Fifty shades of green
Enter the world of green forests. Fill your lungs with their freshness. Explore the diversity of life between the treetops and the undergrowth. Green Slovenia provides plenty of opportunities for a stroll in the woods as forests cover three fifths of its surface area. For centuries we have been living and breathing with forests, looking after them, and preserving the diversity of life within them, thus making them part of our tradition. And our future. Your will experience the forest in different ways, at every step, be it in a city or the countryside, on a plate, and even where you choose to spend the night. Feel the beat of Slovenia's green heart.
Forests are cool
Learn some fascinating facts about Slovenian forests that you might not have known before.
The tallest deciduous trees can grow up to 42 metres in height, while the tallest conifers reach more than 60 metres. The tallest tree is the 62-metre-high Sgermova spruce tree in Ribnica na Pohorju.
Slovenian forests are home to more than 22,000 animal and plant species, including the brown bear, wolf and lynx.
The vastest woodland area is in Kočevje. There you will find the Krokar primeval forest, which is listed as a UNESCO natural World Heritage site, together with the Snežnik-Ždrlce nature reserve.
With nine tonnes of accumulated carbon dioxide per hectare per year, Slovenian forests hold the European record for C02 absorption.
A forest to your taste
Slovenian forests are full of life. Uncover their secrets and drink up their invigorating energy. Experience them in your own way.
Enter the Bear's den
Discover a life without Wi-Fi and electronic devices at the heart of the Kočevje forests. Venture into the depths of ancient forests that are home to the magnificent brown bear. Follow the tracks of this furry creature and learn about life in the forest and its laws. Test your patience at a lookout post and you just might be rewarded with a face-to-face meeting with "the king of the Kočevje forests".
A walk among the treetops
Yes, that's right. At the top of Rogla you can take a walk high above the ground. The Treetop Walk will give you a bird's eye view of life in the Pohorje forests, a slight rush of adrenalin and, above all, some unforgettable memories. Take a look around from this 37-meter tower and ride back to solid ground on one of the largest spiral slides in Slovenia.
Feel the forest under your feet
When you've had enough of everything, it's time for a forest escape to recharge and find your inner balance. In the great forests of Cerkno, treat yourself to some reflexotherapy by walking on spruce needles, or sound therapy by lying in a hammock suspended between two trees – feel the energy emanating from the trees. Discover the path to yourself and to nature with the help of Forest Selfness.
Visit a forest in the city
Celje is one of the rare Slovenian cities that has a vast city forest. With a surface area of 94 hectares, it is considered the largest green public area in Slovenia. It is a sanctuary for strollers, recreational athletes and seekers of green refuge and peace. The forest's main attraction is the biggest Slovenian tree house, where there is always something interesting going on.
A forest right under one's nose in Ljubljana
Ljubljana is one of the greenest capitals in Europe, and there is plenty of evidence to support this claim. One is the fact that you can take a walk in the city centre and all of a sudden end up in a forest. Together with Tivoli Park and Mostec, Rožnik Hill is a popular forest refuge for Ljubljana's residents and visitors. It is literally mere steps away from its busiest streets and squares. You can also find forest oases in the middle of the city up on Castle Hill and Golovec.
Back to basics
Can you survive in the wild? You can test your skills and resourcefulness in nature without any of the necessities of modern life at the heart of the Kočevje forests. Learn what food you can find and where, how to start a fire without a match or a lighter, and how to build a shelter in the middle of the forest. Get in touch with nature.
Photo-hunting – your date with wild animals
Experience the diversity of Slovenian fauna and go on a photo-hunt with your camera. Catch a glimpse of the brown bear, lynx, wolf and other beasts, as well as rare birds and other interesting animals.
In the kingdom of the brown bear
A guide can take you to the vast forests of the Kočevsko region, where, with a little luck and patience, you can see the furry brown bear or some other animal and take the photo of a lifetime.
Photography of Karst nature
If you would also like to learn about the life and habits of bears and other beasts in their natural habitat of the green Karst region, you can go on an organised animal watching and photo hunting tou...
Closer to nature and the stars
Enjoy a comfortable night of sleep under the stars in the embrace of green forests. Discover the most impressive stories about Slovenian "forest" glamping.
Garden Village Bled
Sleep closer to the stars, in the treetops, while listening to the murmur of a stream below you. Discover the intriguing world of a former nursery only a stone’s throw away from Lake Bled, where your meal at the restaurant will be served on grass. Spend your holiday at a glamping site that was the first in the world to receive six stars in accordance with the criteria of the World of Glamping.
Theodosius Forest Village, Vipava
Hidden from the urban hustle and bustle among the fragrant pines, you will discover a special forest village where you can find peace in the embrace of nature and the best of what the Vipava Valley has to offer. Take a break in the pleasant little wooden houses of Theodosius, winners of the 2019 Snovalec Award.
Forest Glamping Resort Blaguš
Find a world of peace and quiet in the embrace of a forest next to Lake Blaguš. Breathe in the freshness of the forest while reading your favourite book in the forest library. Unwind while gazing into the mirrorlike blue surface of the lake. Spend the night in unique houses and tents created in harmony with nature.
True to the wealth of the forest
Slovenians have been living with forests for centuries. Their greatest wealth – wood – permeates all aspects of life. Plenty of successful Slovenian stories are associated with wood.
Wood is one of the main building and decorative materials both in traditional and modern Slovenian architecture.
Wood accessories can be found in every home. Masters of the craft can be found in Ribnica, whose woodenware has a centuries-long reputation.
Wood also plays an important role in folk art. Beehive panels adorning Slovenian apiaries are a unique example of painted wood.
The creativity of the Slovenian people is also reflected in wood. From unique jewellery, wooden glasses, ties and bowties, to the Trobla wooden speaker, which features no electronic parts or batteries.
Active in the forest
Forests and nature trails allow you to discover interesting facts about forest plants, animals and natural phenomena. You can take a bike ride down the well-tended forest paths or go to a bike park.
Take a family trip along Slovenian themed trails
Take your family on a hike through the dynamic Slovenian landscape. Discover the most beautiful themed trails suitable for families with children.
Numerous trails in forests and amidst mountain peaks are suitable for beginners and world-class cyclists. Simply visit one of the many marked biking trails, and adrenaline junkies can also visit multiple locations for downhill rides on mountain bikes.
Take your bike to bike parks, where you can get your adrenaline pumping and gain new experiences. Discover how well you “master” your bike. Beginners and professionals alike will be happy to ride on the biking trails in the many bike parks.
Adrenaline and adventure parks
Giant swings, daring ziplines, finding balance, conquering heights ... you will find all of the above and more in adrenaline and adventure parks scattered all over Slovenia.
Back to nature
In Slovenia, where the Alpine, Mediterranean and Pannonian worlds meet, nature is queen. We give nature all our love and attention, live in harmony with nature, and make nature a part of our story. We strive to preserve it for future generations. Clear waters, green forests, mighty mountaintops and dreamy planes, underground secrets and treasures above the surface – all of these make up the priceless wealth of our green Slovenia.