A park near Kamnik
The Arboretum Volcji Potok is considered by many to be Slovenia's most beautiful park. The park is only a few kilometers south of the city of Kamnik in central Slovenia and can be reached quickly from Ljubljana and the capital's airport. We are there in June when the roses are in bloom. A good period of time for which we have planned our visit. On the website of ifeelslovenia we learn that the roses are in full bloom in June. Reason enough for our days Slow Travel Travel to Kamnik and surroundings to choose. Petar loves roses and is always on the lookout for new varieties and fragrant species. What better way to collect ideas than a park like Volcji Potok. In the rose garden of the Arboretum Volcji Potok we discover many species and colors. Some attract with scent, others without, but with all the more beautiful colors.
Slovenia's most beautiful park for the rose blossom
The weather forecast for our stay in and around Kamnik is not promising. Therefore we use the hours of sunshine on our first morning for the excursion to Volcji Potok. A good decision as it turns out. Those were the only rain-free hours of our stay. An avenue leads into the park, in which there are various parks in addition to the rose garden: we save the French park, the English part and the dinosaur exhibition for later. We are first drawn to the rose garden. A wrought iron gate separates it from the rest of the park. Rose lovers are already strolling on the gravel paths past the rose bushes, whose splendor of colors enchants us.
I find the dogwood bushes that grow along the carp pond that borders the rose garden even more impressive. They are in full bloom and dominate the rose garden with its white and pale pink tree tops. On a bench by the pond I wait for Petar, who walks enthusiastically from rose bush to rose bush and captures everyone on his camera. In the meantime I enjoy the peace and quiet and watch the carp feeding visitors with bread. The fish are used to the feeding. They quickly gather in groups as soon as the first pieces of bread fall into the water. A scramble for the best bite immediately begins.
Petar speaks to a man who is sitting alone in the pergola in the center of the rose garden. He asks him if he's here more often. “I come here almost every day at the moment. My wife loves roses. While she looks at the flowers, I enjoy being alone, ”he laughs. You can see that he visibly feels comfortable in the midst of the roses.
The Arboretum Volcji Potok
We don't have enough time for the whole park, because mountains of clouds are building up over the Alps. We want to try, perhaps before the clouds, to drive to Slovenia's highest alpine pasture in Velika Planina. But in vain! After all, the clouds hang so low in the valley that a drive up the mountain is not worth it. Nevertheless, we decided not to visit the English part of the park and instead went to the center of the park. In the café we enjoy a cup of coffee with a chocolate cake before making our way through the French part of the park. Trees like gingkos and others whose names we do not know grow here. A group of ducks takes a rest at the ponds and does not allow themselves to be disturbed by a heron, who snooty stacks past them. Slovenia's most beautiful park is apparently not only a plant paradise, but also popular with the birds in the region.
On our way back we meet school classes who are going on a school trip just before the summer vacation. You will be amazed by the dinosaur models that are all over the park. Made of rubber and with a mechanical mouth, they move and threateningly open their snouts - for the fun of the children, who accompany each movement with howling. We make our way back to our car and enjoy the last few meters in Volcji Potok. Slovenia's most beautiful park has shown itself to us from its most splendid side.
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Arrival by plane, car, bus and train
The closest airport is Ljubljana. Buses stop in front of the entrance to the Volcji Potok Arboretum twice a day. Information is available from KAMBUS or at the bus stops in Ljubljana and Kamnik. There are car and bus parking spaces available. Additional parking spaces will be organized during the spring exhibition.
Accommodation in Kamnik
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Source: On-site research. We thank ifeelslovenia for supporting this trip. As always, our opinion remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline