly into the fairy-tale.

Velika planina is a mountain plateau which features unique herders’ settlement and one of the top attractions to visit while in Slovenia. Only a stone’s throw away from Ljubljana and in vicinity of the charming medieval town of Kamnik lies this magical place where one gets a feeling as if one stepped directly into the fairy-tale.There are about 200 huts on the alp, of which 63 form the herder’s settlement. Yes, you have read it correctly: from mid-June until mid-September herders bring to the alp about 380 cows and the place changes into a lively alpine settlement, which offers an insight into the long forgotten times. Apart from that, all the fresh dairy products can be tasted there – directly at the herders.

Velika planina is an ideal place to visit, if you are eager to experience the uniqueness and the simplicity of the herdsmen’s life and indulge in breath-taking views. In addition, the place offers numerous possibilities for hiking and biking – but no one will resent you if you just sit in the grass and enjoy the magnificent views created by the unique mountain architecture and picturesque Kamnik-Savinja Alps as a backdrop.

Magnificent scenery is also the reason, why numerous Instagrammers, bloggers as well as journalists who we host in Slovenia are eager to visit this charming place. Among them were also Alex Strohl, the creators behind the Canon Photos (CP creatives) profile, Costa, Gezimanya, Celinne Da CostaDrink Tea and Travel and many others …

If you want to stay at Velika planina longer, check out Pravljica na Veliki planini (literally: Mountain Fairy-tale), an accommodation provider who managed to combine the simplicity of the traditional mountain architecture with all the comfort you can imagine. Currently, you can choose between two mountain huts, Ojstrica and Bistra, but the owners have bigger plans and already work on building a new hut – with the aim to make your stay at Velika planina unforgettable.


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