Themed trails = the best school in nature

Do you like to walk and at the same time learn something interesting about the environment through which a trail takes you? If so, then themed trails that bring you closer to the natural and cultural features of an individual area in an interesting way offer the perfect choice for you. Especially if you’re wondering how to convince your children to go on a nature walk or teach them something new.

Slovenia has over 5,000 kilometres of themed and walking trails, spread throughout the country. Every year, the Tourist Association of Slovenia, Slovenian Forest Service and the Slovenia Outdoor portal present a selection of Top Themed Trails. Here are some trails where you will learn many new things and enjoy every step.

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Drvošec Educational Trail

The mysterious nature of the intermittent Lake Cerknica has stirred our imagination for centuries. Now, its intriguing world can be explored along the 3.7 kilometre long Drvošec Themed Trail. It is suitable for everyone. Interesting points are located along the trail, which is marked with a bird (bittern) icon, where you can discover the diverse flora and fauna. The most beautiful views of the intermittent lake open up from two observation sites and the 10-metre Otočec tower.

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Length
3.7 km in one direction or 8.5 km with all the stops and a return to the starting point
Duration
3.5 – 4 hrs
Start of trail
car park at Dolenje Jezero
End of trail
bridge before the Otok village

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Grumble Bear Trail – children's walking trail

A long time ago, the Grumble Bear was slouching in Bohinjska Bela near Bled. Do you want to know what he experienced on his way through the village? A lovely circular family-themed trail reveals the charming adventures of the Grumble Bear. At every stop, you can tackle various fun challenges and at the end of the trail you can even take a peek at what a real bear den looks like.

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Length
2 km
Duration
1 - 2 hrs
Start of trail
village centre at the Local Community Hall in Bohinjska Bela
End of trail
village centre at the Local Community Hall in Bohinjska Bela

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Mach’s Educational Trail

There are still many fairytales and legends of the Gorjanci hill region of Dolenjska that continue to excite people’s imaginations. This was also the home of the visionary family of the world-renowned mathematician, physicist and philosopher Ernest Mach, who brought the antheraea yamamai, or Japanese silk moth, to Slatenska dolina below the Gorjanci Hills. Perhaps you will have the opportunity to see the evolution of this extraordinary butterfly while walking along Mach’s Educational Trail in the forests and alongside brooks, past the Mach Mansion and other ethnological heritage attractions.

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Length
9 km
Duration
organised guided tour: 4.5 hrs
Start of trail
independent tour 2 hrs
End of trail
Mali Slatnik

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Horse Riding Trails on the Karst

Although the words “horse riding” are in the name of this trail, this is actually a network of trails running across the Vipava Valley and the Karst that is also suitable for hikers and cyclists. You can experience numerous cultural treasures, the heritage of the First World War, picturesque karst villages and natural features such as the Leopard Cave. You can decide to walk the circular trail or take the trail between Vogrsko and Nova vas. 

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Length
main trail 22.5 km, circular trail 25 km
Duration
4,5 – 5 hrs
Start of trail
Vogrsko
End of trail
Nova vas (main trail), Vogrsko (circular trail)

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Military History Circular Trail

The more than 11 kilometre-long Military History Circular Trail connects the Park of Military History, the Alpine Wall fortification, Šilentabor nad Zagorjem Hill, and the village of Narin. The trail offers an insight into Slovenian and world military history from Roman times to the 20th century and, at the same time, you can learn about the life and customs of the Green Karst region.

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Length
11.3 km
Duration
4 hrs
Start of trail
Park of Military History (Pivka)
End of trail
Park of Military History (Pivka)

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Žirovnica Cultural Heritage Trail

The villages below Stol Mountain have an exceptional literary heritage. There is no other place like it in Slovenia, where so many great authors of Slovenian literature can be found. The Žirovnica Cultural Heritage Trail connects the birth houses and the apiary of the most important men in local history. Every fourth Saturday from March until October, you can also take a short free ride by hay cart from Vrba.

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Length
8 km from the birth house of Matija Čop to the birth house of France Prešeren or 10.5 km (circular trail)
Duration
trail walk: 2.5 hrs, including a guided tour of the museum houses: 6 hrs
Start of trail
Vrba ali Žirovnica
End of trail
Vrba or Žirovnica

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Marsh Pixies Trail to Mali Plac

The Ljubljana Marshes are full of interesting stories from the past and small wonders of nature. Take the “Marsh Notebook” for your children to complete and gather the marsh stamps and the pixie symbols along the circular trail. While meeting the animals who live in the marshes and learning about the pile dweller culture, Lily the pixie will help you to search for the magic words that will free you from the spell of the marsh pixies.

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Length
3.2 km
Duration
3 hrs
Start of trail
Bevke Sport Park
End of trail
Bevke Sport Park

Mining Hiking and Educational Trail

Would you like to know how coal was extracted from the Zagorje mine not so very long ago? Along the 10 kilometre-long Mining Trail you can discover typical mining facilities and equipment as well as learn about the lives of the miners and their families.

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Length
10.4 km
Duration
3 hrs
Start of trail
Evropark in Zagorje
End of trail
Zagorje Mining Museum in Loke v Kisovcu

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Orion’s Trail

Are you inspired by the stars? Take Orion's Trail around Laško, follow in the footsteps of ancient cultures, and see the alleged location of a megalithic sanctuary. You will be astonished by the fact that the ruins of these ancient forts are laid out in an exceptionally accurate representation of the astronomical constellation. Learn about other cultural heritage and natural features along the trail.

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Length
10.7 km
Duration
2 – 3 hrs, guided tour: 3 – 4 hrs
Start of trail
Defence tower of the former charterhouse at Jurklošter
End of trail
Defence tower of the former charterhouse at Jurklošter

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Celje City Forest

The forest is just a stone’s throw away from the city centre of Celje. The city forest is an eminently practical place to learn about natural forest ecosystems. Interpretative points in the forest, a tree house and a forest playground will help you to understand and respect nature.

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Length
7 km
Duration
2 hrs, guided tour: 3.5 hrs
Start of trail
Celje (Lisce)
End of trail
Celje (City Park)

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Oton's adventure

Pick up a map, put on your binoculars and set off on Oton's adventure in the Lahinja Landscape Park. At every turn, you will find unusual props with hidden riddles from the famous Slovenian poet Oton Župančič. Solve the riddles and learn about the literary heritage of Bela krajina in a playful and entertaining way.

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Length
8.5 km
Duration
3 to 4 hours
Start of trail
Info centre in the Lahinja Landscape Park, Veliki Nerajec
End of trail
Info centre in the Lahinja Landscape Park, Veliki Nerajec

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The Old Mining Trail

A walk along the old mining route takes you into the past, revealing parts of the everyday lives of the people who excavated and transported iron ore in the area of Jesenice. When strolling around, you may even meet the master of the foundry, Viktor Ruard, or the mining manager Heinrich may emerge from around a corner. Near the shaft, you can hear the sound of a pickaxe from the strong hand of Tona, the miner. 

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Length
8.3 km
Duration
3.5 ure
Start of trail
Stara Sava, Jesenice
End of trail
Sava Caves

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