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  • 1. Blejski Grad

    The stately Bled Castle perches above the lake on the summit of a steep cliff, against a backdrop of the Julian Alps and Triglav Peak. You can climb up to the castle for fine views of the lake, the resort, and the surrounding countryside. An exhibition traces the development of the castle through the centuries, with archeological artifacts to period furniture on display, but it is the view that steals the show.

    Bled, N/A Slovenia, Slovenia

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    Rate Includes: €9, Nov.- Mar. 8-6, Apr.- Jun. 8-8, Jul.-Oct. 8-9
  • 2. Blejsko Jezero

    Bled's famed lake is nestled within a rim of mountains and surrounded by forests, with a castle on one side and a promenade beneath stately chestnut trees on the other. Horse-drawn carriages clip-clop along the promenade while swans glide on the water, creating the ultimate romantic scene. On a minuscule island in the middle of the lake, the lovely Cerkov svetega Martina (St. Martin's Pilgrimage Church) stands within a circle of trees. Take a ride over to the island on a pletna, a traditional covered boat.

    Bled, N/A Slovenia, Slovenia
  • 3. Bohinjsko Jezero

    Lake Bohinj is the quieter, wilder, and prettier sister of Bled and lies entirely within the Triglav National Park. The entire length of the north shore is wild and accessible only by foot. The lake, at an altitude of 1,715 feet, is surrounded on three sides by the steep walls of the Julian Alps. The altitude means the temperature of the water—even in August—rarely rises above a brisk but still swimmable 74°F. The small village of Ribčev Laz, on the eastern end of the lake functions as the de facto town center, where you'll find a grocery store, post office, currency exchange, an ATM, and the tourist information center. On the western shore lies the remote village of Ukanc, anchored by the Hotel Zlatorog, a campsite, and a few small shops. Just to the north and east of Ribčev Laz are the tiny hamlets of Stara Fužina, Studor, and Srednja Vas.

    Bohinjsko Jezero, N/A Slovenia, Slovenia
  • 4. City Museum of Ljubljana

    Situated in the grand Auersberg Palace, this museum's beautifully designed exhibits trace the history of the city from pre-Roman times through the Austrian domination, the World Wars, the Tito years, and finally the establishment of independent Slovenia. In the basement, you can walk on a piece of the ancient Roman road or see a cross-sectioned excavation that shows the burning of Emona by Attila the Hun through a black, charred stratum. If you're interested, you can arrange for a museum guide to take you to other ancient Roman sites around the city. The city museum also houses the world's oldest wooden wheel, dating from 4000 BC.

    Gosposka 15, Ljubljana, N/A Slovenia, 1000, Slovenia

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    Rate Includes: €6, Closed Mon., Tues.–Sun. 10–6, Thurs. 10–9
  • 5. Franciskanska Cerkev

    Its color may now garner more attention than its history, but Ljubljana's famous Pink Church has plenty of stories waiting within. A High Baroque beauty built in the middle of the 17th century, the church flourished a century later under the watchful eye of the Franciscans, who made the decision to paint it red (hence the faded pink of today). The church's prime location on the city's main square makes it an obvious meeting point for people of all ages today.

    Prešernov trg 4, Ljubljana, N/A Slovenia, 1000, Slovenia

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    Rate Includes: Daily 8–12:30, 1:30–8
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  • 6. Franja Partisan Hospital

    Military Sight

    This is the best-preserved and the most exciting of WWII Partisan hospitals, which served as a clandestine aid center for wounded resistance soldiers, tucked away in a gorge and secluded ravine where the Nazis would not have looked. Named after the doctor that helped run it, Franja was attacked but never actually discovered at its location deep in the Pasice gorge in the village of Dolenji Novaki. From its opening in December 1943 to liberation in May 1945, a total of 522 wounded soldiers of various nationalities were treated there.Be it a 20-minute nature walk or few hours' exploration, experiencing the Franja Partisan Hospital is an ideal and active way to add variety to traditional museum excursions. Well-written information boards will lead you up a stunning path to 14 wooden cabins that served as the hospital complex. As a result of a disastrous flood in 2007, the entire site has been reconstructed, based on previously prepared drawings, a project that concluded in 2010. The accessibility and safety of the pathway were greatly improved during the rebuild.Walking the path is free. Entrance into the museum hospital complex is €4 for adults. There is also a small café with public toilets at the parking lot/entrance.

