Photos from travels document important moments in our lives. Oftentimes our most precious memories are never even captured on frames but are engraved deep in our brain because of the way we felt engaging with a certain place, person, or experience in time. In this blog post, we will not only share some of the best places to take pictures in Slovenia but also provide some ideas on what to do in that particular area. You definitely don’t want to be rushing between photography places but rather take your time, enjoy the pristine Slovenian nature, go on a hike, ride your bike, and make long-lasting memories.
Here is a selection of photo locations, Instagram spots, and active trips for photography enthusiasts, which we believe feature the most beautiful landscape and geographic diversity of Slovenia, where magical moments happened to us and could be caught by your camera too.
Discover Slovenia’s best photo spots on foot or by bike
We, at Slotrips, are outdoor enthusiasts. Deeply in love with the great outdoors and fond explorers either on foot or by bike. Even though some of the below-mentioned photography spots can be reached by car (or even by public transport), we always recommend taking the slow road and combine several photography places into a nice hiking tour or a beautiful bike ride. Along the way, you will find so many other cool places to take your pictures, and above all, make your explorations an exciting experience in the beautiful Slovenian outdoors. Have a look at our tours.
Whatever you do, make sure you behave respectfully to the locals, private property, flora, and fauna. A friendly “Dober dan!” (good day in Slovene) and polite permission to park, or cross a fence go a long way and you might find yourself making new friends or drinking schnapps in a local’s home. Please also note that flying drones in urbanized areas and within the Triglav National Park is forbidden!
Before we dive in, I would like to thank my friend Luka Esenko for contributing his stunning pictures to this post. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see what Luka is doing to bring the world’s best photography locations to you.
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#1 LAKE BLED
Let’s start with the most iconic place to take pictures in Slovenia – Lake Bled! It is definitely high on everyone’s bucket list when coming to Slovenia for the first time and there is a reason for it: the lake island, its church, a 1000-year old castle on a cliff just above the lakeshore, and the rugged Karawanke mountains in the background. The ingredients for a perfect picture are there, but you will need to find your favorite photo spot, be patient to get awesome light conditions, and also be creative to capture a unique image of the most photographed Slovenian landmark.
The best photo spots at Lake Bled are located on the south-western shore of the lake.
There are several spots just along the shore where the main photo ingredients are lined-up really nicely (for example at a small meadow, shown on our map) or go to the boardwalk where you can get really close to the water to capture the island reflection or the morning mists, without the trees and branches getting in your way.
For a different perspective, hike to the popular Ojstrica viewpoint (this spot can get busy!) or go even a bit further to Mala Osojnica viewpoint. It is definitely worth the hike, especially at sunrise or the evening blue hour. To get away from the beaten track, I recommend renting a bike and discovering the nearby villages or locations near the Sava river where you will find so many authentic opportunities for pictures of the Lake Bled area.
The Vintgar Gorge is very photogenic as well, but it tends to be very busy which makes photography quite difficult, especially because you need some space and a tripod to make the best photos at Vintgar Gorge. To avoid the crowds, come as soon as the gates open in the morning or visit outside of the main tourist season.
#2 LAKE BOHINJ
It is difficult to find a more photogenic place than Lake Bled. Honestly, Lake Bohinj can’t rival the classic photo composition of Lake Bled. But Bohinj has so many other reasons to fall in love with it! Its stunning natural beauty, rugged mountains, and cultural heritage of this beautiful area, mostly within the Triglav National Park, make an unparalleled playground for all nature lovers and keen photographers. The “wow” picture of Lake Bohinj is not that obvious. You will need to explore the area by bike, on foot, or on water and you will surely find countless places for cool pictures of Lake Bohinj and make lifetime memories along the way.
The best photo spot at Lake Bohinj is not that obvious. But the whole region just calls for pictures!
The classic Lake Bohinj photo spots are to be found around the bridge at Ribcev Laz. With the cute St. John the Baptist church, rowing boats, and the bridge itself. But my favorite part of Lake Bohinj is its wild north & west side. Explore the lovely hiking trails by the lakeshore or rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard at Camp Zlatorog. The early morning mist or the late afternoon sun when the steep cliffs of Mt. Prsivec are lit by the last sun rays are everything your soul and camera are looking for.
For a bird’s eye view of Lake Bohinj take a cable car to Vogel ski resort (and optionally add a hike to Sija or the summit of Vogel) or do a short hike near Ribcev Laz to the picture-perfect Pec viewpoint. Two of my personal favorite hiking and photo spots at Lake Bohinj are the Studor hill and the Vodnik viewpoint, both a short drive up a mountain road, plus a pleasant hike. Check our map.
#3 TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK
We are heading to the Julian Alps now to do some real hiking and find those amazing spots to take the best pictures in the high mountains of the Triglav National Park. To be honest, you’ll find plenty of fantastic photo opportunities just anywhere in the Triglav National Park, if you are willing to make the effort and be at your photography spot at sunrise or sunset. But let’s focus on the best photo spots of Slovenia’s highest mountain – Mt. Triglav.
For the best photos of Mt. Triglav, climb some peaks on its rugged north side. For easier access choose the peaks on Triglav’s south side.
Because the Triglav summit gets very busy during summer, you should consider climbing some nearby peaks and enjoy the alpine tranquility, plus have the best views of Slovenia’s most iconic mountain. Some of the most spectacular pictures of Mt. Triglav are taken from its north side where you get to capture the impressive Triglav North Wall rising high above the glacial Vrata valley. For the best views, climb Mt. Skrlatica or Mt. Stenar, but be ready for a long, steep, and at times also technically difficult hike. If you are not a hardcore hiker, you should consider choosing some of the peaks on Triglav’s southern side, for example, Mt. Visevnik or Mrezce, but they are still a 2-hour hike from the nearest road.
