Slovenia: Top 5 things to do on a budget

When the opportunity to visit Slovenia opened up on my gap year I knew I had to take it, why waste away at home when there is a world to explore? I was eager to experience new things, trying to understand how various small nations make up this great European content.

With such a great many things to see in this seemingly small nation, organizing oneself is the best way to see as much as you can whilst saving money along the way. This small assortment of interesting activities will certainly ensure that your trip is jam packed with great adventures!

Ljubljana Medieval Castle

Starting in the capital of Ljubljana, there are few places better than exploring an ancient castle. Located on a hilltop from which you can see the entire city, the beautiful architecture and pronounced clock tower makes this a must see location. Absolutely free to all guests, the combination of new renovation with old styles makes the castle quite a sight to see.

Museums

Backpacking my way through Slovenia I stumbled upon a really interesting gallery in Gregorieva. The Kobarid Museum has an array of various exhibits, most linked with the theme of the First World War. With a wealth of various visual stimuli, the photographs and documents expressed a time of great adventure but also of sorrow. Costing around $8, the museum represents an important part of Slovenia’s past.

Exploring the Lake

Journeying more and more into the wilderness, the famous Lake Bled came highly recommended by several locals. The truly original features of this lake include pure water with a beautiful island in the middle. Beside the lake is the hauntingly beautiful Vintgar Gorge, as well as a great castle overlooking everything. With the ability to explore island by boat costing around $16, it’s a great experience to have in such a wonderful location.

Entering the Caves

Being on the surface the entire time I wanted to go underground and see Slovenia from a different perspective. While it was an arduous task to hike such a distance, the Skocjan Caves were a sight not to be missed. Flanked by gorgeous villages filled with very friendly locals, the canyons seem to be hidden away into the depths of the outback. With a visitor centre as well as great city life only minutes away, it’s a great escape from reality of everyday life.

Finding a place to eat

With so many sights to see it is sometimes easy to forget that your body needs some nourishment. Restaurants in Slovenia vary in cost and style, but all offer exquisite taste. Zvezda, located in Ljublijana, it’s one of the most famous café’s in the country and offers an array of different foods. Priced between $8 to $15 the sweets and teas are simply to die for. With so many activities to do, treat yourself to something nice and simply drift off into a state of endless bliss.

Author Bio: Michal Kniec

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Michal Kniec, after completing a History degree in Canada, decided that a little change of scenery would do him some good and moved across the world to Manchester. Now studying law, he loves to write, cook, and travel as much as possible on this pale blue dot.

1 Comment

  • Elle

    May 27, 2011

    Great list, I’m looking into visiting Slovenia next year. It’s such a beautiful country!

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