5 places in Slovenia that’ll take your breath away!

Slovenia is not one of the countries that feature high on our priority list when we think Europe. Probably one of the most underrated European countries, it has every ingredient that makes for a great vacation, with beautiful landscapes, gorgeous greenery and crystal clear lakes. The country is really small so does not require a lot of time to cover and makes for a great combination with Croatia, Austria or even Italy.

Here are 5 places in Slovenia that are bound to take your breath away!

#1 Ljubljana's lively vibe

The country's capital city has an amazing vibe and great nightlife. The winding Ljubljana River with its charming bridges, outdoor cafes and restaurants lined along the river, the lovely castle perched on top of the hill in the backdrop and the laid back atmosphere is what you can look forward to in this city. Do not miss the dragons perched on the famous Dragon Bridge in the Old Town, one of the most photographed attractions in the area.

Ljubljana River

#2 Breathtaking views of Lake Bled from Blejski Grad (Bled Castle)

Lake Bled is one of the best places to visit in Slovenia. The gorgeous lake has the clearest green waters ever and a walk around the lake is just the ticket for enjoying a relaxing day and connecting with nature. If you're feeling up for a little adventure and for some gorgeous views of the lake, hike up the Bled Castle (although the hike is hardly about 30-45 minutes, it is quite steep) or drive up to it. The castle has a few cafes, a souvenir shop and breathtaking views of the lake and the island in the middle of the lake.

Alternatively, you can take a boat to the island and explore it or climb up the stairs to Villa Bled and sip on a cup of coffee at their terrace restaurant which has great views of the island and the lake.

View from Bled Castle

Walk around Lake Bled

#3 Green pools of Triglav National Park

On the drive from Lake Bled towards Lake Bohinj, you will encounter some of the most beautiful valleys and pools. This is part of the Triglav National Park, which has some of the most magical landscapes you'll see. Unspoilt diverse nature, mountains and lakes, forests and pools - this is what you can expect in this part of Slovenia. Don't forget to take a refreshing dip in one of the green pools on your way.

Triglav National Park's green pools

#4 Calm and beautiful Lake Bohinj

Located in the valley of Julian Alps, Lake Bohinj's calm waters are very inviting to those who might be interested in renting a kayak and exploring. The lake is hardly a 1-hour drive from the capital city and although not as popular as Lake Bled, it is definitely worth a visit.

The active people can look to hike the 12-km trail along the lake (which takes about 5 hours) or choose a part of it. You may also choose to drive or walk towards Savica waterfall, about 4 km ahead of the lake (be ready to climb 500 steps to the viewing point). If time allows, take a cable car up to Mt Vogel for spectacular views of the lake.

Lake Bohinj

#5 Vintgar Gorge

Located hardly 15 minutes ahead of Lake Bled, this is a place with wilderness where you can enjoy a short hike amidst waterfalls and pools. Take a walk along the wooden platform, which is about 1.5km long; it can slippery and wet along the way but the experience is spectacular. With cute little cafes at the starting point as well as the end point, you will reach a viewing platform overlooking the Šum Waterfall. 


65 thoughts on “5 places in Slovenia that’ll take your breath away!”

  1. wow….seems such a lovely place…hv not read much abt it elsewhere..thanks for providing a wonderful insight…would definitely include in my list of countries to visit in europe😊

  2. I’ve heard so many good things about Slovenia from friends that have traveled there in the past. This post just confirms to me that I need to experience it for myself 😀

  3. Slovenia is one of the top countries that I want to visit in Europe! Those lakes and national parks look absolutely spectacular. How is Slovenian food?

  4. Lake Bled is the only one I’d heard of until reading this. They all look beautiful, definitely some more places to add to my never ending bucket list!

  5. I’ve had a quite a few friends that have gone on trips to Slovenia and absolutely loved it, I’m always hearing great things. I really want to get over there myself, this post has been bookmarked for future reference 😀

  6. Slovenia isn’t one of those places I’ve ever really considered – until now! It looks like a great country to explore, so will have to add it to my list 🙂 flights there are also quite cheap from the UK, so that’s a plus! x

  7. Hi we guys are planning to do 2 nights each in Ljublajana and Lake bled . Do you think that’s enough . Also did you cover Piran. Any views on that ?

    1. Hi Nitin, yes 2 nights in each of Ljubljana and Lake Bled is enough. As for Piran, I did not visit but I’ve heard great things about it. It seems a lot like many towns in Croatia and since I was short on time and already visiting Croatia on the same trip, I decided to skip it.

  8. Slovenia has been creeping up on a lot of must-see lists lately. Looking at some of these places you featured I can see why. I’d love to see that Gorge and Bled Castle!

  9. It looks absolutely stunning! Beautiful pictures and really informative, might just have to add Slovenia to my bucket list! Thanks for a wonderful post

  10. Wow, this is truly amazing trip. I love all the places that you shared to us and would love to traipse my feet on each of these beautiful spots. I love all your stunning photos as well, you must have a good eye for any subjects. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  11. Some nice places you listed here – starting considering Slovenia as a travel destination (maybe i should just add some days off after my planned trip to Bosnia (with a Bosnian friend) next summer for rafting to do a detour there? 😉 ). I definitely need more days off… 😀

  12. I would love to visit Slovenia! I’ve heard a lot of great things, especially recently. Many of my friends have been by Interrail… Thanks for the guide, I’ll be looking at this if I plan a visit!

  13. Slovenia is very high on our list. Ian even researched getting married at Lake Bled! The views from Bled Castle are STUNNING. Slovenia has beautiful scenery with breathtaking views of mountains, lakes and gorges. It truly is magical! : )

  14. This is very useful for me, especially as I’ll be visiting Slovenia next year. I definitely hope to see Lake Bled, and so much more in the country. The capital also looks pretty too, I can’t wait to visit!

  15. Hiking the lake, walk around the gorges to a waterfall… Ok. Slovenia now does have all my attention. Although I lived most of my life in Europe, I have to admit I don’t know much about Slovenia. I’d really like to see all these places you’ve listed and learn more about the country. Hopefully soon!

  16. Slovenia’s countryside is so appealing. Lake Bled, of course, but Triglav National Park and Lake Bohinj are on my list of places to visit. The pristine landscape is a hidden European gem in plain sight. I’d love to spend a couple days hiking and exploring.

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