Length 34.5 km
Time needed
Time needed 01:45
Največja strmina vzpona[%]
Greatest slope of the ascent: 6 %
Greatest slope of the descent: 5 %
Average slope of the ascent: 3 %
Length of ascents above 5%: 1.70 km
The lowest point of the route: 301 m
The highest point of the route: 356 m
Difference in altitude: 334 m
Poraba kalorij
Consumption of energy for men: 3559 kJ (850 kcal)
Consumption of energy for women: 2901 kJ (693 kcal)
Difficulty: Medium demanding
Quality of the surface
Quality of the surface: Asphalt
Type of bike: City bike
Short description

Easy and quite smooth-running cycling route which mostly runs between villages on roads with less traffic on the banks of the rivers Sava and Sora between Ljubljana and Škofja Loka. It mostly runs on a plain with a few short gentle slopes. If the weather is fine, the route is sun-lit all day. Thus in hot summer days, it is recommended to cycle along this route in the morning or evening, while in cooler months you will be happy that the afternoon sun keeps you warm.
The route is suitable as a morning or afternoon cycling trip which may easily be prolonged by stopping at the edge of a wood, by the river or at any of the many inns along the route.


Tacen – Pirniče – Medvode - Svetje – Senica – Reteče – Godešič – Suha -Škofja Loka – Puštal – Gosteče – Sora – Goričane – Preska – Medno – Stanežiče – Dvor - Gunclje - Vižmarje – Brod – Tacen

Tacen and tax collectors
The starting point of this cycling route is in Tacen in the car park which can be reached by city bus (no. 8 or 15) and is known mainly to hikers to Šmarna gora. Tacen is known for the River Sava rapids , and competitions in whitewater kayaking and canoeing. In the summer heat, the sandy banks of the River Sava become temporary swimming spots, where numerous inhabitants of Ljubljana find some refreshment when water level in the Sava is low. The name Tacen perhaps originates from the terms dace and dacar (tax collector), but not to worry, these days you don't have to pay bridge toll anymore, and the tax for the bicycle was paid for upon purchase.
If you bring your bike to Tacen by car and the first car park is occupied, you can probably park the car a bit further on in the village in a larger car park near the Police Academy.
The route begins at the first car park and continues west on the main road to Vikrče.

Go past the Police Academy (not the one from the American comedies) and the enclosure with fallow deer where a slight ascent begins. Above you on the right, Grmada is towering with its bare cliffs, where many test their climbing skills. In the middle of the slope, turn left towards Pirniče . If you went straight on, you'd come to Smlednik, but this isn't our direction today. Go through Pirniče and Verje to the bridge over the River Sava under the power plant and you're at the beginning of Medvode. On your way, you can take a look at the interesting Church of the Holy Cross (first mentioned in 1392) in Spodnje Pirniče, where there's also the birthplace of the legendary partisan commander and national hero, Franc Rozman - Stane (not along our route). Drive through Zgornje Pirniče to the settlement of Verje, where a prehistoric bronze axe was found when the power plant was being built.
As you cross the bridge to the other side of the River Sava, go straight on towards the shopping centre with an ornate pyramidal glass roof. The Donit Factory is on your left. Before the centre, turn right through the underpass under the main road and you'll reach a football pitch. Don't go straight on, although you might like to, because the straight road ahead isn't passable in continuation. Immediately after the underpass, turn sharply right and go up the slope. Let's count junctions. The first one at the pharmacy isn't the right one, but the second one is. Turn left onto Cesta na Svetje Road. Go between the houses along this road slightly uphill to the village of Svetje, where a maze of roads starts giving you a good chance to get lost, but just continue straight on through Svetje and slightly left along the edge of the terrace above the River Sora, and descent to the railway leading to the Gorenjska region at the end of the village. Drive a few hundred metres along the railway, turn right and drive to the road coming from your left over the level crossing. At the top of a slight slope, turn left onto the road leading towards Senica.

