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Day trips around Slovenia

sLOVEnia - so small, yet so beautiful.


Tolmin is situated in the north-western part of Slovenia, its location enables it to be a perfect starting point for discovering the western part of this beautiful country.
It only takes you about half an hour drive and you are able to explore the amazing Karst, the beautiful wineyards of Goriška Brda and the Vipava Valley, alpine Bovec and more.
We have prepared a couple of half-day and day trip proposals below.

Let yourself be surprised by a variety of choice and be amazed by the enchanting nature of our mesmerizing home - Slovenia.


The world`s oldest musical instrument - Divje Babe

The world`s oldest musical instrument - Divje Babe

Travel back in time to a place where the first musical instrument was found.


The Neanderthal Flute - the world`s oldest musical instrument

Divje Babe  - Archaeological Park is located on the Šebrelje Plateau in the area of the Idrija and Cerkno hills. The distance from Hotel Dvorec, Tolmin is approx 25 kilometres, taking about 35 minutes by car.

"The unusual musical instrument, neither a flute nor a whistle, was cemented near the remains of a 50,000 to 60,000  years old Neanderthal fire pit, made from the thigh bone of a young cave bear into which the Neanderthal drilled three holes and made a sharpened rim for the mouthpiece using tools made of bone and stone.
(Source:  http://www.divje-babe.si/en/the-neanderthal-flute/, accessed 11th February 2020).

Organized visits to the Arhcaeological Park Divje Babe take place from 1st April to 31st October.

Guided tours of the cave for up to 10 persons: 30 EUR.
Groups (11 or more persons): 3,50 EUR / person.
Children 0-5 years: free admission.

INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS
To visit the Archaeological PArk Divje Babe you can call or visit LTO Laufar Cerkno.
Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 12 pm. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED.
Ljubljana - the most beautiful capital

Ljubljana - the most beautiful capital

The capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana, impresses with its beauty, the natural, cultural and historical heritage.
Ljubljana is geographical, political, cultural and administrative centre of Slovenia.


Ljubljana is one of the smallest capitals in Europe, yet undoubtedly one of the most beautiful.

Among the most popular sights in Ljubljana is the Ljubljana Caste, offering amazing views of the city from its walls or the viewing tower. There are permanent museum exhibitions, restaurants, a café, and a night club. The Ljubljana Castle is reachable by car, on foot or by funicular railway (one-way adult ticket 4,00 EUR).
World-renowned architect Jože Plečnik tried to model Ljubljana on ancient Athens. The multitude of his creations, referred to as "Plečnik`s Ljubljana invites you to walk through one of the most important works of art of the 20th century.His heritage is presented in the Plečnik`s House where some of his personal items are also displayed. Amongst his most famous creations is the Triple Bridge, which is commonly used as a starting point for the sightseeing. The main marketplace of Ljubljana is also Plečnik`s work, it consists of an outdoor market with stands and the indoor buildings. During the summer months it is the home of the recently popular "Open Kitchen".
Not far, there is the Dragon Bridge, decorated with 4 realistic copper dragons - a dragon is the symbol of the city, reigning the crest of Ljubljana since the late Middle Ages. The bridge`s appearance was designed by Dalmatian architect Jurij Zaninović, who studied under the famous Otto Wagner just like Jože Plečnik.
The heart of the historical city core is the Prešeren Square with the Franciscan Church and the monument of the greatest Slovene poet - France Prešeren, who also wrote the national anthem.
Head offices of the biggest educational, scientific and cultural institutions (the University of Ljubljana, National Museum, Slovene Ethnographic Museum, National and Modern Gallery, the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts) are all located in Ljubljana, as well.

Access and transport

You can reach Ljubljana in an hour and a half, past Nova Gorica on the highway or on the regional road past Most na Soči, Idrija and Logatec. Most parking spaces in Ljubljana are payable but there is a good net of pay and ride options at the highway exits. The best way to explore the capital is by using the Urbana, enabling you to use the public transport. You can buy Urbana (2,00 EUR) at every kiosk and info point, and it can also be filled at numerous "Urbanamats" around the city, accepting cash or cards. Tourists are entitles to the refund of the card costs upon presenting the invoice. Local buses have frequent lines between 5 a.m. and 10.30 p.m.. The city bike sharing system (BicikeLJ) can be taken at any of the 38 docking stations throught the city. To use the BicikeLJ you need to have Urbana, the instructions for use are displayed at every doscking station and the use of up to one hour are free of charge.

