Slovenia has a fantastic number of crystal clear rivers for you to spend time by, or in! Where there are mountains and caves there is water and we also have many amazing gorges and waterfalls slicing through the rock for you to admire, or climb.
The aqua green Soca, Emerald river (40 mins), is quite simply Europe's most beautiful river. You won't believe the colour until you see it with your own eyes. It is perfect for white water rafting, trout fishing, swimming, or to drive or cycle along as a gateway to the Slovenian Alps.
We have several day trip ideas following this incredible river up into the Alps, stopping off at pretty river towns, bridges, places to swim or go kayaking & rafting and historic battle zones from horrific wars gone by. A lovely place to stop for an ice cream or a coffee is Kanal, (55 mins), with a towering bridge across the river and diving boards at the top, where locals actually dive off! The route along the Soca river leads to several stunning gorges, waterfalls and places to stop and admire the view.
The sheer variety and number of crystal clear rivers in Green Slovenia will surely surprise you. Slovenia's longest river, the Sava, flows all the way to Serbia and you can see the incredible colours and how the water bubbles up out of the ground at it's source near Kranska Gora (90 mins), (Slovenia's biggest skiing area). We found an amazing cycle route here that pretty much runs along the route of an old railway alongside this river and we have a guide organised to take you along this route or just rent you the bikes. (just check out our bike page).
The town we call Chestnut, aka Kostanjevica, (90 mins), is on an island cut off by the beautiful bottle green Krka river which gracefully snakes around it, making a rickety old wooden bridge the only road access. You can go rowing or swimming here and nearby there is a huge monastry, now converted into an art museum, with numerous wooden sculptures of all sizes in the large grounds. This place will amaze you by the sheer scale of exhibits on view.
On the drive along the Krka river to Chestnut, there are many pretty places to stop off, including the village called Krka, (60 mins), Cucumber castle, aka Žužemberk with multiple waterfalls and Otocec castle. In fact, this is such a nice river with such variety, that we have made a tur of it for you from start to finish.. You can drive yourselves or go with a guide.
The Kolpa river marks the south east border with Croatia and is Slovenia's warmest river. It is very popular for swimming, so you can even swim over to the Coatian side, but don't forget your passport! It is also a more gentle place to do white water rafting, maybe for younger families.
The River with 7 Names ducks under the ground not too far from Lipizzaner Lodge, appearing and disappearing another 6 more times, until it reaches Ljubljana. Every time it pops up it has a new name! In Ljubljana, (35 mins), the river of the same name provides the main conduit through the city centre for walking or relaxing at cafes, enjoy river life.
We even have a pretty little river just a 15 minute walk from Landol that runs directly from the local Nanos mountain. The Nanošcica is great for an afternoon stroll or picnic and has a wooden pier you can jump off to go swimming. Our local guide, Lilli knows every twist & turn of this river and will gladly help you explore it.
For those really interested in the study of rivers, our geographical position is the exact dividing point for water. Some rivers run down to the Adriatic sea and others start their journey to the Danube in the opposite direction.
Slovenia's shortest river, only 50 metres long, can be visited as part of a day trip to Idrija, (45 mins). This springs out from a massive underwater diving cavern going 500 metres directly under a pretty lake. From here you can walk back into the town by crossing the longer Idrija river over a swing bridge and following a lovely riverside path. There is also a spectacular place for swimming not much further up the Idrija river, with parking and lots of stuff for kids.
There are waterfalls and gorges all over the place and in all shapes and sizes. You can walk to most of them, if you know where they are and we can help you find them on your proposed route for the day.