Slovenia may be one of the most underrated countries in Europe. Not only is it full of stunning spots, this compact country makes for a surprisingly affordable European break.

Whatever your travel style, you can find it – and get out of it, if you wish – in Slovenia.

Slovenia has a little bit of everything, including mountains, coastline, lakes, castles and outdoor adventure. 

Here are 11 of the most beautiful places in Slovenia to add to your bucket list. If you’re not already planning a trip to Slovenia, I’m sure you will be after seeing these!

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11 BEAUTIFUL PLACES to visit IN SLOVENIA

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Lake Bled, Slovenia, in the winter


Bled

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No trip to Slovenia would be complete without visiting the iconic Lake Bled.

Whether you go in winter to see the lake frosted over, or you find it wrapped in golden fall foliage, Bled is one of the most beautiful places in Slovenia no matter the season.

Located at the foot of the Julian Alps, less than 2 hours from Ljubljana by bus, Bled is an ideal day trip from the capital. Better still, find a cute chalet on the lake’s edge or a guesthouse in town and spend a few nights.

Most things to do in Bled revolve around the lake.

Take a pletna (traditional wooden boat) across the water to the island, Blejski otok, and visit Our Lady of the Lake Church. Bled Castle, seated high above the lake, offers fantastic views and an introduction to the area’s history through exhibitions and archaeological displays.

There are some great hikes in the area, too. They include the Mala Osojnica trail, a steep 30-minute climb that gives you aerial views of the entire lake and island.

It’s equally nice to stroll around the lake itself – it only takes about 90 minutes to walk the circumference.

Summer activities include swimming and stand-up paddle boarding, while in winter, you can ice skate if the ice is thick enough.


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Bovec, one of the most beautiful places in Slovenia


Bovec

Recommended by Katie from Two Wandering Soles

In northwestern Slovenia, the small town of Bovec is a perfect stop for travellers interested in nature and outdoor adventures.

Situated in the Soča River Valley and flanked by the towering Julien Alps, Bovec and the surrounding area is not only picture perfect, but is packed with adventurous things to do.

The electric teal Soča River carves its way through the valley, and its rapids make it exhilarating place to try whitewater rafting or kayaking (which is harder than it sounds!).

You can even book a canyoning tour where you’ll repel down waterfalls, or see the region from above while paragliding!

And if you want a more chilled outdoor adventure, there are many hikes and waterfalls near Bovec.

If you venture east of town, you’ll hit Triglav National Park, which is full of dense forests, glacial lakes and mountains.

There are many Airbnb properties in Bovec as well as apartment rentals on Booking.com.

But, if you’re looking for a social environment where you can lounge on hammocks with mountain views and mingle with other travellers in the gigantic kitchen and common space, Hostel Soca Rocks makes a great choice.

With dorm beds and affordable private rooms, this is a good option for all types of travellers.


Idrija town in Slovenia


Idrija

Recommended by Stephanie from Sofia Adventures.

If you’re planning a trip to Slovenia and love visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, don’t skip a visit to Idrija!

Idrija, a charming mountain town in western Slovenia, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is an important place to learn about the history of mining.

According to UNESCO, “The sites bear testimony to the intercontinental trade in mercury which generated important exchanges between Europe and America over the centuries.”

Besides visiting Idrija’s mines, you’ll want to visit the city’s museum, which explains the history of the town and the mercury cultivation that went on there.

However, if you can only take so much science history, you’ll be happy to know that Idrija is also an important art centre in Slovenia.

Known as Idrija lace, UNESCO placed this bobbin lace on the Intangible World Heritage list in 2018.

This tradition has been passed down from grandmothers and mothers to future generations. A piece of Idrija lace makes great Slovenian souvenirs and it is even better if you buy it in Idrija straight from the producers!

Many choose to visit from Ljubljana as a day trip, however, if you want to stay overnight you can check into the 4-star Hotel St. Josef.


The Kolpa River in Slovenia


The Kolpa River, Metlika

Given that it’s the border between two of the most underrated destinations in Europe – Croatia and Slovenia – it’s no surprise that the Kolpa River region is breathtaking. 

It’s also the perfect spot for an eco-friendly getaway where time appears to slow down. And if the natural beauty of the place doesn’t charm you, the locals surely will. 

The Metlika region of Slovenia is home to numerous artisans, many of whom follow in the footsteps of many generations.

From local gins and healthy nut oils to fresh farm produce and bakeries, the Kolpa River area is one of the best places in Slovenia for an eco-friendly, local-first stay. 

