Slovenia is a fantastic country full of attractions and adventurous opportunities. The country’s capital city, Ljubljana, fascinates its visitors easily. However, in addition to the Slovenian capital, there are several other beautiful small towns and national parks in the country that you should also consider visiting at least once.

We have collected countless places to visit and we just couldn’t stop; Slovenia is just so diverse and fascinating. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of the 50 most interesting sights you should see. Learn all about the best Slovenian towns, mountains, lakes, gorges, caves, and much more.

Let’s see the top destinations of an amazing Slovenian trip.

Accommodation in Slovenia

Slovenia offers a wide variety of places to stay. Whether you’re looking for accommodation in the surroundings of Bled and Bovec, or for more secluded mountain apartments, you will see plenty of options on booking.com.

You will find hotel rooms or apartments from just 50 euros a day, depending on what kind of accommodation you’re looking for.

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Slovenia can be divided into four large territorial units:

  • Ljubljana and Central Slovenia (center)
  • Alpine Slovenia (northern, mountainous countryside: Triglav National Park, Julian Alps)
  • Thermal Slovenia (east)
  • Mediterranean and Karst Slovenia (western, coastal region)

Slovenia’s 3 best-known areas are:

  • Triglav National Park and the Julian Alps (Goriska and Gorenjska areas)
  • Ljubljana and its surroundings
  • The Coastal region

The Soca Valley, within the Triglav National Park and close to the Italian border, is considered an outstanding destination, while on the other side of the park it is mostly Bled and Bohinj that attract tourists.

Triglav National Park

If you’re planning a trip to the Triglav National Park and are looking for accommodation there as well, you need to choose between staying around Bled and Bohinj or in the vicinity of Bovec (i.e. the Soca Valley). This is because Slovenia’s highest mountain, the Triglav, lies in the middle of the Triglav National Park – dividing the park in two, thus separating the towns of Bled and Bovec from each other. The two cities are almost two hours apart.

You can find the most beautiful hiking trails in the Triglav National Park here.

The 3 most important cities in the Triglav National Park are:

  • Bled, where Lake Bled, Bled Island and Bled Castle are located,
  • Bohinj, which is less than 30 minutes from Bled,
  • Bovec, which is a stronghold of active sports.

Slovenian coast

And if you’re going to Slovenia because of the beach, it’s worth staying in Piran, Koper, Izola and Portoroz. From there you can find sights such as the Skocjan Cave, the Vipava Wine Region, and the Lipica Stud Farm.

👉 You can find a more detailed summary of the Slovenian coast here.

But I’m not going to waste any more of your time, so let’s see what the top 50 attractions in Slovenia are!


#1: Piran

The most beautiful and perhaps most famous city on the Slovenian coast is Piran. This old town captivates tourists mainly by its architectural style from the time of the Venetian Republic. Many people visit Piran in the summer because of the opportunity to go to the beach as well.

Piran – Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Tartini Square: Piran’s main and largest square. It was named after the famous violinist Giuseppe Tartini, whose statue is located in the middle of the square.
  • Pirani Castle and Castle Wall: An imposing castle wall built from the 7th century, enlarged in the 16th century to protect the entire peninsula.
  • St. George’s Church: A Roman Catholic church located on the mountain above Piran.

👉 More information about Piran and the Slovenian Coast.


#2: Lake Bled

Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular attractions. Many visitors from all over the world come here to admire the crystal-clear water, the ancient castle, and the small island in the lake, which is essentially the only island in Slovenia.

Lake Bled – Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Bled Island: A tiny island in the lake with the 17th century Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary on it. It can be reached by boat or bark (pletna).
  • Bled Castle: One of the oldest Slovenian castles on top of the cliffs towering on the shores of the lake. It's within walking distance and offers fantastic views of the lake and the Julian Alps.
  • Diving, paragliding, e-bike riding, and many other activities: Lake Bled and its surroundings are a paradise for active recreation. There's a lot of things you can do here. Who knows, maybe as a scuba diver you'll find the famous bell in the depths of the lake.

👉 More information about Lake Bled


#3: Vintgar Gorge

Very close to Lake Bled, in the Triglav National Park, you will find the romantic Vintgar Gorge (or Bled Gorge), which is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary and beautiful sights in Slovenia.

The romantic Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia
The romantic Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia

The gorge, which is well-lined by the Radovna River, can be walked along the designated road in about two hours, with the beautiful Sum waterfall at the end. The water is amazingly clean, and you can also see fish in it. Vintgar Gorge is a must-see part of a trip to Slovenia.

Tip: you can buy a ticket to the gorge online, which you can find the most important information about here.

Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Sum Waterfall: The main attraction of the gorge is the waterfall descending from a height of 15 meters. It is best to visit in the spring, and after rain, since the water’s volume is the largest at that time.
  • Gorge Tour: The Vintgar Gorge can be easily hiked along the established wooden bridges.
  • Bohinj Railway Bridge: Built in 1906, the stone bridge is 33.5 meters above the road. If you're lucky, you can see the train passing through.

Accessibility

  • The entrance to the gorge is 4 km from Lake Bled
  • It can be reached by bus or taxi. For an accurate timetable, you should inquire at the tourist information office in Bled.

#4 Lake Bohinj

Slovenia's largest natural lake is Lake Bohinj, located in the heart of the Julian Alps. There are three main things that make the lake and its surroundings a must see.

