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A Week In Slovenia

Slovenia has long been a coveted destination for me, with its dramatic landscapes, charming historic towns, and abundance of hiking trails and outdoor pursuits. As someone who appreciates such wonders, I was thrilled to spend a week exploring this treasure trove of experiences. My adventures in Slovenia are just waiting to be shared!

Kicking off a Week in Slovenia

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Slovenia left me wanting more! Despite having a chance to explore various regions during our week-long stay, I’m convinced that there’s still so much to discover. The Slovenia Tourism website is an invaluable resource for planning your trip, offering a wealth of information on activities, events, and local areas.Located in central Europe, Slovenia is effortlessly accessible from most airports. Its unique geography sees it bordered by the Adriatic Sea to the west, Italy to the northwest, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, and Croatia to the south. I love that in Europe, you can drive for a few hours and find yourself in a different country. Our week-long escapade was just enough time to cover a decent number of destinations and attractions.Notably, Slovenia operates on the Euro, which proved to be remarkably affordable compared to other European countries. Food and accommodations were reasonably priced, making it an excellent value destination. The official language is Slovenian, and I must admit that I struggled mightily with pronouncing place names and basic words – so if you’re from Slovenia, please forgive my butchered attempts! As a bonus, be sure to check out my vlog below.We began our adventure in Ljubljana, where we rented a car with Europcar. Driving in Slovenia proved to be a breeze, and for those wondering, they drive on the right side of the road – just like North America. A huge thank you goes out to Brendan Williams for joining me on this Slovenian escapade and capturing its beauty through his lens.

Let’s get started in Alpine Slovenia…

As I reflect on our trip to Slovenia during the height of the European heatwave, one thing stands out – our relentless pursuit of water-based activities. The scorching temperatures that gripped the country for an entire week only fueled our desire to take a dip whenever possible. Our decision to venture into the Julian Alps, which stretch from northeastern Italy to Slovenia, proved to be a shrewd move, as we were able to escape the heat and indulge in the breathtaking lakes and higher elevations of this picturesque region.

Mount Vogel

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Standing amidst the majestic lakes and mountains is a breathtaking experience in itself. However, the true pièce de résistance lies in the panoramic views from atop Mount Vogel. The Vogel Ski Center offers an unparalleled perspective, along with leisurely hiking trails that are as visually stunning as they are enjoyable. The highlight of the experience is undoubtedly the cable car ride that whisks you away from Ukanc to the peak, where you’re literally suspended amidst the clouds. You can either hike or take another tram to reach the next mountain top. While the cable car operates every 30 minutes during summertime, don’t miss the last departure at 7:00 pm for an unforgettable sunset experience.


As we explored the Soča River, we couldn’t resist stopping at the iconic Napoleon Bridge, which forms the narrowest point of the gorge where the left and right banks meet. The river’s distinctive milky blue and green hue makes it an ideal spot for kayaking or paddle boarding. With temperatures soaring on our visit, it was no surprise to see throngs of people taking the plunge from the bridge, creating a lively atmosphere that added to the natural beauty of the surroundings.


As you meander through the picturesque landscape of Zelenci nature reserve, the lush emerald green hues of the lake come into view, mere moments from where Slovenia, Austria, and Italy converge. This serene setting is an ideal destination for a leisurely stroll, with the striking verdant color of the lake attributed to the underground waters of Nadiza Creek.

The journey to Zelenci takes you on a brief detour through Tarviso, Italy, where you’ll spend around 15 minutes meandering along the roads. Lago del Predil is deliberately placed alongside the road, making it impossible to miss its majestic presence. Before long, the route loops back into Slovenia, offering a unique blend of cultures and landscapes that leave a lasting impression.

Lake Jasna

The serene atmosphere of Lake Jasna is an ideal refuge from the sweltering summer heat, where lush forests and crystal-clear waters blend harmoniously. As you take a refreshing dip or simply relax on its banks, the breathtaking vista of the Julian Alps unfolds majestically in the background – Razor to the left and Prisojnik to the right. With Zelenci just a stone’s throw away, visitors can easily explore both destinations in one day.

The lake also offers an array of activities, including an area dedicated to feeding friendly ducks, a three-level diving platform for thrill-seekers, and meandering trails perfect for leisurely strolls or bike rides.

