Length 39.4 km
Time needed
Time needed 02:30
Največja strmina vzpona[%]
Greatest slope of the ascent: 6 %
Greatest slope of the descent: 5 %
Average slope of the ascent: 2 %
Length of ascents above 5%: 1.00 km
The lowest point of the route: 366 m
The highest point of the route: 287 m
Difference in altitude: 332 m
Poraba kalorij
Consumption of energy for men: 5087 kJ (1215 kcal)
Consumption of energy for women: 4145 kJ (990 kcal)
Difficulty: Medium demanding
Quality of the surface
Quality of the surface: Asphalt
Type of bike: Trek bike
Short description

A picturesque and interesting route through the Horjul Valley and Ljubljana Marshes is full of tiny natural and cultural gems. The route runs along asphalt roads. A few short sections run along cycle lanes (Tržaška Road). The route is mostly flat; the main ascent is over the ridge separating the Horjul and Podlipa valleys.


P&R Dolgi Most – cesta Na Ključ - Žuleva vas – Razori - Dobrova – Brezje pri Dobrovi – Podolnica – Zaklanec – Horjul – Velika Ligonja – Mala Ligojna – Sinja Gorica – Blatna Brezovica – Bevke – Log pri Brezovici – Dragomer – Brezovica – Ljubljana - P&R Dolgi Most

From the city to Dobrova
Drive from the park and ride car park to the crossroads with traffic lights and turn right onto a cycle lane. Quickly ascend across the bridge over the level crossing of the Ljubljana–Postojna railway line and descend again along the cycle lane in Tržaška Street. Drive to the motorway overpass . In about 200 metres from the overpass, turn right to Ključ Road (Cesta na Ključ). Due to many billboards, you may miss the signpost with the name of the street , . From here on, you'll be driving along roads without a cycle lane, so you can never be too cautious. Slightly descend to the crossroads with Dolomiti odred Road (Cesta Dolomitskega odreda) along Ključ Road, turn left and proceed to the settlement of Razori. This stretch of the road is somewhat narrower and not so well maintained, so you need to be extra careful when meeting motor vehicles. Continue through the settlement towards Dobrova.

From Dobrova to Horjul
Before Dobrova, you'll run into the first roundabout on this route . Choose the second exit – direction Horjul. At the very beginning of the settlement, a beautiful view of the village with the Church of the Assumption of Mary (on the left) and Sisters of St. Mary Convent (on the right) towering over it opens up . If you decide to take a short break, you can cycle almost to the end of the settlement, where you'll notice a signpost on the right pointing towards the cemetery and church. Don't be afraid of the short ascent. Leave your bike in the shade of the old trees, walk across the cemetery and take a look at the church.
Continue through the valley of the Horjulka Stream. The asphalt road which runs through the roadside villages, along the edges of forests, and across the fields and meadows ensures pleasant and enjoyable cycling. When you cycle to Brezje pri Dobrovi, you can check the time on the Church of St. Agnes (if the weather is sunny, of course) and then continue towards Horjul. If you have time and most of all, will, treat yourself to a steep tour in Zaklanec to a 428 m high hill with the Camp Church of St. Ulrich, enclosed by medieval defence walls. The church can also be nicely seen from the valley , so you can continue without feeling guilty, and after a kilometre or so, you'll reach the settlement of Horjul, which has been the centre Before leaving Horjul, take a look at the preserved village centre , where you'll run across a beautiful sample of a closed built chapel in Ljubljanska Road at the house no. 23, which was built in 1923 according to the design of the architect Omahen . After a tour of Horjul, return to the crossroads and turn right towards Velika Ligojna. If you skipped the tour of Horjul, turn left at the crossroads and proceed towards Velika Ligojna.

...over the hill to the Marshes...
You're in for the first ascent. After you leave Horjul, the road will slightly descend at first but then ascend again and slowly meander towards the end of the valley. Before reaching the edge of the forest, an amazing view to the beautifully cultivated Horjul Valley opens up in all directions . The steepest section of the path (about 20 metres of difference in altitude) with a turn awaits in the forest, just below the ridge between the hills of Mele (right) and Razpoti (left). As you reach the ridge, stop at the crossroads and enjoy the wonderful view of the end of the Podlipa Valley and Ljubljana Marshes . After you've rested and enjoyed beautiful views, cycle on. But pay attention! The winding road to the settlement of Velika Ligojna, which can be seen from the viewpoint on the extreme left, quickly descends through the forest. In parts, the turns are sharp and poorly visible, so cycle carefully. As you descend to Velika Ligojna, be careful not to overlook the first crossroads (at the barn with a manure tank on the right), where you need to turn left to Mala Ligojna . We recommend you to gather some speed while descending for a short but steep ascent below the Church of St. George (it was first mentioned in 1526) with a cemetery and an old school to Mala Ligojna. When you cycle all the way to the top, the road widens into a Y intersection . On your way to the Marshes, that is the valley, turn right towards Sinja Gorica. Then you'll make a long descent, the beginning of which will be quite demanding due to its poorly visible turns and buildings built right next to the road. As you exit the settlement, pleasant flat cycling across fields and meadows along the foot of the hill all the way to the 'old' Tržaška Road is in front of you. Just before entering the settlement of Sinja Gorica - Sap, cross the route of an old railway line, which connected Vrhnika and Ljubljana between 1899 and 1966, but now it's abandoned and partly converted into a cycle lane. Drive through the settlement and then you'll reach the 'old' Tržaška Road. Turn right and drive to the roundabout along the cycle lane. Take the fourth exit. Ascend the motorway overpass and descend again; you'll reach a new roundabout (second exit) and then Sinja Gorica.

