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Ljubljanica Springs

Visit the prodigies of nature that rise to the surface on the edge of the Karst in forms of the Small and Big Ljubljanica River.

From the centre of Vrhnika the circular path leads you to Močilnik. The legend says the Greek heroes - Jason and the Argonauts sailed up the Ljubljanica to Močilnik Springs. Here the river stopped so the Argonauts had to dismantle their ship Argo and carry it on their shoulders to the Adriatic Sea. Vrhnika remembers this legend every year during the well-known festival Argonaut Days. Walk from Močilnik to the impressive springs in Retovje and then head back to Vrhnika.

Bistra Springs are another fantastic destination. The springs are found halfway between Vrhnika and Borovnica. About 400 m from the springs three groups of springs join together to form the Bistra River. The position of these streams played a protective role for the Bistra monastery. The source water comes from the Cerknica Karst Field, Rakov Škocjan Park and the Planina Karst Field. The amount of the water flowing from these springs is so abundant that in the past it powered the machines at the monastery and the Bistra Castle. The flow of the water was controlled by sluice gates close to the mills and sawmills in Verd and Bistra.

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