Pot miru, po poteh Soške fronte, Pot miru, po poteh Soške fronte, Walk of Peace, along the trail of the Isonzo Front

Walk of Peace, Isonzo Front Trail

A story of war and peace in idyllic natural surroundings.

    Walk of Peace along the trails of the Isonzo Front

    The Soča Valley has seen its fair share of conflict in the past, having witnessed the full horrors of the First World War in the form of the Isonzo Front. The numerous remains, memorials and open-air museums bear witness to the horrors of war. Take a hike along the Walk of Peace, which stretches for 400 km through a landscape that witnessed the horrors of the First World War in the form of the Isonzo Front. You’ll need 25 days to complete the entire trail.

    The Walk of Peace is located partly in Slovenia and partly in neighbouring Italy. When hiking the Walk of Peace, you’ll be only too aware of following in the footsteps of thousands of young men of different nationalities whose young lives were snuffed out. Enjoy the unspoiled natural beauties of the Soča Valley. You’ll be struck by the joyously peaceful nature of an area that, just over 100 years ago, erupted to the sounds of explosions and gunfire. Perhaps you’ll hear the echoes of the cries of wounded soldiers or the song of the shepherd attending his flock in the pasture. The Walk of Peace is a walk of memory and of freedom.

    Pot miru, po poteh Soške fronte, Pot miru, po poteh Soške fronte, Walk of Peace, along the trail of the Isonzo Front

    Kolovrat
    Poto: Visit Goodplace

    From its starting point at Log pod Mangartom all the way to Trieste, the trail is marked by signs and information panels of the same design. Along the way you’ll visit six open-air museums and numerous monuments. All the open-air museums are situated in authentic historical locations with well-preserved or renovated remains. They are all accessible and well-signposted. Former Italian and Austro-Hungarian areas have also been laid out along the trail.

    One and a half million soldiers died, were wounded, taken prisoner or went missing in the course of one Austro-Hungarian and 11 Italian offensives on the Isonzo Front (1915–17). More than 250,000 lives were lost.

    The Walk of Peace through the Soča Valley

     

    The Walk of Peace stretches from the Alps to the Adriatic. The trail begins in Log pod Mangartom. It passes the fortress of Kluže, where some remains of the Isonzo Front and the First World War are on display. The path takes you to the Ravelnik and Čelo open-air museums, then climbs to the Golobar plateau and the Zaprikaj open-air museum. It continues on through the village of Drežnica and takes you past the Italian ossuary in Kobarid. At this point the path splits into two.

     

    One route takes you on to the Kolovrat ridge, where you’ll find another open-air museum, while the other leads across the uplands of Kuhinja and Pretovč and the Mrzli Vrh open-air museum. The first route continues across Javorca to Tolmin. There you can visit the German ossuary and the Mengore open-air museum. The path continues on from Kolovrat museum through Kambreško to Sabotin, Brda and Nova Gorica.

     

    The second route leads from Kolovrat to the village of Plave, from where the path climbs to Prižnica, Vodice and Sveta Gora, eventually reaching Škabrijel. The two routes merge again in Nova Gorica, from where the path continues over the peak of Markov Hrib to Cerje. There you’ll find the monument to the defenders of Slovenian territory. The monument stands on the hill of Cerje on the western edge of the Karst plateau, which offers wonderful views of the northern Adriatic, Friuli, the Dolomites and Vipava Valley, with the mighty Julian Alps looming in the background.

    Pot miru, po poteh Soške fronte, Pot miru, po poteh Soške fronte, Walk of Peace, along the trail of the Isonzo Front

    Planina Kuhinja
    Poto: Uroš Ledinek

    Walk of Peace in the Karst

     

    Various sections of the Walk of Peace wind through the Karst near Cerje. You’ll wander through the peaceful, unspoiled Karst landscape, where reminders of the First World War are easy to find. All paths are well-marked and are suitable for hikers and cyclists. Along the way you’ll encounter a horse rider or two setting out for the Karst plateau.

     

    Just before you reach the border with Italy, the Walk of Peace in the Karst splits into two. One route takes you over the border to Debela Griža (Monte San Michele) and along the historical trail at Brestovec (Percorso storico del Brestovec) to the Italian ossuary in Sredipolje (Redipuglia), ending in the small town of Devin (Duino). The other Karst route connects the landmark of Borojevićev Prestol, Krompirjeva Jama, the village of Gorjansko and the Austro-Hungarian cemeteries on Grmada (Ermada). The path ends in Devin (Duino). The last section leads from Devin to Trieste.

     

    The Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic is a long-distance themed trail that uncovers the history of this landscape. It is dotted with numerous museums, monuments and memorials. The entire walk takes place through the wonderful landscape of the Karst, where the Alps meet the Adriatic.

    Pot miru, po poteh Soške fronte, Pot miru, po poteh Soške fronte, Walk of Peace, along the trail of the Isonzo Front

    Military cemetery
    Poto: Visit Goodplace

    Circular trail on the Walk of Peace

     

    Part of the Walk of Peace is arranged as a 100-km-long circular trail divided into six sections. Each section should take you a day to complete, which means you’ll need six days to complete all of it.

     

    The circular trail connects Gorizia (Gorica) in Italy and Nova Gorica in Slovenia. To the north it connects Kobarid and Čedad (Cividale), while to the south, Grmada (Ermada) is the central peak connecting the Slovenian and Italian Karst. The history of the First World War is revealed on all three routes.

    The open-air museums along the way contain boxes of logbooks and rubber stamps. You can collect stamps in the ‘Walk of Peace: A Guide to the Isonzo Front in the Upper Soča Valley’ book – and receive a ‘Walk of Peace’ badge when you collect all seven stamps.

    Always on the right track

    Use the interactive map to find your perfect outdoor experience. Always in the right place at the right time on the right path.

    How the Walk of Peace project came about

     

    The First World War came to the Soča Valley and the Karst in 1915 and stayed for two years. It left ruined villages and abandoned landscapes in its wake, and claimed the lives of many young soldiers. The remains of the soldiers were laid in approximately 60 military cemeteries along the former front. Numerous intervening events in the 20th century meant that the names of the fallen were never properly researched, processed and presented to the public. One of the aims of the WALKofPEACE project is therefore to provide the public with information on the First World War military cemeteries.

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