Time heals all wounds… The passing decades have gradually dispelled the darkness of history – but not the memory of it. The Path of Remembrance and Comradeship, a 32.5 km recreational trail encircling Ljubljana, follows the route of the barbed wire perimeter that surrounded the city during the Second World War.
The path, also known as the “Path along the Wire” or the “Green Ring” is mainly intended for walking and running, although it is also popular with cyclists. For most of its length, it is broad and sandy and comfortable for walking on, although the parts passing through residential districts are asphalted in places. Some sections are very countrified, for example on Golovec Hill or by Koseze Pond, and the path, in general, has a “green” character, with around 7,400 trees of almost 50 different species planted along with it.
The path is marked by boards outlining its route, while round metal signs on the ground also help direct walkers. Commemorative stones placed by the path indicate the positions of wartime bunkers.
March along the barbed wire
An organised hike along the Path of Remembrance and Comradeship takes place every year on the first Saturday after 9 May (Ljubljana’s civic holiday) and attracts numerous recreational walkers of all generations. Those looking for a more demanding challenge can take part in the Troika Race over one of three distances (28 kilometres, 12 kilometres and, for children, 3 kilometres). This race also follows the route of the Path of Remembrance and Comradeship.
Access to the starting point
You can start walking on the Path of Remembrance and Comradeship at any point since there is no set beginning or endpoint. You can also walk it by sections.
The most popular sections of the path are those between the following city districts:
- Vič to Šiška (from Dolgi Most to Koseze Pond),
- Bežigrad to Žale (from Stožice Sports Park (bus stop: Maroltova, bus 20) to Žale Cemetery),
- Fužine to Rudnik (from Fužine Castle (bus stop Fužine P+R, bus 20) to Dolenjska Cesta).
The best-known attractions near the path are Žale Cemetery with its complex of chapels of rest designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik, and Fužine Castle, which houses the Museum of Architecture and Design.