Length 10.6 km
Time needed
Time needed 04:00
Največja strmina vzpona[%]
Greatest slope of the ascent: 19 %
Greatest slope of the descent: 12 %
Average slope of the ascent: 8 %
Length of ascents above 5%: 2.20 km
The lowest point of the route: 469 m
The highest point of the route: 295 m
Difference in altitude: 324 m
Poraba kalorij
Consumption of energy for men: 3919 kJ (936 kcal)
Consumption of energy for women: 3215 kJ (768 kcal)
Difficulty: Medium demanding
Quality of the surface
Quality of the surface: Forest path
Primerna obutev: Hiking boots
Short description

A major part of the route runs almost precisely along the border of the Municipality of Trzin: half of the route along the forest paths, along beautiful shady terrain and the other half through the settlement, along streets, roads and cycling routes. In the forest section, the route is nicely marked and can be easily followed.


Parkirišče pri Centru Ivana Hribarja-Obrtno industrijska cona-Špruha-Straški vrh- Tromeja občin-Peskokop na Rakovniku-Smućišče Dovga dolina-Grad Jablje –Cerkev sv.Florijana-Center Ivana Hribarja

Trzin, once a medium-sized village under the Onger Hill at the southernmost part of the Mengeš Plain, has been transformed into an urban settlement in the last two decades. Around six hundred companies, which play an important role in the Slovenian economy, are based in the industrial part of the town.
The oldest part of the settlement was built around the Church of St Florian , which was first mentioned in 1301.
During the Slovenian Independence War in 1991, Trzin was the stage of one of the fiercest battles between the Slovenian Territorial Defence and the armoured unit of the Yugoslav People's Army.
The starting point of your hike is at the fountain in front of Ivan Hribar Culture Centre in Trzin . You can park your car at one of the nearby car parks.
From the fountain go to the end of the road and then left to the footpath along the Pšata River which takes you to the bridge on Ljubljanska Road. There is a memorial from the time of the War for Slovenia . Continue along Ljubljanska Road and across the river; then to the crossroads where you turn right and, soon after, left to Kidričeva Street. Follow Kidričeva Street to the end. Continue along the footpath which takes you to commercial and industrial zone of Trzin, to Blatnica Street .
Continue along the pavement by Blatnica, past the Mojca Bistro and the pyramid where the Pečjak Inn is located. Cross Dobrava Street and come to the end of the commercial and industrial zone along Motnica Street. Continue along the bicycle lane under the power lines for about 100 m and turn sharp right onto the cart track . After another 10 metres, look for a footpath on the right side which is overgrown, hardly visible and branches off to the right at the edge of the forest onto a steep hill.

Špruha–Straški vrh–tripoint of municipalities
A steep climb along the path soon awards you with a beautiful view of the commercial and industrial zone of Trzin . Walk by the edge of the clearing of power lines, cross it and reach the other side where you have to turn into the forest. Yellow signs, axe symbols, start to appear; they mark the route together with wooden boards with the inscription "Pot ob mejah" (Route along the borders) . The path is well-trodden and ascends throughout. Observe the signs to avoid getting lost at junctions and you will soon arrive to Špruha. There the path flattens. Continue along a beautiful forest path, mostly flat, to Straški vrh. A gentle descent and another ascent along the forest path .
A cart track and a footpath alternate in beautiful surroundings until you arrive to the memorial to the National Liberation War . There you continue straight on, past the memorial, along the cart track which takes you to a macadam road, called the "white road", which runs from Trzin to Rašica where the tripoint of the municipalities of Trzin, Mengeš and Ljubljana is situated. You are now about halfway.

