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Updated on February 3, 2015

The city of Kranj, with apx 53.000 citizens (data from 2007) is capital of Gorenjska and lies on high rock between rivers Save and Kokra.

Kranj is known for very developed industrie, Iskra, Sava, Tekstilindus, Planika, IBI - unfortunately, many of this companies are closed today.

Kranj is laso known as City of Preseren, because,dr. France Preseren, worked in lived here last years of his life. He died here and is barried in Presernov gaj.

Famous people from Kranj are: Leopold Layer (painter), France Preseren (laywer and poet), Janez bleiweis (politician), Janez Avgustin Puhar (inventor), Simon Jenko (poet), Andrej Sifrer (singer), brata Borut In Darjan Petric (swimers), Andrej Stremfelj (alpinist), ...

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Mesto Kranj - grb
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Kranj main attractions

Main attractions of Kranj are: Church of st. Kancijan and friends, Mitnica, City defense wall, Preserens museum, Tunnels under old Kranj, ...

Castle Khiselstein

Khieselstein Castle is located in the old part of Kranj, clamped in the town walls on the cliffs from which was in the past monitored the bridge across the river Sava and its nearby surroundings.

It is named by the owner, Janz Khisl, who give tha Castle present form in the 16th century. In the past, there was a glass workshop and shop.

Owners of the Castle in the history: Mosconov noble family, Ravbar familiy, Apfaltrer familiy, Auerspergs, and finally Natalis Pagliaruzzi.

Gorenjska Museum

Gorenjska Museum in Kranj collects, conserves and displays culture, which was left to us by our ancestors in Gorenjska.

In the museum there are collections: archaeological, etnologycal, a collection of folk art, old artistic, cultural and contemporary history and modernity, Slovenian cabinet photographs, artistic creativity.

Much attention is devoted to children served by the various creative workshops.

Permanent exhibitions:
-Fran Saleški Finžgar (slovenian writer)
-Folk Art
-Dolinar, Alojz (skulptor)
-Little War Museum
-Oplen House
-Tomaz Godec
-Leather Museum
-Iron Thread

-house of Finžgar in Doslovče
-Castle in Kranj Khislstein
-City Hall in Kranj
-Tomaz Godec Museum, Bistrica
-Oplen house under Studor
-Alpine Dairy Museum, Old Fužina
-Kranj Prešeren House

Water tower in Kranj
Water tower in Kranj | Source

Water tower

Water tower in Kranj is located near the bridge over the river Kokra beside the road linking the Zlato polje and Primskovo. Water tower was built at the beginning of the century.

In June of 2004 tower blew beacuse of the too much pressure and was repaired and put on his new, beautiful hat. Since the water tower in Kranj has great historic, artistic and architectural importance of the landscape it is registered as immovable cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture.

The reservoir of water at the top at a height of 43 m has capacity of 250 cubic meters. This was sometimes the water pressure regulator in Kranj and its surroundings, and even today it is still included in the public water supply, providing pressure to the surrounding houses, and serves as buffer for pressure equalization.

France Preseren statue

France Preseren statue before Preserens Theatre
France Preseren statue before Preserens Theatre

Famous people from Kranj

Leopold Layer, painter
Friderik Irenej Baraga, missionair in north america
Dr. France Preseren, poet
Dr. Janez Bleiweis, jurnalist, doctor, vet
Janez Avgustin Puhar, inventor of photography on glass
Simon Jenko, poet
Janez Mencinger, writer
Hinko Smrekar, painter
Ivan Pregelj, writer
Lojze Dolinar, skulptur
Peter Lipar, composer
Marjan Sorli, architect
Davorin Dolar
Bostjan Hladnik, movie director
Marko Pogacnik
Andrej Sifrer, musician
Andrej Stremfelj, alpinist
Borut Petric and Darjan Petric, brothers, swimmers
Primoz Grasic, guitar player
dr. Vlado Ravnik, profesor

Friendly cities

Pulj, Croatia
Amberg, Germany
Novi Sad, Serbie
Zenica, BIH
Singen, Germany
Beljak, Austria

Brother cities

Oldham (Great Britain)
Rivoli (Italy)
Bitola (Macedonia)
Herceg Novi (Montenegro)
Banja Luka (BIH)
Osijek (Croatia)
Zemun (Serbia)
Zelezna Kapla (Avstria)
La Ciotat (France)

Kranj - map

General Rudolf Maister

Statue on the Maister square
Statue on the Maister square


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    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Could you post some pictures of your city. I bet there are some fabulous old buildings in your area too.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Perun profile image

      Perun 7 years ago from Ljubljana

      I want too see some pictures from this city :)