Franja Partisan Hospital
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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David S
London, UK143 contributions
May 2022
Once we'd established it would only take around 30 minutes to drive direct from Ljubljana to Bled, we decided to make the considerable detour to visit this extraordinary wartime field hospital, which was cunningly concealed in a deep gorge and successfully hidden from the Germans. It was perhaps unsurprisingly hard to find: despite using Google maps we still managed to take a wrong turning. There's a 10 minute walk from the car-park to the hospital itself (note the ticket booth is at the far end). Inside the various wooden buildings are plenty of boards in Slovenian and English outlining the history and fleshing out the lives of some of those involved.

I would have rated this 5* had the buildings been authentic, but actually they are almost all reconstructions following a devastating flood that swept away the originals in 2007.

By the car-park is an abandoned building that once must have contained a cafe; instead we bought tasty local sausage and a goulash soup from a friendly couple who have a food van nearby.
Written June 1, 2022
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Hans G
114 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Spend an hour in this nice open air museum. All information in English. Definitely worth visiting, but you probably need to drive a while because it is situated quite decentrally. Not all points of interest were open.
Written August 9, 2020
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Jeanny8
The Netherlands1,563 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
Franja Partisan Hospital was functioning during the last 2 years of the 2nd World War in the hidden gorge of Pasica in Dolenji Novaki near Cerkno. A beautiful hidden place; 500 meters walking up to reach it from parking place, surrounded with perfect explained boards along the trail.
You still can see, that at that time it was a difficultly accessible gorge that leads to the hospital provided safe shelter from the invaders. Franja was operating 18 months and treated 578 injured people (78 died here). It was one of the 120 Partisan hospitals.
The path to the hospital is magnificent and it is worth visiting and remains an essential memory of wartime events and above all humanity and comradeship against nazis & fascists.
Franja Partisan Hospital was secretly build in 1943, inside German occupied Europe. It was an extremely dangerous mission, and despite several attempts to find the hospital, it fortunately remained undiscovered and operational until the end of the war.

The fact that the hospital was never discovered is to the credit of the Slovene Partisans who chose the secret hospital’s location extremely well. Located deep in the rugged terrain of Pasica Gorge, with a hidden entrance and camouflaged buildings surrounded by trees, it was extremely difficult to find either from land or air.
Hospital is called after Dr. Franja Bojc Bidovec, she was the medical doctor, who took care of the wounded partisans and also American pilots, shot down over Yugoslavia.
entrance fee is 4 euro and a good leaflet is 5 euro. Opening hours summer till 18.00, winter till 16.00
It is a must to see in Slovenia (1 hour visiting time)
Written June 9, 2014
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רות ח
Shaharut, Israel83 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
A very moving jurney into a time of 2nd world war between 1943-1945. Showing how a common goal of few individuals can create a healing place beyond belief and against all odds!
Most evident is the human spirit presented. Inspite of the big flood which wiped the whole place out on 2007, the museum was rebuilt as it was originaly. The complex of the Franja Partisan Hospital is comprised of 14 wooden barracks and several auxiliary facilities. They were gradually built in the narrow, difficult to access Pasica gorge in Dolenji Novaki near Cerkno.
We spent 2 hours and I felt I could stay longer and learn more.
Written September 20, 2012
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Mickacat
Durham, NC37 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
The hike to the Partizan Hospital Franja goes trough a difficult terrain that provided a natural safety feature to the wounded partisans and people caring for them. You learn along the way what safety measures have been necessary in order to keep the location secret from occupying German army. Not even a scent could be left behind as the Germans were using dogs and could find the hospital that way. Wounded were carried during the night upstream through the strong current, small waterfalls and had their eyes covered. All supplies to the hospital were brought in that way too. Neighboring farmers were looking out for approaching enemies, and reported any danger to the defenders. The hospital operated all the way to the end of WW2 and was never found by the enemies.
Once we arrived, we were even more surprised: the hospital was professionally run, it was clean and had its own XRay, surgery cabin, quarantine, and all other amenities of a proper hospital. People building such an operation in the most unfavorable conditions, during and in the middle of a raging war, in a deep canyon that made the buildings invisible from the air must have truly been exceptional, and had to sacrifice everything to help the wounded.
No wonder that these nations of Jugoslavia, with such high morale, were the only effective force in whole Europe that actually forced Germans and Italians from their own country. No other occupied nation in Europe was able to achieve that: they all relied on US and UK to free their countries. Truly remarkable.
Written October 12, 2017
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Picatura
Bucharest, Romania49 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Once upon a time, during cruel times, in a steep, damp gorge, suffering people were hid by humans from anti-humanity. With the help from the locals and a lot of hard work and personal sacrifice, the humans build a community and organised themselves in a sort of normality. These super-humans lost, despite the hardship and shortages only 78 out of the 578 people they treated. This museum is about their story.

We visited with a 10 and a 7 years old and they were so fascinated that they took it in turns to read the explanations out loud. We have not experienced such an interest from the children in any other museum until now. I'd highly recommend it to you even if you are not a history fanatic. This museum is centred around the people and their stories rather than the boring global, well known facts. Very clever!
Written September 28, 2017
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nadi O o
Israel1,204 contributions
May 2013 • Friends
Yugoslavia was the only country in Europe that won the battles against Nazi Germany almost by themselves. During world war 2 the Partizan army build many hidden hospitals . Franja is the real memory of that times. A visit there takes you back to these heroic days. You feel the atmosphere, you understand the system, you admire the people who put up this place which treated over 1000 patients and was never discovered by the Nazis.

I find it the most moving visit in lovely Slovenia
Written January 15, 2014
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JaynieP27
Ljubljana, Slovenia104 contributions
Sep 2013
We were holidaying in the Cerkno region and the Franja Partisan Hospital was suggested as somewhere to visit. I wasn't initially interested because I didn't feel like visiting a museum, but I'm so glad I did. It all starts with a 500 m walk along a river. There are information boards along the way that start giving you a feeling for what the experiences were during that part of the world during WW2. I particularly liked the quotes from the people involved with the hospital.
The hospital itself is a collection of buildings in the middle of a gorge with the river in done places rushing directly underneath.
While the original buildings were almost completely destroyed in a flood in 2007, the reconstruction still gives you a feel for the place. All in all a most worthwhile visit. Please note that there is quite a walk from the car park.
Written September 28, 2013
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Miha P
Maribor, Slovenia8,894 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Former partisan hospital is till hidden in picturesque gorge with some small waterfalls and vivid creek. Path is partly new, protected and even families can walk up to the part with barracks and museum presentation. You will pay small entrance fee and get a leaflet with description. Ask for guided tour if it is available. Reserve two hours and take good shoes. Small bar and toilettes are near the parking, at the beginning of tha path.
Written February 11, 2018
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rstankie
31 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
It's amazing experience. When you visit hospital wooden buildings you think "how they did it?". How did they build them in this narrow gorge, under the river? The hospital has an amazing history It was never discovered by Germans. Over 500 severely wounded partisans were treated there, only ~50 died. They had a room for surgeries, x-ray, own power plant, etc. You must see it!
It is currently on UNESCO Tentative List of World Heritage.
My kids (10 and 14) were very interested, asked many questions about hospital and II world war history. Wanted to see and understand everything. Great experience for them.
Strongly recommend!
Written September 26, 2017
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