hikes in Slovenia
Nestled in between Croatia, Italy, and Austria, Slovenia is one of Europe’s most stunning hidden gems. Small, beautiful and perfectly formed, Slovenia is one of the world’s greenest countries, covered in dense forest and boasting tall mountains, alpine lakes, and a Mediterranean climate. What’s more, Slovenians are known for their hospitality, friendly welcome, and eagerness to show you around their remarkable homeland. Travelers beware – it’s all too easy to fall in love with this wild, green country!
If you’re looking for an adventure holiday, Slovenia really has it all. The soaring peaks of the Julian Alps provide ample opportunity for hiking, backpacking, and climbing, and the magic of the scenery here will take your breath away. Away from the mountains, you’ll find subterranean caves, fast-flowing rivers perfect for canoeing and rafting, and an increasing number of mountain biking trails.
In addition to all this, Slovenia is a treasure trove of cultural wonders. Combine a walk around Lake Bled with a visit to a historic castle, or take a city walking tour of the capital, Ljubljana. Whatever your travel tastes, Slovenia has something to offer, and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
If you’re thinking about planning an adventure holiday in Slovenia, check out our destination guides! We’ve put together plenty of top tips for planning your trip, complete with itineraries, activity guides, tour recommendations, and our favorite hiking trails in the stunning Julian Alps.
10 Greatest Hikes in Slovenia
If you’re in search of picture perfect alpine scenery, look no further than Slovenia. With alpine mountain peaks, stunning wildflower meadows and gorgeous, crystal clear lakes— hiking in Slovenia is perhaps one of the best kept secrets of Europe. Often far from the crowds one can expect in the French and Swiss Alps, the mountains in Slovenia are perfect for those who love the road less travelled.
- The Valley of The Seven Lakes: Considered the most popular hike in the Julian Alps, The Valley of The Seven Lakes is the ultimate hiking trail with gorgeous lakes, picturesque mountain huts, and amazing mountain top views.
- The battlefield of Mount Krn: Prepare for a difficult day of hiking, with the reward of incredible views beckoning from the summit. Hike past fascinating artifacts from WWI battles, as well as stunning, ever-changing landscape.
- Kredarica: Walk along to the highest mountain hut in Slovenia on this Kredarica hike. Ascend high above the treeline for stunning views over Mount Triglav.
- Slemenova Špica: This classic trail is perfect for those short on time who want to get a photo or two of the famed Slemenova Špica with little effort.
- Mount Tosc: Travel from Pokljuka’s verdant forests to the tip top of the famed mountain to enjoy views of Mount Triglav’s southern slopes. Enjoy tough, zig zag trails on one side and grassy slopes on the other for a varied hike.
- The Path of The Pagan Girl: Hike this quick circuit loop to learn about the legend of the pagan girl—cursed by her sisters and destined to forever be turned to stone. The trail follows through incredible mountain peaks to boot.
- Debela Peč: Very popular among the locals, this hike takes you to the most panoramic views over the Julian Alps. Walk above the forests of Pokljuka for a beautiful and diverse adventure through the mountains.
- Bohinj Pastures Route: For a fantastic Slovenia experience, hike the Bohinj Pastures strolling past six traditional cheese production farms and dairy pastures. Stop-in for a mid-hike snack fresh from the source.
- Komna and Lanževica: Walk through the aromatic pine forests on this long, but enjoyable walk to the Mount Lanževica peak. This domed peak is not to be missed in the Julian Alps.
- Vogel and Rodica: This trail can be found near the Vogel ski resort. Follow past plenty of ski lift stations to reach the peak of Mount Rodica in the ´Kingdom of Zlatorog´.
When is the Best Time to Hike in Slovenia
Slovenia is a fantastic destination for year-round hiking opportunities. But, if we had to pick our favourite season, it would be summer. Well the trails can be a little busier, hikers are guaranteed little precipitation and pleasant hiking temperatures. July is a particularly prime time to hit the mountains, with snow finally fully melted from the peaks, but travellers and locals alike can still enjoy staying in mountain huts without having to worry about full capacity.
Best Regions to Hike in Slovenia
For the best regions to hike in Slovenia, the Julian Alps offers some truly incredible hiking trails and even more incredible views. Find multiple mountain peaks to conquer, each offering varying lookouts ranging from the Soča River to the stunning peaks of Triglav National Park. In between tackling mountain peaks, enjoy traditional meals at rustic chalets and incredibly friendly locals. Kamnik-Savinja Alps also offers breathtaking scenery while hiking and is often less visited than the Julian Alps. Here, you’ll find fantastic options for day hikes, rewarding hikers with rolling meadows, turquoise lakes and epic mountains to tackle.
Other Activities in Slovenia
There is plenty to keep an outdoor adventurer busy in Slovenia. One of the most popular activities besides hiking is grabbing a kayak or hopping on a rafting tour to paddle down the Soča River. For something of a slightly slower pace, try your hand at canoeing in beautiful Triglav National Park. Or for something a little different, why not take to the sky for a hot air balloon ride to take in Slovenia from above.
Slovenia's Adventure Tours
If you’re dying to tackle the Slovanian Alps, but aren’t sure where to start, why not let 10Adventures help? Discover our wide-range of tours in Slovenia, like a guided hut-to-hut hiking experience, or enjoy the best of Slovenian culture on a local walking tour. 10Adventure tour options are guaranteed to be unforgettable, epic and full of adventure!
How to Plan a Trip to Slovenia
Want to know all the best secret insider knowledge on planning a trip to Slovenia? Check out our complete guide to The Julia Alps for local tips on all the incredible spots to sleep, eat and play in our favourite mountain range. We’ve taken out the guesswork, so all that’s left to do is pack a bag and book a flight. Don’t forget those hiking boots!Read More