Vipavski Križ – illustrious smallest city in Habsburg empire (11 people and more)

About this walking tour

Let’s take a stroll through the ages of the settlement on this hill – from its glorious times after it was made the smallest city in Austro-Hungarian empire to its religious rebeliousness to its lively daily life today.

  • a walk through the city with lots of visual aids
  • learn interesting facts from various time periods, lots of visuals fo better immersion
  • visit to a local gift shop
Mighty city walls

The city, which had a different name in that time due to its strategic position, was first surrounded by one set of walls and later on with another that included the castle as well. Why and when were they built and why were the city right even gifted to this small settlement? Hint: it has something to do with their private army, called Kriška garda.

Cobbled city streets with typical architecture

Typical architecture derived directly from local climate and weather conditions – admire these old houses and marvel at the people’s ingenuity! There were two roads through the city in the past, the royal road and the dirt road – learn who was walking on which and how they differed… Stand on the steps that saw Primož Trubar’s infamous speech which caused the city to be struck from all chronicles for a time! See the ruins of a WWI prison and a remnant Napoleon left behind after he conquered the city…

Castle with newer city square

The castle was the stronghold and home to local lords and ladies, who developed the city further – through encouraging of trade, bringing in monks and building a monastery… and later on the most prominent families left the cramped inner city and build beautiful state houses in the square close to the castle. We will conclude our tour with the visit to the local gift shop, where you can also taste local wines or beer.

Nova Gorica – the rise of the young metropolis (11 people or more)

About the walking tour

Take a walk through time and place with a photo story about the building of Nova Gorica, the youngest city in Slovenia.

  • leisurely stroll through the city and see its main sights
  • compare the views now and while the city was in various phases of being built up with the help of many photos
  • visit local souvenir shop and TIC
Conceptual design of the city – and how it actually turned out

The tour starts by the model of the city – who made it and why wasn’t it built in such a manner? We will walk around the city centre – which ironically wasn’t even supposed to be there – and see which parts were built as planned and which strayed from the original plan.

The city of monuments

Nova Gorica is full of many public monuments – on our way you will see only a small fraction of them. Most of them are dedicated to renowned men and women of surrounding area. Worth mentioning is the Icarus and its connection to aviation inovation. Hint: you will also be able to see a working replica of a plane that made history!

Designed as administrative and economic center from the start

Which were the first companies that drove the young city’s economy? Which have stood the test of time and which didn’t? See the impact of HIT on the region as a whole and learn why gambling developed here and why it’s so important even today.

Ajdovščina – from Roman fortress to industrial powerhouse (11 people or more)

About this walking tour

Why was Castra here and how did Romans shape this valley? Why was this the centre of industrialisation in the wider region and what role did Ajdovščina play in Slovenia’s independence? Learn this and many more interesting facts on the walking tour of Ajdovščina!

  • leisurely stroll around Ajdovščina city centre
  • visit to a local souvenir shop
Remains of Roman fortress Castra

We’ll take a walk outside and inside of the walls of this formidable fortress and learn about why it was built here, how it functioned and looked like and how daily life of a Roman soldier in it was like. Did you know its walls gave the name to the city many centuries after the fortress was abandoned?

Industrial powerhouse in the past and now

The driving forces of the early industry were a strong water flow, proximity to natural resources and a central location along important roads – Ajdovščina ticks all these boxes. It all started 400 years ago with ironworks by Hubelj spring, but it really picked up in the second half of 18th century when a paper mill was founded on the banks of Hubely river and then more and more industrial plants started to pop up. Learn about those and their legacy we can still see in the city’s economy today.

Traces left by the the Habsburg’s empire

From how German almost exterminated the use of Slovene language in the 18th century to being the hinterland of Soča front – being part of the Habsburg empire has left a permanent mark on this city.

Cradle of Slovenia’s independence

After the repressive Italian fascism regime in between the world wars the first Slovenian government was formed right here in Ajdovščina – the hall where this historic event took place is still in use today