Lake Bled

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As we arrived at Lake Bled, we were treated to a breathtaking sunrise that set the tone for an enchanting experience. This picturesque alpine lake, nestled in Slovenia, is famous for its majestic island and the iconic Bled Castle. After basking in the surreal atmosphere of the sunrise, we embarked on a Pletna boat ride across the lake, taking in the serene beauty of the surroundings.

What makes this experience even more unique is the traditional Pletna boats that have been in operation since 1590, expertly handled by skilled oarsmen whose techniques have been passed down through generations. The island’s charm was further heightened as we explored the Wishing Bell and Tower, a symbol of good fortune and positivity.

As part of our adventure, we climbed 99 steps to reach the church, where legend has it that ringing the bell three times will make your wishes come true – how much more magical can you get? The experience was nothing short of captivating.

For a panoramic view of Bled Island, the town, and the surrounding Upper Carniola region, we headed to Bled Castle, which offers some of the finest vistas in the area. If you’re planning a trip, be sure to check out my travel resources guide or The Best Road Trip Tips & Hacks for valuable insights.

Continuing our Road Trip Through Slovenia

While the ultimate goal of a road trip may be the final destination, it’s often the charming towns, cities, and attractions encountered en route that create lasting memories. I highly suggest taking the time to explore some of these hidden gems, as they can add a richness to the journey that’s hard to replicate. Some notable stops include:


Otočec has become a hotspot for adventure seekers and history buffs alike. The destination offers a plethora of activities to keep visitors engaged, from running and hiking to tennis and golf. It’s no wonder that locals and tourists flock to this charming town.But Otočec is more than just an active vacation spot – it’s also home to the stunning Otočec Castle. This 13th-century water castle sits serenely on a small island in the Krka River, connected to the mainland by a picturesque wooden bridge. The unique architecture and breathtaking surroundings make it the only one of its kind in Slovenia.Despite being ravaged during World War II, the castle has been meticulously restored under the watchful eye of the Heritage Protection Service. Today, it serves as a luxurious hotel and sought-after wedding venue – imagine exchanging vows amidst the majestic castle walls and serene river views!

Kostanjevica na Krki

As we ventured into Kostanjevica na Krki, the breathtaking lavender field came alive at sunset on that sweltering summer evening. The serene landscape, situated at a private residence, was open to visitors who could revel in its beauty by taking photos or simply soaking up the ambiance. Our excursion took approximately 30 minutes from Otočec town center, making it an easily accessible yet unforgettable experience.

Rogska Slatina – Mt. Boč

For an unforgettable adventure, head to Rogska Slatina and conquer Mt. Boč with a leisurely 45-minute hike up a well-maintained trail marked by number 2. The path unwinds effortlessly, offering breathtaking vistas at the summit. Upon reaching the top, behold the lookout tower, its staircase leading you to panoramic views of rolling hills that seem to stretch on forever, thanks to the crystal-clear evening sky we were fortunate enough to experience during our visit amidst a heatwave. Be prepared for a gentle breeze, though, and don’t forget your windbreaker to stay cozy – one of the few chilly spots we encountered during our excursion.

Atilova Pot

As we embarked on our journey, the serendipity of discovering hidden gems along the route proved irresistible. One such instance left us utterly captivated – a picturesque pit stop that beckoned us to pull over and soak in the breathtaking scenery. The rustic charm of quaint towns, the tranquility of little churches, and the lush beauty of farm fields all converged to create an unforgettable experience.

Vinarium Tower

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Imagine being able to gaze out at four distinct countries from a single vantage point. To make this vision a reality, head to Vinarium Tower, where the watchtower Lendavais stands tall at over 50 meters. From its elevated perch, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Slovenia’s plains and hills, stretching out into Hungary, Croatia, and Austria. Visitors can ascend to the highest platform via elevator or by tackling the 240 steps – we opted for the former on that sweltering day.

Wine Country in Slovenia

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Slovenia’s wine culture is deeply ingrained in its society, with an astonishing ratio of one winery or vineyard for every 75 people. This passion for vintages is reflected in the country’s three distinct wine-growing regions, each offering a unique selection of varietals to suit every palate. Whether you prefer the crisp acidity of a dry white, the rich complexity of a full-bodied red, or the sweet subtleties of a dessert wine, Slovenia has something to satisfy your tastes.

Located at the heart of the European wine-growing belt, similar to renowned regions like Burgundy in France, Slovenia’s vineyards are nestled within picturesque landscapes that evoke feelings of romance and tranquility. In Maribor, you’ll find the oldest vine in the world, a 450-year-old gem located at the Old Vine House, which is definitely worth a visit or a wine-tasting tour.

