On the wings of folk imagination

Have you ever listened closely when someone is narrating a myth or a legend? In almost any place in Slovenia you will learn or hear an interesting story that will stir up your imagination.  Let us take you to the world of the most famous Slovenian myths and legends. It is up to you to find their trails and explore the beauty of Slovenia on the wings of your imagination.

The Ljubljana Dragon

You have probably heard the legend about the Greek mythological hero Jason and the Argonauts, who stole the Golden Fleece and fled across the Black Sea, the Danube and Sava Rivers to the Adriatic Sea and continued to Greece. But you perhaps did not know that they also stopped in the Ljubljana Marshes. A fearless dragon lived there, but Jason beat him. Despite this, the dragon left his marks all around Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Can you find them? Here are some tips.

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The Castle Escape at Ljubljana Castle

Head off on an exciting adventure at Ljubljana Castle, where you can attempt to solve five intriguing tests and mysteries to learn about the history of the city and try to save the dragon.

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Walk across the Dragon Bridge

Don’t worry, the dragons on the bridge in the centre of the city will not attack you. But you can take a photo or two at the famous statues of dragons that protect the bridge and then turn to the main marketplace and enjoy a coffee along the Ljubljanica River and the Petkovškovo nabrežje embankment.

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Dragon among the carnival masks

If you want to meet the green giant, you can meet him at the Carnival in the old part of Ljubljana.

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The Counts of Celje

There are many legends and stories known about the Counts of Celje. The most popular one is about the unfortunate love between Count Frederick II and Veronika of Desenice. Frederick’s father Hermann II forbade their love, locked Frederick in the castle tower and ordered the drowning of Veronika. As the legend says, Frederick was rescued by his loyal squire who brought him food through the hidden passage.  

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Change the course of history

Would you prefer a happy ending to the love story between Frederick and Veronika? Then turn back the wheels of time and change the course of history. Set out on a virtual adventure at Thermana Laško and Celje Old Castle.

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Find Ulrich’s treasure

The last count of Celje, Ulrich II, took to his grave the mystery about an object possessing magical powers. Many have tried to find this object in Ulrich’s chambers, but they have all mysteriously disappeared. Will you be able to find it and escape the chamber? 

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Go back to the times of the Counts of Celje

In warmer months, you can relive the times of the Counts of Celje. Try archery, sword fighting with knights, create in medieval workshops, take a peek in the castle kitchen and view the knights’ encampment.

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King Matjaž

The legend of King Matjaž tells a story about the good king who ruled during the times of Carantania. He ruled during the golden era in the present-day Carinthia, which other sovereigns didn't like. So, they sent an army to fight the good king. King Matjaž and a hundred of his soldiers retreated to the hidden cave under Mount Peca and sat behind the stone table. The legend says that Matjaž will return and eliminate injustice from the world when his beard wraps around the table nine times and when a linden tree grows in front of the entrance to the cave in winter. Until then, you can explore his kingdom in many different ways.  

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Explore Peca's underground

Take off on an unforgettable adventure along the abandoned mine tunnels by bike or kayak. Ride on a mine train to the heart of the former Mežica lead and zinc mine.

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King Matjaž’s castles

You won’t find the castle where King Matjaž supposedly lived, but you’ll find castles made from snow and ice and with the help of imagination every winter in Črna na Koroškem. Which one would you choose?

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Experience the surface of Mount Peca

If you like mountain biking challenges, then visit Peca Mountain Bike Park. Ride the Jamnica singletrack and get an adrenaline boost on the longest flow trail in Europe.

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Kayaking adventure through the underground of Mount Peca

Peca’s underground can be experienced in a special way. Paddle kayaks 700 metres below the ground through flooded and abandoned mine tunnels and on underground lakes, and experience the previous life of the mine accompanied by a former miner.

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Erazem of Predjama

Erazem of Predjama was a brave knight who fought the emperor and turned into a kind of Slovenian version of Robin Hood. He fled from the emperor's army to Predjama Castle where he resisted their attacks for over a year. He received food and other necessities through the hidden passages of the Karst underground, but was later betrayed by one of his servants. The latter gave a sign to the emperor’s soldiers, who surprised Erazem, shot stone balls at him and killed him. But Erazem's spirit lives on.

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Predjama Castle

Visit the largest cave castle in the world. It protected Erazem from the emperor’s soldiers for a long time. Today, it serves as an inspiration for many filmmakers. Below the castle, you can also visit the second longest tourist cave in Slovenia.

