KOČA NA DOBRČI 1478 m
Planinsko društvo Tržič /
Mountaineering Society Tržič
Above the hilly landscape of the Ljubljana Basin, between Tržič and Begunje in the Gorenjska region, stands the scenic Dobrča mountain at an elevation of 1634m, with a mountain hut located slightly below. There are several marked trails to choose from for the ascent, mostly leading from the foothill villages of Brezje pri Tržiču, Hudi graben, and Srednja vas. The views into the valley, across a fully-laden table, are breathtaking.
The hut is situated on the edge of the steep southern slope of Dobrča, providing a unique panoramic view to the east towards Mount Kriška gora, Storžič, and the distant Kamnik-Savinja Alps. To the south, the gaze extends far beyond the Ljubljana Basin and Jelovica, while to the west, Lake Bled shines beneath the Julian Alps.
The hut is located above the edge of the steep southern slope of Dobrča at a place called Kres, where bonfires were allegedly lit during Turkish invasions. The first hut was built after World War I by four private individuals. In 1952, it was taken over by the Mountaineering Society Tržič and named after Ladislav Kostanjevec (1906-1937), a mountaineer from Tržič who was buried by an avalanche beneath Mount Storžič. A fire completely destroyed the hut on September 16, 1974. In 1975, construction of a new hut began on the site of the burned-down hut. It was opened on June 10, 1978, and has since been named Koča na Dobrči (Hut on Dobrča). In 1993, solar panels were installed.
The dining area has 40 seats, and there are 22 beds in 6 rooms. There is a toilet, a washroom with cold water, and the dining area is heated by a stove. The hut has spring water, is connected to the electric grid, and has radio communication.
In 2012, the Koča na Dobrči was selected as the most popular mountain hut by visitors in a joint initiative of the Mountaineering Association of Slovenia and the newspaper Nedelo.
The Mountain Hut on Dobrča is open from Thursday to Sunday evening, as well as on holidays. The day before a holiday, the hut is open from the afternoon until the evening of the last day of the holiday period. For groups, the hut can also be opened on other days by prior arrangement.
From 1.6. to 30.9., the hut is open every day.
From 1.10. do 31.5., the hut is open from Thursday at 11:00 AM until Sunday at 4:00 PM, as well as on all holidays and during school vacations.
The culinary offer at the hut ensures that you won’t leave hungry, as you will definitely find something to suit your taste in the diverse menu. They consistently offer at least 3 different types of stew, buckwheat spoonbread (ajdove žgance), sauerkraut, sausages, blood sausages, roasted pork ribs, cheese dumplings (sirove štruklje), and apple strudel. Additionally, during the grazing season, they also serve buttermilk (kislo mleko).
From the hut, there is an exceptional view in all directions except the north. Towards the east, we can see the Kriška gora and Storžič peaks, followed by the peaks of the Kamnik Alps. In the southeast, the Posavje Hills rise, and in front of them lies the extensive Ljubljana basin, beyond which the Inner Carniola Hills stretch towards Snežnik and Javorniki. To the south, at the foot of Dobrča, lies the Podgora plateau between Tržič and Begunje with beautiful villages. Beyond it, the Gorenjska plain extends from Šmarna Gora to Jesenice, including Kranj, Radovljica, Bled, and other places. The Gorenjska plain is surrounded by the Polhov Gradec Hills, Škofja Loka Hills, Jelovica, and Pokljuka. Towards the south, we can see Lubnik, Blegoš, Porezen, and Ratitovec. To the west, beyond Jelovica and Pokljuka, there is an expansive panorama of the Julian Alps with Triglav. The view to the north is obstructed by the summit of Dobrča. If we climb to the summit, we are rewarded with a beautiful view of the Karawanks with Begunjščica and Stol, the valley towards Ljubelj, and Košuta.
- Dobrča (1634 m), 0.30 h (Easy mountain trail)
Veliki vrh (2088 m),
- Begunjščica – Veliki vrh, 4.00 h (Easy mountain trail)