In the mountains, along lakes and rivers
Nestled in the midst of mountains nature invites in all its glory. The area of the Slovenian Alps represents the intersection of three large mountain massifs and the pre-Alpine hills. The pristine nature of Triglav National Park boasts exceptional beauty in its hills, lakes and valleys. In the Soča Valley you can admire one of the most beautiful Slovenian rivers, and Bled Island is a unique symbol of Slovenia. Alpine hills and valleys are criss-crossed with exceptional hiking trails.
With its scenic island in the middle of the lake the symbol of Slovenia invites you to walk around, take a ride with a horse and carriage or take a traditional row boat to the island to ring the bell that will make your secret wishes come true. Bled Castle, peering down from the cliff above, will reveal a view of the lake from the top. It is also a perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony. The nearby golf course is one of the oldest in Europe, but Bled also offers hunting, fishing or mountaineering opportunities. And hiding in the middle of untamed nature is yet another striking natural monument – the Vintgar Gorge (Blejski vintgar).
Breathe in the fresh morning dew in one of the most beautiful valleys at the heart of the Julian Alps. Visit the Savica Falls in summer, walk the nearby footpaths, venture out on a hiking tour to the breathtaking Triglav Lakes Valley. Swim in Lake Bohinj, go fishing or kayaking. You will love the snow-covered valley in winter, when the cable car will take you up to the ski resort on Mt. Vogel. Friendly villages and hamlets with hotels, guesthouses and private rooms offer pleasant stays throughout the seasons.
The emerald river is both peaceful and exciting – rafting, canyoning, kayaking or canoeing will ensure you get your adrenaline rush. You can experience the valley paragliding, hang-gliding or on your mountain bike. Accommodation and guesthouses can be found in Bovec, Tolmin and Kobarid, where you can visit the acclaimed Kobarid Museum of World War I. The upper part of the valley is home to the picturesque Trenta, with a museum and Slovenia’s premiere Alpine Botanical Garden Julijana.
In the summer you will hike to the nearby peaks, cycle the forest trails, go horseback riding or fishing. Children will be delighted to meet the fairy tale hero Kekec. You will enjoy excellent ski slopes in the winter and admire your children’s first turns when they start skiing. The World Cup in Alpine skiing in Kranjska Gora is a Slovenian national holiday, alongside Planica, home of international ski jumping competitions.
Triglav National Park
Enjoy the natural beauty of the only national park in the country, named after Slovenia's highest mountain, Triglav (2864 m). The park embraces the widely celebrated Lake Bled and the popular Lake Bohinj, both of which offer numerous opportunities for activities that take good advantage of the thrilling nature. Hikers can venture up to the picturesque peaks of the Julian Alps, and thrill seekers will get a rush riding the rapids of the Soča River.
The peaks reaching 2,500 metres and higher will open up magnificent views over the nearby mountains and valleys. Hikers will admire romantic mountain lakes, Alpine plants and crystal clear springs. Climb the highest peaks – Triglav, Škrlatica, Mangart, Jalovec, Špik, Krn – or ascend the idyllic Pokljuka plateau, a paradise for hikers and mushroom hunters alike, and the site of major world biathlon competitions.
Would you like to spend a day hiking in the mountains? The slopes of the Karavanke invite you to take a pleasant hike to Mt. Golica, famous for its daffodils, or climb the peaks of Vajnež, Stol, Belščica, Rožca or any other of the mountains in the range. Once on top you will be rewarded with a stunning view over the Ljubljana Basin or Klagenfurt. The picturesque Dovžan Gorge (Dovžanova soteska), carved by the Tržiška Bistrica, is protected as a natural monument. Climbers will venture up to one of the climbing sites, but the gorge won't disappoint mountaineers – nor culture and history enthusiasts.
Why not combine hiking with some great culinary experiences? The Logar Valley (Logarska dolina) landscape park with Rinka Falls is sure to put a smile on your face when it opens up views over the idyllic landscape. The Solčava panoramic road is a great choice for a culinary stroll among nostalgic homesteads. The pastures of the Velika Planina plateau are home to shepherds’ tales and dairy delicacies. Visit the Pasture Lake (Planšarsko jezero) in the Jezersko region and descend to the Snow Cave (Snežna jama) to be awed by its astonishing subterranean charms. Below the slopes of Storžič and Zaplata lies the town of Preddvor, surrounded by four castles, and the gorgeous Črnava Lake, which reflects the neighbouring peaks. Closest to Slovenia’s capital, the Krvavec recreation and tourist centre is a top-notch ski resort in winter, and with its panoramic trails a wonderful retreat for hikers and cyclists in summer.
