Top 10 things to do in Slovenia

Slovenia

Often called the miniature Europe, it is on the crossroads of the Slavic, Germanic and the Romantic world.

Slovenia is a country.

Slovenia (i/slɵˈviːniə/ sloh-VEE-nee-ə or /sloʊˈvɛniə/; Slovene: Slovenija, [slɔˈʋèːnija]), officially the Republic of Slovenia (Republika Slovenija, [rɛˈpùːblika slɔˈʋèːnija] ( listen), Slovene abbreviation: RS [rəˈsə̀]), is a nation state on the Adriatic Sea, bordering Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Croatia to the south and southeast, and Hungary to the northeast. It covers 20,273 square kilometers (7,827 sq mi) and has a population of 2.05 million. It is a parliamentary republic and a member of the European Union and NATO. Its capital and largest city is Ljubljana.

The territory, located in southern Central Europe[Note 2] at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes, is mainly mountainous with mainly continental climate, with the exception of the Slovene Littoral that has the sub-Mediterranean climate and the north-western area that has the Alpine climate. Additionally, the Dinaric Alps and the Pannonian Plain meet on the territory of Slovenia. The country, marked by a significant biological diversity, is one of the most water-rich in Europe, with a dense river network, a rich aquifer system, and significant karstic underground watercourses. Over half of the territory is covered by forest. The human settlement of Slovenia is dispersed and uneven.

The Slavic, Germanic, Romance, and Hungarian languages meet here. Although the population is not homogenous, the majority is Slovene. Slovene is the only official language throughout the country, whereas Italian and Hungarian are regional minority languages. Slovenia is a largely secularized country, but its culture and identity have been significantly influenced by Catholicism as well as Lutheranism. The economy of Slovenia is small, open, and export-oriented and has been strongly influenced by international conditions. It has been severely hurt by the Eurozone crisis, started in late 2000s. The main economic field is services, followed by industry and construction.

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Top 10 things to do in Slovenia

Maribor

Maribor
Maribor ; German: Marburg an der Drau is the second-largest city in Slovenia with about 114,487 inhabitants in 2013. Maribor is also the largest city of the traditional region of ...

Ljubljana

Ljubljana
Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. Located at the middle of a trade route between the northern Adriatic Sea and the Danube region, it was the historical ...

Rogaška Slatina

Rogaška Slatina
Rogaška Slatina is a town in eastern Slovenia. It is the largest settlement and the centre of the Municipality of Rogaška Slatina. It is known for its curative mineral water, ...

Kobarid

Kobarid
Kobarid is a settlement in Slovenia, the administrative centre of the Municipality of Kobarid.Kobarid is known for the 1917 Battle of Caporetto, where the Italian retreat was documented by Ernest ...

Piran

Piran
Piran is a town in the Municipality of Piran in southwestern Slovenia on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the three major towns of ...

Koper

Koper
Koper is a city in southwestern Slovenia, with the other Slovenian coastal towns Ankaran, Izola, Piran, and Portorož, situated along the country's 47-kilometre coastline, in the Istrian Region, approximately five ...

Nova Gorica

Nova Gorica
Nova Gorica ; population: 13,852 ; 21,082 ; 31,000 is a town and a municipality in western Slovenia, on the border with Italy. Nova Gorica is a new town, built ...

Zreče

Zreče
Zreče is a town and a municipality in northeast Slovenia. It lies on the slopes of Pohorje in the upper valley of the Dravinja River. Traditionally the area was part ...

Izola

Izola
Izola ; Italian: Isola is an old fishing town and a municipality in southwestern Slovenia on the Adriatic coast of the Istrian peninsula. Its name originates from the Italian Isola, ...

Portorož

Portorož
Portorož , is an Adriatic - Mediterranean coastal settlement in the Municipality of Piran in southwestern Slovenia. Its modern development began in the late 19th century with appearance of first ...

Bovec

Bovec
Bovec is a town in the Littoral region in northwestern Slovenia, close to border with Italy. It is the central settlement of the Municipality of Bovec.GeographyBovec is ...

