Kamnik is a small town located 25 kilometres north of Ljubljana and quite close to the airport (approximately 10 kilometres), making it quite accessible even if you’re in a rush to catch a flight the next day (like we were).
There are also quite a few bus and train connections, approximately 80 every day from Ljubljana.
Kamnik is surrounded by the beautiful Alps and is quite a historical little place to explore. Once serving as an important spot for trade in Slovenia, Kamnik has actually been claimed to be one of the oldest towns in Slovenia.
While visiting Kamnik there’s a few cool places to explore:
Walk around the city centre’s old town: There’s tons of neat little shops and local food markets to marvel at. We stopped in a couple local stores to pick up some delicious local Trnič cheese (a local salty “breast shaped” cheese typical for the herdsmen of Velika Planina) and homemade yoghurt before venturing up to Velika Planina
Mali Grad Castle: This is the Roman chapel of St. Eligius and serves as a very important monument for Slovenia (it also has a pretty beautiful view of the city overlooking the Alps). A neat myth worth mentioning is that a Countess named Veronika lived in the Mali Grad castle and swore that she’d rather turn into a snake than give the priests money to fix up the church. Apparently lightening struck and the poor Countess turned half snake (her portrait is now the logo of a local craft beer worth checking out)
Visit the two ruined castles in the city centre: They both stand on the taller hills of the city and were once lived in by Bavarian noble families
Explore the Franciscan Monastery and the beautiful views of the alps surrounding the town
While we didn’t have a chance to visit the Cuzak Meadow, it’s an interesting point to mention as well. This meadow is the mass grave site of hundreds of citizens and soldiers during World War II.
If you’re stopping in Kamnik for lunch or dinner, you’re definitely going to have to visit one of the delicious local restaurants. We we recommended Gostilna Mili Vrh, a delicious little spot serving up local dishes (in ridiculously generous portions).
If you’re planning on spending a night in Kamnik, check out the Guest House Repnik, a family inn with beautiful individually designed rooms and a delicious breakfast option!
Travel tip shared by Jenna for Travel Dudes.
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