Slovenia enchants its visitors with its extraordinary mix of natural, cultural, and natural attractions. There’s no dearth of beautiful places in Slovenia. In this post, we have tried to list down the best places to visit in Slovenia that let you experience each aspect of the country. Get ready to explore the best of Slovenia!
At the intersection of Austria, Italy, Croatia, and Hungary, sits the little ‘Garden of Europe’ – Slovenia. For such a small country, it packs a sweeping visual punch – vibrant cities, charming villages, gushing waterfalls, turquoise lakes, mighty Alps, lovely Adriatic coastline, cliffside castles, lush forests, and mystic caves. Slovenia, in essence, is a treasure trove of natural beauty!
Out of endless beautiful places to visit in Slovenia, here are some of the best and prettiest places wrapped into a teeny-weeny country.
Best Places to Visit in Slovenia
The green capital of a green country, Ljubljana is one of the most beautiful cities in Slovenia. It’s surrounded by parks (they have one right in the city center – Tivoli Park!) and protected natural areas. One of the smallest capitals in Europe (means best explored on foot or bike), the Slovenian capital offers diverse experiences – cultural, historical, outdoor, and gastronomical.
New experiences and attractions unfold as you stroll the streets of Ljubljana Old Town. Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana Castle, Plecnik House, Central Market, and National Gallery are the top 5 places that you must visit when in Ljubljana.
Ljubljana is emerging as one of the top culinary destinations in Europe. Book an authentic food tour with a Food Tour Ljubljana that takes you on a culinary exploration of the city.
Essential Reading: Best Things to do in Ljubljana, Slovenia
How to Get to Ljubljana: Fly into Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport or take a bus or drive from anywhere in Slovenia or the nearest European cities like Zagreb, Vienna, Budapest, and Bratislava.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Nox
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Recommended Tour: Ljubljana 2-Hour Walking Tour and River Cruise
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The poster child of Slovenia, Lake Bled, pulls travelers from across the world for its extraordinary charm. A list of the best places to visit in Slovenia is incomplete without it!
The bluish blue Alpine lake (one of the most beautiful lakes in Slovenia) is surrounded by the Julian Alps with a fairytale castle perched on a rocky cliff and a tiny island in the heart of the lake – you might have seen this iconic view of Lake Bled (look at the pic below) virtually, in endless photographs on Instagram but, you can’t grasp the beauty of it unless you see it with your own eyes.
Walk or bike the entire stretch (6 km) of the lake to experience it from different perspectives. Visit the oldest castle in Slovenia – Bled Castle, hike the Mala Osojnica for some breathtaking views over Lake Bled, feast upon traditional Bled cream cake, or take a quick trip to Lake Bohinj – whatever experiences or activities you choose to indulge in, make sure to find time to slow down and sit by the lake.
Must Read: Things to do in Lake Bled, Slovenia
How to Get to Lake Bled: Wherever you are coming from and whatever transport option you take, all options travel through Ljubljana. Lake Bled is about 55 km from Ljubljana. You can take a bus or train or drive from Ljubljana to Lake Bled.
Recommended Hotel: Penzion Kaps
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Recommended Tour: Rafting and Canyoning Adventure in Bled
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One of the most beautiful towns along the Adriatic Coast, Piran is famous for its Venetian architecture and beautiful harbor. It’s impossible to not fall in love with this most sought-after town in Slovenian Istria.
Piran Old Town with its quaint alleyways and beautifully preserved Venetian Gothic architecture is a delight to explore.
The top things to do in Piran are – Tartini Central Square, Zvonik Campanile Bell Tower, Walls of Piran, Sea Promenade, and Strunjan Nature Park. Piran is a perfect destination for seafood lovers.
How to Get to Piran: Take a bus or train or drive to Piran from Ljubljana (Slovenia), Zagreb (Croatia), Vienna (Austria), Budapest (Hungary), or Bratislava (Slovakia) or take a ferry from Trieste (Italy) or Venice (Italy). Piran can be easily reached from Pula (Croatia) and Rovinj (Croatia) by bus, ferry, or car.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Piran
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Recommended Tour: Private Walking Tour of Piran with a Local
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The masterpiece of nature in Slovenia, Vintgar Gorge, is super close to Bled. Also known as Soteska Gorge or Bled Gorge, it’s a 1.6 km (1 mile approx.) canyon created by Radovna River inside Triglav National Park. You can’t miss Vintgar Gorge, one of the easiest and the best hikes in Triglav National Park.
The beautiful hike (roundtrip) that takes you over wooden walkways (Žumer Galleries) along Radovna can take anywhere between 2 to 3 hours, including the time you spend stopping by for photo opportunities. While you discover beauty at every turn, Šum waterfall and Bohinj Railway Bridge remain the high points of the Vintgar Gorge hike.
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Explore the gorge as a half-day trip from Bled. Plan a visit as soon as Vintgar Gorge opens. That way, you’ll get to enjoy the beauty of the canyon in peace.
How to Get to Vintgar Gorge: You can reach Vintgar Gorge from Lake Bled by bus or train or shuttle or taxi or bike or walk.
