Golica

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For the Polish village, see Golica, Poland.
Golica
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Golica
Elevation 1,836 m (6,024 ft)
Location
Location Slovenia - Austria
Range Karawanks
Coordinates 46°29′24″N 14°3′1″E / 46.49000°N 14.05028°E / 46.49000; 14.05028[1]

Golica (1836 m) (German: Kahlkogel) is a peak in the Western Karawanks, on the border between Slovenia and Austria, above the Slovene town of Jesenice. It is known mainly for its fields of wild white narcissi, swathes of which cover Golica and surrounding pastures in late April and early May. This marks the beginning of a popular time for mountaineers to visit, extending through the end of summer.[2] The slopes provide great views of the Julian Alps and Austrian Carinthia; the Ljubljana Basin can be seen from the summit on clear days.

Golica also gained considerable fame as the subject of the 1953 Slavko Avsenik polka Na Golici (On Golica), perhaps the Avsenik Ensemble's most popular song.

250 m below the summit, there is a mountain hut at an altitude of 1582 m, with 40 sleeping berths. The original hut on this site - as well as a second hut at the summit itself - were burnt down during the Second World War by partisans to prevent their use by German soldiers. The hut at the summit was never rebuilt.[3]

The slopes of Golica are today used as pastures for sheep, but until 1957 locals from settlements at its foot would clear the entire slope of grass for hay (a possible etymology of the name, which derives from the adjective "gol-," or "bare.").

The best way to reach the peak is from Jesenice via the mountain village of Planina pod Golico, which bears the peak's name.

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