Slovenia is a great destination year around and is especially beautiful during winter. In this guide you will find the best things to do in Slovenia during winter in the North-West of the country. Discover more about Zelenci, Russian Chapel, Vrsic Pass, Kobarid, Kozjak Waterfall, Kanal ob Soci and a few of my favorite photo-spots.
Here are the top 10 things to do in Slovenia in Winter.
1. Zelenci Nature Reserve
Zelenci spring is a nature reserve and only a 5 minute walk from the parking lot by the road. With water’s temperature at 5-6 degrees year-around it’s also home to a wide range of flora and fauna. I was fascinated by the clarity of the water here and could see clearly all the way to the bottom. I visited on a work-day morning and had the rare luck of having this place all to myself.
2. Russian Chapel
Russian Chapel is a memorial on Vrsic Pass which was build by Russian prisoners of WWI during their construction of Vršič pass road. It’s beautiful and quite eerie there. I had a lucky strike again this day – just as I was leaving the man with the keys to the chapel was on his way up with a couple of Russian tourists. He invited me in as well and I got to ring the wishing bell!
3. Vrsic Pass
Probably my favorite road in Slovenia – great mountain views from the start and you’ll want to make plenty stops along the way to observe the beauty of the Alps. This road elevates to 1611m and is the highest pass in the Eastern Julian Alps.
Kobarid is a small town in NW Slovenia and while it takes quite a while to drive up there, you won’t regret that you made a stop here, regardless of what your plans around are.
5. Kozjak Waterfall
One of the most scenic hikes with greatest rewards is offered by Kozjak waterfall. You’ll park your car in a lot about half an hour away and start making your way towards the fall. The hike goes past a field, a WW1 defense line, beautiful river, another waterfall (nope, not there yet!), a lush forest and all the way to the final destination surrounded by rocks. Bear in mind that you are not allowed to swim here and respect the nature around you.
6. Shortest Village in Slovenia
During your drive on Vrsic Pass you will pass some stunning locations, but this little village is probably the cutest!
7. Kanal Ob Soci
Kanal gets quite crowded in the summer, with people coming from all over the world to jump from the bridge. The surroundings are stunning year-round though, so you won’t want to miss this one on your trip to Slovenia.