The first things that comes to my mind when I think about Slovenia, are the beautiful mountains, the emerald green and crystal clear blue waters, and the huge amount of green hues. Slovenia is not without a reason called one of the greenest countries in the world.
Slovenia is definitely a brilliant destination for outdoor lovers and active bees. Activities are endless, with the most popular being hiking, cycling, walking, canoeing and in winter even skiing. Oh, and rafting and floating on an airbed down the river 😉 ↓
My Slovenian highlights
I visited Slovenia years ago during my first European road trip together with one of my mates. We drove in less than 3 weeks from the Netherlands through Germany, Tsjech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, and Austria. Literally a ROAD trip with capital letters.
We saw awesome things, but of course, we didn’t have much time in each country, so I am pretty sure I will travel again to all those countries together with my little family and take it SLOW this time.
During my short visit to Slovenia, I got a great impression of this green pearl and would love to share with you my highlights and some accompanying pictures to show the amazing green nature of Slovenia.
Triglav National Park
Triglav National Park is the only National Park in Slovenia and one of Europes oldest parks. Named after its highest mountain ‘Triglav’ (2,864m) it covers 4% of Slovenia’s total land mass and is almost entirely covered by the Eastern Julian Alps. Triglav National Park has spectacular mountains, rivers, gorges, creeks, hiking routes and lakes.
Although I ‘ve been to one of the most popular tourist destination in Slovenia, Lake Bled, the weather was horrendous with thunderstorms like war and heavy downpours, so I don’t have any pictures of the famous church surrounded by lake bled and the lake itself, but I do have a great alternative; Lake Bohinj.
Lake Bohinj is the largest permanent lake in Slovenia covering 318 hectares and is located around 25 km Southwest of Lake Bled and is absolutely gorgeous. Aquamarine colored water, less touristy than lake Bled and very picturesque with the mountains of Triglav National Park in the background.
The magnificent Savica Waterfall, which drops down 78m, then goes through a stream and ends up in Lake Bohinj, is located 4km from Ukanc and can be reached by a walking path from there in 1½ to two hours.
Alternatively, you can go by car. Drive past Ukanc via a sealed up to up to a carpark beside the Savica restaurant. From there it’s only a 20-minute walk up. Be aware that there are more than 500 steps that lead you over rapids and streams to the falls. Make sure you wear decent shoes on the slippery path.
Hiking at the Savica Waterfall
You can do many hikes in the surrounding of the Savica waterfall and there are even more waterfalls to see along the way.
You will get rewarded with some amazing – sometimes mysterious- views with clouds coming in over the green mountain tops.
If you are a bit of a daredevil you can also reach the Savica Waterfall via a hike along an ‘open’ mountain wall.
Where to stay in Slovenia
There are many options for staying in Slovenia. We camped on a camping near Lake Bohinj – Can’t remember the name anymore, but there are many camping options in this region.
If you are looking for something more convenient, but also typical Slovenian, try Airbnb! They have many beautiful ( chalet/cottage ) Accommodations available surrounded by nature like this ↓
When you book via our special Airbnb link you get a massive $50 discount on your first booking! Book here for your $50 discount. You are welcome 😉 And let us know which awesome accommodation you picked when you travel to Slovenia 🙂