Kamnik, a town in the lap of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Slovenia. One of Kamnik’s most recognisable symbols is the Chapel of the Small Castle, which overlooks the medieval centre from a hill right in the middle of the town. At its heart is Šutna, a street of typical medieval houses with picturesque carvings and other signs of craftsmanship. You can walk along Šutna to Zaprice Castle, where the collections of the Kamnik Inter-municipal Museum are on display. The castle surroundings have been converted into an open-air museum with granaries from the Tuhinj valley. You can also visit the Franciscan Monastery and the Church of St Jakob, which houses the Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the last creations of the greatest Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik.
THE STORY OF KAMNIK:
In the Middle Ages, Kamnik was a thriving merchant town with its own mint, and famous noble families had their headquarters there. Its glorious days are recalled by its magnificent architecture and sacral heritage, as well as numerous legends. The most famous of these is the legend of the enchanted Countess Veroniki, half-girl, half-serpent, guardian of a hidden treasure. The Old and Small Castles guard the town from the rocky hills, while the Church of St Primož, famous for its beautiful Renaissance frescoes, watches over the town from the slopes of the nearby Velika planina.