  • In Slovenia, two lakes are usually highlighted: Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj. Both are visited by a lot of tourists, but perhaps the crowds are smaller at Lake Bohinj.
  • There are many legends circulating about the place. You can make your visit even more romantic by reading a bit of these legends before walking through this fantastic place.
  • The lake and its surroundings are a real hiking and sports paradise. There are many activities there worth trying (e.g. rafting, e-bike riding, horse riding, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, boating). These will make it even more exciting to be there, and in the end, you won't even want to go home from this wonderful place.

Top 3 attractions and activities

  • The lake: In the lake you can go boating, kayaking, cycling, or just walking around.
  • Savica Falls: One of the sources of the Sava River is the waterfall, which falls from several hundred meters high. First, you have to go to Ukanc to the Sava shelter, from where you can reach the lookout point through many, many stairs from the parking lot, from where you can admire not only the waterfall, but also the lake.
  • Zlatorog (Golden Horn), the goat’s statue: Everyone is taking pictures with him. Legend has it that he lived on the shores of the lake and grows healing flowers from his blood, and his horns are the key to the valley's secret treasure chest.

Accessibility

  • Bohinj can be accessed through many small villages, typically from the direction of Bled, where the road takes you through a motorway.
  • It’s not worth rushing because the area is amazingly beautiful due to the surrounding mountains

More information about Lake Bohinj and its surroundings.


#5: Mostnica Canyon and Voje Valley

Mostnica Canyon is an amazingly beautiful 2 km long gorge, carved by the alpine river near Lake Bohinj. The crystal-clear water, and the canyon that is in some places up to 20 meters deep and 1 meter wide, is truly captivating.

In the depths there is a green stream. You may encounter strangely shaped rocks on the road, and if your eyes are sharp enough, you might even see a little elephant.

Mostnica Canyon - Top 3 Attractions and Activities

  • The "little elephant": A hollow rock that resembles a small elephant when viewed from the front or side.
  • Voje Valley: Upon reaching the end of the gorge, you’ll find yourself at the Voje Valley. There are many small idyllic cottages in the valley, and you might even run into lambs if you're lucky. To end the easy, effortless hike, you can enjoy some great local food and drinks in the Alpine hut at the end of the valley.
  • Mostnica Waterfall: Just after leaving the last alpine hut, you will find the beautiful Mostnica Waterfall. The easy hike through the Voje Valley ends here. From here on out, you might as well start climbing Triglav.

It's worth driving to Lake Bohinj by car from Bled and then hiking to Stara Fuzina, from where the gorge is very close.

Riding a bike through the valley and then having a nice lunch or dinner in the last Alpine hut is truly an experience. To do this, it is worth renting an electric bike or using the services of a local tour guide. It can add a lot to the experience.

Hiking opportunities around Lake Bohinj and Mostnica Canyon


#6: Triglav

Triglav is the highest point in Slovenia and the Julian Alps (2864 m), as well as the national symbol of Slovenia. The latter is not insignificant, as Slovenians say that all "true Slovenians" must stand at the top of Triglav at least once.

Of course, climbing Triglav is not the easiest task. At the same time, anyone who gets up to the top can say that they have seen the whole of Slovenia.

There are several routes to climb, which vary in difficulty. We have written in more detail about climbing Triglav earlier, where we have collected the most important information. Our guide could be a good starting point, in case you do want to climb it.


#7: Bovec

Bovec is Slovenia’s paradise of adventure. It is located in one of the most beautiful valleys in Europe, the Soca River Valley. If you visit this place, you will find various opportunities to do outdoor sports such as rafting, kayaking, canyoning and much more.

Historically, there are a couple of particularly interesting aspects of the city, as it was part of the trade route between Trieste and Vienna, and in World War I, Bovec was part of the Isonzo Front.

You can find our longer article about Bovec here.

Bovec - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Rafting, canyoning, skiing, snowshoeing, zip lining and many other outdoor activities: The whole city is essentially an adventure - and sports center. Anyone who visits Bovec can choose from hundreds of programs. It is mandatory to try at least three of them.
  • Ravelnik and Čelo open-air museums: The open-air museums on the 230 km long Peace Trail, which connects the heritage and institutions of the World War I Isonzo Front, allow you to gain a better understanding of this period in history.
  • Soča River: Most of the programs mentioned above take place in or at the emerald colored Soča River. However, even if you don't want a program of that nature, it's still worth visiting some sections of the river, as it is amazingly beautiful.

Arriving from Bled, you have two options:

  • Passing Triglav, Kranjska Goranal takes you to Italy, from where you can drive back (in 1.5 hours). This can be tiring because of all the serpentine, but at the same time it is very spectacular.
  • Motorail departs from Bohinjska Bistrica, which takes motorists by train to Most na Soči. From there, you can quickly get to Bovec by car (in 1.5 - 2 hours).

#8: Soca Valley

The Soca River is one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Its water is crystal clear emerald and has been carving its way through numerous waterfalls and gorges for thousands of years. One of the wildlife specialties of the river is the Soca Trout, which attracts thousands of anglers from all over the world.

You'll encounter a lot of beauty in the valley, so another “Top 50” list could be put together just from that. We've still highlighted a couple of them now and selected them as some of the main attractions.

