Length 11.8 km
Time needed
Time needed 03:30
Največja strmina vzpona[%]
Greatest slope of the ascent: 20 %
Greatest slope of the descent: 19 %
Average slope of the ascent: 11 %
Length of ascents above 5%: 4.00 km
The lowest point of the route: 581 m
The highest point of the route: 294 m
Difference in altitude: 572 m
Poraba kalorij
Consumption of energy for men: 3429 kJ (819 kcal)
Consumption of energy for women: 2814 kJ (672 kcal)
Difficulty: Demanding
Quality of the surface
Quality of the surface: Mixture
Primerna obutev: Hiking boots
Short description

It is a diverse circular route along the hilly hinterland of Lavrica, where the past and present meet. The route starts in Lavrica, goes through a forest to Lisičje, past a beautiful manor, and then, after crossing the motorway, climbs to Molnik Hill, continues to the village of Orle and then, after making a turn through a forest, returns back to Lavrica. The route is marked with green and yellow signs and numerous info panels pointing to interesting sights in the vicinity. It is suitable both for recreation and hiking on Sundays, and since it runs through a forest, it is comfortably shady for the most part of its course. You can take the trip also on bicycle, but the section on Molnik Hill is extremely difficult because of its steep slope and surface which is not fully appropriate for cycling.


Lavrica – Šeparjev hrib – Lisičje – Molnik – Orle – Hrastarija – Debeli hrib – Lavrica

The Čemšenik manor route got its name from the parish (settlement) of Čemšenik in the area of present day Lavrica, which consisted of several district hamlets between Sela under the Molnik Hill and Babna Gora in the Ljubljana Marshes. The parish was first mentioned in 1330. Residents of Lavrica, the village which got its name after the owner of the local land from the 16th century, Jurij Lauriza, cherish the memory of the past times with an exemplary arranged circular path and the traditional October hike.

Start the hike, armed with good will and enough water, at the small hayrack with an info panel on the Šepar Path in Lavrica. The easiest way to get there is by taking a bus No 3 B or 3 G. Get off the bus in Lavrica, cross the road and turn to Jagrova ulica Street and the Šeparjeva pot Path. If you go by car, leave Dolenjska cesta Road in Lavrica for the village of Sela and after some 100 metres you will see a car park. Return to the hayrack by Dolenjska cesta Road. You will first go past the houses on the Šeparjeva pot Path, which then climbs towards the forest, where you will be greeted by first green and yellow signs , which will be your faithful companions on your journey. Climb through the forest to Šepar Hill, where a clearing under the overhead power line offers a nice view of the Ljubljana Marshes in the south with Krim Mountain in the background , and of the village of Sela with Molnik Hill in the north . Molnik is a distinctive hill in otherwise diverse hilly hinterland of Lavrica and Ljubljana and the highest point of the journey, but it seems rather distant from this point. At the edge of the clearing, there is the first of many info panels , which point to interesting things along the path and inform you about how to behave appropriately outdoors. Take your time and read it carefully. The route leads you from the clearing to a wide path through a mixed forest , and along the ridge of the hill to the hamlet of Lisičje.

Descend down the asphalt road to Lisičje Manor , which gives the journey a romantic touch. The manor was built in the 16th century; it used to be surrounded by the then biggest flower, botanical and fruit tree garden in Carniola. By the Second World War, the manor had changed numerous owners, and after the war it was more or less left to decay. The most urgent repair works on the manor were carried out in 2010, so that various tourist events could take place in front of it. Two mighty linden trees on the northern side of the manor are the only reminder of the former magnificent garden. From this place you can see and hear the southbound Dolenjska motorway , to which you will get by a short winding path.

