Guide to Slovenia
AROUND SLOVENIA – Castles
Most of the castles in Slovenia are stuated atop hillocks and hills and in other prime scenic locations. In the past, they served as centres of local power and provided protection from attacks. The most famous are Ljubljana, Beld, Bistra, Zaprice and Predjama (with its caves and tunnels).
AROUND SLOVENIA – Caves
The world-renowned Postojna Caves include the largest Karst cave in Slovenia. 5km of stalactites and stalagmites can be toured on board a small train. Skojcan caves are a World Natural Heritage site – a spectacular underground world of gigantic dripstones, a subterranean river’s rapids, and tiny little lakes.
AROUND SLOVENIA – Lakes
There are many beautiful lakes in Slovenia but all visitors are drawn to the iconic favourites of Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj which are quite close together. You can row on them or be taken by boat to the famous island castle of Bled.
LJUBLJANA – Tivoli Park & Gardens
Ljubljana’s largest and most beautiful park, stretching right into the city centre, covering an area of 3 square miles. Crossed by three horse chestnut tree-lined walks and landscaped with ornamental flower beds, interesting trees and numerous statues and fountains.
LJUBLJANA – The stunning historic capital city
A beautifully compact city, easily explored on foot – the ‘Free Tour’ is highly recommended. Many fabulous examples of Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture. Open-air street festivals of music, theatre and dance.
Canoes are ideal for paddling down Slovenia’s quieter rivers and for pottering around on the beautiful lakes. Canoeing along the river Ljubljanica through Ljubljana itself is very popular. Canoes are also available for hire on many of the lakes in Slovenia and many local operators offer inflatable mini-rafts for rent so you can meander down the stunning river scenery.
Slovenia is a wonderful place to explore on a bike – and this is probably the very best way to see some of the most scenic areas. Bled and Bohinj are especially good places to cycle and there are several biking trails around the Triglav National Park where there are well-signposted biking tours and trails. Again – we can give you details about cycle hire.
Slovenia’s waters and aquatic life are a paradise for anglers. In rivers, lakes and ponds around Slovenia there are numerous species of freshwater fish. The main river for fishing is the Soča and its tributaries and locals will advise you about the best places to fish.
LJUBLJANA – Ljubljana Castle
Ljubljana Castle, standing on a hill above the city for about 900 years, is Ljubljana’s main attraction. The castle offers some of the most beautiful views of the city. Can quickly be reached by funicular railway – has a café, and two restaurants.
LJUBLJANA – Preseren Square
The main square of Ljubljana, dedicated to the greatest Slovenian poet, Dr. France Preseren. Statues and fine buildings -connected by Plecnik’s Triple Bridge to the Old Town, Market and the river. The perfect spot to start your city exploration.
Slovenia’s rivers offer exciting yet safe rafting adventures. The most suitable river for rafting is the Soča, a clear, blue–green river flowing through a beautiful valley. Rafting centres will provide all the necessary equipment and arrange transport back to the starting point.
Walking & Hiking
Just walking around Slovenia is a joy in itself. The choice of trails is remarkable – from easier short walks along the valleys and foothills, to highly challenging protected trails in the high mountains, where you can enjoy views of the Alpine peaks. There is something for everyone so it is no surprise that walking and hiking are so popular.