And if you’re looking for a truly romantic experience, Slovenia’s natural surroundings offer endless opportunities to create lasting memories. The Pomurje Region, with its rolling green hills and serene vistas, is particularly stunning, making it the perfect backdrop for a heart-shaped road that has captured the hearts of many.


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Located in Slovenia’s Podčetrtek region, mere kilometers from Croatia’s border, lies the charming village of Olimje. This picturesque settlement is home to a striking landmark – the Olimje Monastery, also referred to as Olimje Castle, which dates back to the 17th century. This majestic structure is an absolute must-visit for anyone exploring the nearby Rogaška Slatina, its proximity and historic allure making it a compelling stop on your journey.

Jelenov Greben

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When visiting the Olimje Monastery, make sure to take a short detour to Jelenov Greben, where you’ll have the unique opportunity to witness a thriving herd of deer and moufflon roaming freely. This is an experience that’s not often encountered in daily life, making it all the more special.

Where we Stayed During our Week in Slovenia

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During our vacation in Slovenia, we had the pleasure of staying in several hotels that offered breathtaking views of the country’s diverse regions. As I reflect on my experience, I’ve compiled a list of these accommodations below, providing you with trusted recommendations if you’re planning to visit similar areas of Slovenia. One of the advantages of traveling to this beautiful country is its affordability – as one of the cheapest European destinations, your dollar stretches further here, making it an even more attractive option for travelers.

Bohinj Eco Hotel

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Solvenia, renowned for its commitment to sustainability, is a haven for eco-conscious travelers seeking an immersive experience amidst nature’s splendor. The Bohinj Eco Hotel stands out as the region’s most awarded, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly retreat, offering a unique opportunity to connect with the great outdoors. Imagine waking up to the serenade of wildlife, surrounded by the lush greenery of the Julian Alps. The hotel’s panoramic views of Lake Bohinj and the Vogel ski area make it an ideal base for exploring this breathtaking region.

Hotel Šport Otočec

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Hotel Šport Otočec is a haven for sports enthusiasts, boasting an impressive array of equipment scattered throughout the rooms. From TRX bands and boxing bags to stretching bars, the property offers a wealth of options for guests looking to stay active during their stay. But it’s not all about physical activity – this hotel also serves as a serene retreat from which to explore the untouched natural beauty surrounding Otočec Castle, its crowning jewel.

Grand Hotel Sava Superior

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Located in Rogaška, eastern Slovenia, Grand Hotel Sava is renowned for its pristine spring water. Each room is a haven of luxury, designed to harmonize with the breathtaking natural surroundings that Slovenia has to offer. The hotel’s extensive amenities include access to a pool and wellness centre, as well as the esteemed Hotel Kristal restaurant, which serves an array of world-class Slovenian cuisine. Be sure to indulge in a taste of this exceptional spring water during your stay.

Hotel City Maribor

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In the heart of Maribor’s historic city, Hotel City Maribor defies traditional hotel conventions by offering a unique blend of modernity and charm. This ‘hometel’ features stylishly appointed apartments and garden rooms that perfectly capture the essence of a homely stay. As you explore the city, you’ll find that Hotel City Maribor’s intimate setting and access to an exclusive spa make it the ideal base for your Slovenian adventure. My own experience was nothing short of pampered bliss, and I wholeheartedly recommend this hidden gem for its unparalleled comfort and hospitality.

Eating in Slovenia

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As a self-proclaimed food enthusiast, I fell deeply in love with Slovenia’s culinary scene during our week-long stay. Most of our meals were savored at the hotels we called home, where the focus was on hearty, flavorful dishes with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. The influences of neighboring Austria, Italy, and Hungary were palpable, yet the country’s unique gastronomic identity shone through. Fresh berries and fruit were abundant during the season, and we made a point to stock up at outdoor markets whenever possible. This abundance of seasonal ingredients meant that dining as a Celiac or someone with food allergies was surprisingly effortless. Coffee culture also played a significant role in our Slovenian adventure, as we discovered numerous excellent coffee shops throughout our travels. There’s something special about immersing oneself in a place where the art of brewing coffee is revered.All too soon, our time in Slovenia came to a close, but I left with a deep appreciation for this stunning country and its people. It’s a destination that truly has something for everyone.