Via Dinarica Slovenia (From Nanos to Babno polje)

Long Distance Hiking · Slovenia
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159.4 km
48:36 h
5042 m
4855 m
Multi-stage tour In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Family friendly Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Summit route Healthy climate

Via Dinarica Slovenia is a long distance hiking trail, that will take you through one of the most interesting natural areas in Slovenia. It starts at the Nanos mountain and it connects mysterious karst phenomenon on its way. You will hike through forests past disappearing lakes,  underground caves and monumental castles, enjoying breathtaking views from the high karst mountains.

First stage of Via Dinarica Slovenia will take you from Nanos plateau  (1240 m) past Predjama caste and beautiful sighting points towards Planina karst field with Planinska cave and ruins of Haasberg castle. You will hike through forests on marked gravel paths visiting different local cultural and natural heritage.

In the second stage, you will hike past Cerknica lake, the largest disappearing lake in Europe. Due to its karstic nature, water fills the entire karst field creating the largest lake in Slovenia, where you can go kayaking or observing 200 different species of birds, that live in this natural park. The trail continues towards Slivnica mountain, also known as the witch mountain and it ends at the high Bloke plateau. Here you can stay in a hostel or at a glamorous campsite next to Volčje lake.

The third stage will take you from Bloke to Sviščaki mountain resort. You can stop and see the Križna cave with more than 20 underground emerald lakes. On the way, you will hike past Snežnik castle, one of the most romantic castles in Slovenia. Its specialty is that it has an original interior equipment.

This is also the beginning of the ascend at the highest mountain in the region - Snežnik. This is the highest non-Alpine mountain in Slovenia and it offers stunning views all the way from the Bay of Trieste, Slovenian Alps, Kvarner area and Adriatic sea. Snežnik area is also protected as a UNESCO world heritage site, for its ancient and primeval beech forests. This is also a home of wildlife, including brown bears, wolfs and lynxes. Special tours, observing brown bears in natural habitat are organized from April to October.

From Snežnik you will descent towards Babno polje, the coldest place in Slovenia, and continue on your hike at Croatian stage of Via Dinarica.

Plan about 7 days of hiking with stops at different natural and cultural heritage sites.


Author’s recommendation

Visit Predjama castle, as it is one of the most famous sights in Slovenia. It is located in a 123-meter high vertical cliff and it is home to numerous myths and legends. One of the most famous ones is the story of Slovenian Robin Hood, a rebellious knight Erazem Predjamski, who lived in the castle centuries ago.

Don't forget to observe and enjoy in everything nature has to offer!

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1796 m
445 m
Highest point
Veliki Snežnik (1796 m)
Lowest point
Postojna (445 m)
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Bife kod Marta
Koča Mladika na Pečni rebri Mountain Hut

Safety information

Hiking trail Via Dinarica is not marked yet, but it follows existing hiking trails (E6, Great Krpan trail...). For most part the trail is on gravel roads and paths, in some places it connects on tarmac road.


Normal hiking equipment is sufficient.

Tips, hints and links

For more information on where to eat, sleep and what to do, visit the web site on Green Karst destination: 


Nanos, Postojna, SLO (575 m)
45.756867, 14.060506
33T 426934 5067463


Babno polje (state border between Slovenia and Croatia

Public transport

Postojna has frequent bus and train connections.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Maps and publications are available online:

Green Karst publications (web site)

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking maps are available at local tourist information centers in Postojna, Cerknica, Pivka, Loška dolina, Bloke and Ilirska Bistrica.


Maps and publications are available online:

Green Karst publications (web site)


For more information, you can write an e-mail at 


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Updated: 10 04, 2017

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Elizabeth Kinevey-Gump
07 06, 2019
The climb up Nanos is an incredible way to start the trail— this section was gorgeous. Some manageable road walking around Predjama and Cerknica, but interesting sights. The feet will definitely feel the road walks of this segment. The climb up and down Spilnik is very poorly maintained. Going south bound, the way down was actually impossible to see in the deep prickly weeds and briars. It is possible to avoid it by following a small meadow trail to the south side of the mountain. (We found on Gaia gps) The peak is lovely, but only if you can get there. Spend some time exploring Rakov Skocjan Park if you can, it’s amazing! We visited Krizna Cave as well and it was very cool. The trail directly uphill southbound from Sneznik castle is very overgrown. We were not able to find a way around, but picked our way through. Sneznik peak was a highlight, however. Absolutely incredible, with beautiful trail as well! A wonderful farewell to Slovenia.
Nanos views
Photo: Elizabeth Kinevey-Gump, Community
Spilnik top
Photo: Elizabeth Kinevey-Gump, Community
Cerknica road walk
Photo: Elizabeth Kinevey-Gump, Community
Trail up Sneznik peak
Photo: Elizabeth Kinevey-Gump, Community

Matthias Umpfenbach
08 22, 2018
@Julia, was ich hier schreibe passt nicht zu dieser Etappe. Wie das in dieser ersten Etappe ist weiß ich nicht. Wir sind beim Toluve grede HR-W-18 in Richtung Norden gestartet. Unser Ziel war Oltari (Start der Etappe HR-W-10) über den White Trail. Wir mussten aber schon nach drei Tagen abbrechen. Die Schuhsohle war ab. Wir hatten Schlafsack, Zelt, Schlafmatten, Essen für etwa fünf Tage und genügend Wasser dabei. Wir schliefen immer im Zelt. Wasser gibt es an Quellen und aus Zisternen bei den Hütten. Zum Teil ist die Wasserqualität schlecht (Zisterne bei der Hütte Struge, eine gute Quelle war ca. 1km Richtung Vaganski vrh). Die Quellen waren auf unserem Weg insgesamt gut (Ende Mai). Es gibt Wanderkarten in denen die Quellen eingetragen sind. Leider sind diese nicht auf den Onlinekarten gepflegt. Die meisten Hütten auf dem White Trail sind nicht bewirtschaftet. Auf dem green und dem blue Trail gibt es wohl mehr bewirtschaftete Hütten. Um die Essenreserven wieder aufzufüllen muss in größere Orte abgestiegen werden. Es ist sehr schön. Nächstes Jahr laufen wir weiter… Grüße Matthias

Julia Wiesflecker
08 21, 2018
@Mathias wie war denn der Teil des Weges den du gemacht hast? Ging es da auch mal durch Dörfer und so wo man theoretisch die Möglichkeit hätte dort zu übernachten, bzw. zumindest Vorräte wieder aufzufüllen? :)

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