An enchanting walk through the idyllic alpine village Begunje na Gorenjskem. Get to know where the Oberkrainer music was born and where the memories of the past are still alive.
Village Begunje na Gorenjskem is known a starting point for hikes in the nearby Karavanke and Kamnik- Savinja mountain ranges. This walk however focuses on the village itself - it's admirable history, culture and traditions.
From the birth house of legendary Slovenian musician Slavko Avsenik the path leads through the rustic village street to ancient Robačnek watermill . St. Ulirch's parish church surprises the visitors with it's vivid colours and richness of artwork, partly credit of the noblemen residing at the nearby Katzenstein Mansion. This impressive renaissance building (now hosting a psychiatric institution) served as a notorious Gestapo prison during the second world war. Graves of five hounded hostages shot in the park behind the mansion are silent reminders of those sad days.
The last part of the trail features lovely views of the village and hides a true architectural gem : Jože Plečnik, Slovenia's most prominent architect, enriched the park with two stunning pavilions.
Tips and hints
- Most people would know Begunje as the birth place of Avsenik Brothers, Slovenia's most beloved musicians and composers. They invented the Oberkrainer music genre (still immensely popular in alpine countries today) and sold 31 million albums. The Avsenik Museum in Begunje reveals the story of the legendars Avsenik Brothers Ensemble and their music.
- Begunje is a home to another world famous brand : The Elan skis! The Alpine ski museum Elan gives you an insight in the history of alpine skiing, production of skis in Begunje and their international success.
- The idyllic mountain villages is sadly not only the synonym for merry music and joyful time on the ski slopes. Museum of Hostages reminiscences the pain and suffering of Slovenians under the Nazi occupation.