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Old mining route

Hiking trail · Upper Carniola
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Remnants of the hard work and life of the miners, ironworkers and others, who were closely connected to the richest iron ore deposit in this area, can be seen and felt even today. The Old Mining Trail was used to transport iron ore from the Sava caves, a former iron ore deposit, to the blast furnaces in Stara Sava. A walk along the Old Mining Trail takes us into the past and shows us snippets from the everyday life of the people who mined and transported iron ore in this area.
easy
Distance 8.4 km
3:30 h
617 m
2 m

Route: Stara Sava – Murova – Pejce – Prihodi – Planina pod Golico – Sava caves

The Old Mining Trail was used to transport iron ore from the Sava caves, a former iron ore deposit, to the blast furnaces in Stara Sava. Ten information boards describing the life of the miners and ironworkers enrich your walk.

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Aleksandra Orel
Update: May 31, 2021
Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
1,183 m
Lowest point
566 m
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Tips and hints

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Sights along the trail: Stara Sava museum area, Upper Sava Valley Museum (Slovenian Ironmaking Museum, Museum of Workers’ Culture Jesenice), Kos Manor, the oldest part of the city - Murova, the chapels of St. Barbara in Pejce, the Church of the Holy Cross, the Sava caves iron ore deposit, daffodil meadows

Pack a lunch and enough water, especially during the summer months.

You can visit the Old Mining Trail with or without a tour guide. It is also suitable for larger groups. If you book ahead of time, historical figures will greet you in the Sava caves – the ironworker Viktor, the miner Tona, and the mine manager Heinrich.

Guided tours for groups: TIC Jesenice (info@turizem.jesenice.si)

Start

Stara Sava, Jesenice Upper Sava Valley Museum, Cesta Franceta Prešerna 45, 4270 Jesenice (567 m)
Coordinates:
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46.432837, 14.057264
DMS
46°25'58.2"N 14°03'26.2"E
UTM
33T 427573 5142572
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Destination

Sava caves (Planina pod Golico)

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail starts at the museum area of Stara Sava in Jesenice. Elements of the former iron foundry settlement are still present there: the manor, which houses the museum with ironworks and mining collection, a church, a workhouse, a blast furnace with auxiliary facilities, water gates and a “koplern” (coal warehouse). The trail leads through Jesenice, past the old part of the Murova settlement with the Kos mansion, and further along the forest trail to the Pejce hamlet and through the villages of Prihodi and Planina pod Golico up to the Sava caves. There are several chapels and shrines along the trail, replicas of mining equipment, “glajžnje” (cart tracks) and an entryway into the mine.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Train to Jesenice: Jesenice train station

Train schedule

Bus to Jesenice: bus to Jesenice Gimnazija

Bus schedule

City bus transport in the Municipality of Jesenice

Direction:  Planina pod Golico – Jesenice Gimnazija (Line 4)

Bus schedule

Getting there

Motorway: A2 Ljubljana – Jesenice (Gorenjska motorway)

Exit: Jesenice - East (Lipce) or Jesenice - West (Hrušica)

Direction: Lipice or Hrušica - Jesenice - parking area of the Upper Sava Valley Museum, Cesta Franceta Prešerna 45, 4270 Jesenice

Parking

parking area of the Gornjesavski muzej Jesenice (Upper Sava Valley Museum), Cesta Franceta Prešerna 45, 4270 Jesenice

Coordinates

DD
46.432837, 14.057264
DMS
46°25'58.2"N 14°03'26.2"E
UTM
33T 427573 5142572
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Hiking shoes and clothing suitable for the season and trekking poles.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
8.4 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
617 m
Descent
2 m
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