Russian POWs Burial Ground

Hiking Biking Researchers
15 min.

During World War I the fallen soldiers and prisoners of war were buried in several locations between the Trenta Valley and Kranjska Gora. In the immediate vicinity of Erjavčeva koča Mountain Hut there are two burial sites. North-east of the hut lies a smaller cemetery, where, according to the data from the Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage – 63 Russian POWs are buried. West from the hut, there are three separate graves. The grave stones that you see today do not originate from the period of World War I, as the cemetery was renovated in the 1990s. Today’s burial site does not give a real picture on how many people and how many graves were here in a bigger cemetery.

Text & Photos: Uroš Košir

Access and useful info

Access

If coming from the Vršič pass towards Kranjska Gora, you will see two burial grounds of Russian POWs on the right side of the road. The first lies within a wooden enclosure next to the parking lot of the refuge Erjavčeva koča. A wooden signpost by the road after the next turn and a wooden cross standing higher up by the fence at the edge of the clearing show the way to the second burial ground.

Information

Center za obiskovalce Pot miru, Kobarid
(The Walk of Peace Visitor Centre, Kobarid)
Gregorčičeva ulica 8
SI–5222 Kobarid
+386 5 389 0167, +386 31 586 296
turizem@potmiru.si, info@thewalkofpeace.com
www.thewalkofpeace.com

TIC Kranjska Gora
Kolodvorska ulica 1c
SI–4280 Kranjska Gora
+386 4 580 94 40
info@kranjska-gora.eu
www.kranjska-gora.si

Hiking Biking Researchers
15 min.

Duration

15 min.

GPS coordinates

46.439206, 13.748633

Best time of year

April–November*

*A visit to the tomb in winter time depends on the weather and Trenta–Kranjska Gora road conditions.

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