Recommended Tour: Self-Guided E-Bike Tour of Vintgar Gorge from Bled
An hour away from Ljubljana, Postojna (post-oy-nah) is a town in Slovenia’s Coast and Karst region. The town is well-known for its world-class attractions – Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle.
Postojna Cave, often dubbed the Queen of Caves, is a unique karst cave. A 90-minute historic train journey takes you to the 24-kilometer-long underground network of galleries, chambers, and corridors. The cave, at 10 °C temperature remains wet and chilly all through the year so, make sure to dress appropriately.
9 km north of Postojna is located in the largest cave castle in the world, Predjama Castle. This 800-year-old medieval fairytale castle is perched in the middle of the 123-meter high rock cliff and has been an abode to the legendary knight, Erazem Predjamski. A free shuttle helps the visitors commute between Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle.
Škocjan Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a quick (half-an-hour) journey away from Postojna. If you’ve time, you can explore both Škocjan as well as Postojna. Škocjan is less touristy but difficult to explore with kids and senior citizens when compared to Postojna.
How to Get to Postojna: You can drive to Postojna from anywhere in Slovenia or the nearest European cities like Zagreb, Milan, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, and Belgrade. Postojna is best reached by car or bus or train from Ljubljana (Slovenia), Rijeka (Croatia), Pula (Croatia), Trieste (Italy), and Venice (Italy).
Recommended Hotel: Postojna Cave Hotel Jama
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Recommended Tour: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle from Ljubljana
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Kranj is an absolute hidden gem in Slovenia. Located right in the center of Lake Bled and Ljubljana, it makes for a great stop-off while driving from Ljubljana to Bled or vice versa.
We managed to walk and explore Kranj Old Town in less than 3 hours. The Old Town is studded with charming squares, ancient architecture, and pretty cafes. The secret tunnels built during WWII under the city center are worth caving.
Essential Reading: The Hidden Gem of Kranj in Slovenia
Once you’re done exploring the historic center, head a little out of town to hike Europe’s second-highest canyon, Kokra River Canyon, or maybe take on a beautiful Jamnik Hill Trail if you can manage to commit a little more time.
How to Get to Kranj: Just about 30 minutes away from Ljubljana, there are plenty of bus and train options available from Ljubljana to Kranj. Driving is, of course, the fastest and the best way! You can explore on the way from Ljubljana to Lake Bled or vice versa.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Actum
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Recommended Tour: Alpine Air – City Flair – Tour Of Kranj, Capital Of The Slovenian Alps
Triglav National Park
The only national park in Slovenia, Triglav National Park is home to Mt Triglav, its namesake, and Slovenia’s highest peak. From colossal mountains, Alpine meadows, river valleys, lakes, waterfalls, and forests to canyons, caves, and diverse flora and fauna -the national park lavishly unearths the natural treasures to its visitors.
It’s here where you can spot Zlatorog (Alpine ibex), a legendary golden-horned chamois buck!
Your trip to Triglav National Park is incomplete without hiking one of the many beautiful nature trails in the park. Triglav Lakes Valley Hike is one of our favorites as it’s utterly scenic as well as easy to complete with kids in tow.
The Soča Trail, a 25 km stunning nature trail takes you through the park’s best natural attractions and cultural monuments. A guided tour is the best bet here.
Apart from hiking, walking, and biking, taking a scenic drive is another way to enjoy the park. A winding drive from Bled to Bovec via Vršič (the highest mountain pass in Slovenia) is a perfect introduction to Triglav National Park.
A little away from Bovec, is the historic town of Kobarid, best known for the WW1 Battle of Caporetto. You can enjoy adventure sports like ziplining, kayaking, caving, canyoning, and whatnot in Bovec and Kobarid. Don’t miss the high points of a drive between Bovec and Kobarid – Boka and Kopzjak waterfalls.
All in all, Triglav National Park is the topmost attraction in Slovenia for outdoor-loving families. We drove the circular route from Bled up over the Julian Alps into the Soca Valley, through Bovec and Kobarid to Bohinj, and back to Bled, and absolutely recommend it to everyone who wants to capture the essence of Triglav National Park.
It’s recommended to rent a car to travel to Triglav from Ljubljana (1 hour) or Bled (30 minutes). You can also take one of the guided tours.
How to Get to Triglav National Park: Though there are regional buses available from Ljubljana to Kranjska Gora (gateway to Triglav), driving is the best way to travel. Villach, Austria is also quite close (23 km) to the national park from where a train takes you to Jesenice and further a bus to Kranjska Gora.
Recommended Accommodation: Apartments and rooms Kravanja
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Recommended Tours: Triglav National Park Tour from Ljubljana | Triglav National Park Tour from Bled
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Slovenia Travel Tips
Visa for Slovenia
Find out if you need a visa for Slovenia or not. If yes, you’ll have to apply for a Schengen Visa to visit Slovenia. Read our complete guide to applying for Schengen Visa.
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Lonely Planet Travel Guide
Pick your copy of Lonely Planet’s Slovenia Guide for the most relevant and up-to-date recommendations on what to do and what not. It has been our trusted travel friend for years now.
Hope you enjoyed the round-up of our favorite places to visit in Slovenia. Did it inspire you enough to plan a trip to Slovenia? Where in Slovenia would you like to go? Do share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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