Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic

The Soča Valley area was part of the Isonzo Front during the First World War, between 1915 and 1917. Along the Soča, youths and men of many nations fought, suffered and met their death. Preserved from this time have been numerous remains which constitute cultural and historical heritage of national and international interest.

Italian charnel house above Kobarid; Photo: Željko Cimprič
“The Walks of Peace in the Soča Region Foundation” is in charge of the protection, preservation and presentation of this heritage and has, consequently, arranged six outdoor museums in the Upper Soča Region. 

Kolovrat, the cross-border museum which continues from the Slovenian to the Italian side, is the most frequently visited and the most easily accessible outdoor museum. It offers an exceptional view over the onetime battlefield of the Isonzo Front, all the way from Mt. Kanin and the Krn range to Sveta Gora/Monte Santo on the one hand, and on the other from Slavia Veneta and Friuli to the Adriatic Sea. 

Outdoor museum Zaprikraj; Photo: Tamino Petelinšek
In 2007, the outdoor museums of the Isonzo Front, its more prominent monuments and memorials, as well as the natural beauties of the area were interconnected into the Walk of Peace in the Upper Soča Region. It is dedicated to the memory of the great number of casualties of the First World War. Trekking along the Walk of Peace offers to visitors an active relaxation in the beautiful, tranquil, unspoiled nature which is characterized by the river Soča, medium-high and high mountains, flocks of sheep and goats, mountain pastures still alive in summertime, and by the history of the First World War. The Walk runs past military cemeteries and chapels, the Kluže fortification, outdoor museums, the gorges of the Koritnica and the Soča, idyllic mountain pastures, the Kozjak waterfall, two charnel houses (at Kobarid and Tolmin), the gorge of the Tolminka, and the memorial church of the Holy Spirit on the Javorca plateau.

Memorial church of the Holy Spirit on the Javorca Plateau; Photo: Tomaž Ovčak
The  Walk of Peace in the Upper Soča Region has lately acquired new dimensions, since as the Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic it extends along the Kolovrat  range of the Val Canale, the Goriška Brda area and Mt. Sabotin, to Vodice, Sveta Gora and Škabrijel, across Slovenian and Italian Kras/Carso, all to Duino by the Adriatic Sea. The Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic has become synonymous for successful collaboration and linking of the cross-border area.

Waterfall Kozjak; Photo: Željko Cimprič
The Walk of Peace Information Centre is located in the premises of the “Walks of Peace in the Soča Region Foundation” at Kobarid. Here, you can find all the information about the Walk of Peace, you can view a free-of-charge interactive exhibition on the heritage of the Isonzo Front and buy some products of local, i.e. Slovenian, handicraftsmen in the souvenir shop.

All the members of Hostelling International Slovenia are entitled to a 10 % discount for guided tours along The Walk of Peace in the Soča Region. You can get more information on or

You can sleep in two hostels which are not far away from Kobarid. If you go to north you can find Hostel Bovec. In the other direction just a few kilometres away, you can sleep in a Hostel Paradiso which is located in the centre of Tolmin. 

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