Things to do in Slovenia
Slovenia for the first-timer should be loaded with local wines to take the edge off. Get into the swing of things in the capital, Ljubljana, indulging your taste buds with a slice of prekmurska gibanica (fruit, ricotta and walnut cake) while people watching, shopping and strolling Cankerjevo Nabrezje, a killer market with a few tricks up its sleeve.
The Dragon Bridge is Ljubljana’s Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower or Niagara Falls – everybody needs to pose below the fiery gaze of these lizard-like guardians, a classic look-at-me moment in the Slovene itinerary. Moving on to Metelkova; don’t forget your grunge boots and washable anarchy tattoos as young Slovenes gather here to discuss politics, listen to music and rave until the wee hours. As for the most popular tourist attraction, ask any of the 2 million residents and they’ll point to the very cool Castello di Lubiana and mysterious Old Ljubljana.
Load up the car to Vintgar Gorge, a 50-minute drive southwest of Ljubljana and a 9-minute journey from Lake Bled. Why not tick off both and be blown away by the rumbling, wild beauty of the falls and later chill out at the lake as the wind skips the surface? Adrenalin junkies will rush to the toboggan rides and Pustolovski Park, a hidden playground for big kids with ropes and zip lines, rushing though the treetops.
Between the peace of Triglav National Park and Pericnik Waterfall, travellers must add Predjama Castle to their to-do list. Your finger won’t leave the camera trigger. After you’ve filled a memory card or two, continue your tour and go underground at Postojna Cave. An easy 40-minute drive southwest of Ljubljana, the ancient networks of water-hewn tunnels, shining stalactites and mineral spaghetti strands will astound, even if you’re not into this stuff. Too cramped? Try the Pivka Jama cave system – most of the beauty, half the price and no crowds.
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Fairytales can’t compare to the splendour of Lake Bled. Walk, cycle or ride a horse around the shoreline or take a quick dip, Lake Bled won’t disappoint.
Postojna Cave is an underground spectacle of geological innovation developed over 2 million years by the Pivka River that offers travellers a chance to witness the power of the natural world, without the spelunking gear.
Triglav National Park teeters between alpine wilderness and permanent playground, thrilling adrenalin junkies with whitewater rafting and mountain climbing while encouraging a sense of inner peace.
The Triple Bridge connects the Old Town, modern Ljubljana and the city centre. A hive of activity and market trade, many come to see this marvel of modest invention while sipping a latte and inhaling the electric atmosphere.
An air of mystery surrounds Ljubljana Castle. Today, the castle buzzes with activity, food markets and tours.