It’s a common scenario. You’re staying in
Ljubljana and need to fill in an extra day in your itinerary.
What to do and where to go? Fret no longer. A leisurely day in nearby Kamnik is the answer to your dilemma.
Less than an hour from Ljubljana, Kamnik is a tranquil and relaxing medieval town steeped in history and legend with the added bonus of the majestic Kamnik–Savinja Alps as a backdrop.
So where to start? At the head of course. Glavni Trg means Main Square or Head Square in Slovene and this is where you will find the Kamnik Tourist Information centre. Sara and her colleagues are waiting for you and are keen to show you where to go and what to see in the immediate area. While here pick up a guide and map, book a tour or guide, ask questions and of course browse for a souvenir to take home.
You will find the tourist office here at Glavni Trg!
Glavni Trg itself is a nice spot for a photo. The main building has a beautiful façade complete with rustic décor and was designed by Plečnik (yes it is that man again!) although his entire vision for the site was never realised. In stepped Anton Bitenc (one of Plečnik’s students) who completed the project and added the beautiful fountain we see today.
As you head away from the Trg, seek out the Franciscan Church of St James which has an interesting history. After the additional wings were added, it served on and off as a friary and was used by the Gestapo during WW2 and housed families after the war. After admiring the main church and friary, take a peek at the impressive library and chapel as well.
St James Church has an impressive library and chapel.
Leaving St James we head down Frančiškanski Trg you may notice huge stone slabs attached to the base of many houses. Although they look unsightly, they do have a purpose. Can you guess what it is?
Why am i here?
Back onto main street we climb the stairs up to the Mali Grad or small castle with its double Romanesque chapel and crypt. It would be nice to have seen the castle in its original state, but a fire and earthquake has meant that what is left is what we see today. At least we still have this beautiful chapel to admire and there is a nice folk legend that accompanies the Little Castle. And of course this is an ample opportunity to take some obligatory photos of downtown Kamnik and the towering Alps in the background.
Mali Grad is a landmark in Kamnik
From Mali Grad we can continue down Šutna Street which is lined with beautiful houses where prominent residents like Rudolph Maister (a Slovene war hero) once lived. The Sadnikar Museum is also worthy of a stop.
A delightful stroll down Sutna Street
Kamnik is a joy to explore on foot but it is only a small town, so what to do with the remainder of your day?
If you have a vehicle or can book a tour then the obvious answer is nearby Velika Planina. You can book a guided tour with our friend Irena Grmek – visit her page here and mention Sloveniaforyou. You will be well looked after with one of the best guides in the region. She can incorporate a wonderful tour including the sites mentioned in Kamnik plus Velika Planina.
Come and hang out on the Planina with our Bovine friends!
If you have no idea what a Velika Planina is, read our blog here to get the inside scoop! Believe us, it is a highlight of any trip to Slovenia so definitely make it happen if you can.
Further north past the cable car station the road ends at Kamniška Bistrica. Slovenia is heaven for nature lovers and this is a great spot for a easy stroll or a serious hike. The pristine waters of the Kamniška river and the Alps on either side makes this is a great place to unwind and forget your troubles.
This is a beautiful place to hike or bike!
But wait, there is more. In a little village not far from Kamnik there is an attraction that is definitely worth the effort and with someone like guide Grega leading the way; we never had so much fun. It’s the Black House of Budnar where you can discover what life was like hundreds of years ago in a rural homestead. See the black kitchen and the accompanying rooms. The walls are still adorned with photos of the family that used to live here.
History comes alive in Budnar at the Black House.
Ok, all this fresh air is making me hungry and thirsty so where to go? We have the perfect place. The Repnik is a restaurant serving fine Slovenian cuisine plus the accommodation is some of the best we have seen anywhere. After seeing this place you will want to stay a few days if you are not already.
Stay and Dine at the Repnik in Kamnik
So come for the day or even better, stay for a few. Kamnik and surrounds make for an ideal break and still only a short distance from the big smoke.
Sara, Samo and Irena are waiting for you now. Explore Kamnik, fall in love with Kamnik. We have, now it’s your turn!
Kamnik is about 1 hour north of Ljubljana. You can reach Kamnik easily by bus or train. If you have your own car that's even better and roads are good all the way to Kamnik and Velika Planina.
Irena Grmek is a very talented and experienced tourist guide and is your number one choice for tours of Kamnik, Velika Planina and the Kamniška Bistrica valley.
Book her for your upcoming trip to Velika Planina and mention Sloveniaforyou.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT HER WEBSITE AND TO BOOK
Meet Irena at the Kamnik Tourist Information centre to pick up some brochures and purchase local souvenirs as well!
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE KAMNIK TIC SITE