What the Route 66 means to U.S., the road 409 means to Slovenians. Before the A1 motorway was built this was “The Road” most Slovenians used to travel to the coast for their summer vacation. Perhaps that’s why it grew so close to our hearts, but I suggest you take it as the A1 alternative simply because the road is well maintained, with nice scenery, and sparse traffic. It offers plenty of opportunities to switch to A1 in case you accidentally caught a glimpse of the clock.
The road 409 provides a belowed alternative to A1 motorway when travelling to or from the coast to the inland.
Along the route at Logatec, you’ll drive thru a linden avenue from 1805 planted to celebrate the wedding of Napoléon Bonaparte and Marie Louise of Austria.
Between Logatec and Postojna, you shall enjoy some of the best slowly twisted (Grčarevec) or tight twisted (Planina) roads motorcyclists from Ljubljana and around come to enjoy on weekends.
If the town Postojna sounds familiar to you, it’s because the Europe largest cave system lies beneath it. A must see.
To ride from central Slovenia on edge of Karst (or reverse) we can recommend also nice narrow roads, avoiding highway’s heavy traffic and cities’ traffic jams. The route starts on leaving highway E61 (Ljubljana-Koper) on Logatec exit and leads on local roads to highway H4 to Ajdovščina (the highway to Nova Gorica). It’s 62km long. The route is nice for a slow ride to enjoy the landscape.
Plain and simple: Leave the A1/E61 motorway at Unec and take the road 212 thru Cerknica, Nova vas and Sodražica.
Or vice versa.
Or forth and back… 🙂
Or forth and back with a break at Bloško jezero (pictured). 😀 In Nova vas look for an intersection for Bloško jezero (45.786450, 14.514858).
A nice look-out road on the sunny slope of the Kamniško-Savinjske Alps will reward you with a view reaching to Ljubljana and beyond.
The Bogenšperk castle is the successor of an older castle Lichtenberg from mid-12th century. The castle is renewed and hosts weddings, a restaurant, and a museum.
The road 416 takes you thru the forests and over the hills from a little town Litija by Sava river to Dolenjska region.
Restaurant Šporn has been in operation for over 100 years. Since 1996 they started a family hotel. It offers an excellent opportunity for good food and overnight stay in the peaceful rural town only 20km out of Ljubljana hustle.