The Radovljica Mountain Association was founded in 1895 and is one of the oldest and most active mountain associations in Slovenia. As with the many other mountain associations throughout Slovenia, it carries out numerous activities, including training for mountain guides, guided hikes, managing and maintaining mountain huts, and maintenance and marking of mountain trails.
Each association manages a number of mountain huts/shelters/lodges, the majority being in the immediate surroundings, whilst others can be in an entirely different part of the country. For example, the Radovljica Mountain Association manages three huts; Roblekov dom, Pogačnikov Dom na Kriški podih and Valvarsorjev dom. Just last week the latter was awarded, for the 2nd time in 3 years, the title of ‘Best Mountain Hut’.
Valvasorjev dom stands beneath Stol, the highest mountain in the Karavanke range, and on the terrace of the south slopes of Belščica. It is a favourite destination for locals and is also an excellent venue for organised meetings, courses, camps, or school nature trips. The hut has been entirely renovated and has well-equipped sleeping, sanitary and washing areas as well as central heating, running water, showers, radio and mobile connection.
For some, Valvarsorjev dom is a destination in itself. It can be reached from the Završnica valley in less than a hour on the marked trail, whilst for others it is a start point for hiking to Stol. You can also visit the Ajdna archeological site (read more here https://adeleinslovenia.com/2016/06/20/a-sunny-saturday-on-ajdna/).
Or continue to one of the many highlands beneath Stol. As you can see below, there are plenty of options!
One of the reasons that Valvasorjev dom is so popular, is that it is one of just a few mountain huts that is open year-round. It is also equally popular during winter with hikers, sledgers (conditions permitting) and off-piste skiers.
However, that alone is certainly not enough to win the title, it is the friendliness of the team that run it, headed up by Aleš Štefe, as well as the excellent home-cooked food. Everything is made onsite, and one thing I find particularly impressive, is that since Aleš took over running the hut, they have not bought even one single loaf of bread, preferring instead of make their own. There are always a wide range of sweet and savoury dishes on offer such as soups, stews, štruklji, and award-winning strudel.
Below you can find more information from the Radovljica Mountain Association about access and onward tours from Valvarsorjev dom.
Starting Point and Access:
Moste pri Žirovnici – Završnica – Valvasorjev dom (8km)
Završnica – Valvasorjev dom (1.15h)
Tours from Valvasorjev dom:
Žirovniška planina highland – Stol (2.30h)
Žirovniška planina highland – Zabreška planina highland – Stol (2.45h)
Potoški stol (via Potoška planina – 2h)
Vajnež – via Potoška planina (2.30h)
Ajdna Archeological Site (30min)
Onward routes to other huts:
Prešeren Hut (Prešernova koča) on Stol (3h or 3.30h)
Roblekov dom on Begunjščica (2.30h)
Planinski dom on Zelenici via the Lower Route (3.30h)
Dom Pristava on Javorniški Rovt (2.30h)
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