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Postojna Cave

Discover the glorious underground paradise that was created through millennia by tiny drops of water. Ride to the cave on an underground train and admire exceptional limestone structures ruled over by the 5-metre high stalagmite called “Briljant” (Diamond).

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The legend about dragon offspring

The underground world of Postojna Cave is home to many endemic species, especially the proteus. Local people used to believe that these special creatures are actually dragon offspring.

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Goldenhorn

The Kingdom of the Goldenhorn stretches throughout the Julian Alps. According to a legend, a golden-horned chamois used to rule this world, and his horns were the key to an immense treasure. Once upon a time, a young hunter from the Trenta Valley, who was unfortunate in love, shot at the Goldenhorn, but Triglav flowers grew from the drops of the animal’s blood and eating these gave it tremendous vitality. The Goldenhorn pushed the hunter over the precipice and in its anger destroyed the kingdom with its horns. But the treasure remains hidden in the Triglav mountain range. Find it in many natural beauties and wonders.

The mighty mountains of the Julian Alps

The Julian Alps are the highest Slovenian mountain range and a magnet for many mountaineers. Many mountain and hiking trails run here, as well as some international long-distance trails. The panoramic views of the alpine landscape are magnificent, and the king of them all is Mount Triglav; the country’s highest mountain and the symbol of the Slovenian people.

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The only national park in Slovenia

If you’re searching for the treasures of the Goldenhorn, you will certainly find them in Triglav National Park, which stretches across almost the entire area of the Julian Alps. Rich mountain flora and fauna, clear waters and pristine nature as well as a preserved cultural landscape evoke a fairytale-like feeling.

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Ajdovska deklica

The story of the Goldenhorn also includes Ajdovska deklica (“Pagan Girl”), a mythical girl who predicted the fate of the Trenta hunter and consequently was cursed by other girls and turned into a rock. Her stone face, carved in the walls of Mount Prisojnik, can be seen on the way to the Vršič Pass.

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Green George

According to folk beliefs, the mythological hero Zeleni Jurij (“Green George”) marks the advent of spring. Although the subsequent mythological character of St. George is also glorified in other countries, especially in the Balkans, Green George became one of the main symbols of the Bela krajina region. Covered entirely in birch branches, Green George brings new hope and the promise of good harvest.

Jurjevanje Festival

Just as summer is about to start, join the oldest folk dance festival in Slovenia. As well as the folk tradition in Bela krajina, the festival hosts other folk dance groups from other parts of Slovenia and other countries. Green George also visits the festival.

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Mystical landscape

Bela krajina enchants you with its image. It is a land of white birches and gentle vine-growing hills, surrounded by the picturesque Kolpa River, alongside the charms of the Lahinja and Krupa Rivers.

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Decorated Easter eggs from Bela krajina

Just like Green George, Easter is also related to joy, hope and the victory of life over death. It is most typically characterised by the famous decorated Easter eggs from Bela krajina that represent a unique expression of folk art.

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Peter Klepec

Learn the tale of the weak shepherd Peter Klepec, who was not in the good graces of his peers. When he protected the mountain fairy from the scorching sun, she thanked him by giving him supernatural powers. The boy managed to tame the wicked shepherds and also the Turks who later invaded across the Kolpa River. According to folk tradition, Peter Klepec came from Osilnica, a place surrounded by the vast Kočevsko forests along the upper reaches of the Kolpa River. Step into his land and experience it in your own way.

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The mysterious forests

Discover the pristine environment of the Kočevsko forests. You can find the remains of the ancient beech forests, including the Krokar Primeval Forest that is on the UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage List.

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Water experiences in the upper reaches of the Kolpa River

Experience the magic of the youthfully playful Kolpa River and its upper reaches. Ride on the river rapids on rafts, kayaks or hydrospeed boards or swim in its calm areas. The river is also great for fishermen.

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The kingdom of the brown bear

The green forests of Kočevsko provide shelter to many animals, including the brown bear. Besides this brown hairy animal, you can also follow lynxes and wolves in the Kočevsko forests or catch some other interesting “creatures” with your camera.

