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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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