With a tapestry of landscapes, enchanting architecture and welcoming locals, Slovenia packs a lot into its borders.
Over half the country is covered with verdant valleys, making it one of the greenest in the world.
In the northwest, the snow-capped peaks of the Julian Alps feed several emerald-green lakes. The most famous of these is Lake Bled, with its small church on a picturesque island, and medieval castle overlooking it all from the clifftop. Take a step back to admire its fairytale-like beauty, then catch your breath and dive in for a swim.
Elsewhere there are many more natural treasures waiting to be explored. The northern region is dominated by verdant countryside, such as Savinja and Šalek Valley. Here you’ll discover soaring peaks, hot springs, crashing waterfalls and crystal-clear streams. To the southwest, you’ll find the Postojna Caves, home to countless underground tunnels and chambers, and a remarkable medieval castle that looks like it’s growing out of a cave – it has to be seen to be believed.
All this is within day-tripping distance of Ljubljana, the pocket-sized capital which sits at the heart of the country. Here, baroque facades blend with the 20th-century architecture. Wander across iconic Triple Bridge, or take the funicular railway up to Ljubljana Castle, before winding down the afternoon with a coffee in delightful Prešeren Square.
The majority of hotels, hostels, and apartments are found in Ljubljana and the eastern city of Maribor. In the north, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia’s top ski resort, boasts a range of chalets and lodges.
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