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Location: Tolmin (Europe)
 
Location: Tolmin (Slovenia)

About Tolmin

The town of Tolmin, which sunbathes on the terrace above the confluence of Soča and Tolminka rivers, is the administrative centre of the valley.

Tolmin is the largest town and an administrative centre of the Soča river valley. It features a high school and an excellent library and its greatest attractions are the old town centre, great sports facilities and the Museum of Tolmin where one can explore the history of the whole Posočje region.more

Only a short walk from the town we can admire the untamed Tolmin gorges, the lowest entrance into the Triglav National Park, and a few kilometres away we can see Javorca, the most beautiful monument from the times when the First World War unleashed upon the Posočje region. It was entered into the list of European cultural heritage in 2006. The Tolmin municipality consists of several regions.

One can explore the story of Most na Soči, the famous archaeological site by a picturesque lake, by taking a walk along the cultural [&] historical path. The valley of Idrijca river is a popular spot among summer swimmers.

Trebuša is famous for its secluded country homes, gorges and waterfalls.

In addition to a breathtaking view, the plateau Šentviška planota also features the splendid Mary’s Church – one of the last creations of the renowned architect Plečnik.

In addition to ordinary trains, a museum train (steam-powered) and a car train (the most comfortable way of travelling between Bohinj and Bled) traverse Baška Grapa on the more than a century old tracks.

The tradition of alpine cattle ranches and with them the famous Tolmin cheese still survives in the surrounding mountain pastures.

Nature

Tolmin, the town that gave the name to the entire region, is the largest settlement in Zgornje Posočje (Upper Soča Valley) as well as the economic, cultural and administrative centre of the valley. Its streets and houses bask in sunlight on a terrace above the confluence of Soča and Tolminka rivers. It is positioned at the right distance from the steep mountainous valleys, so that inhabitants may enjoy mild winters, and from the sea and Gorica plateau, so that they may take pleasure in enjoyable summers. This section includes the area of valleys and mountain villages above Tolminka and Zadlaščica, and continues through the hinterland of Volče and Čiginj all the way to the state border on Kolovrat.

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Fun & sports

The wonderful natural environment is perfectly suited to all visitors. There are many tended pathways along lakes and rivers, as well as tended access to waterfalls and gorges. Visitors can ramble through forests and gorges, or climb higher to mountain villages situated above the valleys; more demanding trekkers may set out on serious tours between mt. Krn and Črna prst.

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History & culture

At the confluence of Soča and Tolminka rivers and not far from Tolmin, the state of Germany built a German Charnel in 1938 in which German soldiers, killed on the battlefields around Tolmin during the 12th Soča offensive, are buried. The material for this cultural, historical and architectural monument was brought to Slovenia from Germany. A company from Munich constructed it. The chapel marks the central part of the monument. The interior is divided into two parts: the first depicts the names of fallen soldiers written on oak boards and the second, divided from the first by an ornamental wrought iron fence, the names of the fallen soldiers written on the walls in mosaic. A tomb of an unknown soldier lies in the center of this area; the sun shines on it at the time of the vernal equinox.

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Attractions

The people of the Soča Valley have known about and enjoyed good food for a very long time. Alongside the Soča Valley are many roads and paths leading to places where the old traditional farm activities are still alive. For example, the Alpine dairy-farms under Krn and other Tolmin mountains, where the famous Tolmin cheese is produced…

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