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Thematic Path of Military History

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  • Fort along the Military History trail
    Fort along the Military History trail
    Photo: Zavod za turizem Pivka, Zavod za turizem Pivka
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Circular Trail of Military History connects the Park of Military History, the Alpine Wall fortification, Šilentabor nad Zagorjem hill, and the village of Narin.

moderate
Distance 12.6 km
3:58 h
565 m
566 m
741 m
480 m

The Pivka Basin, at the intersection of the Inner region (Notranjska), the Littoral region (Primorska), and the Karst, invites curious travelers to meet its unspoiled nature. Recently, the Circular Trail of Military History has become an important hiking destination among locals and tourists, because of diverse content, attractive landscape, and good infrastructure of signposts, blazes and information signboards. With its picturesque landscape and interesting stories, the hike along the Circular Trail of Military History, which follows the footsteps of the thousands of years of military-historical heritage of these regions, is a special experience. The thematic educational trail with its starting point in the Park of Military History, a museum with a rich collection of military heritage, visits the cavern from the First World War, the top of Primož hill, Šilentabor with its amazing panoramic view over Pivka and the village of Narin, before returning to the starting point.

Author’s recommendation

Twice a year, the Thematic Path of Military History Walk is organized along the route

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Author
Peter Lenarcic 
Update: January 10, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
741 m
Lowest point
480 m
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Safety information

The trail will take you 4h, and includes ascend to a few hills, as well as underground tunnels, so the proper hiking equipment is essential.

Tips and hints

You can visit just some of the parts of the trail, take a look at the brochure on the link bellow:

https://www.parkvojaskezgodovine.si/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/zlozenka_KROZNA-pot_A4_2017_PRESS-2.pdf

Start

Pivka Military Museum (562 m)
Coordinates:
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45.667874, 14.187867
DMS
45°40'04.3"N 14°11'16.3"E
UTM
33T 436739 5057467
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Destination

Pivka Military Museum

Turn-by-turn directions

Thematic Path of Military History connects the Military History Park, the underground fortification of the Alpine Wall at Primož, Šilentabor above Zagorje and the village of Narin.

The journey begins at the Military History Park, a museum tourist center that offers visitors a unique insight into Slovenia's rich military history, with a particular focus on the 1991 War of Independence.

After a short climb, the trail leads you to the former military training ground at Kota 110 (613 m), where a system of shooting trenches was built during the First World War and a cavern was dug to train units preparing to fight on the Isonzo battlefield. From Kota 110 an old military road leads to the top of the nearby Primož hill (718 m), on which lies the mighty underground artillery fort of the Alpine Wall. Inside, approximately 500 m of underground tunnels are preserved along with fighting postions, ammunition depots and living quarters.

You can walk inside the fort with a guide by appointment.The hill has always had an important strategic position, as the entire Pivka basin is clearly visible from the top. An important fortified settlement stood on it in the pre-ancient times, and until the second half of the 18th century there was also the church of St. Primož and Felician. In recent years, Primož has been well visited especially because of the energy points located at the very top and right next to it.

From Primož, the path descends to the Dule valley, where, according to tradition, the old Roman road is supposed to be followed by a gentle ascent to Šilentabor (751 m). From the summit, where once stood the largest fortified complex in Slovenia, there is a wonderful view of the surroundings. Šilentabor was inhabited in prehistoric and Roman times, and the mighty fort was built during the Turkish invasions. There is also an old church of Sv. Martin with the remains of a late antique apse and 15th century frescoes.

From here, the path descends towards the tourist village of Narin, where closed groups can take a look at some of the local farmers traditions and customs and taste the various local delicacies before continueing on to the Military History Park.

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Public transport

Pivka is accessible by local bus or with train. But you will have to walk or take a taxi to the museum, since it is located a bit out of the city itself.

Getting there

Take highway Ljubljana -Koper, exit Postojna and head towards Ilirska Bistrica. The museum is located next to the main road, about 1km from Pivka.

Parking

Free parking available, also payable places for mobile homes.

Coordinates

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45.667874, 14.187867
DMS
45°40'04.3"N 14°11'16.3"E
UTM
33T 436739 5057467
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Find brochure on this link:

https://www.parkvojaskezgodovine.si/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/zlozenka_KROZNA-pot_A4_2017_PRESS-2.pdf

Author’s map recommendations

Map is in the boruchure:

https://www.parkvojaskezgodovine.si/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/zlozenka_KROZNA-pot_A4_2017_PRESS-2.pdf

Equipment

Proper hiking equipment


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.6 km
Duration
3:58 h
Ascent
565 m
Descent
566 m
Highest point
741 m
Lowest point
480 m
Circular route Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest

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