Enjoyable family hike from the rustic village streets of Begunje na Gorenjskem to the unknown and mysterious ruins of Castle Klanc in the forests beneath Mt. Dobrča.
Until recently, the existence of Castle Klanc (also known as New Gutenberg or Glanz) was only known to a handful of locals and rare experts on the medieval history. In the year 2022 however, the forgotten property of the famous Lamberg counts suddenly awoke from it's long slumber: with the removal of trees and undergrowth, the remaining castle walls became visible again, whilst the new information panels present its history to the visitors.
From the trailhead in the centre of the village Begunje na Gorenjskem, the trail follows the rustic village streets, passing by the parish church and the monumental Katzenstein mansion, right to the upper part of the village with a picturesque 18th plaque column. The following section of the trail featues idyllic views of the mighty Kamen castle and the mountains above Draga valley. In the last section, the trail enters a forest an follows an old mountain trail to Mt. Dobrča. After a short and steep climb, the trail reaches the ruins of castle Klanec hidden on the edge of a forest.
Don't miss the old plaque column in the crossroads next to the Starulč homestead. It's beautifully ornate with the portraits of village patron saints.
The second part of the forest ascent (above the main road from Begunje to Tržič) can be slippery due to mud, especially after longer period of rain. The visit of castle ruins is safe, please do not climb on the remaining castle walls.
Tips and hints
- if you don't have sufficient time to walk the entire trail, but would still like to see the castle ruins, you can shorten the hike ans start from the (unofficial) parking spot in Preska (where the main road Begunje - Tržič, the cart track from Kraljevo polje and the forest road to Dobrava plateau meet). However, please do not park you car elsewhere alongside the main road or on access roads and cart tracks used by local farmers.
- in case you want to extend you walk, or you want to return to the trailhead in Begunje by a circular route: On the way the way back, look for the forest road branching of the main road in Preska (the point where the main road Begunje - Tržič, the cart track from Kraljevo polje and the forest road to Dobrava plateau meet). Follow the gravel forest road ascending towards south/south-west. After a short ascent, you will reach the top of a forested plateau named Dobrava. The road gradually starts descending and turns into a (sometimes muddy) cart track after a good kilometre. Keep walking further in the same direction using the cart track or the tiny trail on it's edge. Soon the cart track bends to the right and starts descending down towards the village Zgoša. Reaching a shrine (column) in the crossroads on the edge of the village you can : a) turn left and make a short visit to a nearby renaissance mansion Drnča (featuring a memorial plague to count Jacob Lamberg III. originating from castle Klanc), or b) turn right and return straight to Begunje passing by the primary school and village cemetery.
Use exits Lesce (3), Radovljica (4) or Brezje (5) from A2/E 61 motorway and follow the signs for Begunje na Gorenjskem. Reaching the village pass, the Elan ski factory and Mercator grocery shop. On your left you shall find free public parking spaces and Tourist information centre Begunje.
Free parking spaces by Jurček pub and infront of post office (except areas marked by a blue line)
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Light hiking shoes. Since there are no water springs or pubs along the trail, make sure to pack some water with you.