Solitary hills of the Marshes
At the beginning of the settlement, you'll notice a signpost marking route L034 of the national cycling network . From here to the return to Tržaška Road before Log pri Brezovici, you'll be driving along a single route. The settlement of Sinja Gorica is located at the foot of the first solitary hill, bearing the same name as the settlement on this route. The remnants of a prehistoric fort dating back to the old Iron Age can be found on the solitary hill.
You've already come a long way, so perhaps it's time for a short break and refreshment in the shade by the water. If you pay close attention, you'll notice a small signpost marked Fishermen's Hut (Ribiški dom) on your right some 450 metres from the roundabout . Turn right onto a cart track and leisurely cycle past the meadows of the Marshes to the pond and Fishermen's hut. If you're lucky, you can run into a brown hare .
If you've decided not to take a break, continue through Sinja Gorica towards the next solitary hill and the settlement of Blatna Brezovica. While cycling past the factory complex (on your right), take a look at the factory chimney and check if the storks have any offspring . When you cross the Črna mlaka Stream, you'll enter the area of the Ljubljana Marshes Landscape Park. Push those pedals across the plain and dash up the hill of Blatna Brezovica. When you reach the top, a view of the old centre of this roadside village mentioned as early as in the 16th century with homesteads on both sides of the road opens up . We recommend a stroll through the village, as the interesting details of the village heritage are truly worth seeing. At the crossroads at the end of the village road, turn left (follow the mark L034) and descend into the valley towards the settlement of Bevke . On the plain between Blatna Brezovica and Bevke, the remnants of pile-dwelling settlements from the fourth and third millennium BC have been discovered. According to locals, a dugout is still buried in the Na mahu fallow.
As you reach Bevke, follow the signs marking the national cycling network (L034) and remain on the main road. You'll drive past two solitary hills. The first one, on your right, is called Brdo and the second one, on your left, Kostanjevica. On Kostanjevica, there's the Mali Plac Nature Reserve , which is organised so that you can imagine what the Ljubljana Marshes looked like in the distant past.
At the end of the settlement of Bevke, the road widens and since it runs along the slope of a solitary hill, it offers beautiful panoramic views of the Marshes . But don't be mislead by the comfort of the road, as the carriageway on the bridge above Bevke ditch drastically narrows, so you need to pay attention to motor vehicles because you'll have difficulties moving aside when two vehicles meet.

Along the old road to Ljubljana
At the end of the flat road, go across the motorway overpass . You're leaving the area of the Ljubljana Marshes Landscape park and route L034 of the national cycling network. On the other side of the overpass, turn right and continue along the road which used to be one of the most important traffic connections between Vrhnika and Ljubljana. In the Roman times, it connected Nauportus and Emona, and it used to be indispensable during the period when horse and cart drivers with their carts and horses drove on it instead of trucks. Cycle past the settlements of Log pri Brezovici, Dragomer and Brezovica. If you want to cycle leisurely and safely to Ljubljana, use the wide sandy path along Tržaška Road, which is otherwise primarily intended for tractors .
In Brezovica, you can also stop at the Church of St. Anthony of the Desert , first mentioned in 1526, with paintings by Ivan Šubic. Since Brezovica used to be a stop for horse and cart drivers, it also has two renowned inns from those times. Now the only decision you have to make is whether to stop at the Pri Kopač Inn or Pri Poku Inn.
Even if you decide against refreshment and continue the journey, the path from Brezovica to the finishing/starting point runs along a plain all the time (with a minor ascent across the overpass over the railway just before the finish), parallel to the very busy Tržaška Road.


Church of the Assumption of Mary in Dobrova
This pilgrimage Baroque church, also called the Church of Our Lady of the Hazels, is the work of the architect Gregor Maček and was erected at the site of the older church between 1711 and 1716. According to folk tradition, this used to be the place where bricks for the nearby Emona were burnt in the Roman times. The octagonal nave and presbytery are covered by two domes and the double belfry is the work of M. Persky (1752). The high altar was made by Matevž Tomc, the Stations of the Cross were painted by Leopold Layer and the frescos by Matija Bradeško. The church in Dobrova used to be the most visited pilgrimage route in Carniola.
The cemetery surrounding the church is enclosed with a low wall; it comprises several old tombstones, a monument to the victims of World War I , monuments to important persons and events from the National Liberation Struggle (NOB) and a monument to the victims of communist violence.

