Length 12.7 km
Time needed
Time needed 02:30
Največja strmina vzpona[%]
Greatest slope of the ascent: 1 %
Greatest slope of the descent: 1 %
Average slope of the ascent: 1 %
Length of ascents above 5%: 0.00 km
The lowest point of the route: 295 m
The highest point of the route: 287 m
Difference in altitude: 17 m
Poraba kalorij
Consumption of energy for men: 2449 kJ (585 kcal)
Consumption of energy for women: 2010 kJ (480 kcal)
Difficulty: Easy
Quality of the surface
Quality of the surface: Mixture
Primerna obutev: Hiking boots
Short description

A short route for nature lovers, which leads through the most typical and mosaic landscape of the Marshes where you can observe local flora and fauna in all their diversity. The route runs entirely along the plain, only a small section runs along a busy road.


Ižanska cesta – Črna vas – Matena – Ižanska cesta

Ižanska Road
Start at Ižanska Road. You can park your car a kilometre and a half further from the crossroads at Črna vas. A smaller parking place is located in front of the crossroads on the left side of the road which leads to the east side of the Marshes. Leave your car at the car park, then cross the road and proceed along the street which is diagonal to Ižanska Road. When you reach the end of the street, turn right and then left to the macadam road. First cross one of the canals, then turn perpendicularly right at the first crossroads, and, when you reach the end of this road, turn left again. From here on you'll walk straightforward for quite some time . Meadows, cultivated areas and patches of the forest of the Marshes exchange on the left and right. Houses of Črna vas, Ljubljana Castle and even the Alps can be seen in the background towards north. Continue straight on for about two kilometres and a half , and then turn left to a well-maintained macadam path. You may see a heron on the left or any of the other rare birds, while on the right, there is the road that connects Lipe and Tomišelj.

Ig Marshes
The road turns slightly to the left and is equipped with information boards which describe diverse systems of biotic species in this area . You're entering the area of the Ig Marshes , the largest contiguous damp meadows area on the Marshes, full of interesting and rare animal species. The macadam road starts winding a little, and you continue to the right at the last bend towards the village of Brest. When you reach the village, stick to the left and you'll soon get from Brest to Matena . You can visit the Church of St. Hermagoras and Fortunatus, located in the middle of the village of Matena . Just before the end of the village, turn left on the first path, back to the mosaic landscape of the Marshes.

Mosaic of cultural landscape
When you reach the crossroads, turn left towards west, and then immediately right towards north. Narrow and long farm plots are strung on the left and right side of the road. At the end of a quite long flat section, cross the canal and turn left. Continue along the canal or the hedge and then again cross the canal. From here on walk carefully along a busy road for approximately 200 metres. After 200 metres, turn left towards north, cross the canal and continue on the right side of the canal. You'll see Kozler bushes on the left . You can walk to the National Liberation War monument in the forest or you can return to this marshy forest some other time. Turn left from the canal to the first cart track and finish the route near the starting point. The houses, among which you've started the route, are on the right, including Ižanska Road in the background.

Church of St. Michael in Črna vas
The Church of St. Michael , belongs to the Ljubljana Barje parish. The church was built between 1937 and 1938, according to the plans of the famous Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik at the initiative of the then Trnovo priest Fran Saleški Finžgar and Plečnik's nephew and catechizer Karl Matkovič. Due to marshy grounds, the church stands on piles, while a bridge leads to the church nave on the first floor. The outer walls are decorated with brick inserts. One of its characteristic features is a slim open belfry.

Kozler Bushes
Kozler Bushes , , Kozler Forest or Barje Forest is a nature reserve and the largest (20 hectare) forest remain of the high marshes. The area is known for the bloody events from World War II. A monument to 63 victims of National Liberation War is located in its vicinity, which was sadly desecrated in 2005. The owners of the forest were the Kozler family. Peter Kozler was, among other, the owner of the Union Brewery.

Ig Marshes
The Ig Marshes , is a nature reserve, located between Ig and Podpeč and belongs to the most contiguous areas of preserved damp meadows. The nature reserve includes about 1,300-metre long Kosec educational path with an observatory from where you can watch abundant plant and animal life of extensive damp meadows. The educational path ends at the wooden observatory and is equipped with information board that describes local animals and plants, appropriate manners of maintaining the landscape and some historical facts about the life on the Marshes.


Cultural Landscape of the Ljubljana Marshes
The Ljubljana Marshes are marked by a typical cultural landscape where natural elements and cultivated agricultural surfaces, mostly meadows and other cultivated lands, intertwine. This landscape mosaic is extremely well seen in space due to the hedges and lines of hedgerow vegetation along the canals, which grow on the wet soil of the Marshes. People have been cultivating vegetation of the Marshes in fragile balance throughout the history. This vegetation also represents a habitat for numerous animal species, which contribute to the wide diversity of this area that belongs to the Ljubljana Marshes Landscape Park.