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Slovenia is a European country located between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. Due to its diverse landscape, Slovenia is especially popular with outdoor and hiking vacationers. About 13% of the country’s area is protected, so a trip to Slovenia promises adventures in countless nature parks. Most tourists are drawn to the Julian Alps, Karavanke, and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the north of the country, where the two popular destinations Triglav National Park and the Soca Valley are also located. But also, the low mountain ranges, forests and lakes in the south of Slovenia promise breathtaking nature experiences. Here you can meet brown bears, the largest caves in Europe, and picturesque Slovenian villages. In addition, in the southwest of Slovenia you can enjoy a beach vacation on the Adriatic coast, in the east of the country countless wine plantations await you, and the idyllic towns of Slovenia show you the culture of the country. There is much to discover and a trip to Slovenia is a pure adventure. I share my travel experiences and adventures in Slovenia with you on this travel blog. Enjoy reading my travel reports.
Slovenia at a glance
All Info for your Trip to Slovenia
My trip through Slovenia lasted 10 days. An exciting time, in which I was able to get to know incredible landscapes, wonderful places and lovely people. I started in the Soča Valley, but due to continuous rain I traveled directly further south. There I visited two great sights: Škocjan caves and Predjama cave castle. After a stopover in the capital Ljubljana, I hiked to the alpine settlement Velika Planina in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. My next destination was the Soča Valley, where I visited grandiose places like Kanal, Tolmin, Kobarid, or Bovec. This was followed by a great hike in the Julian Alps to Mount Krn, before I traveled to the picturesque Bohinjsko jezero. There I spent many hours on the water or further lakes in the mountains. I would have loved to spend even more time in Slovenia, because these days went by way too fast.
My Itinerary in Slovenia
My Slovenia Highlights
All Blog Posts
Below you can see all blog articles I wrote about my Slovenia road trip. In my travel reports you can read my personal experiences about the travel destination Slovenia. I will introduce you to the most beautiful places and sights in Slovenia and give you valuable tips for your holiday in Slovenia.
Slovenia is located between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea and due to its fascinating nature is especially interesting as a …
Wild landscapes, great nature experiences and diverse sights await you on a trip to Slovenia. The country is especially popular with …
Slovenia is known for great landscapes and nature experiences. That is why the country is especially popular with outdoor and hiking …
Due to its diverse landscape, Slovenia is especially popular with outdoor and hiking vacationers. A trip to Slovenia promises adventure in …
If you prefer to travel in a group, there is a possibility to join a guided tour. You don’t have to worry about transportation, excursion planning, or food, but you can completely focus on the beauty of Slovenia. I recommend booking a tour through Viator portal, where countless activities around the world can be booked easily and safely.
Travel Preparations for Slovenia
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The travel destination is set. You are going to Slovenia. Anticipation is spreading. Who doesn’t love to plan the upcoming trip?! On my travel blog, I will help you and give you all the important information and tips for your travel preparation. Have fun planning your trip in Slovenia!
Best Time to Travel for Slovenia
I can’t give you a general answer about the best time to travel to Slovenia. Because it depends on how your trip should look like. What do you want to do? To which regions do you want to travel? In general, you can say that the main season lasts from June to September. However, due to the different climate zones (Mediterranean, continental, Pannonian, Southern Alpine), Slovenia can be a year-round destination, depending on the activity.
For active vacations and hiking I recommend you to travel between April and May or between September and October. In May and June, the most rain falls during the year. In the alpine regions, however, hiking is also possible between July and August, as these are the sunniest months. However, it is crowded and more expensive than in the low season. Between November and April, snow is to be expected in the Alpine regions. The ski season in Slovenia opens in December.
For a beach vacation in Slovenia, the summer with the months of June, July, August and September is ideal. However, especially in July and August you have to expect very high temperatures and crowded beaches. It is calmer and cheaper in June and September, and the water temperatures are still pleasant.
I traveled in Slovenia in August. During the day it was mostly sunny and sometimes over 32 degrees. Only in the Soca valley I had unfortunately some rainy days. Due to the high season, it was partly very crowded, especially at the popular destinations and sights. In the mountains it was much quieter. Ultimately, it depends on where you want to go and what you want to experience. In any case, Slovenia is worth a visit at any time of the year.
Getting to Slovenia & Transportation
Thanks to the membership in the European Union, the entry to Slovenia is possible for EU citizens without any problems and with an identity card.
Entry by plane
There are several airports in Slovenia, but for international flights only the airport in Ljubljana is relevant. From major European cities, several airlines fly to the capital of Slovenia. For example, there are direct flights from Munich, London, Amsterdam, Zurich, Paris, Istanbul or Frankfurt. For the flight search, I always use Skyscanner* and have always been very satisfied with the bookings.
