This historic tour is perfect for those looking to get a well rounded view of the significant impact the Soča valley had during World War I. Fort Hermann and fort Kluže were both created for the defense of Predil pass, a natural opening of the Julian Alps to the interior of Europe. Kluže has long stood as a fortress in this area, dating back to the 15th century where it was used to prevent the Turkish invasions to Koroška. As well as the 18th century where the Austrians used it to defend the invasion of Napoleon Bonaparte. Most recently it was used as a defense on the Austrio-Hungarian front, during the first world war, from an Italian invasion. Fort Hermann was also constructed during this time as a support for Kluže.
To start, walk from the information building to the base of the church in the center of Bovec. There you will ascend up the slopes of Mt. Rombon and across the valley to the forts, where the trail eventually descends and returns along the valley floor back to Bovec.
Safety informationBe careful around forts as some parts can be very exposed.
Tips and hints
- This is a 14km round trip tour with a total trip time of 4-5 hours. The trail is suitable for children, however it is quite long so use discretion.
- For more information about Kluže fortress and Fort Hermann click on the link: Trdnjava Kluže and Fort Hermann
- For more information about the open-air museum Ravelnik click on the link: Ravelnik
- For more information about the First World War in the Soča velley click on the link: Pot miru
The starting point of the track is from the center of Bovec, originating at the information center.
To get to Bovec you can come from the North or the South.
- From the North: Via Kranjska Gora through Vršič Pass or through the Italian town of Tarvisio through Predil pass.
- From the South: Follow road number 102 from Tolmin to Kobarid, turning on 203 from Kobarid to Bovec.
ParkingDuring the summer months, parking can be difficult in Bovec. There are a few larger parking lots that generally have space available. Option number 1: directly across from the Mercator supermarket there is a large parking lot. Option number 2: there is a large parking lot near the school and the church.
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EquipmentThis is a standard trail, requiring no special equipment. Bring gear according to the weather and the season.
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