Slovenia Off The Beaten Path

  • Haloze - hidden corner of Ptuj
    Haloze - hidden corner of Ptuj
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  • Ranca -walking, ciclyng trails
    Ranca -walking, ciclyng trails
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  • Ranca - peace and nature
    Ranca - peace and nature
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Slovenia Off The Beaten Path

  • Daytrip to Bled

    Ljubljana Off The Beaten Path

    One of the most famous tourist spots in Slovenia is the picturesque Lake Bled. It is situated at the foot of the Julian Alps; about 55 km northwest of Ljubljana. Bled can be reached by train or bus. The lake is surrounded by mountains and a steep castle hill. Slovenia's only island is situated in the middle of the lake. It is home to the the...

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  • Lake Bohinj

    Bled Off The Beaten Path

    We live in Italy and wanted to go from Bohinj to Italy through the middle of a mountain by train. It can be done, but we thought it would cost an arm and a leg. BUT NOT! The train leaves several times during the day, you line up waiting and then drive onto the top of a flatcar. The train takes off and you go through a lot of tunnels and by tiny...

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  • Daytrip to Trieste

    Piran Off The Beaten Path

    trieste in italy is not far from piran and you can drive there easily or go by ferry from piran. trieste is an italian town with a lot of austrian influence in it´s architecture as it was part of the austrian/hungarian empire for many years. it´s main square is located right by the sea dn that makes it a very pleasant town to visit. the town also...

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  • Daytrip to Skofja Loka

    Ljubljana Off The Beaten Path

    On my way back from Bled to Ljubljana I took a break in the quaint town Skofja Loka, which is well worth seeing for a day trip. It is located at t the Selska Sora river about 25 km northeast of Ljubljana. The 1000 year old town was proclaimed a cultural monument in 1987. Many historic buildings and squares prove its medieval character. Among them...

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  • Vintgar gorge

    Bled Off The Beaten Path

    This is a map of the area. A larger version of it can be found here. I took a bus to Spodnje and then walked to Podhom. The entrance to Vintgar Gorge is at Vintgar down a small track from Podham. I then walked through the gorge where the trail ends at "HE Vintgar". I then walked along the trail up and over Hom hill to St Catherine's Church which is...

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  • Daytrip to Venice

    Piran Off The Beaten Path

    As we were waiting to check into our hotel, we flipped through an excursion guide laying on the counter and were surprised to see a day trip to Venice included for around 60E per person. We asked the desk clerk how long it took to get there and she wasn't sure but it was an all day excursion and it sounded like you got there by boat. After our...

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  • Šmarna gora

    Ljubljana Off The Beaten Path

    -Very popular daily hiking path is this 667m high Smarna gora hill. Only 9 km from Ljubljana, this hill is very siutable for recreation and for meeting friends. At the top, there are a Mary's chapel and an eatery, where you can get some delicious eating, or just soft drik, beer or tea.

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  • RADOVLJICA

    Bled Off The Beaten Path

    Radovljica is a charming town on the Sava River, not far from the place where the Sava Dolinka joins the Sava Bohinjka. The town was 1st mentioned in 1510, almost 2 centuries after its Linhart's square (1343). In the centre of old town, there's the memorial to famous Slovenian dramatist Anton Tomazh Linhart, a drinking fountain built in the memory...

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  • Portorož

    Piran Off The Beaten Path

    taking a walk down to portoroz is a nice option when in piran. the town is just 2 kilometersd away from piran and you can walk along the sea on walking paths all the way to portoroz. portoroz is a modern style holiday resort and does in my opinion not have the charm piran does, but if you need to do some shopping or want to go to a good beach then...

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  • Park Tivoli

    Ljubljana Off The Beaten Path

    Tivoli Mansion is a beautiful building with lots of sculptures. It was originally built in the seventeenth century.by the Jesuits. Later it was renovated by Marshal Joseph Radetzky in the middle of the 19th century, The Austrian sculptor Anton Dominik Fernkorn made four cast iron dog statues that stand in front of the castle. When he later...

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  • Daytrip to Zagreb, Croatia

    Ljubljana Off The Beaten Path

    It is quite feasible to take a day trip to Zagreb by train. Journey time is just over 2 hours. With the summer 09 timetable you could leave Ljubljana at 08.15 to be in Zagreb about 10.30. The 18.10 return would be your best bet. Time for a good lunch with some sightseeing either side, and back in Ljubljana for a late dinner. Check the website for...

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  • Rožnik

    Ljubljana Off The Beaten Path

    A small hill Roznik, favorite destination for a walk. A very long tradition has visiting Roznik on 1st May - the Labour day. Rpznik was a place where some time lived our greatest writer Ivan Cankar.

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  • House Of Experiments

    Ljubljana Off The Beaten Path

    OK, this is not Muenich, its Ljubljana, so don't expect much. This is just a small House of Experiments that allows you to interract with some things (like creating giant bubbles etc.) and learn some physics. Ideal for lazy afternoons when you just wish you would lie down on nail bed and its very close to city centre of Ljubljana (Trubarjeva...