Along the "white road to the sand pit" and further to the ski slopes and Jablje Castle
Turn right at the junction. Walk along the road for about a kilometre, constantly gently downhill, to the junction. There choose the left road which after a few hundreds of metres takes you to the sand pit in Rakovnik where the road ends . Continue to the right along a steep path and the yellow signs which lead you along the border of the municipality. The ascent is followed by a flat section and a gentle descent which takes you to the top of the Dovga dolina ski slope .
By the edge of the ski slope, descend to the foothill where a wooden shed is situated. At the broad area, which is also used as a car park, a beautiful macadam road starts to descend towards the renovated Jablje Castle , which adorns the appearance of the settlement of Jablje. At the castle, you can take a look at the wedding hall decorated with Jelovšek's frescoes, multi-purpose hall and castle courtyard with arcades.
The surroundings are nicely arranged, in a peaceful and dignified manner. It is impossible for a casual visitor to guess what purpose the castle serves today.
Historical documents denote that the castle, situated at the foothills of Rašica, was first mentioned in the 14th century and that it was built by the Lamberg lords. It has had many different owners since then. The extensive interior equipment, including paintings, tapestries and wall paintings, was 'lost' after World War II, because the castle was used for various purposes and activities.

Jablje Castle–Church of St Florian in Trzin–Ivan Hribar Culture Centre
At the castle turn right and walk along the macadam road past an abandoned quarry , where you can still see the remains of a blast furnace, towards the Church of St Florian in Trzin from the mid-14th century.
Continue past the elementary school where you can see the monument to the National Liberation War . Just a few steps to Ivan Hribar Culture Centre where you finish the circular route.


Ivan Hribar Culture Centre with a fountain
It represents the information, cultural and tourist centre of Trzin. The centre is named after Dr Ivan Hribar, a famous citizen of Trzin, who was the mayor of Ljubljana between 1896 and 1910. In the centre, you can see a statue of this famous Slovenian. In front of the centre is a fountain called Spring (Pomlad) by Metod Frlec.

Monument to the Independence of Slovenia on the bridge in Trzin
During the War for Slovenia in 1991, Trzin was the stage of one of the fiercest battles between the Slovenian Territorial Defence and the armoured unit of the Yugoslav People's Army. A monument was erected on the bridge to commemorate this event.

Monument to the National Liberation War before the tripoint
The monument was erected at the site where Gestapo executed Cene Štupar, a fighter of the Rašiška četa Company.

Dovga dolina ski slope
A small ski slope with a ski lift and artificial snowmaking. Moreover, a small cottage is situated at the foothills which is open during ski season.

Jablje Castle
The castle at the foothill of Rašica was first mentioned in the 14th century. It was built by Lamberg lords. It has had many different owners since then. The extensive interior equipment, including paintings, tapestries and wall paintings, was 'lost' after World War II, because the castle was used for various purposes and activities. The castle is beautifully renovated; you can take a look at the wedding hall decorated with Jelovšek's frescoes, multi-purpose hall and castle courtyard with arcades.
The surroundings are nicely arranged, in a peaceful and dignified manner.

Abandoned quarry with blast furnace
The former quarry which was used as auditorium is abandoned today.

Church of St Florian in Trzin
The Church of St Florian was mentioned already in 1301. A cross, a chandelier and a 15-century statue of St Florian, made of sandstone, have been preserved.
The first reconstruction of the church in the Baroque style was most probably made in 1649. A stone with this year is now built in the bridge in front of the church. Baroque reconstructions took place between 1725 and 1733. Three new altars were erected: the main altar of St Florian, the left side altar of St Urban and the right side altar of St Leonard. What is more, a chapel of St Francis Xavier was also added.
The original Gothic church was facing the opposite direction compared to the present day church. The entrance was under the bell tower and the altar was directed towards the present day entrance. Everything was turned by 180 degrees with Baroque reconstructions. The approximate appearance of the original church has been used at the statue of St Florian at the main altar. A sacristy was built in the 19th century and a choir was added later. The church supposedly houses Plečnik's equipment from 1958. The equipment consists of a free-standing eight-angled stone holy-water font in the nave, a niche with an older plastic, a hanging ceiling lamp and a cross on the northern side of the nave.

Monument to the fallen soldiers from the National Liberation War (at the elementary school)
Erected to commemorate 30 fallen soldiers and victims of fascist violence in World War II.


