Prekmursko-štajerska veja – the branch of Prekmurje and Styria (Prekmurje is the region lying between the Mura River in Slovenia and the Rába Valley, the watershed of the Rába, in the most western part of Hungary)

Inauguration:

from Galicia to Ljubljana – on 28th July 2013, St. James, Galicia

from the Hungarian border to Galicia – on 27th July 2014, St. James, Dobrovnik

In 2011, we began researching the Hungarian branch of St. James’s way, namely, the so-called Ljubljanska cesta (The Karst road) which was the most important mediaeval link from the Kingdom of Hungary via the present Slovenian territory to Italy. The Hungarian branch starts at the state border with Hungary at Kobilje and after an hour’s walk we reach Dobrovnik with the first church of St. James on this footpath. It runs on the Prekmurje flatlands, via Jeruzalemske gorice (Jerusalem Hills) to Ormož with a parish church dedicated to St. James, to the mediaeval town of Ptuj, St. Mary’s church on Ptujska Gora (the Ptuj Mountain), to Hajdina with its church of St. Martin and a mural portraying the miracle of St. James, and on towards Žiče with its mediaeval Carthusian monastery and a hospice in Špitalič, Vojnik, Galicia near Žalec and the church of St. James, past  the castle of Žovnek, which is where the Counts of Celje originate from,  via Vransko and Tuhinjska dolina (the Valley of Tuhinj) with a hospice in Špitalič and, as an attested oral lore, where Ulrich II, Count of Celje, rode, to the mediaeval Kamnik and Hraše. The Hraše church of St. James houses the portrayals of St. James as a pilgrim, praying to St. Mary on the pillar (Our Lady of the Pillar) and a bas-relief of St. James, slayer of the Moors. Both portrayals are very frequent in Spain; however, these are the only known portrayals in Slovenia. At St. James’s in Hraše a pilgrim may decide to take either the Upper Carniolan branch of the way of St. James or the central way of St. James via Ljubljana.

Like in the old days, it is recommended to receive a pilgrim’s blessing from the local parish priest; a pilgrim’s blessing for groups may be arranged with the parish priest where the pilgrimage begins.

 

 

  • THE PREKMURJE – STYRIA (ŠTAJERSKA) WAY

 

  1. Kobilje – Ljutomer

 

Kobilje – Church of St Martin, parish priest Fr Lojze Ratnik, 42 Kobilje, Tel.: +386 (0)2 579 14 39, Mobile: +386 (0)41 831 924.

Dobrovnik – Church of St James, parish priest Fr Simon Štihec, Msc, 12 Dobrovnik, Mobile: +386 (0)31 800 661, email: simon.stihec@ gmail.com.

Buffet and Accommodation Eta, 15 Dobrovnik, Tel.: +386 (0)2 579 12 63, Mobile: +386 (0)31 266 451.

Motel Gaj, 1a Naselje gredice, 9233 Odranci, Tel.: +386 (0)2 571 10 23, email: www.odranci.si.

Brod na Muri (Tinek’s Ferry), Gornja Bistrica – Mota, Mr Jože Pozderec, Mobile:+386 (0)31 372 458; the ferry runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., €0.50 per person; it runs also after 8 p.m. if necessary. A buffet – drink and food available on prior agreement.

Accommodation – Boarding House Mavrica, 1 Puščenjakova ulica, 9241 Veržej, email: penzion.mavrica@marianum.si, Tel.: +386 (0)2 588 90 60, is located 6 km away from the way.

Hotel Stela, 15 Glavni trg, 9240 Ljutomer, Mobile: +386 (0)59 308 130 (31), Fax 32, email: info@stela.si, website: www.stela.si.

Ljutomer Angling Club, fishing cabin in Slamnjak, it is possible to order fish for a group, no accommodation, half an hour from Ljutomer along the St James way, keeper Mr Milan Kocbek, 9a Maistrova, 9241 Veržej, Mobile: +386 (0)51 221 347.

Tourist farm Vili-Martin Ozmec, 33 Slamnjak, 9240 Ljutomer, Tel.: +386 (0)2 584 96 66, Fax: +386 (0)2 584 96 67, email: frank-ozmec@amis.net, website: www.frank-ozmec.com. (17 beds: 4 double rooms and 3 triple rooms).

 

 

  1. Ljutomer – Ormož

 

Hiking Tourist Farm Bogša, Viktorija Bogša, 15 b Litmerk, 2270 Ormož, Tel.: +386 (0)2 740 16 03; 15 beds and food available.

 

 

  1. Ormož – Ptuj

 

Ormož –  Church of St James

Food available in local inns and grocery shops.

 

Tourist Farm Sonja, 83 Senešci, 2274 Velika Nedelja, Tel.: +386 (0)2 713 61 50, Fax. 51, Mobile: +386 (0)31 554 490, +386 (0)41 603 960, email: ozmec.mitja@siol.net, website: www.ozmecgsm.com; accommodation for 30 persons and two apartments.

