Kokra River Canyon
The old town of Kranj stands on a rock above the canyon of the Kokra River, with its 30 metres the 2nd highest canyon in a European city. This unique natural landmark is a diverse mosaic of aquatic and riparian biotopes. Walking the path through the green canyon in the middle of the city is in all seasons an excellent opportunity to get some rest and relaxation in nature.
The hills of St. Jost and Šmarjetna gora
One could say that there is no cyclist in Kranj who has not yet cycled all the way to the top of the hills of Jošt and Šmarjetna. They are the favourite hills of the locals and a great opportunity for recreation, to have a short break in nature and to enjoy the beautiful view and delicious food. At the top, the Dom na Joštu restaurant awaits you with freshly prepared dishes and drinks and Šmarjetna even has a hotel with all the comfort one might need.
The hill of Jamnik with the church of Sts. Primus and Felician at its top is considered one of the most stunning viewpoints in Slovenia and is also a popular destination for cyclists and hikers. While driving there through Zgornja Besnica, you can also take a short walk downhill through the forest to visit one of the largest sliding waterfalls in Slovenia – the Šum waterfall.
The three lakes at Bobovek (Krokodilnica, Čukova jama and Ledvička) were once dug out for clay and so in 1953 a skeleton of a mammoth was found here. Due to their paleontological, ornithological and other special features, the lakes are now protected as a natural heritage site.
This pearl and venue for state visits is only a 5-minute drive from the centre of Kranj and 15 minutes by bike. It offers a perfect break from the hustle and bustle of the city. With its forests, tree-lined paths, ponds and grasslands, it is a treasure of Carniolan aristocratic history.