We recommend visiting:

City Museum of Ljubljana - the permanent exhibition at the City Museum of Ljubljana presents the development of the city of Ljubljana from prehistoric periods till modern times. The musuem`s collection contains thousands of items, with the world`s oldest wooden wheel and a 40.000-year-old wooden arrow standing out of the crowd.
The Cathedral (Church of St. Nicholas) - The Cathedral of Ljubljana city, home of the Ljubljana Archdiocese, is the most important baroque church in Ljubljana. The site of the Cathedral was originally occupied by a three-nave Romanic church which was burnt down, presumably by the Turks. The current building was built between 1701 and 1706 and it is worth seeing for its remarkable wall paintings and other artistic heritage.
National Gallery of Slovenia - the permanent collection of the National Gallery includes almost 600 items of Slovene and European art works. Especially highlighted are the works of Slovene Impressionists, like the famous Ivana Kobilica and the modernist painter Zoran Mušič.
Town Hall - the home of the Municipality of Ljubljana for a little less than 500 years, is a remarkable example of a baroque palace with the Venetian influence. The Town Hall is open for guided visits every Saturday. In  front of the Town Hall there is a famous Robb`s fountain, designed in an outstanding baroque style. 
Park Tivoli - is Ljubljana`s largest and most beautiful park, stretching right into the city centre makes it a popular relaxation and gathering space. The Tivoli Park is crossed with walking and recreative paths, landscaped with ornamental flower beds and numerous statues and fountains. The park blends into the slopes of Rožnik hill with several walking paths and a trip trail. The central part of the park is Jakopič Promenade, designed by Jože Plečnik. The Promenade has become a well known outdoor venue for large-format photograph exhibitions, and it is open throughout the year.
ZOO Ljubljana - situated in a part of protected landscape park on the southwestern slope of the Rožnik hill. ZOO Ljubljana enables, particularly the children, a quite direct contact with the animals. There are numerous guided tours, programmes, feedings and temporary events and performances. 
Picture perfect Bled and Bohinj

Picture perfect Bled and Bohinj

Visit the spectacular alpine glacier lakes of Bled and Bohinj.


A 1,5 hour drive from Tolmin, over the Sorica pass with the view of Mt Triglav, Bohinj and Bled offer numerous natural and cultural sights. 

Lake Bohinj

is the largest natural lake in Slovenia, located in the heart of the Triglav National Park, is the ideal starting point for hiking, cycling and skiing, but it also offers a variety of water activities from swimming to boat riding, SUPping, kayaking or canoeing, from fishing to panoramic rides with tourist boats or simple strolls by the lake shore.  

Savica Waterfall (78 m)

Is hidden in a steep wall of Komarča Mt 836m above the seal level, the waterfall is the spring of the Sava Bohinjka River. A hike to the Savica Waterfall can be a trip on itself or it can serve as a starting point for many of the mountain trails. The way to the waterfall takes you through the canyon of the Sava Bohinjka River offering the site of the world`s oldest forest cableway in Europe - the Pantz cableway.

Bohinjska Bistrica 

Bohinjska Bistrica is the largest settlement in the area, also reachable by a motorail from the Most na Soči train station. Along with being the fastest way between Bohinj and Tolmin, transportation by a motorail is a unique and fun experience. The return ticket for the motorail is included in the Destination Card Dolina Soče, which you can get at the reception desk. While in Bohinjska Bistrica we suggest visiting the aqua park with pools, a salt room and a diverse wellness offer. The pool water is constant at 31/34°C, so visiting the Aquapark Bohinj is a always a good idea regardless the season.

