Historical Discovery

Soca Valley is a place of very vivid history.

Kobarid Museum displays exhibits on the events that occurred during World War I on the Soška fronta – Isonzo Front.

It covers two and a half years of static fighting and portrays in detail the 12th Isonzo battle, also known as the Caporetto breakthrough. The latter is one of the major battles in the history of mankind having taken place in hilly terrain.

The exhibits – giant reliefs of the surrounding mountains, a wealth of photographs, and an audiovisual presentation -tell with sensitivity the tale of the difficult and bloody times near the Soča River. The described events are related to the adventures and memories of celebrities, among whom are Ernest Hemingway and Erwin Rommel.

Special feature:
The museum is actively involved in preserving the environment where the historic events took place.
Possibility of guided visits to the battlefields. Guided tours in six languages.

April – September:
9 – 18 Monday – Friday
9 – 19 Sat., Sun., Holiday

October – March:
10 – 17 every day

Kobarid Museum has received the highest national award, was proclaimed Best European Museum, and won the Council of Europe Museum Prize.

Kobarid Historical Tour with arheological Tonocov castle, WWI remains and beautiful Kozjek Waterfall
The obligatory tour for all of Kobarid’s visitors-links together natural sights and historic monuments.

The trail is 5 km long and the tour takes three to four hours, during which time the history is depicted from antiquity to World War I, offering at the same time the many natural sights of the Soča Gorge and its mysterious falls.

The dairy museum “Od planine do Planike” is a museum of the Dairy Planika that has developed its delicious products from the many-centuries-long dairy tradition of the upper Soča valley.

The inheritance of mountains and pastures is presented with ethnological exhibits, a documentary and a reconstruction of a mountain residence with all the dairy equipment.

In the little shop you can buy the famous cheese Tolminc, other dairy products and various typical products of home manufacture.

Tolmin Museum presents the rich cultural heritage of the Soča region.

Located in the former Coronini Manor in the centre of Tolmin, the Tolmin Museum presents the rich cultural heritage of the Soča region.

In the permanent “Deposits of History along the Soča River” exhibition, the Early Iron Age finds from Most na Soči are outstanding, and there is an attractive presentation of the 1713 Tolmin Peasant Rising.

It houses a rich ethnological and archaeological collection. The attractive display on life in the Tolmin region includes a presentation of the rich local history and life through the ages in the area as well as the struggles for justice, the most important of them being the Tolmin peasant uprising of 1713.

On prior arrangement, the curators of the museum organise guided tours for groups to cultural monuments in the immediate surroundings of Tolmin, such as the German Ossuary, the church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca and the Most na Soči archaeological site.

The museum includes a wedding hall, a gallery with regular exhibitions and a museum shop.

More about Tolmin Museum.

Breginj museum and private collections

Rich historical (WWI) and ethnological collections.

Museum collection of the Mazora family
Breginj 81
SI – 5223 Breginj
T: +386 5 384 98 80

The museum collection of the Mazora family contains ethnological and military exhibits.

Breginj Museum, a complex of two-story stone houses intertwined with corridors, is an architectural and ethnological monument.

Before the great 1976 earthquake Breginj was a precious, living memorial to the unique architecture of Beneška Slovenija.

The circular streets and the stone houses with their roofed galleries (known as »ganki«), connected to their stables and barns, stood in oval clusters. They were a witness to the remarkable cultural landscape and heritage of these parts.

Now, the sole remnant of the original layout is the old village centre with its museum and the St. Nicholas church and rectory; they are classified as national cultural monuments.

Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca

High above the stream of the Tolminka rises a wooden shrine – the Memorial Church in Javorca.

High above the stream of the Tolminka rises a wooden shrine – the Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca, dedicated to fallen Austro-Hungarian defenders of the Tolmin battlefield on the Soča (Isonzo) Front (1915–1917).

It is also one of the stations along the historical Path of Peace trail, which links together monuments and remains from the First World War in the upper Soča region.

Over the entrance door the inscription reads:

This monument was built during the war by members of the 3rd Mountain Brigade, a battle unit of the 15th Corps, in honour and memory of their comrades who fell here. Built in the period from 1 March to 1 November 1916.

The building was designed by the Vienna painter and stage set designer Remigius Geyling (1878–1974), then a first lieutenant, while the organisation and management of the construction was headed by the Hungarian-born Lieutenant Géza Jablonszky.

It was built by Austro-Hungarian soldiers who were skilled in various trades; the walls and lower section are of stone, while the upper part of the construction is of larch.

The viewing terrace by the church reveals a vista of the magnificent Rdeči Rob (Red Margin), the enchanting chain of the Tolmin-Bohinj mountains, and also takes in the rolling gentleness of the surrounding hills.

Above the entrance rises the bell tower with a sundial, the imperial crest and the inscription PAX (peace). The exterior is also adorned with the crests of the 20 provinces that made up Austria-Hungary.

In the interior, scorched into oak panels symbolising the pages of a memorial book, in the system of the military hierarchy are the 2564 names of Austro- Hungarian soldiers who fell in surrounding battlefields and are buried at Loče near Tolmin.

More information you can find in the brochure Javorca: Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit.

18.4. – 30.6. – Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10.00 to 17.00.
1.7. – 31.8. – every day from 10.00 to 19.00.
1.9. – 16.9. – every day from 10.00 to 17.00.
17.9. – 4.11. – Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10.00 to 17.00.
Rainy days closed.

Entrance fee:
Adults 2 EUR

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