Tolmin

Tolmin
Tolmin is a small town in northwestern Slovenia. It is the administrative centre of the Municipality of Tolmin.GeographyTolmin is situated on the southern rim of the Julian ...

Podčetrtek

Podčetrtek
Podčetrtek is a settlement and a municipality in eastern Slovenia. The area traditionally belonged to the region of Styria. It is now included in the Savinja Statistical Region.

Novo Mesto

Novo Mesto
Novo Mesto ; Slovene: Novo mesto, German: Neustadtl is the city on a bend of the Krka River in the City Municipality of Novo Mesto in southeastern Slovenia, close to ...

Škofja Loka

Škofja Loka
Škofja Loka is a town in Slovenia. It is the economic, cultural, educational, and administrative centre of the Municipality of Škofja Loka in Upper Carniola. It has about 12,000 inhabitants.

Idrija

Idrija
Idrija is a town in western Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Idrija. It is located in the traditional region of the Slovenian Littoral and is in ...

Laško

Laško
Laško is a spa town in eastern Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Laško. Traditionally the area was part of the Styria region. The municipality is now ...

Solčava

Solčava
Solčava is a village in the Upper Savinja Valley in northern Slovenia close to the Austrian border. It is the largest settlement and the seat of the Municipality of Solčava. ...

Kamnik

Kamnik
Kamnik ; German: Stein or Stein in Oberkrain is a town in northern Slovenia. It is the central settlement of the Municipality of Kamnik. It encompasses a large part of ...

Kranjska Gora

Kranjska Gora
Kranjska Gora is a town on the Sava Dolinka River in the Upper Carniola region of northwestern Slovenia, close to the Austrian and Italian borders. It is the seat of ...

Radovljica

Radovljica
Radovljica is a town in the Upper Carniola region of northern Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Radovljica. It is located on the southern slope of the ...

Robanov Kot

Robanov Kot
Robanov Kot is a dispersed settlement in the Municipality of Solčava in northern Slovenia. Traditionally the area belonged to the region of Styria and is now included in the Savinja ...

Slovenske Konjice

Slovenske Konjice
Slovenske Konjice is a town and a municipality in northeastern Slovenia. The area was part of the traditional region of Lower Styria.Slovenske Konjice municipalityThe municipality is now ...

Ajdovščina

Ajdovščina
Ajdovščina is a small town with a population of about 6,700, located in the Vipava Valley , Slovenia. It is the administrative centre of the Municipality of Ajdovščina.

Lake Bled

Lake Bled
Lake Bled is a lake in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled. The area is a popular tourist destination. The lake is 35 km ...

Lipica

Lipica
Lipica may refer to:In Poland:Lipica, Poland, a village in the Province of Warmia-MasuriaIn Serbia:Lipica , a village in the Municipality of TutinIn Slovenia:Lipica , a border crossing near Lipica between ...

Aquarium

Aquarium
An aquarium is a vivarium of any size having at least one transparent side in which water-dwelling plants or animals are kept and displayed. Fishkeepers use aquaria to keep fish, ...

Franja Partisan Hospital

Franja Partisan Hospital
The Franja Partisan Hospital was a secret World War II hospital at Dolenji Novaki near Cerkno in western Slovenia. It was run by the Slovene Partisans from December 1943 until ...

Kope

Kope
Koper is a city in southwestern Slovenia, with the other Slovenian coastal towns Ankaran, Izola, Piran, and Portorož, situated along the country's 47-kilometre coastline, in the Istrian Region, approximately five ...

Koper Regional Museum

Koper Regional Museum
The Koper Regional Museum has been housed since 1954 in the spacious early 17th century Belgramoni Tacco Palace, and is responsible for the movable cultural heritage in Primorska region of ...

Kostanjevica Monastery

Kostanjevica Monastery
Kostanjevica Monastery is a Franciscan monastery in Pristava near Nova Gorica, Slovenia. The locals frequently refer to it simply as Kapela .The monastery with the Church of the Annunciation of ...

