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Rudnica from Brod

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  • Pozimi na poti na Rudnico
    Pozimi na poti na Rudnico
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Rudnica hill is located right in the heart of Bohinj. It is a panoramic hill, accessible almost from all villages of the Upper and Lower Bohinj Valley. Rudnica links both valley and offers majestic views of almost all corners of Bohinj and its surrounding mountains.
Distance 3.6 km
2:00 h
422 m
424 m
942 m
512 m

Rudnica got its name after ore that was mined there in the past (Ruda - ore). The ore was transported to the valley by cableway from the edge of the clearing where the trail runs. It was used to manufacture iron and aluminium. Excavations made by miners on the hill can still be seen along the trail. Most bauxite was excavated during WWI.

Former mining trails have been overgrown by bushes, there is an exposed and sharp rocky section below Široka polica (“Wide Shelf”) that reminds us of the former mining activities. Below it, a former mining trail was used to connect Rudnica with the valley.

According to a legend, where there are miners, there is also Perkmandeljc, a small dwarf who banters with the miners. The underground world is its kingdom. He showed himself to the miners and then suddenly disappeared to prevent them from mining.

Rudnica is famous for rich flora. The Bohinj iris, the symbol of the International Wild Flower Festival that takes place every spring in Bohinj, is especially interesting.

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Prior to every hike, check the weather forecast and trail conditions.
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Update: November 28, 2022
Highest point
Rudnica, 942 m
Lowest point
512 m
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Safety information

There can be fallen trees in some parts of the trail due damage caused by strong winds. A very short section of the trail runs across a scree.



At the very top, where it is steep, be careful because it can be icy and slippery in the winter months.

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 Alp Card: Bohinj offers free transport and other benefits.

During the International Wild Flower Festival (end of May, start of June) you can join a guided hike (with a botanist) to Rudnica, where you can get detailed information about the flora of this area.


Brod - car park near the bridge across the Sava Bohinjka (512 m.a.s.l.) (520 m)
46.276173, 13.923549
46°16'34.2"N 13°55'24.8"E
33T 417063 5125296


Brod - car park near the bridge across the Sava Bohinjka (512 m.a.s.l.)

Turn-by-turn directions

Start at the car park and go through Brod village. When you come to the first houses, turn left and follow the direction signpost. The road runs past the birth house of Dr Janez Mencinger. It takes you to a cart track where you turn right onto a steep skidding trail through the forest. Walk along the skidding trail through the forest and turn right in the first marked intersection, i.e. to the so-called direct trail (the trail left runs over Široka polica, where you will return), and the skidding trail turns into a forest path. While overlooking the South Bohinj Range, the path takes you to a slightly steel slope, where another path from the right connects with the trail. Climb gradually to the right from the intersection, then the path turns sharp to the left and you quickly arrive below the steep cliffs. Behind the cliffs, the path gradually curves to the right and becomes steep. Then it turns left. After a short climb, you reach a small panoramic clearing and enter the forest, where you soon come to a small chapel. The path turns to the left and gradually climbs to the ridge of Rudnica where it connects with the trail from Stara Fužina. Continue straight forward along the edge of the forest, where you can admire the view of Triglav and soon you reach the peak of Rudnica. There, you can enjoy in the views of the Upper Bohinj Valley, its pastures, Senožeta meadows and the surrounding mountains. There is a summit register with a stamp at the top.

Return along the same route, but after a few metres, turn right towards Stara Fužina. Soon, you will reach a large clearing with a beautiful view of Lake Bohinj. At the end of the clearing, follow the signposts for Stara Fužina, Ribčev Laz and Brod. After a few steps, you will reach another viewing point overlooking a part of the Lower Bohinj Valley and the South Bohinj Range. Continue through the forest and arrive to another clearing, where you can view Triglav to the right. Turn to the left and follow the signpost for Brod. The trail starts descending steeply. There are a lot of leaves on the ground in this section, thus, you need to be more careful. The trail also runs below an exposed rock section that is a reminder of the times of mining. There is also a climbing wall there. Cross a short scree. The trail goes downhill steeply and brings you to the skidding trail where you started climbing Rudnica. Return to the village of Brod and arrive at the trailhead. (


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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.

The nearest but stop is in Savica or a 300-metre walk to the trailhead for Rudnica. Regular buses drive from Savica to Bohinjska Bistrica whole year round, in summer time you can come to Ukanc, the Savica Waterfall or Rudno polje (on the Pokljuka) by Hop-On-Hop-Off bus.

More information is available on the website

Getting there

Drive by car to Brod from Bled, through Soteska or over Pokljuka.

You can also access the village across Jelovica and Soriška planina.


There is a free car park at the cycling route in Brod, parking is not time-limited (coordinates: 46.16298, 13.55220).


46.276173, 13.923549
46°16'34.2"N 13°55'24.8"E
33T 417063 5125296
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Map of Hiking Trails in Bohinj, 1:25.000

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Please wear proper shoes and clothes and bring enough drinks, because there are no water springs or inns along the way.



 Small crampons are recommended for winter conditions.

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Eric Wesenberg 
July 13, 2020 · Community
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When did you do this route? July 13, 2020
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2:00 h
422 m
424 m
Highest point
942 m
Lowest point
512 m
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