Slovenia's best drive traverses Vrsic Pass, an awesome journey between Kranjska Gora, just north of Triglav National Park, over Mount Vrsic, and down to the town of Trenta. The intense (and intensely beautiful) drive takes you through staggering views of soaring rocky peaks and lush, plunging valleys. It's the most spectacular way of traveling the otherwise short distance between Bled and the Soca Valley, but requires cautious driving to negotiate 50 numbered hairpin bends along the 25km (16-mile) roller-coaster route. At bend number eight, the Russian Chapel (Ruska kapelica) honors the 300-odd Russian prisoners of war who died in an avalanche while building the road; near bend 21 is the cemetery for the thousands more who died during construction, often starved or tortured to death. There are great viewing sites along the way; the highest point (at 1,611m/5,284 ft.) is Vrsic, where there's a parking fee. Be aware that the road can be alarmingly narrow; some drivers speed in spite of this. Cows and sheep may stumble across the way; cyclists, too, are ubiquitous, but usually more alert.

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