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.