Relaxation in greenery and forest freshness of Pohorje
Feel the power of the extensive forests of Pohorje, which hold the promise of a lovely shadow during the summer heat or the embrace of a snow cover in a winter fairy tale. Together with the remarkable images of nature, there are opportunities for outdoor activities at every step. Enthusiasts of any other surface than concrete can take their mountain bikes out on diverse forest trails. The thick web of forest trails and cart tracks is not the only thing Pohorje can offer, as it also boasts numerous high marshes and plains, streams with waterfalls and other natural pearls. Among others, the Sgerm Spruce (Sgermova smreka) – the tallest tree in Central Europe. Discover them and enjoy! You can explore the paths on foot on longer or shorter hikes. Kope and Ribniško Pohorje are larger tourist centres on this side of Pohorje offering activities in all seasons. Definitely the right place for all enthusiasts of skiing experiences with their many ski slopes.
Touch the tallest tree in Central Europe
The Sgerm Spruce (Sgermova smreka) in Ribniško Pohorje or at Zgornja Orlica is considered the tallest tree in the entire Central Europe. It is an incredible specimen of natural heritage with its 61.8 metres of height and 113 centimetres in diameter. The spruce is more than 300 years old.
Discover the unique nature
Mostly coniferous forest covers more than 70% of the land. While exploring, you will encounter forests and plains – grasslands stretching out on the plateaus. They are the remains of pastures and meadows that were created by deforestation. And these areas are being once again overgrown, since their use is becoming obsolete. These acidic Pohorje grasslands are home to the matgrass, as well as arnica and orchids. In the steeper areas, the plains blend with heather, blueberries and cranberries. The Pohorje forests, meadows and marshes are home to game, many bird species (wild chicken, owls, birds of prey, woodpeckers), as well as butterflies, bugs, amphibians and other animal species.
Taking a walk to the peat bogs is a very special experience on its own. It is best to visit the Ribniško Jezero and the Lovrenška Jezera lakes by foot. The walk on wooden paths or brunče will open up many natural peculiarities and you can rest your eyes on the diverse images of nature.
Natura 2000 Area
Pohorje with its natural landscape characteristics forms a unique Alpine environment. About 2/5 of Pohorje is part of the European Natura 2000 area, whose main objective is to preserve the biotic diversity for future generations.
Discover Pohorje at the Information Centre
Learn about the development of Pohorje through time in the multimedia presentation and through their exhibition. The Kope Centre also offers visits to the herbal centre. The facility also includes a conference hall, a catering facility and shops with local products.