Length 3.9 km
Time needed
Time needed 01:30
Največja strmina vzpona[%]
Greatest slope of the ascent: 9 %
Greatest slope of the descent: 11 %
Average slope of the ascent: 10 %
Length of ascents above 5%: 0.90 km
The lowest point of the route: 371 m
The highest point of the route: 317 m
Difference in altitude: 166 m
Poraba kalorij
Consumption of energy for men: 1470 kJ (351 kcal)
Consumption of energy for women: 1206 kJ (288 kcal)
Difficulty: Less demanding
Quality of the surface
Quality of the surface: Forest path
Primerna obutev: Hiking boots
Short description

The route along the Rača Stream offers various interesting encounters with nature to hikers. The landscape through which the Rača Stream flows belongs to the secluded Moravče karst. Most of the characteristic karst features can be seen in this small area. Not to mention what is hiding in the underground karst. There are countless fossil remains of marine animals from two hundred million years ago in the limestone rocks.


Krašce – dolina potoka Rače - Sv. Andrej - Krašce

We will meet in Krašce
The village of Krašce is located not far from Moravče, looking over the valley of the Rača Stream. It got its name after its karst landscape. Every village in Slovenia bears a message from the past which merges centuries of experience of people who lived in coexistence with nature and the environment. This was the only way to survive. But rare are those villages that want to convey this message to future generations. The route starts at the fire station in Krašce; go south in the direction of Spodnji Tuštanj, where you will see an info panel . You can park your car across the street from the fire station or at the nearby Frfrau Inn .

With open eyes
Turn right to the village after a couple of metres, taking the middle path . The route is relatively well marked with signposts. A mill wheel will give you directions on the route . The Javornik House is one of the two old stone houses in Krašce . The old stone portal of the homestead boasts a new entrance door made from solid wood . The back of the house is interesting too . At the hayrack behind the house, the route, which goes along cattle pens, starts descending towards the Rača Stream .

Towards the Mecetov Mill
There are only ruins now in the place where the once mighty Mecetov Mill used to stand . The mill was first owned by the lord of the Tuštanj Castle. The commercial building , the millrace and the laundry spot have been preserved, while the hayrack has been reconstructed . Numerous hayracks in the surrounding countryside indicate that this area used to be the home of crafty carpenters (cimpermani). Carpentry in general is one of the oldest crafts in Slovenia. Just behind the hayrack along the Rača Stream, there is an overhanging rock and the entrance in the Majcetova Cave . The cave is a result of a tectonic fault, the evidence of which can be clearly seen on the ceiling. The spacious entrance gets narrow quickly and the cave ends with impassable shafts leading into an underground world hidden from human eyes. Make a climb to the steep bank of the Rača Stream.

Wavy karst landscape
There is a small karst sinkhole opposite the crucifix (cross) . Crucifixes used to be put up as signs of gratitude, remembrance or as reminders of events which should never happen again. On the pasture , one can see a small collapsed sinkhole filled up with rocks . Through the landscape in which forests and meadows are taking turns, you will get to a large glade. Cross it through the middle and turn right from the hunting lookout and continue into the forest to the wooden gate near the Mohorjev Mill. You will return to the gate when you complete the western part of the route.

Up, down and around the gorge of the Rača Stream
The Mohorjev Mill still has its original equipment . Cross the Rača Stream at the mill and again take a climb up its steep bank . On the top, the Videgar Homestead is located with a collection of old artefacts , , , a model of a saw and a mill , and much more. If the residents are at home, they will gladly show you around. Descend again towards the Rača Stream through the wooden gate . Because of the steep banks, there are no major complexes of alder and ash forests there. Beehive-like stands of hornbeam stretch all the way to the stream . Hornbeam poles used to be cut down for bundles. The Vehovčev Mill is the westernmost point of the route. Cross the bridge , climb the bank and descend back to the Mohorjev Mill.

Let's do some laundry
A large ladle welcomes thirsty hikers by the karst spring . The spring never runs dry and has a constant temperature. A wooden mill wheel can be seen in the middle of the valley . The laundry spot with washboards has also been preserved . Not so long ago, local housewives used laundry spots to rinse their laundry after hand-washing it at home. Return to the wooden gate past the Mohorjev Mill . Turn right before the bridge onto the path along the bank .

Towards St. Andrew
The abandoned Kižev Mill stands behind the impressive new house. There are no mill wheels, but the interior of the mill, including the equipment, has been preserved in full. The route continues on the macadam path along the Suha Valley below the steep slopes and the Church of St. Andrew. The valley was shaped by the water flow. A small stream occasionally runs along the left edge of the valley. It springs out from a water cave beneath the Church of St. Andrew and runs into the Rača Stream near the Kižev Mill. A steep path on the slope branches off to the left, leading to the Church of St. Andrew . If you want to take a look at the church with antique frescos , ask the Kosmač family, who lives by the church, to give you the key. Across the Suha Valley , you will reach the first houses in the village of Krašce .

In Krašce again
Two old farmhouses have been preserved in the village . The year 1897 is written above the entrance doors of one of the houses . A little bit further from the old farmhouse you will be welcomed by a gigantic linden tree and old orchards, which are also called high-trunk or meadow orchards . Since treetops were high above the ground, cattle could be pastured there. In this way, the orchard also served as pastureland or meadow.
On the short journey, you listened to the whisper of nature, observed, smelled, touched and also tasted things. Just think about this – how many things would you have missed had we not pointed them out to you? We should explore our local environment with all our senses...

Rača Stream
Rača got its name after freshwater crabs (raki), which can be found in the stream even today. Its diverse course is a consequence of the eventful geological past of the area. The stream has two sources. The natural course of the stream has been preserved, together with its characteristic vegetation and diverse waterside biotopes, which are the home of numerous species of birds and freshwater fauna . Water temperature in the Rača Stream is constant throughout the year, at 8 degrees Celsius.

The Church of St. Andrew
During the Turkish invasions, the church was protected by walls . This is confirmed also by
an independent bell tower, which is frequent in these parts. Remains of the "upper" entrance and two keyhole embrasures can still be seen on the bell tower. The Gothic presbytery was painted with frescos in 1505. An image of the Garden of Eden is painted on the northern wall . The frescos were painted over with white paint during renovation in the Baroque style. The frescos were rediscovered in 1894 and restored in 1970. Because of their iconography, design and quality, the well preserved frescos are an important monument of art on the national scale.

Frfrau Inn
The old inn offers Sunday peasant lunches, and home-made sausages in the autumn. Home-made smoked ham, sausages and salami are served throughout the year. There is a playground by the inn.

Moravče Tourist Association ( )
The Moravče Tourist Association organises natural science days for pupils of the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grades of elementary school and individual guided tours on the route upon prior notice (telephone: 041/32 62 92).

When the Rača Stream flooded
During a storm in 1911, which was so severe as if the sky opened up, the water level was increasing so rapidly that the miller in the Vehovčev Mill, could find refuge only on the stove in the "house". He took an axe with him in order to make a hole in the wooden ceiling so he could escape to the roof in case the water flooded the stove.
In the Mohorjev Mill, the mother and her neighbour were saving the children from the flooded residential part of the mill. When each of them carried a child uphill to safety, they returned to the "house" only to find that the water almost washed other children away. Nevertheless, the brave women eventually managed to save them.

A traditional night march with lamps on Culture Day.
A tea party at the Moharjev Mill on a Sunday in September.
The Chestnut Sunday in October at the Mohorjev Mill. It is a chestnut roasting event.

Do not go into the Majcetova Cave without a flashlight! The path is rather muddy after long rainy spells.