Slovenia is located in south central Europe. Formerly a part of Yugoslavia, Slovenia is a relatively new country, founded in 1991. It is known for its natural beauty. More than half the country is covered by forests. Mountains, lakes, thermal springs, and ski resorts of Slovenia attract tourists from all corners of Europe and beyond. In addition, there is the charm of several old towns which can transport you back in time with their architecture and cobblestone streets. Here is our pick of 10 destinations in Slovenia that reflect its inherent splendor.
10. Lake Bled
Lake Bled is a photogenic emerald green body of water surrounded by the Julian Alps. Since it is a small lake, one can easily cover its perimeter on foot in a short span of time. There is an appealing tiny island destination in the midst of the lake. The island is home to a 17th century church. Tourists often go for horse riding or boating at Lake Bled. One can also undertake a short climb of about 15 minutes to the 17th century Bled Castle. From the top there are magnificent views of the lake below and the surrounding scenery.
Postojna is a quaint town in southwestern Slovenia. It is famous for its unique attractions and natural beauty. Postojna is very popular for its magnificent cave system, which is a staggering 20 km of hallways, chambers, and galleries. Some of these galleries reach nearly 50 meters in height. Visitors can take a train tour that takes one through several parts of the cave system. However, there are many others who love to walk through the interesting sections of the underground environment. To the north of Postojna is a medieval castle that was built alongside of a cave. Take a short trek to this attraction to explore this engineering marvel.
Piran is a resort hotspot that is located on the tip of southwestern Slovenia. It is situated along the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The destination is reminiscent of Italy, since it was actually part of the Venetian Empire for at least five centuries. Piran is quite small in size, but is extremely scenic. Those who are historically inclined can visit the Tartinijev trg — or Old Town. Other attractions include the Church of St. George and the Venetian House — the oldest building in the city. One of the piers offers a refreshing swim in the Adriatic.
Ptuj is situated along the banks of the Drava River in Eastern Slovenia. This ancient city is a major tourist attraction of Slovenia. Ptuj has played an important role in shaping the local culture of this region since the Stone Age. The Orpheus Monument, built by the ancient Romans, is a prominent attraction of the city. Art lovers will enjoy the art collection and artifacts of the Ptuj Grad, or castle. Other attractions include the Town Hall that was built in 1907 and the 13th-century Dominican Monastery that is presently part of the city’s largest museum. If you are looking for some rejuvenation, then head to the thermal springs.
Celje is one of the oldest and most important cities in Slovenia. It is situated on the banks of river Savinja. The enormous castle is the biggest attraction in the city. It was erected during the 14th century and to date watches over the city from its hilltop location. A walk through Old Celje is the most ideal way to spend a relaxed afternoon. One can explore the historic downtown with its medieval buildings and traditional architecture. Take a stroll along the cobblestone roads and savor some local delicacies at the traditional eateries.
5. Kranjska Gora
Kranjska Gora is located in the northwest of Slovenia. It is considered a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. Thousands of locals and tourists flock this town to ski and snowboard during the winter months. A popular spot is the resort of Vitranc which has frequent snowfalls and steep trails. Summer is equally fun and appealing, as it offers challenging hikes. You can also rent mountain bikes to explore the region. People who are not into outdoor sports can spend a leisurely time unwinding, relaxing and dining at prime restaurants that cater to travelers from around the globe.
Amongst the oldest coastal towns in Slovenia, and a primary port, Koper is vital and an integral part of the country’s infrastructure. This was once a part of the Venetian Empire, and was known by the name of Caprea. Today, although it is a lesser-known destination, it offers several tourist attractions. Visitors can tour the Tito Square which is the heart of the city to explore the refurbished Praetorian Palace. Climb the bell tower of Campanile for the spectacular panoramic view of the city. There is also a free public beach by the Koper Marina, ideal for swimming or just to enjoy a picnic in the sunshine
3. Triglav National Park
Triglav National Park is an ideal outdoor spot which sports a fascinating natural landscape dominated by the Julian Alps. The most prominent attraction of the park is the peak of Mount Triglav. You can hike to the top of this peak or simply ride the Vogel Cable Car Ride. Those who are looking for some adventure can cross the Vintgar Gorge through a 19th century wooden footbridge. You can also climb a steep staircase to view the Savica Waterfall. Rafting on the Soca River is another popular activity for tourists.
Maribor is the second largest city of Slovenia, after the capital Ljubljana. It is located very near to the Austrian border along the banks of the River Drava. It is famous for its wine growing industry that thrives around the city. In addition, Maribor has several outdoor recreation opportunities. Tourists can explore the Stara trta, considered to be the oldest vine in the world, aged at least 450 years. The wine tour continues with a trip to the popular Old Vine House and the gigantic Vinag Wine Cellar. The major squares in Maribor — Slomškov Square, Castle Square and Main Square — are all famous for their historic architecture.
Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia. Though smaller than most of the European capital cities, it demands a visit for its beauty and laid-back ambiance. One of its prominent tourist attractions is Tromostovje, or the Triple Bridge, where these three bridges span over the river right beside each other. Medieval castles and squares in the Old Town, along with the original Roman city walls, are a must see. One can relax in the popular Tivoli Park. Ljubljana is also home to some wonderful art and architecture, museums, the Slovenian Philharmonic, a grand zoo, and the Slovene National Theater.
Originally posted 2017-04-21 05:54:10.