The exceptionally diverse landscapes of Slovenia have some common features that link a specific area into a whole. To help you decide which part of the country to visit, and to let you know what to see and what to do there, we have divided Slovenian landscapes into four groups: the Alpine world, the north-eastern uplands and lowlands, the Karst and the coast. The capital city is where all four groups meet, and is important enough to have been given its own section.
The Alpine world
The Julian Alps and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps are some of the most beautiful parts of Slovenia. Visitors love Lake Bled
and Lake Bohinj
, and Blejski Vintgar
, a gorge formed by the River Radovna. The Julian Alps are also home to the Soča Valley
, which was the first destination in Slovenia to be awarded EDEN status. Another such destination is Solčavsko
in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.
Other favourite tourist destinations in this area include Kranjska Gora
, which offer numerous outdoor pursuits, and the towns of Kranj
and Škofja Loka.
Uplands and lowlands
The green slopes of the Pohorje
massif are home to Maribor,
Slovenia’s second city, and also to three natural health resorts
: Zreče, Dobrna and Topolšica. Eastern Slovenia has other natural health resorts that have grown up around thermal springs. Healing mineral waters are a feature of Radenci and Rogaška Slatina.
The major attraction of Slovenia’s third city, Celje
, is its Old Castle, once home to the sole Slovenian noble family, the Counts of Celje. The Podravje wine region is packed with wineries and tourist farms,
whose excellent food and wine are a welcome treat for hikers and bikers.
Slovenia’s coastline is short, but has a number of attractions. Next to Strunjan Cliff, the highest flysch wall on the Adriatic, lie the Sečovlje Salt Pans
, a regional park and a bird sanctuary.
Several towns on the coast are worth a visit. In addition to Piran
are also attractive destinations. The coast is ideal for
water sports, while the hills of the hinterland could have been designed for biking. There are also natural health resorts in Strunjan and Portorož.
The world of the Karst encompasses most of the southern part of Slovenia. The south-west is home to the largest number of karstic caves, including Postojna Cave
and Škocjan Caves
, which are well worth seeing. Another amazing attraction is Predjama Castle, built into a cliff concealing an intricate cave system.
The little town of Lipica is where breeding of the famous Lipizzaner
horses began more than 400 years ago. The Lipica Stud Farm
is a welcoming recreational centre and a riding school.
The heart of the country
, Slovenia’s picturesque capital city, is sure to enthuse you with its relaxed yet lively atmosphere. In the very heart of the country, it is an ideal base for getting to know the immediate surroundings, and also the other parts of Slovenia.