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Wednesday Wanderlust: Slovenia

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Wednesday Wanderlust : Slovenia

For this week’s Wednesday Wanderlust, I chose Slovenia.  I feel like Slovenia is one of those countries that just gets overlooked and I find myself drawn more and more towards those kinds of places.

Where exactly is Slovenia?

Slovenia is a relatively small country nestled between Italy, Croatia, Austria, and Hungary.  I was oh-so-close last year when I was in both Italy and Croatia.  Oh well.

SLOVENIA

Now that you know where Slovenia is, you are probably wondering…what exactly is there to do in Slovenia?

Visit Lake Bled

One of the first pictures I ever saw of Slovenia was of Lake Bled.  That picture alone made me want to go.  Lake Bled is located in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia.  A medieval castle stands on the north side of the lake and the entire lake surrounds an island.

Things to do in Slovenia, Lake Bled, Bled Castle

 Visit the Predjama Castle

The Predjama Castle is nestled into the side of a cliff.  This castle is located in Predjama and is about 10km from Postojna Cave.

Things to do in Slovenia, Predjama Castle

 Visit the Lipica Stud Farm

A great way to see Lipizzaner stallions is at the Lipica Stud Farm.  This is the oldest European stud farm that breeds a single breed of horse and is the original stud farm of the Lipizzaners.  I’m down for anything to do with horses.

Things to do in Slovenia, Lipica Stud Farm

Visit Piran

Piran is in southwestern Slovenia on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea.  Everyone that visits Piran loves it and it’s easily probably the favorite of the coastal towns of Slovenia.

Things to do in Slovenia, Piran

Go Hiking in Triglav National Park

Triglav National Park, the only Slovenian National Park, is in the northwest and extends along the Italian border.

Things to do in slovenia, triglav national park

Go Kayaking on the Soca River

Kayaking and rafting on the Soca River is very common and who wouldn’t want to.  I mean, seriously, look at that water.

Things to do in Slovenia, Soca River

Vintgar Gorge

Only 4km from Bled and carved by the Radovna River, this gorge is a must see.

Things to do in Slovenia, Vintgar Gorge

Overall, it looks like Slovenia has a ton of outdoors activities which is right up my alley.

Have you ever visited any of these places?  Have any must see or do things to tell me about in Slovenia?

Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused on adventure, outdoors and wildlfe, and is in the process of selling all her things and prepping for long term travel before she leaves for Southeast Asia in November. She writes about prepping, past travel experiences, life in Nashville and future travel plans.

30 Comments

  1. Erin

    January 22, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Wow! Wow! Wow! It looks like something out of a fairy-tale! Lake Bled and Predjama Castle look stunning.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 22, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      I know, right? Slovenia wasn’t even on my radar until recently…now, I’m kind of irritated with myself that it wasn’t haha

  2. Adelina @ PackMeTo

    January 22, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    I’ve been to both Lake Bled and Predjama Castle. So amazing. I really enjoyed Ljubljana as well. Very pretty for a city. I also visited the Postojna Caves which was pretty cool. Piran looks gorgeous! I’ll have to go next time.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      That’s awesome Adelina and I have to admit, I’m pretty jealous!

  3. Milene - My Cup of Travel

    January 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Oh Slovenia is a beautiful place. My mum always visited Slovenia when she was young but I only drove through it once… I know – bad choice! I hope, when I´m back in Europe to see more of these hidden gems in Eastern Europe… Great post, great tips!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      Thanks Milene! I need to see more of Eastern Europe as well–really only been in Western except Croatia.

  4. Travis

    January 22, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    We loved Slovenia. We spent 2 weeks there and could not have been more impressed with the diversity of things to do and see in such a small country. From Ljubljana and Piran, which are definitely two of the prettiest cities in Europe, to Lake Bked, Triglav, the Vintgar Gorge, the amazing caves, and all the rest of the amazing natural attractions – Slovenia definitely has something for everyone. Definitely a great addition to any trip to Europe.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 22, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Ahhh I’m so jealous. I think my next trip to Europe will be more of the Eastern Europe countries…they don’t get as much love and they should!

  5. A Brit and A Southerner

    January 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Never visited Slovenia either Ashley but after reading this post and seeing those amazing pictures it is certainly a country that has jumped up the ladder near the top of the bucket list. I know that both Ljubljana and Piran are two of the more aesthetically attractive cities in Europe as Travis indicated in an earlier post but on top of this there seems to be an abundance of things to do in Slovenia, ranging from seeing the obvious natural beauty to exploring hidden gems inside these cities.

    Hope you get to venture there some day soon!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 22, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      I hope y’all do too as well! It does seem pretty amazing, doesn’t it?

  6. Rachel

    January 22, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Yea…. you’ve sold it to me. The photo of the castle on the lake edge was the winner.

  7. frankaboutcroatia

    January 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    This reminded me of my school trip many years ago. We did all the sights here, except hiking Triglav, and kayaking Soca river. Lovely post, Ashely. I agree that Slovenia is a great country to visit.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 22, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      Thank you very much! I’ll have to head there soon and make my way down to Croata while I’m at it :)

  8. Michael Huxley

    January 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Wow those pics really do put some serious wanderlust into you don’t they? I really must go there soon!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 23, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      I know…I keep saying that about a lot of places!

  9. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    January 24, 2014 at 4:01 AM

    It looks so beautiful and seems to be the European place everyone is talking about in the last year or so – I really want to go!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 24, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      I have heard a lot more about it recently than ever before. It’s definitely on my radar for next year!

  10. Mrs. Chasing the Donkey

    January 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    You can go here AFTER you come see my in Croatia. It’s a wonderful place, and Lake Bled is more amazing in real life.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      I won’t argue with you…Croatia first, then Slovenia :D

  11. Sammi

    January 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    I’m going to Slovenia this summer, I can’t wait!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      That’s great and I’m jealous! Can’t wait to read all about it :)

  12. Jessi

    January 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Oh wow, these pictures are gorgeous. We were planning on skipping straight from Italy to Croatia on our big trip this summer, but now we might need to rethink our itinerary!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 24, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      If you’re going to be that close, you should!

  13. Nina

    January 28, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    Hi Ashley, great post! I’ve been to Slovenia a year ago and it is really a must visist, for all the reasons you’ve mentioned! :)

  14. Frank

    February 4, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Great post, fantastic photos! Slovenia has been high on my list for years. That Predjama Castle something else, never heard of it!
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Thanks Frank! I think it will be priority for me in 2015! :)

  15. Melissa

    April 20, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    Thanks for posting this run down on Slovenia! Planning a trip in a few months and wanted to add Slovenia to the mix. This info was very helpful!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Thanks Melissa! It looks gorgeous-I hope you enjoy your time there :)

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