Soca Valley - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Hiking along the Soca River
  • Rafting and canyoning in Bovec
  • Taking a walk in Tolmin Gorge

Soca Valley - Accessibility

The 3 main cities in the Soca region are Bovec, Tolmin, and Kobarid. To get the most of your stay, you may want to consider looking for accommodation in any of these areas.


#9: Tolmin Gorge

Tolmin Gorge, as the name indicates, is located near the town of Tolmin, less than 39 km from Bovec. The gorge is famous for its beautiful water as well as its narrow, winding path.

Tolmin Gorge, Soca Valley
Tolmin Gorge, Soca Valley

Upon buying a ticket for the gorge, a local tour guide will then escort you inside the canyon. It is worth redeeming your ticket online in advance.

  • Opening hours: variable, but it can be said that it is always open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Admission: variable, between €2 and €8
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Hiking distance: 2 km tour / 1.5 hours
  • Website: Tolmin gorge

Tolmin Gorge - Top 3 Attractions

  • Suspension bridge
  • Bear Head and Dante’s Cave
  • Thermal Stream

Tolmin Gorge - Accessibility

  • Address: Zatolmin 66a, 5220 Tolmin, Slovenia
  • Distance from Bovec: 39 km / 40 minutes

#10: Kobarid

Kobarid is the second most popular city in the Valley of Soca (the first is Bovec). The city is also suitable for rafting, kayaking, canyoning, hiking and cycling. If you like outdoor sports, you’ll find plenty of activities here.

Kobarid - Top 3 attractions

  • Napoleon Bridge: The Napoleon Bridge is part of the historical trail. For more accurate information about the trail, see our Bovec post.
  • Kozjak Falls: The fabulous waterfall is a real jewel in the Soca Valley.
  • Sacrario dei Caduti di Caporetto Church (see pictures).

Kobarid - Accessibility

  • Address: Kobarid 5222 Slovenia
  • Distance from Bovec: 21 km / 23 minutes

#11: Trenta Valley

The Trenta Valley is an area formed by a glacier in the Triglav National Park in Slovenia. Its valley is the northernmost part of the Soca River, and it is also where the source of the river can be found. The valley is one of the starting points for the hiking trail leading to Triglav Mountain.

Trenta Valley - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Climbing the Triglav Mountain
  • Excursion in the area
  • Trenta Botanical Garden

Trenta Valley - Accessibility

  • Address: Trenta 5232 Slovenia

#12: Kozjak Waterfall

Kozjak Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall next to Kobarid. Located about 27 kilometers from Bovec, the waterfall is also a popular hiking spot, photo point and canyoning route.

The waterfall is one of Slovenia's most well-known and most photographed rapids. It can be visited every day, even in winter.

Kozjak Waterfall - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Canyoning: if you want to see the waterfall not only on a trip, join one of the canyoning tours, the finishing point of which is Kozjak Waterfall. The tour starts with a shuttle service from Bovec and continues in the cove upon arriving in Kobarid.
  • Hiking: if you don't want to walk down the gorge, visit the end point of the waterfall, in the iconic cove (see photos)
  • Napoleon Bridge: A few minutes from the waterfall, you will find one of the most popular bridges in the Soca Valley, the Napoleon Bridge, which is definitely worth visiting and walking through.

Kozjak Waterfall - Accessibility

  • Address: Kozjak 5222 Kobarid, Slovenia
  • Distance from Bovec: 27 km / 33 minutes

#13: Boka Waterfall

You may have seen photos of Boka Falls. Although not Slovenia's tallest waterfall, it is without a doubt one of the most spectacular. The 106-meter-high waterfall can be viewed from several points.

There is no admission for visiting the waterfall.

You can see the Boka Waterfall from the dedicated lookout point. The hiking trail is about 15 minutes long and is signposted along the way, so you don't have to be afraid of getting lost. The road to the lookout is not difficult, but due to the terrain, it is recommended that you wear suitable hiking shoes. The road is gravel and staired, so the terrain requires attention.

Boka Waterfall - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Boka Waterfall by car: if you only have a few minutes, you don't have to hike to the lookout point. Park by the road and admire the waterfall from the road.
  • Boka Waterfall from the lookout point: a 20-minute hike from the car ride takes you to the official lookout point of the waterfall.
  • Boka Waterfall watercourse: if you have too much energy, you can even hike up the riverbed of Boka Waterfall to the point where the waterfall slams into the ground.

Boka Waterfall - Accessibility

  • Distance from Bovec: 7 minutes / 7.6 km
  • Address: Podklopca 3, 5230 Bovec, Slovenia

#14: Lipica and the Lipizzaner Stud

Lipica is a village a few kilometers from the Slovenian coast and the Skocjan Cave. The sights of the village, famous for its stud farm, are the horses themselves and the Lipica farm where the animals live.

Lipica - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Lipica Farm: Walk around the farm and peek into the lives of the animals
  • Horseback riding: On the farm you can also sit on the backs of the famous Lipizzaner horses
  • Skocjan Cave: You are too close to miss one of the largest cave systems in Europe

Lipica - Accessibility

  • Address: Lipica 5, 6210 Sezana, Slovenia
  • Distance from Koper (Slovenian coast): 30 km / 32 minutes

#15: Ljubljana

Don't be fooled by Ljubljana's tiny size! The Slovenian capital, as small as it is, hides just as many experiences. It's the perfect destination for a weekend getaway, or you can easily sign up for a whole week with a variety of activities.

