Kranjska Gora is most famous for its winter sports but is the heart of the valley in summer too. Traditional mountain homelines and athletic dynamism are united here. It offers many sport events and plenty of enetrainment for all who enjoy sport, parties and fun. True romantics will find a peacful retreat, whilst more curious, inquisitive minds will be overwhelmed by the variety of folklore.
The edition of World Snow Day on 19 January 2014 is set to be the largest ever with 610 Organizers in 35 countries staging unique events in a friendly and fun environment to celebrate all things on snow.
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Rateče is distinguished by its position alongside the tri-border of Italy and Austria and Slovenia, for the main road flows under the village bringing you across the Italian border and along Kanalski Valley (La Val Canale, Italy). On the southern side of Rateče, the vista opens up into the Planica Valley surrounded by the high peaks of the Julian Alps.
The settlement Srednji Vrh arose during the times of Turkish invasions as can be gathered in the house names - pri Merkeljnu, pri Vahu. In times long gone, a pilgrimage route led through the Zgornjesavska Valley to Višarje. A footpath led through Rute accross the Vršič pass to Trenta, and a cargo and postal route via Koren to Carynthia.
Gozd Martuljek and Srednji Vrh are both stories in themselves. Long ago Carinthian herdsmen pastured their herds here. After World War I, railroad men renamed the village situated along the stream into Gozd Martuljek.Following World War I, there were 19 mills and 4 sawmills in Rute; residents were also involved in farming and lumber harvesting.
Dovje is a village with a thousand year history and agricultural tradition. Squeezed under the steep side of the Karavanke Mountains, industrious villagers formed terraced fields in its foothills through the centuries. The village has maintained numerous Alpine architectural characteristics. The semi-circular entrance doors of farm houses are particularly interesting from which hospitality exudes.
Even older than Kranjska Gora is the mysterious village of Podkoren which hides wonderful tales from times when tourism was still foreign to the Zgornjesavska Valley. A paved medieval road led through the village which in the 15th century served as a connection between the countrysides of Carniola and Carinthia. Until the year 1990 when the Karavanke tunnel was built, the road through the Korensko sedlo presented the main traffic connection with central and northern Europe.
Where the road leaves the main road, leading to the village of Dovje, a monument in memory of Jakob Aljaz, the parish priest, composer and great mountaineering enthusiast, was erected in 1989 to commemorate his post in the village from 1898 to his death in 1927.
According to tradition the church was built in the very earliest days of Kranjska Gora’s history. It was built in honour of the Virgin Mary and was called the church of Mary at Beli prod. Only the bell tower, built from sandy blocks in Romanesque style remains from the original church.
The Russian chapel was built to honour the memory of those who died and to serve as a reminder of the follies of war. Russians prisoners built the neat little chapel between 1916 and 1917. The chapel has two small towers built in traditional Russian style. All around the chapel and along the roadside are the graves of Russian soldiers.
The former blacksmith, where you can find a press and wooden chamber, both remnants from the old building, has recently been renovated and is now maintained by the local development society. Members of the society named the house "Pr Katr" in Dovje. Katra, who used to live in the house, was a hardworking and virtuous lady who cared for the exterior of the house, thus making the blacksmiths’ shop a focal point of Dovje.