Dolenjska motorway
When the motorway from Ljubljana to the Dolenjska region was being built, the builders did not make a tunnel under Molnik, but a cut, which is the biggest cut in Slovenia. Descend on the macadam road from the edge of the cut down to the bridge across the motorway , then climb on the other side and take a look around . Then go through the forest towards Molnik. The route leads you uphill along a wide path; the altitude difference between the bridge across the motorway and the top of Molnik is more than 200 metres. Since the top of Molnik is somewhat away from the route, you should turn right at the biggest crossroads, to the path which leads to the top of Molnik and which will take you back to the same crossroads.

From the crossroads towards the top, the path rises steeply, until it reaches the top plateau, which is almost flat, and which was because of its shape populated already in the 13th century BC. There are several benches at the top , where you can have a rest and eat and drink something. Just below the top is a monument to the Molnik Company, the first Partisan unit in Slovenia, which was operative in this area right from the beginning of the Second World War. After you have had a rest, take the same path to return down, and do not forget to pick up a branch that you will use later.

When you return to the crossroads, go straight (if you turn left you would be returning to Lisičje), and you will soon arrive at the renowned pyre, called Grmada , where you can put the branch you brought with you in memory of the legend about a murdered peasant. The legend says this is the place where a group of bandits killed a peasant who had sold an ox, and who was not able to give them the money from the sale because he had handed it to his daughter, who took the other route. In remembrance of his violent death, hikers leave at this place branches they pick up along the path and build a pyre as remembrance and a reminder. The path continues to descend, past abandoned quarries (you will pass under the same overhead power line from Šepar Hill) and to the pass between Sostro and Orle .

Continue the trip by the asphalt road to Orle; before the first houses, you will see on the left a monument marking the final clashes in the liberation of Ljubljana in May 1945. At the first house on the left, you may be even greeted by Nika, a domesticated doe . The road then starts to gently climb among the houses; turn left towards Lavrica when you reach a major crossroads by the concrete wall .

The road, which is looking over at Sela and the Ljubljana Marshes , will soon take you to the hamlet of Hrastarija , which is said to be founded in the 16th century, after the first settlers cut down the oak forest. Today it is possible to ride horses in Hrastarija, and you can also take a look at the chapel by the motorway, where the path makes a sharp downward turn to the right. There is a bench by the chapel, where you can rest your tired legs. Just before the "ranch" in Hrastarija, turn right by the playground into the forest of Debeli hrib (attention – the path towards the chapel is not the right path!). After a comfortable short walk in the forest , you will approach the Eržen Homestead, turn sharply left at the cross to the road which will take you down towards the first houses in Lavrica.

When you get to Lavrica, find your way to Dolenjska cesta Road and return to the starting point on Šeparjeva pot Path. There are several inns and restaurants in this part of Dolenjska cesta Road, where you can have a rest one more time and have a snack and a drink. If you had left your car in the car park in Jagrova ulica Street, you can take a shortcut through the new novo residential complex.

Hamlets and villages Sela, Srednja vas, Daljna vas, Babna Gorica and a part of Orle were connected in the Middle Ages with the parish (settlement) named Čemšenik, which was first mentioned in 1330 in a charter of the Bohemian king and the Carinthian duke Henry IV of Carinthia. The name probably stems from hackberry (Prunus padus), which used to grow in the damp valley of the Grivka Stream (today Prošca). The area was probably settled as part of the mediaeval colonisation in the second part of the 12th century, when the authorities carried out the policy of intensive population of uninhabited areas. The population wave probably came from the Upper Carniola via the villages of Sadinja vas and Podmolnik to the other side of Molnik Hill, and expanded first to the saddle (near Orle) and then towards the area of present day Lavrica. The drying up of the Ljubljana Marshes at the end of the 18th century resulted in a large inflow of residents, while an even larger wave came with the construction of railway to Kočevje in 1893.

