For some people getting inside a cave sounds like a dreadful experience, be it for bats, darkness, the fear of the known or just the idea of getting dirty in a closed and unfamiliar space. Fortunately, that’s not the case with caves accustomed to tourists.
Ljubljana – the charming capital of Slovenia – is often the first (and sometimes only) stop for tourists and visitors of the country. On our first trip to Slovenia, we were captivated by the magic of the fairy-tale city and, except for one trip from Ljubljana to Lake Bled, we were content exploring the history and culinary treasures without wandering beyond the city limits. We were confident we had navigated our way to the top things to see in Ljubljana, but knew we had missed some of the most beautiful places to visit in Slovenia. On a return trip to the country, we were intent on creating a tour of Slovenia and discovered 15 incredible day trips from Ljubljana for our Slovenia itinerary.
Day Trips from Ljubljana
Bordered by Austria, Italy, Hungary and Croatia, the country of Slovenia encompasses less than 8,000 square miles of land mass. Ljubljana is located in the center of the country and is home to about 300,000 of the country’s 2 million residents. The country, while small, boasts a diverse landscape – from mountains to beaches to lakes and underground caves.
Vast stretches of green meadows punctuated with beautiful countryside houses with conventional tall buildings topped with stout orange tiled roofs and the icing on the cake is a tall church that stands out from all the buildings of that settlement – this is a common scene on a road trip in Slovenia. This European country has the lush green panoramas backed by the Alps like Switzerland/Austria, only more affordable and not to forget, it also has the old world charm of the Balkan countries.
Roads in Slovenia are a joy to drive on and is one of the best ways to explore Slovenia. The country is clean, the roads are well marked and filled with sweeping vistas at every corner. It doesn’t take too long to fall in love with Slovenian landscapes.
The amazing Skocjan and Postojna Caves and the Predjama Castle, in Slovenia
From the Julian Alps and Lake Bled, we took a drive on small country roads towards the most famous caves in Slovenia.
Along the way we stopped in the medieval towns of Skofja Loka and Idrija.
The town of Idrija is known for its beautiful handmade lace, and the town is dotted with shops selling patterned lace clothing, tablecloths, curtains, bags and lace flowers that can be sewn on to your own clothes.
There were also displays showing different tools and techniques of lacemaking.
In Idrija we saw a beautiful castle converted into a museum that had a collection of masks, used in local festivals that started hundreds of years ago and are still celebrated today.
See castles on the side of mountains, lakes in underwater caves, fields filled with white horses, and villages pulled from a storybook—all in a country no bigger than Massachusetts.
Tucked between Italy, Austria, and Croatia, Slovenia is so small you might skip over it—but that would be a mistake. Though it’s roughly the size of Massachusetts, it packs a major visual punch: alpine villages, cliffside castles, emerald lakes, fields of white horses, and some of the most beautiful forests in the entire world. In other words, it’s a fairy tale setting come to life. Here are some of the best and most beautiful places the country has to offer—start packing your bags.
There’s a reason Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular sites.
If you feel you’ve had your fill of redwood forests, California coastlines, and Swedish mountaintops, the earth’s underground is your answer. Yes, you read that right. While not nearly as accessible as some of the ‘above ground’ wonders of the world, there are plenty of places beneath the surface of our planet that can be equally (if not more) spectacular — and far less traveled. From winding underground rivers to enormous sprawling caves, we’ve made a list of the ten underground wonders of the world that you simply cannot miss.
Reed Flute Cave, China
Nestled in the mountains outside the Chinese city of Guilin, the Reed Flute Cave is a spectacular cavern system that is an absolute must see. The cave is named after reeds that grow abundantly outside the cave entrance, which people have historically used to make flutes.
Old Slovenian towns and cities, which are proud of their treasures, are connected under the Association of Historical Cities of Slovenia.
The Association of Historical Cities of Slovenia was founded to foster cooperation among like-minded towns, cities, individuals and companies, and its members are well aware that the old, historical centres of such places are both artistic treasures and tourist attractions. We thus strive to maintain everything our ancestors created over the decades, centuries, and even millennia, as this represents an evolving record of their lives, daily work and creativity. All this with one goal – to preserve everything that gives our country its soul.
Each of the historic towns and cities tells its own special story. A story that is created every day and all year round.