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  • Žale - more than a cemetery

    Ljubljana Off The Beaten Path

    More than a cemetery. The newer part of Zale, the biggest cemetery of Ljubljana, is in my opinion a superb architectural creation. As you encounter it, you're quite unlikely to recognise a cemetery at all! It's rather a maze of small streets which reveals gravestones only at a second glance. Different, to say the least!

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  • Zbilje Lake

    Ljubljana Off The Beaten Path

    ZBILJE is a small village outside Ljubljana in the direction toward MEDVODE - KRANJ. It is one of many lakes Slovenia has that is closest to the capital. It is a popular destination for families with children during spring and summer. There are plenty of opportunities to spend a day here - walking around the lake, watching at swans that are here,...

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  • Križanke

    Ljubljana Off The Beaten Path

    From 1951 to 1957 the complex of Križanke was altered by the greatest Slovenian architect Jože Plecnik, afterwards it became a center for cultural activities. According to Plecnik's design, the porch of the lapidarium is supported by columns from the arcades of the Ducal Palace, which was demolished by the earthquake in 1895. This was the last...

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  • Fuzine Castle

    Ljubljana Off The Beaten Path

    Fuzine castle (and the whole area of Fuzine suburb, about 6 km to the east of city centre) is named after ironworks that once stood there. The castle dates from 16th century. There is architectural museum there as well as French restaurant.

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  • Rasica

    Ljubljana Off The Beaten Path

    Rasica is a village on the hill to the north of Ljubljana. It is reachable by bike or by combination of car and walking. There is tower on the top of that hill that gives a great opportunity to see whole Ljublana (as well as Savinja-Kamnik and even Julian Alps on a sunny day). If you have a car it is 3 hour trip. You have to ask for precise...

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  • Ribcev Laz

    The most beautiful access to Bohinj lake is Ribcev Laz. The village is beautiful and has the most developed commerce around the lake. Don't miss the nearby villages, where the wooden house with flowers are still more beautiful

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  • Srednja Vas

    No, Srednja Vas was not in my plans and I doubt that I would ever ear about it if my GPS didn't get mad, approaching the lake. It sent us to a dead end, in a narrow and frightening path late in the night. However, while turning back we noticed that it could be pretty by daylight, and Fernanda forced me to "get lost" again (flowers oblige!).I did...

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  • Ukanc

    In the western end of Bohinj lake, Ukanc is a small residential area. A few nice houses in a gardened area and a camping park, compose a very calm set of resources for a relaxing vacation in the lake.

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  • Obcine

    Obcine is a very small village situated near the main road Ljubljana-Zagreb, in the vicinity of town of Trebnje.Here you can see the wooden houses, barns and wells built in the begining of the 20th century. Not much of likewise houses has left in Slovenia.

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  • Velenje

    Velenje is one of the biggest industrial and mine centre of Slovenia. It is located out of main roads but easy to reach from the highway Ljubljana-Maribor. There is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful medieval castles in whole Slovenia, worth to see.

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  • Ljutomer

    Ljutomer is a small town in the eastern part of Slovenia. It is located in area of so-called "wine triangle path" of Ormoz-Jeruzalem-Ptuj. If you are a wine-lover, you shouldn't miss this place. Also, there is a beautiful church in Ljutomer a must see.

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  • Škofja Loka/Puštal - Nace's House

    Nace’s house is a beautiful wooden farm building located in the quiet nearby southern suburb of Puštal and takes about 10 minutes to walk to from Mestni trg. It is one of the oldest wooden houses left standing in Slovenia and as such has become a museum and a monument of the Slovene cultural legacy of national interest. The oldest part is the lower...

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  • Go to Hell!

    Pekel (Hell) cave is an unusual occurrence in Pohorje mountain range. This cave is typical carstal phenomena, and it is situated hundreds of kilometres away form karstal areas of Slovenia!Just like any other decent (oh, well..) carstal cave, this one has a river flowing then disappearing in the middle of some field and re-appearing 4 hours later in...

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  • The Franja Partisan Hospital

    Resotred and operated by the Idrija Municipal Museum, the 'Franja' hospital is named after Dr. Franja Bojc Bidovec. This incredible hospital hidden up in a canyon near Cerkno operated to treat wounded partisan soldiers in the second world war. Most of the cabins stand in their original camouflaged form (the first 3 were rebuilt after an avalance in...

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  • Gondola - just that perfect dose of...

    Gondola ride to Vogel ski center and hiking trails is very exciting. New modern gondolas are gliding smoothly enabling you to enjoy views over whole Bohinj lake and high mountain peaks, among them is also Triglav - highest point in Slovenia.

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  • Pocar Farmhouse

    To learn how people have lived for centuries in the Radovna Valley, visit the Pocar Farmhouse - dating back to at least the 18th century, here was the farmhouse for a family that lived in the valley since at least 1609. The family finally died out this century and the property is now part of the Triglav National Park. Guides give a great tour and...

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  • Sticna Monastery

    This 800+ year old Carthusian monestary is open from 2-4 daily, with a guided tour starting at 2PM. The buildings are home to museums of art and antiques that took 2 hours to tour. The Bascilica is beautiful! We were here during Chistmas, and enjoyed the nativity. The tour guide was very kind, and did her tour in both Slovene and English for my...

