Family adventures in the Slovenian Alps
The Slovenian Alps are definitely a place to visit with your family. It is a combination of pure nature, picturesque little places, lots of adventures, honey, history and delicious food.
Here are my must visit places:
Bled: one of the most beautiful places in Europe. You have to go to Bled Island on the ‘’pletna’’ boat, ride with horse-drawn carriage or a tourist train around Lake Bled, visit Bled Castle, which is one of the oldest castles in Slovenia mentioned for the first time in 1011. Have delicious lunch with a spectacular view at the Castle restaurant with the best appetizers for kids ever! There are also culinary workshops organized there, you can visit Wellness Ziva, sports and fun centre on the bank of Lake Bled or summer sledding and Adventure Park Straza Bled.
Triglav National Park is one of the oldest parks in Europe. The Triglav National Park comprises 880 square kilometres, which amounts to 4% of the surface of Slovenia. You can admire here pure, untamed nature.
Kranjska Gora and Planica
A perfect combination of nature, sport and cultural heritage. If you are fond of climbing you can face there the highest walls, whereas families with children can visit the Alpine world of Prisank, the magical mountain giant with Ajdovska Deklica with the face of a young woman visible in its north face.
Planica – one of the most beautiful valleys in the Alps. It is famous for ski jumping. The first ski jumping hill was constructed before 1930 at the slope of Mount Ponca.
Ruins of Kamen Castle, beautifully situated in the nature, mysterious and a perfect place to celebrate Halloween with your kids! The castle was built in the twelfth century by the counts of Ortenburg. Kamen Castle is a participant in the Path of Venus – the European castle network. The network links the towns and castles in Slovenia, Austria, Italy and the Czech Republic through which the knight and poet Ulrich von Liechtenstein travelled in the thirteenth century.
Gingerbread Museum, Lectar House of Tradition, my favourite! The ginger bread has been present there since 1766 and you can visit the factory, taste the delicious ginger bread, see various ginger bread sorts from all over the world and even take part in ginger making workshop.
Then do not miss the Lector restaurant established in 1822, situated in a building which is 500 years old. You will be served there unforgettable, traditional home-made dishes based on local and ecological ingredients.
Lector House offers also 9 unique hotel-pension rooms with the view on the Alps!
More information: www.lectar.com
Žirovnica a picturesque place which can be best admired by horse or in a horse-drawn carriage. You can visit there birth houses of famous Slovenian writers and poets including France Prešeren. Do not forget to admire beehives there!
Iron Forging Museum in Kropa. Kropa is an old smelting and iron forging place. It is situated below the slopes of Jelovica south-west of Radovljica. The collection shows pieces starting from the 15th century, throughout the ages. And the team working there is incredible friendly and helpful.
And last but not least Sava Hotel in Bled, the most family friendly hotel here with a fantastic children animation by the incredible swan Zaki and his wife Rosi, adorable Stella and her husband Bernard! We baked our own potatoes, chestnuts, climbed mountains, discovered valleys, celebrated Halloween in the Kamen Castle, had a ride in a horse carriage, tried the Bled cake and many more. In other words we had a fantastic family holiday in Slovenia, in Bled! And we will definitely get back here!
Sources: I feel Slovenia, Bled in your pocket, Slovenian-alps.com
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