Discover three exhilarating things to do for free in Kranjska Gora

Kranjska Gora, an alpine village in north west Slovenia, is a hidden gem for adventure enthusiasts. Located just a short drive from southern Austria and north eastern Italy, it attracts cyclists, bikers, and hikers from across Europe and beyond. While this quaint mountain village offers plenty of thrilling activities like canyoning, climbing, rafting, and zip-lining, these costs can quickly add up. Fortunately, there are several free activities that let you soak up the beauty and excitement of Kranjska Gora without spending a dime. Check out these three exhilarating things to do for for free in Kranjska Gora. All you need is a car and a sense of adventure.

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The cute town of Kranjska Gora

Three things to do for free in Kranjska Gora

1. Drive through the Vršič Pass

One of the most scenic drives in Slovenia, the Vršič Pass connects Kranjska Gora and the Soča Valley. As Slovenia’s highest mountain pass, it reaches just shy of 1,600 meters. The drive takes you through hairpin bends, untouched forests, and offers spectacular views of the towering mountains.

What to Expect:

– Allow around an hour for the drive between Bovec and Kranjska Gora.
– Enjoy leisurely breaks to admire the breathtaking views. This is not the time to pretend to be a racing car driver!
– The road can be narrow and winding, so drive carefully and enjoy the journey.

a mountain range with trees and clouds
The Vrsic Pass in Slovenia

2. Explore Jasna Lake

As you descend from Vršič Pass, you’ll encounter picturesque Jasna Lake. This park features two small emerald lakes nestled in the shadow of the Julian Alps. It’s a perfect spot for a tranquil walk or a relaxing afternoon.

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Jasna Lake, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
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Jasna Lake scenery

What to Expect:

– Parking: Park the car for €2.60 an hour, or find one of the few free spots along the road.
– Activities: Stroll along the paths crisscrossing the lakes or wander into the pebbled riverbed of the Sava River if water levels permit. From there you can bask in the aquamarine waters and mountain views.
– Relaxation: After your walk, visit Jasna Chalet Resort for a refreshing drink or ice cream. Enjoy dining on tented platforms with stunning mountain vistas.
– Walking Option: You can also walk to Jasna Lake from Kranjska Gora. It’s less than a mile up a gentle slope. Just before you reach the lakes, and immediately after the bridge there is a wooden path that leads you to a swaying steel bridge above the river canyon. A picture there is a must!!

3. Hike to Peričnik Waterfall

An unexpected delight near Mojstrana, the Peričnik Waterfall is a must-see natural wonder. This hike offers a rewarding experience for nature lovers and adventurers alike.

Getting to Peričnik Waterfall:

You can drive to the base of the walking trail or take a bus to Mojstrana and walk the 3 miles from the village. Note, at the time of writing it looks as though they are implementing a paid gate at the bottom of the road. For now however, it is possible to park for free in one of the limited laybys along the road and avoid the €5 fee for the car park at the base of the trail.

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Underneath the waterfall of Peričnik Waterfall

Peričnik Waterfall Trail:

The trail weaves through the forest, climbing decaying wooden steps. You’ll hear the roar of cascading waters long before you see the 52-meter waterfall. As you approach, the trail reveals a slim torrent of water falling into a frothing pool, with plumes of spray creating an awe-inspiring sight.

You can also follow the trail a little lower down the path that veers left for a higher viewpoint and a misty shower. If you’re intrepid, take the crumbling path directly beneath the waterfall, but only in sensible footwear as the ground is uneven. There you can enjoy a true shower whilst you admire the thundering cascades.

Final Thoughts

Kranjska Gora offers a variety of free hikes and trails that showcase the area’s natural splendor. These three activities provide a true appreciation of the region’s beauty and adventure. So pack your sense of adventure and explore Kranjska Gora without breaking the bank.

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