If you want to immerse yourself in both the nature and the local life, there’s no better place to stay than Big Berry. This eco glamping spot lives and breathes everything this region of Slovenia represents.

It sits right on the river, too, making for a very scenic getaway.


Kranjska Gora in Slovenia


Kranjska Gora

Recommended by Allan from Bangor NI.

Kranjska Gora is a mountain resort town, not far from Lake Bled, in the higher altitudes of Slovenia’s Julian Alps.

As with many mountain destinations in the Alps, it is famous for ski sports.

Throughout the winter months in Slovenia, the town is one of the most popular in the region with skiing and, even in the lesser months, there will be compact pistes of snow in the higher climbs of the mountain backdrop.

Otherwise, the town itself is cute and has a local feel with mountain chalets and lots of charm. It manages to avoid the mass winter tourism – unlike many of Europe’s more popular alpine resorts.

For eating and accommodation, it is best around the Main Street and fountain area. It hosts various traditional restaurants selling things like local farmers plates and it is just a great place to experience an authentic Slovenian mountain escape.

It also works as a gateway for road trips in central Europe to the surrounding borders of Austria and Italy when those exploring in the further parts of this mountainous region.


Bohinj lake in Slovenia


Lake Bohinj

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Lake Bohinj is located in Slovenian Julian Alps, not far from the small town of Ribčev Laz. It’s probably one of the best places to visit in Slovenia.

Although it is not as famous as Lake Bled, a popular tourist destination just 28 kilometres away, Lake Bohinj’s quiet charm adds to its appeal as a location worth visiting.

Around the pristine waters of Lake Bohinj are the idyllic villages of Stara Fužina, Studor, and Srednja Vas.

Here, you can have an authentic experience of Slovenian culture in the form of its medieval buildings and small cottages.

To be close to the action, stay at the Hotel Jezero. You will be 2 minutes away from the beautiful viewpoint that gives you a picturesque landscape of the St. Baptiste Church and the adjoining cross bridge that stands over the azure waters of the lake.

Around this area, you can also rent paddle boards and kayaks to explore the surrounding areas of this pristine lake. Other nearby areas worth visiting are the Savica Waterfall and the Vogel Cable Cars.


The Logar Valley in Slovenia

Logar Valley

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Logar Valley is a protected nature park located in the northern part of Slovenia. There is no direct transport available to reach Logar valley.

You either have to rent a car and drive 1.5 hours from Ljubljana or take the Paulitsch Pass that connects the tiny Slovenian village Zgornje Jezerskowith with Logar Valley.

One of the best things to do in Logar Valley is visiting Rinka Waterfall. To get there, you have to drive all the way to the end of the parking area. From there, take a 15-minute uphill hike to reach this 90m drop waterfall.

The best way to explore Logar Valley is hiking. There are several trails in this area to enjoy the enchanting beauty of nature.

Koča na Klemenči jami pod Ojstrico and Frischaufov dom na Okrešlju are are two popular hiking trails in Logar Valley. You will need a maximum three hours to complete these two hikes.

Something that will surely surprise you is the beauty of Solcava Panoramic Road. This 21 km route offers magical views of high-altitude farms, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and Logar Valley.

There is a total of 12 stops, all of which are basically tourist farms. You can enjoy the local cuisine here. If you don’t have enough time to visit all the stops then keep Holy Spirit Church, Klemenšek Tourist Farm, and Pastirkovo Lookout Point in your list.

There are several tourist farms where you can stay and enjoy the lifestyle of the countryside. I recommend staying two nights at Lenar Tourist Farm.


Dragon statue and red roofs in Old Town Ljubljana in Slovenia


Old Town of Ljubljana

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Ljubljana may be the capital of the country, but it still has a small-town feel. With a population of less than 300,000, it’s one of the smallest capitals in Europe, and the old town is very compact and walk-able.

Car traffic restrictions exist in the city centre, making it very pleasant to explore on foot or by bicycle.

Walk across the Zmajski Most (Dragon Bridge), taking a close look at the four dragon statues from the city’s coat-of-arms. You’ll probably also want to check out the Ljubljana Castle up on Castle Hill and the remains of the ancient Roman city walls.

But a visit here is not about running from one place to another, ticking must-see sights off a bucket list.

Instead, the appeal of Ljubljana lies in strolling around the old town, soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the beautiful Baroque architecture.