Along the River Sora to Škofja Loka
There are no more houses, so drive across the fields and go straight on at all crossroads until you reach Spodnja Senica. In the centre of the village, turn right and continue through the village until you reach an overpass over the railway, which offers you a possibility of crossing it. The priority road turns right, while you turn left across the railway, so be careful at the crossing! You don't have much of a choice regarding direction once you get to the other side of the railway track. So go right and then straight on. Drive through this beautiful landscape with plenty of fields and forests. The first thing you'll see in Reteče is a level crossing. Don't go over it but rather go straight on until you see the Domel Factory and the underpass under the railway. Drive straight ahead along the railway. As you're getting tired of village roads and mazes of roads, pick up the pace. So turn right over the level crossing and then left to the main road. There's a cycle lane next to the road leading through the village, while there's only road – beautiful wide road from the end of Reteče onwards. Here you can speed up as much as you like but the weakness of the main road is that also all other road users speed up along this road, and there are quite a lot of them and they're mostly bigger, much bigger.
Go through the underpass under the railway to Godešič and continue straight on towards Škofja Loka. Like along the entire route, there are more than enough inns in Godešič as well, but there's also something which you might need even more – a bicycle service. After Godešič, the road descends. Drive on between Trata and Lipica and at the traffic lights turn left towards Suha.
Suha is an interesting and beautiful village with old houses. At the very beginning, there's a picturesque Church of St. John the Baptist from the 15th century . When you reach Suha, turn right at the chapel, that's after about 300 metres, and continue towards Škofja Loka.
A bypass around Škofja Loka, which will relieve the heavy traffic along the narrow streets of the old city centre, has been under construction for many years . It's difficult to say when the bypass will be completed but until it is, you'll have to cross several tens of metres of the construction site or take a detour as the bypass construction site runs through Suha. Along the way, there's the well known and nicely renovated Špan's House dating back to 1785 with a Baroque sign from approximately the same time.

The River Sora and the River Sora, and a castle in between
You reach Škofja Loka in Plevna. Continue along the Old Road until you drive to the main road just before a bridge over the River Selška Sora. Continue left across the bridge and you'll find yourself in the lower part of the old city centre in the Lower Square.
The old medieval city centre of Škofja Loka with Loka Castle above it is beautifully preserved, so it's worth a few metres' walk up the hill to see it. It's best to walk from north to south, from the Capuchin Church over the Capuchin Bridge and through the arched gates in the city wall straight on past many cultural and historic sights until you reach the old city wall again on the other side.
After the old city centre of Škofja Loka, go left down the hill and cross the Puštal Bridge over the River Poljanska Sora (or Poljanščica). There are two rivers called the Sora, just like two rivers called the Sava. One of them runs along the Poljanska Valley, the other one along the Selška Valley, and they are named after these valleys. They become one Sora in Škofja Loka.

Puštal or Burgstelle
Just after the bridge, there's a football pitch and you can see the old Puštal Castle a bit further along the route. Above the castle, you can see the Hribec Hill with the Baroque Church of the Holy Cross and twelve chapels of the Stations of the Cross and with the most beautiful view of Škofja Loka. The name of the castle is supposed to be derived from the term fort, German Burgstelle, and Hribec would be just the right location for a fort. To be on the lookout and safe.
The route continues straight on but there's another sight worth seeing in the vicinity. It's the Nace House , which you reach if you turn right just after the Puštal Castle (there are signposts). You've probably had enough history, so hop on your bike again and continue towards Medvode.

