Whenever I want to escape the lively city center of Slovenia’s fairytale capital, I head out to Golovec. ‘Gol’ means ‘naked’ in Slovene. When that came to my ears, my imagination started running wild. A nude forest on my doorstep? Dude! Alas, it merely refers to the hill’s past. Apparently, during the late nineteenth century, barren green grasslands decorated the slopes of this ‘naked’ hill. The afforestation began early twentieth century. Anyhow, the folks who planted those trees made sure that, nowadays, the locals get to relax amid nature.
Those in search of more substance, before visiting a patch of trees, be patient. On top of the ridge you can find the Astronomical-Geophysical Observatory. Sometimes, on special astronomical occasions, it opens its doors to the public. Another interesting fact is that the ‘Path of Remembrance and Comradeship‘ cuts through Golovec. Now, do mind your step when going downhill. I slid down this path numerous times with my mountain bike resting on top of me (clumsy by nature, what can I say?)
You can reach Golovec from different districts, but I usually start my hike near the observatory. It’s a dream to live within ten minutes’ walking distance from a dense forest on a mountain! I realize that my Dutch definition of both a forest and a mountain differs from the local one. Nevertheless, the trees create a scenery that is ideal for a quick retreat. Take a deep breath, move at nature’s pace, and enjoy the basics of life.