Must-see attractions in Slovenia

  • Green Gold Beer Fountain

    Eastern Slovenia

    What other liquid would you expect a fountain to dispense deep in the heart of hop-growing country? Yep, Žalec (10km west of Celje) is home to the world's…

  • Tolmin Gorges

    Soča Valley

    A scenic river confluence is found here, at the southernmost entry point of Triglav National Park. The ticket kiosk is a 2km walk northeast of Tolmin town…

  • Kozjansko Park

    Eastern Slovenia

    Established in 1999, the 206.5 sq km Kozjansko Park stretches along the Sotla River, from Bizeljsko in the south to Podčetrtek in the north. Named a…

  • Oplen House

    Lake Bohinj

    The hamlet of Studor, about 3.5km from Ribčev Laz, is home to Oplen House – a typical old peasant's cottage with a chimney-less 'black kitchen' that has…

  • Rakov Škocjan

    Southwestern Slovenia

    Rakov Škocjan is a beautiful, 2.5km-long gorge lying some 6km west of Cerknica. The Rak River, en route to join the Pivka River at Planina Cave, has…

  • Kluže Fortress

    Bovec

    Built by the Austrians in 1882 on the site of a 17th-century fortress above a 70m ravine on the Koritnica River, Kluže Fortress is 4km northeast of Bovec…

  • Slovenian Museum of Natural History

    Ljubljana

    This museum shares the same building as the National Museum of Slovenia, and contains reassembled mammoth and whale skeletons, stuffed birds, reptiles and…

  • Zelenci

    The Julian Alps

    About 5km west of Kranjska Gora, signed just off the main road, is this idyllic nature reserve and wetlands. It's the perfect leg-stretcher, with a short…

  • Planina Cave

    Southwestern Slovenia

    Planina Cave, 12km to the northeast of Postojna Cave, is the largest water cave in Slovenia and a treasure-trove of fauna (including Proteus anguinus)…

  • Šutna

    Eastern Slovenia

    Kamnik's main street is trimmed with fine pastel-washed buildings, some dating back to the medieval era. Many sport guild and craft signs from when this…

  • Jasna Lake

    The Julian Alps

    Jasna Lake lies just south of Kranjska Gora, and if you're heading over the Vršič Pass it's the first spot of interest. It's a small, blue glacial lake…

  • Vivarium Proteus

    Southwestern Slovenia

    Just near the entrance to the Postojna Cave is the Vivarium, the cradle of a special branch of biology: speleobiology. Postojna provides shelter to dozens…

  • Punta Lighthouse

    Piran

    Punta, the historical ‘point’ of Piran, still has a lighthouse, but today’s is small and relatively modern. Attached to it, however, is the round,…

  • Gornji Trg

    Ljubljana

    The five medieval houses at Nos 7 to 15 of this square have narrow side passages (some with doors) where rubbish was once deposited so that it could be…

  • Pokljuka Plateau

    Triglav National Park

    Close to Bled, the forests and meadows of the Pokljuka Plateau offer plenty of walking trails and winter-sports facilities. While Vintgar Gorge gets all…

  • Mali Grad

    Eastern Slovenia

    From near central Glavni trg (main square), climb the steps up history-filled Mali Grad hill to enjoy great panoramas from the 'balcony of Kamnik', taking…

  • Prešernov Trg

    Koper

    The 17th-century Italian family who erected the fountain in Prešernov trg was named Da Ponte; thus it is shaped like a bridge (ponte in Italian). At the…

  • Kanin Cable Car

    Bovec

    This cable car whisks you up to the Bovec Kanin Ski Centre in a number of stages. It's most often used as an access for winter skiing or summer activities…

  • Most na Soči

    Soča Valley

    The name of this settlement 5km south of Tolmin literally means ‘Bridge on the Soča River’. The village (population 430) sits, in fact, on a beautiful…

  • Heritage House

    Southwestern Slovenia

    This project, which opened in 2015, aims to preserve the cultural and natural heritage of the Notranjska Regional Park, and to that end it stages public…

