Here are 15 beautiful and easy day trips from Ljubljana, Slovenia that I would highly recommend. It’s no secret that Slovenia is a small country. As a result of the capital city, Ljubljana, is also not your standard European capital. You can see quite a lot in a couple of days which means you have more time to explore the rest of Slovenia. Use my Wandering Ljubljana Guide to help plan your days in Ljubljana!
Below you will find a mix of ideas to fit a range of travel styles from hiking in Triglav National Park to eating delicious seafood in Piran. The links provided for some of the locations will take you to in-depth posts about visiting that location. To browse all of my Slovenian content start here.
Otočec Castle is a one hour drive from Ljubljana and is a beautiful castle that is on an island in the middle of a river. While there is no museum or tour to do at Otočec they do have a hotel and restaurant. Read more aboutwhat to see in the Dolenjska region.
Piran is a 2 hour 15 minute drive from Ljubljana, and often times much longer on a Friday during the summer but it is worth a visit! The Venetian architecture is a nice treat away from the shoulder to shoulder crowds in Venice. I recommend checking out the old city wall!
A small medieval town just a half hour drive away from Ljubljana at the foot of the alps. Don't miss Loka Castle.
Predjama is the famous Slovenian cave castle. Just a one hour drive from Ljubljana and 15 minutes from the Postojna Cave together they make a very unique day trip. I suggest doing the audio guide at the castle as I found it very interesting and gave a lot of context that is otherwise missing.
Celje is the third largest town in Slovenia and just an hour away from Ljubljana. The Celje Castle is the highlight. I highly recommend doing a guided tour there.
Miramare Castle (Italy)
Just 1 hour and 20 minutes away from Ljubljana you can visit Miramare Castle. A picturesque castle with uniquely decorated rooms inside. It is actually in Italy (near Trieste) so it makes a perfect stop between Venice and Ljubljana.
Zagreb is a 2 hour drive from Ljubljana, but do be mindful that while Croatia is in the European Union they are not in Schengen Area (check visa requirements). I suggest checking out the Museum of Broken Relationships. Also if you are visiting during December visit the award-winning Christmas Market.
One of my all time favorite places is Velika Planina. Only 1 hour and 20 minutes from Ljubljana but feels like a whole new world. Explore this traditional alpine herdsmen pasture in the Alps. If you visit in the spring (April-May) check if the saffron are in bloom!
The furthest but maybe the most rewarding on the list. It is an 1 hour and a half to drive to Triglav National Park and then a 3.5 hour hike to the Triglav Lakes. Don't forget your camera because the sights are some of the most beautiful in all of Slovenia.
One of my favorite castles in Slovenia is Snežnik Castle. An hour drive south of Ljubljana. Perfect if traveling towards Rijeka (Croatia). Read more about traveling to Snežnik Castle.
Brežica Castle is a 16th century castle in Dolenjska. It is a hour drive from Ljubljana near the border with Croatia (on the way to Zagreb). This castle houses the Posavje Museum which is an eye-opening look into the history of the region and Slovenia.
Soteska Vintgar (also known as Vintgar Gorge or Bled Gorge) is an hour from Ljubljana but also just 4 kilometers from Bled. It is a very easy walk through the gorge but be mindful that it can get very crowded in the summer so arrive early! Watch my YouTube video of my time at Soteska Vintgar.
Fly Over Slovenia
The airport in Lesce (near Bled) is where you can catch a flight over some of Slovenia's most iconic sights like Lake Bled and even fly around the highest peak, Triglav. Be sure to book in advance.
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