Compared to other European countries, Slovenia is relatively small in size. It is located in Eastern Europe, and just a few hours drive away from Austria and Hungry. Despite being small, Slovenia is a popular and family-friendly destination for travelers, especially during summer and spring. This country definitely does not run out of places, adventures, and exciting activities for traveling families who want to experience the Slovenian hospitality.
Slovenia is gifted with fascinating views and jaw-dropping, Instragrammable, and wallpaper-worthy landscapes. That is why this place is an easy choice for anyone who love to have an exciting time in Europe. Families across Europe hit the road for a wonderful joyride to enjoy nature, the summer sun, the castles, the caves, the vineyard, and the woods. The list of family-friendly things to do and places to visit in this country is almost limitless. From various indoor and outdoor activities, to hiking and biking, to mountain trekking, to river paddling and kayaking, Slovenia has it all. Read on to learn more about what other things this country has to offer for you and your kids.
Natural Wonders– Trek the trail to see Caves, Rivers, Mountain Ranges, Gorges, Waterfalls, and all in between.
Kolpa River – Take your toddlers who are four years old and above to a camping experience at Camp Kopla that is situated by the famous Kolpa River. With the spring and summer lurking in the corner, it gets really warm in Slovenia, which makes it the best time to visit the place to enjoy swimming, rafting, biking, hiking, or even walking along the banks. Your little ones can also explore the Adrenalin Park Podzememelji that offers fun, challenging, and exciting treetop activities.
Lake Bled–This place is just so unreal, dramatic, and picture-perfect. Lake Bled is a great place to take the family for a nature adventure. The activities that the kids will enjoy include swimming, boating, padding, and walking. While boating, the family can also enjoy the view of the Castle Bled that is sitting at the top of the hill near the lake. The lake is surrounded by the Julian Alps, which gives the place a more fascinating feel.
Soča Valley and Soča River–The Soča Valley is blessed with waterfalls, camping grounds, and gorges. It is such an ideal place for an adrenaline rush. It is where the Soča River also flows and your little ones can enjoy the outdoor activities this place offers. During spring and summer, kids age five and above are allowed to ride on the river raft for a fun adventure. If your teens are with you on your trip, canyoning is something they can try doing as well. Soča River is definitely perfect for family vacations.
Kozjak Waterfall–With the number of visitors that flock to this place, Kozjak Waterfall is undeniably one of Slovenia’s most visited and most picturesque waterfalls. Kozjak is located near the Soča River, and there are several ways to get to the photogenic waterfall. The best way, however, is by following the walking trail from Kobarid. On your way, your family and kids will definitely enjoy the scenic view of the surrounding mountains and forests. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by the waterfall’s gorgeous emerald green pool.
Vintgar Gorge–Slovenia is not only famous for its waterfalls and caves, butalso known for its gorges, and one that definitely stands out is the Vintgar Gorge. This place is located near Bled, so amazing views and a cool environment are expected. A perfect spring or summer leisurely walk on the wooden walkway on the side of the river is an ideal activity.
Postojna Cave–This mighty cave is Europe’s most visited cave. It is famous for its underground railway that makes it easier for tourists to admire the beautiful stalagmites and stalactites that adorn the 12.4-mile-long (20-kilometer) cave. Since the establishment of the train trails in the late 1800s, the cave has been a popular tourist destination to kids and adults who love science and adventure. Aside from the train ride, everyone visits the lovely formations that surround this paradise.
Križna Cave–Unlike Postojna Cave, Križna Cave treats visitors to a real cave adventure. The absence of concrete structures and electricity will capture the heart of cave-lovers, because they can explore the cave’s interior the usual way it should be explored–on foot. During your visit, your tourism officer will provide you with caving gear such as boots and lamps to make your experience safe. Be ready to get wet as you take a short boat ride inside the cave. The entire caving experience will take hours, but it will all be worth it, since Križna is said to be the most beautiful cave in the entire European continent.
Castles–Make your fairytale fantasy a reality at these beautiful castles.
Ljubljana Castle – Built in the 1500s, Ljubljana Castle is a unique Slovenian landmark filled with stories and rich historical past. Situated at the top of the hill, offering a great view of the downtown, the castle can be reached in several ways. If you are up for some adventure, hiking is a good choice. If you want to relax, however, then you can opt to ride the funicular to the castle. Being one of Slovenia’s main attractions, Ljubljana Castle has several highlights, such as gift shops where you can buy souvenirs for the ones you left behind and the Time Machine, which is an interactive activity that will take the entire family back to history. Kids love it!
Castle Bled–Because kids love the idea of fairytales and castles, a visit to Castle Bled is a must. Perched above the lake on a hill, this castle offers visitors breathtaking views of the lake and the countryside. There is no reason why you should not visit this place on your Slovenian escapade.
Predjama–One of the oldest castles in Slovenia, Prejama Castle was purposely built in the year 1274 at the side of a rock to prevent enemies from conquering the place. Over the years, this place has been ruined and rebuilt. Just like other castles, this one has also undergone several renovations. Predjama has stood the test of time and today, it is one of the most visited castles in Slovenia. As you drive to the hill where this Guinness-holder castle erects, you can’t miss the view of this mighty giant.
Celje old castle–This castle ruin is another must-see sight for you when visiting Slovenia, specifically Celje. The castle is considered and known to be the largest medieval fortress in the country. It is surrounded by myths and legends, which visitors enjoy hearing from tourist guides and locals. Kids and kids-at-heart have so much to see in this place that every visit is exciting.
To top it all off, Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana and other cities also offer a number of great attractions, such as waterparks and museums. Here are interesting places your kids will definitely love:
Waterparks and Museums–Take the kids to these places to learn about history and culture.
Atlantis Water City–Known as Slovenia’s best water park, Atlantis Water City offers visitors a number of swimming pools to cool off from the summer heat. It has 16 pools that make it one of the biggest indoor water park in Europe. With watery activities, thematic modules, and a campground, this place makes it to the list of best places to visit with the family.
Slovenian Alpine Museum–This museum, also known as the Slovenian Mountaineering Museum, is a mountaineering museum in Mojstrana. The place offers several exhibits where kids can learn about the amazing mountain world of Slovenia. There are also hiking activities that your family can embark on.
Technical Museum of Slovenia–TMS or Technical Museum of Slovenia is an interesting museum. It is located at the estate of Bistra Castle, formerly a Carthusian monastery. I must say, it is unlike any other. It is known for its extensive collections and presentations about wood processing, hunting, forestry, fishing, textile, transportation, baking, milling, and agriculture among others. The interesting exhibits will eat most of your time, so make sure to come early. Here, the kids will have plenty of time to burn time and energy learning about the interesting industries.
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