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14 Best Places To Visit In Slovenia For Nature & History

jade green water of lake bled from above

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Slovenia is a small country that’s most inhabited by forests over people. For nature lovers, it’s one of the best countries in Europe to visit, especially if you love mountains, lakes, hot springs, and ample ski trails.

Some of the best places to visit in Slovenia are all accessible within a day trip of Ljubljana, the capital city, as it’s only a 3 hour drive from one side of the country to the other.

Whether you’re looking to explore the country’s top landmarks, historic medieval villages, glacial lakes or hidden gems, don’t miss these wonderful destinations in Slovenia.

The Best Places to Visit in Slovenia

With dense forests, towering mountains, emerald rivers, scenic lakes and old towns, your eyes will have difficulty processing all the beauty around you.

And yes, the colors are real!

1. Lake Bled

Lake Bled is probably the most famous place to visit in Slovenia, and a must-stop on any trip around the country.

It is so charming with its intense color and surrounding mountain scenery. Plus, it has a tiny island in the center with a church, where you can ring the bell for your wish to come true.

The best way to appreciate its beauty is to hike up one of the hills, hop on a traditional Pletna boat or climb to the castle built on a precipice to admire the lake (as in this photo). A wonderful view, isn’t it?

To learn more about all the things to do in and around Lake Bled Slovenia, check out this guide.

2. Vintgar Gorge

people walking on trail through Vintgar Gorge -

My favourite experience in Slovenia was walking through the Vintgar Gorge, not far from Lake Bled.

Boardwalks and trails have been set up so that you can discover this narrow canyon within an easy walk.

There are several bridges that allow you to admire the best views from the middle of the river. The transparency of the water flowing between the steep cliffs is mesmerizing.

At the end of the walk you can choose to walk down 60 steps to admire a small waterfall as colorful as the gorge.

3. Lake Bohinj

reflections o mountains and low lying clouds in Lake Bohinj

Lake Bohinj in Triglav National Park is not as famous as Lake Bled, but ask the locals what their favorite lake is and most will tell you that Lake Bohinj is their fav.

Lake Bohinj is just 40 minutes from Lake Bled, but it is a lot wilder and less touristic. No castle, no island, just a couple of small churches, a charming bridge, and once again those incredible shades of green.

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