Sisters of St. Mary of Miraculous Medal Convent
Since the church in Dobrova was also visited by the rich from far and near, a rectory with overnight accommodation for pilgrims was built in the second half of the 18th century. This is a three-storey building with rectangular ground plan, the main façade emphasised in the middle axis, and the entrance and double windows on the floors. The former rectory now houses the Sisters of St. Mary Convent.

Church of St. Agnes in Brezje pri Dobrovi
In its design, the church is Gothic (from the beginning of the 16th century), but it was renovated in the Baroque style in 1729 with a rectangular bath-shaped nave with a belfry and three-sided presbytery with walled-in windows, where the late-Gothic painting has been preserved. On the right, you can see a painting of St. Agnes with a lamb surrounded by vine with grapes in front of the presbytery. This additional symbolism is associated with the church which had wine tithe in Goče pri Vipavi between 1714 and 1842. There's a sundial under the gable of the south, exterior façade of the church .

Church of St. Ulrich above Podolnica
It is assumed that a prehistoric settlement used to be located at the site of the present church. In the Middle Ages, the church used to be fortified by high walls and four turrets which served as defence against the Turks. The original church was made of wood. It burnt down at the beginning of the 18th century and the new one was built in 1751. Because the Turks did not pose a threat anymore, the walls were demolished and the stones were used for the building of the new church. In 1991, under the patronage of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, a part of the walls was renovated . Two turrets with portholes have been preserved as well.

Horjul is a major nucleated village and has been the seat of the Municipality of Horjul since 1998. Although the people of Horjul fought poverty, and natural and other disasters in the previous centuries, the settlement has seen quick economic development after World War II. Today, Horjul is a place with many sole traders and craftsmen.
The village centre with its branched system of paths is located in the centre of the long and wide Horjul Valley. Roadside buildings are typical. At the Horjulščica inlet, laundry spots have been preserved. The majority of the old village with buildings covered with straw was destroyed in a fire in 1905.

Blatna Brezovica...
...is a settlement in the Municipality of Vrhnika in the middle of the Ljubljana Marshes, between Sinja Gorica and Bevke. It is a beautiful example of a roadside village with preserved land allotment and ground building system in its central part, which represents urban heritage of the Ljubljana Marshes. Blatna Brezovica is a settlement exposed to views with a characteristic silhouette. It emerged in the 16th century. Some well preserved homesteads from the 19th century (Blatna Brezovica 11, Blatna Brezovica 32) and a centrally located open chapel with rich paintings, the work of the architect S. Ogrin, can be found in the settlement .
On the north-eastern edge of the settlement, a renovated well , which is characteristic for the area of the Ljubljana Marshes, can be found.
In the immediate vicinity of the village (on the plain north-east from the village), several pile-dwelling settlements (the sites on the fallows of Za strugo, Na mahu, Smrečnica, Lipovec, Konec, Zornica, Mušičev mah and Za Mežnarijo), which were inhabited in the fourth and third millennium BC, have been found.

Bevke is located at the solitary hills of Kostanjevica, Brdo and Gradišče. Peat for heating used to be cut in the village. In autumn or spring rains, the shortest road between Vrhnika and Ljubljana was flooded in the section between Blatna Brezovica and Bevke. Thick fog, typical of the Ljubljana Marshes, occasionally covered up accessible paths, so 'a journey to Bevke' also stands for a journey to the marshes, flooded area, or simply, a journey of ignorant people to the unknown.

Mali Plac Nature Reserve
At Mali Plac (or Mali Blatec) near Kostanjevica, one can picture, with some imagination, what the Ljubljana Marshes looked like in the past when the process of the making of peat was beginning and the marshes were still flooded. In this remote valley, the water level was artificially raised so that we now bear witness to the intensive growth of wetland plants – bulrush, sedge, yellow iris, and in some places even peat moss and sundews can be found.

Origin of the name of Horjul
There are many theories on the formation and origin of the name of the Horjul settlement, but exact historical records on the beginnings of the settlement have not been found yet. Supposedly, Horjul was formed in the Roman times, in the time of Julius Caesar.
One of the assumptions on the origin of the name says that Horjul originates from Hortus Julianus meaning Julius' (Caesar's) garden. An abbreviation or non-standard word of this name supposedly lead to the name of HorJul. The other assumption is that Horjul originates from Forum Julianum meaning Julian square. This assumption could be closest to the truth as Horjul was once deemed Frjul.


The route runs along asphalt roads all the time; however, they are burdened with traffic or badly maintained in some sections so it's necessary to cycle carefully.
Sections where cyclists need to be extra careful are:
- Road from Žuleva vas to Dobrova,
- Descent from the viewpoint before the settlement of Velika Ligojna to the settlement,
- Turns in the settlement of Mala Ligojna,
- significant narrowing of the road a kilometre after the settlement of Bevke.