Wonderful, pocket-sized Slovenia is
home to a huge number of very fascinating places. Postojna with its surrounding
area is among the flagship representatives of such must-visit destinations.
This region is easily accessible from Ljubljana, the Alps (Bled) the coast, or
basically from anywhere in Slovenia, making it perfect for outdoor activities, day trips, and holidays.
The town of Postojna, which
literally means “to stop for a while”, is strategically placed in a very unique
location in the Karst region, which is as spectacular to explore above as it is
Postojna. Photo: Narobe Benjamin
One of the most magical
subterranean worlds on the planet
Slovenia’s Karst is known around
the globe for its expansive network of caves. A staggering 10,200 karst caves
have been registered in Slovenia and around 100 new ones are discovered every
year. There are 21 tourist or show caves that you can venture into, and the
Postojna area can only be described as a caving hub for these underground
The most famous and oldest
show cave is the Postojna Cave, which simply must be visited
by anyone on holiday in Slovenia. Then there’s the mysterious cave under Predjama Castle, the world’s largest and most
interesting medieval cave castle. Conveniently located close to each-other, you
can always opt for visiting both attractions in a single trip.
Cave trekking. Photo: Valter Leban
Another incredible underground
wonder is the UNESCO-protected subterranean network called the Škocjan Caves. The enviable list of caves
in the region continues with Planina Cave, Pivka Cave, Cross Cave, Otok Cave,
Črna Cave, so why not try some exciting caving and
witness some of Slovenia’s miraculous underground treasures up-close!
Planina Cave. Photo: Simon Kržič
The picturesque bora-swept Karst
region is a land like no other
The Postojna area just keeps on
giving. Its karst landscape is where the very term for this phenomenon
originated and it presents you with a variety of excellent sightseeing and
active pastime options, especially various cycling tours.
Castle Bike Trail. Photo: Petra Režek, Vide2go
One such karst phenomena are the 17
intermittent seasonal lakes, the most prominent among which is Lake Cerknica, one of Europe’s largest
lakes of its kind. Set near this disappearing wonder is also the scenic karst
valley of Rakov Škocjan, and exploring both on a cycling trip comes highly recommended.
To get a completely different perspective of this lovely countryside, paddle boarding on the
Planina Lake is another active yet leisurely option one should try.
Paddle boarding on the Planina plain. Photo: Aleš Komovec
There you have it, the Postojna region in a nutshell. But as is the case with most popular destinations in Slovenia, a nutshell is only the tip of the iceberg of possibilities, so be sure to follow a few links and browse away. We’re positive an experience or several will spark your interest.