Kranjska Gora Information
As with most leisure aspects of Kranjska Gora, après-ski is largely focused on key hotels, and the resort tends to be quiet away from these venues.
All of the big hotels have popular bars and clubs where skiers congregate after coming off the slopes. These include the Pub Legende in the Hotel Kompas Hit Alpinea (tel: +386 4 588 4477; www.hit-alpinea.si), which also has a more upscale piano bar and has good views of the slopes.
Opposite this hotel is the most popular venue for late-night après-ski in Kranjska Gora, Vopa Pub (tel; +386 41 502 908), which stays open until 0100 everyday except Fridays and Saturdays when it stays open until 0300.
There are around 20 restaurants in the resort, more than half within the resort’s hotels. The options include local specialities, several excellent pizzerias (expected, considering the resort’s proximity to Italy) and a number of international restaurants.
One of the best places to try local specialities such as telečjaobara (veal stew) is Gostilna Pri Martinu (tel +386 4 582 0300). This atmospheric tavern is located in an old house opposite the fire station.
Further down the street, the restaurant at the Hotel Kotnik (tel: +386 4 588 1564; www.hotel-kotnik.si) serves grilled food and has an adjoining pizzeria. This homely restaurant is decorated with lovely bits of painted dowry chests on the walls.
If you’re in search of a more international flavour, Shanghai (tel: +386 4 588 1346) is a good Chinese restaurant.
For an après ski snack, Charlie Café (1 Kolodvorska ulica) and Slascicarna Kala (tel: +386 4 588 5544) are both popular and sell homemade cakes and ice cream - if it’s warm enough.
Beyond the slopes
Like many ski resorts, Kranjska Gora offers a choice of winter sports activities, including sledding & snowshoeing, ski mountaineering and ice climbing. There are also a number of spa and wellness areas in the main hotels. For those who fancy a flutter, the resort is also home to a casino.
Slovenia is a compact country and most of the major sites and urban areas are within easy reach from Kranjska Gora. Just 39km (24 miles) to the southeast (an easy day trip from Kranjska Gora) is Bled, Slovenia's most popular tourist destination and another ski area base. With its emerald-green lake, picture-postcard church on an islet, medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff and snow-covered Alps as a backdrop, it's easy to see why. Bled is accessible by direct bus or with a change at Jesenice station.
Kranjska Gora has a family friendly ethos with plenty of activities for children on and off the slopes.
The resort maintains a supervised children's kindergarten on the snow. There is also a children's outdoor play area with a carpet lift to transport young skiers safely.
Kids love having a ride on one of the horse-drawn carriages, which can be hired from a stand behind SKB Banka on Borovška cesta. Antique carriages and sledges are kept in the large barn behind Liznjek Farm (tel: +386 4 583 3500; www.gmj.si), an endearing 18th-century farmstead (and now a museum) with household objects and furnishings peculiar to this mountainous region.
There’s not a huge amount of shopping in Kranjska, but all of the essentials – including ski shops, mini markets and chemists – are covered.
In addition to hiring out equipment, Sport Point (tel: +386 4 588 4892; www.sport-point.si), next to the tourist office, sells skis, poles, boots, snowboards and just about anything else you need to get onto the slopes or trails.
Meanwhile, Gallery Kekec (tel: +386 4 132 2518) is good for crystals and souvenirs.
Re-energise after a day on the slopes and/or trails at the Aqua Larix Wellness Centre, a large indoor waterpark at the Hotel Kompas Hit Alpinea (tel: +386 4 588 4500; www.hit-alpinea.si) with its pools, saunas and treatment centres.
Kranjska Gora is a pretty resort that arguably offers the best choice and quality of ski accommodation in Slovenia. There are numerous accommodation possibilities, from guest houses, private houses and apartments to up-scale hotels in Kranjska Gora. There are also alpine hostels on the mountains for those wishing to be even closer to the slopes.
Hotel Kotnik is a charming and very stylish 15-room inn in the very centre of Kranjska Gora. Guests can dine in either the on-site restaurant or pizzeria.Address: , Borovška cesta 75, Kranjska Gora, 4280
Telephone: +386 4 588 1564
A well located 4-star offering, the Hotel Lek has a reputation for friendly service and benefits from on-site facilities that include a hot tub and swimming pool. The breakfast here is particularly good.Address: , Vršiška 38, Kranjska Gora, 4280
Telephone: +386 4 588 1520
The recently opened Hotel Skipass has made a quick impression thanks to its friendly service, modern décor and excellent restaurant, which serves Italian, Slovenian and Austrian dishes.Address: , Koroska ulica 14a, Kranjska Gora, 4280
Telephone: +386 4 582 1000
This spotless 3-star property is south of the resort centre, surrounded by well-manicured lawns and flowerbeds. The on-site restaurant serves good quality local fare.Address: , Vitranška ulica 13, Kranjska Gora, 4280
Telephone: +386 4 588 1635
Pr' Gavedarjo Design Rooms
This former farmhouse dates back to 1913, but is today a popular four-room hostel with 15 beds. The hostel is located in Podkoren, 3km (2 miles) to the west of Kranjska Gora.Address: , Podkoren 72, Kranjska Gora, 4280
Telephone: +386 3 147 9087
Built in 2007, this holiday apartment, which contains apartments for two, four or six people, is located near the Kekec ski lift and by the ski slopes in the centre of Kranjska Gora. All apartments include modern kitchen facilities with washing machines as well as televisions and Wi-Fi.Address: , Vitranška ulica 11a, Kranjska Gora, 4280
Telephone: +386 4 588 5935