Slovenia is a beautiful place home to beautiful castles, medieval architecture, stunning forests, glacier lakes and the beautiful Alps (beautiful Landmarks). Slovenia is truly a great place to visit all year round regardless of what you enjoy doing. For instance, in the winter, tourists can enjoy a cheap ski vacation at one of the many ski-resorts, hiking, and horseback riding through forest and water activities during the warm months. Slovenia truly offers a ton of things to do and attractions to visit.
Apart from breathtaking scenery and amazing landscapes, Slovakia boasts plenty of tourist attractions and best landmarks you can visit such as stunning caves and old medieval towns, as well as renowned galleries such as the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava. If one is looking for a cheap summer destination in Europe which isn’t overrun by tourists, even during the busy months, Slovakia is the place for them!
Famous Landmarks in Slovenia
Ljubljana is the cultural heart of Slovenia and one of the top eastern European cities to visit without a doubt. Ljubljana is also the capital city which makes Ljubljana such a great introduction for a first-time vacation to Slovenia. Many of the interesting places to visit in Slovenia are located in Ljubljana, and one of the top things to do in the capital explores the city’s historic center, which is characterized by its Baroque style architecture similar to that of cities in Austria such as Vienna and Graz.
A Few Interesting Places Worth Checking Out in Ljubljana’s Historic Center Are:
The Town Hall; Ljubljana Cathedral in the Town Square; St. Peter’s Church, the oldest church in the city; Dragon Bridge to check out the four dragon statues located at the bridge’s four corners; Cankarjevo Dock to check out the open-air market on Saturday; Tivoli Park and the Robba Fountain in the City Square
There is a medieval castle worth checking out – Ljubljana Castle – which is perched atop a hill and serves as a vantage point for enjoying memorable views of the city. Ljubljana is a cultural city so if a tourist is into museums and art galleries there is plenty to visit.
While if anyone is interested in the history of Slovenia, three places worth checking out are the Slovenian Museum of Natural History, Slovenian Railway Museum, and the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum. The Slovenian Railway Museum is, in particular, a cool place to visit because of the vintage carriages and steam locomotives collections.
Bled is located near the border with Austria, and around 90 minutes drive northwest of Ljubljana. The town of Bled is one of the most picturesque places in Slovenia and a great place to visit on a day trip to marvel at the beautiful Alpine scenery, the lake and the forests.
If anyone fancies an outdoors vacation in Slovenia, Bled is a great place to base yourself because of the nearby Triglav National Park where you can enjoy hiking. Lake Bled and Bled Castle are the major attractions (famous landmarks) in Bled and two of the interesting places to visit in Slovenia, hands down. Lake Bled is a great attraction for enjoying boat tours along the lake and trips to the lovely island in the middle of the lake. The interior of Bled Castle has many interesting medieval artifacts from the terrace of the castle, you can get stunning views of the lake
Maribor is located on the northwest corner of the country, just miles from the border with Austria, and it is one the biggest cities in Slovenia. If tourists are looking to do day trips to nearby Austria, Maribor is just 50 minutes drive south of Graz Austria. Maribor isn’t far from the capital either, which makes the city a popular day trip opportunity from Ljubljana. Maribor boasts many churches and many squares, as well as many interesting buildings and monuments that you can explore on foot. One of the famous landmarks in the city is Maribor Castle, not only a great place to look at, but also interesting to visit. Maribor Castle is definitely one of such interesting places to visit in Slovenia, and tourists will love the hundreds of aristocrat costumes, war uniforms and working-class attire on display.
The Old Vine or Stara Trta House Museum in Maribor is another attraction one cannot miss, as it is in the Guinness Book of Records for being home to the oldest vine in the world. At the Old Vine Museum, one can check out interesting exhibits like wooden wine flanks and enjoy different sorts of wine tasting.
The city of Piran is a lovely coastal town overlooking the beautiful Adriatic Sea, and one place worth adding to the list of interesting places to visit in Slovenia. If you’ve been to Pula and Dubrovnik in Croatia before, one will love spending time in Piran and swim in the crystal clear waters. Piran is a popular place to visit for a beach vacation, though the town offers plenty of things to do also such as visiting the many museums and enjoying a walking tour through the cobblestone and narrow streets of Piran’s Old Town. Two museums worth checking out in Piran are Piran Town Museum and the Sergej Masera Maritime Museum. These two have interesting exhibits on Slovenia naval history and cool archeological artifacts on display.
