In the heart of the Julian Alps we can find the wonderful slovene city of Cerkno, a small location (only 5000 inhabitants) with a big history, centuries of important events that have strongly influenced its linguistic expressions heard even today throughout the city, moreover important physical traces of the past can be found in a wide variety of interesting ruins.
The territory, wonderfully crossed by rivers and surrounded by impressive mountains, offers breathtaking views of nature and landscape that make it an ideal tourism and vacation destination in all seasons, whether you are interested in walking along the banks of the rivers in summer or spending your time hiking in autumn or spring or in winter activities, Cerkno is always the perfect choice. The Ski Center Cerkno, on the border between the Regions of Upper Carniola (Gorenjska) and Slovenian Littoral (Primorska) is a real paradise for all ski lovers and their family; the ski center is perfect from all points of view: easy to reach and to get there from anywhere (only 10 Kms. far away from the center of the city), an altitude varying from 900 to 1300 meters, Cerkno boasts the fastest and most modern cableways of the country and the only covered chairlifts of Slovenia: the 6-seater "Lom" and "Počivalo" and the 4-seater "“Brdo”, 70 hectares and 18 kms. of well-maintened slopes of all sizes and difficulty levels surrounded by the imposing Black Peak (Črni Vrh nad Cerknim, 1291 m.); both great competitors and beginners will experience with pleasure the wonderful ski-runs regularly well-covered in snow (by snow-guns when necessary), moreover great international competitions are organised throughout the whole year, highly popular in the domain of the winter sports; are you at your first experience in skiing? No problem! Either group courses or single lessons are at your full disposal, you will benefit from trained professional ski teachers and their know-how; Cerkno offers also ski equipment rental services, Kindergarten and playgrounds on the snow for children, incomparable snowboard, sleigh and cross-country ski experiences and much more...
Cerkno is also the best choice for going out, having drinks, dancing, and generally socializing after skiing, its exciting après-ski program of fun-filled events attracts many visitors every day. Cerkno is not only known as a tourist destination but also its culture plays a very interesting role, a visit to the Museum or to the infamous Franja Partisan Hospital (Partizanska Bolnica Franja) in Dolenji Novaki is included in the "must-do" list; the hospital, today a well-preserved museum and a symbol, was among the best equipped clandestine partisan hospitals during the Second World War, it was never discovered and so it was possible to provide treatment to a total of more than 15.000 severely wounded soldiers of various nationalities; don't forget to visit the Archaeological Park Divje Babe (Arheološki Park Divje Babe), one of the most important archaeological sites in the world dating back to the Paleolithic period, the extraordinary Neanderthal Flute, a juvenile cave bear femur, the oldest known musical instrument in Europe, was found here, stopping off at the Ravenska caves (Ravenska Jama) will be also a great emotion!
Cerkno offers many opportunities for fun, health, entertainment and more, you have only to choose...at Carnival time no one can avoid being swept away by the magic of this extraordinary event. The Cerkno Laufarij (Cerkljanski Laufarji, from the german verb "laufen", to run) are among the most famous and oldest wooden masks in Slovenia; extraordinarily close to the human faces, the laufarij family is today made up of 25 figures filling the streets of the city throughout the Festival.