After a long time we are back with new content, this time we will talk about how to spend a week of active holidays in Slovenia. In this year we recorded a good response to our guided tours around Ljubljana and other Slovenian cities, mostly by domestic, and some foreign, discoverers. Therefore, we decided to take a little different approach in this article, in which we will take you to a seven-day active spending time in Slovenia. It can be done in any season.
We will take a walk through the capital city, Ljubljana, afterward we will set off to Upper Carniola to Bled, around Bohinj lake, and activities in Kranjska Gora. In the end, we will explore the old coastal town of Piran. Let’s set out on a Slovenia adventure holiday.
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We believe that you already know that Ljubljana is the biggest and at the same time capital city of our little Sub-Alpine country. It is a city at the crossroads of Germanic, Romanic, and Slavic nations, their languages, customs and habits, altogether strongly influenced the history of the city. According to the legend, the first settlement was founded in its place by Argonauts and the ancient Greek hero Jazon. The origin of the name Ljubljana is not fully clarified. The city had several names, namely Laubah, Laibach, Ljubovid, Ljubid, and today’s Ljubljana. The symbol of the city is the Ljubljana dragon, which symbolizes strength, courage, and greatness.
Its image can be seen on Dragon bridge, which proudly stands on the pedestal. The bridge was built in the time of the mayoralty of Ivan Hribar, it was a substitute for that time wooden Butcher’s bridge, which was damaged in 1895’s earthquake. At that time, the bridge was considered innovative, it was built according to the technique of engineer Josef Melan. At first, they planned that the bridge will be decorated with winged lions, but that was soon changed and they placed the symbol of the city on it. The opening of the bridge was in the year 1901, it was dedicated to the fortieth anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I., named Jubilee bridge. Soon its official name died out, and the bridge took the name Dragon bridge.
We will start our city break here, at the Dragon bridge, and head towards the old city center. You can make sightseeing in Ljubljana by yourself, but in case you would like to know more about architecture, history, stories and more, you can set off together with a professional guide. From the bridge, we can walk past Plečnik’s arcades and city market, which together with Three bridges and floodgate represented a key objective when designing the entire area of the water axis of the river Ljubljanica. Along arcades goes Adamič-Lunder embankment, the alley dedicated to the memory of Ivan Adamič and Rudolf Lunder, young Slovenian boys, who died under German gunfire on September 20th, 1908. The tragedy, in the end, brought something good, as, from that day on, bilingual signs were no longer hung on craft and trade bars in Ljubljana, only Slovene ones.
In the middle of the arcades, we can walk across the Ljubljanica river on Butcher’s bridge to Petkovšek’s embankment. The Butcher’s bridge once stood in place of today’s Shoemaker`s bridge, but it was moved lower after strict city center, because of the filth. If we continue further along the embankment, on either side, we come to Prešeren square, a square dedicated to the greatest Slovenian poet France Prešeren, who has his sight fixed upon Julija Primic. There is also a Franciscan church of Mary’s annunciation, which is the most visited church in Ljubljana. The church was built during the years 1646 and 1660, in the place where once the church of St. Martin stood. The Foundation stone was the year 1628 laid by that time Ljubljana bishop Tomaž Hren.
From here we continue along Hribar embankment, where we can make a quick turn towards Kongresni square (en. Congress square), and rest in park Zvezda (en. park Star), see Slovenian Philharmonic, pillar of the Holy Trinity and the church of the same name.
If we continue along Hribar embankment we come to Cobblers’ bridge. The bridge, also Shoemaker’s bridge, once Butcher’s bridge, was designed by Jože Plečnik, and it connects Hribar, Cankar, and Gallus embankment. It continues towards Tranča, which leads to the intersection of Mestni (en. City square) and Stari (en. Old square) square. Shortly after the bridge we can turn on Novi square (en. New square), where in the end of the square the National and University Library is located, the biggest of its kind with the basic task of collecting, editing, storing, and providing of Slovenian written cultural heritage. The building was the year 2021 added to the Unesco World Heritage List.
