Postcards from Central Slovenia

Discover the hidden beauty of Ljubljana's surrounding areas. We present you some great trip ideas provided by local Instagrammers in the #CentralSlovenia challenge.

Sv. Jakob

Brezovica hill (806m) in the Polhov Gradec Hill Range, with Sv. Jakob church sitting nicely on top of it, is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Ljubljana's surrounding areas.

Photo: @jancermelj

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Photo: @valentinaplahuta

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Velika planina

Velika planina is the site of one of Europe's few surviving high mountain herdsmen's villages where traditional Alpine herdsmen's culture is still alive. This scenic high mountain plateau, part of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, is famous for its stunning natural beauty.

Photo: @andrejtrcek 

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Photo: @jakaskrlep

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Bogenšperk Castle

Bogenšperk Castle used to be home of the famous Slovenian polyhistor and scientist Janez Vajkard Valvasor (1641-1693). Today this picturesque castle houses several museum collections and is worth visiting also for its guided tour, led by costumed guides.

Photo: @tadejtomc

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Ljubljana Marshes

The Ljubljana Marshes is a natural area of wetlands and peat bogs, known for its rare animal and vegetal species and for the remains of the prehistoric pile dwellings, which are inscribed under the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Sv. Ana church, photo: @iztok_medja

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Photo: @greorz

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Logatec 

The small town of Logatec was first mentioned in Roman times. You can visit a number of natural sights in its area as well as picturesque churches such as this one in the nearby village of Kalce.

Photo: @gregorkacin

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Kamnik 

Kamnik, a picturesque small town situated along the Kamniška Bistrica river, had its heyday in the Middle Ages, when for a time it was the capital of Carniola. Its former glory can still be seen in the medieval urban design of its old city centre, Zaprice Castle (Grad Zaprice) and Little Castle (Mali grad).

Photo: @xenia6

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Photo: @bojanaklemenc.bofit

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Kamnik Savinja Alps

The Kamnik–Savinja Alps are a mountain range of the Southern Limestone Alps. They are immensely popular among hiking enthusiasts. Their highest peaks are well above 2,000 metres above the sea level (Grintovec, the highest one, measures 2,558 metres) and are accessible by well maintained mountain trails. The scenic high mountain plateau Velika planina is famous for its stunning natural beauty.

Photo: @anapogacar

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Kamnik Saddle

The Kamnik Saddle Lodge (1,864 metres) is a mountain hostel located just below Kamnik Saddle (Kamniško sedlo), with Mount Brana to its west and Mount Planjava to its east, and the Kamnik Bistrica Valley to its south. On its north is a steep descent toward the Logar Valley, home to Rinka Falls. (Wikipedia)

Photo: @dejkovski

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Volčji Potok Arboretum

The Volčji Potok Arboretum is the most visited botanical park in Slovenia. It covers an 85-hectare site and features 3,500 plants from all over the world.

Photo: @julesr03

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Jablje Castle

The Castle Jablje, first mentioned as a property in 1268, got its today’s renaissance appearance in 1530. The castle was later renovated many times. The greatest speciality of this luxurious castle are the wallpapers of a renowned Baroque painter Franc Jelovšek in the castle’s dining hall, depicting a somewhat peculiar Chinese with a tambourine riding a camel.

Photo: @uabram

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The view from Smlednik

Several routes lead to the ruins of old castle Smlednik near the village of Zbilje, situated on top of a lookout hill of the same name (515 metres). The castle was presumably built in the 12th century on the foundations of a prehistoric fort and a Roman stronghold of a later origin. 

Photo: @jancermelj

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Photo: @andrazpencelj

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Praprotno brdo

Praprotno Brdo is a small settlement above Rovte in the Municipality of Logatec in the Central Slovenia. The local St. Margaret Church was first mentioned in 1526 and features some frescoes, presumably painted in the middle of 15th century.

Photo: @lukaesenko

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Planina polje

Planina Polje, crossed by the river Unica, is one of the best known and most scenic karst poljes in Slovenia. It has a unique geological structure. The river Unica, one of the best locations in Slovenia for fly fishing, is a popular destination for fishermen from around the world.

Photo: @urospetricphoto

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Polhov Gradec Mansion

Polhov Gradec mansion was built in the 15th century and renovated in a Baroque style in the 18th century. Count Blagaj, a renowned botanist, lived there in the 19th century. Today the mansion houses two museum collections and a wine cellar. The mansion has a beautiful garden, surrounded by walls. Numerous hiking trails criss cross the surrounding Polhograjsko hribovje hill range. 

Photo: @tejaloncar_photography

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Turjak Castle

Turjak is a settlement near Velike Lašče, known for its castle, named after the lords Auerspergs - counts of Turjak. It was first mentioned in 1220. During the Second World War the castle was severely harmed. The renovation of the castle began in the sixties of the 20th century and is still in progress. In 1988 the castle was proclaimed a cultural and historical heritage and natural remarkableness.

Photo:@starsong.photos

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The valley of Draga pri Igu

The valley of Draga pri Igu lies on the northern edge of the Ljubljana Marshes. Its major features include seven scenic ponds situated at the marshy bottom of the valley and a nature trail running through the woodland above it.

Photo: @gregorkacin

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Lake Podpeč

Lake Podpeč is a small, but in many ways a unique natural gem. It's completely round and extraordinarily deep (51 m). During summer a small bath is organized on the lake and fishing is also possible. A route leads from Jezero to the top of Planinca, which offers a beautiful view on the Marshes.

Photo: @juremakovec

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Lake Zbilje

The lake of Zbiljsko jezero is an artificial lake created in 1953, when the Sava river was dammed to provide water for the hydroelectric power station in the town of Medvode. Apart from being a tourist attraction, the lake provides an important habitat for numerous bird species.

Photo: @primozkerin

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Praproče near Polhov Gradec

Polhov Gradec is a picturesque village in the Polhograjsko hribovje hills. Around Polhov Gradec a botanical speciality can be found, spurge laurel (Daphne blagayana), a rare kind of mountain plant, known also as the king’s flower, discovered right here.

Photo: @matejperko

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Šinkov turn

The village Šinkov turn in the municipality of Vodice is named after a castle that was built in 1240, the ruins of which are still visible today. (Wikipedia)

Photo: @uabram

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Šmarna Gora

The ascent to the Šmarna Gora hill, 664 metres above sea level, takes from half an hour to a little over an hour, depending on the route taken. The top offers beautiful views of the Kamnik and Julian Alps, the Ljubljana basin and the distant Dolenjska region with Mount Trdinov vrh. 

Photo: @ines_loveslife 

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Topol near Medvode (Katarina)

The village of Topol, better-known as Katarina nad Ljubljano, is a popular day-trip destination offering everything that the countryside on the edge of Ljubljana has to offer: magnificent scenery, warm hospitality, and exquisite culinary experiences. 

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