A park near Kamnik
The Volcji Potok Arboretum is considered by many to be Slovenia's most beautiful park. The park is located only a few kilometers south of the city of Kamnik in central Slovenia and is quickly reachable from Ljubljana and the airport of the Slovenian capital. We are there in June for the rose blossom. A good period for which we have planned our visit: on the website of ifeelslovenia we learn that in June the roses are in full bloom. Reason enough to choose these days for our trip to Kamnik and surroundings. Petar loves roses and is always looking for new varieties and fragrant species. What is better for gathering ideas than a park like Volcji Potok. In the rose garden of the Arboretum Volcji Potok we discover many different species and colors. Some attract with intense 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 very promising, so we use the hours of sunshine of our first morning for the excursion to Volcji Potok. A good decision, as it turns out, was after all the only rain-free hours of our stay. A long avenue leads into the park, where there are several parks next to the rose garden: the French park, the English section and the dinosaur exhibition we reserve for later. We first move to the rose garden. A wrought-iron gate separates this from the rest of the park. Other rose lovers are already strolling on the gravel-covered paths past the rose bushes, whose lush splendor enchants us.
Even more impressive is the dogwood shrubs that grow along the carp pond that borders the rose garden. They are in full bloom and dominate the rose garden with its white and pale pink treetops. On a bench by the pond, I am waiting for Petar, who wanders enthusiastically from Rosenstock to Rosenstock and captures everyone on his camera. Meanwhile, I enjoy the peace and watch the carp, which are fed by visitors with dry bread. The fish are apparently used to feeding. They quickly gather in dense groups as soon as the first pieces of bread fall into the water. Immediately begins a confused scramble for the best bite.
Petar addresses an elderly gentleman who sits 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. I enjoy being alone while she looks at the flowers, ”he laughs. You can see that he clearly feels comfortable in the middle of the roses.
The Arboretum Volcji Potok
Our time is not enough for the whole park, because ever higher mountains of cloud build up over the Slovenian Alps. We want to try, perhaps even before the clouds to drive to Slovenia's highest alpine pasture to Velika Planina. However in vain! The clouds hang down so deep the next days in the valley that a ride on the mountain is not worthwhile. Nevertheless, we refrain from visiting the English part of the park and instead go to the center of the park. In the café we enjoy a cup of coffee with a delicious chocolate cake before we make our way through the French part of the park. Here grow exotic trees like gingko and others whose names we do not know. At the ponds, a group of ducks rest and can not be bothered by a heron, who sneaks past them. Slovenia's most beautiful park is obviously not only a paradise for plants, but also popular with domestic birds.
On our way back we meet school classes who are on a school trip shortly before the summer holidays. They are particularly enthusiastic about the dinosaur models that are everywhere in the park. Made of thick rubber and with a mechanical mouth, they move and threateningly open their snouts - for the undisguised fun of the children, who accompany every movement with loud hoots. We make our way back to our car and enjoy the last few meters in Volcji Potok. Slovenia's most beautiful park has shown us its most magnificent side.
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Arrival by plane, car, bus and train
The nearest airport is Ljubljana. Buses stop twice daily at the entrance to Volcji Potok Arboretum. More information is available at KAMBUS or at the bus stops in Ljubljana and Kamnik. There are free cars and bus parking available. Additional parking will be organized during the spring exhibition.
Accommodation in Kamnik
Hotels and accommodation in Kamnik * You can easily book through our partner booking.com. We have stayed in a large and spacious Apartment at Apartment Resort Eco Spa Snovik * with access to Terme Snovik.
Source: own research on site. We would like to thank ifeelslovenia for supporting this trip. Our opinion, as always, remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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Monika Fuchs has been working in tourism since 1990. She has been a tour guide on four continents for 17 years and has accompanied high-class trips through North and Central America, Australia, southern Africa and Europe. Since 2001 she has been a writer and photographer for TravelWorldOnline and writes as a freelance journalist for DIE ZEIT Online and travel magazines such as 360 ° Medien, TRIVAGO, Expedia, travador, etc. She also writes travel guides about destinations and enjoyment destinations all over the world. Your guide about Canada's east was released in 2020. Petar Fuchs produced the videos on this blog as well YouTube.
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