10 More Images of Slovenian Splendor

People really seemed to enjoy my recent photos of Lake Bled in all seasons. Yes, Lake Bled is gorgeous…and it’s deservedly Slovenia’s cover girl. But the beauty of this little country (about the size of New Jersey) goes well beyond that one lake. Here are some photos of my other favorite Slovenia destinations (all of which are covered in our Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia guidebook — and many of which you can visit on a Rick Steves tour). Enjoy!

Let’s kick things off with a dramatic sunset I enjoyed from the rooftop terrace of my hotel over the pristine main square of Piran, on Slovenia’s 29 miles of Adriatic coastline:

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For mountain scenery, just a half-hour’s drive from Lake Bled is the more remote and rustic Lake Bohinj:

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And just up the road from Lake Bled is the stunning Vintgar Gorge:

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But my favorite scenery in Slovenia is deep in the Julian Alps, which butt up against Austria and Italy. The best route is the one-day drive over the Vršič Pass, then back down along the Soča River Valley. (We designed our Rick Steves Best of the Adriatic Tour to include a day for this journey.) For my money, this is (in good weather) the most spectacular drive in Europe, with scenery like this:

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I know I said “10 images,” but what the heck? Here’s one for good measure:

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I’m determined to convince more Americans to visit Slovenia — one of Europe’s most beautiful countries, and certainly its most underrated. I hope these pictures stoke your interest in a place you’ll never forget.

But now it’s time to take a break from promoting Slovenia as I prepare for my next trip to Europe. First up: Italy’s Cinque Terre. Stay tuned!

5 Replies to “10 More Images of Slovenian Splendor”

  1. We were in Slovenia last year and can’t wait to go back. We were driving from Croatia to Austria and had two extra days so we spent those days in Bled. We really wished we had more time to explore this beautiful country!

  2. Cameron, I’ve been a Rick Steve’s fan for decades. My Europe travels started out as a U.S. soldier in Wildflecken, Germany, ’69-’70 (before going to Vietnam) when a schnitzel dinner with ein bier was 5 marks ($1.25) in Heidelberg, but have been back to Europe often since. I was in Slovenia in 2015, staying in both Piran and Bled for several days each — did my research ahead of time and was impressed. I continued down the Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik — took over 1000 photos in that ancient walled city in one day — from early morning until well into the evening. I rented a car in Germany, so had to stop at another favorite, Rothenburg, for a few nights along the way (yes, I met Willi Schamman many years ago, and kept in touch for several trips until he passed, but he is still revered by locals — did you know he was a paratrooper in WWII? I loved Willi, and have a few stories). Piran and Bled blew me away on that trip. Hemingway was wounded in the Julian Alps during WWI, working for the Italians. Tito had a palace built on Bled Lake. I walked the path that surrounds the lake, and rented a bicycle for a memorable ride in the country another day. Great restaurants also! Retired now, I go to Europe almost every year (England, Scotland last year, with a hike to the top of Ben Nevis in May). Did a return to Vietnam this year (Apr-May), but, at 68, I still have many more trips to Europe in my plans, and always include hiking, biking, and lots of exploring!

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