Kekec Land 4285

Kekec Land

Region Upper Carniola Statistical Region
Starting point Julijana parking lot
Route length 2 km (1.42 miles)
route duration 2 h
Best time to visit All year
Appropriate for Baby Carriers , 3-6 years of age , 6+ years of age
Level of difficulty Easy route

Route Description

Keeeeeeekeeeeeeec!.....Keeeeeeeekeeeeeeeec!.....Who is Kekec you may ask. Kekec is a brave boy, a fearless shepherd from the highlands of his home region, Kranjska Gora and Julian Alps. He is a good person who is fighting an evil wild hunter from the mountains (Bedanec) and an evil herbalist woman from the mountains who steals children (Pehta). The Slovenian writer Josip Vandot (born in Kranjska Gora) created Kekec. Hewrote three stories about this adventurous boy: Kekec on the Hard Path (“Kekec na hudi poti”), Kekec on the Wolf’s Trail (“Kekec na volčji sledi”) and Kekec above the Lonely Abyss (“Kekec nad samotnim breznom”).

It has been almost 70 years since the Slovenian director Jože Gale filmed the tales. Every child who has seen the adaptations can sing you at least one of the songs featured in the motion pictures. Kekec has three loyal friends: the always-frightened Rožle, his blind sister Mojca and an old wise man named Kosobrin. Of course, the evil wild hunter Bedanec and the so-called “Aunt” Pehta harass them. Kekec is a cunning and resourceful boy who is not deterred from any adventure.

Kranjska Gora has an organized tour to the Kekec Land. Hop on a bus which is plastered with the characters’ pictures, and its license plate says “KR BEDANEC” :)  You can drive to a fairytale landscape, where you will meet the always-happy Kekec, friendly Mojca, Rožle, Aunt Pehta and even Bedanc. The experience is appropriate for children of all ages, and especially Slovenian parents and grandparents who will definitely feel some nostalgia.

You will remember this adventure for the rest of your life.

Interesting Facts

The Kekec movies were filmed from 1951-1968 and three different actors portrayed the titular character: Matija Barl, Gjurin and Zlatko Krasnič. These are the most cult films in the history of Slovenian and Yugoslav cinema. They are the first Slovenian feature films to receive an international award.


Nearby Restaurants

Brunarica Kosobrin

The inn is a real "treasure" for all who like to immerse themselves into the local environment. It stands by the trail, which goes from Kranjska Gora to the Zelenci Springs and has a nice terrain for baby strollers, dandy horses and bicycles.

You can enjoy a selection of drinks and beverages in the summer garden and by the covered fireplace. The friendly girls in the kitchen prepare meals that warm your belly and remind you of your grandmother’s cooking. There is a beautiful meadow and a sandpit where the children can play as well as a changing table for babies. Every dog, small or little, is most welcome there.

Borovška cesta 113
4280 Kranjska Gora

031 663 502

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