Forward along the Breg (en. Shore) towards Zois’s palace, where at the end of the street Šentjakob bridge is located, to the right is Zois’s pyramid. We continue across the bridge after it is Gallus embankment, but we continue straight to the parish church of St. Jacob. It is the first Jesuit church in Slovenia, which was for the first time mentioned in the year 1383. If you are interested in architecture, it is always worth checking the church, from the inside and outside. This one is one of those worth entering’s. The church is located on Levstik square.
On the juncture of Levstik, Gornji (en. Upper square) and Stari (en. Old square) square stands Hercules’s Fountain. The architects that designed it used the scheme from Robb’s Fountain, Iconotheca Valvasoriana, and the original statue of Hercules. Further along, Stari square, where many bars and restaurants are located, is a narrow street with old buildings and other historical elements. Stari square overflows into Mestni square (en. City square), wherein the end of it stands City Hall and Robb’ Fountain. Before that, we can turn left along a narrow street toward Ribji square (en. Fish square). Robb’s Fountain stands in front of City Hall and is the fountain of three Carniola rivers, namely the Sava, Krka, and Ljubljanica. It is the most famous white marble sculpture, made by Francesco Robba.
From here, we continue along Ciril-Metod square pass Ljubljana cathedral or monastery church of. St.Nicholas. The church was built during the years 1701 and 1706. In the year 1996, the bronze doors were erected in honor and commemoration of the Pope’s first visit, which the Pope blessed upon his entry. It is a unique achievement of modern Slovenia church art. In the end, we reach Vodnikov square, which is one of the youngest Ljubljana squares. A monument to the Slovenian poet and awakener Valentin Vodnik stands there. We go across the market back towards Dragon bridge, and with that, we finish our sightseeing.
As already mentioned above, you can set off on a walk around Ljubljana with a professional tourist guide, who will explain more things about the city and answer your questions, and more. The path can be augmented with the application TaleUp, and with it, you can see tram, which once drove on Prešeren square or futuristic tram, and see what plans they had for the future. Hanging tram is located on Mestni square (en. City square) in front of City hall. On Kongresni square (en. Congress square) you can take a picture with the sign I Feel Slovenia or see a phone booth. This kind of walkthrough in Ljubljana is best done on the first day of your arrival and it takes at around 2 hours, at the same time you have evening left for other activities or rest.
Ljubljana can also be a good starting point for cycling, as you can go by bike to nearby hills and from there extend your trip to the Ljubljana Marshes. A second day option of activity.
Discover by bike hills like Golovec, Šišenski hill, Rožnik with park Tivoli, and Orle or drive along the Path of Remembrance and Comradeship, which takes us along the wire that was once set around the city of Ljubljana in the Great War. The visit to the mentioned hill will show you how the city its self is integrated with its surroundings and connected with nature. After discovering the surroundings, you can extend your trip to the southern part of Ljubljana, to Landscape park Ljubljana Marshes.
Ljubljana Marshes are located in the southern part of the Ljubljana basin. It is a plain water area, where many various animals and plants found their home. In this area, due to the method of cultivation of the land, high biodiversity has been maintained. The area has always been interesting for humans, of which testify the remains of the cultures that have inhabited the area throughout the millennia. The oldest find goes back to the Paleolithic, as found wooden tool testifies. The territory was inhabited by Romans, who in the area of Vrhnika built a port named Nauportus, as well as Slavs, of which testify clay pot. River Ljubljanica was used as a navigable river, which was confirmed by the discovery of a Roman cargo ship.
The entire landscape, from local Ljubljana hills to the landscape part is here for you, to discover it and at the same time observe and admire the life of birds and landscape picturesqueness. Here, as already mentioned, are archeological sites that uncover history, at the same time you can head to Iška gorge, the gorge that uncovers beautiful natural shelters with rapids, pools, and steep rocky shores. You can set off on a bike trip with a guide, who will show you the hidden and beautiful corners, bringing nature closer to you and this diverse world. Some time ago we walked across the marshes, on an organized hike through the Ljubljana marshes.