Lisičje Manor ,
The original manor was built in the mid-16th century and was first named Gayerav, which means vulture glade, but the locals called it Lisičje after the foxes (lisice) in the nearby woods. The manor was surrounded by a large and well kept garden and a park, which Janez Vajkard Valvasor described as a place "where Flora usurps the charming nobility and the crown above the colourful place of joy and delight with the rarest flowers". Such luxury of fruits and flowers made such a great impression on Duke Janez Vajkard Auersperg, an important minister to the Austrian emperors, that he spent the last years of his life in the manor. The manor has changed many owners since, and it even used to be sold and bought in auctions. The last owner before the Second World War was Englishwoman Mary Lloyd from Trieste, who kept in the manor luxurious interior equipment, plenty of antiquities, an extensive library and a completely equipped chapel. The manor was left to decay after 1945. In 2006, it was purchased from the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia by the Municipality of Škofljica, and it was partly restored in 2010. Cultural and ethnological events occasionally take place in the courtyard.

Dolenjska motorway
When the southbound Dolenjska motorway was designed, the engineers did not opt for a tunnel under Molnik Hill, but for a cut, because of the favourable sandy geological structure. The material from the cut was used as building material. As much as two million cubic metres of sand was excavated. It is the biggest road cut in Slovenia.

Molnik (582 m)
Even in the prehistoric times, the top of the hill was an important strategic point with a fortified settlement. Considering the discovery of cremation graves and skeletal graves as well as mass graves, it used to be a place where two different cultures met. While older pillars of the culture of cremation graves, which are dated in the 13th and 12th centuries BC, remain unknown, it is known that skeletal graves are characteristic of the southern Illyrians. This leads to a conclusion that Molnik Hill was populated in the 8th and 7th centuries BC by the Illyrians. A majority of the finds are weapons and military equipment. The finds are kept in the Ljubljana City Museum.

It is a roadside village, which in certain places changes into a clustered settlement. In the Middle Ages it was divided among the fiefdoms of the Carniolan Vidame Office and the Provincial Government of Carniola, while later it was mostly owned by the German chivalric order from Komenda. Orle is famous far and wide for its cherry plantations, which are being regularly renewed. Ahead of Palm Sunday, many villagers weave traditional Easter bundles from painted wooden shavings, which are a very popular buy in Ljubljana. The village is also known for the concluding battles of the Second World War between the German occupiers and the Slovenian Partisan army in early May of 1945, which is witnessed by the monument below the village.

Memorial chapel in Hrastarija
The chapel was built in remembrance of landowner Franc Guštin, who was killed in an accident there. Its original position was somewhat lower, by the forest path, but it was relocated during the construction of the motorway in 1989 and restored a year later. There is a statue of Mary in the chapel, while a statue of the Sacred Heart used to stand on the altar.

Orle Inn, Orle 37
The inn is situated at the end of the village or at the beginning if approaching the village from the direction of Rudnik. Pizzas are on offer during the week and delicious lunches on weekends.

Ranch Orle Club , Orle 23
The staff of the ranch are masters in everything related to horses and horse riding.

Grandvid Hotel, Dolenjska cesta 336, Lavrica
The Grandvid Hotel in Dolenjska cesta Road has many things to offer.

According to a legend, a group of bandits murdered a peasant from Šmarje there. The peasant had sold an ox in Ljubljana and took a shortcut through the forest to return home. He was attacked by the bandits, who thought that he had the money from the sale. After they killed him, they realised that he had no money. The peasant had anticipated the danger and gave the money to his daughter, who took a longer, but safer route. In remembrance of his death, hikers bring branches they pick up along the path and put them on the pyre.

Hike on the Čemšenik manor route
The traditional guided hike is held on the first Saturday in October.

Lavrica Day
Lavrica Day is celebrated every April, bringing plenty of shows and events.

Molnik cross-country race
The traditional Molnik cross-country race is held in April in Zadvor for all age categories and various distances.

A part of Lisičje Manor is in a very poor condition, so it is not allowed to approach it from all sides.

When you climb Molnik Hill, you have to carefully follow the markings on the path, because there are several paths on the hill leading in different directions.

Since the part of the route in Orle runs along an asphalt road, pay attention to the incoming traffic.