Some would say that the entire country of Slovenia is a hidden gem. However, this country’s popularity is steadily growing and I’d wager that it will soon emerge as a top destination in Europe. Most trips to Slovenia will combine Ljubljana with Lake Bled. However, Slovenia has so much more to offer than its charming capital and its postcard-perfect lake. Last summer, we hiked across the Julian Alps and Kamnik-Savinja Alps and this spring we road tripped across the country. We’re in love with the Slovenian Alps and the secret places they hold. If you’re planning a trip to Slovenia and want to venture off the beaten path, use this post to guide you. And, bring your hiking boots.
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Slovenia Hidden Gems
- Kamnik-Savinja Alps
- Zgornje Jezersko
- Solčava panoramic road
- Koseč Gorge
- Pokljuka Plateau
- Lake Bohinj Viewpoint
- Planina v Lazu
Bonus: At the end of this post, we’re going to share with you secret places to stay in Slovenia.
You’ve probably heard of the Julian Alps. But, have you heard of Kamnik-Savinja Alps? This stunning mountain range is located in Northern Slovenia and makes up the southernmost part of the Limestone Alps. For the best views of the range, head to Logar Valley and Zgornje Jezersko. You can also hike across the Kamnik-Savinja Alps as we did. Here’s our Kamnik Alps hut to hut route.
Zgornje Jezersko is a small Slovenian village, located very close to the Austrian border. It’s one of the gateways to the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. So, if you fancy a peaceful alpine holiday full of jaw-dropping views, this is it. From this small settlement, you can walk to the serene Planšarsko jezero and into the splendid Ravenska kočna valley. The valley is also the trailhead to Češka Koča mountain hut. To learn about this hike, read hike #2 in our Best Hikes in Slovenia post.
Where to Stay in Zgornje Jezersko
Budget | We stayed the night at Glamping and B&B Cvet Gora, which was delightful. They have fun “glamping” A-frame huts to sleep in. Showers are communal but very clean. Breakfast is only 5 EUR. The guesthouse is located right on the road, so it’s easy to find.
Mid-Range | Tourist farm Šenkova domačija is a top-rated farm stay celebrated for its hospitality and location.
Luxury | Boutique hotel Vila Planinka. This dreamy and stylish hotel offers guests comfort, delicious food, and exceptional scenery. Guests have access to a wellness center, outdoor terrace, and an on-site restaurant.
Look for accommodation in Zgornje Jezersko.
Solčava Panoramic Road
The Solčava panoramic road is a scenic road in Northern Slovenia’s Solčava region. This 37 km route can be entered from Logar Valley, Zgornje Sleme, the village of Solčava, or the Pavličevo sedlo Austrian border crossing.
This region is characterized by high-elevation farmsteads, rolling pastures, and the Kamnik Savinja Alps. As you drive the route, you’ll have opportunities to dine in local farms and take in the views of happily situated homesteads set against the dramatic Kamnik Alps. Solčava is the definition of pastoral romanticism. To learn more about where to stop along this route and visiting the area, read our guide to Logar Valley.
Where to Stay in the Solčava Region
Surrounded by open pastures and apple trees, Lenar Farm in Logar Valley is the perfect base for exploring Solčava. With its heavenly alpine views and welcoming atmosphere, It was very difficult to leave – almost impossible!
Look for accommodation in Logar Valley.
Koseška korita is a secret gorge located firmly off the tourist track in Koseč. Koseč is a small hamlet above Drežnica in the Municipality of Kobarid. A signed trail leading from the chapel of St. Just will take you to the bottom of the gorge. You’ll pass several waterfalls as you descend. The loop trail continues across the gorge, over a bridge and back up to the hamlet. The entire Koseška korita circuit trail is 3 km and takes 1.5 – 2 hours to complete. To learn more about this hidden gem in Slovenia read Magical Things to do in Kobarid.
Where to Stay in Koseč
We recommend staying in Tourist Farm Kranjc, which is a 2-minute walk to the gorge trailhead. It’s also located directly on the long-distance Alpe Adria Trail and at the foot of Mount Krn. Apart from the outstanding location, Tourist Farm Kranjc spoils guests with sumptuous homecooked dinners and a breakfast buffet to die for.
Pokljuka is an alpine plateau located in the Julian Alps, between Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled. The region is characterized by small farming settlements, rolling pastures, and forest. From Pokljuka, you can hike up to several notable peaks including Debela Peč and Viševnik. You can also walk, or bike to several picturesque alpine pastures like Planina Zajamniki and Planina Uskovnica. If you’re seeking a remote off the beaten path destination in Slovenia, with access to popular areas, Pokljuka is perfect. Find out more about what to do here in our Hidden Wonders of Pokljuka post.
Where to Stay in Pokljkuka
We stayed at the Tourist Farm Ročnjek (Turistična kmetija Ročnjek), which is in Gorjuše, on the edge of Pokljuka Plateau. This fine tourist farm offers apartments for both couples and families. Guests have access to a communal kitchen, sauna room (extra charge), and several playrooms for children.
Look for accommodation in Pokljuka.
Lake Bohinj Viewpoint
This almost-secret vantage point of Lake Bohinj is a 3-min walk from the mountain hut Kosijev dom na Vogarj (1054 m) on Planina Vogar. You can hike from Stara Fužina to Planina Vogar in 1.5 hrs. To find the trail, walk or drive in the direction of Planina Blato. You’ll come to a parking lot and toll station (12 EUR to continue driving up). Park here. The rate is 1.50 – 3 EUR per hour depending on the month. From this parking lot and toll station, walk up the road for about 10 minutes and look for a trail leading off to the left. It’s a 500 m ascent.
Look for accommodation in Stara Fužina.
Planina v Lazu
Planina v Lazu is a high alpine pasture in Triglav National Park. When we arrived at the ridge overlooking Lazu, we were speechless. It was like walking into a fairy tale village. Cradled by the Julian Alps, over a dozen herdsmen huts are scattered across the alpine pasture. In early June, all the herdsmen huts were closed. However, come summer, these huts open up and become cheese-making sites. Laz is accessible by foot from Planina Blato, high above Stara Fuzina. There’s a 12 EUR toll to drive up to Blato. To find out more about this hike and how to extend it, check out our Julian Alps Hiking Guide.
Look for accommodation in Stara Fužina.
3 Secret Places to Stay in Slovenia
House Raduha in Luče exquisitely blends natural scenery, culinary innovation, and design into one amazing accommodation. Located on the Savinja River and surrounded by forest, House Raduha is the place you come to relax and unwind. Luče is also a lesser-known gateway into the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.
Apartment Wellness Essense in Bled. Great Location: check! Privacy: check! Beautiful design: check! Sauna and Wellness center: check! Superb views: check!
Ortenia Apartments in Nature in Podčetrtek is an eco-friendly, boutique hotel with wellness facilities. With its natural surroundings and sustainable concept, Ortensia is a dream destination for those seeking guilt-free rest and relaxation.
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