Slovenia is home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites and European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN). Its great cities of art, like Ljubljana, Maribor, Koper and Piran are famous and have been attracting visitors for centuries. Besides its art treasures, Slovenia also features beautiful coasts, alpine lakes and mountains. No wonder it is often named as one of the greenest and smallest countries with a big heart.
With so many amazing sights, putting together a compilation of top tourist attractions in Slovenia is no easy task. The following list however, should give a good indication of why foreign tourists visit Slovenia every year.
BLED LAKE: Simply put, Bled Lake is one of the most romantic destinations on the continent. A crystal blue lake, protected by a castle overlooking the waters with a none-more-idyllic island in the middle, Bled Lake is a Disney scene come to life.
LIPICA STUD FARM: Lipica is famous worldwide for its Lipizzaner horses, and the stud farm here has over 400 years of history behind it. The horses are as elegant as can be, and modern presentations (be they interactive displays or classical exhibits) showcase this clearly.
PIRAN: It is said that Piran is to the Adriatic what Bled is to the Alps and what Slovenia as a whole is to Central Europe: tiny, friendly and overwhelmingly picturesque. With Slovenia’s nest square and one of Europe’s most dramatically situated churches, there is plenty to fall in love with here.
POSTOJNA CAVE: With more than 20km of galleries already found within, Postojna is home to the most visited show cave in Europe. Open every day all year long, only a fraction of these galleries are open to the public, but it is di cult to do justice to the majesty of the caves with mere words.
LJUBLJANA CASTLE: Arguably the capital’s most recognisable sight, Ljubljana Castle sits atop the hill around which the city grew. It has gone under many reconstructions over the centuries and is chock-full of points of interest, but the panoramas of the city it provides is worth the trip alone.
LOGAR VALLEY: A truly stunning glacial alpine valley, Logar Valley is located deep in the heart of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. An excellent starting point for many gorgeous hikes, the natural sights of this area take the breath away.
ŠKOCJAN CAVES: A UNESCO World Heritage site, Škocjan caves are one of only three caves in the world to gain such distinction. Located just outside the town of Divača, a plethora of sites within the caves are waiting to be discovered.
TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK: Covering some 4% of Slovenia’s landmass, Triglav National Park is a stunning landscape of jagged peaks, lush valleys and forests. Slovenia’s tallest mountain, Triglav, is the centrepiece, summiting at some 2864 metres high.
SOČA RIVER: With its emerald green waters, the Soča River gains new admirers with each passing year. The Soča is a haven for those who like their water sports to veer onto the adventurous side, yet also relaxing enough for an afternoon’s fishing.