From Ljubljana, you can continue to Bled, to one of the most interesting tourist points and city with the only island in Slovenia, where you can try famous Bled vanilla cream (si. Blejska kremšnita) and embark along the path around the lake, on foot or by bicycle. Along the path, you will get to know various sights, from the first monument to the greatest Slovenian poet France Prešeren to interesting lake animals, like swan. Discover lake secrets together with a guide and in the end head to Bled islet. There is a medieval, in Baroque style renovated, church of a Mother Divine. Next to it stands an autonomous bell tower. The steps on the western part of the island reach a height of 18 meters.
You can ascend to one or more outliers that are located around the lake and each offers a beautiful view. The highest outlier is Velika Osojnica with 756 meters of altitude, it is with forest overgrown peak above Mala Osojnica. Followed by Kuhovnica with 714 meters, which offers a beautiful view of the lake Bled and its surroundings. Followed by Straža, Ojstrica, Višce, and outlier Grad, which proudly stands above the lake. Together with the guide, you can discover other surrounding places, or head on to Bled gorge. It is 1,6 kilometers long gorge in which river Radovna flows. It offers numerous jumps, rapids, holes, and other shapes that are the result of running water. In the end, you can see the waterfall Šum.
After seeing Bled, the best suitable stop is another lake, namely Bohinj, which is considered as a pearl under Triglav. It is the biggest permanent lake in the biggest park of Slovenia, Triglav national park. Its main afflux is the river Savica, its outflow is the river Jezernica. Next to the lake is a path that takes us around it and shows the beauties of the environment.
We can start discovering the lake in idyllic village Ribčev laz, next to the famous Janez’s bridge, which got its name after Janez Krstnik. Across river Jezernica and the bridge stands the eponymous church and the monument to the struggle of Jesenice-Bohinj detachment. Here we turn left on the macadam path, which takes us around the lake. Last year we took a hike around the lake on our own, and we enjoyed it. The path is 12 kilometers long and suitable for all ages. The initial part of the path offers beautiful views of the lake itself, mountain Vogel and other surrounding hills. This part of the path, at Stara Fužina, is a beach suitable for swimming in the lake. It leads us to Ukanc and the point, where the river Savica flows into the lake. Part of our hike goes along the Goldhorn fairytale path, which we warmly recommend and is suitable for younger visitors. Afterward, the path turns back towards Ribčev laz, and is slightly away from the lake, but it still offers a beautiful view and a nice walk.
Along the path, we can see numerous smaller affluents, which flow from the hills into the lake. Along the path, we see a bear’s head, which is very reminiscent of a bear from the cartoon The Jungle Book. Little further ahead stands a small church of St. Spirit, which was erected in the 18th century. The next point is Ribčev Laz, which offers a beautiful view of a lake, a small bay for sailboats, and a Goldhorn statue. Goldhorn indicates the fairytale and mystery of the land. Here we can refresh ourselves at several points and after a short rest, we can extend our trip to the waterfall Savica.
It is one of those waterfalls that have a touch of romance and are of historical significance. The waterfall was already praised by France Prešeren in his songs and probably, the idea for The Baptism on the Savica most likely came to him at the foot of the waterfall. A well-marked path with informational boards leads us to the waterfall and is comprised of as many as 553 steps. The path offers a beautiful view of Bohinj lake and surrounding hills. When seeing waterfall Savica, we can finish our day on Vogel, where the cable car takes us and see the land from the top, just breathtaking look. On the top, we can refresh ourselves. When ascending with the cable car, you must pay attention to the working hours. With staying in Bled and Bohinj, we suggest spending your nights in a nice and comfortable apartment Brlog in Laze. Only 15 minutes away from Bled and around 30 minutes from Bohinj.
