Length 8.0 km
Time needed
Time needed 03:30
Največja strmina vzpona[%]
Greatest slope of the ascent: 9 %
Greatest slope of the descent: 4 %
Average slope of the ascent: 3 %
Length of ascents above 5%: 0.70 km
The lowest point of the route: 386 m
The highest point of the route: 314 m
Difference in altitude: 131 m
Poraba kalorij
Consumption of energy for men: 3429 kJ (819 kcal)
Consumption of energy for women: 2814 kJ (672 kcal)
Difficulty: Less demanding
Quality of the surface
Quality of the surface: Cart track
Primerna obutev: Hiking boots
Short description

The route runs along less demanding terrain with minor ascents. The larger part runs along nicely trodden
cart tracks through the forest, while a shorter part also runs along the road and in urban surroundings. The paths are not marked in the forest but are still easy to follow; only at some turnings special attention is required so you won't stray off the course.


Parkirišče za kulturnim domom v Mengšu- Športni park-Športni center Harmonija- Rašiška cesta-Cegvanški bajer-Puhliški bajer-Kanal Pšata-Skakalni center Mengeš- Ravbarjev grad-Staretov grad-Oranžerija-Parkirišče za kulturnim domom v Mengšu

The starting point is the car park at Mengeš Cultural Centre .
Mengeš, today a nicely developed town, is one of the oldest settlements in Slovenia. The mediaeval Mengeš was first mentioned in written sources in 1154 because of the castle where the Mengeš knight had his seat. The settlement was divided into Mali Mengeš or Farovška vas (the church owned most of the land there in the 14th century, thus the name farovška - of parson's) and Veliki Mengeš or Gorenji Mengeš.
In the period of J. V. Valvasor, craftsmanship developed in the town, primarily pottery, stove making and straw weaving. Interestingly, there were 83 workshops and as many as 25 inns in Mengeš in the mid-19th century.
Mengeška godba - one of the oldest brass bands in Slovenia - has been active in Mengeš since 1884.

Sports park and Harmonija to the first - Cegvanški bajer Pond
From the starting point, the route leads over the bridge to the macadam road (cycle lane) in the Sports park and past Harmonija Wellness Centre . Walk in the shade of the tree-lined alley, past numerous benches which offer a place for rest and enjoying the park. When you get to Harmonija, continue along the asphalt road. The Church of St. Michael with the famous Plečnik's baptistery , a birthplace and monument of Baroque painter France Jelovšek and a birthplace and monument of writer Janez Trdina are on the left. On the right, somewhat hidden behind the houses, are the open-air theatre and scouts' house . When you reach Pristava, a district of Mengeš, turn towards west and continue along Rašiška Road past the famous manufacturer of musical instruments, Zupan. A little further along the way, the asphalt road ends and becomes macadam which leads past Pri Šteflnovih Homestead to Cengvaški bajer Pond . First across the meadows, and then the forest appears. Cegvanški Pond soon appears through the trees on the left. It was created where a clay pit of Mengeš brickworks was located for a few decades. Today, it represents a pleasant spot for relaxing, fishing and observing wild ducks and swans. The pond is in the protected area of NATURA 2000.

From Cegvanški bajer to Puhliški bajer Pond
Follow the forest path parallel with the pond; on the right is a clearing and a hunting lookout on the left. A branching appears where the left road shows direction towards Rašica , however, you continue straightforward along the cart track. A stream soon appears, so follow it together with the path . The path starts slowly ascending and you'll reach a spring and a bench after you've crossed the wooden footbridge. The spring is beautifully arranged and you can pour yourself water in a small pot placed there, while you also take a rest on the bench .
There is a crossroads just after the spring, but the paths are unmarked. One turns to the left towards south, steeply up the hill and the other one to the right and a little less steeply up. Choose the one on the right which will take you to the saddle below Marovnik Hill (402 m).
Another crossroads is at the saddle, but the paths have signposts there . Left is Dobeno, straight on is Šinkov turn, right is Mengeš Hut. But you take the marked path, slightly on your left, which has no signpost. The path leads along the ridge and downhill to Šinkov Turn-Mengeš road. Puhliški Pond can be seen in the valley.
When the path brings you to the asphalt road, turn right, cross the bridge and make a few steps to Puhliški Pond , before continuing to Mengeš. You're halfway through and can thus make a stop at the natural pond which is overgrown with reed on the eastern side, while the western side offers fishing, a place to rest and a small bar Borovnička offers drinks .