Ljubljana - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Ljubljana Castle: it is almost impossible to lose sight of the more than 900-year-old castle towering over the city. Of course, it has been rebuilt several times since its inset, which only adds to its historical value.
  • Tivoli Park: Several of Ljubljana's attractions can be found in the city's green oasis, the Tivoli Park. So, if you're going this way, don't just expect to be lying around.
  • Cruise: On the Ljubljana River, you can enjoy an unparalleled sightseeing tour of Ljubljana. You can also see Ljubljana's most famous bridges, the Trnovo Bridge, the Shoemaker's Bridge, and the Triple Bridge from a unique perspective - from the river.

#16: Solcava Panorama Road

The Solcava region in the Valley of Logár offers an exciting and immersive panoramic path for anyone who goes there, but especially for cyclists! The beautiful route is easiest to complete by electric bike, of which we can rent plenty of in the area. If you like to ride a bike, don't miss this unique opportunity.

Solcava Panoramic Road, Slovenia
Solcava Panoramic Road, Slovenia

Solcava Panorama Road - Top 3 Attractions

  • Alpine pastures - admire the wonderful countryside while racing
  • Dragons of Slovenia – stories and dragons are waiting for you at different points along the route
  • Slovenian cuisine – along the way you will see several huts, which will be waiting for you with the finest Slovenian food of the season (from May to the end of August).

#17: Rafting on the Soca River

Around Bovec, you have plenty of opportunities to try rafting on the Soca River (which winds the Triglav National Park in half). Whitewater rafting is a real adrenaline booster program for both adults and children from the age of 6 years (or 4 years in some sections).

Soca rafting - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Mini rafting: for 2 people
  • Great rafting: for 6-12 people
  • Gecko: rafting for 1 person

Soca rafting - Accessibility

If you want to raft on the Soca River, you should be in Bovec or Kobarid.

  • Address: Bovec 5230 Slovenia

#18: Julian Alps (Julijske Alpe)

The Julian Alps are a mountain range spanning Italy and Slovenia. Most of the mountain range is located in the Triglav National Park on the Slovenian side. Its highest point is The Triglav Mountain (2864 m), which is climbed by thousands of people every year.

Julian Alps - Top 3 Attractions

  • Triglav Hill (2864 m)
  • Mangart Strait (2679 m)
  • Seven Lakes: The Seven Lakes region is an area dotted with lakes in the Julian Alps. The area is famous for its beautiful hiking sites.

#19: Postojna Cave

Located about half an hour from the Slovenian coast, Postojna's stalactite cave is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The huge underground formation with light rail is not only an immersive program, but also an excellent Plan B for rainy weather.

So, I suggest you make sure to add it to your list if you go to Slovenia.

You can also see the cave with a combined Predjama castle ticket, which is located directly above the Postojna stalactite cave.

Postojna Cave - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Vivarium: an aquarium showing special creatures inside the cave. You can see creatures like the tiny white creature that resembles an albino dragon.
  • Small train: a convenient way to go around the cave.
  • Predjama Castle: next point

Postojna Cave - Accessibility

  • Address: Jamska cesta 30, 6230 Postojna, Slovenia

What to wear in Postojna?


#20: Predjama Castle

The 123 meters high Predjama Castle is right above the Postojna Stalactite Cave. The most romantic story in the castle, which is more than 800 years old, is about Knight Erazem, who defended the castle against the attackers for more than a year. You can find the website of the castle here.

Predjama Castle - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Castle Museum
  • Postojna Cave
  • Vivarium: an aquarium showing special creatures inside the cave.

Predjama Castle - Accessibility

The castle and the cave above it are about 20 minutes away, or 9 km from each other.


#21: Kranjska Gora

Kranjska Gora is a medium-sized town on the northern border of Slovenia. The city is located right at the junction of the Italian-Austrian-Slovenian borders, providing a sea of opportunities to cross the border.

The city is a real ski resort in winter, so if you like skiing, it can be an ideal destination for your next skiing trip.

Kranjska Gora - Top 3 attractions

  • Lake Jasna: Famous for its fabulous charade, the lake offers a relaxing atmosphere
  • Kranjska Gora Bike Park: If you like cycling, visit the cycling adventure park.
  • Ski resort: In winter, the city surrenders to the snow-covered mountains of skiing.

Kranjska Gora - Accessibility

  • Address: Kranjska Gora 4280 Slovenia

#22: Cerkno

Cerkno is a town of 2,000 people, surrounded by tiny hills and mountains. In winter, the reservoir acts as a ski area, while in summer it welcomes visitors wanting to rest or hike with much love.

Cerkno - Top 4 attractions and activities

  • Cerkno Ski Area
  • Partisan Hospital
  • Archaeological Park Divje Babe
  • Cerkno Bike Park

For more information about the attractions, visit Cerkno's website.

If you like skiing, you may want to choose Cerkno as your next destination. Visit the website of the Cerkno ski resort here.

Cerkno - Accessibility

  • Address: Cerkno 5282 Slovenia

#23: Logar valley (Logarska Dolina)

The valley, which lies on the northern side from Ljubljana, quite close to Bled. The area is very similar to the Triglav National Park, although its area is much smaller. Cycling and hiking are the most popular activities in the area.

