A survey of Slovenia’s cities shows how much variety a traveler can experience within just one country. From prancing white stallions, to hidden-cave castles, to ancient wine vines, each of Slovenia’s cities is known for an element that makes it unique and worthwhile as a travel destination.
BledBled is a getaway like no other. Lake Bled is the city’s main attraction. With its backdrop of Mount Triglav, its scenic castle perched on a cliff, and its romantic island, it’s no wonder Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular destinations. A set of steps attracts lovers and newlyweds—legend has it that if the man can carry the woman up the 99 stairs to the church, their love will endure. The banks of Bled Lake swarm with tourists during the high season, but Bled becomes a tranquil natural oasis in the off season.
CeljeCelje has been inhabited since Roman times. It is located where several rivers merge, and its castle, now in ruins but once a mighty fortress, overlooks the waterway that flows through the city. Once ruled by counts, it is now Slovenia’s third-largest city and an active commercial and trade center.
KranjKranj is one of Slovenia’s largest cities, but it continues to preserve an old town with 16th century castle set high on a hill. Another major sight is its St. Cantianius and Companions Church, built in the 14th century.
LipicaLipica is famous for being the location of the Lipizzaner Horse Farm, where the famous white Lipizzaner horses are trained. Visitors can take riding lessons and get a tour of the farm and demonstrations by the talented beasts that have served royalty for hundreds of years. A museum about the long heritage of horse husbandry can also be toured.
Slovenian wines can be sampled in this mecca of the surrounding wine-growing region. Maribor also has a castle, a main square, and a calendar of regular events to keep visitors occupied when they aren’t visiting cellars or enjoying wine tours.