Photographer's Note

This beautiful small lake is located in Kranjska Gora. Just ten minutes walk from the center. On the right side you can see one of the treasure hunters from my yesterday's photo. :-)

In the backgroud is valley which leads to Vršič pass.

Kranjska Gora

The history of Kranjska Gora reaches back to the second half of the 14th century when the inhabitants began chopping down the forests to a larger extent, transforming them into farm land and pastures for sheep and cattle. The area gained strategic significance during World War I when the military road across the 1611 m high Vršič pass from the Sava to Soča Valleys was constructed by Russian prisoners. Kranjska Gora acquired its fame as a tourist region through the construction of the railroad and its first visitors. Somewhat later, ski jumping and ski flying in Planica carried the name of the area and valley throughout the world. This encouraged a blossoming tourist activity in the Kranjska Gora region especially when the first cable cars were built on the sides of the Vitranc at the end of the fifties.
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. A postal carriage brought inhabitants news from far off places across Korensko sedlo (Korensko Saddle) during the era of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. 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.
Kranjska Gora and Podkoren are linked by at least three things: a common history, a common position on the tri-border between Slovenia, Austria and Italy and a common tourist boost due to resounding achievements of »the heroes of the white sheer slopes« at the annual Alpine skiing World Cup.
For tourists, both regions particularly represent an excellent combination of the Kranjska Gora cosmopolitan pulse and the idyllic serenity of Koren.

The Zgornjesavska valley

The municipality of Kranjska Gora is situated in the area of the Zgornjesavska valley, sometimes spelt Gornjesavska dolina, and also known as Dolina, this is without doubt one of the most picturesque Alpine valleys.

Located at the far north east of Slovenia where the borders of Slovenia, Austria and Italy meet, the valley is embraced on the north and south by the towering peaks of the Kravanke Mountains and the Julian Alps. In the east its border runs just below the town of Jesenice where the valley opens up towards the Radovljiska valley, extending in the west along the water-stretch between the Sava and the Zilja rivers, just west of Ratece.

The Zgornjesavska valley enjoys an Alpine climate with its long, snow-abundant winters and shorter summers with moderate temperatures, easterly winds and sufficient rain to maintain the valley’s greenery.

The winter usually stays in the valley for between four and five months, and the blanket of snow usually covers the valley for just around four months. The lowest daytime temperature in January sometimes reaches –8 oC, while on average it usually warms up during the day to just over freezing point. The average temperature in the hottest summer months is 10 oC in the morning, rising up to around 23 oC during the day.

In winter there are large differences between the sunny and shady slopes embracing the valley. The sunny slopes are ideal for trips and strolls in the beautiful sunshine while the shady slopes keep the cold and help to retain that snow blanket loved by all skiing enthusiasts.

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Additional Photos by Sasko Glavica (Fante) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 615 W: 62 N: 1030] (5429)
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