In the northern part of Slovenia lie the Alps and the Triglav National Park, named after the highest mountain which is also located here. In the National Park you will find the most beautiful gorges, foaming rivers and high waterfalls, not forgetting the lakes Bled and Bohinj. In Bled there is a tiny island with the pilgrim church of Our Lady. The church takes up almost the entire island and is a popular place of pilgrimage. Put on your walking shoes and go exploring in the National Park or see it all from above on a cable car trip on Mount Vogel.
If you like visiting museums, we recommend a visit to the Bled Castle Museum. After the museum there is a perfect opportunity to visit the Family Adventure Park Straža Bled or the water park Aqua Larix.
In the north-eastern corner of the country lie Pohorje and Drau Valley in scenic landscapes. The Upper Drau Valley Outdoor Park offers a wealth of outdoor activities. You can play golf, ride mountain bikes and go riding, go on walking and hiking trips and much more. Finish off with a visit to Water Park Radlje ob Dravi. At Podcetrtek there is another water park, Thermal Park Aqua Luna.
On the Karst plateau in the south-western part of Slovenia you will find the country’s main attractions; the famous caves and grottos. Some of the caves require good physical condition and enthusiasm, but others are easier to visit. You need warm clothes for all of them as it’s only about 12 degrees in the caves. Škocjan Caves is the largest grotto in Europe and is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. A guided tour through the grotto takes an hour and a half and follows the cave’s underground river. Križna Jama cave is a known site where fossils, skulls and bones of more than 2,000 prehistoric cave bears have been found. Guides tell you about the finds, show them to you and point out traces in the rocks made by the bear's claws. The cave is 8 km deep and has over 50 large lakes and streams, some of which can only be crossed by boat. The most accessible and, perhaps therefore, the most famous cave is Postojna which nowadays is illuminated. You can drive through it on a mini-train and experience the amazing stalactites and stalagmites. Outside again in the light of day, you can admire the beautiful Predjama Castle which has more or less grown into the limestone cliffs. Close to the coast you will find the village of Lipica where the famous white Lipizzaner horses originate from.
Slovenia borders on the Adriatic Sea and there are bathing beaches at the 5 port cities of Ankaran, Izola, Piran, Portoroz and Koper. The best known is Koper which has been an important seaport dating back to the Roman Empire. Enjoy the pleasant maritime atmosphere with beautiful fish restaurants and the famous buildings in Venetian style, Koper Cathedral and Praetorian Palace.
In the capital city of the country, Ljubljana, you will find more enjoyable city life. The lovely little capital is Europe's greenest, and there is a wealth of wonderful oases and parks to be found here. Above the old town is the castle which can be reached by cable car. Along the banks of the Ljubljanica River a charming and lively atmosphere unfolds with stalls, cafés and shops. If you’re up for a 20 minute walk, you can get to the Ljubljana Zoo. If you take the guided tour through the zoo, you can help feed the animals.