Must-see attractions in Slovenia

  • Logarska Dolina Country Park

    Eastern Slovenia

    This glacial valley, hidden between the grandiose peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, is a paradise for nature fans and those seeking out hiking and biking…

  • Notranjska Regional Park

    Southwestern Slovenia

    This 222-sq-km park is a real biodiversity hotspot and holds within its borders a good deal of the region's karst phenomena, including the intermittent…

  • Trg Brolo

    Koper

    Linked to Titov trg to the east, Trg Brolo is a wide and leafy square of fine old buildings, including the late-18th-century baroque Brutti Palace, now…

  • Museum of Modern Art

    Ljubljana

    This gallery houses the very best in modern Slovenian art. Keep an eye out for works by painters Tone Kralj (Family), the expressionist France Mihelič …

  • City Museum of Ljubljana

    Ljubljana

    The excellent city museum, established in 1935, focuses on Ljubljana’s history, culture and politics via imaginative multimedia and interactive displays…

  • NašRaj

    The Julian Alps

    Describing this place as a farm just doesn't do it justice. This ecological farm, for want of a better word, sits almost 1000m above sea level around 20km…

  • Snežnik Castle

    Southwestern Slovenia

    Surrounded by parkland, the restored 16th-century Renaissance Snežnik Castle is one of the loveliest and best-situated fortresses in Slovenia. Entrance is…

  • Kidričeva Ulica

    Koper

    On the north side of Kidričeva ulica are several churches from the 16th century, including the Church of St Nicholas, plus some restored Venetian houses…

  • Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit

    Soča Valley

    This fascinating stone-and-wood church, north of Tolmin, has a wonderful location that commands sweeping views down an Alpine valley. Decorated by…

  • Franciscan Church of the Annunciation

    Ljubljana

    The 17th-century salmon-pink Franciscan Church of the Annunciation stands on the northern side of Prešernov trg. The interior has six side altars and an…

  • Slovenian Alpine Museum

    The Julian Alps

    This modern, interactive museum dedicated to mountain exploration is a great rainy-day activity, especially for kids. There are movies showing off the…

  • Plečnik House

    Ljubljana

    This small house in Trnovo is where local architect Jože Plečnik lived and worked for almost 40 years. There's an excellent introduction by hourly guided…

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    Central Market

    Ljubljana

    Central Market is Ljubljana's larder and worth a trip to stock up on provisions or just have a good snoop (and sniff) around. Go first to the vast open…

  • Celje Regional Museum

    Eastern Slovenia

    This branch of the Celje Regional Museum's collection is housed in a grand Renaissance building called the Old Count's Mansion. The 1st floor is home to a…

  • Stari Trg

    Ljubljana

    Lined with 19th-century wooden shopfronts, quiet courtyards and cobblestone passageways, this is the heart of the Old Town. From behind the medieval…

  • Podsreda Castle

    Eastern Slovenia

    Set amidst the hills of the Kozjansko region, Podsreda Castle is one of the best-preserved Romanesque fortresses in Slovenia. It looks pretty much the way…

  • Zmajski Most ( Dragon Bridge ), Ljubljana

    Dragon Bridge

    Ljubljana

    The much-loved Dragon Bridge, topped with four scary-looking dragons on each corner, stands northeast of the Old Town, just beyond Vodnikov trg. The…

  • Sečovlje Salina Nature Park

    Slovenian Coast

    This 750-hectare saltpan-studded area, criss-crossed with dikes and channels, has a wealth of birdlife – 290 species have been recorded here.

  • Princes' Palace

    Eastern Slovenia

    This 4th-century structure houses an important branch of the Celje Regional Museum. In the cellar is the City under the City exhibition: partial remains…

  • Liznjek House

    The Julian Alps

    The endearing 17th-century Liznjek House contains a good collection of traditional household objects and furnishings peculiar to this area. Among the…

  • Old Castle Celje

    Eastern Slovenia

    The largest fortress in Slovenia, this castle is perched on a 407m-high escarpment about 2km southeast of the Old Town; the walk up via a footpath from…

  • Church of the Annunciation

    The Julian Alps

    This small church in the village of Crngrob, 4km north of Škofja Loka, has one of the most treasured frescoes in Slovenia. Look for it on the outside wall…

  • Iron Forging Museum

    The Julian Alps

    Kropa's main sight is the Iron Forging Museum, which traces the history of iron mining and forging in Kropa and nearby Kamna Gorica from the 14th to the…

  • National Gallery of Slovenia

    Ljubljana

    Slovenia's foremost assembly of fine art is housed over two floors in an old building (1896) and a modern wing. It exhibits copies of medieval frescoes…

  • Kamniška Bistrica

    Eastern Slovenia

    This pretty little settlement in a valley near the source of the Kamniška Bistrica River is 12km north of Kamnik, and well worth a drive for its…

  • Church of St Kancijan

    The Julian Alps

    The city's most important house of worship, the Parish Church of St Kancijan, was built onto part of an older church starting in about 1400. It's…

  • Parish Church of St James

    The Julian Alps

    The town's most important church dates back to the 13th century, with key features like the nave, the presbytery with star vaulting (1524) and the tall…

  • Koroška Gallery of Fine Arts

    Eastern Slovenia

    The Koroška Gallery of Fine Arts, on the 1st floor of the former town hall, counts among its permanent collection bronze sculptures by Franc Berneker …

  • Trg 1 Maja

    Piran

    Trg 1 Maja may sound like a socialist parade ground, but it was the centre of Piran until the Middle Ages, when it was called Stari trg (Old Square). The…

  • Old Vine

    Maribor

    About 150m east along the Pristan embankment is Maribor's most celebrated attraction, the so-called Old Vine, which still produces between 35kg and 55kg…

  • Venetian House

    Piran

    One of Piran’s most eye-catching structures is the mid-15th-century Gothic Venetian House, with its tracery windows and balcony, in the northeast of…

  • Khislstein Castle

    The Julian Alps

    The 13th-century Khislstein Castle originally played an important role in the defense of the city. Its present appearance dates from the 16th and 17th…

  • Krekov Trg

    Eastern Slovenia

    The mammoth Celje Hall, with its turreted neo-Gothic facade, dominates Krekov trg. It was built in 1907 as the social centre for German-speaking Celjani…

  • Wild Lake

    The Julian Alps

    A 3km trail called Pot ob Rakah follows the Idrijca River Canal from the Kamšt (an 18th-century waterwheel used by the mines) to Wild Lake, a tiny,…

  • Alpine Dairy Farming Museum

    Lake Bohinj

    This museum in Stara Fužina, 1.5km north of Ribčev Laz, has a small collection related to Alpine dairy farming – look for it behind Gostilna Mihovc. The…

  • Eco Museum of Hop Growing

    Eastern Slovenia

    Based in an old hop-drying house in Žalec (10km west of Celje), this museum is dedicated to hop growing in the area. Before technology lightened the…

  • Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum

    Piran

    Located in the 19th-century Gabrielli Palace on the waterfront, this museum's focus is the sea, with plenty of salty-dog stories relating to Slovenian…

  • Church of the Assumption

    Lake Bled

    The baroque Church of the Assumption dates from the 17th century, though there’s been a church here since the 9th century. Go inside to see some fresco…

  • Carpacciov Trg

    Koper

    One of the most colourful streets in Koper, Kidričeva ulica, starts at Carpacciov trg, where the Column of St Justina commemorates Koper’s contribution –…

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