Križna Cave

Križna Cave
Cross Cave , also named Cold Cave under Cross Mountain , is a cave located in the Lož Valley, Slovenia. The cave is named after nearby Holy Cross Church in ...

Municipal Museum

Municipal Museum
Municipal Museum of Algeciras is a museum in Algeciras, Spain, located at the northern end of the Parque de las Acacias de Algeciras. It was established in 1995 and is ...

Planina Cave

Planina Cave
Planina Cave , formerly also Little Castle Cave after Little Castle in the vicinity of it entrance, is one of the longest Slovenian water caves. It is a huge tunnel ...

Ptuj Castle

Ptuj Castle
Ptuj Castle is a castle in Ptuj, Slovenia. It is situated on a hill alongside the river Drava overlooking the town, and is a prominent landmark.The castle was built in ...

Terme & Wellness Centre Portorož

Terme & Wellness Centre Portorož
Terme is a town, the headquarters of Terme District, Samsun Province, Turkey; both are named after the Terme River. Scholars have identified Terme or its environs as the site of ...

Lendava

Lendava
Lendava is a town and a municipality in Slovenia in the region of Prekmurje. The name of the settlement was changed from Dolnja Lendava to Lendava in 1955. It is ...

Mozirje

Mozirje
Mozirje is a small town and municipality on the Savinja River in northern Slovenia. The area was part of the traditional region of Styria. It is now included in the ...

Šentjur

Šentjur
Šentjur is a town in eastern Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Šentjur. The town lies on the Voglajna River east of Celje. The area was part ...

Ljutomer

Ljutomer
Ljutomer is a town in northeastern Slovenia, some 40 km east of Maribor. It is the seat of the Municipality of Ljutomer. Traditionally it was part of the region of Styria. ...

Ravne na Koroškem

Ravne na Koroškem
Ravne na Koroškem is a town in northern Slovenia. It is the largest town and traditional capital of Slovenia's Carinthia region. The town has a long tradition in steel industry.

Brežice

Brežice
Brežice is a town in eastern Slovenia in the Lower Sava Valley, near the Croatian border. It is the seat of the Municipality of Brežice. The area was traditionally divided ...

Metlika

Metlika
Metlika is a town and municipality in the southeastern Slovenia. It lies on the left bank of the Kolpa River on the border with Croatia. The municipality is at the ...

Vipava

Vipava
Vipava can refer to:Vipava, Vipava, town in southwestern SloveniaVipava , in Slovenia and ItalyVipava Valley, valley of the Vipava in southwestern Slovenia ...

Trebnje

Trebnje
Trebnje is a town in southeastern Slovenia. Trebnje lies on the Temenica River in the traditional region of Lower Carniola. The area was already settled in Antiquity. The modern settlement ...

Jeruzalem, Ljutomer

Jeruzalem, Ljutomer
Jeruzalem is a small settlement in the eastern part of the Slovene Hills in the Municipality of Ljutomer in northeastern Slovenia. The area traditionally belonged to the Styria region and ...

Ribčev Laz

Ribčev Laz
Ribčev Laz is a settlement on Lake Bohinj in the Municipality of Bohinj in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia. Most of the settlement consists of hotels and holiday homes.The ...

Postojna

Postojna
Postojna is a town in the traditional region of Inner Carniola, 35 kilometers from Trieste, in southwestern Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Postojna.HistoryThe ...

Bogojina

Bogojina
Bogojina is a village east of Murska Sobota in the Prekmurje region of Slovenia. It lies in the Municipality of Moravske Toplice.NameBogojina was attested in written records ...

Otočec

Otočec
Otočec is a settlement on the left bank of the Krka River in the Municipality of Novo Mesto in southeastern Slovenia. The area is part of the traditional region of ...

Trenta

Trenta
Trenta means "thirty" in some of the Romance languages, including Italian and Catalan. It may also refer to:PlacesItaly Trenta, Italy, a comune in the province of CosenzaSlovenia ...

Kanin

Kanin
Kanin may refer to:Geographythe Kanin Peninsula, in northwestern Russia;Kanin, a mountain on the border of Slovenia and Italy;Villages in Poland:Kanin, Pomeranian Voivodeship;Kanin, West Pomeranian Voivodeship. ...

