Velika planina is Slovenia's biggest mountain pasture and offers some great views, hikes and also mountain bike tours (including freeride downhill). Bikes may be rented at the tourist information, however, if you plan tougher tours, especially down the hill, bring a suitable bike. Further information regarding hiking can be found in Hiking around Ljubljana.
Literally the "Old Castle", this 13th-century structure now lies in ruins. Half the fun is the hike up the hill, through a forest and a meadow; keep an eye out for miniature cascade of water through pinwheels halfway up. Up top, you'll be rewarded with commanding views over the plains north to the Alps and south all the way to Ljubljana.
A beautiful peaceful cafe, with plenty choices of tea, hot chocolate, coffee, lemonade and so on. They also offer breakfast and minor snacks such as toast and hot buns. The prices are reasonable (€1-2,5 for coffee, depending on the kind; €2,5 for non alcoholic fruit cocktails). It is located right under Mali Grad.
The "Small Castle" may lie in ruins, but the chapel next to it is still in one piece and, with its shapely curves and hilltop location, has become Kamnik's symbol. Entry into the chapel, featuring some 16th-century frescoes, costs 300 SIT, but views from the hill over the red roofs of the town are free.
Kamp Alpe is located in the Kamniška Bistrica valley, 8 km from Kamnik. Its tent and motorhomes sites can welcome up to 80 guests. Appropriate sanitation and electric at the sites will make your stay a comfortable and pleasant one from May to October.
Kamnik's best-known sight is this arboretum specializing in flowers from the Kamnik Alps (the mountains between Austria and Slovenia). It also hosts an exhibition of sculptures by Janez Boljka, open when the cafe is open on weekends.
Traditional self catering Alpine chalet with two bedrooms, large enough for six. Several km north of town — you'll need a car to get here. Weekly rental from £395, shorter stays (min. 3 nights) also possible.
Spa complex, 9 km out of town. Indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, dry and steam sauna, frigidarium (-5°), etc. Accessible on two buses a day on weekdays, but only one on Sat and none on Sun.
Bed and breakfast in the heart of town, with views toward Mali grad from some rooms. Cable TV, fridge in each room. English spoken. The price includes a massive breakfast spread.
A small modern hostel under the Old Castle. Nine twin or double rooms and one triple room are available. Each room with a private bathroom and WiFi connection.
The KamFest is an arts festival is held every year over several weeks in August at the grounds of the Mali grad, with concerts and arts performances.
A very friendly café and restaurant whose operators also run a gallery with local arts and crafts. Free Wifi. Enjoy tasty daily dishes.
Old-school Slovenian pub with beer on a tap and a selection of meaty Slovenian favorites. Hearty fixed lunch sets €7.
cottages built in a modernized style of Velika Planina down in the valley not too far from the city centre
Checkered red-and-white tablecloths and decent pizzas from a wood-fired oven. Some pastas and salads too.
Home to contemporary culture, has theatre shows, etc. Visit website for programme.
Kamnik's museum with permanent and occasional exhibitions.
Bed and breakfast right next to the bus station.
Once a rival to Ljubljana and Kranj for economic dominance of Carniola, today's Kamnik (Stein in German) is a sleepy suburb of Ljubljana, with a population of just over 10,000. While there is some modern sprawl to the south, the medieval Old Town (Staro mesto) has been wonderfully preserved and makes this town well worth a visit.
Orienting yourself in Kamnik is easy enough. Most medieval buildings line the pedestrian street of Šutna, and its northern end lie Mali grad and the city square of Glavni trg. To the east runs the Kamniška Bistrica river and across it are the ruins of the Old Castle.
You can get further information, leaflets and a map of the municipality in the , which also has a computer for internet access (payable) and offers high quality maps of the municipality (which includes most of the surrounding mountains, free of charge) and rents out bikes.