Length 6.3 km
Time needed
Time needed 01:30
Največja strmina vzpona[%]
Greatest slope of the ascent: 6 %
Greatest slope of the descent: 4 %
Average slope of the ascent: 4 %
Length of ascents above 5%: 0.30 km
The lowest point of the route: 296 m
The highest point of the route: 282 m
Difference in altitude: 74 m
Poraba kalorij
Consumption of energy for men: 1470 kJ (351 kcal)
Consumption of energy for women: 1206 kJ (288 kcal)
Difficulty: Medium demanding
Quality of the surface
Quality of the surface: Mixture
Primerna obutev: Hiking boots
Short description

A lovely, undemanding, flat circular route along the Sava River, only a few minutes away from the city bustle and hustle, appropriate for a relaxed walk for all generations and in all seasons.
It runs between the Črnuče Bridge and the bridge at Črnuče radial road along the southern and northern sides of the Sava River. The route on the southern side of the Sava River runs very close along the river, and it approaches the northern side of the riverbank only at the short passage close to the Črnuče Bridge, while the large section of the route digresses from the riverbank and runs across the area of gardens in Črnuče. Cart track exchanges with well-maintained macadam. Asphalt appears only at the area of the bridges that cross the Sava River.


Ježica – Črnuška vpadnica - Ježica

The route begins at Ježica Driving School . Proceed on the training site for future drivers towards the Sava River. There is a pile of soil in the forest at the end of the training site, which was dumped there after the construction of the nearby roundabout. When you get through this area along an untrodden path, join a cart track which runs along the southern bank of the Sava River. Turn right on the cart track to the three bridges that cross the Sava River at Ježica. First cross the road bridge , then the gas pipeline bridge and finally the railway bridge . Continue on a nice shady path , and then along the camp fence and hotel complex , , and finally along Laguna resort swimming pool. The route leads past the sports grounds . The forest shade is gone and beautiful views of Stožice, Ježica and back towards Šmarna gora Hill start to open up S08]. The Sava River still accompanies you on the left with its rapids and attracts glances to its river beaches S10].

Stožice Equestrian Centre
The route takes you to the first paddocks of Stožice Equestrian Centre with the hippodrome S38] where annual equestrian events take place. The horses curiously look at you, while you automatically catch a sight of the new Stožice Sports Centre as you observe the horses . At the last paddocks, walk for about 100 meters on stone tiles which were used to fortify the right bank of the Sava River due to the river bend and erosion of the bank .

To the northern side of the Sava River
You're slowly approaching the end of the route on the southern side of the Sava River. The bridge of Črnuče radial road appears in front of you . Before the bridge, turn right and up the hill to the radial road where you cross the Sava River over a broad pavement . From the bridge, you can see the rapids of the Sava River and over the blocks of flats in Ježica you can see all the way to the Polhov Gradec Dolomites . When you cross the Sava River, continue along the macadam road at Črnuče radial road and after 300 meters turn left to the forest path where you soon cross the riverbed of the Črnušnjica River . Turn to the south there and follow the riverbed of Črnušnjica along the nice macadam road until the bridge over the Sava River where you turn right towards Črnuče Gardens.

Črnuče Gardens
On the left, you'll soon see the first gardens . After approximately 300 meters, turn left at the crossroads towards the Sava River and after 70 meters turn right at the crossroads. The gardens accompany you on the left and on the right , all the way to the treatment plant in Črnuče . Just before the treatment plant, turn left at the crossroads in Črnuče. After 200 meters you'll reach the crossroads . Pay attention there! Not left nor right, but straight on the narrow path between the gardens to the bank of the Sava River where you again turn right to the Črnuče Bridge. The narrow path which first leads along the last gardens and the fence of the new residential area , becomes a cart track. Although the Črnuče Gardens have been substantially reduced since the old days, the social life is, however, still quite vivid here. The Črnuče Gardens are not only places of work, but are used as grilling areas too, especially at weekends and on sunny days. Besides the traditional smell of čevapčiči (minced meat rolls) and pleskavice (burgers), many other delicious smells waft through the air all around. You cannot but be tempted to join in the feast.
The starting point is not far and there are a lot of opportunities to quench your thirst and hunger at the end of the route , , .