Triple Bridge

Triple Bridge
For a St. Petersburg bridge, see Tripartite Bridge The Triple Bridge is a group of three bridges across the Ljubljanica River. It connects the Ljubljana's historical, medieval, town on one ...

Radenci

Radenci
Radenci is a town on the right bank of the Mura River in the Mura Statistical Region of northeastern Slovenia. It is a well-known spa town and was first mentioned ...

Zelenci

Zelenci
Zelenci Springs is a nature reserve near the town of Kranjska Gora, in the far northwestern corner of Slovenia. It is the source of the Sava Dolinka River, a tributary ...

Mangart

Mangart
Mangart or Mangrt is a mountain in the Julian Alps, located on the border between Italy and Slovenia. With an elevation of 2,679 metres , it is, after Triglav and ...

Tivoli City Park

Tivoli City Park
Tivoli City Park or simply Tivoli Park is the largest park in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It is located on the northern outskirts of the Center District, stretching to ...

Tomaj

Tomaj
Tomaj is a village in the Municipality of Sežana in the Littoral region of Slovenia, near the border with Italy.ChurchThe parish church in the settlement is dedicated ...

Russian Chapel, Vršič

Russian Chapel, Vršič
The Russian Chapel is a Russian Orthodox memorial chapel located on the Vršič Pass road in northwestern Slovenia. It was built by Russian prisoners of war engaged in forced labor ...

Franciscan Church of the Annunciation

Franciscan Church of the Annunciation
The Franciscan Church of the Annunciation is a Franciscan church located on Prešeren Square in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It is the parish church of Ljubljana - Annunciation Parish. ...

Vršič Pass

Vršič Pass
The Vršič Pass is a high mountain pass across the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia.The road across the pass was built for military purposes, to supply the Isonzo front of ...

Štanjel

Štanjel
Štanjel is a village in the Municipality of Komen in the Littoral region of Slovenia. It is located on the Karst Plateau overlooking the Vipava Valley. In the 17th century ...

Planica

Planica
Planica is an alpine valley in northwestern Slovenia, extending south from the border village of Rateče, not far from another well-known ski resort, Kranjska Gora. Further south, the valley extends ...

Ljubljana Cathedral

Ljubljana Cathedral
Ljubljana Cathedral , also named Saint Nicholas' Church , Saint Nicholas' Cathedral , the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, or simply the Cathedral , is a cathedral in Ljubljana, the capital ...

Predil Pass

Predil Pass
The Predil Pass or Predel Pass is a high mountain pass on the border between Italy and Slovenia.GeographyThe pass is located in the Julian Alps, between the ...

Pivka

Pivka
Pivka is a small town in Slovenia in the Pivka Basin in the Karst region. It is the seat of the Municipality of Pivka. It belongs to the traditional region ...

Prisojnik

Prisojnik
Prisojnik or Prisank is a mountain of the Julian Alps in Slovenia. Its summit is 2,547m above sea level. ...

Sella Nevea

Sella Nevea
Sella Nevea is a high mountain pass and ski resort in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of northeast Italy. Sella Nevea is a località of the comune of Chiusaforte, in the ...

Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity

Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity
Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity , officially Holy Trinity Parish Church in Ljubljana , also Nun Church , is a parish church in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It ...

Kope-Ribniško Pohorje Ski Resort

Kope-Ribniško Pohorje Ski Resort
Kope–Ribnica Pohorje Ski Resort is a joined Slovenian ski resort located in western part of Pohorje mountain in municipality of Slovenj Gradec and Ribnica na Pohorju.Kope is one area resort ...

Špik

Špik
Špik is a mountain in the Slovenian Julian Alps. Its summit is at 2,472 m above sea level. The mountain's name is a cognate of the English "spike," derived from ...

Jalovec

Jalovec
Jalovec may refer to:Jalovec, Prievidza in SlovakiaJalovec, Liptovský Mikuláš in SlovakiaJalovec , a mountain in Slovenia's Julian Alps ...

