Ljubljana means “of lovely appearance,” and with a winding river, medieval castle, and plenty of historic charm, the tiny Slovenian capital delivers on its name. While you could spend days exploring the city's neighborhoods, museums, and cultural sites, here's how to experience the best Ljubljana has to offer in just 24 hours.
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Still considered one of Europe's best-hidden gems, the Slovenian Alps are an ideal destination no matter what time of year you go. Enjoy high altitude hiking in summer, take a winter ice climbing lesson, or bask in the perfect temperatures and solitude of the shoulder seasons - whichever you choose, you'll find that Slovenia truly offers something for everyone.
With its soaring alpine landscape, iconic Lake Bled, and stunning wine country, Slovenia is perfect for an unconventional honeymoon stay. From castles and caves to world-class cuisine, let Slovenia be the fairytale ending to your nuptial celebrations.
Slovenia may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think "family vacation," but that might be the best reason to visit. With its under-the-radar status, your family will discover a more authentic European experience that's less overwhelming than London or Paris. And with its medieval history and ecotourism experiences, there are plenty of kid-friendly activities year round.
Best to be prepared whenever venturing off into the mountains. Weather and trail conditions are extremely variable in the mountains, not to mention the dangers that come along with technical climbs. Here are few thoughts to keep you safe as you head off to explore the Slovenian Alps.
Afternoon naps in luxury treehouses. Leisurely wine tastings in some of Europe's oldest vineyards. Days spent shopping and dining in Slovenia's well-kept capital city. Get ready to be wowed by the surprisingly luxe experiences in this tiny, mountainous, off-the-beaten-track country.
When to visit Slovenia
January in Slovenia is a true winter wonderland with excellent skiing conditions, fewer crowds, and lower costs than other times of the year. The snow and ice add an additional enchanting quality to already captivating popular attractions like Lake Bled, the Alps, and Triglav National Park. Read this monthly guide for more.
February is the last full month of winter in Slovenia, offering plenty of snowy adventures and lively festivals—as well as fewer tourists and lower prices. Ski season is well underway in the mountains, the resorts and their respective slopes bustling with activity. Meanwhile, the rest of the country celebrates the coming of spring with Lent and Mardi Gras celebrations.
Travelers to Slovenia in March will catch the earliest glimpses of spring, and with that, longer daylight hours, and slightly warmer weather. This is a great month to hit the slopes, explore the cities, and experience uncrowded popular attractions. Read this monthly guide to learn more.
Slovenia's first true month of spring brings warming temperatures, melting snow, and budding blossoms—with the entire country coming out for Easter festivities. Tourist numbers are low and prices for flights and hotels remain affordable, making this a great time to get outdoors and experience all that Slovenia has to offer. Read on for more tips on where to go and what to expect in Slovenia this month.
May is truly one of the best months to get outdoors and explore Slovenia, especially now that the rains have temporarily subsided. The sun is shining, the daytime temperatures are warm, and the Mountain wildflowers are blooming. Read on for more tips on where to go and what to expect in Slovenia this month.
Slightly ahead of the peak summer crowds, June offers relaxed sightseeing, long days of bright-green scenery, and waterbodies inviting enough to swim in. This is also the month of Europe's oldest jazz festival hosted by Ljubljana every year. Read on to learn more about visiting Slovenia in June.
July is high season in Slovenia, and with mostly sunny, hot weather, it's a perfect month for getting outdoors to bike, hike, and play in the water. The whole country comes alive to take advantage of the fine weather and the slew of festivals that take place throughout the month. Let this monthly guide help you find the best places to visit and things to do.
Get here while it's still hot—August is the last full month of Slovenia's busy (and relatively pricy) high season. With that comes sunny weather, a sporty vibe from tourists and locals who spend as much time outdoors as possible, and loads of fun cultural and musical events. Read on to learn more about visiting Slovenia in August.
September is a fantastic month to experience Slovenia, as the crowds have lessened, the weather is more comfortable (though a little rainy) and the Adriatic and alpine lakes are still warm enough to enjoy. This is also a great month to experience the off-beat Cow Ball festival in Lake Bohinj. Read on to learn more.
October is one of the prettiest months to visit Slovenia. With few visitors, experience the changing foliage throughout the country, the Julian Alps being a great place to start. This is also when days get shorter, temperatures drop, and the rains fall.
Foggy and damp, November is best suited for urban and cultural exploration: museums and galleries, caves and castles. While this may be a less than ideal month to visit weather-wise, November ushers in wine season, with Martinovanje kicking off a host of awesome wine festivals throughout the country. Find out what to do and where to go with this month's guide.
Dark and chilly December brightens up in the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year's Eve, attracting visitors to Slovenia's festive villages and cities. This is a great month to hit the slopes, wander a holiday market, and ring in the new year with a fireworks display over Ljubljana Castle.