Reminders of World War II
You can see a well-preserved German bunker from World War II just before the railway bridge at the car park. The bunker protected the access to the railway bridge from Črnuče. A former Italian bunker is located in Ježica . They both silently remind of the horrors and absurdity of wars.

End of the route
When you cross the railway and road bridge, your route along the northern side of the Sava River slowly ends. A large car park of an Asian restaurant appears in front of you. You'll reach the road to Gameljne along the access road which runs over the car park .Turn right to the Črnuče Bridge there and cross the Sava River on a safe pavement . You can again see the railway and gas pipeline bridge over the Sava River (this time from the other side) . The route leads past the roundabout and you are already at the end.


The Sava River
The riparian zone of the Sava River with gravel bars, islets and flooded riparian forest is an exceptional ecological area which greatly contributes to the preservation of biotic diversity. It is more or less densely located along the entire current of the Sava River to the settlement of Sava (at Litija) where the river enters the gorge. There are 28 species of fish in the Sava River (7 of them are protected) and 9 species of amphibians (all protected).
This area is an important habitat for more than 100 species of nesting birds and is a wintering area and/or migratory route for numerous species of duck, grebe, goose, heron and other water species.

Natural assets
Some natural assets also appear at the discussed area. Five horse chestnuts and three European hornbeams grow at the garden of Tavčarjev hram Inn. A poplar tree at the crossroads with Cesta 24. junija Road and Dunajska Road in Ljubljana is also worth mentioning.

Bridges over the Sava River in Ježica
The Sava River and centenary paths connected with bridges over the river have always dictated the rhythm of life in this area. This area has always been of great strategic importance. It was here that the passages and bridges over the Sava River were built and for centuries served as a central military or merchant path to Eastern Europe. The stone pylons of the Roman bridge over the Sava River, which was 300 m long and 8 m wide and was supported by 27 stone columns, were found in the present area. The remains of the bridge are kept by the National Museum of Slovenia and the National Technical Museum in Prague. A Roman post stop, Savus Fluvius, was located by the bridge. A 2000-year old Roman tomb was also found here. Commerce and military significance of the bridge faded away when the Roman Empire collapsed. The bridge was worn by the ravages of time. Afterwards, passengers and tradesmen had to wade or sail across the river. A meeting of 6,000 peasants who were unsatisfied with the increased taxes and demanded stara pravda (the old law) took place in the time of feudalism in 1515 in the area of the present Ježica autocamp. The peasant revolt ended in blood, brutally suppressed by mercenary army. A memorial plaque in the memory of this peasant revolt was erected at the entrance to the swimming pool complex.
During their ravaging through Slovenia in the 15th century, the Turks conquered both riverbanks of the Sava River and waded across the river while they plundered to the north. An important cart drivers' centre with numerous inns was located in this area in the 16th century where the cart drivers waited for their transport over the Sava River. When the French advanced to Vienna in the time of Illyrian Provinces, they intended to cross the Črnuče Bridge. The bridge being wooden, the Austrian army simply uncovered it and only the pillars remained. It was then that Napoleon Bonaparte occupied Carniola and came to the Črnuče Bridge. Many French soldiers died in the battles and thus remained forever buried in the surrounding graves. The French era ended, however, the names of the hills on the Črnuče side of the river still remind of it (Tabor, Stražni hrib, etc.). On 7 January 1821, the Russian Emperor Alexander crossed the Črnuče Bridge on his way to the Holy Alliance Congress in Ljubljana. Pri ruskem carju Inn still bears witness to that event. The Slovenian poet France Prešeren also frequently visited Ježica as he came to visit his uncle Jožef Prešeren who served as a priest in the Ježica parish. The famous swimming pool was already there in the time of Prešeren and the poet also swam there from time to time. A new bridge over the Sava River was built in 1846 and the area lost its former transit character which was marked by the cart drivers and numerous roadside inns due to the opening of the railroad between Kamnik and Ljubljana in 1891.

