Gorenjska The Guidebook

Matjaž Chvatal and Petra Vencelj
ISBN: 978-961-6414-30-2
312 Pages, 1920 Photos, 40 Maps, 11,5 x 22,5 cm


About This Book

The authors present Gorenjska on 312 pages with new text, 2,000 photographs and 50 quality maps.
The book does not only present the natural beauties of Gorenjska, but everything that characterizes and distinguishes it from Bavaria, Tyrol, Austrian Carinthia and elsewhere. Each of the 27 municipalities of Gorenjska is covered in a separate chapter, presenting the history of the place, its sights and other information in detail through text and photographs.
The publication of this guidebook in 7 languages (Slovene, English, German, Italian, Russian, French and Spanish) makes up for the numerous language deficiencies in other promotional material, especially for the municipalities where tourism is not that well developed but which have great tourist potential nevertheless.

An alpine province in the upper part of the Sava river basin (as people called the land from Medvode upwards) in a broader sense Gorenjska is also defined a broader sense by the margins of the Škofja Loka Hills in the west, the Kamniška Bistrica river basin in the northeast and the Posavje faults from north of the Sava to Zagorje in the east.

It encompasses the Karavanke mountain chain, the west side of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the east side of the Julian Alps. It is limited by the following divides: the Soča River in the west, the Drava River in the north, the Savinja River in the east and the Posavje Hills and Ljubljana Marshes in the south. The surface was shaped by tectonic movements and thrusts, as well as climate changes. In the Ice Ages, masses of ice sharpened a lot of the peaks, widened the peneplains and thus contributed to the trough shape of the Sava Bohinjka, Sava Dolinka, Kot, Krma and Radovna Valleys, and the upper parts of the Tržiška Bistrica and Kamniška Bistrica Valleys. Waters flowing from beneath the glaciers gathered vast quantities of material and created extensive gravelly plains.

Material also accumulated in the Škofja Loka and Posavje Hills, where there were no glaciers, due to the mechanical decomposition of the less resistant Palaeozoic slate, sand and clay hills.

The heart of Gorenjska is the Ljubljana Basin – between 300 and 500 m high – and it gradually rises from Ljubljana to Žirovnica and Bled and the high mountains of the Julian, Karavanke and Kamnik Alps. Due to its powerful and diverse industries, important local trade and both summer and winter tourism, the area is considered one of the most economically developed parts of Slovenia. The main agricultural areas are cattle breeding and forestry. The tourism in the province is very diverse.

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