15 Reasons Why You Should Visit Slovenia

Formerly part of Yugoslavia, Slovenia became an independent European country in 1991. Its borders extend from the Mediterranean to the Alps, providing visitors with miles of natural beauty to explore.  As an emerging travel destination barely untouched by tourists, Slovenia’s charming medieval cities make this country an attractive cultural destination not to be missed.
By: Troy Petenbrink

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Piran

Take a stroll along the narrow streets in Piran – one of the most picturesque cities in the Mediterranean – to explore its hidden gems, including Tartini Square, St. George Cathedral Museum and the Maritime Museum and Aquarium.

Kempinski Palace Portoroz

The luxurious Kempinski Palace Portoroz is Slovenia’s only five-star hotel, and guests will enjoy the beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea. More than 100 years old, the hotel was completely renovated in 2008 to provide guests with the perfect blend of modern luxury and Old World charm.

Lake Bled

Nestled among the stunning Julian Alps, the postcard-perfect Lake Bled is the country’s most popular attraction. In addition to Bled Island, the lake is home to the 17th century Assumption of Mary church and Bled Castle, perched atop a steep cliff overlooking the lake. We suggest tourists try a piece of "kremna rezina" – a local version of cream cake – when visiting Lake Bled.

Lipica

Visit the Lipica Stud Farm to see the graceful Lipizzaner horses. The farm has been responsible for breeding the legendary horses for more than 400 years and welcomes visitors year-round.

Goriska Brda Wine Region

Located near the border of Italy, the Goriska Brda wine region is often referred to as the "Tuscany of Slovenia." Widely respect for its Rebula white wine, Brda is one of three wine regions in the country.

Triglav National Park

Triglave National Park is the only national park in the country. Located in the majestic Julian Alps, the park covers approximately 200,000 acres, offering some of the best hiking in Europe. Lake Bohinj and Savica Waterfall are two of the park’s most popular attractions.

Ljubljana

With less than 300,000 residents, Ljubljana is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe. However, its size makes is ideal for visitors to easily immerse themselves in a variety of activities, including a stroll through the historic city center or experience one of city’s cultural events such as the Slovenian Wine Festival or the Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe).

River Ljubljanica

This river flows through the center of Ljubljana. A boat cruise along Ljubljanica is an excellent way to explore the city and see its historic architecture, interesting bridges and pristine, tree-lined embankments.

Dragon Bridge

Dragon Bridge is one of the most popular landmarks in Ljubljana – Slovenia's capital city.

Terme Dolenjske Toplice

In southeastern Slovenia, hundreds of visitors have converged on Dolenjske Toplice for centuries to experience the healing and rejuvenating qualities of the city’s thermal spring water. Today, the same water feeds the pools and facilities at Terme Dolenjske Toplice, a spa resort that features a state-of-the-art wellness center and three luxe hotels.

Predjama Castle

For more than 700 years, the Predjama Castle – built within a cave mouth – sits high atop a cliff in the idyllic village of Predjama. In July, the castle hosts the Erasmus Knight’s Tournament, one of the region's largest medieval festivals.

Maribor

Located in the Drava Valley, Maribor is the second-largest city in the Slovenia. A visit here should include a trip to the historic Maribor Synagogue, the Renaissance-style Town Hall and the Old Vine – a more than 400 year-old grapevine that is also registered as the world’s oldest grapevine according to the "Guinness Book of World Records."

Secovlje

In the coastal city of Secovlje, salt is still produced using traditional methods dating back as far as 700 years ago. Travel to the Saltworks Museum and uncover some of the country’s rich history. And go bird watching in the protected wetlands that surround the museum if you’re looking for a fun outdoor excursion.

Krvavec Ski Resort

Located just 25 km north of Ljubljana, Krvavec Ski Resort sits atop a peak at the edge of the Kalska mountain range; and it’s a top-notch skiing destination with trails for beginners, recreational and pro skiers. With the Alps as its backdrop, Slovenia has more than 40 options for skiers to hit the slopes.

Skocjan Caves Regional Park

There are approximately 7,000 caves in Slovenia. For outdoor enthusiasts, we suggest a trip to explore some of the most stunning caves at the Skocjan Caves Regional Park, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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