Goričane and other villages
If you took off in a summer morning, the sun must be strong by now, you can't wait for some shade. And here it is! The roadside sign says Hosta (Forest). But don't get excited too early. It really is Hosta (Forest) but there's no forest along the road, there's one up the hill. The road runs across the fields along the edge of the Polhov Gradec Hills and is exposed to the sun . And so it remains all the way to Ljubljana . The next village is Pungert, then Gosteče and Draga. And the next one is Sora (which one is that again?) with a lovely fire station. You could turn left towards Katarina, but you'll do that another time. Continue straight on, through Rakovnik to Goričane, which is most known for the Goričane Mansion, which has housed a Museum of Non-European Cultures since 1963, but now it's being renovated.
On the left, before the dam in Goričane, where the River Sora calms down, there's a natural river bathing area.
Go past the castle and drive on (or turn right to see it) to the village of Vaše and a bit further on to Preska . Don't turn right into the village, but go straight on past the level crossing and along the railway on your left. Medvode is behind you now. After a kilometre or so, make a gentle turn (if you went straight on, you'd come to the Slavko's Home) left across the bridge and down the slope to the motel, now called the Medno Hotel. By the way: this is the oldest motel in Slovenia.

Finishing towards Tacen
Cycling along the main road behind the Medno Hotel is not recommended (is even prohibited), so you'd better take the right road through Medno and continue towards Stanežiče . The greatest nuisance along this stretch of the route all the way to Vižmarje are speed humps or 'sleeping policemen' as they're also called in Slovenia. In the north-eastern part of Stanežiče, you arrive at a chapel and the road branches off. Turn right onto the cycle lane. The lane leads you past the Baroque Church of St. James.
Several tens of metres along, the lane ends. Turn left onto the wide road towards Šentvid. Go along this road, past the rugby field to the golf course. When you see the main Medvode–Ljubljana road on your left, turn right towards the centre of Gunclje, where you can take a look at the renowned Krvin House which is under monumental protection (a bit further on towards the hill, there are two more buildings under protection: a house and barn). From the village (humps again), you arrive at a shopping centre and the place where bus no. 1 turns around, where you cross Celovška road at the traffic lights. In Vižmarje, drive through the underpass to Tacenska Road to the next traffic lights and there turn left. Descend along a gentle slope , go through Brod and over the Sava Bridge, and you've reached the end of the route in Tacen.

Not considering a few minor detours, you've biked about 34 kilometres. Satisfied?

Rapids in Tacen
On the River Sava in Tacen, there is a dam used by an old city power plant. The water flows over the dam and so the rapids were arranged, including a training centre and tracks for canoe slalom competitions.

Birthplace of Franc Rozman - Stane in Spodnje Pirniče
The birthplace of Franc Rozman - Stane, the legendary commander of the Slovenian partisan army, is located in Pirniče.

Church of the Holy Cross in Spodnje Pirniče
The parish Church of the Holy Cross was built in 1874 at the place of a former church from the 16th century. The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes was built in 1884. The floor plan is cross-shaped, while the ceiling is bath-shaped with arches. At the apse, there are two altars. The high altar is made of stone and the plastic is wooden. It represents a group of Crucifixion with the Mother of God and St. John with St. Helen on the left and Charles Borromeo on the right. The stained glass windows have been brought to the church from the Ursuline Church in Ljubljana.

Medvode Hydroelectric Power Plant
Medvode Hydroelectric Power Plant, whose dam can be seen from the bridge near Verje on your right, was built in 1953. Due to the construction of the dam, the surface of the River Sava was raised by more than 20 metres and Lake Zbilje was formed, which is not as old as it might seem at first sight. The power of the power plant is 26 MW produced by two Kaplan turbines.

Church of St. John the Baptist in Suha
The picturesque Church of St. John the Baptist was built in the 15th century. It has a renowned presbytery (a place where worship services are conducted), frescos and a golden altar. The church is a popular motive for numerous painters and photographers.

