Slovenia is a scenic country with a fantastic location in the heart of Europe. Making a trip to Slovenia is an opportunity to see a variety of destinations that include vibrant cities, charming villages, snow-capped mountains, and scenic beaches. Let read on to explore the top attractive destinations in Slovenia.
Attractive Destinations in Slovenia
You might get a feeling that Ljubljana is a special place when you wander around this dainty city and notice the myriad dragon statues that dot the streets.
According to legend, Jason and the Argonauts slew a similar monster in Ljubljana in the days of old and, aside from the dragons, the city is packed full of gorgeous architecture that dates to the Baroque period. As well as sculptures and artwork, the city is also known for its little squares that line the part of the city called Old Town. Watching over the city is Ljubljana Castle that is served by a funicular in case you don’t fancy the trek up, and you can also climb the clock tower and soak in the spectacular views over the city.
2. Lake Bled
Serving as a gateway to the Triglav National park is Lake Bled, a scenic body of water surrounded by the Julian Alps. The emerald green 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. You might also want to ride horses on the shores of the lake, rent a rowboat to explore the water, or climb 15 minutes to reach Bled Castle, which dates back to the 17th century and boasts magnificent views over the lake below.
Maribor, the second-largest city in Slovenia, isn’t as popular as some other destinations in the country, but it’s still well worth a visit. Located in the eastern part of Slovenia near the border with Austria, Maribor is well connected with Ljubljana as well as with Graz and makes for a perfect stop when traveling between these two cities.
Maribor was founded in the 12th century and was an important stop on the Drava river. Badly destroyed during WWII, today Maribor is one of the most underrated cities in Central Europe.
The center is small but charming, with beautiful architecture from the times of the Habsburg Empire and numerous cafes and bars, busy with people until the late-night hours. The prettiest place in Maribor is Glavni Trg (Main Square), the largest square where you can find the Town Hall, the first brewery in Maribor, and the former casino. The nearby Lent district, located on the bank of the Drava river, is the oldest part of the city and is very pleasant as well.
4. 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 itself as well as the calm waters of Lake Bohinj.
For spectacular views, you can attempt to hike Mount Triglav, or you can take the easy route and ride on the Vogel Cable Car Ride. The adventurous can also 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.
5. Škocjan Caves
Visit the natural wonder of the Škocjan Caves and know that you are also in a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as the highest hall of caves in the whole of Europe. The caves are located in a giant canyon that is positioned underground and you can cross from one side to the other via a bridge that allows you to understand the scale of this cave system.
Visitors to the caves can explore the beautiful columns of stalactites and stalagmites, and you won’t be alone when you visit as there are plenty of creatures that lurk in the darkness including more than fifteen species of bats!
If you feel like you might be in need of some rest and relaxation, or simply fancy a dip in a soothing warm bath, then the thermal waters of the town of Laško are not to be missed. This is one of the attractive destinations in Slovenia.
The waters are said to have healing and rejuvenating properties and locals and visitors alike have flocked to the area to bathe for centuries.