Triglav - Unique NP
Its international significance is confirmed by the European Diploma of the Council of Europe, listing as a Natura 2000 site and in particular, UNESCO’s decision to include the park in the international network of biosphere reserves.
The only national park in Slovenia protects the last area of original alpine nature. Natural features? More than a thousand valuable natural features...
The park has a wealth of plant species: indigenous alpine flowers, the remains of virgin forests, larches over a millennium old, the most southern swamplands in Europe, a number of wetlands… It is also the habitat of numerous animal species, such as chamois, mountain goat, golden eagle, wildcat, western capercaillie, hazel grouse, Tengmalm's owl...
Situated in an area of glacial lakes and valleys, karst springs and waterfalls and the remains of the once magnificent Triglav glacier - also called the Zeleni Sneg (Green snow) by the locals - the highest peaks take your breath away. Hidden between are typical high-mountain karstic phenomena and a subterranean world with over 600 caves discovered to date. Here's also the north face of Triglav, the second highest in the Julian Alps, and a number of natural windows, the largest being in Prisank (2,547 m) together with the famous Ajdovska Deklica rock formation that resembles the face of a young woman.
The higest point in the park is the summit of Mt Triglav 2864m, from which the park earned its name.The park covers the major part of the Julian Alps in Slovenia.The natural features of Triglav National Park are reason enough for people to visit.A major draw is its mountainous terrain,featuring the higest and moste immense peaks in Slovenia, the deep,gaping glacial valleys,lakes,rivers and ravines, the mountain pastures and woods, a rich cultural heritage and picturesque villages with their well-tended surrounding countryside.
The park is named after Mt.Triglav (2864m), symbol of the Slovenia, which is situated almost in the middle of the protected territory. From it the valleys spread out radial, supplying water to two large river Systems which have theirsources in the Julian Alps: the Soca river and the Sava river flowing to the Adriatic and Black Sea respectively.
In the tourist centres of the Triglav National Park and their immediate surroundings we are increasingly aware of the advantages and importance a national park has in developing natural and desirable tourist and recreational activities.Hiiking is no doubt one of the most appropriate ways a visitor can really experience the unspoiled surroundings of a national park.And it is only fair to remaind visitors that in the park they are entering a very sensetive natural ecosystem where special care must be taken.
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