Discover peaceful hiking oases

Slovenia is criss-crossed with hiking trails. Although many hikers tend to go to the mountains, Slovenia’s lowlands also have a certain charm. These are mostly less-demanding trails, which are also appropriate for a family stroll in nature. What will you choose – trails in the shade of green tree tops or those among grapevines, next to picturesque rivers, or among mysterious rocky masterpieces of nature? Read some tips on where you can find your new favourite trail.

Go on a hike across hills and plains

Discover the charm of hiking trails that take you among gentle hills, across meadows, and through vineyards, and that are suitable for anyone. Find the most beautiful views of the dynamic landscape. 

Walk through age-old forests

Explore the green trails of the Kočevsko region. Be refreshed in the pleasant green shade of age-old trees, listen to the song of birds, and learn about the diversity of life in the vast forests of Kočevsko. Follow the footsteps of bears to find these forest giants in a protected primeval forest, discover crystal-clear sources, interesting masterpieces of nature, and cultural sights.

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Experience Kočevsko in your hiking shoes

Surrender to the sound of the wind in tree tops and the rustling of leaves under your feet. Take in the beauty of primeval nature and explore some of the greatest treasures of Kočevsko on selected trails.

Experiencing the Primeval Forest

Take a walk through the woodlands of Kočevski Rog and experience the tranquillity and magic of nature. Get up close and personal with the Queen of Rog and follow the bear paw symbols along the perimeter of the virgin forest. A local guide can help you discover and fully appreciate the mystery and beauty of the forest. After you finish your hike, enjoy a lovely picnic with an assortment of local delicacies.

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Borovška pešpot Hiking Trail with a View of the Krokar Primeval Forest

Borovška pešpot Hiking Trail with a View of the Krokar Primeval Forest

The area around Kočevje abounds with hiking opportunities. Soak up the sights amongst the majestic trees of the Krokar Primeval Forest, which is skirted by the Borovška pešpot trail. The trail is suitable for family outings in the great outdoors, and marked with the daffodil symbol. Your best bet is to hike the trail in May, when hosts of daffodils flutter and dance beneath the trees. You may also choose to descend down to the Kolpa river canyon.

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Tracking Bears

Tracking Bears

Did you know that the woodlands of Kočevje are said to be home to the largest brown bear population in the country? Hire a guide, gear up and go track some bear. Follow the bear paw symbol along the Roška pot trail, which stretches 64 km through the mysterious domain of the brown bear, and retrace the fascinating remnants of the area’s history.

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Walk across the land of white birches

Explore Bela Krajina in your hiking shoes. Follow the River Kolpa, which you can jump into for some refreshment, or hike up to one of the peaks in the surrounding area to take in the view of the picturesque landscape. Regardless which trail you take, you’ll encounter Bela Krajina hospitality everywhere you go.

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Explore the land of castles and vineyards

There’s something for everyone in Posavje. Advanced hikers can climb up to the peaks of the Posavsko Hribovje Hills, such as the magnificent peaks of Lisca Hill and Bohor Hill. Lovers of authentic nature can select trails in the Kozjansko Park. Explore the life and tastes of Posavje while hiking on dynamic themed trails and other trails in the surrounding area of the towns of Krško and Brežice. While on your way, don’t forget to visit the castles of Posavje.

Experience the charms of the Karst

A walk through the picturesque Karst landscape offers you something to enjoy at every step. It continues to take our breath away with stunning karst phenomena, typical Karst architecture, traces from the past, and excellent Karst cuisine at farms and food and drink establishments along the way. Choose your hiking trail from ancient forests to the rocky cliffs of the Adriatic Sea and enjoy the views from the highest Karst peaks. 

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A walk through the land of sun and grapes

Take a walk among vineyards and ‘zidanice’ cottages in Dolenjska and have a refreshing glass of a special Dolenjska wine – Cviček. Walk across the picturesque Gorjanci Hills and hear about the legends and stories hailing from this area. Go hiking on the trails by the River Krka or go on a walk in the footsteps of monks.

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Experience the hiking paradise of Dolenjska in your own way  

The trails of the dynamic Dolenjska landscape can be enjoyed by those seeking peace, those who seek greater challenges, those who are romantic at heart, and those who wish to explore cultural heritage. Which path route would you choose?

Hike up to Trdinov Vrh Hill with youthful enthusiasm

Find the elixir of youth and head to Trdinov Vrh Hill from Gaberje. On your hike, get some refreshment at the Gospodična (Young Lady) Spring that, according to folk tales, gives eternal youth. Regain your strength to continue your hike towards the peak by tasting local specialities at a nearby cabin. At the top, you will be rewarded with a view extending past the vineyards, all the way to the Alps.

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To heaven on foot

To heaven on foot

Go on a night hike at full moon to Nebesa (Heaven) above the village of Šentrupert. At the top, you will be served local food and drinks and you will be able to enjoy some entertainment with an accordion. If the night sky charms you so much that you wish to sleep under the stars, you can also stay in a tent. When you wake up in the morning, your breath will be taken by the view of Mirna Valley, and you can begin your day with a true Dolenjska breakfast.

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Discovering heritage on hiking trails

Discovering heritage on hiking trails

The gentle landscape with diverse settings offers numerous marked hiking trails. Some of the trails are connected with local history and important local historical personalities. The longest among them is the 150-km-long Trdina Trail. Rudolf’s Trail is also connected with the history of Novo Mesto. One of the most popular trails is the hiking trail to Trdinov Vrh Hill. Slak’s Trail and the Cvičkova Gaz Trail take you around the wine-growing Trška Gora area.

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When you feel like getting a few more hiking kilometres under your belt ...

... then it’s time to embark on one of the long-distance paths which cross Slovenian territory in part or in full. Experience those that mostly take you through the lowland areas of Slovenia.

European long-distance path E7

European long-distance path E7

Accept the challenge and embark on a 600-kilometre path from western to eastern Slovenia. On your way, visit the Alpine foothills, the green forests of Kočevsko, the dynamic landscape along the River Kolpa, the gentle wine-growing hills from Bizeljsko to Jeruzalem, and make sure to be re-energised in natural spas along the way.

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Zasavje Long-Distance Trail

Zasavje Long-Distance Trail

Embark on a 200-kilometre journey among gentle wine-growing hills from Bizeljsko to the top of Kum Hill in the Posavje Hills.

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Via Dinarica

Via Dinarica

This 160-kilometre section of an international long-distance path will open your eyes to picturesque karst plateaus, stunning underground world, mysterious intermittent lakes, and age-old beech forests.

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Via Bela Krajina

Via Bela Krajina

Explore Bela Krajina by hiking on the 115-kilometre path from Semič to Metlika. Learn about the natural and cultural diversity of the land of green Jurij.

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