Ljubljana has a thriving cultural scene year-round, with something for everyone. Come summer, nearly every weekend brings a festival or an event, and buzzing riverside cafes lend the feeling of a perpetual street party.
Ljubljana may be Europe’s greenest city but it’s also home to some of its finest architecture. You can’t miss the work of architect and designer extraordinaire Jože Plečnik, whose bridges and baubles, pylons and pyramids are both playful and elegant.
Food has become an obsession in the capital in recent years, with locally sourced ingredients topping most shopping lists. Take a gastronomic tour of Slovenia without leaving town by grazing through the city’s weekly Open Kitchen food festival.
The Julian Alps
The Vršič Pass, Lakes Bled and Bohinj, Alpine peaks – if you’re seeking awe-inspiring natural beauty and Instagram-worthy vistas, you’ve come to the right place.
Go easy with lakeside trails, or amp it up with hikes through gorges, over Alpine pastures or to spectacular waterfalls. If you’re feeling ambitious, the mother of all Slovenian hikes is a Mt Triglav ascent.
The Soča Valley is one of Slovenia’s best (and most beautiful) outdoor playgrounds. The Soča River’s aquamarine waters are made for rafting, kayaking and canyoning, the trails for hiking and biking – or you can paraglide above it all.
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Tours of monumental Postojna and Škocjan caves reveal the surprising Slovenia hidden below the surface – vast, ancient and extraordinary.
Slovenia’s 47km-long coast is rich in history, Venetian architecture, seafood, resorts and popular swimming spots. The jewel in the crown is perfectly poised Piran.
Fruits & Wine
Tour the vineyards of Goriška Brda and the Vipava Valley, tasting olive oils and stone fruits as well as the excellent indigenous wine varieties, and stop off at Idrija for some žlikrofi (potato-filled dumplings).
Castles dazzle with five-star accommodation at Otočec, a glorious riverside perch at Žužemberk, stories of witch trials at Ribnica, and breathtaking frescoes in Brežice.
Slow Travel, Scenic Vistas
Rolling green hills, meandering rivers, church spires, forested slopes and fields filled with grapevines and fruit trees. It’s as idyllic and tranquil as it sounds. Take a breather, smell the roses, taste the wines.
Dolenjske Toplice and Čatež ob Savi, near Brežice, have thermal-water spas and water parks. The winding Krka and Kolpa Rivers offer rafting and kayaking and delightful riverside camping, hiking and biking possibilities.
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Ptuj's cobblestoned core is a harmonious mishmash of Gothic, Renaissance and baroque. Maribor's Old Town merges contemporary cafe culture with ornate facades; Celje's Roman heritage can be glimpsed in the ongoing excavations.
Wine & Beer
From the hopfields surrounding Žalek to the rolling, vineyard-striped hills along the Jeruzalem–Ljutomer wine road, the countryside has a long tradition of producing fine tipples. Test the results at a rural winery or the world's first beer fountain.
Hiking & Skiing
Hike or mountain bike through the lush green valley of Logarska Dolina or up to Velika Planina or the Maribor Pohorje highlands, where, if you wait until winter, you can explore the same slopes on skis or a snowboard.