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The Lipnica valley in autumn

The Lipnica Valley

The Lipnica Valley inspires with its beautiful nature and heritage of ironworking in Kropa and Kamna Gorica.

Peace and relaxation in nature

On the right bank of the Sava river, where the road from Radovljica leads up the windy road to Lancovo, a wonderful view opens up of the green valley that meanders all the way to Podnart. It is named after the Lipnica stream, which springs up from beneath the Jelovica plateau in Spodnja Lipnica and flows out into the Sava river at Podnart.


The Lipnica valley, away from busy roads and urban settlements, is best explored by bike. The largest villages in the valley are Kropa and Kamna Gorica with their wealth of cultural and technical heritage, whilst above the valley visitors are greeted by farms and hamlets bathed in sunshine.


Due to its specific cultural heritage, preserved natural countryside and recognition, the Lipnica valley is designated as an area of protection of cultural heritage in an open space.


The valley offers countless opportunities for recreation, from gentle walks among nature to ascents by bike to Jelovica. From Kropa it is easy to reach the beauty spot of Jamnik, whilst the ruins of Lipnica Castle stand above the valley in Zgornja Lipnica. The Lipnica Castle Natural Science Trail connects the Lipnica valley with Radovljica. The Grabnarca Waterside Nature Trail begins at the source of the Lipnica stream.


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