Cycling in the eastern end of the region means cycling on mainly flat countryside, passing by villages, surrounded with endless meadows and corn or whey fields and many medieval castles. Cycling on open lanes can often be troubled by the wind, which is typical of the Upper Carniola basin.
Old Castle Smlednik and The Way of the Cross
The Old Castle, also called Smlednik Castle, once had an important strategic role, protecting the cargo route. The castle has been abandoned since the early 17th century and because it has not had any renovations since, today the castle represents the conception and development of the medieval castle of Central Slovenia in its purest form.
Just below the castle, there is the Way of the Cross with fourteen chapels and three crosses on the top, which is a unique architectural feature from the 18th century.
Kamnik Old Town and Zaprice Castle
Under the mighty slopes of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, the picturesque medieval Old Town of Kamnik is located. Elegant and well-preserved houses are proof of the once flourishing trading town that used to be the capital of Upper Carniola.
For the past seven centuries the town has been guarded by Zaprice Castle. It was once the seat of important noble families and today it houses the Kamnik Regional Museum with several historic and ethnographic collections.
Volčji Potok Arboretum
Volčji Potok Arboretum is one of the most important architectural heritage gardens in Slovenia and was declared a cultural monument of national importance. It is home to approximately 3,500 different plants from all around the world. The creeks and lakes are home to numerous plants and animals.