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Practically on the Italian border, Kobarid is known for the Battle of Kobarid (or Caporetto), which happened here on October 24, 1917, and is considered a key moment in World War I. Pick up a map from the Tourist Information Office, Trg Svobode 16 (tel. 05/380-0490; www.lto-sotocje.si), and set out on the Kobarid Historical Walk, a 3- to 5-hour trail that takes you to some key war sites, and surveys some of the loveliest natural phenomena in the area, including the Kozjak Brook Waterfalls; at one point you'll cross the Soca River on a 52m (171-ft.) suspension bridge. A lovely way to spend the morning, the walk starts at the award-winning Kobarid Museum, considered one of the best of its kind in Europe.

Both Kobarid and Bovec are possible starting points for the Walk of Peace (www.potimiruvposocju.si), a newly designated commemorative trail which takes hikers to key positions -- including outdoor museums and military cemeteries -- along the Isonzo Front, a major conflict area during World War I. You needn't cover the entire route (which would take several days) to discover some intriguing historical sites and naturals vistas; pick up maps from either of the tourist offices.

If your time is more limited, but you'd like to fit in a walk through lush forest, there's a 2-hour trail that takes you past several pretty waterfalls, starting at the church of St. Just; follow signs to Dreznica, and then head for the idyllic village of Kosec to find the church. The best swimming in the area is in the Nadiza River.

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