Kranj Things to Do

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    Prešeren’s House

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    Prešeren’s house was home to Slovenia’s greatest poet Dr. France Prešeren (1800-1849) for the last two years of his life and in fact he died here in the front bedroom. Today the house has been turned into a memorial museum where, contained in five rooms, is a collection of artefacts devoted to his life and work. The collection includes furniture, original and copied poems, manuscripts, letters and diaries.

    Open: Tues-Sun 10am-6pm. Closed Mondays.

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    Bleiweis House

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    This house is a baroque building that was rebuilt in the second half of the 19th century. It was the place of birth of Dr Janez Bleiweis (1808-1881) who was a Slovene economist, politician, writer and editor of Kmetijske in rokodelske novice (Farmers and Craftsmen's news). He was also the most important personality of Slovene veterinary medicine in the 19th century. A memorial plaque was placed on the façade in 1981 by the Association of Vets and Veterinary Technicians of Slovenia to mark the centenary of his death. It reads:

    Born in this house he was
    a doctor and veterinarian,
    organiser of agriculture
    and veterinary science
    and a veterinarian school
    in the Kranjska region, he was a writer, journalist and politician
    Dr. Janez Bleiweis (1808-1881)

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    Pungert Tower

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    This three-story circular defence tower was built in the 16th century and is the only completely preserved tower in the city’s defence wall. The tower was reconstructed several times, and in the first half of the 19th century, the annex for a staircase was added. In 1833, it was converted into the city jail and later rebuilt for residential use.

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    Gorenjska Regional Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 24, 2006

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    This regional archaeological and ethnological museum in the Town Hall charts the history of Kranj over 750 years through various artefacts such as furniture (including a large collection of storage trunks), musical instruments, tools, pots, paintings, china, silverware, costumes etc. There is also a section on pre-historic life in and around the city with early stone-age tools and pots and also some Roman remains. Well worth going to.

    Open: 10am-6pm Tues-Sun. Closed Monday's. Admission: 500SIT.

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    Like I said you must do...

    by Insider Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Like I said you must do something with all the snow, cause its just pure fun making something. We decided we needed a toilet so we made one. Look at the picture on the left and you'll se me relax on our creation.

    Just have fun!!!

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    Slovenski Trg

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 29, 2014

    Our bus let us off at Slovenski Trg (Slovenia Square) before continuing to the bus station. Slovenski Trg was redeveloped after World War II. It is the location of Kranj's best secondary school and home to several wonderful sculptures by Lojze Dolinar. Several of the buildings on the square were designed by architect Edvard Ravnikar. These include the Creina Hotel, City Hall and the former Globus shopping centre, which is now home to Kranj City Library.

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    Glavni Trg

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 29, 2014

    Glavni Trg is Kranj's main square. It is home to Kranj's town hall, the beautiful St Kancijan Church, the Prešeren Theatre, museums, cafes and a fountain. This square houses a weekly farmers' market. It was restored fully in 2013. Kranj's tourist office is located here.

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    St Kancijan Church

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 4, 2014

    St Kancijan Church is located on Kranj's main square. It was the only one of Kranj's churches which was open during our visit and it was lovely and peaceful inside.

    The church was founded in the 5th century, but most of the current building dates from the 15th century.

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    Preseren in Kranj

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 4, 2014

    Preseren, Slovenia’s most famous poet, lived in Kranj for the last three years of his life and died here. His final house is located at number seven Presernova ulica. The house has been made into a museum and displays some of Preseren’s furniture. It also contains his manuscripts, diaries and letters. Preseren is buried in a small cemetery called Preseren Grove about 500m north of Kranj.

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    Preseren Theatre

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 29, 2014

    Next to St Kancijan Church there is a large and impressive monument of Slovenia's most famous poet, Preseren striding down the street with his hair and coat blowing in the wind. This monument is next to the rather impressive looking Preseren Theatre. The colonnaded façade of Prešeren Theatre, which was added during major renovations in the early 1950s was designed by famous Slovenian architect, Joze Plečnik.

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    Khislstein Castle

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 29, 2014

    The castle in Kranj’s town centre is called Khislstein Castle. It is now a museum. We did not go inside. Kranj’s castle like many Slovenian castles is more like a big house than a castle. The lower parts of Kranj's castle are an integral part of Kranj's defensive walls. Khislstein Castle takes its name from its 16th-century owner Janez Khisl.

    In the castle grounds there was a weird sculpture of a bishop-like person being devoured by octopuses, or should that be octopi, while a woman possibly the Virgin Mary prayed nearby. Apparently it shows St John of Nepomuk being thrown to a watery grave in the Vlatava River by King Wenceslas.

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    The Church of the Holy Rosary

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 29, 2014

    The Church of the Holy Rosary is a beautiful looking building. It was built at the beginning of the 16th century as a place of worship for Kranj's Protestants. This church was restored in the 17th century and completely renovated again in the 1890s. The church is next to a colonnade designed by Plečnik and a pretty fountain topped by a rooster. It was closed when we visited.

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    The Church on Pungert

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 4, 2014

    This church on Pungert was built in1470. At the time of the church's construction, the town was in the grips of a terrible plague. The church is sacred to St.Fabijan, St.Sebastijan and St.Rok. These saints were believed to protect the faithful from the plague. The church was closed during our visit. There was a colourful painting on the outside of the church.

    Near the church there is an old tower. This is one of seven that were parts of the city walls. There is also a viewing platform with views over the Kokra River.

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    The Sava River

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 4, 2014

    We walked across this river and took some pictures back towards the town. I had seen lovely pictures of Kranj with mountains towering behind it. I think to get a shot of this you have to go down the steps and facing the river and go off to the right. I say think because we did not do this and missed the picture of Kranj with towering mountains though I did try to get it not altogether successfully from a train window and later from a bus window.

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    Kranj

    by olja1234 Updated Aug 11, 2005

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    Taking motorway, you reach to the bigger crossroad. Keep on right side and when you pass the bridge over the river Sava, the street leads you under the old part of the town.

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