Gaze out from Slovenia’s peaks
The warmer days are perfect for wandering out into nature. To take in the full beauty of the colourful landscape, head up to one of Slovenia’s mountain peaks, where expansive views open up. We Slovenians love to do this. Hiking is in our genes, as evidenced by the more than 10,000 km of maintained and marked trails that criss-cross Slovenia. The effort of hiking uphill is rewarded with magnificent views that make your heart sing. But these images do not just stay imprinted on your heart, they also get captured on camera and are then spread back to the valley and across the world by means of social networks such as Instagram. To make it easier for you to decide which trail will be next on your list for a visit, we offer some of the most popular Instagram images and impressions.
Shout it out on Golica
Golica is one of the most popular peaks in the Karavanke range. It especially pays to go there in May, when its foothills are covered in daffodil blossoms, giving the landscape a wonderful white blanket. Golica is the subject of one of the most famous and most played compositions by Slavko Avsenik, which can often be heard when Slovenians do well in sports.
Step onto the summit of Slovenia
Mt Triglav is the highest peak in Slovenia and has major symbolic significance for Slovenians. The only national park in Slovenia is named after it. The ascent alone, by various routes, offers numerous photogenic spots, and on the summit, crowned by the refuge turret of Aljažev stolp, an immense view opens up on a large part of Slovenia, and all the way to the sea.
Bled right at your fingertips.
Are you wondering where to take the nicest panorama photo of Bled? Climb up Mala Osojnica, one of the lone-standing peaks on the southern side of Lake Bled. You will need around 45 minutes to get to the summit along a steep forest trail, but you’ll be rewarded with a priceless view of the lake and the Karavanke range and Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the background.
Breathtaking heights of Mangart
The road up to the pass of Mangartsko Sedlo is one of the most picturesque of mountain roads. The steep slopes of Mangart, a two-thousander ‘ornamented’ with reddish dolomitic sandstone, are a major magnet for photographers, while the views to the eastern and western Julian Alps are also a big draw.
Bird’s eye view of Lake Bohinj
When you’re in Bohinj, you definitely need to climb up to the Vogar mountain pasture. This popular excursion point in the heart of Triglav National Park offers serious inspiration with its magnificent views of Lake Bohinj and the surrounding peaks of the Julian Alps. This is also a launch site for paragliders. You can also restore your energy in the mountain lodge there.
Make a stop at Vršič
Vršič Pass connects two picturesque valleys – the Upper Sava and the Soča. Even on the hairpin road you will encounter plenty of material for great photos – on the Kranjska Gora side you will see Jasna lake, the Russian Chapel and the ‘Ajdovska Maiden’ in the rock face of Prisank, and on the Bovec side lies the idyllic Trenta Valley and the source of the River Soča. Vršič is a popular challenge for cyclists and a great starting point for mountain tours.
Where the Alps and the eastern plains meet
Up on Donačka gora on the eastern boundary of the Alps, an entirely different view opens up. You can gaze on the vineyard-covered hills of Haloze and Slovenske Gorice, the flatlands of Dravsko Polje and Ptujsko Polje and all the way to Posotelje. You will recognise it by its characteristic conical shape, and it is also known as the ‘Štajerski Triglav’.
The perfect excursion, even if you don’t have a lot of time
The grassy slopes marking the end of the Lower Bohinj mountain ridge is a great choice for an active outing. The more than 600 metre gain in elevation from Železniki can be done in an hour and a half, and the reward is a wide open view of the Karavanke range, Kamnik-Savinja Alps and Škofja Loka hills. Ratitovec has several peaks, the most visited being Gladki Vrh and Altemaver, and in between you can take a break at the Krekova mountain lodge.
Mighty guardian of the Karst
When you travel towards the Slovenian coast from Ljubljana, you will certainly not miss Nanos, which looms over the Karst landscape. The high Karst plateau offers views of the wine-producing Vipava Valley, the Karst lands all the way to the Adriatic Sea on one side and of the Ljubljana Basin on the other side.
From the winds of war to natural beauty
The two-thousander Mt Krn rises above the picturesque valley of the River Soča. Here in addition to its natural beauty you will still encounter traces of the First World War, since this mountain range was the scene of battles on the Soča (Isonzo) Front. On the path towards the summit, be sure to stop at Lake Krn, which is the biggest high mountain lake in Slovenia.
MY WAY OF HIKING PARADISE
Many paths lead through Slovenia. Which one will you choose?
The most beautiful hiking trails
Slovenia is criss-crossed with hiking trails. A trail for any taste can be found. Some of them will give you a really enjoyable experience in pristine nature.
Long hikes, satisfying experiences
In Slovenia, lovers of long walks are able to find trails with interesting themes and diverse characteristics, connecting mountain peaks and valleys with coastal areas. Hike on the Alpe Adria Trail, the Walk of Peace, the E7 European long-distance path, etc.
Visit popular hiking destinations in Central Slovenia
Discover the beauty of the hills and plateaus of Central Slovenia. Put on your hiking shoes and head to popular destinations where you can relax and have a great time.
To the highest peaks
The path to the mountains always rewards you with incredible views of Alpine peaks. Head to the highest mountain of Slovenia, Mt. Triglav, located in the middle of the Julian Alps, or to the popular peaks in the Karavanke Alps and the Kamnik and Savinja Alps.
Hiking in the hills
Head to green forests. You can hike on easy trails or you can be challenged by high mountain peaks. Numerous hiking trails are close to towns, so you can simply take various one-day trips.
Walks across the lowland trails
Do you like exploring natural sites? Experience a hiking adventure in the lowlands of Slovenia. Interesting walking, themed, educational, and mountain trails can be found everywhere.
Plan your outdoor activities. In your own way.
When you have had enough and you need some relaxation in nature, escape to Slovenia. The wide range of outdoor activities will drive away your everyday worries and fill you with fresh energy. You can join the many Slovenians on hiking trails, get on a bicycle or set off in search of more adrenaline-filled challenges.
Slovenia through the eyes of visitors
Take a look at the images of Slovenia captured on camera by visitors. Capture your own unforgettable experiences and share them with us on social networks.