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Franja Partisan Hospital, Cerkno

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Franja Partisan Hospital was a secret World War II hospital at Dolenji Novaki near Cerkno in western Slovenia. It was run by the Slovene Partisans from December 1943 until the end of the war as part of a broadly organized resistance movement against the Fascist and Nazi occupying forces.
The wounded being treated there were soldiers from both the Allied Powers and the Axis Powers. Although the occupying Wehrmacht forces launched several attempts to find the hospital, it was never discovered. Today it exists as a museum. It has been protected as a cultural monument of national significance.
Built in difficult and rugged terrain in the remote Pasica Gorge in western Slovenia by Slovene Partisans, the hospital opened in December 1943 and saw continuous improvements until May 1945. The hospital was located deep inside German-occupied Europe, only a few hours from Austria and the central parts of the Third Reich. German military activity was frequent in the general region throughout the operation of the hospital. The hospital's entrance was hidden in the forest, and the hospital could only be reached by bridges.
The bridges could be retracted if the enemy was in the vicinity. In order to preserve the secrecy necessary for a clandestine hospital to operate, the patients were blindfolded during transportation to the facility. The hospital was also protected by minefields and nests of machine guns. As the hospital is in a gorge, the many trees and camouflaged buildings provided protection against air reconnaissance.
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  • 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....  more
    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....  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • You simply must visit this place if you’re near it. Lots of history, soul and fantastic heritage. The place is very well preserved and the guided tour is superb! 
    You simply must visit this place if you’re near it. Lots of history, soul and fantastic heritage. The place is very well preserved and the guided tour is superb!  more »
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  • Very interesting place. Worth driving too. Well renovated in a special location. All explanations also in english.
  • Very unique exhibition, beautiful surroundings. It's a bit out of the way so not worth a super long drive, but definitely worth a visit if you love history and nature.
  • WW2 partisan hospital, which was used to treat wounded. The place is fully renovated after the flood, with barracks built as they once stood. The guides are very professional, adding to the experience itself. The path to the hospital is accessible by foot, it takes about 10 minutes to reach it from the parking place.
  • Fascinating piece of war history! And this place does well to take you back to the time when this place was up and running, and saving lives. I particularly liked the first person narration about the life during its operation. A lot of respect to the noble doctors, nurses and local people for what they did here for many wounded soldiers.
  • Really motivational story. I liked the way all buildings was discribed.

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