Logar Valley - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Long-haired Highland Cattle: Although the long-haired highland cattle are from Scotland, you can now meet these beautiful animals in Slovenian pastures.
  • Rinka Waterfall: Admire the huge waterfall at the end of the valley (about a 10-minute walk from the top parking lot)
  • Jota: Try out one of the area's dishes, Jota. There are many inns in the valley, which offer local delicacies.

The Logar Valley’s website can be found here.

Logar Valley - Accessibility

  • Address: Logarska Dolina 9, 3335 Solčava, Slovenia

#24: Seven Lakes Valley

Located next to Ukanc, the Seven Lakes region (also known as the Valley of The Seven Lakes) is one of the most beautiful and well-known hiking destinations in the Julian Alps (part of the Triglav National Park) in Slovenia. The smaller area with larger lakes is ideal for overnight or even multi-day hut hikes.

The area, which has been protected since 1926, consists of not 7 lakes, but a total of 10 lakes. You can also see the Brown Lake, the Great Lake or the Twin Lakes.

Seven Lakes Valley - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Hut to hut, multi-day tour of the park: for several days (ideal for 2-3 days), you can tour all the lakes and beautiful places in the area.
  • Day trip: if you don't like multi-day hikes with large bags, visit any part of the park and take a relaxing few-hour walk.
  • Traditional lunch in a hut: whatever tour you plan, you might want to try the cuisine of the local restaurants.

🔍 More content about the Seven Lakes Valley can be found here.

Seven Lakes Valley - Accessibility

  • Address: Ukanc 149, 4265 Bohinjsko jezero, Slovenia
  • Distance from Bled by car: 40 minutes /34 km
  • Distance from Bovec by car: 2 hours / 120 km

#25: Mangart Saddle

The Mangart Saddle (or Mangart Pass) is part of the Triglav National Park and the Julian Alps. Just 50 minutes from Bovec, this pass is famous for being Slovenia's highest mountain road. Looking at the pictures, you can make sure it's not only the tallest, but probably the most beautiful.

Here you can feel like you're in the clouds...

Mangart Saddle - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Riding a bike on the Mangart saddle: The road on the top of the mountain is indeed a favorite motorbike destination for freedom lovers and motorcyclists. In the same way, we recommend the fabulous terrain for cyclists. Of course, only with the right protective equipment!
  • Excursion: Along the way, you’ll plenty of easy, medium, or even harder hiking opportunities.
  • Via Ferrata: Near the Mangart saddle, via ferrata is also possible.

#26: Pokljuka

Pokljuka is one of Slovenia's most iconic places. The vast Alpine plateau, decorated with pine forests, is an ideal hiking area, picnic station, and bike tour destination. The wooded plateau is located in northwestern Slovenia at an altitude of 1300 meters. The countryside is part of the Triglav National Park.

If you are in Pokljuka, be sure to visit Me Planina Zajamniki. The world of charming mountain cottages, fresh air and grazing cows is guaranteed to relax you.

Pokljuka - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Trip to Planina Zajamniki: Explore the special world of alpine cottages as you take a selfie with cows grazing on it.
  • Excursion in Koprivnik: Koprivnik is a small settlement in Pokljuka.
  • Cheese tasting: like most regions in Slovenia, Pokljuka is famous for its cheeses and dairy products. If you are here, it is definitely worth tasting local specialties.

Pokljuka - Accessibility

  • Address: Pokljuka, 4263, Slovenia

#27: Mezica Mine

The Mezica mine is an increasingly popular mining museum offering more and more in-house activities. The now inactive mine has become a popular destination for couples and families alike. Its popularity is due to its three main programs.

Mezica Mine - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Underground kayaking: Unlike surface kayaking, there is no need for an earlier rowing experience here. Anyone can try the around 1 hour long rowing program.
  • Underground bike riding: For bike lovers, this program is a real gem. It's not every day you can go underground and drive yourself forward on a bicycle.
  • Mining museum: Since the mine now operates as a museum, you can take a look at the daily lives of the miners who work here.

Attention! Warm clothing is recommended for all programs. If you are afraid of cramped spaces and confinedness, then we do not recommend these programs. Swimming skills are essential for kayaking.

Mezica Mine - Accessibility

  • Mezica mine address: Glančnik 6, 2392 Mežica, Slovenia

#28: Lake Jasna

Located in Kranjska Gora (part of the Triglav National Park), Lake Jasna is a classic Alpine glacier lake. Slovenia's lakes and rivers are famous for their fabulous color - and that's no different when it comes to Lake Jasna.

Lake Jasna, Slovenia
Lake Jasna, Slovenia

Its water’s color is much brighter than that of Lake Bled or Lake Bohinj. Although the size of the lake itself is smaller than the two mentioned above, if you do not want to go to Bled or Bohinj, Lake Jasna offers a great alternative. It is also less well-known among tourists.

Lake Jasna - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Excursion around the lake: The lake can be comfortably walked around in about 20-30 minutes. It's an ideal program for older people, with a stroller, or even for anyone after a heavy lunch.
  • Bike rental: If you like to ride a bike, you can rent a bike and ride around the lake.
  • SUP rental: The increasingly conquering "Stand Up Paddle" is also available here in the summer season from May to October. If you haven't done it yet, it's worth trying.

