STA, 15 July 2020 - New infrastructure for hikers, mountain cyclists and winter sports lovers has been set up at more than 40 locations in the western Karavanke mountain range on both sides of the Slovenian-Austrian border, as part of the Alps Adriatic Karavanke/Karawanken project, worth almost 2.5 million euro.
Mountain cyclists are also able to enjoy along Trans Karavanke/Karawanken, a new 132-km route leading from Jezersko to the Korensko Sedlo pass.
The three-year project has brought together 12 partners from Austria's Carinthia and Slovenia's Gorenjska, and has been led by Gorenjska's regional development agency.
It has also resulted in common promotional activities at fairs abroad and a strategy on further development and cross-border cooperation.
Apart from the Trans Karavanke cycling route, an adrenaline route for mountain cyclists was launched and a hiking trail expanded with four new routes.
Walking routes in valleys, a new centre for mountain cyclists, a children's winter park, and a winter centre in Jezersko featuring areas for skiing, cross-country skiing and sledding have also been launched.
Several mountain huts have acquired new equipment for outdoor activities and accommodation, and info boards for powder skiing have been set up.
"All partners agree that Karavanke is an opportunity for further cross-border cooperation, which will enhance further tourism and economic development in this area," project manager Barbara Špehar told the STA on Wednesday, as the partners in the project met in Jezersko.
The Alps Adriatic Karavanke/Karawanken project has been financed from the EU's Interreg Slovenia-Austria programme with European regional development funds.
Its partners would also like to pair up with the partners of Geopark Karavanke/Karawanken, a similar project on the eastern side of the Karavanke mountain range.