Velika Planina is considered to be one of the largest and most beautiful Alpine pastures not only in Slovenia but in the whole of Europe, covering almost 600 hectares of pastureland. It is also one of the most unique pastures you will find, as it is dotted with more than 50 semicircular wooden cottages that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Local herdsmen drive cattle up from the valleys each end of May and remain on Velika Planina for the rest of the summer season. The herdsmen also produce dairy products, including butter and cheese, which they often sell to visitors.
Velika Planina is located at an elevation of around 1,600 metres in the heart of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. It is accessible by cable car from the Kamniska Bistrica village, which is around a 50-minute drive from our place. The journey to the this high-elevation pasture comes in 2 stages, first an exciting cable-car ride and then a a 15-minute chairlift ride or a relatively easy half an hour walk on a gentle slope – simply follow the signposts up the hill for about two kilometres and you’ll reach a highland plain filled with 50+ shingle-roofed dwellings enclosed within neat fences. Some avid hikers also choose to walk up the mountain without taking the cable car, a semi-difficult hike on a well-marked trail that begins in the Stahovica village. The car parks are large and free at both the cable car terminus and in Stahovica.
The Trnic cheese is a particularly interesting specialty of Velika Planina. It’s made from curd, cream and salt and shaped into mounds that resemble women’s breasts. It is decorated with special ornaments which are embossed onto the cheese with little wooden boards with various carved patterns on them.
More info about Velika Planina: All You Need To Know To Visit Velika Planina
The bottom station of the cable car to Velika planina is located in Kamniska Bistrica:
Address: Kamniska Bistrica 3, 1242 Stahovica, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude coordinates 46.312218, 14.606744
GPS coordinates: 46° 18′ 43.9848” N 14° 36′ 24.2784” E
Velika Planina Address: Velika Planina 1, 1242 Stahovica, Slovenia
Velika Planina latitude and Longitude coordinates: 46.303798, 14.625965
Velika Planina GPS coordinates: 46° 18′ 13.6728” N 14° 37′ 33.474” E
Traditional region: Upper Carniola (Slovene: Gorenjska)
Directions from Apartments Fine Stay Gorenjska to Velika Planina (drive 64 km, 55 minutes + cable car ride + chairlift ride or half an hour walk)
Directions from Apartments Fine Stay Bled to Velika Planina (drive 62 km, 55 minutes + cable car ride + chairlift ride or half an hour walk)