If you are on a holiday in Zagreb and want to cross another country of your list, day trip to Slovenia is a great option. With Slovenian border just half an hour drive from Zagreb this itinerary includes limited amount of driving leaving you plenty of time for sightseeing.
Most popular day trips from Zagreb to Slovenia include visit to Ljubljana and Lake Bled. Combination of the two will give you a perfect insight into cultural and natural heritage of Slovenia.
- Private experienced English-speaking guide during the entire trip
- Private transportation with hotel pick-up & drop-off
- Traditional boat ride on Lake Bled
- Chance to explore Ljubljana at your own pace or on a walking tour with a local guide
- Fully customizable itinerary to suit your wishes and interests
Less than two hours drive along the highway you will reach Ljubljana – capital and largest city of Slovenia. Knowing this, you might be surprised how small the city actually is.
City centre is divided by Ljubljanica river and car traffic in this part is limited making it perfect for cyclists and pedestrians. Roaming the streets of Ljubljana city centre you will witness unique blend of Baroque, Secession and Modernist architecture with medieval castle overlooking the city.
Ljubljana castle, dating back to 15th century, is the main attraction of the city which you can reach by funicular railway or on foot. If you decide to walk up it will be a 10 – 15 minute pleasant walk rewarded with an amazing view from the top. Except the opportunity for panoramic photos of the city, Ljubljana castle offers art exhibitions in different parts of the castle, Museum of Slovene History and several cafes and restaurants.
Once you soaked up Slovenian history and got a glance of the city from above it is time to walk the city and explore its bridges, small cafes on the river bank, churches and finish the stroll in Tivoli park.
Ljubljana owes today’s appearance to one sole man – famous architect Jože Plečnik. In Ljubljana we can see a unique example of Plecnik’s urban planning based on inovativne modern approaches and respect of the history. One of his most famous works in urban structure of Ljubljana is Triple Bridge which is ingenious combination of 19th century road bridge enclosed by two pedestrian bridges.
Leaving Plecnik’s city behind, continue north west for half an hour to reach Lake Bled situated in the foothills of Julien Alps. Here you will get a postcard views complemented with some interesting legends.
Take a traditional wooden boat to discover Assumption of Mary Church hidden in the lush greenery of Slovenia’s only island.
Afterwards climb to Bled Castle rising on the cliff overlooking the lake. Oldest parts of the castle date back to 11th century though most remaining structures are product of 16th century and extensive 20th century renovations.
Today castle houses a collection of armor and weapons, jewellery, paintings and display of history of Bled. Finish the day with a breathtaking sunset over Lake Bled and Alps in the background.
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