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Hiking to Planinski Dom Na Kofcah (Kofce Mountain Hut) for Blueberry Štruklji, Karawanks, Slovenia

Kofce is a mountain pasture below the Košuta ridge in the Karavanke (Karawanken) Mountains of Slovenia.

On the planina, you’ll find the happily situated Planinski Dom Na Kofcah, aka Kofce mountain hut, surrounded by grazing cows and horses. On a clear day, you can see both the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Julian Alps from the mountain pasture.

Locals swarm here for the best Štruklji in Slovenia. Hikers venture here to start the hike to Veliki Vrh. And bikers take a break here while cycling the Trans Karavanke MTB Trail. 

Eat Štruklji at Kofce, Best Things to Do in Slovenia
  • Payment: Cash and credit cards are both accepted.
  • Opening Times: Open daily from June 15th until September 15th. During the rest of the year, Kofce is open on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays only.
  • Overnight: Yes, you can spend the night in this hut. They accept Alpine Membership Club cards. Learn more about European Alpine Clubs in our guide to Hiking in the Alps.
  • Trek: If you want to explore the Karawanks on a longer, multi-day route, check out this Trekking the Karawanks self-guided hike by Slotrips.
  • Where to Stay in Tržič: Glamping Mountain Fairy Tale (midrange)
  • Where to Stay around Lake Bled: Hotel Starkl (midrange), or Vila Bled (luxury)

How to Get to Kofce Mountain Hut 

Planinski Dom Na Kofcah, Slovenia

There are a few ways to get to Kofce, all explained on kofce.si.

The most popular ascent route is from the Matizovec farm. This is the best place to start.


Kofce – mimo Kapelice (“past the chapel”) Trailhead

Kofce mimo Kapelice, Dom Na Kofcah Trailhead, Slovenia
Kofce mimo Kapelice Trailhead

Update | A reader has informed us that the road past Jelendol to the trailhead has deteriorated. We highly recommend approaching Kofec via Matizovec farm.

Because of road construction, we had to approach Kofce via Jelendol. It’s a long drive to the trailhead, but the hike to the planina is very short, a mere 25-30 minutes. 

From Tržič, you’ll drive through Dovžan Gorge to the Jelendol village. At the end of Jelendol, the road divides. Turn left and continue driving along the macadam road.

About 2.7 km from Jelendol, you’ll see a red trail sign on the left side, right before passing a house. DO NOT PARK HERE. We thought this was the trailhead to Kofce and got lost for a good 40 minutes, before deciding to return to our car and continue driving. 

The drive continues to a signed intersection. Turn left here and continue driving for another 1.5 km until you see a red sign on the right signed 30 minutes to Kofce.

You can park on the side of the road.

“Mimo Kapelice” trailhead | GPS coordinates: 46°24′53.25″N 14°19′53.39″E. | Google Maps


Hiking to Kofce mimo Kapelice

Visiting Planinski Dom Na Kofcah in the Karawanks, Slovenia
Dom Na Kofcah, Kofce Mountain Hut, Slovenia

From the road, follow the sign and waymarks through the forest to the tiny chapel. After 15 minutes, the steep forest trail emerges above the timberline.

You’ll enter the alpine pasture and hike up the steep grassy slope to Kofce mountain hut.


Hiking from Kofce to Veliki Vrh

Košuta ridge, Veliki Vrh Hike, Karavanke, Slovenian Alps
Košuta ridge
Kofce Alpine Pasture, Karavanke Mountains, Slovenia
Planinski Dom Na Kofcah

The most popular hike along the Košuta ridge is to Veliki Vrh, the western-most summit of the ridge.

From Kofce, it takes 1:30 hrs to reach the summit. We tried to do this hike, but the weather gods cursed us with rain, so we didn’t get very far. 

This hike requires a head for heights and comfort with scree (tiny / loose rocks).


What to Eat at Kofce Mountain Hut

Štruklji Borovničevi, Dom Na Kofcah, Kofce Mountain Hut, Karawanks

Kofce is famous for their Štruklji, which is a traditional Slovenian dough roll (or dumpling) made with various fillings.

We ate their blueberry-filled Štruklji Borovničevi and it was divine! We’ve eaten Štruklji all over Slovenia, and nothing comes close to the one we had here.

We also ordered the Gobova Juha, Pasulj, and Ričet. The stews are served in huge portions and are very filling, though on the bland side. 

The service was friendly but very slow (and a bit forgetful). 

Traditional Slovenian Soups, Dom Na Kofcah

When we visited Kofce in mid-June, the menu offering included the following. 


Soups & Stews

Jota – sauerkraut and bean stew

Ričet – barley and bean stew

Pasulj – bean stew

Gobova Juha – mushroom soup


Savory Dishes

Kranjska klobasa – Carniolan sausage

Ajdovi Žganci – buckwheat spoon bread, or buckwheat porridge, served with pork cracklings. 

