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THE CENTRE OF THE REGION

This old town at the confluence of two rivers is the administrative and cultural centre of Gorenjska, the region at the foot of the Alps. Gorenjska is home to the legacy of France Prešeren, Slovenia's greatest poet, whose birth village hosts the France Prešeren Fair.

With every step and every glance, visitors are delighted by the façades of old town houses such as the Town Hall with its many exhibitions and the 16th century Pavšlar House boasting one of the most beautiful Renaissance arcade hallways in Slovenia. Pirc's Dye-Works today holds a private museum collection that demonstrates the development of the textile industry from the 18th to the early 20th century. Near Khislstein Castle is an 18th century single-storey house with a memorial room dedicated to Leopold Layer, one of Slovenia's most prolific painters. Today, Layer House is full of life and a hub of cultural events. Khislstein Castle,  first mentioned in the 13th century,  is used as a museum and an event venue. Its cafe, Khislstein 12.56, operates in the pleasant setting of the castle gardens. The town conceals a labyrinth of underground tunnels constructed during the Second World War. Today these tunnels are the centre point of town tours and the venue of many events, including the Wine Path and Halloween.  Nature lovers are enthralled by the oases of greenery inside the town and in its vicinity.

Kokra River Gorge

A gorge almost 30m deep is a remarkable natural feature that cuts right through the ancient town centre of Kranj! The gorge has sandbanks, meadows, a freshwater swamp forest, boulders and other interesting features that make for a wonderful nature trail.

Park Brdo

In the park you can admire rich flora and fauna as well as numerous sights, including the renaissance-period Brdo Castle, with a valuable sculpture collection, the beehive decorated by famous Slovenian artists and the straw-covered hayracks. It is recommended to arrange you visit in advance, which can be done at the reception of the Hotel Kokra. 

The town of the poet France Prešeren

Prešeren's House is a museum holding manuscripts and the personal archive of Dr France Prešeren, the greatest Slovenian poet. The Prešeren Fair organised every 8th February is an event where the participants dress in costumes and dance to music, listen to recitals and ride in carriages and try to turn the clock back 150 years. 

Festivals and other events

Kranj is a festival town pulsating to a number of cultural and traditional events. Following the Prešeren Fair the month of February is characterised by the International Shrovetide Carnival and March by the Week of Slovenian Drama. In May, the town hosts the Week of the Young, as well as the Kranj Cycling Grand Prix and Mayor’s race.

Summer nights offer selected events within the multicultural Carniola Festival, whilst visitors from near and far travel to Kranj in mid-summer, drawn by the most popular entertainment event in the Gorenjska region – the traditional Kranj Night – Kranfest festival. The sound of jazz and blues combines at the International Jazz Kamp in August which also offers Rekreatur - a sports and recreation event.

September is the time for the traditional children's event, Živ Žav, and December festivities start with the erection of town Christmas tree followed by a variety of various events, including a Christmas and New Year fair as well as an open-air celebration of New Year’s Eve.

Information

 

Tourism and Culture Board Kranj
T: +386 4 238 04 50
E: info@visitkranj.si
W: http://www.visitkranj.com/en