Skofja Loka Travel Guide

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Skofja Loka Highlights

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    Willettsworld says…

     Great castle museum, charming old houses, nice rivers 

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     Parking hard to find 

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     Interesting medieval town. 

Skofja Loka Things to Do

  • Old city hall

    Coming from the 16th century, this wonderful building needing maintenance still shows gothic elements in the facade, though the interior is renaissance. Recovering in 1972 displayed frescoes and many ornamental details inside.

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  • Old city

    The center of town or "old city" is small, but very beautiful, with many classified houses and palaces, surrounded by harmonious constructions. It seems to be the best preserved medieval area in Slovenia.

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  • Nun's church

    Built in 1358, after a fire and reconstruction in 1669 it reveived a baroque statue on top. It has some interesting tombstones and a baroque pulpit inside.

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  • Capuchin's church

    Just across the bridge, modernity contrasts with the old image of the city's center. Built in 1709, in Baroque style, its architecture was severely conditioned by the order's austere rules. Around it, modern statues and commercial buildings enhance the contrasts.

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  • The mark of Mary

    In the main square of old town there's a pillar on an altar, known as the "Mark of Mary" erected in 1751 to seek protection from plagues and fire. At a short distance there's a fountain from 1883.

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  • Capuchins bridge

    Built in the middle of the 14th century, this stone bridge was restored in 1888 and protected with an iron fence. In the middle there's a statue of St John Nepomuk and the engraved seal of Skofja Loka.

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  • St Jakobs

    Built in 1471, in Baroque style, on the foundations of a small church 200 years older, this church received a new presbitery and belltower after the earthquake of 1531. The interior was revised bythe famous architect Plecnik.

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  • Castle

    Built in the 13th century, the castle was destroyed by an earthquake in 1511 and later reconstructed. Nowadays it is used as the local museum

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  • MEDIEVAL MARKET'S

    Lucky me, we were here on a Saturday when the Market's were being held.There is a problem, parking is very hard to find! Eventually, we found a carpark in a proper area, and could go to the Market.All sorts are for sale, including Slovenian Arts and Crafts, Food and Vegetable's.My husband didn't feel like walking, so he watched the children in...

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  • HOMAN'S HOUSE

    Homan's House is a civil Manor house which was restored after the 1511 earthquake. Of interest, were the frescoes I saw of a medieval Soldier and part ofSaint Christopf. You see, these have been there for a long time, but were only discovered during renovation's in 1970! Luckily, they weren't completely destroyed.Now days, we can enjoy a Coffee or...

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  • MARK OF MARY

    This is the name of a Fountain I saw in the Upper Town Square. Mark of Mary was built in the year 1751, as a thank-you for prevention of fire and plague. If you are thirsty, you still can use it for drinking water!

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  • THE TOWN SCHOOL

    What is interesting about a Town School I hear you say!This one, beside ST. Jacob's Church is believed to be the first school, dating to 1538.Well, on the outside wall it says......."1627 the Lord of the castle of Stara Loka - Mihael Papler - gave the building beside the Parish church as a present."There is the old fresco and it looks to be a "coat...

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  • ST. JACOB'S CHURCH

    Located in a Square, is St. Jacob’s Church, and, the door's were open!This is another Church that didn't look much from the outside, but inside, it was lovely! Looking a bit like a Hall, this 15th century Church is built on the foundations of an older Church. Inside, and there are chandeliers and a newish baptistery. On the ceiling were paintings...

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  • SELCA TOWN GATE

    This very thick walled Town gate, once protected the City. It is located just inside the old Town where the Capuchin Bridge is. You may walk through it on your way to the Bridge, I did!The Town gate leads through narrow Blazeva Street which is an interesting part of the city. The road isn't straight, so it has been described in an old Loka Rhyme...

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  • CAPUCHIN BRIDGE

    Here we were in the 1000 year old Town of Skofja Loka, and I had just come across a stone Bridge that was more than 700 years old, wow! and it and the old Town is still standing!A stone Bridge with an Arch, pretty, but hard to get a photo of, so I had to walk upstream to take the one I did!The fencless, arched, stone Bridge was built in the 14th...

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Skofja Loka Restaurants

  • Icecream and cake land

    It is quite lively place with a big lime tree. They have variety of sweets, icecreams and different kind of coffe. They are known specially for their cakes (Royal Mignon). Outside it is cosy and opened but inside is more crowded, small and tight. In summer time there are always fridays night under Homan` lime tree with many famous artists.

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  • Fabulous Chinese food

    If you are heading towards Škofja Loka from (Ljubljana), you will probably bump into this lovely Chinese restaurant. The food is very tasty and also inexpensive, especially if you choose one of their menus consisting of soup, 3 main dishes, rice and dessert. This is really an excellent meal deal! At the end you also get a small glass of warm plum...

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  • Ice coffee

    Even Timy was kindly served with a nice bowl of fresh water.That day, was another very hot one, Timy found himslef a shadow place under the chair and a kind waitress brought him water right away

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Skofja Loka Transportation

  • By Car: How Far/How Long...?

    Some road distances to Skofja Loka from:- Zagreb (Croatia): 170 kms.- Sofia (Bulgaria): 943 kms.- Rotterdam (Holland): 1.240 kms.- Bordeaux (France): 1.524 kms.- Madrid (Spain): 2.074 kms.Checking the website, you’ll find more road distances together with the driving times and the best routes.

