No, this isn’t quite as sexy as it sounds – just one minute in seven shots of the Vršič Pass in Slovenia’s Julian Alps. It’s one of my favorite corners in this country with no shortage of beautiful corners.
These 60 seconds don’t come close to giving the area justice, but you’ll get the general idea. At 1611m, it’s the highest mountain pass in Slovenia and the highest in the Eastern Julian Alps, and largely sits within Triglav National Park. Much of the winding road — there are 50 hairpin turns in all– that rises from Kranjska Gora in the north, over the pass, and back down to the Trenta Valley and eventually the Soča (Isonzo) River, was built by Russian POWs during World War I to move arms to the Isonzo front. In short, more evidence of the insane lengths man has gone in order to inflict pain on his fellow man.
It’s a popular starting point for hikes to nearby peaks; the road can get fairly busy on summer weekends. Lots of cyclists use it as well so please, drive with care. Thanks.
And if you wind up near Kobarid, be sure to stop at the local museum dedicated to chronicling the battles of the Isonzo Front which were later immortalized by Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms.