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 Podbrdo Trail Running Festival

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Podbrdo - Slovenija, 16.6. - 18.6.2023


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Podbrdo is an urban settlement of 759 inhabitants located in the narrow valley of the upper Baška Grapa, along the Jesenice-Nova Gorica railway line and the road from Bohinjska Bistrica, or Železniki, across Petrovo Brdo towards Most na Soči in the Tolmin municipality.It lies at the confluence of the Batava river and the Mačji and Mlečni streams with the Bača river, below Petrovo Brdo, a once important mountain pass between Posočje and Posavje. Podbrdo was home to an important wool factory – Bača – and nowadays it also boasts a primary school, a restaurant and numerous shops. It is the ideal starting point from which to visit various natural resources in the wider region: river channels dug into sheer rock and the waterfalls of Mačji potok (Kocenpoh, the Rušč waterfall on Batava, Jerempoh), geomorphological phenomena as well as endemic, rare and protected flora on Črna Prst (1844 m) and Porezen (1630 m).

Cultural and historical monuments include the most important baroque church of St. Nicholas, a number of houses from the 19th century, statues dedicated to those who lost their lives while building the Bohinj tunnel and various monuments commemorating the 2nd World War.

The first settlement was set up in the 16th century in the area of the 13th century Tyrolean colonization as the hamlet of Bače, mentioned in a land register from 1377 as Binchinuel.


The church of St Nicholas is first mentioned in 1588 and has been the parish seat since 1848. From 1787 it housed the tollhouse and the tax office. Road connections to Tolmin have existed since 1892; prior to this, only a freight route lead to Bače and over Bača peak (1281 m), through Podbrdo to Bohinj. The so-called Bohinj route was built in 1906.

From 1918 to 1943 Podbrdo was under Italian rule. It was a border-town with a significant military and police presence and was constantly under the pressure of Italianization. The inhabitants engaged in various forms of revolt. As is the case in most areas colonized by the Tyroleans, many Germanic names remain in the area – the inhabitants became Slovenian in the 18th century.

Podbrdo as it is today dates back to the construction of the Bača factory after the 2nd World War – the factory employed the majority of the populace. Its closure in 2002 had serious repercussions for the whole area. Most inhabitants now commute to Bohinjska Bistrica, Jesenice, Tolmin or even far-off Cerkno for employment. (Source: Podbrdo primary school)

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