Preddvor offers undiscovered meadows, pastures, forests and a rich cultural and architectural heritage, along with a warm welcome from the locals. The healing climate, peace and untouched nature that first brought tourists to Preddvor remain intact. Preddvor is distinctive for having four castles, all of which you can easily visit in a day.
Lake Črnava is a small lake lying in the shadow of Mount Storžič. It was formed by the damming of the Bistrica Stream and got its name from the dark, black forest.
The lake is quite shallow and is full of fresh water that flows in from the lively Bistrica Stream. It is surrounded by a walking path, while the water can be accessed from its western shore. The lake will be revamped to make the water appropriate for swimming. On the lake you can find the small Hotel Alma and Hrib Castle, where visitors can relax with a view of the Alps. The last 20 years have seen a tradition of submerging a Christmas tree in Lake Črnava to symbolize the closing of the old year and the starting of the new.
In the center of Preddvor stands Dvor Castle, after which the town was named.
Today, it is once again a tourist destination, featuring an old pharmacy, a local goods’ store and a wine cellar where you can pour your own wine, seal it off and put your own label on it with an old printing press. You can take a guided tour of the castle to learn about its secrets and peek at the garden next to it. You can also relax at its pleasant café.
Admiring the hills around Preddvor, you will spot the grassy Zaplata with the mysterious Hudičev Boršt.
A legend about it tells of an argument between two farmers over a forest. One angrily cried: “The devil take it!” which prompted the devil to snatch the forest and run for the mountains. But as the church bells of St. Jacob began to ring, the devil lost his power and dropped the forest right in the middle of the hill. The panoramic meadow at Zaplata is a popular hiking destination, while Zavetišče at Hudičev Boršt is also a popular point of departure for paragliders.
In addition to offering a plethora of thematic trails, Preddvor is also an excellent starting point for hikers of all ages and fitness levels.
You can choose between hills, peaks and panoramic points lying anywhere from 500 to 2500 meters above sea level. All guests are welcome in mountain lodges, where they can enjoy a delicious local specialty.