If one is looking for more day trip opportunities from Ljubljana, Skofja Loka is just half hour drive northwest of the capital, and also one of the gem destinations in the country. Skofja Loka is one of the most of the amazing places to visit in Slovenia because of the beautiful medieval architecture and the beautiful surroundings.
Skofja Loka has one of the best kept medieval towns as well as many interesting events such as medieval battle reenactments that showcase Slovenia’s traditions and culture. Other popular things to do in Skofja Loka include taking a stroll along the Old Town and visiting the museums, as well as visiting Skofja Loka Castle where you can check out cool archeological and medieval artifacts and art collections.
Tucked away in the heart of Eastern Europe, Slovakia is perhaps most famously known for the High Tatra mountain range which forms the natural border with Poland. The High Tatra is certainly the most popular and most stunning natural attraction in Slovakia and a great place to visit on a ski vacation or hiking trip during the warm months.
Kosice is located on the eastern corner of Slovakia and it’s one of the top eastern European cities to visit because of its rich history and wealth of attractions. Kosice has one of the largest and best preserved historic centers in Slovakia. Kosice historic center boasts plenty of medieval buildings such as the Bell Tower, the iconic 14th century St. Elisabeth Cathedral and Jakov’s Palace.
Tourists who are interested in grandeur and lavish architecture, the village of Krasnohorske Podhradie is another of the interesting places to visit in Slovakia.
Krasnohorske Podhradie is home to one of the most stunning castles in the country and also, one of the oldest with the Krasna Horka castle which used to be the residence of the Andrassy family.
One can tour the castle’s mausoleum and all thirty rooms of the castle while marveling at beautiful furnishings and illustrious trinkets owned by the Andrassy family.
If you are a war history buff, the village of Dargov is a great day trip opportunity from Kosice for World War II tours. Dargov is located just half hour drive east of Kosice, and the village was the battlefield grounds of one of the bloodiest World War II battles fought in Slovakia between Germans and Russians where more than 30,000 soldiers lost their lives.
Today, Dargov boasts a beautiful memorial that includes two original Russian tanks and two beautiful marble monuments, honoring the soldiers.
Betliar is a charming village located 10 minutes drive north of Krasnohorske Podhradie village and the town of Roznava. Betliar is home to another of the interesting places to visit in Slovakia – the Betliar Manor House – which was also a place of residence of the Andrassy family. Tourists can tour the interior of Betliar Manor House and check out the art collections, weapons, old furniture and beautiful ceramic and glass items.
Slovak Karst National Park
If one is looking to enjoy fun outdoor activities during your vacation in Slovakia besides skiing, then the Slovak Karst National Park is the place to be while in Slovakia. Slovak Karst National Park is one of the best places in the country to enjoy Slovakia’s stunning natural scenery, as well as hikes and cave tours.
There are over 500 caves in total in the area, though only a few of them are open to visitors. Two of the best caves to enjoy a cave tour are Domica cave and Gombasecka cave. These two caves have an inexpensive entry fee approximately $4 and boast stunning and impressive stalactite formations. Slovak Karst Caves are located near the village of Figa near the border with Hungary, around 30 minutes drive southwest of the town of Roznava.
Poprad is another of the interesting places to visit in Slovakia as the town is located at the foot of the beautiful High Tatras, which is the shortest mountain range length-wise in Europe.
Tourists planning on exploring the High Tatras or even Poland on a day trip, this is a great place for a base, and it’s only two hours drive northwest of Kosice.
Top sights to see in Slovenia for the adventurous tourists planning a trek or hiking trip can be a good option, you’ll be able to hire tour guide services in Poprad which will help you get knowledgeable guides and arrange accommodation for day trips to the High Tatras.
Alternatively, you can also wonder at the stunning alpine scenery of the High Tatras from the comfort of the Tatra Electric Railway which connects the resorts in the High Tatras, as well as other destinations in Slovakia, Poland, and the Czech Republic.