Barca Snack Bar

Mojca Bistro

Pečjak Fast Food Restaurant

"Come, Vanč," said Anže when he went past his home with two other friends, "we will make a catapult." The other two were Nacek and Jožko, both from the village, from Trzin.
"Wait, wait, what's a catapult?" he asked.
They did not answer, but rushed on and shouted in a hurry from afar: "Come to the quarry and you'll see!"
And they were gone. Vanč started wondering what this could be. It gnawed him so much that he forgot what his father had asked him to do. He headed out on the top of Onger.
Naturally, at that time the quarry of Trzin was not as large as it became later. Stones were rarely cut, by hand, with iron poles, picks and, of course, with shovels. Loading carts were not known yet, at least not in this part of the countryside. At that time, there were only a few metres of space down there. If you threw a stone from the top, it flew quite far; the children thus often threw stones and competed who would fling them the farthest.
When Vanč arrived to the top of the quarry, Nacek and Jožko were struggling to bend a young and not very thick ash, or rather a very thick stick, but they failed. Vanč saw from afar how the tree slipped away from their hands and shot high in the sky.
"Help, help us!" shouted Nacek, but in vain, the tree again slipped away from their hands.
"Why didn't you come sooner? Now you climb the tree, I'm tired," complained Jožko.
"What? The tree?" he asked. And they explained that he should climb the tree and then, when it would go down and bend to the ground together with him, they would tie it to a nearby rock with a rope.
Indeed, Vanč climbed the ash tree almost to the top, so high that the tree slowly started to bend towards the ground. Naturally, the fear was disturbing at that moment, as Vanč could tumble to the ground with a broken top. This time they succeeded. They firmly pressed the tree to the ground and securely tied it to the rock.
"I have chosen a good tree, don't you think so?" said Nacek to Jožko.
"Yes, it's tight and slender enough, it's important that it's not too thick and that it doesn't break when we bend it, otherwise you would have seen hell!" he threatened Vanč.
"We were very lucky, right, Nacek?"
"What luck, this is knowledge!" said Nacek cheerfully.
Anyway, the catapult was almost ready.
"What will you do now?" asked Vanč with curiosity.
"Well, listen," Nacek started explaining, "the Turks and lords used to have such devices, or some sort of a cannon, to defend their castles, my father told me this, and I thought that we could do something similar."
And he explained everything. Nacek brought a large wicker basket and tied it to a tree.
"Now you will see real power!" shouted Nacek delightfully. "And don't forget to move away from the tree in time or you will fly together with stones."
Naturally, they trimmed the tree earlier. They put quite a large stone, rather a small rock, into the basket, as it was almost full.
"Pay attention. When I cut the rope, come and see how far the rock will fly."
Of course, they were all excited and full of expectations, they did not even think of all the danger that could happen to them. Moreover, it did not come to their minds where the rock would fall, and also if there was someone down there at that moment – boom on his head and he would be gone. But they were not worried since people did not walk around a lot in those days, they kept to their homes and Nacek relied on that.
"Watch out!" he warned and cut the rope with a sharp knife. The young bended tree flew in the sky, together with stones in the basket.
In a flash, they were all on the edge of the quarry. They could not believe their eyes; the rock first flew high in the sky and then started to fall far, far, towards the meadow below.
"Well done!" they all screamed with enthusiasm.
"We'll try again. It's fun, isn't it?" asked Nacek.
"Of course, as long as it will be possible!"
And they really had fun; they made a catapult several times over until one day the basket untied too early, the stones scattered and almost fell on their heads. But this did not stop them, they told other friends as well, so there were quite a few rocks down there below the quarry. Excitement was everywhere! The rumours about the catapult spread in the village.
