While it may be overlooked by travelers to Europe, Slovenia is one of the continents most charming destinations. From the cobblestone streets of Ljubljana to the picturesque views of Lake Bled and the luscious green pastures of the Soca Valley, Slovenia is a destination that should not be missed.
If you’ve been looking for a European vacation with a mix of city and country, it’s the perfect getaway.
The food, the people, and the lack of tourists are all reasons to visit as soon as possible. Here are the five places you need to see in Slovenia.
Ljubljana is small compared to other capital cities in Europe, but this charming little town should be the first stop on your trip to Slovenia. There are plenty of flights into town and plenty of amazing places to eat. It’s cobblestone streets are loaded with sculptures, artwork and little squares. Restaurants, bars and cafes line the streets offering delicious Italian infused food and local beer and wine.
Don’t miss: Ljubljana Castle Triple Bridge, Dragon Bridge, Preseren Square, and Tivoli Park.
2. Lake Bled
Lake Bled is a symbol of Slovenia’s beauty. The emerald green lake is surrounded by some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps. The lake isn’t large, and it is possible to walk the perimeter in a single afternoon. What makes the destination so appealing is the small island in the middle of the lake, which is home to a 17th-century church.
Don’t miss: Take a pletna – a traditional wooden boat – to the island and walk the 99 stone steps to reach the Assumption of Mary Church.
3. Postojna Cave
The world-renowned beauty of Postojna Cave is one of Slovenia’s pearls. A special train will take you deep into this magnificent underground world. Here you will see unusual sculptural rock formations, magical stalactites and stalagmites, underground halls and strange animals.
Don’t miss: Nearby, the historical Predjama Castle, the largest cave castle in the world, is built into a rock face concealing a cave.
Piran is Slovenia’s resort hotspot on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The destination is reminiscent of Italy, which makes sense since it was actually part of the Venetian Empire for more than five centuries. Piran is small in size, but it is quaint, historic and scenic.
Don’t miss: Walk on top of the city walls or hop off one of the piers for a refreshing swim in the Adriatic.
5. Triglav National Park
If you want to get outdoors and explore some of the amazing natural scenery in Slovenia, then Triglav National Park is the ideal spot to visit. Most of the park is made up of the Julian Alps, with highlights in the region including the towering peak of Mount Triglav as well as the calm waters of Lake Bohinj (another spot you should definitely visit in Slovenia). The adventurous traveler can cross the Vintgar Gorge on a wooden footbridge from the 19th century or climb a steep staircase to see the rushing waters of the Savica Waterfall. Rafting on the Soca River is also a popular activity.
Don’t miss: For spectacular views, hike Mount Triglav (or you can take the easy route and ride on the Vogel Cable Car Ride).