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 (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 planina. 

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

 

Visiting Planinski Dom Na Kofcah

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 the hut. They accept Alpine Membership Club cards. 

Keep reading to find out how to get to Kofce, what to eat at Kofce, and where to hike.

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How to Get to Kofce Mountain Hut 

Planinski Dom Na Kofcah, Slovenia

There are a few ways to get to Kofce, all explained here. The most popular ascent route is from the Matizovec farm. This is probably the best place to start. 

 

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

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. GPS coordinates of the “Mimo Kapelice” trailhead: 46.414792, 14.331497 / 46°24′53.25″N 14°19′53.39″E. 

Kofce mimo Kapelice, Dom Na Kofcah Trailhead, Slovenia

Kofce mimo Kapelice Trailhead


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. 



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 even 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

The best place to stay for exploring the Košuta ridge and the Karawanks is the village of Tržič. We stayed at Štorman Tourist Farm Apartments

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