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Pegasus, the winged horse in Rogaška Slatina

Rogaška Slatina is famous for its unique mineral water Donat Mg. Did you know that, according to the legend, Greek mythology is also connected with the discovery of this exceptional well? The Greek God Apollo told the winged horse Pegasus where to strike its hoof and open the healing well. With its discovery, Pegasus became an important part of Rogaška Slatina, as is proven by its statue in the town.

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Mineral water rich in magnesium

Donat Mg mineral water is famous for its high magnesium content, probably the highest in the world. Medical Rogaška skilfully uses its healing effects in therapies and pampering. You can also pour a glass of this soothing treasure of Pegasus.

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Walk through the Spa Park

When you come to Rogaška Slatina, walk through the Spa Park that stretches for some 10,000 m². The paths among blossoming flower beds take you to the former Zdraviliški dom or spa resort and its famous Crystal Hall.

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Crystal clear

Rogaška Slatina is famous for its unique world-class hand-made crystal. If you want to find out how this crystal artwork is made, then join the guided visits to the Rogaška glass factory, which has a more than 350-year tradition.

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Martin Krpan

Although the story about Martin Krpan was written by the writer Fran Levstik, Slovenians took this powerful giant from Vrh pri Sveti Trojici for their hero of mythological importance. The story tells about the salt “smuggler” whose strength was once used by the emperor himself. When the horrific giant Brdavs came rumbling to Vienna, the emperor remembered Krpan immediately. To fight Brdavs, Martin Krpan used only a butcher’s axe, a bat made from the empress’ linden tree and his mare and succeeded in defeating him. As his reward, he got the licence to transport English salt.

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Krpan’s trail

According to various stories, Krpan lived on the Bloke plateau. Experience it along the 19 kilometres long Krpan Circular Trail. Stop by Lake Bloke and rest at the idyllic glamping.

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Skiers on the Bloke plateau

The Bloke plateau was once known for its harsh winters, so people had to use all their skills to learn how to survive in the snow. It is the home to famous skiers, the pioneers of skiing in Central Europe.

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The wonders of nature

And it is not only people who are exceptional in Bloke. Nature also has its magnificent features. Visit the Notranjska Regional Park and its Lake Cerknica, the largest intermittent lake in Europe. Discover the amazing world of the underground lakes of Križna dolina Valley and the impressive Rakov Škocjan.

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Legend of the sunken bell

The legend of the sunken bell tells a story about the noble lady Poliksena, who, while grieving for her husband, collected all her gold and silver and used it to cast a bell for the chapel on Bled Island. But, while the bell was being transported to the island, a storm came over the lake and sunk the boat carrying the bell. The sad widow left Bled and went to a convent in Rome. When the Pope heard her story, he ordered that a new bell be made and placed in the steeple of the church on Bled Island. And this bell is said to have special powers.

 

When the legend comes to life

Every Christmas, divers symbolically raise the sunken bell from the depths of Lake Bled and make the Bled legend come to life in a spectacular way.

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Ring the wishing bell

Ride on the traditional pletna boat or any other boat on Lake Bled to Bled Island, where you can ring the legendary wishing bell in the church. If you have a sweet tooth, visit Potičnica, where you can taste various types of the traditional Slovenian dessert – potica.

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Visit Poliksena

Well, perhaps she won't be at home, but you will get your fair share of hospitality at Bled Castle. Enjoy the magical view of the lake and its surroundings at a lunch in the castle restaurant, visit the museum collection and castle printing works. Perhaps you may even have the opportunity to meet castle knights and ladies, and return to the Middle Ages with them.

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Experience a fairytale at every step

As you wander around Slovenia and discover natural and cultural peculiarities, wonderful hidden corners and hospitable locals, you may get the feeling you are in a fairytale.

UNESCO World Heritage

Slovenian treasure troves of world heritage

UNESCO World Heritage

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Castles

Slovenia is full of castles, manors, fortresses, and fortification systems.

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Discover locations for relaxing getaways in the great outdoors

Choose your very own oasis of peace and relaxation.

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Parks

Discover a wealth of various plant and tree species.

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Experience Slovenia’s sacral heritage

Discover some gems of Slovenia’s sacral heritage in the most exciting way.

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Find your way out of Slovenia’s escape rooms

Enter a world of exciting adventures and find your way out of escape rooms.

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Carnival celebrations in Slovenia

Traditional Slovenian Carnival masks and customs in the palm of your hand.

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Visit the most unusual museums in Slovenia

Enter the world of Slovenia's unusual museum collections.

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