Lake Jasna - Accessibility

  • Address: 4280 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
  • Distance from Kranjska Gora by car: 5 minutes / 2.2 km

#29: Pericnik Waterfall

Peričnik Waterfall with its height of 52 m is one of the tallest and best-known waterfalls in Slovenia. The rapids in Vrata Valley actually consist of two waterfalls.

  • Upper Pericnik Waterfall: 16 meters
  • Lower Pericnik Waterfall: 52 meters

A hiking trail from Mojstrana leads to the site. Interestingly, you can walk behind the Lower Pericnik waterfall, so you can even walk around the rapids.

  • Hiking distance: about 20 minutes (one way)
  • Difficulty: 5/2

Pericnik Waterfall - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Hiking: walk up to the 52-metre lower waterfall
  • Adventure behind the waterfall: of course, don't forget to go behind the waterfall. Although you're guaranteed to get wet (take a raincoat), you'll definitely have a unique experience in return.
  • Aljažev dom (1015 m) shelter: from the waterfall you can reach one of Slovenia's most famous mountain huts by car or on foot.

More information about the Pericnik Waterfall hiking trail can be found in our article in the Waterfalls of Slovenia.

Pericnik Waterfall - Accessibility

  • Address: 4281 Mojstrana, Slovenia
  • Distance from Bovec: approximately 70 minutes / 65 km
  • Parking: €3

#30: Kluze Fortress

Built in 1472, the fortification (originally used as a defense against Turks) played an important role during the Napoleonic Wars and in World War I. The fortification is located above the gorges of the Koritnica River.

The fantastic view makes it worth visiting even if you don’t find fortifications to be particularly attractive.

  • Opening hours: May-October, daily: 10:00 - 17:00 / 10:00 -20:00
  • Admission: adult 3 euros / child, student, pensioner: 2 euros

Kluze Fortress - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Hiking
  • Kluze Museum
  • Lookout point

Kluze Fortress - Accessibility

  • Address: Ravni Laz 16, 5230 Bovec, Slovenia
  • Distance from Bovec: about 5 minutes / 4.5 km

#31: Virje Waterfall

Virje Falls is a tiny waterfall just 3.7 kilometers away from Bovec. The charming waterfall is famous for its special shape. The increasingly popular local specialty is an ideal destination for an easy walk nearby.

Virje Waterfall, Bovec
Virje Waterfall, Bovec
  • Opening hours: every day
  • Admission: free
  • Distance from Bovec: 8-10 minutes / 3.7 km

Virje Waterfall - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Taking a selfie in front of the waterfall
  • Hiking around the waterfall
  • Boka Waterfall: Boka Waterfall is just a few minutes away by car. If you have time, you should drive there as well.

Virje Waterfall - Accessibility

  • Address: Slap Virje, Glijun, Slovenia
  • Distance from Bovec: about 9 minutes / 4 km

#32: Vogel Mountain

If you're in the Bled area and want to rise above the mountains, take a cable car up to Vogel Mountain. Vogel's cable car, which is a ski resort in winter, does not stop in summer - it transports passengers to an altitude of 1535 meters.

We particularly recommend this program for alpine sight lovers, as it is less than a 30-minute drive from Bled. Here you’ll have plenty of opportunities for hiking and excursions, and if you just want to relax, you can also spend a pleasant picnic here with a good book. Ideal daily program for mountain lovers.

Vogel Mountain - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Excursion by cable car: take the cable car up the mountain and then go on a trip.
  • Paragliding: most of the paragliding jumps in the area take place from the Vogel Mountain, where the tour guides take you by shuttle, after which you arrive around Lake Bohinj.
  • Lake Bohinj: Lake Bohinj, which can also be seen from Mount Vogel, is a great place to relax. Here you can mainly ride bikes, take a boat or a SUP.

Vogel Mountain - Accessibility

  • Address: Ukanc 6, 4265 Bohinjsko jezero, Slovenia
  • Distance from Bled: 33 minutes by car / 30 km

#33: Skocjan Cave

Slovenia's most spectacular cave system is about 40 minutes from the Postojna Stalactite Cave in southern Slovenia. The symbol of the Slovenian Karst region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The deep cave system under the village of Skocjan was formed by the River Reka, which lies 55 kms from Skocjan and disappears under the village. The length of the cave system is 6 km in total, its maximum height between the entrance and the deepest known siphon is 250 m.

The underground gorge is in several places widening into spacious halls, the largest of which, the Martel Hall, is 308 m long and has an average width of 89 m. It impresses its visitors with its dizzying height, and with its maximum height of 146 meters.

The website can be found here.

Skocjan Cave - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Velika Dolina – a huge open exit from the cave
  • Suspension bridges over the River Reka
  • Martel Hall

Skocjan Cave - Accessibility

  • Distance from Koper: About 30-40 minutes

The huge Skocjan cave near the Slovenian coast is a great program for rainy days. Even if it's not raining, I encourage you to go see it on your way home, because the view is really worth that detour.


#34: Maribor

There are many attractions and activities to choose from in and around the city of Maribor, and finding the best ones is not an easy task. Maribor's most important attractions are located in the old town area, where you can see buildings with a lot of history.

Maribor - Top 3 attractions

  • Maribor's main square: The Main Square, also frequently visited by the locals, is located in the middle of the old town.
  • Maribor Castle: The castle visited by all tourists arriving in Maribor is located in the historic old town, a few streets from the synagogue.
  • City park: It is not far from the old town and in addition to the many green plants, you can find fishponds and aquariums here.

