Ljubljana Day Trips

Lake Bled
Lake Bled © James Southorn

Lake Bled

Slovenia's most popular destination, the charming town of Bled is located just 45 minutes' drive from the capital Ljubljana and is the base for many tourists holidaying in Slovenia. A town with gorgeous surrounds and an ancient history, Bled's foremost attraction is the glacial Lake Bled: a cobalt-blue expanse of water with a forested island in the middle, it's accessible by traditional rowboats known as pletnas.

Overlooking the lake is the photogenic Bled Castle while the island itself is home to the spired Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, one of Slovenia's most impressive sights. Bled offers tourists a range of great outdoor sporting activities, such as golfing, fishing, and horse riding, while the nearby Triglav National Park has fantastic walking and hiking trails. Those looking for a cost-effective and richly rewarding European vacation should check out Bled, Slovenia's undisputed tourist jewel.

Postojna Cave
Postojna Cave © Bostjan Burger

Postojna Cave

Slovenia's Postojna Cave is the most-visited cave complex in Europe and has welcomed nearly 200 million visitors to gape at its incredible karst formations, cavernous chambers, and interesting collection of cave animals.

Stretching for 13 miles (20km), one of the best things about visiting the astounding Postojna Cave Complex is its top-class infrastructure: the cave is well-lit and visitors access the underground walkway by train.

Guided tours of the cave last about 90 minutes, during which time visitors are treated to a wealth of glittering calcite formations, stalactites, and stalagmites, as well as an underground aquarium where an array of troglodyte creatures are displayed.

The Postpojna Cave is also home to a subterranean concert hall with celebrated acoustics and classical music performances are common (especially in the summer). One of the very best things to see in Slovenia and in the whole of central Europe, a trip to the Postojna Cave Complex is highly recommended.

Website: www.postojnska-jama.si

Triglav National Park
Triglav National Park © Michael R Perry

Triglav National Park

The only national park in Slovenia, Triglav National Park is named after the highest peak in the country and the Julian Alps: Mount Triglav. Appearing on the Slovenian flag, the mountain is a symbol of national identity.

Its craggy, snow-covered summit provides a wonderful backdrop to a holiday spent exploring quiet forests and hiking out to pristine waterfalls. The trail that leads out to the 240-foot (78m) Slap Savica Waterfall is particularly popular, attracting outdoor enthusiasts from all over the continent each year.

Triglav National Park is also perfectly set up for mountain bikers and keen mountaineers who wish to get to grips with the rocky slopes. The park offers affordable camping, and its close proximity to Italy and Austria, makes it an attractive option for budget-conscious travellers wishing to experience the Alps without having to shell out more than they can afford.

Website: www.tnp.si/national_park/


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