We begin our walk at the Ožbalt railway station (300m), the place where the Greatest Escape began.
Ožbalt railway station nestles beside the river Drava, with densely forested hills rising on either side. This is the heart of Pohorje, the Slovenian hill district famous for its rugged beauty.
We walk the escape route up a steep path until we reach Kapusov graben. An easy forest road leads us to Cigelnca Pass and on to Rdeči breg (630m).
This picturesque beginning leads us to walking paths and forest roads. After reaching Slepnica brook (380m) there’s another 1km of slightly uphill asphalt road.
Stage 1 finishes at the church in the centre of Lovrenc (440m). The church is a good example of baroque and medieval architecture, typical of the area.
The 9km walk is relaxed, taking around 4 hours.