Top 10 most unusual places to visit in Slovenia
If you are adventurous and curious to get off the beaten path of many tourists and see not only popular attractions such as Lake Blejsko or Ljubljana, but also the most remote corners of the country, then you should look at the list of these unusual activities and places that will surprise you in Slovenia!
Despite the fact that Slovenia is a small country, there are also places that even the locals have not heard of. Let’s see what unusual places in Slovenia are worth visiting for the curious tourist.
1. Village of Glajuta
A small village in the middle of the forest made a strong impression on us! The place was abandoned after World War II, and many years later two mass graves were discovered here. The story is of course quite sad, but Glajuta is in an unusually beautiful place, which is worth a walk.
2. Underground Bike Tour
Usually people ride bicycles through forests, coasts and mountains. But this unique experience is sure to be one you’ll remember for a long time – a bicycle tour through the underground underneath Peck Mountain. Once lead ore was mined here, and 800 km of tunnels have been laid since 1665 . Then mining stopped, but many kilometers of underground labyrinths remained.
3. overnighting in an ancient prison cell
Photo from Booking website
If you like to experiment and stay in unusual hotels, you should pay attention to the hostel Celica Art, located in the capital of Ljubljana. Each room was individually designed as a hostel, but it is worth remembering that these were once real prison cells!
4. Škofja Loka
The medieval town of Škofja Loka
Škofja Loka is not only one of the most beautiful cities in Slovenia, but also one of the best preserved medieval towns in the country. Small streets, old houses, cozy cafes – all this awaits you here, in a town where not many tourists go.
Few people know, but it is in Shkofya Loka is the largest open-air theater, and the manuscript of the famous play Passion Play “Shkofya Loka” is kept in the monastery of the city.
In general, if you have the opportunity and want to learn more about the fascinating history of the city, as well as the traditions of the local population, it is worth to go on an individual tour in Russian.
5. The world’s first beer fountain
Yes, yes, you heard right – there are such unusual places in Slovenia as a fountain from which beer pours! The Green Gold Fountain is located in the center of Slovenia’s hop industry, the small town of Žalec. Beer production is a centuries-old tradition of the country, and the beer fountain is a tribute and homage to this tradition.
In the town you can buy a special beer mug with a built-in microchip and taste different beers, including “green beer” brewed especially for the fountain.
6. Set off on the trail of a brown bear.
Slovenia is one of the best places in Europe to observe a brown bear . The country is 60% covered in forests, and there is nothing to stop the feline inhabitants of the forest from living there. The best places for observation are the forests of Kochevja and Notranjska.
There are special wooden lodge posts, from where you can observe wild animals in their natural habitat . You have a better chance of seeing them if you go on a guided tour, but independent travelers can also drive. The main thing is to be careful not to disturb the animals.
7. Taste the oldest wine in the world
Vineyards of Slovenia.
The city of Maribor is home to the Old Vine House winery store . Here you can enjoy a glass of wine made from the oldest vine in the world, which is over 400 years old. Tours are in English and Italian, and even if you’re not a wine connoisseur, it’s interesting to see the world’s oldest vine! And you can choose non-alcoholic beverages as a tasting.
8. The coolest zipline in the world.
If you crave adrenaline, you should definitely take a ride on a ziplane! There are several of them in the country – through canyons, through mountainous terrain, but the most unusual is in Planica. Here is located the ski jump and when you accelerate up to 85 km/hour on the 566 meters long track you can imagine what the skiers feel like.
9. The small town and castle of Podsreda
The village of Podsreda
The small village Podsreda is located near the border with Croatia, and is easy to reach by car. Although the village is very small, but worth a visit – the colorful houses and cozy cafes will not leave you indifferent.
In addition, the region itself is famous for its Sunday markets, where you can buy local farm produce. On the hill there is also Podsreda Castle, which dates from 1150 and is one of the best preserved in Slovenia.
10. Velika Planina
Velika planina and unusual shepherd’s houses
Another unusual place in Slovenia, which not everyone knows about. Velika Planina is the highest and the most beautiful plateau in Slovenia, like a fairy tale or a movie set.
Shepherds came to love this place several centuries ago, and the tradition continues to this day. The most unusual thing here is the way the houses are built. The roof reaches almost to the ground, making the house look like a hut. By the way, some of the buildings date back to the beginning of the 16th century.
