I’m Inga Frey and I live in Germany. Welcome to my Slovenia travel guide. I’ve had a passion for travelling ever since I was a child. My parents used to take my brothers and me on trips with our VW bus every school holidays. I loved the freedom and possibility to explore even back then.
When I got older, my desire to travel to far away places grew stronger and stronger. At 12 years old, I convinced my parents to let me visit friends of theirs in India. I went for three weeks. I also studied in Canada for a year.
Today, I love exploring the world either with our VW bus or by going on epic backpacking trips. Taking photos was always a big part of travelling for me because that way I could keep all those amazing memories.
Inspiration to Visit Slovenia
Slovenia was never really on my bucket list to be honest. When we were thinking about possible countries to visit this year, we stumbled across Slovenia and thought it could be a great alternative to Austria which was probably crowded and Croatia which was still a COVID-19 risk area.
And we didn’t regret this decision for a single moment. Slovenia blew our minds and totally exceeded our expectations. We went for two weeks but with driving there and back we had approximately ten full days in Slovenia.
10 Amazing Days in Slovenia
Our trip started in the Soca Valley with it’s amazing blue water, gorgeous waterfalls and breathtaking mountains. Soca Valley is amazing for everyone who loves outdoor activities. You can go hiking, climbing, kayaking and so much more. There are endless adventures to be had here.
Next, we crossed the Vrsic Pass – a mountain pass surrounded by amazing scenery – and then headed back down to Lake Bled. Although this was the most touristic part of our trip, it was still an extremely beautiful experience. The views over Lake Bled from the various lookouts were just stunning.
Our next destination was Lake Bohinj where we had an amazing campsite right by the lake. We also went for a two day hike through Seven Lakes Valley – a really special and beautiful hike. You can start walking directly from Lake Bohinj and sleep in small huts on the mountain along the way.
We then travelled further southeast towards Ljubljana and stopped at a beautiful church in Jamnik. By then the two weeks had almost gone by and we took one last stop at Triglav National Park. We explored Lake Jasna near Kranjska Gora and went climbing in the area. It was an incredible trip!
Favourite Place: Soca Valley
I find it really hard to decide on a favourite place in Slovenia because each place we visited was so special on its own. I especially loved the mountains, lakes and rivers. If I had to pick a favourite I would choose the Soca Valley. The crystal clear water in so many shades of blue was a unique sight.
The thing about Slovenia as a country is that there are so many hidden gems that aren’t necessarily found in travel guide books. This isn’t a travel destination where you tick off a list of places as you go. It’s a destination where you take your time and discover untouched beauty along the way.
People, Culture & Food of Slovenia
I found the people of Slovenia to be open minded and friendly. We met some locals on the campsites and during our hikes on the huts. They liked to talk and tell us about the best activities to do in the area. Also, when we were climbing, we met some people who were interested in our travels.
The food of Slovenia was awesome too. When we were camping, we usually cooked ourselves. So we didn’t get the chance to eat out at restaurants every night. But we did find some great places during our trip. I can recommend two amazing restaurants that every traveller should try.
One was located in Bovec. It was more of a food truck than an actual restaurant but they had delicious burgers – both vegetarian and meat options. It was called Flying Smoker. The other food joint I recommend in Slovenia is Gostilna Bohinj located near the beautiful Lake Bohinj.
Road Trippin’ in our Campervan
We explored Slovenia with our campervan. I can definitely recommend road trippin’ in Slovenia by camper. It gives you the opportunity to discover many different areas of the country and travel with freedom and flexibility.
You can’t sleep overnight in public places or in nature. Slovenia works hard to protect its natural environment – so please respect that just like we did. Campsites are the best option and are definitely great spots. You have the chance to park your car right next to a lake or river on many campsites.
Favourite Memory of Slovenia
My favourite memory from our 10-day journey was jumping into the freezing cold water of the Soca River. Before jumping in you could see fish on the ground because the water was so clear. It felt so good warming up again in the sun after a short swim. This swim made me feel alive and free.
Need to Know Before You Go
Slovenia is a country that suits outdoor and adventure lovers. Make the most of it and explore the beautiful national parks and mountains by foot and the rivers by boat. There is so much to see and do – so it would be sad if you just stick to one place or spend your entire time in your hotel.
Thanks for reading about our adventures. I hope this article has inspired you to visit Slovenia and check out its unbridled natural beauty. Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions or would like more info!