So, what is Velika Planina, how to get there, the best way to spend time there, what to eat and of course, how to return to real life again after visiting it? 🙂
These and other similar questions important for first-time travelers to Velika Planina will be answered below. 🙂
If you haven’t heard about Slovenia or visited it yet – don’t worry. It still isn’t too late. The country is mostly authentic and “unspoiled” with mass tourism yet. So, if you ever decide to visit Velika Planina or Slovenia in general, I’ll give you a teaser with some places that are worth visiting too. Places like Bled, Bohinj, Logarska valley, Soča river, Triglav, Vršić, Piran and Jeruzalem wine road are just a few samples of places worth visiting.
Slovenia is a small country in central Europe also with small but memorable Adriatic coast and amazing countryside. It’s an Alpine country with beautiful, overwhelming mountains and peaks, and that is one of the biggest reasons for its beauty.
So, let’s stay focused on Velika Planina.
For more precise information about its location check the Google map below.
When to visit Velika Planina?
Regarding my experience, unfortunately, I’m not the best person to give that advice. It’s just too hard for me to make that decision. Each season, either spring/summer or autumn/winter, has its particularities. I visited it early in summer and in winter and really can’t make a decision when it’s better to go there if you need to choose just one period. In spring and summer, there are many animals which freely walks and grazes the grass. Cows and sheeps are the most popular ones. Some people have pigs and horses too. You can imagine scenery – or scroll down to see it in the photos I took there. In winter, animals “disappear” from there. 🙂 To be more precise, people usually return them back to the lowland area.
How to get there?
Velika Planina is located in the heart of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps at an elevation of around 1,600 meters. You can access it by cable car from the Kamniska Bistrica village or you can also choose to walk up the mountain by hiking on a well-marked trail that begins in the Stahovica village. The car parks are large and free at both the cable car terminus and in Stahovica. There are also many other well-marked trails form another starting points (I’ve written about them in my winter post about Velika Planina), but there is only one way to go there by cable car and that one is from Kamniska Bistrica.
The best way to spend time on Velika Planina
Oh, there’s “many” (if you like nature, animals, local food, views…) opportunities and “time wasters”. The one I would recommend is just to relax and do what comes up on your way while you walk around. You can walk it whole during one day so there’s no need to plan anything upfront. If you plan to stay there for two or more days – bring a book. You don’t need to bring your food because there are a few cabins/mountain huts that prepare local food. Even in winter.
How to return to real life again after visiting Velika Planina?
I was there twice and needed a day or two to get back on track to my “normal” daily routine after visiting it. Trust me. 🙂 Okay, maybe I’m hyping this too much. Maybe it’s just me and my obsession with nature, views and animals. 🙂
Things we’ve brought with us. 🙂
Ofc, there must be one selfie form the elevator.
Ready for take off. Cable car here we go. 🙂
Cable car view
Lolipop for cows. 🙂
Mmmm, so delicious.
Don’t forget to bring a book. But only if you stay there more than 1 day. Otherwise, it would be “shame” to not to enjoy in views.
Oh, my favorite photo. 😛
This one should be on Window’s desktop by default. 🙂
My HD resolution monitor. 🙂
“Wasting” few minutes on Instagram 🙂
Aaand, one last selfie before returning to real life. 🙂