We also recommend
  • A natural climbing area "Pod Skalco" is located in close vicinity of Ribčev Laz, where anyone can try real rock climbing routes, as there is a climbing school ever present and the possibility of rental equippment.
  • Picturesque two-kilometre long Mostnica Gorge winds through the Voje Valley, where you also get to see the 21-metre tall Voje Waterfall. The path through the Gorges is well-marked, of easy to medium difficulty, and will take about two hours. Entrance fee to the Valley is mandatory during the summer season, and it is 3,00 EUR/adult.
  • In Stara Fužina you should visit the Alpine Dairy farming Museum and the Devil`s Bridge.
  • From the Ukanc village you can take a gondola cable-car to Mt Vogel (1535 m) where one can enjoy magnificent views of Lake Bohinj and the highest Slovene mountain - Triglav. Vogel serves as a popular hiking point in summer, and it turns into a ski resort in winter.
  • Srednja vas - a village which lies 4 km from Lake Bohinj in the direction of Pokljuka. A local pizzeria is a place to visit if you are very hungry. Enormous portions for competitive prices will make sure your stomach is satisfied. Alongside pizza the offer traditional Slovene dishes. One portion for two persons is recommended.
  • Pokljuka, high karstic plateau on the eastern edge of the Triglav National Park is a paradise for lovers of outdoor activities the whole year around. The baroque Chruch of St Martin offers alluring views of the upper and lower valley. .

Bled

Bled is the most visited Slovene tourist centre, it lies on the eastern foot of the Julian Alps offering nice views of the surrounding hills and mountains. 
The most photographed Slovene sight, Lake Bled with its 17th century Church of Mary`s Assumption nestled on an island in the middle of the lake is a sight not to overlook. Ringing the church bell is believed to bring good luck and peace. The island is reachable by a traditional wooden boat called Pletna. There is a well-kept approximately five-kilometre long circular path going around the lake, which is appropriate for the families with strollers as well. A rich cultural heritage of the town is presented by 18th and 19th century architecture along with numerous monuments and galleries. The hill above the lake is home to Bled Castle with worth-seeing permanent exhibition, and offering mesmerising views of the lake and the town below. Medieval days, carried out each summer, offer a unique insight of the life as it once was.


We also recommend
  • An ascent to the hill Straža, a home of the Adventure Park Bled, can be done on foot or by a ski-lift. The park is nestled in the tree tops offering five different level trails, so that each visitor can pick a level adjusted for him. The area is transformed into a smaller ski resort in winter.
  • Ojstrica (611m), Mala (650m) and Velika (750m) Osojnica, hills above Lake Bled invite you to undemanding hiking with alluring views of Bled, the  s čudovitim razgledom na Bled, the Karavanke, the Julian Alps and alpine valleys.
  • Only four km from Bled the amazing Vintgar Gorge carved by the Radovna River with numerous waterfalls, white water and gorges is a must see.
  • Bled`s tourist experience is best accompanied by the symbol of Bled cuisine - Kremšnita - Bled cream cake, and a ride with the famous open carriages - Fijakers.
To the seaside - Slovene coast and Piran

To the seaside - Slovene coast and Piran

Slovene coast is short but sweet; diverse and beautiful.
Explore medieval towns, jump into the sea or relax at the beaches.


Slovene part of the Adriatic sea coastline is the shortest European coast, yet it offers a variety of interesting starting points for trips and tours. The beaches are mostly neat and well-kept to offer you a relaxed day with swimming and sunbathing.
To reach the Slovene coast, you need to follow the main road south towards Nova Gorica, where you can either cross the Slovene-Italian border and continue in the direction of Trieste for about 20 km on the main road before entering Italian highway or you can enter Slovene highway in Nova Gorica and complete the trip on the Slovene side of the national border. Following the road on the Italian side offers you good views of the Italian coast of the Monfalcone, Sistiana and Trieste towns. Both possibilities take about 1,5h-drive and the distance between Tolmin and the biggest coastal town in Slovenia, Koper, is about 130 kilometres.

An abundance of natural and cultural sights alongside with numerous activities and experiences like hiking, cycling, adrenaline-filled activities, water sports, theme paths and nature paths are available and waiting to be explored.

