Introducing Central Pohorje Region
Travellers can easily sample Pohorje’s recreational offerings along its eastern edge from Maribor and its western fringes from Slovenj Gradec and Dravograd in Koroška. But the pear-shaped massif’s highest and most beautiful area is in the centre. And although it’s true that the Pohorje peaks can’t exactly compete with those of the Julian and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps – most here barely clear the 1500m mark – hiking and trekking in the winter here is as good as it is in the summer.
Zreče, about 40km southwest of Maribor, is the springboard for the central Pohorje region; indeed, the region is also known as the Zreče Pohorje (Zreško Pohorje). Although certainly not Slovenia’s most attractive town – it’s dominated by the tool-manufacturing company Unior – Zreče has a modest spa and is within easy striking distance of the ski and sport centre around Rogla (1517m), 16km to the north, where teams – including the Slovenian Olympic one – train.