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Ajdovski gradec – an archaeological site near Bohinjska Bistrica

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  • Vrh Ajdovskega Gradca
    / Vrh Ajdovskega Gradca
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  • / Ascent to Ajdovski gradec
    Photo: Mitja Sodja, CC BY, Turizem Bohinj
  • / View of village Bitnje
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  • / Greben Bohinjsko - Tolminskih gora
    Photo: Mitja Sodja, CC BY, Turizem Bohinj
  • / Podhod pod Bohinjsko progo
    Photo: Mitja Sodja, CC BY, Turizem Bohinj
  • / Flowering meadows
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  • / Direction plate for Ajdovski gradec
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  • / St. Nicholas Church, Bohinjska Bistrica
    Photo: Matevž Lenarčič, CC BY, Turizem Bohinj
m 600 550 500 2,5 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 km Železniška postaja Bohinjska Bistrica Železniška postaja Bohinjska Bistrica Ajdovski gradec
An easy walk through Bohinjska Bistrica and an easy climb to a hill with a rich history where you will learn about the past of this area.
Distance 2.6 km
0:45 h
72 m
72 m
573 m
507 m

Ajdovski gradec is the name of an ancient settlement on a hill east of Bohoinjska Bistrica. It was settled for more than 1000 years – from the Early Iron Age to the fall of the Roman Empire. Houses were built on artificially levelled terraces, foundries were protected with stone walls.

Ajdovski gradec is a Slovenian symbol of independence and the freedom of the Slovenian nation, which was featured by the greatest Slovenian poet France Prešeren in his poem The Baptism at the Savica. It is an ancient archaeological site, representing the primary settlement of miners and iron workers in the late Iron Age from 700 to 300 BC. It was also populated in the Roman times (around 500 AD) There are still remains of building foundations, foundries and iron melting areas.

The epic poem The Baptism at the Savica written by the greatest Slovenian poet, France Prešeren, is also related to Ajdovski gradec.

The warring clouds have vanished from the skies;

The war of men has ended with the night.

The morning sun gilds the tree heads that rise

Supreme above the Carniola's snowpeaks white.

The lake of Bohinj calm in stillness lies,

No sign of strife remains to outward sight;

Yet in the lake the fierce pike never sleep,

nor other fell marauders of the deep.

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Update: July 06, 2021
Highest point
573 m
Lowest point
507 m
Best time of year

Rest stops

Ajdovski gradec

Safety information

A part of the trail runs on the local road, so caution is necessary.

Tips and hints


Turizem Bohinj, Stara Fužina, tel.: +386 4 57 47 590

TIC Bohinj, Ribčev Laz, tel.: +386 4 574 60 10

TIC Bohinj, Bohinjska Bistrica, tel.: +386 4 574 76 00

TIC Bohinj, Stara Fužina, tel.: +386 4 572 33 26

TNP Bohinj Centre, Stara Fužina, tel.: +386 1 200 97 60

Julian Alps:Bohinj Card offers free transport and other benefits.

There are also many restaurants and inns available in Bohinjska Bistrica. Bohinj ECO Hotel, Tripič Restaurant, Danica Inn, Štrudl Inn and Sunrose 7 – Heritage Boutique Hotel all offer dishes with the Bohinjsko/From Bohinj certificate.

The parish Church of St Nicholas was first mentioned in 1689. This was initially a Baroque building and was renovated at the end of the 19th century in new Romanesque and new Renaissance style. Wall paintings by Matija Koželj are a special feature of the church. The church also displays bust statue of priest Janez Krstnik Mesar, the builder of the church and the initiator of organised cheese production in Bohinj.


Bohinj TIC, Bohinjska Bistrica (511 m)
46.274141, 13.952281
46°16'26.9"N 13°57'08.2"E
33T 419274 5125040


Bohinj TIC, Bohinjska Bistrica

Turn-by-turn directions

Start at the TIC, cross the main road and continue past the Church of St Nicholas. At the Venturia, d.o.o. company turn left onto a macadamised path. This path leads you along the factory to a tunnel under the railway. When you come through the underpass, turn left, cross a small brook and climb along the forest path to the top of the hill. At first glance, Ajdovski gradec seems like a non-important small hill, but it has a rich past. Return along the south way.


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Public transport


You can travel by train or bus to Bohinj. From the Primorska side, you can also come by car train. More information is available on the website

Getting there

Drive by car to Bohinjska Bistrica from Bled, through Soteska or over Pokljuka. You can also access the village across Jelovica and Soriška planina.


You can park at the car park P13 Bohinjska Bistrica-Danica that is near the trailhead (coordinates: 46.273515, 13.948998)


46.274141, 13.952281
46°16'26.9"N 13°57'08.2"E
33T 419274 5125040
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2.6 km
0:45 h
72 m
72 m
Highest point
573 m
Lowest point
507 m
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