On the fifth day, we continue our journey around Slovenia to Kranjska Gora, which is located in the upper part of Sava valley. After day activities we suggest seeing the city itself, which will enchant you. In the old village center is the church of the Virgin Mary of the Assumption that was for the first time mentioned in the year 1326. Not far away is the 300-year-old Liznjekov homestead, where you can see the black kitchen and ethnographic collection. We can see the birth house of the writer Josip Vandota, the author of popular stories about Kekec. Evening or late afternoons are perfect for a walk through the city but watch for opening hours of the sights.
Kranjska Gora is a good starting point for sightseeing of surrounding places, as from here we can go to Zelenci, the ground spring of river Sava Dolinka. It is a natural reserve and the home to many endangered animal and plant species. The lake is located right after the village Podkoren, and the area is pleasantly decorated with wooden access, paths, and a small tower, which offers a beautiful view of the place. Because the lake has around 6° throughout the year, it never freezes. With the visit, you will experience an unforgettable green experience.
You can go from Kranjska Gora to Zelenci by bike and along the path admire other natural and cultural beauties. On the way back, to Kranjska Gora, we can make a stop at the stream Pišnica, where 5 kilometers long Alpine valley Mala Pišnica is located with an unmarked hunting trail. Here we can admire the nature, landscape and of one of the oldest and magnificent larch trees in Central Europe. Its age is around 1040 years, with 422 centimeters in diameter.
In the end, we can make a stop at lake Jasna, where we can rest or take a walk around the lake, as a walking path winds around it. It is a pearl surrounded by the peaks of the Julian mountains, where you will recharge the energy and calm down. Lake Jasna is two interconnected artificial lakes, arranged at the confluence of Mala and Velika Pišnica. In case you are left with some time, you can freely discover other interesting sights of the place that it offers. We are confident that you will find many more interesting places.
From Upper Carniola, we set off for the coast, where we discover the small seaside city of Piran. Get caught inside the medieval walls, walk through the narrow old streets and ascend to the beautiful vies. Walkthrough numerous gates to the church and the palace and enjoy the cultural treasures and unimaginable views. To all that, add a taste of Mediterranean and Istrian cuisine, soak your feet in the sea or take a walk through the city’s cultural history. Take a photo of Tartini square, which is the biggest Piran square and also somehow the best starting point for exploring the city. Step to the Venetian house and think about love stories.
From here you can continue towards Rašporska gates that are one of the three city gates, which still today has a fully preserved wall strip. Ascend to a city wall with seven defense towers and take advantage of the view. Along the path, you will discover the churches, monastery, and chapel. For all history enthusiasts, the churches are worth a visit. The church of St. George is one of the biggest of all Piran churches. Climb up the bell tower and see the city from above. The walk along Piran Peninsula towards cape Madonna, which is also the deepest point of Trieste gulf. Go around the lighthouse or step into it. Get lost in the city and discover other numerous smaller attractions, which will take your breath. You can discover all these attractions together with the guide, who will take you through history, stories, and tales of the city and took you on a time journey.
On the last day in Slovenia, you can indulge yourself to the Slovenia Holidays team, which will prepare the final activity for you before you leave. However, you can easily indulge in laziness and enjoy your last day carefree on the coast of Piran or on the walk along the Portorož coast, which will not disappoint you. But before you head home, do not forget to get yourself a souvenir that will remind you of your time in Slovenia. For all mentioned locations, we can provide you a professional tour guide, to show you what Slovenia is about, you can contact us to e-mail email@example.com.
For the end, we invite you to see other locations in Slovenia on our web site Travel-Slovenia portal, which are arranged according to the individual categories. We believe that when visiting our small Sub-Alpine country you will enjoy and leave it full of unforgettable memories. At this opportunity we invite you to read our previous adventures on our Trail blog, you can follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or TikTok. You can check our new walks on Sports Tracker or visit the YouTube channel and see video impressions from various places.