Slovenia, with its diverse landscapes, is an attraction in itself. It is the first country in the world that has been, as a whole, declared a green tourist destination. Here, in addition to exceptional and special natural features, you can discover places that are UNESCO World Heritage protected, and surprising stories about love, nobility, salt, and subterranean mysteries.
The first Green Destination in the world
According to 100 criteria based on the standards of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the standards of the European Commission’s ETIS System, Slovenia is the first country in the world to earn the title Green Destination. Visit Slovenian green destinations and find an adventure that is perfect for you!
The land of UNESCO World Heritage
Škocjan Caves with their subterranean canyon, Idrija with the once world-renowned mercury mine, and the Ljubljana Marshes, where you can discover the heritage of an ancient pile-dweller culture – these are the special features of Slovenia that can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are an additional six special features of Slovenia on the Tentative List that are still waiting to be declared as World Heritage.
The original stud farm for the noble white horses has been in Lipica in the Karst Region since 1580. The oldest European stud farm to breed the same horses without interruption is a cultural and historical monument, which impresses visitors with its magnificent horses and special karst landscape.
For more than 140 years, visitors have been taken to Postojna Cave by the legendary cave railway to see subterranean stalactites and stalagmites, galleries, halls, and other creations made by water. The most visited tourist karst cave in Europe is a place where the proteus offspring are once again hatching. The cave is connected to Predjama Castle, the largest cave castle in the world.
For centuries, the town of Bled and Lake Bled, which boasts the only island in Slovenia, have been attracting those seeking outstanding beauty. Traditional boats called pletnas take visitors to see the island and the church, which has a bell that is a special ode to love. The most beautiful view of the lake, its island, and the surrounding Alpine peaks can be enjoyed from the castle towering above the lake on a cliff. This castle is considered to be one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Europe.
The Piran Salt Pans, where salt and the world-class fleur de sel (flower of salt) are still made using age-old methods, were the reason why Piran, the most beautiful town on the Slovenian coast, flourished. The picturesque medieval town, the entirety of which is protected as a cultural and historical monument, adjoins two landscape parks. In one of them, visitors can see the highest cliff on the Adriatic Sea.
Peace and tranquility on the banks of the most beautiful river
In addition to countless natural beauties, the valley of the emerald green River Soča, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful and best preserved Alpine rivers in Europe, also preserves the shocking heritage of World War I. This was the scene of the Isonzo (Soča) Front, the largest mountain battle in history. Rising above the valley and its Paths of Peace is Triglav National Park, the largest Slovenian protected natural area.
The end of spring is when the cowbells out on the Alpine pastures of the Velika Planina plateau start ringing, announcing the arrival of herdsmen. It’s a magical plateau with one of the largest herdsmen’s settlements in Europe. And you’re invited to learn about the fascinating life on the mountain pasture and sample the dairy goodies they’ll prepare for you. Go for a walk through the meadows or take a hike (or mountain bike) across the plateau.
Take time to unwind in the Logar Valley Landscape Park.
The Logar Valley (Logarska dolina) is one of the most beautiful Alpine glacial valleys in Europe. The harmonic balance between tradition, man and nature that found its home in this part of the Solčava Region is both exceptional and difficult to find. Make your stay in this peaceful landscape park an opportunity for hiking, cycling, horseback riding or a photo safari. The park has also won the international CIPRA Future in the Alps Award for successful management of the protected area.
The heart of Maribor, Lent, is home to the oldest vine in the world. At more than 400 years old it’s the only plant boasting its own museum – the Old Vine House. Maribor hosts a number of events celebrating the old vine, such as the Pruning of the Old Vine, St. Martin’s Day, and the Old Vine Festival. Believe it or not, the Old Vine even has its own anthem, and the locals are only too keen to let you hear it.
In addition to the major Slovenian attractions, there are local attractions in every region and in every town of Slovenia that are all worth visiting. Make sure that you also explore the possibilities of experiencing special Slovenian adventures.
In the green heart of Slovenia, your view stretches from the mountainous Alps to the tranquil beauty of the Pannonian plains in the east. Mediterranean Slovenia with its coastal towns and the stunning Karst are waiting for you to discover them in all their beauty.