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Slovenia

Secret spots from our community

 

Located at the crossroads of the Alps and the Balkans, Slovenia is becoming an increasingly popular destination amongst Interraillers. It is famed for Lake Bled, its capital city Ljubljana and its Adriatic coast at Piran, but there is much more beauty to be seen! Below, our community share their secret spots just beyond Bled, and our two Slovenian ambassadors show what you can find if you stay longer and look deeper in their home country.

Svetlana Shantalova's Top 5 Slovenian places ⭐

Rogla

Located in the Pohorje Hills north of Zreče in north-east Slovenia. Rogla is a skiing resort in winter, and a hiking place in summer, while the Pot med krošnjami tree-top trail is open all year round.

 

 

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Villa Almerico-Capra, Vicenza

 

 

Črni Kal

On the edge of the Slovenian karst in the south-west, this village overlooking the sea has a natural stone wall for climbing, and an ancient castle ruin.

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Krčnik

A tiny canyon with a natural stone bridge in the heart of Gorska Brda wine region (west Slovenia). An excellent place to hide from the summer heat. 

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Maribor

Slovenia's second-largest city is a university town with a vibrant underground culture, as well as the home of the world's oldest grape vine.

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Robidisce 

My absolute favourite place, a village above the beautiful Nadiža valley (north-west Slovenia), overlooking another tiny village on the next hill – in Italy. The village has heritage-protected architecture, home-made sheep and goat cheese, bike trails, and the lovely Nadiža river. 

Žana Žalar's North-eastern Favourites ⭐

These are a few of my recommendations for secret spots in Slovenia. There are many, but since I come from the north-eastern part of the country, I have chosen a few of the best ones (in my opinion) from this region.

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Maribor (and its surroundings)

The city is located by the Drava river and surrounded by the Pohorje Hills. It's great just to stroll around the city, the city park and along the river, or to enjoy a cup of coffee in one of many cute cafes around town. Nearby, there's a heart-shaped road in the vineyards of Špičnik.

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Ptuj

This is the oldest town in Slovenia, nestled between gentle wine-growing hills and the Drava river. The castle dominates over the streets below, where one of the most colourful carnivals in the world take place! The festivities include the wearing of Kurenti masks, the exceptional character of which has also been recognised by UNESCO. The Spa Terme Ptuj is also nearby.

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Jeruzalem

A wine-growing region full of vineyards on the terraced hills. Great place to enjoy beautiful views, excellent wines, authentic cuisine and chat with hospitable locals. 

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The Savinja River valley

Celje, Laško and Žalec are three towns that lie in central Slovenia, in the valley of the Savinja River.

 

Laško is a town of healthy waters, wellbeing, herbalism and brewing, known for the Thermana Laško Spa located by the river, and the Rimske terme Spa that is not far away. Besides the spa tradition, the town of Laško prides itself on another one – the brewing tradition. Since 1825, this has been a home to the excellent Laško beer, which is interwoven in the unique wellness and culinary stories.

 

In Žalec, you can pour yourself a mug of beer made by Slovenia's micro-brewers from the first beer fountain in the world.

 

Celje is a charming town full of history, with rich archaeological treasures, a modern urban vibe, and a green soul.

Secret spots from our community

Our wonderful Interrail community have sent us photos and stories of secret spots that they discovered while travelling in Europe. In Switzerland, our community had a clear favourite region, since all of their photos were taken in the Bernese Oberland, around the town of Interlarken. We've threaded their photos and stories together into a tour to show you how you can also find the best of the area. But first, a timeless photo of Switzerland...

 

Editor Pick

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By Greg

The Swiss Alps by train

This is just one of hundreds of breathtaking views you can see from the train in the Swiss Alps. The photo does not do the actual scenery justice. These are views you can only get from the trains. Simply beautiful.

Tour of Bernese Oberland

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By Jenny

Interlarken

One of Interlaken's two beautiful lakes. It has an amazing view of mountains. I felt like I wasn't seeing this with my own eyes in real life. It looked like a high-definition picture all around me. Best feeling ever!

 

Getting there by rail: Interlarken is centrally located within Switzerland. Travel to Interlarken West in 47 mins from Bern, or to Interlarken Ost in 1h 49m from Lucerne.

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By Olivia

Lauterbrunnen

Located just south of Interlaken. A truly sublime village nestled between breathtaking mountains adorned with dozens of cascading waterfalls. It is truly enchanting to visit - I felt as if I had entered a fairytale.

 

Interlarken to Lauterbrunnen: The journey from Interlarken Ost takes 20 minutes and is operated by Berner Oberland Bahnen. This train is not included in the Eurail Pass, however you can travel with a 25% discount.

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By Merrilee

Staubbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen

Use your Interrail Pass discounts to hike to 72 waterfalls or ride to the top of the world at the Jungfrau and Eiger or Piz Gloria, where a James Bond movie was filmed.

 

Getting there by rail: The waterfall is just a 12 minute walk from Lauterbrunnen station.

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By Cameron

From Lauterbrunnen to Jungfraujoch

I managed to capture this beauty while travelling on the train from Lauterbrunnen to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe. The rolling Swiss hills and snow capped mountains were a sight to behold.

 

Getting there by rail: Located to the east of Lauterbrunnen, take the Jungfraubahn which is not included in the Interrail Pass. You can travel with 25% discount.

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By jorukleif

The Schilthorn

Amongst birds and mountains. During my Interrail Pass travels in Switzerland at the Schilthorn summit. The most amazing view you can find, in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

 

Getting there by rail: Located to the west of Lauterbrunnen. Either take a bus or the Lauterbrunnen-Mürren mountain railway (not included, 25% discount), to Mürren, then take the Schilthorn cableway to the summit (25% discount for Interrail Passholders).

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By Vivien

Oeschinen Lake, Kandersteg

This was the most beautiful lake I'd ever seen, and it’s not packed with tourists! It’s a beautiful hike to get there and really looks like a hidden gem when you approach it. Truly breathtaking!

 

Getting there by rail: Located in the next valley west of Lauterbrunnen. From Interlarken West, the journey to Kandersteg takes 1h 05m, via Spiez.

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If you want to discover more of Switzerland, then you can find out how to add it to your summer Interrail Pass trip with more destinations and rail travel tips on our Switzerland main page.