    Dolenji Novaki pri Cerknem, Cerkno, N/A Slovenia, 5282, Slovenia

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    Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Mar.
  • 7. Ljubljanski Grad


    Ljubljana's hilltop castle affords views over the river and the Old Town's terracotta rooftops, spires, and green cupolas. On a clear day, the distant Julian Alps are a dramatic backdrop. The castle walls date from the early 16th century, although the tower was added in the mid-19th century. The surrounding park was landscaped by Plečnik in the 1930s. The castle also houses a virtual museum showcasing Slovenian history through digital technology. Take a step back through time and do the tour, it's a great introduction to Ljubljana. The castle is also home to the Museum of Puppetry, one of the most underrated museums in the city.

    Studentovska ul, uphill from Vodnikov trg, Grajska planota 1, Ljubljana, N/A Slovenia, 1000, Slovenia

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    Rate Includes: €13 (including funicular)
  • 8. Škocjan Jama

    The 11 interconnected chambers that compose the Škocjan Jama stretch for almost 6 km (about 4 miles) through a dramatic, subterranean landscape so unique that UNESCO has named them a World Heritage Site. The 90-minute walking tour of the two chilly main chambers—the Silent Cave and the Murmuring Cave—is otherworldly as winds swirl around the dripstone sculptures, massive sinkholes, and stalactites and stalagmites that resemble the horns of a mythic creature. The highlight is Europe's largest cave hall, a gorge 479 feet high, 404 feet wide, and 984 feet long, spanned by a narrow bridge lighted with footlights. Far below, the brilliant jade waters of the Reka River rush by on their underground journey. The view is nothing short of mesmerizing.

    Škocjan 2, Divaca, N/A Slovenia, Slovenia

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    Rate Includes: €24, Accessible by guided tour only: Apr.–May and Oct. daily at 10 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm; June–Sept. daily 10–5pm; Nov.–Mar. daily at 10 am, 1 pm and Sundays at 3pm
  • 9. Triglav National Park

    Covering some 4% of Slovenia's entire landmass, it can be argued that Triglav National Park is the ideological and spiritual heart of the country. The iconic three peaks of Triglav (the highest point in the country) are found on Slovenia's coat of arms and its flag, placing this dreamland of gorges, caves, waterfalls, rivers, and forests front and center for the nation. Winter sees locals and visitors alike head here in search of skiing and other snow-based activities, while the warmer months are perfect for both amateur and experienced climbers and hikers. Mountain huts dot the landscape offering affordable accommodations for those looking to wander the meadows. Slovenia's only national park, Triglav contains everything that makes Slovenian nature magnificent, all within 840 square km (324 square miles) of magic.

    Triglav National Park, Bohinjsko Jezero, N/A Slovenia, Slovenia
  • 10. Brda


    Protruding westward into Italy above the city of Gorizia lies Slovenia's best and most charming wine-growing region, Goriška Brda, or just Brda for short. Nestled near-by river Soča, half way between the Alps and the Adriatic, the region is quite accurately described as Petite Provence and features a mosaic of green hills liberally spotted with vineyards, cherry orchards and olive trees. Wine may not be the first thing that comes to mind at the mention of Slovenia, but the Brda region can hold its own with the European heavyweights. The wineries are all family-run and rather minute, yet exhibit an unmistakable tradition and deeply-rooted knowledge of the terroir. All of the manufacturers offer their products at winery prices at the castle in Dobrovo, the picturesque administrative center of the region, as well as several more established hotels and haciendas around the region. In September, visitors are welcome to help with the grape harvest at most wineries and if you chance to be there in May, hop on a bike and go cherry picking at one of the many orchards. Further attractions include Krčnik, a 5-meter natural stone bridge, smoothly polished by water and looming over the Kožbanjšček creek on top of a gorge. The refreshing beauty of the sight even compensates for pronunciation woes. While there, walk over to Kotline, three pools carved into the streambed of the creek.

    Goriška Brda, N/A Slovenia, Slovenia
  • 11. Cankarjevo Nabrežje

    An idyllic way to while away a day, Ljubljana's riverside is packed with cafes and restaurants that are perfect for people-watching. Prices have skyrocketed in recent years, but you're paying for location and atmosphere above all else.

    Ljubljana, N/A Slovenia, 1000, Slovenia
  • 12. Cathedral of St. Nicholas

    This proud Baroque cathedral overlooking the daily market on Vodnikov trg is dedicated to St. Nicholas, the patron saint of fishermen and boatmen who created a powerful guild in medieval Ljubljana. Building took place between 1701 and 1708, under the Italian architect Andrea Pozzo, who modeled it after the church of Il Gesù in Rome. The magnificent frescoes on the ceiling of the nave are by the Lombard painter Giulio Qualglio and depict the transfiguration of St. Nicholas and the persecution of Christians under Diocletian and Nero. In honor of Pope John Paul II's visit in 1996, bronze doors were added to the church. The main door tells the story of Christianity in Slovenia, whereas the side door shows the history of the Ljubljana diocese.