The parents thought of it as a game, until one day, Maks, the castle hunter and forester, slowly walked by below Onger heading to the castle forests. When he passed by, a huge stone flew onto his head. He got scared as he had never seen such large rocks flying through the air. He looked up to the quarry into the scrub and saw children laughing joyfully. "Oh, that's it," he said, "children are throwing stones! Well, let's see what's going on up there," he thought and quietly and unnoticeably hurried to the quarry. The children were just getting ready for the next shoot from the catapult. He waited for them to finish and then surprised them with his presence. It was too late, they could not run away anymore, and why would they, they did not hurt anyone. The forester reprimanded them and told them what could happen during such a reckless game. He demanded that they stop this dangerous game immediately and threatened them to tell their parents what they were doing in the forest above the quarry. The boys were deeply disappointed and miserable, but when the forester told them that the stones had flew over his head and what could have happened if they had hit a cart with the yoke, they were consoled and went home.
The following day, they were told off at home, each in his own way. And the game was finished; only a memory remained and a nice feeling that the catapult worked well.
As time went by, Vanč remained Vanč, Nacek became Nace and Jožko Jože. They were lads now, no more children, and they were well aware of it. And one day after several years, French soldiers camped right there below the quarry. At first, they were welcome in our country, but due to the increasing taxes and roughness, they became annoying. Therefore, people started to resist. The growing success of the Austrian army was also responsible for that. The citizens of Trzin whispered that they wanted to play a trick on the French, as they were not very pleased with the French camping under their noses.
Vanč, Nace and Jože were now old enough to be enlisted in army, so they thought that the French had to be chased out of Trzin. But how – the meadow under Onger was full of tents with armed soldiers!
One day, Vanč got an idea and mentioned it to Jože and Nace. They both agreed. "We'll give them hell and they won't even know who is chasing them." They agreed on attacking them with a catapult. They looked at the suitable trees and found four perfect ones growing on the edge of the quarry. During the day, they collected the stones and prepared baskets and ropes. Towards the evening, they secretly bended the trees and prepared the catapults for shooting. Only the ropes were not cut yet. Vanč was responsible for that, as his home was the closest. They agreed that he would trigger them when the soldiers would be resting.
And this indeed happened. At eleven o'clock in the evening, when the church bells stopped ringing, Vanč cut the ropes, one by one. He was terrified, as he did not know what the consequences would be.
When the rocks hit the camp down there below Onger, one after another, the guards were paralysed and the din, hue and cry raised in the camp, as they did not know from where the rocks were coming and could not fight against anybody. In a moment, many tents were demolished and several soldiers had smashed heads. Orders were issued in complete disorder. Only a few shots from cannon were heard, fired rather from fear than defence.
Vanč did not dare to go home that night. He slept in the quarry in a kind of karst cave, which is still visible today and was a good hiding place as well. In the morning, he headed for home with a small axe and a light dry spruce over his shoulder. But not straight home, he went towards the castle where it was safer. The next day, the French looked at the rocks that had fallen on their heads the previous night and could not figure out how and who threw them so far. He could not throw them with his hands – in this case, he would have to be a giant, not a man. They also looked at the top of the quarry but, apart from a few branches and shabby ash trees, they did not see anything. No one suspected anything; or the citizens of Trzin would have been in a tight spot. The French lingered there for a few more days and then they moved elsewhere, as Trzin was too dangerous. Supposedly, the citizens of Mengeš and Trzin defeated the very same Frenchmen a few days later on the Mengeš Plain.
Vanč, Nace and Jože later received a valuable award from the noble Emperor of Austria. If you do not believe it, go to Vienna and the imperial court where the awards are being kept. There you can see them. Naturally, you will have to try very hard to find them!

Florian's fair – a traditional fair in May

Hike along the borders of the Municipality of Trzin – a traditional hike in June

The route initially runs along the streets of Trzin. When you turn uphill at the end of the settlement, the street turns into a path which alternates with a cart track all the way to Jablje Castle. Then you are again on the streets of Trzin, all the way to the end of the route.
A large part of the route, which runs along forests at the border of the municipality, is interesting and shady. If the time is right, you can find many edible mushrooms.
The route is suitable for a Sunday family trip. The signs (yellow axes) along the route lead the hikers through the forest so they cannot get lost.