Kranj Travel Guide

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Kranj Things to Do

  • Layer House

    In Tomšièeva ulica stands the house (number 32) where Leopold Layer, one of Slovenia’s most prominent painters, worked and died at the turn of the 18th century. With his workshop and techniques Layer mastered the whole Gorenjska region and over its border. The house is an important cultural monument because it housed the workshop of Leopold Layer...

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  • Fountain

    This fountain in Glanvi trg is adorned with a golden ball and an eagle which sybolises the city of Kranj.

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  • Tavcarjeva ulica

    This charming quiet pedestrian back street runs north to south in the eastern part of the Old Town. It has several charming old houses located on it including Haynes House and Bleiweis House in the northern section and the Tollhouse in the southern section along with the grand buildings of the Presbytery and Central Library.

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  • Pavslar’s House

    This is another house that dates from the 15th century and originally consisted of three independent dwellings that were then made into one in the 16th century. Further reconstructions were carried out in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries to give it its present form. The late Gothic frescoes date from about 1526 and were discovered on the outer...

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  • Petrcek’s House

    I think this house was built in 1495 and was owned from new until the 17th century by the aristocratic family known as the Egks. In the first half of the 18th century its owners were the Floding barons. It then passed into the hands of many merchants and brewers until Mihael Pagliaruzzi bought it and reconstructed it between 1834 and 1847. This...

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  • Gorenjska Regional Museum

    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...

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  • Town Hall

    The Town Hall on Glavni trg is formed from the joining of two buildings. The first building, with the colonnade portico on the corner that contains a Roman sarcophagus, and clock tower, is the Old Town Hall that was built in the early 16th century. The second building was a former aristocratic mansion dating from the first half of the 17th century....

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  • Khislstein Castle

    Most of what is seen today was built in the 15th century when the Turks invaded. The whole area used to be fortified under the Romans right up to the Middle Ages. In the middle of the 16th century, Janez Khisl from Fužine bought the castle and converted it into a residential manor that was named Khislstein after him (1578). Later owners of the...

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  • Pungert Tower

    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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  • Church at Pungert

    This church stands in the area known as Pungert which is at the southernmost tip of the Old Town. It was built in the 1470’s as a plague church and is dedicated to Saints Rok, Fabian and Sebastian who protected the faithful from the plague. The bell tower was added to the presbytery in the 18th century and the entrance porch was added in the second...

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  • Rosary Church

    This church is dedicated to the Holy Mother of the Rosary and was built in the first decade of the 16th century above the lower city gate. In the 1570’s it served as a place of worship for Protestants and during this period all the original furnishings were lost. The church was completely renovated in 1892 and a great many of its historical...

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  • Plecnik’s Arcades & fountain

    Slovenia’s famous architect, Jože Plečnik, designed this monumental entrance to the Old Town between 1953 and 1959. It involved the construction of arcades along the presbytery of the Rosary Church, the installation of a fountain, and the reconstruction of the façade of a house near the top of the slope.

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  • Lapidary and fountain beside church

    On the southern side of the parish church is the Majdiè fountain, the work of the sculptor Franc Berneker, with statues of John the Steadfast (Janez Nepomuk) and the Queen. The lapidary features Roman and medieval epitaphs built earlier in the walls of the parish church or found elsewhere in the town. They were all placed here between 1971-2 during...

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  • Parish Church Interior

    The vaulted roof inside the church was built after 1452 and the original paintings on the joints were re-discovered during renovations in 2004. The central star is painted with vegetation decorations and frescos of angels (workshop of the master of Žirovnica, 1461). The original winged altar of the church, made in 1500, was sold to Vienna. The...

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  • Parish church exterior & history

    The parish church is dedicated to four saints: Cantius, Cantianus, Cantianilla and Protus. The current church dates from around 1400 and is built on the location of an earlier church that was built in the 6th century. This church was then damaged by Hungarian invasions in the 10th century. On the portal of the current church there is a preserved...

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  • Prešeren’s monument

    In the square beside the parish church is this large bronze statue to Slovenia’s greatest poet, Dr. France Prešeren (1800-1849) who lived and died in the town. It was sculpted by Frančišek Smerdu and Peter Loboda and erected in 1952.

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  • Prešeren’s Theatre

    This theatre is located next to the parish church in a wide passage that once extended down to the Kokra River. It was built in 1909 as a public house for educational activities and entertaining associations. The building was rebuilt in 1952 by architect Jože Plečnik who added the arcade to the façade.

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  • Presbytery

    The Presbytery was built in 1749 and is one of the most important monuments of Baroque architecture in Kranj. The ground plan of the house is in the shape of a horseshoe, which encloses the arcade courtyard, and is open towards the Kokra Canyon. The buildings most prominent features is the main front pilaster façade with a portal made from red...

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Kranj Hotels

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  • Hotel Kokra

    Predoslje 39, Kranj, 4000, si

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Creina

    Koroska Cesta 5, Kranj, 4000, si

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

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  • Rozenvenska cerkev -...

    See Rozenvenska cerkev or Roasary church on Pungert in front of which stands arcades and fountain designed by great architect Joze Plecnik.

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  • Krvavec is a place were you...

    Krvavec is a place were you bring your own radio and have a party with your friends on the snow outside or a little better inside dancing, having a blast.What makes Krvavec unique is the freedom of expressing yourself anyway you want, cause your friend won't judge you and you can party as hard as you can and really let yourself go, cause knowone...

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Kranj Transportation

  • Bus station

    The bus station is located quite a way north, (about 500m), of the Old Town just off Bleiweisova cesta. As Kranj is only 25km from Ljubljana, it only takes about 30 minutes by bus to reach and there are plenty of buses to take during the day.

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  • Easy Access

    Kranj's at the intersection of major highways running from northern Europe to the Adriatic Sea and from Western to Eastern Europe. Roads from the border crossings at Jezersko, Ljubelj, the Karavanke Tunnel, Ratece and Podkoren lead here.Kranj's 7km from the international airport at Brnik, and the transcontinental railroad from London to Istanbul...

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  • The best way to get on the...

    The best way to get on the mountain Krvavec is with a snow-lift. Much better than the road, because there is a lot of snow in the winter and you have to have a very good car to arrive to the top.

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Kranj Tourist Traps

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    by Insider Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Probably the worst thing for me was, when I hoped for a good skiing day, I found out that the skiing slopes were not properly prepared and I also have to wait like 15 minutes every time I went on a ski-lift, but that depends on the day you come there.

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Kranj Off The Beaten Path

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    by croisbeauty Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Smarjetna gora (hill) is well known excursion point very close to the city. From its top visitors have a magnificient view of Kranj and its surroundings.
    Right on the top of the hill there is renovated St. Marjeta church.

    St. Marjeta church
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  • Tourist Information Office

    The Tourist Information Office is located about 300m north of Maistrov Trg on the junction where Koroška Street meets Bleiweisova cesta. It’s not in an ideal place as it’s located well outside the Old Town but if you come by bus and walk down Bleiweisova cesta from the bus station, you’ll pass it on your right. Inside, are two helpful guys (when I...

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  • Glavni trg - the Main Square

    See the Main Square (Glavni trg) with Carniolan communal well whose top is adorned with a gilden ball and an eagle that sybolize the city of Kranj. Kranj is one of the few cities in Slovenia that was preserved its original silhouette.

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  • Panoramic view of the Old City

    There are numerous archeological and other attractions in the city of Kranj, among which Plecnik's arcades and fountain, the 16th -17th centura city hall, Kilskamen Casstle etc.

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