Municipality of Jezersko
|• Mayor||Andrej Karničar|
|• Total||68.8 km2 (26.6 sq mi)|
|• Density||9.3/km2 (24/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02 (CEST)|
The Municipality of Jezersko (pronounced [jɛˈzɛːɾskɔ] ; Slovene : Občina Jezersko pronunciation (help·info)) is a municipality in northern Slovenia. In 1995, Jezersko became part of Preddvor and became an independent municipality in 1998. Originally located in the historic region of Carinthia, it became part of the Upper Carniola Statistical Region in 2005. The seat of the municipality is the town of Zgornje Jezersko.
Jezersko is located in the remote Kokra Valley in the Kamnik–Savinja Alps, south of the Seeberg Saddle mountain pass and the border with the Austrian state of Carinthia.
The name of the area derives from a glacial lake near the settlement of Zgornje Jezersko that started to disappear after an earthquake in 1348. However, it was still described by Johann Weikhard von Valvasor in 1689 as a large lake. Jezersko, which came into use at the end of the 19th century. A document from 1391 mentions the church of "St. Oswald by the Lake" (Sv. Ožbolt pri Jezeru).It gave the area its German name Seeland (literally "lake land", first recorded as Seelant in 1496), and its Slovene equivalent
The remote village was part of the Duchy of Carinthia until 1919, administratively linked to Eisenkappel in the north; however, the residents did not consider themselves "true" Carinthians.It was therefore the only settlement already ceded by the Carinthian Landtag assembly to the newly established State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs, before it was officially adjudicated together with the Meža Valley and Dravograd to the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes by the 1919 Treaty of Saint-Germain.
In addition to the municipal seat of Zgornje Jezersko, the municipality also includes the settlement of Spodnje Jezersko.
The main activities that locals engage in are tourism, cattle breeding, and forestry. Cattle breeding is extensive in Jezersko, both by private farms and larger corporations. Jezersko is also the place of the origin of the breed of sheep known as the Jezersko–Solčava sheep. A sheep festival called the Sheep Dance (Ovčji bal) is held annually in mid-August.
Jezersko has a long tourist tradition. There is a 3-star hotel in Jezersko Veliki vrh). The Kranj Lodge at Ledine (Kranjska koča na Ledinah) and the Czech Lodge at Spodnje Ravni (Češka koča na Spodnjih Ravneh) mountain huts are well known to mountain hikers. Lake Planšar (Planšarsko jezero) in Zgornje Jezersko is an artificial lake created after World War II. In winter skiing is also possible.as well as private accommodation in self-catering units at vacation farms. The location of the village offers exceptional views of the surrounding mountains, and it is a starting point for mountain hiking routes to Grintovec, Mount Kočna, and Big Peak (
Carniola is a historical region that comprised parts of present-day Slovenia. Although as a whole it does not exist anymore, Slovenes living within the former borders of the region still tend to identify with its traditional parts Upper Carniola, Lower Carniola, and to a lesser degree with Inner Carniola. In 1991, 47% of the population of Slovenia lived within the borders of the former Duchy of Carniola.
Carinthia is the southernmost Austrian state, in the Eastern Alps, and is noted for its mountains and lakes. The main language is German. Its regional dialects belong to the Southern Bavarian group. Carinthian Slovene dialects, forms of a South Slavic language that predominated in the southeastern part of the region up to the first half of the 20th century, are now spoken by a small minority in the area.
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Zgornje Jezersko is a settlement and administrative centre of the Municipality of Jezersko in northern Slovenia. It is part of the traditional Slovenian Carinthia region and the Upper Carniola Statistical Region.
Kočna at 2,540 metres (8,330 ft) high, is the second-highest mountain in the Kamnik–Savinja Alps and the westernmost peak of the Grintovec Range. Its prominent and easily recognized peak is visible from far around. The mountain has two peaks: the higher Jezersko Kočna and the nearby lower Kokra Kočna.
Carinthia Mount Rinka or the Cross, with an elevation of 2,433 metres (7,982 ft), is a mountain in the central Kamnik–Savinja Alps in northern Slovenia. It is connected via a pass with Carniola Mount Rinka, the northern ridge descends to the Jezersko Pass and the Savinja Pass, whereas the western ridge with Styria Mount Rinka ends with the Turski Žleb Ravine. There is also the fourth Rinka, called Little Mount Rinka. The names of the mountains reflect their positions at the border between the traditional Slovene regions of Carinthia, Carniola, and Styria.
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The Storžič Lodge is a mountain hostel in the upper part of the Lomščica Valley, near the Jesenje Pasture in northwestern Slovenia. The first lodge was built in 1938 and was called the Verbič Lodge ; it caught fire one year later. It burned in 1941 when German forces attacked the Storžič Battalion. The current brown shingled hut was built in 1951.
The Zois Lodge at Kokra Saddle is a mountain hostel that stands on Kokra Saddle, part of the Kamnik–Savinja Alps. It is named after the brothers Karl Zois (1756–1799), and Sigmund Zois (1747–1819).
The Czech Lodge at Spodnje Ravni is a mountain hostel that stands on the Spodnje Ravni Cirque above the Ravni Combe below the northern part of Mount Grintovec and the Long Ridge. It has been named after the Czechs from Prague who built it in 1900. In the 1970s, it was renovated, but the Czech architectural style remained. It is managed by the Jezersko Mountaineering Club. Its groundskeeper was for 40 years Andrej Karničar, then for 10 ten years Tone Karničar, and since July 2015 Karmen Karničar.
The Austro-Slovene conflict in Carinthia was a military engagement that ensued in the aftermath of World War I between forces loyal to the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs and later the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and forces loyal to the Republic of German-Austria. The main theater of the conflict was the linguistically mixed region in southeastern Carinthia. The conflict was settled by the Treaty of Saint-Germain in 1919, which stipulated that the territorial dispute be resolved by a plebiscite.