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Check out top 5 MTB trails in Slovenia

Slovenia is full of hidden gems, unique experiences, and picturesque adventures. No one knows them better than our Visit GoodPlace experts and that’s why they’ve curated a list of activities, trails, sights, and roads that you should visit during your mountain biking in Slovenia.

Thanks to its dynamic landscape, beautiful Alpine scenery, abundance of superb single trails, and excellent bike park infrastructure, Slovenia continues to build its reputation as one of Europe’s top mountain biking destinations. It is therefore no surprise that many Slovenians are enthusiastic mountain bikers, myself included. I’m very proud of our well-connected and active MTB community.” – Matic Klanjšček

Single Trail Park Jamnica

Jamnica is a somewhat unusual park, as it falls under the category of »trail bike parks«. It includes 9 all-mountain and enduro trails and in total around 25 kilometers of marked, mostly natural trails suitable for all levels. Trails are interconnected with a special path made specifically to ease your return to the top. During the summer months, the forests of Slovenian Carinthia are full of sweet blueberries, which is another reason why this location is amongst our best MTB trails in Slovenia.

Downhill from Matajur

The stunning two-hour downhill ride from Mt. Matajur towards Italy is pure single trail fun and it’s definitely one of the best MTB trails in Slovenia that has a natural flow. The 12-kilometer trail is very clean, so you can ride through the woods fast. During the 1400-meter descent, you can admire some great views over the Friulian plains and the surrounding mountains. This experience has been described in the media as the MTB »ride of a lifetime« and I couldn’t agree more.

The natural oasis of Pohorje

This location offers one of the best MTB trails in Slovenia and even though I oftenly bike around the world, I always keep coming back to the lush spruce forests of Pohorje, a medium-height mountain range situated in north-eastern Slovenia. The main highlight of this place is surely Bike Park Pohorje. It invites three trails intended for different levels – red line, family line, and the legendary world cup black line for the bravest.

Along the ridge of Stol

There are two mountains with this name in Slovenia. While the Stol in Karavanke is really nice for hiking, the one close to Kobarid is especially attractive for mountain bikers. This scenic ridge offers gorgeous views of the Julian Alps and Soča Valley. The 7-kilometer trail demands some technical skills but still flows with no interruptions. It involves biking on different surfaces, from dirt and rocks to roots. One of the reasons why this ride is one of the best MTB trails in Slovenia is the fact, that at the end of the trail, when you reach the valley, you can refresh yourself in Nadiža or Soča river.

Golovec trails

One might think that, by leaving the mountains and approaching the capital city of Ljubljana, the MTB opportunities would be lost. But the truth is quite different. Ljubljana is in fact the only European capital that has direct access to some of the best MTB trails in Slovenia, including Golovec trails. When you try your skills on various trails, exciting turns, and jumps, you will feel like one of the locals.

Author: Matic Klanjšček, head of guides and cartography expert

Being a geodesist by profession, Matic had been active in the field of cartography and marine hydrography for a long time. From his youth, he was active in sports. He started with athletics, later on, he held a strong passion for alpinism which was eventually replaced by cycling.  In recent years, Matic has been focused on mountain biking – in his free time as well as professionally at Visit GoodPlace.  Spending a good portion of his time on bike trails, he knows all the best trails and he had a hard time picking a selection of the 5 best BTM rides in Slovenia. Have a look at his choices.

Down the TransALP Adria epic tour [photo story]

Let’s continue with a short photo presentation of an otherwise long and epic mountain bike tour, which will soon become public after many working days spent in the field with maps and behind computers!

The TransAlp Adria tour, starting in Bad Kleinkirchheim, took us to Villach on the first day, after many kilometers and sharp turns of the longest flow trail in Europe. Only the beginning of the next day is similarly relaxed, when we head towards the Karavanke massif along the river Zilja. Then it starts for real! The second day takes us over the aforementioned Karavanke ridge, steeply on the other side into the mountain biking paradise of the Slovenian part of the Julian Alps.

On the third day, we head from Kranjska Gora over the highest Slovenian road crossing Vršič, enjoying the many breath-taking views and cycling trails surrounded by the precipice walls of the high mountains all around. Steeply up and deeply down, all the way to the source of the emerald river Soča and further along its upper course to Bovec, the Slovenian cradle of adventure and adrenaline sports. More to follow soon!

1. The front wheel view we like most!

2. From the triple border between Slovenia, Austria and Italy on the top of the Karavanke ridge, enjoying a wild ride down towards Kranjska Gora

3. Through the upper Sava valley, with many mountain views and packed with traditional Slovene haystacks

4. Crossing several small alpine streams just before climbing up to the Vršič pass

5. Through the Krnica valley, approaching the climb

6. The golden colours of autumn just below Vršič

7. Adrenaline ride on the other side of the mountain

8. Crossing the emerald river Soča, sometimes flowing peacefully …

9. … and sometimes flowing wildly with many rapids, which are interesting for water-sports enthusiasts from all over the world

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First view of the new TransAlp epic MTB tour [photo story]

Few weeks ago, we managed to explore the first section of our new upcoming TransAlp epic MTB tour! It was a very nice ending of the working week indeed. This time we moved our office a bit further, all the way to Austria, to the Bad Kleinkirchheimer Flow Country Trail. 

The up and downhill altitude meters added up quickly by “cheating” with cable cars a few times, but also by adding quite an amount of our own driven power we managed to do a thorough research of the MTB trails on both sides of the mountain. We finished with a pleasant 35 km ride all the way to the old city centre of Villach, where we ended the day with a pint of beer and replaced the lost calories with delicious Sacher cake.

1. First early morning round

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2. 12.5 km of fast entertainment

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3. In winter on skis, in summer … on mountain bike, of course!

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4. One curve to the right …

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5. Another to the … right again

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6. Views you will enjoy on TransAlp MTB tour

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7. To the other side of the hill

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8. Nice and natural trails – just like they should be when biking across the Alps

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9. Into the green

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10. Tyre washing machine

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11. The “jungle” section

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12. Exemplary coexistence

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13. Feld am See, a romantic finish on the south side of the hill 😊

 

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14. Well-deserved rehydration in the old centre of Villach

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14. What a great working day was that!

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