How to get to Zelenci Springs?
Below you will find information how to get to the park on foot, by car, and by bike. Then we will describe the pathway from the parking lot or snack bar to the lake.
Hiking trail from Kranjska Gora
It takes about an hour to walk from Kranjska Gora to the parking lot near Zelenci. At the Kranjska Gora ski slope, on the large parking lot, you can start the hike and continue along Borovška road. The hiking trail will take you through the woods to the ski slopes in Podkoren.
From here, continue to the parking lot at the foot of a ski lift and Velika Dolina double chairlift and then walk along the pathway, which is one part descends to the footbridge over the Sava Dolinka River. Then continue on the left side of the main sidewalk to the inn.
Hiking trail from Rateče
A short 20-minute walk from Rateče village to Zelenci starts near the bus station or the main crossroads. From here, walk along the cul-de-sac, at the end of which, descend to the main road leading from Rateče to Kranjska Gora and turn left. Walk on the main road for a few minutes and then cross the road. From here, you will soon reach the snack bar.
The park is only 5 kilometers away from Kranjska Gora. If you drive from Kranjska Gora towards Rateče, you will pass Podkoren village in three kilometers. From Podkoren, you will drive another two kilometers and see a parking lot on the left side of the main road. You can park in this parking lot or you can go a little further and park in the second parking space.
Cycleways are well arranged in this part of Slovenia, so it is also possible to get to the park by bike. The cycle trail runs from Forest Martuljek to Italy. You can also stop by the beautiful Lake Jasna, continue past Zelenci to Mangart Lakes in Italy.
From the parking lot to the Zelenci Lake
You will walk only 5 minutes from the upper parking space to Zelenci Springs and a minute longer from the lower parking lot. You will walk on a wide and well-maintained hiking path that leads through the forest and soon divides into two parts. Continue along the left side, and you will soon arrive at your final destination. The trail is easily accessible in all seasons.
The Zelenci nature reserve is wonderful in all seasons
Lake Zelenci does not turn into ice even on the coldest days. The reason is in the porous chalk at the bottom that is letting through the groundwater and creates some kind of small volcanoes. This way, the water has a constant temperature of 5 to 6 degrees Celsius.