Towards the canal of the Pšata River and on
Return to the asphalt road and turn right. At the signpost that marks the end of Koseze, again turn right to Mengeš. Walk about a kilometre along the main road. Then a forest macadam path branches on the left and takes you first through the forest, and then along the edge of the forest to the regulated canal of the Pšata River just before the settlement of Topole .
Turn right at the canal and follow the river or make a small turn to the left and proceed to the stone well and the Chapel of St. Lucia .
Walk along the path that leads along the edge of the canal. A marvellous view of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanke opens up, and if the weather is nice, you can also see Triglav on the west. You'll soon reach the bridge where the main road crosses the canal, while you cross the main road and continue along the water to the next bridge where you follow the path, leave the artificial canal and proceed onwards along the old bed of the Pšata River. The canal was built after World War II and protects Mengeš from flooding which were once very frequent.

Ski jump centre, castles and the starting point
The route leads below Gobavica Hill and past Mengeš ski jump centre . A monument in the memory of thirty hostages who were shot at Zaloke in 1945 is located nearby .
Continue past the nicely renovated Ravbar Castle to the forsaken Stare Castle where you can barely pass the goats that freely graze at the estate and you'll get to Orangery which is also the starting point for Mengeš Hut, a famous lower mountain stop. You can quench you thirst there or proceed left to the bridge and then right to the starting point at Mengeš Culture Centre.


Mengeš Cultural Centre
The main part of the Cultural Centre is the hall, which has been hosting performances of Špas teater theatre in the past decade. Špas teater shows attract visitors from all over Slovenia.

Sports park and Harmonija Sports Centre
The Sports Park extends between Mengeš Cultural Centre and Harmonija Sports Centre. It is nicely arranged and has football, basketball and tennis grounds, etc.
The wellness centre was constructed under the principles of feng shui. It enables recreation and various wellness services at 5,000 m2 of indoor surfaces; it also has 12 hotel rooms, a restaurant and a café.

Church of St. Michael
The church is the oldest and most valuable monument of art in Mengeš, especially because of its 15th century Gothic presbytery with remarkable frescoes by Janez of Ljubljana. The older Romanesque design was replaced with a Gothic and later a Baroque one. The baptistery and confessional were made according to the plans of architect Jože Plečnik.

Birthplace and a monument of writer Janez Trdina
Trdina was born on 29 May 1830. A municipal holiday is held in Mengeš on that day. Who is not familiar with Trdina's Fairytales and Stories about Gorjanci? The monument stands near the Church of St. Michael.

Birthplace and monument of painter Franc Jelovšek
The monument to the father of Baroque painting in Carniola stands in front of the Church of St. Michael

Open-air theatre
The hut of scouts detachment is located in a natural amphitheatre below Gobavica.

Cegvanški bajer Pond
Cegvanški pond is an artificial lake in Mengeš. The lake and the grassy clearing by the lake are the perfect environment for recreation, while fishing enthusiasts who purchase a fishing licence can enjoy angling.

Puhliški bajer Pond
A natural pond, overgrown with reed on the eastern side, while the western side offers a place for rest, fishing and picnics.

Mengeš ski jump centre
The centre consists of two plastic-covered ski jumps of Mengeš ski jump centre.

Monument to hostages at Zaloke
It was erected in the memory of thirty hostages who were shot in 1945.

Ravbar Castle
The castle originates from the 16th century. It is one of the three central Mengeš castles. The castle as well as its vicinity are nicely arranged and renovated.

Stare Castle
Nowadays, the large complex barely resembles a castle, rather a neglected outbuilding, because the present owner is in a dispute with the municipality and uses the complex to dump waste material there. He also breeds goats which freely roam and graze around the complex.

An inn with a soul is located in the marvellous surroundings below the top of Gobavica.


Harmonija Sports Centre
The wellness centre was constructed under the principles of feng shui. It enables recreation and various wellness services on 5,000 m2 of indoor surfaces; it also has 12 hotel rooms, a restaurant and a café.

Mesing Bar, Mengeš

Mengeš Teater Bar

Borovnička Bar at Puhliški Pond


Michael's Fair in Mengeš - last week in September

Floating lights on the Pšata River on St. Gregory's day

First of May bonfire at Gobavica

March Festival in May

New year's concert of Mengeška godba brass band

Špas teater theatre's shows

Ski jumps

At first, the route runs along asphalt roads through Mengeš. At the end of the settlement, it becomes macadam and remains so until Cegvanški Pond where cart tracks and trodden paths interchange over the saddle to the other side to Puhliški Pond. 15 to 20 minutes' walk along the main road follows next; the road is quite busy and thus less appropriate for walking. The last part of the route is flat and runs along nice cart tracks and trodden paths along the Pšata River and continues almost to the starting point at Mengeš Cultural Centre.