Podljubelj 297, in the embrace of the mountains

Location of our Guesthouse Karavla 297

We are located directly below the Loibl Pass, which connects Carinthia in Austria and the Slovenian Upper Carniola. You can find us directly behind the border crossing on the Slovenian side at the address Podljubelj 297.

The valley was named after St. Anne – “Schentanska Valley”, to which the church near the tunnel is dedicated. The valley stretches for 8 kilometers and is surrounded by beautiful mountains. The valley also has a lot to offer historically and culturally. There are two roads through the valley:

  • the old road that was already used by the Romans to transport goods, and
  • the new road, which was the main road between Slovenia and Austria-Carinthia until the opening of the Karavanke Tunnel.

Welcome to the valley below the Loibl Pass

The valley has a rich and varied history – a picturesque steep road over the Loibl Pass, which Baron Janez Vajkard Valvasor himself cut into copper. A long time ago mercury ore was mined here.

Folk tradition has it that a terrible dragon hatched from a hen’s egg on the mountain. He loved to eat well and much, and so he grew so big that he broke off a part of the mountain. At that time, the valley shook so much that the locals thought it was the end of the world.

Our history is also reflected in our dishes with rich and varied flavors. Take your time and enjoy your meal!

Memorial park Mauthausen

The Memorial park Mauthausen is also an extremely important part of historical legacy. The Mauthausen concentration camp was a German concentration camp near the Austrian village of Mauthausen. It operated until the end of World War II and had four main units and nearly a hundred branches, including the Ljubelj (Loibl) concentration camp.

It was built in 1943 and 1,800 prisoners had to complete the tunnel by the end of World War II. About 40 people died as a result of hard labor or were executed while digging the tunnel. In 1950 a memorial was erected on the site of the concentration camp (Boris Kobal, sculptor), which depicts the suffering of the prisoners.

Tassilo
Tassilo
07/02/2020
What a wunderful place A family business. Everyone helps and is just friendly and happy about every guest (even if it is full, there is always a smile). The food is to die for - the steaks just perfect and clearly there are a lot of other great dishes (everything can be recommended). We are and we just like to come over. Since the space is limited and many people just want to eat at the same time 😉 is e.g. recommended on weekends. Thank you for all the wonderful time and surprises.
Milena P
Milena P
02/02/2020
Fantastic food & very friendly stuff We visit this lovely quiet place in the middle of nature one, twice a year. Never, never, never were we dissapointed. Place is very domestic and good energy is felt all are areound. Great familly run restaurant. You can not order bad dish. Whatever you eat is delicious and very tastefull. This time venison plate vas extraordinary. 3 tipes of meat, a lot of vegatable and fantastic chees roulade and dumpling for side dish. But at the and chocolate cake beats it all. It is melting in ones mouth. Delicious. If you are not arround it is a must to come here just beacause of the experience of tasting these great food.
Tjaša K
Tjaša K
20/01/2020
Food is good Amazing food, nice personel and beautiful place. Parking place and the feeling of home inside the restaurant. In summer you can sit outside on fresh air with a nice view.
HerwigKnoll
HerwigKnoll
18/01/2020
Ausgezeichnet Wie immer ausgezeichnet. Das Beer Tartar ausgezeichnet, die klare Steinpilzsuppe eine Offenbarung. Sehr freundliches Service und der Chef kocht selbst 👍
Jana B
Jana B
17/01/2020
Good local food, friendly staff I like to try local food and this restaurant is offering among other several local dishes and a nice choice of food for vegetarians.
Stefano_Friuli
Stefano_Friuli
22/10/2019
Ottima osteria tipica sulla strada x l'Austria Consigliato dal Gampling siamo venuti in questa tipica osteria x cena..poco illuminata e senza un insegna luminosa dalla strada l'abbiano trovata un po per caso..l'oste è stata molto gentile e disponibile:abbiamo preso un abbondante piatto misto di carne,contorni,gnocchi per due persone accompagnato con ottima birra Lasko ed infine uno squisito dolce al cioccolato..35euro in due ..ottimo
Margherita
Margherita
19/08/2019
UNA CARNE FAVOLOSA Abbiamo provato questo ristorante su consiglio della padrona del bed and breakfast dove alloggiavamo, a 15 minuti dal ristorante. L'ambiente è rustico proprio come piace a noi, con pochi tavoli per favorire un'atmosfera intima. Nonostante questo il cibo è da ristorante stellato, non ho mai mangiato una carne così buona! Tanto che ci siamo tornati per tutte e due le sere che abbiamo alloggiato lì. La prima sera abbiamo mangiato gulash e filetto di cervo, qualcosa di meraviglioso. La seconda sera abbiamo mangiato spezzatino di cinghiale, ancora più buono del cervo! E zuppa di fagioli piccante con salsiccia, davvero deliziosa. Buonissime anche le zuppe di funghi e di brodo di carne. La cameriera che ci ha servito è stata molto gentile e simpatica, una nota di merito anche alla musica scelta ossia i Pink floyd, dei quali Siamo grandissimi fan😀. Prezzo onestissimo per la qualità di cibo che abbiamo mangiato. Consigliatissimo
Nikolaus
Nikolaus
22/07/2019
Ein Volltreffer Sympathisches, flottes, gut Deutsch sprechendes Personal, gemütlich drinnen wie draußen, überzeugende Speisekarte und leckeres Essen - eine uneingeschränkte Empfehlung für alle, die entlang der Loiblstraße unterwegs sind.
Kathi F.
Kathi F.
15/07/2019
Keine 5 Sterne wert Die Bedienung war super nett. Das Ambiente urig und sauber. Preise sind ok... Jetzt kommt das aber. Die konsumierte Grillplatte für 2 war etwas wenig es gab dazu kein Gemüse jedoch Aivar Senf und ein paar Kartoffeln. Die Civapcici waren flachsig und dem Anschein nach nicht selbst gemacht. Auf der Karte sucht man auch vergeblich nach Calamari in allen Varianten. Das Fischangebot ansich ist eher mau. 3 Gerichte wenn es viel sind. Ich fand es jetzt nicht schlecht aber vom Hocker gerissen hats mich jetzt nicht.
Jessy F
Jessy F
12/02/2019
Excellent food Very goood food, from starters to deserts. Ambient is great, staff is nice and nature arouond is beautiful. It's also great starting point for hiking and in winter for ski touring and sledding. Highly recommend.