Entering by train
There are train connections from Germany via Munich to Slovenia, which go via Salzburg, Villach and Jesenice to Ljubljana. There is also a night train from Munich to Ljubljana. There are also good connections from Vienna, Zagreb, Prague, Trieste or Zurich.
Train travel in Slovenia
The country has a very good railroad network, so you can reach all regions by train. However, the trains are in a rather dilapidated condition and move very slowly. Train tickets are very cheap in Slovenia. For example, a trip from Ljubljana to Bled costs 6 €. On weekends, the ticket prices are also significantly reduced and people under 26 years of age also get a discount. You can buy train tickets online, at the train station or directly on the train. More information and timetables can be found on the website of the railroad company.
Entering by bus
The cheaper alternative is to use long-distance buses, which travel to Slovenia from several major European cities. For example, there are connections from Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt Vienna, Zagreb, Zurich or Budapest to Ljubljana or Maribor. Flixbuses also travel from European cities to Ljubljana*
Bus travel in Slovenia
The country has a good bus network, so you can reach all regions by public transport. Bus tickets in Slovenia are also comparatively cheap. You can find more information and timetables on the website of the Slovenian bus company. There are also several domestic routes that connect the larger cities such as Bled, Koper, Piran or Maribor. On the following website you can find all bus connections leaving from Ljubljana.
Entering by car
You are most flexible with your own car. The road conditions in Slovenia are very good. The entry from Germany is possible via Austria without any problems. But also, the borders from Italy, Hungary and Croatia to Slovenia are open. Note that you need a vignette for Slovenia, which costs 15 euros for 7 days and 30 euros for 30 days for a normal car. Also, for Austria you need a vignette!
Slovenian Hotels & Accommodation
Tourism has long since arrived in Slovenia, so you will find many hotels, especially in the popular vacation regions. If you prefer it more authentic and simpler, I recommend one of the many Slovenian private accommodations. These mostly family-run guesthouses can be found all over the country. Many of them stay away from the well-known online portals, so you’ll have to call ahead. In the vacation regions, every larger village has its own tourist information office, which can also look for free accommodation for you on site. So, we always found an accommodation even in the high season. Only on one day we had problems to find an accommodation, so that we even had to change the region. Therefore, it is recommended to book in advance during the high season. However, the easiest way is to book via Booking.com* Due to the variety of hotels, you will surely find accommodations in Slovenia that meet your needs.
If you want to spend the night in a mountain hut in the Julian Alps, I recommend the homepage of the Slovenian Alpine Community. There you can find the names and phone numbers of all mountain huts.
Travel Budget & Costs
First things first: In Slovenia, you pay with euros, so you don’t have to worry about exchanging currencies. Personally, I used my free travel credit card to pay and withdraw money in the country without any fees. In general, the cost of living in Slovenia, with the exception of food, is about 18% lower than in Germany (as of June 22).
Hiking in Slovenia
Slovenia is a great destination for active vacations and hiking. In the following blog post you will learn everything about hiking in Slovenia. I give helpful information and valuable tips to make your hiking vacation an unforgettable experience.
Food & Vegetarian Dishes in Slovenia
Slovenian cuisine is very versatile and is composed of many cultural influences. It combines Austrian, Hungarian, Italian, Yugoslavian, and Mediterranean elements, generating its own style. Often the dishes in Slovenia are very meat-heavy, but there is also a variety of vegetarian dishes.
Štruklji is a well-known traditional dish of Slovenia. It is a cooked, rolled pastry that can be served with either a sweet or savory filling. A popular variant is a filling with walnuts, cottage cheese, apples and poppy seeds. In general, however, Štruklji can be filled with just about anything.
Another Slovenian dish is called jota. This soup is prepared mainly with beans and sauerkraut. In every region of Slovenia, you can find a different version. Most often meat is added, but the soup is also served without meat.
Ričet is also a popular Slovenian soup served with barley, beans, potatoes, carrots, parsley, celery, leeks, tomatoes, onions and garlic. Since the soup is sometimes served with meat, it is advisable to ask beforehand.
Idrijski žlikrofi are ravioli-like noodles with a filling of potatoes and fried onions. The pasta is often served with a mushroom sauce. Bacon is often added to the filling as well, so ask for a vegetarian option beforehand.
Furthermore, I also found a vegetarian alternative like burgers or pizza in almost every Slovenian restaurant. As you can see, there is a lot of choice for vegetarians in Slovenia.
Slovenia Travel Guide
Last but not least, I would like to recommend a few travel guides on this travel blog. I personally like especially the hiking guide series. The books are small and handy, offer useful information about hiking and detailed descriptions of the hikes. I have been able to discover great hikes through them that I would not have found without these books. Not only in Slovenia. The guidebooks give you additional tips and inspiration for your trip in Slovenia. The books are especially useful for individual travelers.
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