 

 

  1. Ptuj – Štatenberg

 

Hostel Eva, 22 Jadranska ulica, 2250 Ptuj, Mobile: +386 (0)31 667 606.

Kozel Janko, 4 Mlinska cesta, Ptuj, Mobile: +386 (0)41 809 570, bed and breakfast; Mlinska ulica is parallel to the way of St James marked along the Drava River, ahead on the right.

Inn Pri Tonetu, 13 Zadružni trg, Ptuj, Mobile: +386 (0)41 764 407, (across a wooden bridge over the Drava River on the right).

Tourist Association Štatenberg, email: tdstatenberg@makole.si, website: www.makole.si, association chairperson Mrs Štefka Skledar, skledar.stefka@gmail.com, Tel.: +386 (0)40 700 006, (recommended, attractive price); office: Mr Franc Kociper, Mobile: +386 (0)40 848 555, Mr Jože Kovačič, Mobile: +386 (0)31 324 230.

Parish house of Poljčane, Tel.: +386 (0)2 802 56 35 (it is possible to sleep on the floor).

Inn Kajtna, Bojan Kajtna s.p., 21 Na Boč, 2319 Poljčane, Tel.: +386 (0)2 802 50 50, Mobile: +386 (0)31 348 368, +386 (0)40 422 668, email: kajtna.bojan@gmail.com.

 

 

  1. Štatenberg – Žiče Charterhouse (Cartusian Monastery)

 

Viticulture and Museum Črešnar, 47 Ostrožno, 3215 Loče, Mobile: +386 (0)41 850 681, email: joze.cresnar@amis.net, (no accommodation).

Mountain hut Loče (20 beds), 52a Klokočovnik, 3215 Loče, accommodation available on prior agreement with the association chairman Mr Viljem Kovačič, Tel.: +386 (0)3 576 32 27, Mobile: +386 (0)31 672 680, email: viljem.kov@gmail.com.

Tourist farm Krošel (before the Jesenek Pass, downwards on the right, ten minutes away)

Mobile: +386 (0)31 854 057 (food, no accommodation).

Žiče Charterhouse (Carthusian Monastery), open from Tue. to Sun. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Inn Gastuž, Tel.: +386 (0)3 752 37 00, Mobile: +386 (0)40 131 303, open Thur. to Sun. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (food, no accommodation).

 

 

  1. Žiče Charterhouse – Vojnik – Galicija

 

Preložnik Marjan, 1 Kladnart, 3212 Vojnik, Tel.: +386 (0)3 577 24 02, Mobile: +386 (0)31 317 698; accommodation and food available upon prior agreement.

Mountain hut Vojnik, 15 beds (the hut is not permanently open, please call Mr Mirko Blazinšek, Mobile: +386 (0)41 685 635, Mr Frani Kmetec, Mobile: +386 (0)41 668 019, Mr Darko Klančnik, Mobile: +386 (0)41 445 373 or Mr Beno Podergajs, Mobile: +386 (0)31 641 431.

Tourist farm Dobrotin (1 km from the way to the south of Sveti Tomaž, Alenka and Polde Kunaj, 7 Tomaž, 3212 Vojnik, Tel.: +386 (0)3 546 13 88; food and accommodation available.

Vojnik – Tuš grocery shop

Mountain hut Šentjungert (15 beds, food), open from Sat. to Sun, and upon agreement;  Tourist Association and Mountain hut Galicija, Mrs Anica Grobelnik, Mobile: +386 (0)30 185 086.

Farovški kozolec (Parish’s Hayrack), Galicija, (accommodation, WC, food to order), Tourist Association Galicija, Mrs: Anica Grobelnik, Mobile: +386 (0)30 185 086, Mr Janez Vozelj, Mobile: +386 (0)40 185 087 (food delivery).

Farm Podpečan, 51 Galicija, 3310 Žalec (1.5 km from the way), Tel.: +386 (0)3 572 80 45, Mobile: +386 (0)31 676 729; 17 beds and food available.

 

 

  1. Galicija – Vransko

 

Pernovo, shop Janez Vozelj, Mobile: +386 (0)40 185 087.

Inn Barok, Mobile: +386 (0)40 547 000, Velika Pirešica.

Polzela – possibility of having a snack or meal.

Guesthouse Braslovče, 16a Braslovče, 3314 Braslovče, Tel.: +386 (0)3 703 15 71, 6 beds.

Inn, pizzeria, accommodation Ferlič Ervin, 3 Spodnje Gorče, Braslovče, Tel.: +386 (0)3 570 90 74, accommodation for 15 persons (up to 19 on the mattresses on the floor).

Pr’ Mlinar, fishery, Ivan and Silva Hribernik, 67 Podvrh, 3314 Braslovče, Tel.: +386 (0)3 570 97 50, accommodation for 15 persons on the mattresses on the floor.

Tourist farm Damjana Lukman, 37 Podvrh, Braslovče, Tel.: +386 (0)3 570 91 08, Mobile: +386 (0)41 298 585, email: damjana37@gmail.com.

Golobček Bed & Pizza, 31 Vransko, 3305 Vransko, Mobile: +386 (0)41 608 298, email:  hostel@golobček.si; 17 beds.