More information about Maribor's attractions can be found here.

Maribor - Accessibility

  • Address: Maribor 2000 Slovenia

#35: Vipava Valley

The Mediterranean-style Vipava Valley is only 1 hour from the Slovenian coast. The Mediterranean region resembling Tuscana is Slovenia's number one vineyard and wine region.

Vipava Valley - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Wine tasting and wine tour
  • Cycling through the vineyards
  • MTB tour on the surrounding mountains

Vipava Valley - Accessibility

  • Distance from the Slovenian coast: 60 km / about 1 hour
Vipava Valley Video

#36: Kocevje Region

The region of Kovecje is the southern part of Slovenia, bordering Croatia. The area, like the Triglav park, is wooded and green, although smaller and does not abound in as many outdoor sports (rafting, kayaking, zipline, etc.) as its northern brother.

Kocevje Region - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Kostel Castle
  • Krokar Jungle (Rajhenavski Rog)
  • Kocevje City

#37: Krokar Jungle

The 51-hectare jungle is one of Slovenia's most lush forest. The green countryside is home to several hiking trails, which you can find as "rog hiking trail". The abundance of mainly bee and pine reaches an average height of 50 meters, and some trees are hundreds of years old. The special feature of the area is that 91% of it is covered with wood, which is considered very high (and rich) worldwide!

Krokar Jungle - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Huge silver pine (Debela Jelka): the largest tree in the forest
  • Hiking trails for small and large hikes (Borovec natural trail)
  • Kostel Castle (see below)

Krokar Jungle - Accessibility

  • The Krokar jungle is located in the Kocevje region (see previous section).

#38: Kostel Castle

Kostel Castle in the Kovecje region is one of Slovenia's few castles. The castle is located in the valley of the Kolpa River. The castle, surrounded by legends, even has an abandoned village.

The castle is only open in the summer from 11:00 to 18:00 and only on Saturdays and Sundays. You can find the website of the castle here.

Kostel Castle - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Abandoned village
  • Museum inside the castle
  • Walking around the castle

Kostel Castle - Accessibility

  • Address: Kostel 2, 1336 Kostel, Slovenia

#39: Bear Observation and Photography Tour

If I had to name an animal as a symbol of Slovenia, my choice would fall on brown bears. The preservation of the bear population in the country is very well watched and forest animals are respected throughout Slovenia.

Bears in Kocevsko Forest (Kocevje region) can be observed as part of a unique program.

Monitoring is only permitted as part of a guided tour and only with a local qualified (state-recognized) guide. There are protected wooden huts available for monitoring, which allow for safe inspection.

Sloveniabears.com offers a variety of photo tours.

Bear Observation - Top 3 programs

  • One-day observation and photo-taking
  • Female bear observation in the summer
  • Autumn observation

Bear Observation - Accessibility

  • Address: Markovec 15, 1386 Stari trg pri Ložu, Slovenia (Notranjska region)

#40: Bovec Adventure Park

The adventure park in Bovec is a real fun and challenge for the whole family. The park is open every day, but it can only be visited by a driver. Therefore, you need to book a tour guide online.

Guided tour of the adventure park, opening hours:

  • March: 13.00
  • April, May: 11.00 - 14.00
  • Jun Jul, Aug: 10.00 - 14.00 - 17.00
  • September, October: 11.00 - 14.00
  • November: 13.00

The program is roughly 2 hours long, admission is only 29 euros for adults, and 23 euros for children. In high season, it is a few euros more expensive.

Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Cableway: Adventure over the emerald green water
  • Boka Waterfall: Visit the nearby Boka Waterfall
  • Virje Waterfall: Visit the nearby Virje Waterfall

Bovec Adventure Park - Address

  • Address: 46°20'04. 13°30'42., 6 5, Soteska SRNICE / Gorge SRNICA, Slovenia

#41: Zelenci Nature Reserve

The Zelenci National Park, or Zelenci Nature Reserve is a part of Kranjska Gora. Close to the village of Podkoren, this charming reserve is famous throughout Europe for its iconic lake districts. The water, which averages 2 meters deep, is green in colour and is named after its colour as well (Zelenci means green in Slovenian).

It is an easy place for families with strollers and for older people as well, as the national park is located on flat terrain. Website

Zelenci Nature Reserve - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Walk around the lake: Take a leisurely stroll along the lake.
  • Selfie on the wooden plank: Nowadays you can't leave the park without taking a selfie on the planks beforehand.
  • Picnic: On the planks? Why not! Feel free to snack on sandwiches and fruit brought you from home, all while sitting by the romantic lakeside.

Zelenci Nature Reserve - Accessibility

  • Address: Podkoren 75, 4280 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
  • Distance from Bovec by car: 45 km / about 60 minutes

#42: Pustolovski Park Bovec

At Pustolovski Park in the Baza Sport Center in Bovec, you can test your skills and playfulness. The park is equipped with cableways and suspended planks and is open to children from the age of 3.

You can find the website of the Pustolovski Park here.

For adults, the entrance fee is approximately 25 euros, and for children it costs around 15 euros (up to 12 years). The park is open from April until the end of September.

