Jesenice lies at the confluence of the Sava Dolinka River and breathes the rich tradition of ironworks. It is located in the northwest part of Slovenia, only a 50-minute drive from Ljubljana. Here is a list of things to see and experience for a genuine and unforgettable Jesenice experience.
What to See and Do in Jesenice
Jesenice is today known as the city of steel and flowers and has a pleasant day to offer in the heart of the beautiful Slovenian nature.
1. Explore the City Center
The renovated square is the perfect meeting point for acquaintances and friends and is a place where time simply stops. Take a look at the Ruard Mansion, the Barracks residential house, and the Assumption Church. Visit Plavž – the heart of ironmaking, today an outdoor museum with a historic story to tell.
2. Visit the Snow Cave
Under a summit on Mežakla, there is a 70 metres deep snow cave. The entrance to the cave is at the bottom of the sinkhole. If you have proper equipment, you can get into the cave. Check out the limestone formation that is typical for karst origin caves.
3. Find Meteorite from Mežakla Mountain
April 9, 2009. The locals’ sleep was disturbed at 3 AM due to a loud rumble in the valley. Around 300 kilograms heavy meteorite entered the orbit and fell down on Mežakla Mountain. Scientists have been watching it as it was approaching and today the meteorite is famous worldwide. You can see it in Prirodoslovni muzej Slovenije in Ljubljana.
4. Visit Vintgar Gorge
Vintgar Gorge is only 15-minute drive from Jesenice by car. Enjoy in the most unspoiled nature of Slovenia and walk through the gorge by magnificent waterfalls, pools, and erosion pots. Take your camera with you and don’t miss the beautiful scenery of the gorge.
5. Learn about History in Memorial Park
Memorial Park is located in the original cemetery from the 20th century. Today an arboretum with more than 200 varieties of ornamental trees and bushes is worth your visit. Learn about the history by looking for a cemetery wall with preserved historic epitaphs, the monument for Karavanke railway tunnel fallen workers, military chapel with soldiers killed in the First World War and burial place of soldiers from the Second World War.