Bunkers at Črnuče railway bridge
During World War II, it was this section of the Sava River that separated the area of Ježica which belonged to Mussolini's Italy and the area of Črnuče which came under the rule of Hitler's Germany. The Črnuče Bridge represented the border control point between Italy and Germany which is nowadays still denoted by the German and Italian bunkers S25] at the bridge of the Kamnik railway line. The bunkers were built on both sides of the banks of the Sava River.

Stožice Hippodrome
Stožice Hippodrome in Ljubljana is located between the Sava River and the Ljubljana bypass or the new Stožice Stadium. Already in 1946, the military parades took place here with horsemen on trained military riding horses. The equestrian club was soon formed, and in 1950, the first club competition in dressage was organised. Ljubljana Equestrian Club moved to this location from Trnovo. Its ambitious members managed to achieve that the hippodrome is nowadays known as an important competitive location. An important role in the arrangement of the hippodrome played a versatile constructor of sports equipment, engineer Stanko Bloudek.
Besides dressage, competitions in hurdle racing and harness racing events also take place at Stožice Hippodrome. The first harness racing event was in 1957; while Pope John Paul II held a mass there in 1996 in front of 150,000 people. A riding school for children and adults is also organised at Stožice, while in the summer, riding camps take place, as well as programmes for socialising and acquaintance with horses in the autumn. In short, a right place for nature and horse lovers .


Tavčarjev dvor Inn
It is located in the vicinity of the starting point of this route. Shady chestnut garden is most suitable for having a snack or taking a break in hot summer days .

Štern Inn
Štern Inn at Dunajska Road is located at the entrance of Laguna city swimming pool. At the end of the 1930s, a famous wine merchant (Štern Inn got its name after him) built a building where the present inn is located.
The inn offers daily menus as well as business lunches or dinners, birthday celebrations or important anniversaries, wedding lunches or dinners and pre-New Year's parties. They offer culinary delights with good food and wines and a grilled piglet or lambkin every Thursday .

Veliki Hong Kong Asian Restaurant
Renewed Asian Restaurant in the new environment at the left bank of the Sava River by the Črnuče Bridge, with a large car park, is an obligatory stop for all lovers of Chinese cuisine .

Derbi Bar at Hippodrome
Bar at Stožice Hippodrome. The shady terrace offers a beautiful view of the hippodrome and the mountain tops in the background .

Gostilna pod lipco Inn
Traditional Slovenian Inn in the vicinity of the hippodrome .
The inn for all lovers of large steaks.

Ježica Driving School Administrative Building
The bridge toll for Dunaj-Trst road was collected for a few hundred years in the building which nowadays houses Ježica Driving School. This was a national tollhouse. The building was smaller in previous centuries and got its present image in the middle of the 19th century. When the Ljubljana-Kamnik railway line was finished, the building served as a railway station. Carol Taučer from Ljubljana bought the building in 1882 and renovated it. Tavčarjev dvor Inn was then located here and the inn across the street now bears the same name.

Črnuče Gardens
Hobby gardening in the 1990s represented a very important social norm for numerous Ljubljana citizens who owned no land. Črnuče Gardens have been there for almost 30 years. Only 300 gardens of the former 1,100 have been preserved until today due to the intervention of the inspection services.


Race along the Sava River
The race along the Sava River is carried out annually, every second weekend in October and is of high quality regarding organisation and professionalism. The route is arranged and the medals are presented. Drinks and other organisational activities are also provided.
Active runners from running societies apply to the race, while some join only for recreation. For most of the runners this event is training for Ljubljana marathon. The race is also suitable for the physically less prepared as the route has almost no ascents. Due to its location, the hippodrome is the central hippodrome in Slovenia. The race is organised by Ježica Sports Society.

Equestrian events at Stožice Hippodrome
Harness racing and horse racing take place at Stožice Hippodrome annually, including competitions in dressage and hurdle racing of local and international teams. The highlight of the harness racing season in Slovenia is definitely the Slovenian harness racing derby, the main test for four-year-old Slovenian trotters. The winning of the derby represents honour, prestige and fame for the rider and the owner of the winning horse and one is of the highest awards for the breeder. In order to win these laurels, three minutes (the race lasts that long) are required on average.