Visit Vrhnika, the town where the oldest known wooden wheel in the world was found, where Ivan Cankar, ‘Slovenian Kafka’, was born and where you will enjoy delicious cuisine, try locally roasted coffee, brewed beer and the most amazing ‘Vrhnika štruklji’. Before or after (or in-between) these gourmet delights you will be able to discover numerous hiking, walking and cycling trails near the center of the town.
Looking for some inspiration for a short trip or maybe a vacation? Why not visit Vrhnika? This small town, located 20 kilometers to the west of Ljubljana, is connected to Slovenia’s capital by Ljubljanica, an intermittent karst river that flows underground for a distance before it re-emerges (vrh-nikne in Slovenian) on the surface near Vrhnika and, by doing so, gives the town its name.
Vrhnika is a starting point for numerous hiking, walking, and cycling trails. Planina Hill, which you can admire ever from the town’s center, is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Ljubljana area.
Ljubljanica springs are divided in three major groups: Močilnik, Retovje and Bistra, but you can also discover many other springs, wells and affluents near the town. You can sightsee the springs on your own and choose one or more of the existing trails. But you are also able to join an organized tour; experienced guides will turn these already interesting paths into an adventure, where you will discover the legend of the Argonauts. According to Greek mythology, Greek heroes, the Argonauts, disassembled their ship at Vrhnika and carried it on their shoulders to the Adriatic Sea.
River of Seven Names, as Ljubljanica is also known, greatly influenced town’s long and important past. Stroll through different periods of Vrhnika’s history, from prehistoric times to the present day at Ljubljanica River Exhibition. Learn the story of the town where the oldest known wooden wheel in the world was found, old as 5,200 years. The town where, at the bottom of Ljubljanica, one of the longest logboats in Europe was discovered, dating back to Roman times. The exhibition will impress you and you’ll be wowed by the mosaic wall, which exhibits a significant part of the famous Potočnik Family Collection (archeological findings from Ljubljanica).
Take a journey from the old times to the present day, when Vrhnika is one of the ‘greenest’ municipalities in the country and when it attracts its visitors with numerous opportunities to discover both nature and culture. Learn about what it is that makes Vrhnika so remarkable – apart from the fact that it is the birthplace of one of the greatest masters of the Slovenian language, Ivan Cankar (1876–1918). He has been referred to as ‘the Slovenian Kafka’ and is particularly famous for his sketch story A Cup of Coffee. You can also get a feel of Cankar’s period by visiting Cankar Memorial House, an important cultural monument of the city center of Vrhnika. It is located on the site where once stood a wooden, thatched cottage, in which Cankar was born. At the guided tour through the house you will listen to the stories about young ‘Ivanček’ and the great man he grew up to be.
Vrhnika is a starting point for numerous hiking, walking, and cycling trails. Planina Hill, which you can admire ever from the town’s center, is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Ljubljana area. After you conquer the 400 m ascent and climb up the 22 m high wooden lookout tower, you are rewarded with the most beautiful view. On a clear day the view extends all the way to the highest Slovenian mountain, Mount Triglav in the Alps. At the lodge you can enjoy refreshments as you plan your next activities.
These activities should include visiting the Technical Museum of Slovenia, country’s largest museum. This is a place where technical heritage and nature tell countless stories. It is located at a former Carthusian monastery and is known for its permanent and occasional collections from agriculture, fishing, wildlife and hunting to electricity, wood working, forestry, water driving machinery, textiles and printing.
As for when to visit – the town is lovely every day of the year, but is best visited in June, when it hosts the Argonaut Days Festival. The Argonauts, Medea and Jason return to Vrhnika sometime in the middle of the month. You can meet them at the grand opening of the festival or at individual events later. The festival program is designed in the sense of “something for everyone” and includes more than 40 cultural, ethnological and gastronomical events as well as entertainment, children’s and sporting events.
Visit Vrhnika and see for yourself what the town’s slogan ‘Nearby. Green. Interesting. Remarkable.’ is all about. And when visiting Vrhnika, make sure to enjoy a Cankar’s Cup of Coffe, made from a superior blend of coffee roasted locally, or if you prefer, a glass of beer brewed by the local Human Fish Brewery. And not to forget – the town is known for its delicious ‘Vrhnika štruklji’ – rolled prune dumplings, which will please even the most demanding gourmet. Travel to Vrhnika and try them for yourself..
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