WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN SLOVENIA?
On this page, you can discover in pictures the main experiences not to be missed in Slovenia, its must-see tourist sites and the less known but worth a visit attractions (caves, lakes, castles…).
A short description will give you the information you need to make the most of each experience (entrance fee, location, history, when to go…).
Although it is impossible to see everything at once, this selection may be useful for you to plan a travel itinerary if you are going to visit Slovenia for the first time by giving you a taste of the best things to do and places to visit.
The points are not in a precise order. Hoping that this selection is useful to you, do not hesitate to leave a comment if you think there are points to add.
Here are 15 things to do and see on a trip to Slovenia:
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a pretty little town of about 280,000 inhabitants. You can walk around it quite quickly; have a good day’s visit. Not to be missed: the castle and its view of the city and its surroundings, visit the historic centre, stroll through the Tivoli park and have a coffee or lunch in one of the many restaurants located on the banks of the Ljubljanica river.
2. Lake Bled
It’s the most famous and visited place in Slovenia. The city of Bled is located on the edge of a lake in the middle of which is a small island with a church. The place is beautiful in all seasons but in summer you can swim there. You can enjoy a magnificent view from Bled Castle.
3. Vingtar and Tolmin gorges
Accessible from Lake Bled – you can reach it by rental bike from Bled, the Vingtar Gorge can be visited in about two hours, following a path along the gorge. No need to be a hiking pro, the trip is quite easy to do. The Tormin gorges are located in the west of the country and are much less touristic than Vingtar.
4. Lake Bohinj
Bohinj is easily accessible by bus from Lake Bled, and is well worth the trip (both lakes can be visited in one day). There are also far fewer tourists. If you have time available, don’t miss the view of the lake from the Vogel cable car station. Also worth seeing: the Savica waterfall.
5. Soča Valley
The Soča valley is known for its beautiful turquoise river, one of the most beautiful in Europe, which flows through the Triglav National Park. It’s a popular spot for rafting or kayaking enthusiasts.
6. Vršič Pass
To discover by car: the Vršič pass (in the Julian Alps) is the highest pass in Slovenia and the starting point for superb hikes. The landscapes are breathtaking.
One of the most beautiful cities in Slovenia, located along the Adriatic coast. Piran has long been influenced by the Venetians and this is reflected in the city’s architectural style.
8. Škocjan and Postojna caves
The Škocjan Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and include one of the largest underground rooms in Europe. The Postojna cave allows you to observe the proteus, a strange animal living in the dark. Both sites attract a lot of tourists.
9. Predjama castle
Located 10 km from Postojna, it’s a cave castle about 700 years old, located in an impressive location along a cliff. The visit can be done in combination with the Postojna cave.
10. The wine region of Goriska Brda
A beautiful region very different from the rest of the country but worth discovering. It’s hidden in the west of Slovenia and nicknamed’Tuscany of Slovenia’ for its cypress trees, its villages on hills and of course its many vineyards.
11. Logarska dolina Valley
One of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Europe. There are many activities to do: hiking, cycling, horseback riding… A walking path runs along the valley floor (2 to 3 hours of walking). To see: the Slap Rinka waterfall.
12. Make the Mount Triglav excursion
For experienced hikers. With its 2864m, it’s the highest peak in the country, which can be found on the Slovenian flag. More information to make the trip in this very detailed article from Lonely Planet.
13. The town of Ptuj
A very pretty medieval town among the oldest in Slovenia, easily accessible by foot in one day and which can serve as a base for exploring the region. If you go there in summer, don’t miss the water park of the thermal baths.
14. Velika Planina
A plateau of green pastures located at 1400 meters and accessible by cable car where you can take superb walks and visit traditional houses. More information here. (according to the site Slovénie-secrète.fr, it’s not to be missed).
15. Discover extreme sport
Whether it’s skiing, rafting, paragliding or canyoning, Slovenia is the ideal country to discover new activities in beautiful landscapes.