Zelenci nature reserve

4280 Kranjska Gora, Slovenië

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Hidden away in the far northwestern corner of Slovenia lies a natural gem known as Zelenci nature reserve. This enchanting place is the source of the Sava Dolinka River, a tributary of the mighty Danube. But what makes Zelenci truly special is its vibrant green waters. The water at Zelenci Springs emerges from the underground Nadiža Creek, which originates in the nearby Planica Valley. As it re-emerges through the porous bottom of a 2-meter deep lake, the water takes on a deep, brilliant green hue. It is this striking color that gives the spring and its surrounding area their name. Visiting Zelenci nature reserve is like stepping into a fairytale. The lush greenery, crystal-clear waters, and peaceful atmosphere create a sense of tranquility that is hard to find elsewhere. The reserve is a haven for nature lovers, offering a range of activities such as hiking, birdwatching, and photography. For history enthusiasts, Zelenci also holds historical significance. It is believed that the area was inhabited as far back as the Bronze Age, and remnants of ancient settlements have been found nearby. Exploring the reserve provides a unique opportunity to connect with the past and imagine what life was like in this idyllic corner of Slovenia. The best time to visit Zelenci is during the spring and summer months when the weather is mild and the landscape is in full bloom. However, the reserve's beauty can be appreciated year-round, with each season offering its own unique charm. Whether you're a nature lover, history enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, Zelenci nature reserve is a must-visit destination. Its stunning green waters, rich history, and serene atmosphere make it a truly captivating place to explore.

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