Kranj

Kranj is the third largest city in Slovenia. It is located about 20 km from Ljubljana on the banks of the Sava and Kokra rivers at the foot of the Alps. Mountain peaks surround the city almost from all sides. On the right bank of the Sava River, there is a massive mountain Šmarjetna standing on the very outskirts of the Škofjeloško hribovje mountain group.

Kranj has an excellent transport infrastructure. The International Jože Pučnik Airport is located 7 km from the city. Kranj is connected by transport communication with all cities of Slovenia, as well as with Austria and Italy.

The city is considered a cultural, economic and sports centre of the region and one of the most beautiful cities in Slovenia. At any time of the year, Kranj offers tourists almost any kind of recreation and entertainment.

Karst caves, both dangerous and magnetic, attract tourists to the Udin boršt national park. Deep in the very heart of the caves, the roar of underground springs with the clearest transparent water can be heard.

There is the St. Kancian Church (Slovene: Cerkev svetega Kancijana) on the central square of Kranj. It is the symbol of the city and the main monument of Gothic architecture in Slovenia. Archaeological excavations have shown that in the 10th century there was an ancient sacral structure on this site. The City Hall, which combines two buildings in Gothic and classical architectural styles, is located not far from the church. The building hosts a working museum with three permanent collections of sculptures by Lojze Dolinar. Statues of the author can be seen on the Slovenia Square (Slovene: Slovenski trg).

On the central square of the city, there is the Pavšlar’s house (Slovene: Pavšlarjeva hiša) consisting of several buildings, combined with covered passages and arches.

The PUHart family gallery hosts exhibitions of photography, design, painting and even music. It also runs a number of creative workshops. The Prešeren Theatre is known for its original modern productions.

Kranj is also famous for its gastronomic tourism destinations. Tourists can smell freshly baked bread, fragrant sausages, coffee, and sweets at every corner of the city. Traditional Kranj cuisine, as well as the entire region of Upper Carniola (Slovene: Gorenjska), is interesting with its cheeses and abundance of meat dishes. Recipes include even venison.

Shrovetide in Kranj is celebrated with a grandiose fancy ball, thanks to which the city once entered the Federation of European Carnival Cities. In May, the International Bicycle Marathon Kranj-Jezersko takes place, and in the beginning of June, lovers of folklore festival Zlata Voščenka (English: Golden Wax Apple) come to Kranj.