Each corner of the town reveals its own story…
A town of friendly people, tradition and rich historical heritage, a town with a soul and a heart awaits you to be discovered in the lap of the majestic Kamnik-Savinja Alps, Velika Planina alpine plateau and Bergantova gora Hill. The stone, which played an essential role in the town’s history, by providing it with strength, security and shelter, has been brought to life by Kamniška Bistrica River, which connects the natural mountainous surroundings with the charming old town.
Experience the authenticity of Kamnik and discover numerous treasures of the area. Welcome to Kamnik.
The castles of Kamnik – the pride of Kamnik
Back in the Middle Ages, Kamnik was a flourishing market town with its own mint and well-known European noble families had their seat here. The gold area of the town was the era of the Counts of Andechs of Bavaria (Germany), who made the town known near and far and laid the foundations for its development in the upcoming centuries. The Chapel at Mali grad is one of the most important cultural and artistic monuments in the Slovenian architectural heritage and a unique piece of work. Located on the Mali Grad Hill, boasting remarkable views of the town and the surrounding mountains in the background, it makes you stop for a while and admire its beauty. Make sure to stop at the castle gate where you will be touched by the breath of the legend about the cursed countess Veronika of Kamnik, who used to reside in this majestic castle on the hill.
A popular hiking spot is Stari grad (meaning Old Castle) or the top of Bergantova gora Hill, which in fine weather awards you with the breath-taking views of the Kamnik-Savinja and Julian Alps or, if you turn to the south, with the view stretching all the way to the capital of Ljubljana. The mighty castle one sitting atop of the hill was throughout the history damaged by numerous earthquakes and fires, which is why only the mighty ruins have been preserved up to the present days.
Located on the southern edge of the old part of Kamnik, Zaprice Renaissance-Baroque Manor built in the 16th century, today houses Kamnik Regional museum. The permanent and temporary exhibitions include the lapidary under the arcades of the entrance wing, the bent wood furniture collection and the history of Kamnik townspeople. In front of the museum, an open-air museum or “Skansen” is located, where granaries, farm out-buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries from Tuhinj Valley, are put on display.
Šutna – the most beautiful street of the town
By many considered the most beautiful street of the town, Šutna boasts a distinctive set of medieval row houses. The name originates from German meaning gravel, as once a stream that brought layers of gravel ran down the street. In the past, Šutna was home to a great number of craftsmen, which can still be visible from numerous signboards on the facades of the houses. Today, the tradition of the local handicraft is still preserved in the “House of Ceramics, Why not the Majolika”, with the art of making the majolica of Kamnik being displayed. Not far away, two charming authentic shops are located: Hiša Belin, a shop with unique items made by the artists from Kamnik, and Zlata ptička, a shop with healthy local food products.
The street was booming especially in the 19th century, when numerous artists moved there. Today, numerous plaques on the houses remind of life and work of important citizens of Kamnik. Among them was also Rudolf Maister – Vojanov born on 29 March 1874 in the house in Šutna, where he also spent early years of his childhood. His birthplace now houses the first museum dedicated to his life and work. Not only he was a major Slovenian patriot, he was also a general, a poet and a bibliophile. Thus, the municipality of Kamnik awarded him the title the title of honorary citizen, mainly based on his military efforts and achievements. Street, bridge and a secondary school in Kamnik all bear his name and the Municipality of Kamnik proclaimed his birthday a municipal holiday.
The Franciscan Friary. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.
The townspeople of Kamnik built the Church of St. James and the Franciscan Friary in the late 15th century. The emperor himself gave them the permission to build the church within the city walls, as attending the worship at the parish church in Šutna street, which was outside the walls, was way too risky at the time of the Turkish invasions. Since then, the friary has played an important role, which can also be seen at the Franciscan library, which among 3,000 books and notebooks holds the complete edition of the 1584 Dalmatin’s translation of the Bible with a preface and his Pentateuch written in 1578.
The greatest treasure in the church is the Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre, which is full of symbolism and one of the last works of renowned architect Jože Plečnik. The traces of Plečnik’s work can also be found elsewhere in the town, for example at the main railway station in Kamnik, the bridge over Nevljica River and on the façade of the house at the Main Square. His work also characterizes Stele Chandlery, where candles designed by Plečnik are being made.
Cradled by the mountains
Kamnik-Savinja Alps create a fairy tale backdrop for Kamnik and its surroundings. Fresh air, greenery, high peaks – in mountains, every season has its own special charm. With well-marked hiking trails and great views, Kamnik-Savinja Alps are considered one of the most beautiful hiking areas and a popular destination for active leisure. Kamniška Bistrica Valley offers many opportunities for quality time in nature, hiking, biking and fishing are just some of the activities.
Kamniška Bistrica River in tis upper reaches is considered one of the cleanest rivers in Slovenia, while its spring as one of the most beautiful places in the valley. Among the most renowned parts, where the river’s bed cuts the deepest, are Mali and Veliki Predaselj Gorges.
The colourful world of flowers and plants
Volčji Potok Arboretum, the pearl of Slovenian horticulture and the largest botanical garden in Slovenia, can easily be placed alongside the most famous botanical parks of the world. It stretches along the streams and meadows south of the town of Kamnik. On 85 hectares, abundant flora with more than 3,500 species is put on display in all seasons. Various exhibition, workshops and events take place throughout the year, with the most popular being the annual spring exhibition of tulips and spring flowers at the end of April – two million tulips bloom at this time, similar to the ones at Keukenhof gardens in the Netherlands.
In the vicinity of Volčji Potok Arboretum, Arboretum Golf Course is situated. Considered one of the most beautiful golf courses in Slovenia, where the pine trees and a view of the majestic Kanmik-Savinja Alps create a beautiful landscape, the golf course boasts eighteen holes and suits the requirements of even the most demanding golfers.
In the world of thermal pleasures
Already back in the Roman times, Tuhinj Valley represented an important trade route connecting Aquileia and Vienna. Riddled with numerous small villages, it boasts a rich ethnological heritage, numerous well-preserved hayracks, granaries and farms and thematic hiking trails.
One of the side valleys is home to the highest spa in Slovenia, Snovik Spa, where thermal water is rich in magnesium and calcium. Next to the spa complex, the apartment complex with 74 apartments and 31 double rooms is located. The complex was the first in Slovenia to be given EU Eco Label for environmentally friendly tourist accommodation.
In the middle of the village of Tunjice among the green rolling hills, Tunjice Open-Air Natural Healing Resort is located, famous for its energy spots with special, scientifically proven healing effects. It is intended for self-healing, revitalizing and strengthening of the immune system. The resort is also known for the living water with an amazing energy output.
Taste Kamnik. Local treats that overwhelm
Food could be compared to poetry. Folk songs have gone from one generation to another by worth of mouth and despite their transformation they still sound nicely today. The same goes for food; also food today tastes differently than it once did, but it is still strongly connected with the local environment.
The tasty side of Kamnik and the surrounding area boasts a selection of the typical dishes from the area united under Taste Kamnik brand. Flavours and aromas stay in our memory forever, especially the different ones, which are the most interesting for our taste buds. Taste Kamnik dishes can be tasted in numerous local restaurants. Treat yourself with culinary delights from Kamnik and taste the fruits of the breath-taking and fruitful environment of Kamnik.