Choose from 42 Fun Things to Do in Slovenia
Over 700 years old, this incredible castle is unique in every way. Home to the infamous rebel knight Erazem of Predjama in the 15th century, this Renaissance castle sits in the mouth of a cave on a 123 meter (40 foot) high cliff. The interior houses an incredible collection of historical artifacts, from antique armaments to old artworks, as well as the original furnishings and decorations.
For the adventurous visitor, the famous tunnel of Erazem, the secret passage used when the castle was besieged, is designed as a historical center of the legend, and can be ascended.
The observation post perched on a cliff provides a breathtaking view of the countryside, and is not to be missed. If you're visiting in July, be sure to check out the annual Erasmus tournament, in which people gather in costumes to participate in traditional tournament events in true medieval fashion.
The castle is located 10 km (6 mi) from the Postojna caves, and can be accessed by shuttle, car, or bus from Ljubljana.
The opening hours change depending upon the month, and during the summer months, the cave below the castle is open to the public.
Good music is always to be found in Portorož, as it is a cultural center of the Slovene coast. Another cultural asset is the International Sculpture Symposium Forma Viva, where the public can view artists creating their work right before their eyes.
The city is most famous for its health and wellness spas and thermal pools, making your Portorož experience one of pampering and well-being. Being a part of one of the biggest saltpans in the world, the natural elements of salt, brine, and fango mud make Portorož an ideal place for a spa, and is known as one of the most comprehensive spas in all of Europe.
If you're one for adventure, there are daily boat excursions into the Gulf, as well as diving, sailing, and windsurfing opportunities.
If you'd like to take a bus in, all routes in and out of Piran stop in Portorož. There is also a free shuttle to and from Piran. The nearest train station is the Koper Railway Station, about 15 km out of the city.
If you're coming from Italy, there is a boat service out of Venice.
- Bled Island is a must-see for first-time visitors and history enthusiasts.
- Pletna boats are not wheelchair accessible, and the climb to the church requires that visitors be reasonably fit.
- For the best views of Bled Island, hike to the Ojstrica viewpoint in Bled.
- Be sure to try Bled’s famous cream cake, which can be purchased at the island café.
The quiet town of Bohinj is a favorite destination for winter amateurs, with its ample opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, and ice skating. Located in the Julian Alps, stunning views are abound, and the natural attractions are the valley's biggest appeal.
In the summer, swimming, rafting, rock-climbing, hiking, fishing, and horseback-riding are the primary forms of entertainment, along with a thrilling opportunity for cave exploration.
Bohinj also offers the occasion to pamper yourself: its health and wellness spas are considered to be some of the best in Slovenia, and after a long day of physical exertion, relaxation will be well deserved.
Bohinj is accessible by bus and train from most major cities in the country, and also by plane. The closest airport is Ljubljana, and from there, visitors can rent a car, take a taxi, or take a bus into Bohinj.
- Lake Bled is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers.
- Hike to the Ojstrica viewpoint, in the hills above Bled, for the best views of the lake.
- Relax at the private beach closest to town for a fee, or enjoy the public beach on the west shore of the lake for free.
- Be sure to grab a slice of Bled’s famous cream cake.
- The path around Lake Bled is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
- Guided tours are available in four different languages and audio guides are offered in 17 languages.
- Temperatures inside the cave average 45–50°F (8–10°C) even in summer, so it’s recommended to bring warm clothing and wear comfortable walking shoes.
- There is a hotel (Hotel Jama), gift shop, and restaurants onsite.
- Postojna Cave is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
- Bled Castle is essential for castle and medieval architecture enthusiasts, and first-time visitors to the region.
- Book tickets or tours in advance to save time at the gate.
- Reserve a table at the Bled Castle Restaurant and get free admission to the castle.
- Check the castle events schedule and perhaps catch a musical performance or medieval duel reenactment.
- Bled Castle is not easily accessible for wheelchair users or strollers.