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The story of Solkan is over 1000 years old, whereas the Solkan Bridge and the Solkan railway - also known as the Bohinj line, have a 100 year history. About ten years later it gave rise to the long and rich history of kayaking on the Soča river.

In this stretch the alpine beauty has already slowed (or better the dams have tamed the stream), but it has been and will remain a symbol of Slovenian wild water accomplishments. All masters of this sport, both Slovenian and international ones, have got to know the tempting Soča rapids, be it in its upper stream or right before Solkan, or just before it flows into the Isonzo (the Italian name for Soča).Medallist from all the major competitions have cut their teeth here. Solkan has its traditions and triumphs. But it also has a postage stamp with the image of a kayaker, and even a monument to wild water sport. Now solkan as a guest of the 2006 Junior Worl Championship and organiser of Junior and U-23 European Championship in 2008 and 2012 also has a new kayak centre, which is the realisation of the ideas and designs by Jože Tomažič, who also used to be a kayaker and then successful coach.

The Soča river has however already in the past been the venue of important international competitions. The pinnacle was certainly the 1991 World Championship at Trnovo in the upper Soča valley, whereas in the slalom course at Solkan was the venue of the Slalom European Junior & U23 Championships in 1999, 2008 and 2012. The real symbol of Solkan, this small town located in the Nova Gorica Municipality and in a historically very "turbulent" area, is however the picturesque railway bridge across the Soča river. Built back in 1905, it boasts the longest arch (85m) made of processed stone in the world. The best kayakers and canoeists from all over the World are competing for the medals and the highest places under this bridge and near the Solkan dam every year. Good luck to all.