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.

Route & dates

Ljubljana & Central Slovenia

Start: Idrija
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Idrija
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
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Škofja Loka
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
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Ljubljana
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
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Kamnik
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
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Novo Mesto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
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Metlika
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Kočevje
— 1 night
End: 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

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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

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Ljubljana Central Market ©
Ljubljana Central Market
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

Cerklje, Velika Planina, Volčji Potok Arboretum
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Velika Planina ©
Velika Planina
Volčji Potok Arboretum ©
Volčji Potok Arboretum
Kamniška Bistrica Valley ©
Kamniška Bistrica Valley

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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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Breg, Franciskanska cerkev, samostan in stara gimnazija, Glavni trg, and other attractions you added. On the 17th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Trska gora Hill, steep yourself in history at Breg, appreciate the extensive heritage of Glavni trg, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franciskanska cerkev, samostan in stara gimnazija, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Novo Mesto Cathedral, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Reka Krka.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Novo Mesto online tour builder.

You can drive from Kamnik to Novo Mesto in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Novo Mesto can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Metlika.

Things to do in Novo Mesto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Main Square ©
Main Square
Krka River ©
Krka River

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Metlika

Metlika ©
Metlika is a town and municipality in the southeastern Slovenia. You've added Sokcev Dvor, Drasici - Soseska Zidanica, Lahinja Landscape Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at River Krupa Spring, take in the pleasant sights at Lahinja Landscape Park, and then explore the activities along Kolpa River. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Sokcev Dvor and then unwind over a drink at Drasici - Soseska Zidanica.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Metlika attractions planner.

You can drive from Novo Mesto to Metlika in an hour. In July in Metlika, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Kočevje.

Things to do in Metlika

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

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

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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 list of things to see and do now includes Kostel Castle, Primeval Forest Krokar, Lake Kočevje, and other attractions. On the 19th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Kostel Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kočevje day trip planner.

Getting from Metlika to Kočevje by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Metlika in July, Kočevje is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kočevje

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kostel Castle
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Lake Kočevje ©
Lake Kočevje
Kostel Castle ©
Kostel Castle