Piran, Triglav and Julian Alps in the background (2020) by Jošt GantarSlovenian Tourist Board
While it’s hard to find Slovenia on the map, it sure isn’t hard to find anything once you’re there. The little country has just about any landscape you can imagine. And if you're wondering whether you’d rather go to the seaside or to the mountains, the answer is: both!
Hikers resting by the Jasna lake, Kranjska Gora by Jošt GantarSlovenian Tourist Board
Lake Jasna at the altitude of 830 meters is the best possible refreshment after the strenuous ascent to any of the surrounding peaks. The water is so clear that the reflection in it leaves you in awe any time of the year.
Romantic Winter by Luka VundukSlovenian Tourist Board
Also enveloped in nature are these herdsmen’s huts at Planina Zajamniki. When this landscape isn’t softly blanketed with snow, the cows welcome every passing mountaineer.
The huts are occupied through the summer by actual shepherds, who make the best cheese to munch on while taking in the stunning views.
Špičnik by Mediaspeed, foto: Anja RojSlovenian Tourist Board
This heart-shaped road in Špičnik, nested in-between the grapevines, is a must-see for every wine lover.
Julian Alps by Andrej PavlinSlovenian Tourist Board
In the Julian Alps, you will find not only spectacular views of Slovenia’s highest mountain Triglav (2864 m), but also wild ibex – keep an eye out if you see the Goldhorn from one of Slovenia’s oldest folk legends.
Little Moistrocca by Andrej PavlinSlovenian Tourist Board
Slovenians like to say that there is no sin higher than 1000 meters above the sea level.
Heathen Maiden by Andrej PavlinSlovenian Tourist Board
Another one of Slovenian legends is about the Heathen Maiden. She was a nymph, who once foretold that a newborn would kill the Goldenhorn. For this, the other nymphs punished her by turning her into a rock, which you can still see in the northern face of Mount Prisojnik.
Next time you go to a mountain peak above Vršič, you can kindly ask her to help you get to the top safely, or for a safe return to the valley.
Pogačnik Lodge at Kriški podi by Andrej PavlinSlovenian Tourist Board
Slovenian mountains are really something unforgettable. Just imagine how freeing it must be to look at the stars in such peace.
And then go for a nice cup of tea before sleeping in the cozy Pogačnik Hut.
The Zois Lodge at Kokra Saddle by Andrej PavlinSlovenian Tourist Board
Or how fresh the morning air is when the night peace is pleasantly interrupted by steps of the first morning mountaineers, who appear from the fog which covers the valley under the Zois Lodge at the Kokra saddle (1793 m).
Zelenci by Luka VundukSlovenian Tourist Board
Zelenci Nature Reserve on the northern edge of the Triglav National Park is a home to many endangered plant and animal species. Here you’ll find the ground spring of Sava Dolinka River, where the water shows in a form of a gorgeous lake.
Nova Gorica, Solkan bridge by Mediaspeed, foto: Ernad IhtijarevićSlovenian Tourist Board
Yes, there is an abundance of rivers and bridges to see up-close in Slovenia. Perhaps the most intriguing bridge to cross is the Solkan Bridge near Nova Gorica. It is the longest stone arch railroad bridge in the world!
Solkan bridge, 1906 (1906) by Franc KuncSlovenian Tourist Board
The bridge which is standing today was built in 1927 to replace the original stone bridge from 1906, which was destroyed during the First World War.
Hikers on a bridge over the Soča River (2020) by Jošt GantarSlovenian Tourist Board
One of the most breath-taking views in Slovenia is that of the Soča River. Its emerald-green water and striking scenery can also be enjoyed by watching the film Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, which was filmed in the Soča Valley.
Salt pans in Sečovlje (2021) by Luka SveticSlovenian Tourist Board
Slovenian saltpans have fascinated people for 700 years. Looking at them really spices up your day.
Bird's Eye View of Piran with the Old City Centre, the Sea, and a View of the Slovenian Istria (2019) by Dražen Štader, Produkcija StudioSlovenian Tourist Board
Since the 14th century, Piran has been known for its salt production and export. The town, considered one of the most beautiful in Slovenia, stretches upward onto a cliff with a church overlooking the glittering Adriatic Sea.
Mangart Saddle (2021) by Luka SveticSlovenian Tourist Board
The Mangart Pass or The Mangart Saddle is the highest lying road in Slovenia. Driving here, 2072 meters above the sea level, is really a unique experience. Keeping your eyes on the road here is quite a challenge.
Glacial lake in the autumn (2021) by Luka VundukSlovenian Tourist Board
Another pearl of the Triglav National park is Lake Bohinj, the biggest natural lake in Slovenia.
Magic place by Luka VundukSlovenian Tourist Board
But the most recognizable one is Lake Bled. The little island with a church looks just like from a fairy tale. Not only is the view is beautiful, but ringing the church bell also brings you luck!
Predjama Cave Castle (2014) by ZaironOriginal Source: Wikimedia Commons
An older architectural and historical gem of Slovenia is the majestic Predjama Castle. It was built in 1274 in a cave to make accessing it more difficult.
Celje Castle (2019) by Vid RojcSlovenian Tourist Board
The Celje Castle bears an intriguing mark of history. It was the court of the Counts of Cilli, the place where Barbara of Cilli was born, who later went on to become the Holy Roman Empress and Queen of Hungary, Bohemia, and Germany.
View of the Ljubljana Castle (2017) by James Relf Dyer, Beautiful DestinationsSlovenian Tourist Board
Not to be forgotten; the last (but not least) wonderfully unforgettable view is that of the Ljubljana Castle. Situated in the heart of the country, it represents one of the most recognizable sights in Slovenia.
Somewhere in a Fairytale by Luka VundukSlovenian Tourist Board