Nature Parks

Slovenia has several nature parks, such as Triglav national park. Each park has a special environment and different biodiversity.

Triglav National Park

In the Julian Alps lies Slovenia’s highest mountain: Triglav. Its name means the three-headed by the formation of the mountain, and it is some 2,864 metres high. The park surrounding it is named after the mountain: Triglav national park (Triglavski narodni park).

The park is one of Slovenia’s most famous parks. The park is 838 km2, which is 4% of Slovenia’s surface area. The north of the park is mountainous, but as you go further south, it is sloping, with the lowest point at 180 metres. The difference is almost 2,700 metres!

You can experience the real Alpine feeling well in this park with its mountains, green valleys, diversity of flora and fauna and waters. One of Slovenia’s most famous legends takes place in Triglav national park: Goldenhorn or Zlatorog in Slovenian. The kingdom of Goldenhorn is home to magnificent treasures, at least according to legend

The park includes many wonders such as Bohinj, Soča valley, Kranjska Gora and Bled.

In this park, you can do a fun hike with children: the Goldenhorn Fairyland hike. The walk is named after the aforementioned legend. It is a free walk, but you can take a guided tour, or buy a booklet with a map. This walk aims to promote experiential learning. The central theme of the walk is legends, which are told on signs at various places. Should you want to read them back later, you can do so, as they are in the booklet. In addition, there are assignments that can be carried out. These assignments are very fun and challenging for the children. How long the walk takes depends on how much time you spend at the playgrounds. You can take 1 hour, but also easily half a day.

Sečovlje Salina Nature Park

In Slovenia, salt is extracted in salt fields in the traditional way. The Sečovlje Salina nature park shows the history of salt extraction and how it is done. In addition, the park is filled with unique biodiversity. This is because the salt pans is a special wetland where plant and animal species have adapted to the extreme living conditions of salt water. In the park, you can enjoy this special nature.

The park has two entrances. The first is in Lera, and the second at Fontanigge. It is important to take your passport with you when you want to go to the second entrance, as it lies between Slovenia and Croatia. There is wellness to be found, but to go here you need to have booked in advance. Unfortunately, visiting the park is not free. For current prices, check the park’s website.

If you want to go through the second entrance to the salt museum, you can go by bike. We do recommend this as it is about 2.5 km. It is possible to cycle towards the sea.

We recommend visiting the park at the end of the day, so you will be less affected by the sun and get a nice view with the setting sun. A visit to this park can be well combined with a visit to Piran.

Other parks

  • Rakov Škocjan
  • Kozjanski park
  • Strunjan national park
  • Zelenci nature reserve