Ljubljana & Central Slovenia

Ljubljana & Central Slovenia

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Ljubljana & Central Slovenia are a great starting point to fall in love with Slovenia's special features. The capital, whose name sounds like beloved in Slovenian (Ljubljana–ljubljena), lives with a thousand faces of urban culture and art, festivals and events. It is joined with the marsh where the oldest wheel in the world was discovered. Green trails around Central Slovenia lead to places of UNESCO heritage of humanity and primeval forests.
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Idrija
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Škofja Loka
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Ljubljana
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Kamnik
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Novo Mesto
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Metlika
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Kočevje
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Idrija

Idrija ©
Idrija is a town in Central Slovenia. It is notable for its mercury mine with stores and infrastructure as well as miners' living quarters, and a miners' theatre. Together with the Spanish mine at Almadén, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012. The town of Idrija lies in the Idrija Basin, surrounded by the Idrija Hills. It is traversed by the Idrijca River. Mercury was discovered in Idrija in the late 15th century. Mining operations were taken over by the government in 1580. Get to know the history of the oldest mining hub in the country and descend the Anthony Shaft like a real miner and maybe you will run into Perkmandlc, the legendary pit dwarf. Idrija is also the birthplace of a distinct lace-making tradition. The Idrija Lace Festival, which takes place every summer, is a great opportunity to see first hand the weaving of these delicate threads. Hungry? The signature dish of the local cuisine is the "Idrijski žlikrofi" – a delicious type of stuffed dumplings. You can get your fair share of this delicacy at the annual Idrijski Žlikrofi Festival, which takes place every August.

Things to do in Idrija

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Žiri Museum, Tavčar Manor
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Anthony's Shaft Mining Museum ©
Anthony's Shaft Mining Museum
Žiri Museum ©
Žiri Museum

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Škofja Loka

Škofja Loka ©
Škofja Loka is a historic town of tradition and creativity in the vicinity of Ljubljana and an excellent starting point for exploring the Julian Alps. It has about 12,000 inhabitants. Škofja Loka lies at an elevation of at the confluence of the Poljane Sora and the Selca Sora rivers.  The name Škofja Loka literally means 'bishop's meadow', referring to its ownership by the Bishops of Freising. Are you interested in what you need to see in Škofja Loka? The town is the picturesque medieval set of the Škofja Loka Passion Play, which is on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Start actively exploring the historical, cultural, and natural sights in Škofja Loka and its surrounding area. May you be charmed by the idyllic environment of the Škofja Loka Hills, filled with artistic inspiration, where you can experience authentic contact with nature and local cuisine.

Things to do in Škofja Loka

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Železniki Blast Furnace
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Škofja Loka Castle ©
Škofja Loka Castle
Capuchin Bridge ©
Capuchin Bridge

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Ljubljana

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik. The town of a thousand events is surrounded by parks and natural protected areas. Are you ready to explore the beauty of this capital and its vibrant atmosphere? Go up to Ljubljana Castle and enjoy the endless views. It only takes three minutes by cable car or twenty minutes on foot to reach the castle. Explore Ljubljana’s numerous galleries and museums or join some of the most interesting tours. Hop on a bike or a stand-up paddleboard and discover the city from a different point of view. Or learn about the flavours of Ljubljana on a guided gastronomical city tour. Taste some local beers and learn about the rich history of brewing or set out on a wine experience and taste the best Slovenian wines.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Triple Bridge ©
Triple Bridge
Dragon Bridge ©
Dragon Bridge

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Kamnik

Kamnik ©
Kamnik is a town in northern part of Central Slovenia. It encompasses a large part of the Kamnik Alps and the surrounding area. The town of Kamnik has ruins of two castles as well as many examples of historical architecture. The name Kamnik was first mentioned in the 11th century, which makes the town one of the oldest in Slovenia. The town is inextricably linked with the Velika Planina plateau and its shepherding tradition. It is only a few minutes away from the largest Slovenian arboretum Volčji Potok and the Terme Snovik spa, the spa nearest to the capital of Ljubljana. When in the area, do not miss some other attractions, such as Kamniška Bistrica Valley, Menina Planina plateau and taste traditional cheese “Trnič”.

Things to do in Kamnik

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Volčji Potok Arboretum, Velika Planina
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Velika Planina ©
Velika Planina
Kamniška Bistrica Valley ©
Kamniška Bistrica Valley
Zaprice Castle
Zaprice Castle

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Novo Mesto

Novo Mesto
Novo Mesto is the city on a bend of the Krka River in the City Municipality of Novo Mesto in southeastern Slovenia, close to the border with Croatia. Your list of things to see and do now includes Breg, Franciscan Monastery, Main Square, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Trška Gora Hill, contemplate the long history of Breg, get to know the fascinating history of Main Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Novo Mesto Cathedral, and finally explore the activities along Krka River.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Novo Mesto online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kamnik to Novo Mesto takes 1.5 hours. In July in Novo Mesto, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Metlika.

Things to do in Novo Mesto

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Franciscan Monastery
Franciscan Monastery
Novo Mesto Cathedral
Novo Mesto Cathedral
Breg
Breg

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Metlika

Metlika ©
Metlika is a town and municipality in the southeastern Slovenia. Your day by day itinerary now includes Šokčev Dvor, Community Vineyard Cottage of Drašiči, Lahinja Regional Park, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at River Krupa Spring, don't miss a visit to Lahinja Regional Park, and then explore the activities along Kolpa River. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Šokčev Dvor and then cozy up to a beverage at Community Vineyard Cottage of Drašiči.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Metlika trip itinerary planning tool.

Metlika is very close to Novo Mesto. In July, daily temperatures in Metlika can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kočevje.

Things to do in Metlika

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Lahinja Regional Park, Community Vineyard Cottage of Drašiči, River Krupa Spring, Šokčev Dvor
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River Krupa Spring ©
River Krupa Spring
Kolpa River ©
Kolpa River
Community Vineyard Cottage of Drašiči ©
Community Vineyard Cottage of Drašiči

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Kočevje

Kočevje ©
Together with the Krokar primeval forest, which is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Kočevje Region makes for a truly mystical forest landscape.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kostel Castle, Krokar Primeval Forest, Lake Kočevje, and other attractions you added. On the 19th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Kostel Castle.

Plan trip to Kočevje with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Metlika to Kočevje takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Metlika in July since evenings lows in Kočevje dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kočevje

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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Kostel Castle
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Veliki Rog ©
Veliki Rog
Kostel Castle ©
Kostel Castle
Krokar Primeval Forest ©
Krokar Primeval Forest