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Julian Alps

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The Julian Alps [1] are a region of Slovenia. They are part of The Alps and extend over the border into north-eastern Italy. They were named after Julius Caesar. They offer a wonderful alpine flair, that would have you swear you were in Upper Bavaria or Tyrol on a good day's hiking.


  • Bled — Impossibly romantic mountain lake complete with castle, island and town
  • Bovec — Good possibilities for kayaking, rafting, canyoning, hydrospeed and mountain biking
  • Cerkno — Ski resort, Church of Saint Anne
  • Dovje-Mojstrana — The best starting point for hiking and climbing to Julian Alps
  • Idrija — The oldest Slovenian mining city, with more than 500 years of history
  • Jesenice — At the border to Austria, home of Slovenia's largest steel company Acroni, indoor sporting arena Dvorana Podmežakla (Podmežakla Hall)
  • Kobarid — Largest town in the Soča Valley (population ca. 4,500). Historical, culinaristic and sport town, Kozjak waterfall
  • Kranjska Gora — Village and ski area
  • Most na Soči — Take a boat ride on the Soča river here, 18-meter diving tower
  • Radovljica — Old historical town, apiculture museum
  • Tolmin — Second largest town in the Soča/Isonzo valley (population ca. 3,500). The Tolminka river from the Triglav National Park meets the Soča7Isonzo river in Tolmin.

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Slovene is the national language. Most can speak Serbo-Croatian as a result to the Yugoslav experience and many to most young people some English and or German. Italian also played - and continues to play - a role in the region now at the border with Italy, which belonged to that nation prior to WWII; as a result, many places have dual place names. German also had a historical minority role and today the Austrian and German tourists speak it.

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