TOP Slovenian hiking trails

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Slovenia truly is a hiking paradise with more than 10,000 kilometers of marked hiking trails. Grab your hiking boots and let’s go explore the top Slovenian hiking trails.

Spend your holiday in the heart of mountainous Slovenia. Walkthrough the dynamic and untouched nature with 10,000 kilometers of marked hiking trails. You can choose from 175 mountain huts or spend a night in hotels and camps for hikers.

Slovenia has a diverse selection of hiking trails for you to choose from. We have selected the top Slovenian hiking trails.

Soča Trail

Starting the list with the most beautiful hiking trail in Slovenia. Soča trail will leave you breathless as the trail goes along the crystal clear Soča River from her source through the Alpine valley of Trenta to Bovec.

The 25-kilometre long trail, which is a part of the Alpe Adria Trail, will take you along numerous natural and cultural sites – the picturesque canyons of the rivers Soča and Mostnica, log bridges, the Alpine botanical garden Julijana and Trenta Lodge, where you will get a closer look into life in the Triglav National Park.

Learn more about Soča Valley here.

Long-distance trail the Julian Alps

Explore the Julian Alps, which Lonely Planet placed among the top 10 regions of the world. This top Slovenian hiking trail is 300 km long. Uncover the hidden corners of the Alpine landscape, and explore the culture, the historical heritage and the exquisite food that the Julian Alps have to offer. The path leads you through the Triglav National Park and through the biosphere reserve of the Julian Alps.

Slovenian Mountain Trail

The Slovenian mountain trail, the oldest hiking track in Europe is becoming one of the hikers’ favorite challenges in green, active and healthy Slovenia. It runs from Maribor in the northeast, over the Gorenjska region in the north and all the way to the Slovenian coastline.

It was opened in 1953 with 80 checkpoints. Run your hiking diary in a special green booklet and fill it with stamps you find on 75 points along the way. Altogether 599-kilometer-long hiking trail connects Maribor, the second biggest Slovenian city with Ankaran, a coastal town in the youngest Slovenian municipality. It is marked with Knafelc blaze, a white dot inside a red ring, which has been used for marking mountain trails since 1922.

On the way over Pohorje massif, Kamnik-Savinja Alps, Karavanke, Julian Alps, Karst and Slovenian coast, you can refill your energy and spend the night at 58 mountain huts and enjoy the magnificent views from 23 peaks. The trail takes you through 5 Slovenian cities and passes 2 museums, Slovenian Alpine Museum in Mojstrana and Franja Partisan hospital near Cerkno, which was a clandestine hospital in the Second World War. One of the checkpoints is in Škocjan Caves near Divača, listed on the UNESCO world heritage list since 1986.

Learn more about Slovenian UNESCO world heritage here.

Walking on the entire Slovenian mountain trail will take you about 30 days. 

Walk of Peace

Walk of Peace is a trail listed on the UNESCO world heritage site as a reminder of the first world war. This top Slovenian hiking trail will lead you from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea.

The walk starts at Log pod Mangartom at the entrance to the mine shaft named Štoln, and ends at the outdoor museum Mengore near Most na Soči. It is divided into five sections and trekking along each of them can be done in one day. It runs past military cemeteries and chapels, Kluže Fortification, outdoor museums, the Koritnica gorge, the Soča gorge, the idyllic mountain alps, the Kozjak fall, two charnel houses, at Kobarid and Tolmin, a memorial church of the Holy Spirit on the Javorca plateau, the Tolminka gorge, etc. 

soca river

Alpe Adria Trail – through Slovenia, Austria and Italy

Without a doubt one of the top Slovenian hiking trails. Three countries, three cultures, three different landscapes, but all connected by the Alpe Adria Trail, known for having sections with a minimal difference in elevation. The lovers of nature and delicious cuisine will surely enjoy this trail.

For more information about Alpe Adria Trail click here.

Via Alpina

This is a top Slovenian hiking trail for those more experienced hikers. Along the Via Alpina trail, you will be able to discover the highest mountain ranges in Slovenia – the Julian Alps, the Kamnik and Savinja Alps, and the Karavanke Alps. Along the Via Alpina trail, you will explore the beauty of our Alps alongside their natural and cultural heritage. Furthermore, you will also cross the beautiful Triglav lakes! So don’t forget to take your camera with you.

Explore Triglav lakes here.

Logar Valley

Explore the beautiful mountainous landscape of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps on the popular trail from the Logar Valley past the Rinka Falls to the mountain lodge at Okrešelj, where you can regain your strength and stay overnight. An exciting experience for experiences mountaineers is traversing the two-thousand Planjava and Ojstrica, which boisterously show off their rocks and cliffs above the valleys. Views from Logar Valley will make you see why this is the top Slovenian hiking trail and a definite must for you! Just check out this stunning photo below!

Via Bela krajina

Jumping to the other side of Slovenia to uncover this top Slovenian hiking trail. The Via Bela krajina trail will show you the hospitable and colorful world of south-eastern Slovenia. Feel the unique pulse of the land of white birches along the river Kolpa and learn about its interesting legends and customs from Semič to Metlika.

Piran hiking trails

One of the top Slovenian hiking trails, simply due to the stunning views of the Adriatic Seas and Slovenian coastline.  A total of 28 kilometers of well-maintained picturesque paths will enable you to get to know the most beautiful spots in Portorož, Piran, Seča and Strunjan.

You will have a chance to walk through forests, the medieval town of Piran, to the Strunjan Landscape Park, by the lake in Fiesa, past the imposing sculptures of Forma Viva and along the Parenzana narrow gauge railway trail.

The starting point for all three trails is in Portorož. From here, you can opt for a hike towards Piran, Strunjan or Seča. The trails range from seven to twelve kilometers and each of them can be accomplished in two to three hours. Thus, the trails are suitable for families with children as well.

Juliana Trail

Probably one of the most known Slovenian hiking trail is the Juliana Trail. This top Slovenian hiking trail is 270 kilometers long circular trail. It will take you to the edges of the Julian Alps and Triglav National Park, offering you the opportunity to interact with the people who live there. The trail is divided into 16 sections, and at the end of each section, you will be able to take a break and enjoy local dishes to regain your strength. The trail’s primarily flat terrain makes it perfect for families. 

Zasavje Long-Distance Trail

The Zasavje Long-Distance Trail leads from the Bizeljsko wine district to the top of the peak of Kum. In the hilly part of Posavje you will be treated to a special experience in the characteristic repnice, cellars for wine and crops carved out of flint stone. The trail then enters the hills and valleys of Zasavje, and leads you past the geometric center of Slovenia above the village of Vače.

Via Dinarica Slovenia

The Slovenian part of the trail which connects the Dinaric Alps will take you across the mysterious Karst. Awaiting you on the 160-kilometer section are picturesque karst plateaus, the astonishing underground world, mysterious vanishing lakes and ancient beech forests, which are part of the UNESCO heritage. In addition to the natural wonders of the Karst, you will also be amazed by the rich cultural heritage along the trail. See for yourself why this is considered as one of the top Slovenian hiking trails.

Source: Slovenska turistična organizacija