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It has been important in ...

Kepa, Karawanks

Kepa, Karawanks
Kepa is a mountain, 2,145 m high, in the Western Karawanks, on the border between Slovenia and Austria.It is the third highest peak in the Karawanks after Stol and Vrtača. ...

National Museum of Slovenia

National Museum of Slovenia
The National Museum of Slovenia is located in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It is situated in the Center district of the city near the Tivoli Park. Along with the ...

Razor

Razor
A razor is a bladed tool primarily used in the removal of unwanted body hair through the act of shaving. Kinds of razors include straight razors, disposable razor and electric ...

Škrlatica

Škrlatica
Škrlatica, historically also known as Suhi plaz , is a mountain in the Slovenian Julian Alps. With its summit at 2,740m above sea level, it is the second highest peak ...

Lago del Predil

Lago del Predil
Lago del Predil is a lake in the Province of Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy near the Slovenian border. At an elevation of 969 m, its surface area is 1 km². ...

National Gallery of Slovenia

National Gallery of Slovenia
The National Gallery of Slovenia is the national art gallery of Slovenia. It is located in the capital Ljubljana.The Slovenian National Gallery was founded in 1918, after the dissolution of ...

Liznjek Farm

Liznjek Farm
The Liznjek Farm is an ethnographic museum housed in a renovated 18th-century farmhouse, located in the centre of the town of Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, at the street address 63 Borovška ...

Slovenian Museum of Natural History

Slovenian Museum of Natural History
The Slovenian Museum of Natural History is a Slovenian national museum with natural history, scientific, and educational contents. It is the oldest cultural and scientific Slovenian institution.The museum features national, ...

Ljubljana Zoo

Ljubljana Zoo
Ljubljana Zoo is a 19.6-hectare zoo in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It serves as the national zoo of Slovenia and is open year round. The zoo is situated on the southern slope ...

Nebotičnik

Nebotičnik
Nebotičnik is a prominent high-rise located in the centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. Its thirteen storeys rise to a height of 70.35 m ...

Cekin Mansion

Cekin Mansion
Cekin Mansion is a mansion on the northern edge of Tivoli Park in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It is located next to Tivoli Hall in the Šiška District. It ...

Šmarna Gora

Šmarna Gora
Šmarna Gora is an inselberg in the north of Ljubljana, Slovenia.It is located in the northern part of Ljubljana. The mountain has two peaks: Šmarna Gora and Grmada . Because ...

Virtual museum

Virtual museum
A virtual museum is a digital entity that draws on the characteristics of a museum, in order to complement, enhance, or augment the museum experience through personalization, interactivity and richness ...

Slovenian Railway Museum

Slovenian Railway Museum
The Slovenian Railway Museum, or Railway Museum of Slovenian railways , in Ljubljana, Slovenia, is the national museum for Slovenia's railway history.The museum is tasked with acquiring, preserving and supplying ...

National and University Library

National and University Library
The National and University Library is a public library in Strasbourg, France. It is located on Place de la République, the former Kaiserplatz, and faces the Palais du Rhin.

Celje

Celje
Celje is the third-largest town in Slovenia. It is a regional center of the traditional Slovenian region of Styria and the administrative seat of the City Municipality of Celje . ...

Cerknica

Cerknica
Cerknica is a town in the Karst region of southwestern Slovenia, with a population of 3,532 . It is the seat of the Municipality of Cerknica. It belongs to the ...

Cerkno

Cerkno
Cerkno is a small town in the Littoral region of Slovenia. It has around 2,000 inhabitants and is the administrative centre of the Cerkno Hills. It is the seat of ...

Kranj

Kranj
Kranj ; known in historical sources at various times as Carnium, Creina, Chreina or Krainburg is the fourth-largest city in Slovenia, with a population of 54,500 . It is located ...

Moravske Toplice

Moravske Toplice
Moravske Toplice is a settlement in the Municipality of Moravske Toplice in the Prekmurje region of Slovenia. It is the seat of the municipality. It is best known as for ...