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  • Bus station

    The bus station is located across the Selscica River from the Old Town and so is very accessible. I came here from Ljubljana which only took about 30 minutes and cost 710 SIT. I spent about 2-3 hours in the town before taking another bus to Kranj.

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  • BY BUS FROM LJUBLJANA

    You can make a one day trip to beautiful Škofja Loka from Ljubljana. It's only 20 km.Timetable from Ljubljana to Škofja Loka:09:20 11:20 12:20 13:20 14:20 ...... Timetable from Škofja Loka to Ljubljana: 12:10 13:10 14:10 16:10 18:10 20:10 The price is 2,80 Euro one way, it takes 37 minutes.

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Skofja Loka Local Customs

  • Cafe-bar Lunca

    Cafe-bar Lunca, which is situated right after Selca-gate, has small but inviting terrace and I couldn't resist not to stop and drink cold and refreshing juice. The bar is situated in an old and beautiful medieval house and its terrace is extremely charming. It gives aspect of an perfect place for a break, especially in a hot summer day offering...

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  • The Plague Monument

    Since medieval times the plague was most unwanted desease because it took so many people lifes and at that times plague couldn't be prevent or healed. Many European towns at times of plague were decimated in population. This monument which stands at the central city square was built in 1751 by the thankfull citizens because plague didn't...

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  • LAUNDRIES

    On entering Skofja Loka, we stopped at the modern information centre to find accommodation for the night, and to find out where a Laundry was located.The two Ladies were very nice and very helpful! They told us where a Laundry was in town, and drew it on the map for us to follow. We found the Laundry, but if was far too expensive as washing and...

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Skofja Loka Warnings and Dangers

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    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

    Sometimes we find in another languages words and phrases that coincide with our own language, but with different meanings. Most of them are innocent, but sometimes they may be tricky, mainly if you travel with children. The Slovenian word for "Zone" exists in Portuguese, but with a rather different meaning. Yes, never use it in Portuguese, its rude, and be ready for a difficult explanation if you travel with a Portuguese kid.

    Of course, the picture meant some laughing to my friends when I will showed it to them, and that's why we took it.

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Skofja Loka Tourist Traps

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    There are very few open restaurants on Sundays or Holiday days. If you have a car you can drive outside Škofja Loka, but if you are by bus it's a little bit more difficult.

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    I found only 2 restaurants opened on Sunday:

    - Krona on Mestni trg - local food
    - Chinese restaurant on Mestni trg in Homan's house

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Skofja Loka Off The Beaten Path

  • Cerkev na Hribcu

    Next to Puštal Castle, on the top of the small hill which dominated the settlement of Puštal is situated a votive chapel. The church, built in Baroque style, is dedicated to the Holy Cross. The local Slovene name for the church is Cerkev na Hribcu (Church on the Little Hill). There are twelve small chapels alongside the path up to the church...

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  • The Puštal Manor

    Puštal is suburb of Škofja Loka just a few minutes walking distance from the Loški Grad, actually when up on the castle hill you will see the manor which will captured your attention.Puštal Castle was built in 1220 to be a home of a local noble family Puštal. In the beginning of the 17th century the property of the castle was passed over to the...

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  • Nace's House

    Nace’s house is a beautiful wooden farm building located in the quiet nearby southern suburb of Puštal and takes about 10 minutes to walk to from Mestni trg. It is one of the oldest wooden houses left standing in Slovenia and as such has become a museum and a monument of the Slovene cultural legacy of national interest. The oldest part is the lower...

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  • General Info

    Tourism Office:Mestni Trg, 74220 Škofja Loka - Tel.: (+ 386) (0)4 512 02 68 - Fax: (+ 386) (04) 515 69 69 - E. mail: td-skofja.loka@siol.net- Internet: www.skofjaloka.info

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  • The Weather in Skofja Loka

    It's always important to check the Weather before the trip.

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    As the town is a popular tourist attraction, there's a good sized tourist information centre in the towns main square - Mestni trg. Here you can obtain a good map of the town and also of the nearby suburbs of Pustal and Stara Loka as well as other nearby villages. They also have a lot of arts and crafts items for sale.

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NUN'S CHURCH
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CAPUCHIN CHURCH
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SKOFJA LOKA CASTLE
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Nace’s house
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TIC TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER
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Loski Grad/Castle of Skofja Loka
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Mark of Mary
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Zigonova Hisa/Zigon's House
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Homanova Hisa/Homan House
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Stone Bridge or Capuchin's Bridge
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Kašča, the granary
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Church of Špital
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Parish Church
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The old town seen from the castle
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Capuchin’s Church
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Rotovž
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Štablova hiša
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Martinovčkova Hiša and Žigonova Hiša
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11, 12, Spodnji trg
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Plague monument
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Kajbatova hiša
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Mestni trg
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Agata and Jurij
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Tomatoes and salad
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Alley from the castle to Mestni trg
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The inner yard of the castle
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Climb to the castle
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The castle from the old town
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Passage from the Granary to Church of Šent Jakob
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Kronbirt
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Renovation
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Mestni trg to Spodnji trg
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28, Mestni trg
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Martinova Hiša
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Brelčkova Hiša
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6 and 7 Mestni trg
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Homan hiša
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Gate between the old city and the castle
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Funtkova hiša
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Suspended garden
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