About the village Podkoren
The small and quiet village of Podkoren, with a famous century-old lime tree, is home to around 400 inhabitants. The Jacobs Resort apartments are located practically in the center of the village. It takes a 7-minute walk to reach the Podkoren part of the ski slopes and 5 minutes by car to get to the center of Kranjska Gora. The Zelenci Nature Reserve, where the Sava Dolinka River originates, is also nearby.
Village Podkoren has a much longer history than neighboring Kranjska Gora, as the first settlement on its site is believed to have existed in Roman times. In the central part of the village, however, there are still a few 17th-century Alpine farmhouses with typical architecture. A significant medieval road and a post carriage also passed through Podkoren. Until the construction of the Karavanke Tunnel, the road through the Koren saddle was the main transport link to Austria and the rest of Central and Northern Europe.
Podkoren was also a frequent destination for famous travelers. Sir Humpfrey Davy was one of them, as were Gavrilo Princip, Žiga Zois, and Matevž Langus.
Podkoren is, in fact, a village where peace and quiet meet. But every year, it also hosts one of the most famous Upper Sava festivities under the Lime Tree and the Hike of the Parkeljni (Krampus) of Three Lands. The organizers have built on a rich and exciting tradition to create an exceptional event that is slowly growing into a truly international festival of the Parkeljni (Krampus), the helpers of St Nicholas. He gave gifts to hard-working children, while the Parkeljni (Krampus) scared the naughty.
The Vitranc Cup (FIS World Cup) for men and, in recent years, for women, is held on the ski slope near Podkoren. In 2023, Kranjska Gora and Planica will host the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
There is no shop in the village, but there is a hotel & restaurant Vitranc, and St Andrew’s Church.
Until next time, Bini