Slovenia is a beautiful green country, which can be discovered endlessly, despite its small size. However, if you are not interested in following the typical tourist trails or you have already seen everything, then go to unusual places in Slovenia, because this country has something to surprise!
10 things to do in Slovenia
Ljubljana is a very small and very cozy city, devoid of the hustle and bustle of the capital. It takes 3-4 hours to get acquainted with it, but you won’t regret it if you take a whole day. The modern architectural image of Ljubljana was created by one architect, Jože Plečnik. Climb up to Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views of the city, stroll along the Ljubljanica river promenade and be sure to stop by the central market where you can not only buy fresh food, but also taste different cuisines of the world. Ljubljana is a very green city, paying great attention to the environment. In 2016, Ljubljana was named the Green Capital of Europe.
2. Fall in love with Lake Bled
Even if you’ve never been to Slovenia, you’ve probably seen pictures of Lake Bled. A small island with a church in the middle of the lake at the foot of the Alps is a real fairy tale. The lake is 475 meters above the sea level, and the surrounding mountains create a special microclimate – in the summer the water gets up to +25 degrees. You can admire the lake from the height, walking on one of two hiking trails or drive to Bled Castle. If you rent a boat, you can swim to the island, climb the 99 steps and ring the bell – according to legend, it will bring the fulfillment of desires.
3. To see the canyon of Vintgar.
A few kilometers from Lake Bled there is a picturesque Vintgar Gorge. The emerald river, steep cliffs and waterfall are perfect in hot weather. Entrance fee is paid, for tourists laid paths – to walk comfortably. The length of the gorge is 1.6 km, so you should calculate at least 2 hours for the way there and back.
4- Rest at Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj is the largest lake in Slovenia, at 525 meters above sea level in the Triglav National Park. Here you can lounge on the beach, fish or actively relax – the choices range from mountain climbing to paragliding. A few kilometers from the lake is the Savica waterfall, the most famous in Slovenia. Two jets create a semblance of the letter “A”.
5. Active spending time in the Soča River Valley
Mountain river with emerald-blue color, whose rapids and narrow gorges attract fans of rafting, kayaking and canyoning. The Soča River originates at Triglav, the highest peak in Slovenia, and flows into the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Italy. You can see the river in all its glory if you visit the towns of Kobarid, Tolmin, Bovec, Nova Gorica. During the First World War fierce battles took place here, one of which was described by Hemingway in his novel Farewell to arms! Nowadays there are hiking trails and all conditions for pleasant rest in the valley of the river.
6. Admire Predyamsky Castle
Predjamski Castle is one of the oldest castles in Slovenia, and was first mentioned in 1202. The castle is built into a huge rock 123 meters high. Secret passages connect the castle with the cave underneath it. Every year knights’ tournaments are held in the castle: archers, swordsmen and horsemen compete in a contest of skill.
7. Ride the train inside the cave
Postojnska Jama is the only karst cave in the world, inside which the train goes. For tourists there are 5 km of tracks. Inside you can see not only stalactites and stalagmites of bizarre shapes, but also “human fish” – an amphibian living underground. In one of the halls of the cave is an aquarium where they live.
8. Admire the snow-white racers
The snow-white racehorses that conquered the Austrian royal court are a special breed of horses from the Slovenian village of Lipica. The oldest horse breed in Europe was founded in 1580 by Archduke Charles. Lipizzan horses are born dark in color and lighten after a few months. Now you can get to know the horses here, go for a horseback ride, check out the museum and admire the performances of the riding school.
9. See the beauty of the Logar Valley
Logarska Dolina is located in northern Slovenia, surrounded by the magnificent Alps. The valley is recognized as a nature reserve, and all conditions have been created here for hiking, cycling, fishing, horseback riding, etc. The Rinka waterfall, 90 meters high, is one of the landmarks of the valley.
10. Breathe the sea breeze in the city of Piran
The medieval town of Piran is located on the Istrian peninsula 7 km from the Croatian border. The influence of Italy can be recognized at a glance – for a long time Piran developed under the patronage of the Venetian Republic, and the Italian language is recognized as an official language here. The city owes its prosperity to the salt works from 804. Come to the salt museum, learn all about salt production, and then relax in thalassotherapy.