Borut Sajovic

The formation and development of Tržič are most closely connected with the path that led from the Gorenjska plain across the Ljubelj Pass to Carinthia. According to some archaeological finds it certainly existed in the historical era when it connected Virunum in Emperor's Field with Emona through Ljubelj. The settlement, then called Forum and Lubelino, which stood along this path, was destroyed by an avalanche and part of the population moved to the valley where the settlement of Neumarktl was established on the site of the present Tržič. The settlement began to develop at the foot of the castle hill, on which later stood the Neuhaus castle. Its development and shape were dictated by the traffic veins and the developing blacksmithing.

Some important and interesting years:

  • 1261 - first mention of Ljubeljski Square (Forum in Lubelino)
  • 1320 - first mention of Neumarktla (Tržič; Forum Novum)
  • 1348 - severe earthquake
  • 1383 - first mention of the parish of Tržič
  • 1401 - Bistrica under the Castle Gutenberg (Fewstricz vnder Guttenberg) is mentioned
  • 1463 - Ziga Lamberg, born at Gutenberg, becomes the first bishop of Ljubljana
  • 1492 - Tržič obtains commercial rights granted by Frederick III
  • 1557 - commencement of mining of mercury ore in the Senta mine
  • 1689 - 80 houses on the left bank of the Bistrica burned by fire
  • 1728 - in honor of Charles VI, the father of Maria Theresa, who travelled across Ljubelj, two pyramids are erected
  • 1807 - Austrian Field Marshal Count Radetzky becomes owner of the Neuhaus estate
  • 1811 - 150 houses and over 60 workshops on the right bank of Tržiška Bistrica burned in a large fire; 75 people died
  • 1871 - Jakob Aljaž performs the song “Holy Night, Blessed Night” with the choir for the first time in Slovene language
  • 1882 - Tržič School established
  • 1901 - Tržič has public lighting and electricity
  • 1904 - Tržič has water supply
  • 1908 - Kranj - Tržič railway built
  • 1919 - bourgeois school established
  • 1926 - King Alexander I proclaim Tržič a city
  • 1941 - occupation of Tržič
  • 1945 - on May 12, Tržič was liberated - among the last places in Slovenia
  • 1964 - the Tunnel of love officially opened
  • 1966 - the last train from Tržič passes (January 15)

The municipality of Tržič represents 0.8% of the territory of the Republic of Slovenia. In the north it borders with the Republic of Austria, the border running along the mountain ridge of the central Karavanke mountains. In the west it borders with the municipalities of Žirovnica and Radovljica, in the east with Jezersko and Preddvor and in the south with the municipalities of Kranj and Naklo. The territory belongs almost entirely to the basin of Tržiška Bistrica, only a smaller part belongs to the Kokra basin.

Tržič in numbers:

  • area: 155,4 km2
  • number of settlements: 35
  • population (first half of 2019): 15,063
  • largest settlement (2019): 3,670 inhabitants
  • average age of population (2019): 44.3 years (men 42.7; women 45.9 years)
  • population density (2019): 95,8 inhabitants/km2
  • number of households (2018): 5,715

The economic development of the municipality of Tržič can be roughly divided into three phases: peak, transition and current state. At its peak, a century ago, Tržič was considered the most technologically, industrially and commercially developed small town in Central Europe. This was followed by a period of strong industrial transition in the municipality, which was the result of rapid political and economic trends. Today's situation is improving.

Each year, the municipality of Tržič devotes a part of its budget to the implementation of measures for maintaining and promoting the development of agriculture and rural areas.

Competitive Advantages of Tržič:

  • Existing, but very affordable facilities that mostly do not need to be licensed, but only need renovation
  • All properties are affordable at prices that are more moderate than the rest of Gorenjska

Proximity to major cities:

  • only 38 min. or 45.3 km to Ljubljana
  • only 54 min or 27.7 km to Klagenfurt


In Tržič visitors can discover dragon trails and mountains and experience the legend of Alpine Slovenia. Through Ljubelj or along the slopes of the Karavanke, from any direction to Tržič, the city looks like a bird’s nest. It is surrounded by hills and the longest Slovenian mountain range. Try mountain biking or hiking, climbing or paragliding on the winding paths and scattered mountains.

The Dovžan Gorge is one of the most spectacular in Slovenia. It is the best location for discovering Central and Alpine Slovenia, from Ljubljana to Bled and beyond.

Tržič offers 4 ideal program templates for adventurers, active families, families with children and romantic couples.