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The Brezje Path of Peace

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  • Peračica waterfall on Brezje Path of Peace
    Peračica waterfall on Brezje Path of Peace
    Photo: Milan Kambič, CC BY-ND, Turizem Radovljica
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Seductive circular trail across forests and meadows uncovers the hidden Peračica waterfalls and represents the coexistence of natural, cultural and spiritual landscape.
moderate
Distance 7.6 km
2:15 h
192 m
192 m
515 m
423 m

The village Brezje is widely known as a national pilgrimage site of Slovenians and mostly visited for the Basilika of Mary Help of Christians.  However, it's natural sights and cultural landscape - beautifully presented in The Brezje path of peace - are just as fascinating!

The first section of the path is adorned by wonderful views of surrounding mountains, from the mighty Triglav to the Karavanke range. Descending to the valley of Peračica one admires wonderful forest, which especially beautiful in autumn colors. Walking alongside the Peračica stream is absolute delight, tiny footbridges cross the river left and right, forests are exchanged by lush meadows. Peračica waterfall astonishes the hiker with is green colour of the rock and a natural pool, truly a sight for the gods. Just as hidden is also the village with the identical name - Peračica, quietly set amidst well kept fields and meadows. Passing by numerous shrines, the Path of Peace returns back to Mary Help of Christians.

Author’s recommendation

If you want to avoid the heat on a hot summer day, start the walk on the shaded forested path by  the large conglomerate cliff beneath the village.
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Radovljica Tourist Board
Update: September 29, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
515 m
Lowest point
423 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

The wooden footbridges across Peračica stream can get slippery when wet, please use the handrails for a more safe step.

Tips and hints

Just behind the basilica of Mary Help of Christians an interesting Brezje Nativity Museum is located. This modern museum presents the magical world of over 500 nativity scenes, that have been gifted to Brezje from all over the world.

Start

The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Brezje (490 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.328655, 14.230876
DMS
46°19'43.2"N 14°13'51.2"E
UTM
33T 440798 5130851
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Destination

The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Brezje

Turn-by-turn directions

Walk towards "Romarski urad" (Pilgrim office), standing on the edge of the central parking area next to the national shrine in Brezje (book store, souvenirs, etc.) . Head for the village street starting left of the Pilgrim office, signed  "Pot miru" (The Path of Peace). The street leads you north, passing by the vast square in front of basilica on your right-hand side. Reaching the end of the street, turn right. After less than a minute, turn left in the next junction. The village road now leads you further towards a cemetery standing on the field outside the village.

Reaching the cemetery, turn right and continue walking on a quiet road across the fields. Reaching the first junction, turn left and walk across the wide open fields towards the mountains on the north. The road gradually turns into a cart track leading between meadows and corn fields. Cart track ends on the edge of a natural plateau, where you will be greeted by an information panel of the Brezje Path of Peace and a view point of the Karavanke mountain range and Kamnik-Savinja Alps.

The path descends into a forest ( in the time of advent you will be greeted by a nativity scene placed in the rocky fissure ) and soon reaches another trail joining for the right hand side. The Brezje Path of Peace takes you further down the forested slope, using solidly built stairs made of former railway sleepers. The path than turns left and traverses the shaded valley forest. When in doubt for the right course, look for the yellow circles and arrows painted on the trees. Reaching a fork, turn right and follow a path that descends down towards the Peračica stream. Soon you will be greeted by a delightful stream running across a distinguished green stone - volcanic dust sediment known as the "tuff of Peračica valley".

The first of the seven bridges of the Brezje Path of Peace appears in front of you. Walk across the bridge and follow the path upstream into a forest.  Make sure you don't miss the sharp left turn, which leads you back to the stream across a delightful meadow. You are now again in the wonderful company of Peračica stream, the path is predominantly flat and very scenic. You shouldn't miss the mighty "Vovkova smreka", a collosal spruce tree growing right next to the path (information panel, unfortunately only in Slovenian).

The path now zig-zags left and right of the stream, crossing noumerus footbridges and quiet forest meadows. Just before reaching the famous Peračica bridge, you will reach the largest bridge on the trail named after Ruth Podgornik Reš (beloved Slovenian ultra-marathon runner and gardener, which tragically died in a snow avalanche in 2012). 

The valley now turns into a ravine and soon a mysterious  waterfall appears in front of you. Though not one of the largest waterfalls in Slovenia, the Peračica waterfall makes a very strong impression with its captivating green colour of the rock and a delightful little lake at it's feet.

The trail takes you further - beyond the waterfall - to a mouth of a small gorge and a second waterfall (view point)

The trail climbs out of the gorge via steep stairs and soon reaches a tarmac forest road. Turn left when reaching the road, an walk towards the east. Soon you will see a path branching of to the right, this is a shortened verison of the Brezje Path of Peace which brings you back to the approach trail to the watterfall and back (retracing your steps) to the village. 

The original trail follows the forest road, which gradually turns into a cart track (signs : Peračica) and starts ascending towards norths. Continue walking on the mud-way above the stream, before eventually turning right. The trail now heads south and reachess the source of the stream. The forest path expands into a forest road again and climbs up onto a natural terrace.

Surrounded by meadows and fields, you follow the field road towards the Peračica village. Reaching the paved road in the village, turn right and follow the main road leading towards the south. Wonderful views of the mountains appears on both sides as you walk through cultivated landscape of pastures and hay meadows. The road descends down to Peračica stream one last time, than climbs up again steeply towards village Brezje. Just before reaching the top of the slope, you will see an interesting conglomerate cliff on your right hand side and a connecting path leading back to Peračica waterfalls.

Continue to the village, where you turn left in the first junction (sign : "Bazilika"). Reaching the second junction, turn right towards the towering belfry of the Church of Mary Help of Christians.

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Public transport

Arriva/Alpetour runs frequent buses from Radovljica to Črnivec bus station, which is only a short walk away from the starting point of The Brezje Path of Peace. 

In July and August, a special Hop-on Hop-off bus runs from Bled, Campsite Šobec and Radovljica to Begunje. Look for the timetables at the web site of Radovljica tourist board.

Getting there

Driving on the motorway from the direction of Radovljica (Bled) or Ljubljana, take exit No. 5 Brezje.

Exiting the motorway drive up the hill to settlement Črnivec, from where you can already see the dominating pilgrimage church. Take the first exit in the roundabout and drive into Brezje village.

Parking

Extensive parking area is avaliable at the start of the trail. Parking fee: 2€ per day.

Coordinates

DD
46.328655, 14.230876
DMS
46°19'43.2"N 14°13'51.2"E
UTM
33T 440798 5130851
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Equipment

Water resistance shoes can be very welcome after rain, the path crosses several meadows and shaded forest areas with occasional mud.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.6 km
Duration
2:15 h
Ascent
192 m
Descent
192 m
Highest point
515 m
Lowest point
423 m
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