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The 10 places you want to see in Slovenia

Slovenia is a beautiful country in central Europe, located between Austria and Italy. Known for its breathtaking nature, rich culture and history, the country is a popular holiday destination. Slovenia offers you a combination of breathtaking nature, western facilities, friendly people and delicious food and drink. Not sure where to start? Here are the 10 places you definitely want to see during your holiday in Slovenia.

1. Ljubljana

Ljubljana is the beautiful capital of Slovenia and a popular city break destination. The city is known for its unique architecture, vibrant culture and excellent restaurants and bars. For example, visit Ljubljana’s city centre full of historic buildings, cosy terraces and countless shops and galleries. To see more, make the climb up and visit Ljubljana Castle, which stands atop a hill, in the middle of the city. Ljubljana is also great for a city break.

2. Bled

Bled is a beautiful lake located in northern Slovenia, near the Austrian border. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and forests, the lake offers breathtaking views. Visit, for example, Bled Castle, which stands high above the lake and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. It is also fun to take a boat trip to the small island in the middle of the lake, where you can see the idyllic church up close. Read more about Lake Bled

Lake Bled

3. Piran

Piran is a beautiful town on Slovenia’s small stretch of coast, located in the south of the country. The city is known for its historic centre, inspired by the Italian cities of Venice and Trieste. You suddenly feel like you’re in Italy here. Visit the beautiful Basilica of Saint Georgius, for example, or stroll along the colourful houses and cosy streets of the old town.

Historic Centre Piran

4. Triglav National Park

Triglav National Park is Slovenia’s largest and most famous national park, located in the north of the country. Named after Slovenia’s highest mountain, Mount Triglav (2864 metres), the park offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area. In the park, you can take beautiful walks along lakes, rivers and mountains, or enjoy the park’s flora and fauna. There are also numerous adventure activities to do, such as rafting, climbing and paragliding.

Triglav national park

5. Koper

Koper is a beautiful city on the coast of Slovenia, located in the south of the country. Known for its rich history and beautiful architecture, it is a popular destination for city breaks. For example, visit Koper’s old town, where you can find colourful houses, cosy streets and countless shops and restaurants. It is also fun to visit the Praetorium Palace, which dates back to the 16th century and now serves as a museum.

6. Postojna

Postojna is an old Soviet village located in western Slovenia, below the city of Ljubljana. The village itself is not much, but the place is famous for the Postojna caves. This is not just any cave, no! Postojna caves are one of the largest and most famous caves in Europe.

So be sure to visit the Postojna caves. Here you will first take a train ride into the mountain, after which you can take a guided walk through the caves and see the beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. It is also fun to visit the famous Predjama Castle. This is a castle built into the rocks. So half of the castle has been kept out of a rock face. A must-see if you are here anyway.

Postojna caves

7. Soca Valley

The Soca Valley is a beautiful area located in north-west Slovenia, on the border with Italy. The valley is known for its breathtaking nature, with beautiful mountains, forests, and, of course, the Soca River. The Soca River flows south through Slovenia from Mount Triglav. This crystal-clear river is known for its bright blue colour. In summer, you can swim is the refreshing water. The river also lends itself perfectly to adventure activities, such as rafting and kayaking. It is also fun to discover the beautiful nature of the valley on a hike in the Bovec region.

The blue Soca river

8. The Vintgar gorge

This passage between mountains is located in the north-west of the country, near the town of Bled. It is one of Slovenia’s most popular sights and is known for its breathtaking nature. In the gorge, you can take a hike. You walk along the beautiful river Radovna. Here you will encounter numerous waterfalls. There are also numerous beautiful viewpoints along the walk, where you can enjoy the breathtaking vistas into the gorge.

9. The Triglav mountain pass

The ze route up (and down) the mountain is located in the north of the country, in the Triglav National Park. This road full of dozens of hairpin bends is Slovenia’s highest mountain pass. A drive via this route offers breathtaking views of the nature and mountain peaks in the National Park. While visiting the mountain pass, you can enjoy the beautiful nature by taking a hike in the area. There are also numerous beautiful viewpoints along the pass, where you can enjoy the stunning views of the mountains of Triglav National Park. And don’t forget your first stop at Lake Jasna. This beautiful little lake is located just before the mountain pass in the village of Kranjska Gora.

Kranjska Gora - Slovenië - Lake Jasna
Lake Jasna

10. Military Museum in Pivka.

This museum is located in the southeast of the country, near the town of Postojna. The museum is dedicated to the history of Slovenia’s military and offers an interesting overview of the country’s history. Discover how Slovenia managed to escape the Yugoslavia War thanks to the independence struggle better known as The Ten-Day War. At the museum, you can see numerous interesting objects, including weapons, uniforms and vehicles from different periods in history. There is also an impressive collection of tanks and aircraft that can be viewed through the museum. Definitely worth a visit if you are interested in history and old vehicles and aircraft.

Your holiday to Slovenia?

So Slovenia is definitely a country you should visit once during your holiday. Whether you’re looking for adventure, culture or relaxation, Slovenia offers something for everyone. Plan your holiday now and discover for yourself the wonderful places Slovenia has to offer.