Lying at the crossroads of Europe, halfway between Vienna and Venice, Ljubljana is easily reached by train or road from several nearby European countries.

City Hotel Ljubljana makes a great base for exploring the city. It’s centrally located near Prešeren Square and has a lovely terrace with views of the castle and the roofs of the old town below.


Predjama Castle in Slovenia

Predjama castle and Postojna caves

Recommended by Coni from Experiencing the Globe

In south-central Slovenia you’ll find two treasures right next to each other: Predjama castle and Postojna caves.

The castle is as fairytale-y as it gets –a medieval building embraced by rock, hanging in the middle of a 123-metre-high cliff. It’s the largest cave castle in the world!

For more than 800 years it has been a fortress, connected to the nearby caves via a network of secret tunnels.

Postojna caves feature 24 km of underground passages, galleries and halls. Plus, you get to visit them by boarding a lovely underground train.

The journey takes you through formations shaped by tiny droplets over millions of years. The symbol of the place is a five-metre-tall white stalagmite (called Brilliant), a marvellous example of Slovenian Karst.

These must-see sites are located less than an hour (about 50 km) from Ljubljana, Rijeka (Croatia) and Trieste (Italy). You can use any of these cities to base yourself and reach Postojna by car, train or bus.

If you want extra time to explore, you can stay in the heart of the Postojna Cave Park, at Hotel Jama.


Skofja Loka Slovenia


Skofja Loka

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Located on the route between Ljubljana and Lake Bled, the little town of Skofja Loka is a gem you must put on your Slovenia itinerary, especially if you love history and love taking photos of cute places.

The town is famous for its hilltop castle, which is now a museum. You can climb to the hilltop or drive up to the castle.

Admire beautiful views of the town and the surroundings from the top, and visit the museum to learn about Slovenian history and culture.

It’s also worth wandering the main square of the town, which features colourful facades of houses from the middle ages. The Parish Church of Saint Jacob is another attraction in town you must not miss. 

If you have the time, you can also walk to the neighbouring town of Pustal, from where you can get great views of Skofja Loka and Loka Castle.


Tolmin Gorge in Slovenia's Triglav National Park

Tolmin Gorge

Recommended by Brianna from Curious Travel Bug

Tolmin Gorge is the southernmost point of entry to Triglav National Park in Slovenia. The hike here is rather short and takes just over 1 hour to fully explore the gorge.

After walking down into Tolmin Gorge, there is a boardwalk that takes you next to the clear blue water of the river.

This small offshoot of the trail takes you to the most scenic part of the river with a narrow gorge shaped by the river.

If you are short on time you could leave after this point but it’s worth the small hike up the second river that is here as well. This hike takes you up stairs that lead out of the gorge to Dante’s Cave.

Dante’s Cave is a cave complex, also called Zadlaska jama, that is just over 1km long. You can walk into the entrance but you should use a guide to explore it as it is one of the more difficult tourist caves.

Dante’s Cave gets its name from being visited in the 14th century by Dante. He was hosted in Tolmin and the caves are said to have given him the inspiration behind his 9 circles of hell in the Divine Comedy poem.

After visiting the cave, you can walk along the road here and get a view into Tolmin Gorge from the bridge that goes above it before returning to the parking lot.

You can visit Tolmin Gorge as a day trip from Ljubljana or stay in the nearby town of Kobarid to explore more of Triglav National Park.


Vintgar Gorge near Bled in Slovenia


Vintgar Gorge, Bled

Recommend by Heather from Conversant Traveller

The beautiful Bled is one of the most popular places to visit in Slovenia.

But did you know that a dramatic hidden gorge sits just outside this stunning lakeside town? With churning turquoise waters carving their way through steep rock cliffs?

Just 4 km from Bled, the gorge can be accessed on foot or by car, and there’s a riverside path which traverses through the canyon giving you the best views of this natural spectacle.

Parts of the trail are done via wooden boardwalks, allowing you to get up close to the river right next to the cliff faces.

The walk takes about 2 hours there and back. It is relatively flat so suitable for anyone but does get a bit slippery when wet.

You’ll find a small cafe and an impressive waterfall at the far end, which makes a great little stop before turning around to retrace your steps.

Definitely one of the best day trips if you’re staying in Bled.


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Jodie has been travelling the world full time since 2017, sharing the most unique places in the world along with tips for living as a digital nomad. She is a passionate wildlife photographer and has worked with a number of prominent travel brands, including airlines, tourism boards, hotels and tour operators.

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