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  • Triglav (National Park)

    1. Bus to Gorenjska regionIf you would like to go hiking it is good that you start early in the morning. That is why I would recommend that you get to let's say Bled the previous day and spend a night there. Either take a bus from the airport or if you would like to spend some time in Ljubljana you can catch a bus from there. There seems to bee one...

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  • Kamnik.

    Kamnik is a nice village north-east Ljubljana. Its main sight is the remains of an ancient castle called Mali Grad. This houses a Romanesque chapel. From the castle you can enjoy a nice landscape over the roof ot the town.There are direct buses from Ljubljana to Kamnik. The journey takes around one hour.

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  • The wine-roads.

    I suspect many people miss these, focusing instead on the Ljubljana/Portoruz/Julian Alps parts of Slovenia.I'd never heard of them, and you need a car to properly explore (or bikes, if you are based nearby).Basically, they are routes around the vineyards near Ormuz, with places to stop and try the wines/eat en route. Lovely countryside anyway...

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  • Dance of Macabre frescoes

    If you are heading to the coast (and have your own car) - do yourself a favor and make a stop at Hrastovlje, off the highway to Koper. The beautiful 14th century Church of the Holy Trinity was made with stone blocks and features a rock wall around it (maybe 10 meters - not really sure) It's placed right in the middle of a vineyard. Inside, the...

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  • Izola - St Maurus Church

    The parish church of Izola was built on top of a hill in 1547 and consecrated in 1553. It is built on the same location as a previous church that dated from 1356. Its façade is typically Romanesque whilst the lavish interior (restored in the early 1980’s) is Baroque and features 10 altars and an organ dating from 1796. The separate bell tower...

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  • Izola - Besenghi degli Ughi Palace

    This is Izola’s most beautiful building. It was built in late-Baroque/Rococo style between 1775 and 1781 by the builder F. Dongetti. The mansion has beautiful windows and balconies that are adorned with stuccos and wrought-iron grills painted light blue. It’s said to be the most secular Rococo house in Slovenia.

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  • Izola - Marina

    Izola’s marina is huge for the size of the town and is probably the largest in Slovenia. It’s located at the western end of the town and has over 600 berths for vessels that are up to 30m in length. The whole marina complex also contains tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a shopping centre, bars, a casino, restaurants, and a nautical...

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  • Izola

    Izola, (or Isola meaning island in Italian, as it once was an island), is located on the coast of Slovenia between Koper and Piran. It was occupied by the Romans, (who named their settlement Haliaetum), at Simon’s Bay just along the coast from today’s Old Town. The town flourished under the Venetians in the Middle Ages thanks to its trade in...

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  • Škofja Loka/Puštal - Puštal castle

    Puštal’s Castle is a rather rustic looking building just over the river from Skofja Loka.It was built in the year 1220 and was inhabited by the family of Puštal’s lordship, the Burgstal’s. In the beginning of the 17th century the property of the castle was passed over to the Oblak family from Gorenja vas, who made their fortune from iron trading....

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  • Škofja Loka/Puštal

    Puštal is a small suburb that lies just south of Škofja Loka and can be reached by leaving the southern end of Mestni trg and walking down a road called Kopaliska Ulica. From here you can cross a wooden footbridge that is known as Devils footbridge. The views of the river are very picturesque as you can see a weir and houses near the river. Further...

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  • Zasip – St Catherine’s Church

    I decided to walk back to Bled from Vintgar Gorge which is quite a trek up and over Hom, a hill which stands at 834m above sea level. On top of the hill stands this beautiful little pilgrimage church dedicated to St Catherine. It was built around the year 1400, whilst its masonry portico and frescoes date from the beginning of the 16th century. The...

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  • Savice waterfall (Slap Savice)

    The Savice falls (Slap Savica in Slovene) are located about 7km west of Lake Bohinj in Triglav National Park. They are over 80 meters high and are near the headwaters of the Sava river, which eventually flows through Zagreb and Belgrade before emptying into the Danube. You reach the viewpoint for the falls by hiking about 20 minutes up a path with...

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  • Claustra Alpium Iuliarum

    Claustra Alpium Iuliarum is a system of roman defensive walls, Julian Alps in Slovenia to Rijeka in Croatia (one small section is also at Rattendorf, Austria). The idea was to build a defens which would prevent barbarians to come all the way to Italy. Works started in 3rd century and were finished in 4th century. Along the wall lots of towers were...

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  • Repnice

    Repnica is a artificial cave dug into the ground, a thick layer of flint-sand, remains of Panonian sea. You can only find them in south-east Slovenia, around Bizeljsko (north of Brezice). Because of the constant humidity nad low temperatuer (8°C), in the past these caves were used to store produce. hence the name ''repnica'' (repa = turnip). Today...

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  • Religion, Chocolate, Homebrew

    Those looking for something to check out in the neighborhood of Celje or Rogaska Slatina should pay a visit to the Olimje Monastery. Built in 1550, defuct in 1782 and back to a working monastery just 15 years ago, the monastery has one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe. Next to the monastery is a pretty good chocolateria where I met the only rude...

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