Wake up your dragon spirit – let's go hiking and cycling
In Tržič, we know how to wake up a dragon. This is how we nickname our sporty spirit which draws us outdoor, in the mountains and forests, on foot or by bike, higher and further. Bad mood and stress start to break up as the stones in the old times, when a real dragon came to life inside the mountain ridge called Košuta in Karavanke range.
A legend about the dragon and the character of Tržič people
Once upon a time the dragon grew up above Tržič. Nobody knows why a little dragon transformed into a huge beast with the power to crush and split the mountain in two. This triggered a rockslide and inhabitants ran into the valley in order to save their soul. They stopped right here, where the present-day Tržič is. Many Tržič inhabitants still have a dragon spirit and will. Certainly, among them are our snowboarder Žan Košir, a three-time Olympic medallist, and Klemen Premrl, ice climber and conqueror of the most demanding ice climbing routes in the world. Come and wake up your dragon spirit, too, in Tržič mountains and on the trails that you don’t need to share with a bunch of other cyclists and hikers. The dragon needs a lot of space for itself and here you will always find it as well.
A kingdom of trails in the Karawanks Alps
In the summer, the kingdom of the longest Slovenian mountain range called Karawanks, offers an abundance of hiking and alpine climbing routes for mountaineers as well as marked trails for mountain and touring bikers nearby the Slovenian capital Ljubljana (45 min from Tržič) and Kranj, the centre of Gorenjska region (30 min from Tržič). From a picturesque old town you can set off in the hill and in a very short time you find yourself in the middle of pristine nature.
Dragon’s hiking, climbing and cycling feats
In nature and away from the crowd, all the senses and thoughts become clear, either on foot, on the bike or during the climb. Therefore, as stubborn and sporty people from Tržič say: wake up your dragon! Come to meet and greet our petrified dragon, a sculpture which became a special guard of the town and a starting point for walks and trips across Tržič region. Every weekend, you can discover a new dragon path.
From the Tržič Basin you can reach the scenic top of Kriška Gora after an ascent of two and a half hours. Before you is an elevation gain of 956 metres, but with every step you are closer to an unforgettable view. The trail is less travelled than the two that lead to Kriška Gora from Zgornje Vetrno or Gozd, and so there will be more than enough time to clear your mind. >
From Tržič go through Brdo and Dobrava along the unique pilgrimage route towards the Basilica of St. Mary Help of Christians in Brezje. This loop trail through shaded forests and across flowering meadows calms the mind and relaxes the body. >
Stegovnik Waterfall is a few hundred metres distant from Medvodje, you just need to follow Stegovnik Brook. Over millions of years the brook gradually sculpted a streambed and deposited stones from the mountain of the same name in it. The roughly 15-metre-high waterfall can be viewed in all seasons; access is also possible by mountain bike. >