Thinking about traveling to Slovenia? The Republic of Slovenia is located in southern Central Europe. Its area is only 20,273 km² and the population is about 2 million. Its neighboring countries are Hungary, Austria, Croatia and Italy. Covered in lush forests and cultivated fields, Slovenia is rightly called the green oasis of Europe.
In spite of being small, the country abounds in beautiful places, culture diversity and exciting recreation experiences. It keeps its arms open to everyone who are looking to spend their holidays in an unforgettable way. Whether you are a nature lover or a city explorer, Slovenia knows how to make your heart sing and your eyes shine. Let’s dive into some of the most inspiring places in Slovenia that any visitor should include in their itinerary.
The country’s capital Ljubljana, is a lively, cozy and compact city with a population of 280,000 people that is sprinkled with Baroque and Habsburg architecture. Tourists can explore the city in many ways. You can stroll the streets and squares, soaking up the city atmosphere and enjoying the unique centuries-old buildings serving as vibrant cafes, fashion boutiques, art galleries and guest houses.
Don’t hesitate to visit the city museums and art exhibitions that tell about Ljubljana’s history and display the work of notable local artists. Climb to the iconic Ljubljana Castle and capture the best views of the green capital. Listen to guided tours to learn the history of the castle and visit two themed museums and an art gallery.
Northwest of the capital nearby Austria border, there is Lake Bled, a nature gem that stuns tourists with breath-taking views and diverse recreation activities. In the middle of the lake, an old church rises atop an islet covered with lush greenery. You can take a trip to the small island on a 16th-century traditional Bled boat or use a kayak.
Otherwise, you can climb to Bled Castle on the edge of a cliff and admire the lake and the surrounding scenery.
Moreover, take a hike along the Vintgar Gorge located nearby Bled Lake. Roam past the impressive rugged cliffs, crystal clear pools, and 13-m waterfall.
Soča Valley is another diamond of Slovenia known for the emerald green river that runs along it and the magnificent mountain views.
In the south east, there is the most visited cave in Europe — Postojna. It is a spectacular karst cave system that stretches over 24km. The cave’s large size led to the construction of a railway in the late 19th century. The tourist train takes you through the underground world as the guide shows you the main karst attractions.
Piran and Portorož
End your trip to the West by visiting the coastal towns Piran and Portorož Explore the stunning red-roof architecture and enjoy the memorable seascape from one of the coastal cafés.
Eastern regions are famous for their lush vineyard landscapes that cut your breath away. If you are a heritage enthusiast, you should visit the oldest settlement in Slovenia, Ptuj. Stroll the winding boulevards lined with red-roofed medieval houses with Baroque influences crammed to each other and try the fine local wine.
Maribor is another city in the East that is worth giving a try. The second largest city of Slovenia is brimming with historical and cultural heritage sights. In addition, it has the wildest nightlife outside Ljubljana.