Pustolovski Park Bovec - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Zipline: Try the 53-meter long sliding section.
  • Mini cableway: The little ones are greeted with a lot of love by the "Bee", or bee track.
  • Extreme track: If you like heights, this is where you should be. There are 2 ziplines with a length of 26 meters and an altitude of 20 meters.

Pustolovski Park Bovec - Accessibility

  • Address: Dvor 43x, 5230 Bovec, Slovenia

#43: Kranjska Gora Bike Park

The bike park, open from April to mid-November, has open gates seven days a week. In the park you can not only choose from tracks of different difficulty and techniques, but you can also rent a bike. So even if you don't want to take your own bike, you can still enjoy the paths offered by the park.

One day's admission is around €27, and an all-day bike rental is around €55.

You can find the Bike Park’s website here.

Kranjska Gora Bike Park - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Family-trail
  • DH: classic downhill track
  • Luft Waffel: which contains mainly acrobatic elements, so you can spend as much time as possible in the air with your bike.

Kranjska Gora Bike Park - Accessibility

  • Address: Borovška cesta 107, 4280 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
  • Distance from Bovec: 46 km / about 60 minutes

#44: Susec Gorge - Canyoning

Bovec abounds in the most beautiful gorges and canyons. The most popular canyon is Susec, which the stream of the same river has carved and shaped for its present form.

However, the beautiful world of the wet gorge can only be visited by a tour guide (a professional canyon guide recognized by the Slovenian state).

👉 Susec Canyon Tours can be found here.

Susec canyoning, Slovenia - video

Susec Strait - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Jumping into the pools: Splash into the pools carved by the stream.
  • Abseiling: If you don't dare jump, choose to descend. Descend like the pros into the little lakes below you.
  • Sliding: Slide into the canyon! Water slides offer countless opportunities to slide into beautiful lakes. Try it out!

Susec Strait - Accessibility

  • Address: Sušec, 5224 Srpenica, Slovenia
  • Distance between Susec Canyon’s entrance and Bovec: about 11 minutes / 9 km

Need some help with the gorges and canyons of Slovenia? Here's a detailed guide to all the canyons for summer.


#45: Zipline Park: Bovec and Bled

Both Bovec and Bled provide opportunities for cableway enthusiasts. In the zipline park, or cableway park - you lead your way through steel ropes placed at different heights. Both parks can only be used by a local tour guide.

Although tours start 2-5 times a day, it’s worth booking online in advance! Children are allowed from the age of 6.


#46: Ojstrica Lookout Point, Bled

The Ojstrica lookout point above Lake Bled is about a 20-minute walk away. The iconic resting place is the birthplace of many photos - as it offers the best view of Lake Bled. If you're in the area, you might want to take a look at the lake from there.

Ojstrica Lookout Point, Bled - Accessibility

  • Address: Ljubljanska cesta 8, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
  • Distance from Lake Bled:

#47: Spicnik: The Heart-Shaped Road

Located in the city of Spicnik in northern Slovenia, not far from Maribor, is the hidden (and romantic) local landmark, the heart-shaped road. If you’re near Maribor, you should take a short detour and drive or walk across the charming little road.

Top 3 programs

  • Walk over with your partner: And take a selfie together.
  • Wine tasting: There are many local wines worth trying when you're in the area.
  • Austria: Since you are only a few kilometers away from the Austrian border, you might want to take the chance and visit the neighboring country.

Accessibility

  • Address: Špičnik 2201 Slovenia
  • Distance from Maribor: 20 km / 30 minutes

#48: Vrsic Pass

Vrsic Pass (1611 m) in the Julian Alps is Slovenia's highest pass. The 25 km long road between Kranjska Gora and Trenta consists of 50 curves.

Vrsic Pass - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Driving: Drive your car through the pass
  • Lookout points along the highway: pull over at the parking lots and look off the pass
  • Picnic at amazing heights: Why not? Bring some snacks with you and eat them while sitting on the pass.

Vrsic Pass - Accessibility

  • Address: 5232 Soča, Slovenia

#49: Lake Cerknica

Lake Cerknica is a temporary formation in southern Slovenia. It is famous for its changing size. Whenever it is full of water, it is considered the largest lake in Slovenia. Other times, it has so little water, you almost can't even see it.

Lake Cerknica - Top 3 programs

  • Riding a bike
  • Canoeing
  • Taking a trip

Lake Cerknica - Accessibility

  • Address: Q937+PC Cerknica, Slovenia
  • Distance from Cerkno: 1.5 hours / 68 km

#50: Mesečev Zaliv Beach (Moon bay)

Although the beach is relatively unknown, the sight it serves is breathtaking. This gem of the Slovenian coastline is ideal for couples and families. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

Its approach may not be easy, but once we get down to the beach, the sight that comes before us will make up for all kinds of hardships.

Mesečev Zaliv Beach - Top 3 attractions and activities

  • Going to the beach
  • Excursion: This is the only way to get to the beach
  • Snorkeling

Mesečev Zaliv Beach - Accessibility

  • Address: Strunjan 117, 6320 Portorož - Portorose, Slovenia

We hope that after reading our detailed summary, you now have a better understanding of Slovenia. ❤️🌲

If you have some spare time, we recommend reading our article about Slovenian motorway stickers or checking out our summary of Slovenian maps.


The hero image was taken at Trenta valley in Triglav National Park. 😉