17 Must See Places in Kranj - Visit Our Home Town in Slovenia

With the emergence in popularity of places like Ljubljana and Bled, Kranj is the perfect town to enjoy culture, history, nature or just strolling around a city that was already settled in prehistoric times without the sometimes overwhelming crowds of tourists. It's also cheaper and very conveniently located just around 30 km northwest of Ljubljana and about 25 km southeast of Bled. You can easily reach both Ljubljana and Bled from Kranj by car, train or bus. In case you're flying in or out, the airport is also just 9 km from the city centre.

 

But worry not, Kranj is more than just a convenient sleep over place or a starting point for day trips, it offers great local cafes, restaurants, events and as you will see from the pictures below, it also looks awesome. Plus, and this is important, it's where yours truly was born and raised. Like most of Slovenia it's also super safe and family friendly.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Our Home Town in Slovenia
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Our Home Town in Slovenia

17 Must See Places in Kranj, Slovenia

 

Here are some of the sights that you can enjoy in the capital of Upper Carniola and Slovenia's fourth largest city.

1# Slovenski Trg (Slovenian Square)

Just outside of the main street and next to the city library, you can relax at the Slovenski Trg (Slovenian square). There are lots of cafes around the square, but you can also just enjoy the weather on one of the benches. It's also the best place to see the Gimnazija Kranj, our secondary school, founded in 1810 by the Governor of the Illyrian Provinces under Napoleon.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Slovenski trg and Gimnazija Kranj
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Slovenski trg and Gimnazija Kranj

2# Mestna knjiznica (City Library)

The "mestna knjiznica" or city library was relocated to its current spot in 2011 and promotes the joy of reading, understanding and reflection on reading by performing activities such as family reading project, storytelling hours, bookcases, reading recommendations for children and adults.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Mestna knjiznica
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Mestna knjiznica
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Mestna knjiznica
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Mestna knjiznica
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Mestna knjiznica
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Mestna knjiznica

3# Maistrov trg (Maister Square)

What? Another square? Yes, Kranj has plenty of them. This one is called Maistrov trg and is named after the general Rudolf Maister, who famously secured the city of Maribor and its surroundings after an attempted annexation by Austro-Hungary during the First World War. As you can see, there's plenty of cafes and shops to choose from, or if you feel like you need a new haircut, we got that covered too :)

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Maistrov trg
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Maistrov trg
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Maistrov trg
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Maistrov trg

4# Presernova ulica (Preseren Street)

Arguably Slovenia's greatest poet, France Preseren lived in Kranj, so naturally, there are a number of things named after him, including this lovely street. Fun fact - the Slovenian national anthem is based on "Zdravljica", which he wrote.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Presernova ulica
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Presernova ulica

5# Glavni Trg (Main Square)

Surprise, surprise, this is the city’s main square. It serves as a venue for events, local farmer's market and for locals to meet and exchange generic obvious comments about the weather (e.g.: such a nice sunny day today, right?).

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Glavni trg
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Glavni trg
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Glavni trg
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Glavni trg

6# Narrow Streets & Lovely Houses

No matter where you go, you'll see lovely narrow streets and picturesque houses.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Narrow streets & lovely houses
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Narrow streets & lovely houses
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Narrow streets & lovely houses
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Narrow streets & lovely houses
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Narrow streets & lovely houses
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Narrow streets & lovely houses
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Narrow streets & lovely houses
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Narrow streets & lovely houses
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Narrow streets & lovely houses
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Narrow streets & lovely houses

7# Layerjeva hisa (Layer House)

One of the cafes that we always like to visit in summer is Layerjeva hisa - as you can see it has a great terrace. Oh and by the way, they also offer accommodation.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Layerjeva hisa
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Layerjeva hisa
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Layerjeva hisa
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Layerjeva hisa
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Layerjeva hisa
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Layerjeva hisa

8# Castle Khislstein

Searching for a cup of a refreshing beverage, a cultural event (e.g. outdoor cinema or theatre) or just want to relax in a park, Castle Khislstein has you covered.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Castle Khislstein
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Castle Khislstein
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Castle Khislstein
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Castle Khislstein
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Castle Khislstein
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Castle Khislstein
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Castle Khislstein
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Castle Khislstein

9# Mitnica Bar

Another cool place to have a break is the Mitnica bar, which is located in a 16th century toll house at the entrance of the city.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Mitnica
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Mitnica
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Mitnica
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Mitnica