    Dolničarjeva 1, Ljubljana, N/A Slovenia, 1000, Slovenia

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    Rate Includes: Free, Daily 10–noon and 3–6
  • 13. Čebelarski Muzej

    Radovljica is an adorable town not far from Bled, and its intriguing Čebelarski muzej may well be its cultural highlight. Located within the 17th-century town hall in the center, the museum gives a charming exploration of the humble bee, through a variety of interactive exhibitions. The museum also houses its own hive, a buzzing colony of some 5,000 bees, working away behind the safety of a glass cabinet.

    Linhartov trg 1, Radovljica, N/A Slovenia, Slovenia

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    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 14. Dom Trenta

    In Trenta, you'll find the Triglav National Park Information Center at Dom Trenta. Here, you can watch a presentation about the history and geography of the region and tour the small museum. It's also a good access point to the 20-km (12-mile) Soča Trail that winds its way along the river's banks. The center is open from April through October, daily from 10 to 6.

    Trenta, N/A Slovenia, Slovenia

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    Rate Includes: April through October, daily from 10 to 6.
  • 15. Dragon Bridge

    Four fire-breathing winged dragons crown the corners of this locally cherished concrete-and-iron structure. The dragons refer to the mythological origins of the city, when Jason, returning home from winning the Golden Fleece, killed a monster in a swamp on the present site of Ljubljana. It's undoubtedly one of the most photographed attractions in a city full of photogenic spots.

    Ljubljana, N/A Slovenia, Slovenia
  • 16. Hrastovlje Church of the Holy Trinity

    Hidden behind the 16th-century defensive walls of this small town is the tiny Romanesque Cerkev sveti Trojice (Church of the Holy Trinity). The interior is decorated with a remarkable series of frescoes, including the bizarre Dance Macabre, completed in 1490. The church is locked, but if you ask in the village, the locals will be glad to open it for you. Alternatively, you can make arrangements to visit at the tourism booth in Koper beforehand. From Koper take the main road toward Ljubljana; then follow the signs for Hrastovlje (22 km [14 miles] from Koper).

  • 17. Kobilarna Lipica

    Founded in 1580 by the Austrian archduke Karl II, the Kobilarna Lipica was where the white Lipizzaners—the majestic horses of the famed Spanish Riding School in Vienna—originated. Today, the farm no longer sends its horses to Vienna, but rather breeds them for its own performances and riding instruction. The impressive stables and grounds are open to the public. Riding classes are available, but lessons are geared toward experienced riders and must be booked in advance.

    Lipica 5, Sežana, N/A Slovenia, 6210, Slovenia

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    Rate Includes: €16, Daily Guided Tours: April - October every hour 10 am - 5pmNovember - March: 10 am, 11.30 am, 1:30 pm, 3 pmPrice: 12 €/person
  • 18. Magistrat

    The current town hall is the work of the Ljubliana architect Gregor Maček, who substantially renovated the 1484 original building from 1717 to 1719. The interior was completely reworked in the 19th and 20th centuries and now frequently hosts temporary art exhibits.

    Mestni trg 1, Ljubljana, N/A Slovenia, 1000, Slovenia

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    Rate Includes: Free, Daily 9–6
  • 19. Mestni Trg

    Right up the street from the Old Town end of the Triple Bridge, this cobbled square extends into the oldest part of the city. Baroque town houses, now divided into functional apartments, present marvelously ornate facades: carved oak doors with great brass handles are framed within columns, and upper floors are decorated with balustrades, statuary, and intricate ironwork. Narrow passageways connect with inner courtyards in one direction and run to the riverfront in the other. The street-level floors contain boutiques, antiques shops, and art galleries.

    Ljubljana, N/A Slovenia, Slovenia
  • 20. Moderna Galerija

    The strikingly modern one-story structure was designed by Plečnik student Edvard Ravnikar (1907–93) in the 1930s and finally finished in 1948. It contains a selection of paintings, sculptures, and prints by Slovenian and Eastern European 20th-century artists. In odd-number years, it also hosts the International Biennial of Graphic Art, an exhibition of prints and installations by artists from around the world. Works by Robert Rauschenberg, Susan Rothenburg, and Max Bill have been shown. The gallery also has a section of its permanent collection devoted to 20th century avant-gardes and the art of the Partisan Resistance.

    Cankarjeva 15, Ljubljana, N/A Slovenia, 1000, Slovenia

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    Rate Includes: €5, Closed Mon., Tues.–Sun. 10–6

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