The saltpans of Sečovlje and Strunjan invite you to learn about how salt is produced in a traditional way. A visit is especially recommended for families as the presentation is not only highly educational and interesting but also experiential and fun. The Strunjan Landscape Park ia a unique, preserved piece of nature unspoilt by modern progress. Its flysch gound and the maritime climate have created not only the conditions for seasalt productions but also offered home to some rare plants and animals. From the sea or the saltpans you can admire the tallest cliff in the Adriatic Sea. Nearby, there is Fiesa beach, which is a popular beach area of local families in summer, and there is a nice by-the-sea footpath leading from Fiesa to the most beautiful town on the Slovene coast - Piran. The old port town with the remains of a medieval defence wall is protected as a cultural and historical monument.

Anonther popoular destination of the area is the valley of the Dragonja River, offering a selection of hiking trails with exquisite views of the sea and the surroundings, and the Parenzana Trail, especially interesting for cyclists, which leads along the former railway between Trieste and Poreč (Parenzo).

Just a few kilometres from the sea, there is a different world opening its doors - the Karst with its completely unique geographical features.There is one of the most famous climbing walls in Europe, Mišja Peč, inviting the best climbers of the world to challenge its routes, and closeby, in the Socerb cave, there is the only undergroud church in Slovenia. Once there, one needs to see the magnificent "Ears of Istria" with large holes in the stone and natural bridges.
Slovene coastline is a part of Istria, offering two authentic red wine-sorts, processed into highly appreciated Refošk and Teran wines. There are many restaurants offering authentic Slovene cuisine and unforgettable dining experience.

Goriška Brda and wine

A landscape with its hills and vineyards bearing a stunning resemblance to Italy`s Tuscany is a hidden gem of Europe.


Goriška brda - an area geographically belonging to the Posočje region, located on the border with Italy. It takes about 45 min (35 km) to reach Brda from Tolmin following the main road in the direction of Nova Gorica. The region of Goriška Brda unites 45 villages with Dobrovo being the largest of them and the centre of the municipality as well. 

Goriška brda region offers an abundance of natural and cultural sights

Natural bridge and gorges Krčnik – a small stream has carved out about 40 metres long picturesque gorges, at about half their length a natural stone bridge spans over the gorge. The bridge is one of the most beautiful of its kind as it is nicely rounded and smooth due to the fact that it has been created by water. Access: in village Neblo turn in the direction of the stream valley. There is a road that leads directly to the Kotline village and the upper-laying Krčnik Gorges but it is recommended to take the time and explore the valley on foot or by bike.
Sabotin Hill (609 m) rises above Nova Gorica town on the south edge of Goriška brda. Besides hiking with wonderful views of Goriška brda, Nova gorica and the Vipava Valley, it offers an interesting Park of Peace with a museum where a collection of WW1 weapons is exhibited. On its slopes there are well-preserved trenches and caverns. 
Šmartno - a medieval village surrounded by a rampart resembles a bird`s nest which sits on a point from where the views of Nanos in the east to the Carnic Alps in the north-west and from the vast Fruili Venezia Julia to the Adriatic Sea come into sight. The village emerged in the first half of the 16th century on the remains of a Roman stronghold.
Vila Vipolže - the most appealing renaissance villa in Slovenia reflects the history of life on the junction of the three worlds and cultures. At first the villa served as a hunting mansion of the Gorizia Counts, then its owners were noblemen of Herberstein, Della Torre, Attems and Teuffenbauch families. The Venetians transformed the mansion`s shape into a rectangular-shaped elegant villa with two towers and they used it as a summer residence with a lush green park. Even today, there are tall, hundreds-of-years old cypress trees, the oldest of the kind in Slovenia. The villa has recently been renovated and today is serves mainly as a congress, cultural and social centre with a venetian touch and local hospitality , where various events and meetings scan be held. Guided tours of the villa are also possible – to make a reservation or for more info ask at the reception desk of Hotel Dvorec.

Also recommended:

  • Dobrovo Castle is late-renaissance mansion with two permanent exhibitions.
  • For hiking lovers, the tallest peak of Goriška Brda region – Korada (812 m).
  • Viewing tower in Gonjače – a monument dedicated to the casualties of the 2nd World War.
  • Numerous nature thematic trails offer marvelous hiking or cycling trips alongside with culinary experiences.
  • Traditional events like Spring hiking festival (May), Cherry festival (beginning of June), St. Martin`s celebrations in Šmartno (2nd weekend in November), Literature evenings (in memory of a famous poet Alojz Gradnik), Dreams in Medana (end of June).

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