Kranjska Gora to Soča Valley
Just a couple of kilometres from Kranjska Gora is one of the road-engineering marvels of the 20th century: a breakneck, alpine highway that connects Kranjska Gora with Bovec, 50km to the southwest. The trip involves no fewer than 50 pulse-quickening hairpin turns and dramatic vistas as you cross the Vršič Pass at 1611m.
Walkers and mountain bikers will find much to do in the Dobratsch (2166m) area, in the Villacher Alpen about 12km west of Villach. Just south of here, hiking trails go from the small town of Arnoldstein to the Dreiländereck – the point where Austria, Italy and Slovenia meet. At 1500m there’s an alpine garden with flora from the southern Alps.
Tarvisio (Tarvis, in Friulian and German) is 7km short of the Austrian border and 11km from Slovenia. Down to earth and prettily wedged into the Val Canale between the Giulie and eastern Carnic Alps, it's a good base for both winter and summer activities. Tarvisio is famous for its historic Saturday market, which has long attracted day trippers from Austria and Slovenia.