Murska Sobota

Murska Sobota
Murska Sobota is a city in northeastern Slovenia. It is the centre of the City Municipality of Murska Sobota near the Mura River in the region of Prekmurje and is ...

Predjama Castle

Predjama Castle
Predjama Castle is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in south-central Slovenia, in the historical region of Inner Carniola. It is located in the village of Predjama, approximately ...

Ptuj

Ptuj
Ptuj ; German: ; Latin: is a town in northeastern Slovenia. Traditionally the area was part of the Styria region.HistoryPtuj is the oldest city in Slovenia. There ...

Rogatec

Rogatec
Rogatec is a small town in eastern Slovenia, on the border with Croatia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Rogatec. The area traditionally belonged to the region of ...

Slovenj Gradec

Slovenj Gradec
Slovenj Gradec is a town in northern Slovenia. It is the centre of the City Municipality of Slovenj Gradec. It is part of the historic Lower Styria region, and since ...

Snežnik Castle & Around

Snežnik Castle & Around
Snežnik Castle is a 13th-century castle located in the southwest part of the Lož Valley near the settlement of Kozarišče in the municipality of Loška Dolina, Slovenia. Its name is ...

julian alps

julian alps
The Julian Alps are a mountain range of the Southern Limestone Alps that stretch from northeastern Italy to Slovenia, where they rise to 2,864 m at Mount Triglav, the highest ...

City Museum of Ljubljana

City Museum of Ljubljana
The City Museum of Ljubljana was established in 1935. It is housed in Turjak Palace at 15 Gentry Street in the centre of Ljubljana. The museum offers various pedagogical activities ...

Dragon Bridge

Dragon Bridge
Dragon Bridge may refer to:Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana, SloveniaDragon Bridge in VietnamDragon Bridge on Sha Tin Road, Hong KongA pedestrian bridge in Alexander Park of Tsarskoe Selo, St. Petersburg, Russia ...

Grand Hotel Toplice

Grand Hotel Toplice
Grand Hotel Toplice is a five-star deluxe hotel in Bled, Slovenia.HistoryIn 1850, Hotel Luisenbad was built on the site of today's Toplice by Josef Luckmann. Hotel shortly ...

Atlantis

Atlantis
Atlantis is a fictional island mentioned within an allegory on the hubris of nations in Plato's works Timaeus and Critias, where it represents the antagonist naval power that besieges "Ancient ...

Bled

Bled
Bled is a town on Lake Bled in northwestern Slovenia. It is the administrative seat of the Municipality of Bled. It is most notable as a popular tourist destination in ...

Bohinj

Bohinj
Bohinj or the Bohinj Basin is a 20 km long and 5 km wide basin within the Julian Alps, in the Upper Carniola region of northwestern Slovenia. It is traversed by the ...

Kluže Fortress

Kluže Fortress
The Kluže Fortress is a fort near the town of Bovec in northwestern Slovenia.The fortress was built in 1472 near Bovec on the road between Cave del Predil and Carinthia. ...

Stolnica

Stolnica
This is a list of cathedrals in Slovenia. All are Roman Catholic.Celje CathedralKoper CathedralLjubljana CathedralMaribor CathedralMurska Sobota CathedralNovo Mesto CathedralSources and external linksGCatholic.org Cathedrals in Slovenia Media ...

Vinag

Vinag
Vinagre is a VNC, SSH, RDP and SPICE client for the GNOME desktop environment. It was included in GNOME 2.22. It has several features, like the ability to connect to ...

Volčji Potok

Volčji Potok
Volčji Potok is a village on a terrace on the left bank of the Kamnik Bistrica River in the Municipality of Kamnik in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia.

Zvezda

Zvezda
Zvezda is a word in many Slavic languages meaning "star", and may refer to:PlacesLake ZvezdaZvezda, Burgas ProvinceZvijezda , a mountain on the border of Serbia and Bosnia ...

Fauna

Fauna
Fauna is all of the animal life of any particular region or time. The corresponding term for plants is flora. Flora, fauna and other forms of life such as fungi ...