  • Prešeren Memorial Museum

    The Julian Alps

    The restored Prešeren House now contains the Prešeren Memorial Museum in five rooms, two of them with original furnishings. Unfortunately, most of the…

  • Parish Church of St Peter

    The Julian Alps

    At the end of Linhartov trg is the Gothic Parish Church of St Peter, a hall church modelled after the one in Kranj. The three portals are flamboyant…

  • Vogel

    Lake Bohinj

    The glorious setting and spectacular panoramas make it worth a trip up Vogel – during winter, when it's a popular ski resort, but also in its 'green…

  • Glavni Trg

    Maribor

    Maribor’s marketplace in the Middle Ages, Glavni trg is just north of the river and the main bridge crossing it. In the centre of the square is Slovenia’s…

  • Roman Celeia

    Eastern Slovenia

    In 2013 archaeologists unearthed the remnants of two late-3rd-century Roman villas, complete with surviving mosaic flooring, along Celje's main square…

  • Museum of Lake Cerknica

    Southwestern Slovenia

    In the village of Dolenje Jezero you will find the Lake House Museum, with a 5m-by-3m, 1:2500-scale working model of Lake Cerknica. It shows how the…

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova

    Ljubljana

    This gallery, housed in a sleekly redesigned block building, picks up the thread from its sister institution, the Museum of Modern Art, with Eastern…

  • Robba Fountain

    Ljubljana

    The three titans with their gushing urns on this fountain represent the three rivers of the historic Slovenian province of Carniola: the Sava, Krka and…

  • Miner’s House

    The Julian Alps

    Laid out across the slopes encircling the valley are Idrija’s distinctive miners’ houses. Large wooden A-frames with cladding and dozens of windows, they…

  • Synagogue

    Maribor

    Just north of the pentagonal 16th-century Water Tower on the waterfront, a set of steps leads up to Židovska ulica (Jewish St), the centre of the Jewish…

  • Expo Postojna Cave Karst

    Southwestern Slovenia

    This well-designed, kid-friendly space displays details of karst phenomena in an engaging manner, and tracks cave exploration. Most interesting is all the…

  • Slovenian Ethnographic Museum

    Ljubljana

    Housed in the 1886 Belgian Barracks on the southern edge of Metelkova, this museum has a permanent collection on the 2nd and 3rd floors. There’s…

  • Besenghi degli Ughi Palace

    Izola

    Izola’s most beautiful building – albeit looking a little worse for wear – is this late-baroque palazzo below the Parish Church of St Maurus. Built…

  • Čevljarska Ulica

    Koper

    Atmospheric Čevljarska ulica, a narrow commercial street for pedestrians, runs south from Titov trg. As you walk under the arch of the Praetorian Palace,…

  • Forma Viva

    Portorož

    Perched atop the Seča Peninsula south of town (beyond the marina), Forma Viva is an outdoor sculpture garden with some 130 works carved in stone. The real…

  • International Centre of Graphic Arts

    Ljubljana

    This museum and gallery dedicated to the graphic arts regularly hosts rotating exhibitions and is home to the International Biennial of Graphic Arts every…

  • Minorite Monastery

    Piran

    The Minorite Monastery has a lovely cloister, and the attached Church of St Francis Assisi was built originally in the early 14th century but enlarged and…

  • Almerigogna Palace

    Koper

    At the end of Čevljarska ulica and down the stone steps is the Almerigogna Palace, a painted Venetian Gothic palace (now with a very basic pub on ground…

  • Ljubljana Zoo

    Ljubljana

    The 20-hectare zoo, on the southern slope of Rožnik Hill (394m), contains some 500 animals representing almost 120 species and is an upbeat and well…

  • Arboretum Volčji Potok

    Eastern Slovenia

    About 6km south of Kamnik is Volčji Potok, Slovenia’s largest and most beautiful garden. The 80-hectare arboretum has more than 2500 varieties of trees,…

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