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Občina Kranjska Gora
Location of Kranjska Gora in Slovenia
Area: 256.3 km²
Population 5,500
 - males 2,565
 - females 2,682
Mayor: Jure Žerjav
Average age: 40.8 years
Residential areas: 40.21 m²/person
 - households: 1,997
 - families: 1,499
Working active: 2,620
 - unemployed: 294
Average monthly salary (August 2003):
 - gross: 259,130 SIT
 - net: 161,652 SIT
College/university students: 171
Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, census of 2002.

Kranjska Gora (German: Kronau, Italian: Monte Cragnisca) is a town and a municipality on the Sava Dolinka river in the Upper Carniola region of north-west Slovenia, close to the Austrian and Italian borders.

Kranjska Gora is mostly famous as a winter sports town, being situated in the Julian Alps. It annually hosts an event in the Alpine skiing World Cup series, also known as the Vitranc Cup for the slalom and giant slalom events. The well-known ski jumping hill Planica is located in the nearby Tamar valley.

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Geography and climate

The municipality of Kranjska Gora is situated in the area of the Zgornjesavska valley, sometimes spelt Gornjesavska Dolina, and also known as Dolina, a typical Alpine valley.

View from Kranjska Gora to the Julian Alps with Razor (left) and Prisojnik (right)

Located at the far north west 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 Karavanke 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-shed between the Sava and Slizza rivers, just west of Rateče. In the north the Wurzenpass at Podkoren leads to Arnoldstein in Carinthia, in the south the Vršič Pass connects it with Trenta in the Slovenian Littoral region.

The Zgornjesavska valley has 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 a blanket of snow usually covers the valley for just around four months. The lowest daytime temperature in January sometimes reaches –8°C, 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°C in the morning, rising up to around 23°C during the day. In winter, there are large differences between the sunny and shady slopes embracing the valley. The sunny slopes are accommodating to hikes and strolls, while the shady slopes retain a snow blanket.

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Coordinates: 46°29′N 13°47′E / 46.483°N 13.783°E / 46.483; 13.783


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Kranjska Gora is a town in north-western Slovenia. It is a base for winter sports and is known for alpine skiing and ski jumping.

Get in

There are regular buses to and from Ljubljana and Jesenice (which has the nearest railway station). There are also two buses a day to and from Bled. Those with a car can also cross over the nearby border with Austria or Italy

Get around

Kranjska Gora is very small; one can walk from one end to the other in under 15 minutes.

See

Kranjska Gora is a ski resort, and is therefore rather sterile. Its surroundings are, however, breathtaking. Nearby is a picturesque lake with a statue of the Zlatarog, the mythical guardian of mount Triglav. His face appears on the Slovenian beer, Lasko.

  • Skiing and snowboarding at Vitranc
  • Hiking and cycling in the summer. Walking maps are available locally. Warning regarding these maps- "paths" that are not recommended routes may well lead you to an impassable scree. Paths labelled as "rather difficult" tend to involve scrambling, sometimes in places with considerable exposure where hand-holds tend to be rather unreliable. Paths labelled "very difficult" are for the suicidal!.
  • Mountain biking is available at the Fun Bike Park Kranjska Gora

Eat

There is a supermarket in Kranjska Gora, as well as some bar-restaurants serving up pizzas etc. By the lake there is a rather nice, moderately priced restaurant serving Slovenian/ trans-European food.

Drink

There are a few bars in Kranjska Gora.

Sleep

Kranjska Gora itself has a number of hotels. About 2km away is the very pleasant small village of Podkoren, home to Pr'Tatko youth hostel, which is probably the cheapest place to stay in the area and is in a very nice old building. It has a fully equipped kitchen, friendly staff and a very friendly cat. Across the road is a hotel, which has a bar that is open to non-residents.

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