Kislo Zelje – Sauerkraut

Zimski krožnik – “Winter Plate” 


Štruklji

Štruklji Sirovi – cheese filling 

Štruklji Borovničevi – blueberry filling 

Štruklj Čokoladni – chocolate filling

Štruklj Čokolada malina – chocolate and raspberry filling 

Štruklj Ajdovi z orehi – buckwheat and walnuts filling 


Where to Stay


Tržič

The best place to stay for exploring the Košuta ridge and the Karawanks is the village of Tržič.

Glamping | Glamping Mountain Fairy Tale are air-conditioned glamping cabins in Bistrica pri Tržiču. Each unit features kitchenettes and private bathrooms. Hot tubs are available at an extra charge with prior notice. Breakfast is included. And, you can rent bikes on-site.

Look for accommodation in Tržič.


Bled

Budget | Guesthouse Marko is a top-rated guesthouse in Bled, walking distance to the lakeshore.

Midrange | Old Parish House is a cozy and clean bed and breakfast, 100 meters away from Lake Bled.

Midrange | Hotel Starkl – Heritage & Unique is a darling lakefront hotel with an on-site restaurant and bar. Breakfast is included. This family-run property stands out with its friendly service, exceptional cuisine, and location.

Luxury | Vila Bled is a historic lakefront hotel with 33 rooms. Set in a quiet area of Lake Bled, guests can enjoy the historical flair of President Tito’s former summer residence. Breakfast is included.

Luxury | Bled Rose Hotel is a modern, 4-star hotel in the center of Bled. The hotel features an on-site bar, an indoor swimming pool and spa, a fitness room, and private beach area. Breakfast is included in the room rate.

More Bled accommodations | Old Bled House (midrange guesthouse), JAZZ B&B (midrange) Vila Alpina (midrange guesthouse), Hotel Lovec (luxury hotel), Adora Luxury Hotel (lakefront boutique luxury), and Grand Hotel Toplice (lakefront luxury hotel)

Look for accommodation in Bled.


More Karawanks Hikes



Slovenia Trip Planning Essentials

Use our Slovenia Travel Guide to plan an unforgettable trip.


When to Visit Slovenia

Summer and Fall Seasons. The best time to travel to Slovenia is between May and October.

The best time to hike in the Slovenian Alps is between June and October. For hut-to-hut hiking, we recommend planning your trek between early July and mid-September.

Winter Season. For skiing and winter activities, the best time to visit Slovenia is between mid/late December and March.


Where to Stay

We’ve summarized our favorite destinations and accommodations in Best Paces to Stay in Slovenia, including Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Logar Valley, Kranjka Gora, and Kobarid.


How to Explore Slovenia

Small Group Guided Hiking Tours

If you’re a solo traveler, or friend group who would love to explore Slovenia’s hiking trails with a knowledgeable and licensed mountain guide, consider booking one of these small group hiking tours.

All of these tours are designed by Slotrips, a trustworthy local tour operator that crafts meaningful and memorable itineraries. 

Best Walks in Slovenia is an 8-day hiking tour (day hikes only) with fixed and guaranteed departure dates between late May and late September. 

Discover the Slovenian Alps  is an 8-day hiking tour, which combines a 3-day hut-to-hut hike in Triglav National Park with moderate day hikes. 

Best of the Julian Alps Hut-to-Hut is a 3-day hut-to-hut hike in the heart of the Julian Alps. This guided tour departs every Monday from July to September. Hikers have the option to add on Mount Triglav summit with an IFMGA licensed mountain guide.

Self-Guided Hiking, Biking, and Rafting Tours

If you love hiking independently, but want a professional to handle the logistics of bookings, transfers, and luggage storage (when applicable), then we recommend booking a self-guided trip like Mountains and Lakes Hut-to-Hut, or Crossing the Julian Alps.

During shoulder-season (May and October), you can hike, bike, and raft along the 4-day Alpe Adria Trail Adventure, 9-day Mountains to Sea route, or 8-day Best of Alpe-Adria and Juliana Trail.

Road Trip

Though public transit is very good in Slovenia, some destinations like Logar Valley are not accessible with transit. 

If you want to explore more off-the-beaten-path and remote areas of Slovenia, we recommend renting a car. 

Check out our itineraries for road trip inspiration:

Use the intuitive Discovercars.com car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.

Tip: If you can only drive automatic transmission cars, as opposed to manual transmission cars (stick shift), book your car rental as early as possible.

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Slovenia Guidebooks


Slovenia Hiking Guides

Slovenia is heaven on earth for hikers. We recommend allocating sufficient time to discover both the Julian Alps and the Kamnik Savinja Alps.

In Best Hikes in Slovenia, we’ve summarized the most thrilling day hikes and multi-day hikes across the Slovenian Alps, ranked by difficulty.

If you’re interested in hut-to-hut hiking, read our guide to Slovenian Mountain Huts and Hut-to-Hut Hiking in Slovenia.


Visiting Planinski Dom Na Kofcah (Kofce) in the Karawanks of Slovenia

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