The Koroška region
Between three valleys – Mežica, Drava, and Mislinja, and three mountain ranges – the Pohorje Hills, the Karavanke Alps, and the Savinja Alps, lies the land of legends. Descend into the subterranean world under Mt. Peca and discover the land of King Matjaž. Lend your ear to Lake Ribnica and perhaps you’ll encounter the Jezernik merman who, legend has it, dwells in this lake. Awaken the adventurous spirit within you as you tread the numerous trails embraced by wonderful mountain nature and forests. Allow natural treasures to take your breath away as you walk through the UNESCO Geopark Karavanke and the Topla Valley. On all of these trails, you will be welcomed by the incredible hospitality of the locals.
Protected natural landmarks
The area of the Slovenian Alps is home to more than 90 registered protected areas and sites. The largest and oldest protected natural heritage site is Triglav National Park, but you will find fascinating landmarks all over the area. In Koroška, visit Geopark Karavanke, a member of the European and global network of geoparks under the auspices of UNESCO. Rivers, rapids, waterfalls, lakes, ravines and gorges offer myriad opportunities for hiking.
Small towns, many curiosities
At the heart of the region, in Kranj, you simply can’t go around the heritage of Slovenia’s greatest poet France Prešeren. The towns of Škofja Loka and Radovljica boast their medieval past. The industrial town of Jesenice is famous for its long mining and ironmaking tradition, while Tržič will appeal to those seeking romantic secrets. Make sure you stop at Kobarid and Tolmin when travelling along the Soča River. Take a stroll through Slovenj Gradec and listen to the stories of this Carinthian town. And then there’s a plethora of other places out there waiting for you to discover their many landmarks and curiosities.Explore
Art and culture
Bled Castle may be the most visited, but there are castles, mansions and manors in every town! They frequently house museums and galleries showcasing the heritage of the region. Learn about the Isonzo Front and feel the defiant spirit of the Tolmin Rebels in Posočje. Descend into the Peca Underworld and discover the life of the old Koroška miners. Take a stroll through the history of Slovenian mountaineering at the museum in Mojstrana. In addition to the large museums, there are also several smaller museums at which you can learn about pasture farming, blacksmithing, mountaineering, ironworking and other pursuits.
A taste of tradition
On your hikes across the Slovenian Alps you will see how important tradition is to the locals. For it is still alive in traditional inns and taverns, where one can taste the typical fare from the region, like special potato dishes, buckwheat žganci (a kind of thick porridge) and cheeses, which come from a long tradition of Alpine dairy farming and livestock breeding. And when in Bled, do try the traditional Bled cream cake known as ‘kremšnita’.Explore
Spend active holidays in Alpine Slovenia
Alpine Slovenia offers a host of other options for activities of all kinds, from hiking, cycling, adrenaline and water activities to winter sports. There’s something for each and every one.
Spend your holiday in the heart of mountainous Slovenia. Walk through vibrant and untouched nature that is criss-crossed by 10,000 kilometres of marked and arranged hiking trails. You can choose from 175 mountain huts or spend your nights in hotels and camps for hikers.
Do you enjoy special experiences? Take a look at Slovenia from a different perspective. Paragliding, canyoning, rafting, adrenaline parks, etc. Fun and exciting adventures that will transform your holidays into an unforgettable life event.
Slovenia is a country of smaller ski resorts that are family-friendly and suitable for beginners, children and experienced skiers alike. Numerous ski schools and ski instructors, who speak different languages, will make sure that you really enjoy the snow.
Cycling and biking
Explore Slovenia by bike. Riding amid the hills and plains, mountain peaks and forests, along the coast and the karst landscape and along the rivers and lakes of Slovenia is a lushly verdant fairy tale. Different trails are suitable for on-road and off-road biking.
Treat yourself to a swim in some of the many thermal spas and swimming pools. In summer, take a dip in the sea, lakes or rivers. Slovenia is rich in natural water resources. Visit Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj or one of the many natural swimming areas located on the coast.
Surrender to adventures
Let your hair down and surrender to the adventures of Alpine Slovenia! Walk through the kingdom of the goldhorn, ride the museum train on the scenic Bohinj railway line, and embark on an underground adventure to remember.
In the Alps you wake up to the sound of birds singing
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