The old city centre of Škofja Loka comprises numerous sights
At the Capuchin Church of St. Anna, the 'Škofja Loka Passion Play' is kept, which is the oldest preserved dramatic text in Slovenian (1721), and was reproduced in the streets of Škofja Loka in 1999 and 2000. More than 600 actors and actresses participated, and the event was seen by around 50,000 people. At the church, which does not hold special artistic value as it had to be built according to the rules of the 'beggarly' Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, turn left onto the 'Stone' or Capuchin Bridge over the River Selška Sora (or Selščica). Take a good look at it. Namely this structure is over six hundred years old, built of dimension stone and is the oldest monument of this kind in Europe. In the middle, there is the statue of St. John of Nepomuk with the coat of arms of Škofja Loka. Through the arch gates in the city wall you can enter the old city centre. You can take a short break in one of the quite old bars or you can check out the old part of the town which is by no means short of cultural and historical sights. This is a real town – museum. In the main square, there are several places worth seeing: the Homan's House (bourgeois mansion), Mary's (plague) sign, a stone well, the Old Parson's House and the Old town hall, commercial and residential Žigon's House from the 16th century, which is now the place of municipal administration, and Martin's House near the exit from the wall, and a lot of other attractions. The entire ambience is unforgettable. And let's not forget Škofja Loka Castle, which was first mentioned in historical records in 1215, and today it houses the Škofja Loka Museum.

The chapel of Puštal Castle, erected in 1220, houses the most precious work of art in Škofja Loka – the beautiful fresco 'the Descend from the Cross' from 1706. It was painted by an Italian master, Giulio Quaglio. Above the castle, you can see the Hribec Hill with the Baroque Church of the Holy Cross and twelve chapels of the Stations of the Cross and the most beautiful view of Škofja Loka. The name of the castle is supposed to be derived from the term fort (German Burgstelle) and Hribec would be just the right location for a fort.

Nace's House
The house, as it is today, is over 250 years old, but the brick part is a lot older. The house, which has been fully renovated and turned into a museum, includes the original interior equipment including the black kitchen and wood-fired oven, where a tile dated 1417 has been found. The house's exterior is very interesting and worth seeing, if you aren't able to see the interior.

Goričane Castle
Goričane Castle has housed the Museum of Non-European Cultures since 1963, which is currently being renovated. The castle was first located on a hill above the present manor and supposedly built in the 10th century. It was damaged by the earthquake of 1511 and hit by lightning a hundred years later, so that it burnt down and collapsed. The present building was built in the 17th century and the ruins of the old castle were used as construction material. Economical are the people from the Gorenjska region, you can't argue with that.

Church of St. James in Stanežiče
This is a Baroque church. The belfry was erected in 1681, while the octagonal nave and square presbytery were built in 1721, and the narthex in 1749. The arch of the nave is bath-shaped, the one in the presbytery cross-shaped, and the interior walls are richly divided with lesenes and garlands. The high altar is a classicistic work of Matevž Tomec from 1856, while the four side-altars are designed in the Baroque tradition. The altars of the Holy Cross and St. Florian date back to 1739, while the altars of St. Peregrine and St. Lucia were renovated in 1934.

Košir Inn in Tacen
The Košir Inn at the very foot of Šmarna gora has a venerable tradition. For decades, it has been attracting individuals, families and groups who come here for a snack, rest, entertainment, and gatherings. It is known for its good homemade food, fine service and round-the-clock availability. You may enjoy in the comfort of its shady chestnut garden and playground.

Sava Snack Bar in Vikrče
It offers drinks and some basic food.

Dvor Café in Tacen
Café, confectionery, and bed and breakfast.

Medno Hotel
In addition to hotel rooms, the Medno Hotel, just next to the route, offers plenty of tasty foods and drinks in its restaurant, and, if the weather is clear, there is a wonderful view of the Julian Alps, Karavanke and Kamnik-Savinja Alps from the terrace in front of the hotel.

Pri Jelenu Inn, Vižmarje
Jelen Inn and Pizza Restaurant has seen its ups and downs in the past, but now it is renovated, and it is yet again enriching the culinary offer of Šentvid and its surroundings.

Šmarna gora race
The Šmarna gora race is a traditional mass sporting event which, in addition to recreational runners, attracts best international fell runners.

The route takes you along asphalt roads through numerous villages and across fields. There are plenty of inns along the route.