10# Canyon Kokra

There's more - there is a river canyon running straight through the city centre. So, if you want to dip your feet into the water or just take a walk in the shade of trees, you can do that at the Kokra Canyon.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Canyon Kokra
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Canyon Kokra
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Canyon Kokra
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Canyon Kokra

11# St. Cantianus Church

In case you're into old churches - the St. Cantianus and Companions Church was built in the 15th century and served as a pattern for later Gothic churches in the territory of modern Slovenia.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Church
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Church
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Church
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Church

12# Presernovo Gledalisce (Theatre)

Dating all the way back to 1945 this is the main theatre of Kranj and is also named after the great poet, France Preseren. It also looks awesome from the outside and sometimes doubles as a skate park for local Tony Hawk impersonators.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Preseren Theatre
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Preseren Theatre

13# Plecnik Staircase and Arcades

Well, the name basically says it all :) Joze Plecnik was one of the most influential Slovenian architects and had his impact on the modern architecture of cities like Vienna, Prague, Ljubljana and as you can see, Kranj.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Plecnik staircase and arcades
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Plecnik staircase and arcades
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Plecnik staircase and arcades
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Plecnik staircase and arcades

14# Pungert

At the very end of the city centre, you can find the area, called Pungert. It has an awesome defence tower, an observation deck, a nice cafe and a playground for the little ones. It's also home to the Jazz Kamp Kranj, which is an international event that combines an extensive workshop programme with a series of evening concerts - forget the Montreux Jazz Festival, this is where all the cool kids will be :)

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Pungert
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Pungert
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Pungert
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Pungert
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Pungert
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Pungert

15# Panorama Old Post Bar (Stara Pošta)

The Old Post Panorama bar or the urban jungle above the city roof tops as they like to market themselves is a cozy terrace bar with a unique design. The bar offers a stunning view of the city and the surrounding mountains. You can find it between the city library and the Maister square.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Panorama Old Post Bar
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Panorama Old Post Bar
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Panorama Old Post Bar
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Panorama Old Post Bar

16# Kavarna Bazen (Swimming Pool Cafe)

Kavarna Bazen or "the swimming pool cafe" is a cool place to have the best burger in town, just some drinks right next to the river or visit an event at the concert hall. The reason it's called "the swimming poll" is that this facility used to be the city indoor swimming pool.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Kavarna Bazen
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Kavarna Bazen
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Kavarna Bazen
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Kavarna Bazen
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Kavarna Bazen
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Kavarna Bazen
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Kavarna Bazen
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Kavarna Bazen

17# Trainstation Squat

In case you're interested in the alternative scene, the local youth of the Trainstation Squat have you covered with lots of events that will satisfy all of your alternative tastes. As the name suggests, the venue is located at the main (and only) train station in Kranj.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Trainstation Squat
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Trainstation Squat
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Trainstation Squat
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Trainstation Squat

Bonus #1: Terasa Bar

In case you thought we were done with cafes/bars. Nope, there's another cool one where we like to have hang out - Terasa Bar. It's just "below" city centre if you continue your way down the hill from Plecnik's staircase and arcades.

17 Must See Places in Kranj - Kavarna Terasa
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Kavarna Terasa
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Kavarna Terasa
17 Must See Places in Kranj - Kavarna Terasa

Bonus #2: Nature & Outdoor Activities Around Kranj

The surroundings of Kranj offer many outdoor activities - hiking, mountainbiking, swimming, boating, kayaking, paragliding, etc. Read about some of the options here.


Where to Stay in Kranj

I guess this should be enough to convince you to add Kranj to your itinerary and you're ready to book your accommodation. Don't worry, we have that covered as well - here are your options in alphabetical order:

 

  • Hotel Actum - botique hotel in the heart of the city centre
  • Hotel Azul - just outside of the city in the "shopping centre area"
  • Hotel Bellevue - on the top of Smarjetna hill - about 200m above the city centre
  • Hotel Creina - in the city centre, next to Slovenski Trg
  • Hostel Cukrarna- a small hostel in the heart of the city centre
  • Layer's Art Residence - lovely place with a cafe and wonderful summer terrace in the city centre

More Info

In case we missed something and for more info in general, please visit the official Visit Kranj webpage.


How do you like our home town in Slovenia? Have you been? Let us know in the comments below!

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