The most beautiful alpine valley in Slovenia
You must be curious if Krištof and young Lintver, the lonely dragon, found the missing sheep and if they are waiting for you at the entrance into the most beautiful valley in the world. Perhaps they are still waiting in Solčava for you to help them find the sheep.
The Logar Valley is considered one of the most beautiful and most frequently portrayed alpine glacial valleys in Europe. This most easily recognizable landmark of the Solčava region is nestled in the heart of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.
The appeal of the Logar Valley lies in the essence of the natural environment and landmarks, while also leaving their marks on the region are the farms, shaping the cultural landscape through the centuries. It was declared a landscape park in 1987.
The valley measures 7km in length and is on average 250m wide. Its lower part is known as Log, home of the Logar family, the middle is called Plest and is governed by the Plesnik family, while the upper section is known as Kot. The valley is enclosed in its upper section by the cirque underneath Mt. Okrešelj, known in particular for the famous Rinka Fall, the source of the ice-cold Savinja at an altitude of 1,280m, which is considered one of the most beautiful and one of the highest waterfalls in Slovenia.
What to eat
- Taste the local delicacies, such as savinjski želodec (cured meat in pig stomach), sirnek (green cheese), sirnek soup, masovnik (a flour and cream based dish), lamb, venison, pear žlinkrofi, štruklji, buckwheat žganci, bratci (leavened walnut pastry), soured milk, home-made cheese, bread and cake, butter, honey, jam, compote, juices, liquors etc.
- Choose from a wide assortment of diverse culinary service providers in hotels, guest houses, tourist farms, inns, mountain lodges or mountain dairy farms (see culinary delicacies and accommodation).
What to see
- Discover the natural beauties (Rinka Fall, Palenk Fall, Brložnica Falls, Rastovšek Fall, Logar linden tree, larch at Klemenča Cave, source of the Črna).
- Witness the wondrous mountain flowers, including certain extremely rare or even endangered plants as well as animal species. Logar Valley is the home of the Golden Eagle, peregrine falcon as well as chamois and ibexes, or even Solčava sheep when visiting farms.
- Visit the Chapel of Christ the King designed on the Logar Valley locals’ initiative in 1930 by the famous Jože Plečnik, while the present-day chapel was designed by the architect Martin Golob.
- Discover the heritage of wooden granaries and charcoal burning, the woodcutter’s cottage and the heritage of mountain dairies.
What to do and visit
- The Logar Valley provides endless opportunities for various activities in the summer as well as the winter: hiking, cycling, mountaineering, rock climbing, archery, wildlife photography, paragliding, equestrianism, skiing, sledding, cross-country skiing, chariot racing, snowshoe hiking, ice climbing.
- Take the Trail through the Logar Valley, the trail dedicated to natural history and ethnography leading through the marvellous corners of unspoilt nature of the landscape park (approx. 3 hours walk including breaks).
- Head as far as the Rinka Falls, then continue in the direction of the mountain lodge at Mt. Okrešelj or visit the lodge at Klemenča jama (cave). Hike from the Logar Valley via the Solčava Panoramic Road towards the Klemenšek excursion farm or the mineral water spring.
- Explore the region in the company of local tour guides, who will not fail to entertain you along the way with numerous stories and myths.