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Mariborsko pohorje panorama.jpg
Pohorje near Maribor
Highest point
Peak Black Peak (Črni vrh)
Elevation 1,543 m (5,062 ft)
Coordinates 46°30′13″N 15°27′11″E / 46.50361°N 15.45306°E / 46.50361; 15.45306
Location of Pohorje
Country Slovenia
Range coordinates 46°32′N 15°28′E / 46.53°N 15.47°E / 46.53; 15.47Coordinates: 46°32′N 15°28′E / 46.53°N 15.47°E / 46.53; 15.47
Parent range Southern Limestone Alps

Pohorje (pronounced [ˈpoːxɔɾjɛ]), also known as the Pohorje Massif[1][2] or the Pohorje Mountains (German: Bachergebirge, Bacherngebirge or often simply Bachern), is a densely wooded, low mountain range in northern Slovenia. The highland is roughly bounded by the triangle formed by the towns of Maribor (to the east), Dravograd (to the west) and Slovenske Konjice (to the south). It measures about 50 km (31 mi) from east to west and 30 km (19 mi) from north to south.


Pohorje is a wide mountain ridge that covers an area of over 1,000 km2 (390 sq mi) south of the Drava River. It is a thickly wooded range without prominent summits. Its highest elevations are Black Peak (Slovene: Črni Vrh, German: Schwarzkogel) 1,543 m (5,062 ft), the only slightly lower Big Mount Kopa (Velika Kopa), and Mount Rogla a little to the south, which rises to 1,517 m (4,977 ft). The region is bounded to the west by the Mislinja River and to the south by the Dravinja River. To the east the ridge descends near Maribor to the Ptuj Plain (Slovene: Ptujsko polje, German: Pettauer Feld).


Made of metamorphic rock, Pohorje is geologically part of the Central Eastern Alps, but due to its location south of the Drava River it is commonly regarded as a Southern Limestone Alps range.


The most important peaks are:

  • Mount Rogla (1517 m)
  • Black Peak (Črni vrh, 1543 m)
  • Big Mount Kopa (Velika Kopa, 1543 m)
  • Big Peak (Veliki Vrh, 1347 m)

Pohorje ski resorts[edit]


  1. ^ Bogataj, Janez. 1999. Handicrafts of Slovenia: Encounters with Contemporary Slovene Craftsmen. Ljubljana: Rokus, p. 28.
  2. ^ Watkins, Clem S. 2003. The Balkans. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, p. 125.

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