Pub Pri gromski streli, 29 Vransko, Mobile: +386 (0)40 453 349, 6 beds.

Inn and accommodation Darja, 99 Vransko, Mobile: +386 (0)41 815 849, 8 beds.

 

 

  1. Vransko – Nova Reber – Zgornji Tuhinj

 

Kmetija Blanc, 10 Bela, 1221 Motnik, Mr Anton Klemen, Mobile: +386 (0)41 633 152, Mrs Stanka Klemen, Mobile: +386 (0)51 633 152, and Luka, Mobile: +386 (0)41 660 452, (10 beds and a hayrack, food available upon agreement).

Draga and Jernej Mošnik, 44 Špitalič, 1221 Motnik, Tel.: +386 (0)1 834 82 27, Mrs Draga Mošnik, Mobile: +386 (0)31 667 240, Silvo, Mobile: +386 (0)40 580 780; food and accommodation (in the hayrack for the time being) available upon prior agreement.

Farm Pr Gabršk, Helena and Jože Kropivšek, 3 Češnjice v Tuhinju, 1219 Laze v Tuhinju, Mobile: +386 (0)40 551 040, email: kmetija@gabrsk.si, website: www.gabrsk.si; all sorts of cow’s milk products; no accommodation.

Pri mežnarju, Andrej Baloh s.p., 30 Zg. Tuhinj, 1219 Laze v Tuhinju, Tel.: +386 (0)1 834 73 76, Mobile: +386 (0)41 623 781, Ana, Mobile: +386 (0)41 296 927 (food and accommodation available upon prior agreement).

Parish house Zgornji Tuhinj (exceptionally it is possible to sleep in the parish house upon prior agreement with the parish priest), Tel.: +386 (0)1 834 70 47.

 

 

  1. Zgornji Tuhinj – Kamnik

 

In the village of Snovik and the Snovik Spa, there are more possibilities of accommodation and food. The Snovik Spa, 7 Snovik, 1219 Laze v Tuhinju, Tel.: +386 (0)1 834 41 00, email: info@terme-snovik.si, and several private rooms in the village.

Pr’ Jerin (near the shrine), Franc and Joži Vidmar, 4 Hrib pri Kamniku, 1240 Kamnik,

Tel.: +386 (0)1 839 24 51, Mobile: Mr Franc Vidmar: +386 (0)41 926 853 and Mrs Joži Vidmar: +386 (0)31 878 384; food and accommodation (in the hayrack for the time being) available upon prior agreement.

Hostel pod Skalo, 32 Maistrova ulica, 1240 Kamnik, Mr Blaž Resnik, Tel.: +386 (0)1 839 12 33, Mobile: +386 (0)31 521 365, email: info@hostel-kamnik.si.

Inn Pri Cesarju, 1 Tunjiška, 1240 Kamnik, Mobile: +386 (0)41 629 846; food and accommodation available.

 

 

  1. Kamnik – Smlednik – Stanežiče – Ljubljana

 

Mountain hut Komenda, 7g Podboršt pri Komendi, 1218 Komenda, email:  planinskidom@komenda.si, Tel: +386 (0)1 723 18 06, 1 km from the way.

Accommodation Kralj, Kralj Jernej s.p., 53 Moste, 1218 Komenda, 1.5 from the way,
Mobile: +386 (0)41 682 333, email: info@prenocisca.com.

Inn Zorman, 29 Valburga, Tel.: +386 (0)1 362 70 37, food available.

Inn Mihovc, 54 Zgornje Pirniče, Tel.: +386 (0)1 362 30 61, Mobile: +386 (0)31 684 434, food available.

Inn Na Vihri, 10 Topol – Katarina nad Ljubljano, close to the Church of St James, possible accommodation every day of the week. They offer 33 per cent discount for pilgrims with crenencials; bed and breakfast for €20 per person. Food available on Sat. and Sun. when the inn is open; dinner is possible also during the week upon prior agreement. Contact person: Mr Klemen Schwarzmann, Mobile: +386 (0)41 561 059, email: gostilnanavihri@gmail.com, website: www.gostilnanavihri.com.

 

 

We would appreciate it if you could send any additional useful information and possible changes to:

 

Igor Vidmar: +386 (0)70 828 707 or email: igor.vidmar@nms.si

 

Miro Veldin: Mobile: +386 (0)40 933 563

 

Barbara Kosi: Mobile: 041 500 371

 

Dear pilgrims, we hope we have stirred up a tinge of interest in where our predecessors used to tread so that you may come to a decision to embark on the same journey. Today, people are always in a hurry, unable to stop and find the way to their inner selves and those around them. Now that so many times money is scarce for special “destinations”, as people can often be heard saying, our inner peace of mind and tranquillity are within our reach: making a pilgrimage along the way of St. James in Slovenia. 

Thank you!

 

The friends of the Way of Saint James in Slovenia wish you a pleasant pilgrimage.

Let St James, the patron saint of pilgrims and travellers, guide and protect you!