Exceptional natural features
Slovenia itself is a land well worth exploring. Each and every corner reveals amazing details that you can best explore and experience on foot. The mountain peaks command stunning views that make your every effort on the way up well worthwhile. The lower hills also offer amazing perspectives on the countryside, and even wandering through the lowlands from villages to cities has its charm. One of the advantages of hiking in Slovenia is also short distances, because it only takes a couple of minutes to take you from the city bustle to the nearest hiking trail.
Long and rich tradition
Slovenians have hiking in their genes. Even before organised hiking and mountaineering activities, our ancestors climbed steep slopes for hunting, gathering wood, mining ore and other essential tasks. The Slovenian Mountaineering Association, the predecessor of the current Alpine Association of Slovenia, was founded 130 years ago and now counts more than 60 thousand members and is considered one of the largest sport organisations in Slovenia.
Kilometres of hiking and mountaineering trails
Slovenia covers an area of more than 20 thousand square kilometres and has almost 10 thousand kilometres of marked trails. The high alpine world and hills cover 70 percent of Slovenian land. The landscape stretches from the coastal region over the karst edge to the moderately high mountain region and high mountain region to a 2,864-metre altitude, which is the height of the peak of Slovenia’s tallest mountain, Triglav. Long distance trails have a special character as most of them are part of international long distance trails which take you to panoramic peaks and through lowlands.
Cosy mountain huts
To make your hiking tours easier, there are many mountain huts located along the major trails. There are 179 mountain huts, bivouacs and shelters in the Slovenian mountains and hills where you can relax and shelter from unpleasant weather conditions. You can enjoy authentic local dishes, especially stews, in many mountain huts. Some even offer sleeping accommodation. Stop at inns along the trails in the lowlands and find specialised hiking accommodation. Currently, there are 52 providers of such accommodation in Slovenia.
We are all friends in the mountains
One of the unwritten rules of etiquette in the mountains is saying hello, so you’ll find complete strangers greeting you along the trails. The relaxing alpine climate and nature obviously have a beneficial impact on hikers because the atmosphere in this mountainous world is friendly and relaxing. This can be especially felt in the mountain huts, where you will experience warm hospitality and quite often hear cheery songs.