Take the cable car to Mt. Vogel at Lake Bohinj and your telephoto lens for the best images of Triglav without having to walk at all.
For the easiest access to the best photography places in the Julian Alps, you should drive the Vrsic or Mangart mountain road (check our map). You won’t see Mt. Triglav from there, but both roads are spectacular and offer a wide variety of beautiful spots for jaw-dropping pictures of other peaks within the Triglav National Park and Slovenian mountains in general. If you are here in October, you get to shoot the golden larch trees and if you are up for an easy hike, don’t miss the views from Slemenova Spica.
Extra tip: for some of the best waterfall pictures in the Triglav National Park, visit the absolutely stunning Pericnik waterfall.
Again: no drones in the Triglav National Park!
#4 SOCA VALLEY
The turquoise Soca river is a photographers’ dream! The emerald river, its water pools and rapids, the wooden hanging bridges, spectacular mountain scenery, and the unique outdoor adventures in the Soca valley present a plethora of diverse photo locations. Most probably, the stunning pictures of the Soca river got Slovenia on your bucket list in the first place, right?
I like the upper part of the Soca river best! For the best photography spots, wonderful hiking, or simply enjoying the stunning nature!
The Soca river in the upper part of the valley is narrow and playful and the surrounding mountains are spectacular. To find your unique photography places along the Soca river, you should do a full-day hike along the Soca Trail from the river source in Zadnja Trenta to the town of Bovec. Or better yet, take our Alpe-Adria self-guided or guided tour and spend multiple days in this beautiful region.
If you are road tripping or in a hurry, take some time and explore the Great Soca Gorge. The exit of the gorge is a popular swimming (and photography) spot in summer, but if you walk upstream, you will find plenty of interesting photo opportunities. Be careful though as the photos might lure you too close to the deep gorge! Another great location very close to the Great Soca Gorge is the Water Hurst of Sunik – a beautiful spot in stunning nature and a playful stream for some great long exposure pictures.
Near Kobarid, you shouldn’t miss the most spectacular and probably the most visited waterfall in Slovenia – the Kozjak waterfall. If you prefer having the waterfall to yourself, have a look at some other waterfall ideas in Slovenia. For the best aerial view of the Soca valley, hike up the steep trails of Mt. Svinjak, just outside of Bovec.
Keep in mind that most of the above-mentioned places are still within the Triglav National Park and drones are not allowed!
#5 LOGAR VALLEY
Logar Valley is another fabulous location for a classic picture of the Slovenian mountain landscape – the verdant valley, a winding road, and a steep backdrop of high limestone walls. It is located in the beautiful Kamnik-Savinja Alps, just as stunning as the famous Julian Alps, but much less visited, at least by foreign travelers. Logar Valley is a protected landscape park and an entry fee is collected if you enter with a motor vehicle.
The best landscape pictures of Logar Valley are made just at the entrance to the valley.
Or about halfway up the valley on the beautiful meadows in front of the nicely renovated Hotel Plesnik. For an elevated view of Logar Valley, drive (or better bike) the fabulous Solcava Panoramic Road. On this (partly asphalt, partly gravel) road, you will find countless cool places to take pictures, the most iconic being the shot of the traditional Klemensek farm. If you want to go even higher, hike the ridge of Olseva (or Govca) mountain. The trail is occasionally steep but offers fantastic views to both sides of the Slovenian-Austrian border.
Take time to explore the Logar Valley and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. You will be surprised!
#6 STYRIA WINE ROAD & THE HEART-SHAPED ROAD
Slovenia has lots of wine regions, but for photography, I decided to highlight the Styrian wine region of Svecina. It is located in north-eastern Slovenia (check our map), a short drive from Slovenia’s second-biggest city, Maribor, and just a stone’s throw (literally) from the Austrian border. Recently I was re-discovering this region by bicycle and completely fell in love with it. The steep wine hills and low traffic roads are just perfect for some serious cycling or leisurely e-biking. Add the great dining options (be it a Michelin star restaurant or a simple local farm meal) and some of the best Slovenian & Austrian wines and you’ve got yourself a perfect trip. Have a look at this one!
The main “photo star” of the Styria wine region is the Slovenian wine heart.
A heart-shaped road winding through the vineyards. To take a picture of the Slovenian wine heart, you will walk through the courtyard of the Dreisiebner farm & winery. Most probably you will also park on their property and we need to be respectful here. The Dreisiebner family offers cold cuts, sometimes warm dishes, and of course wine. It is expected that you buy something from their offer or pay a 2 euro fee to enter their courtyard from where THE picture is taken.
When you drive, bike, or hike the wine hills and valleys of Svecina (Slovenia) and the famous South Styria wine road (Austria) you will find so many cool places to take pictures, but also take time for a glass of Riesling, and talk to friendly & joyful locals. Extra tip: for an aerial view of Svecina wine country, don’t miss the view tower at Placki Vrh!
#7 BROWN BEAR PHOTOGRAPHY
The extensive forests of southern Slovenia are home to Europe’s three big beasts: brown bear, wolf & lynx. While your chances of seeing a wolf or lynx are almost non-existent, you have good chances to see and photograph a brown bear. The best way to take pictures of brown bears in their natural habitat in a responsible and ethical way is to join Miha Mlakar’s photography tours. Miha is a photographer and nature lover from the Notranjska region and has arranged several brown bear photo hides which give you the best options & conditions to spot and photograph a brown bear in Slovenia.
Notranjska region has some of the best photo spots in Slovenia for nature photographers.
While you are in the off-the-beaten-track Notranjska region, I have several other recommendations for your photo locations (see also our map):
- Row the series of underground lakes in the Cross cave: I recommend taking the 4-hour small-group tour where you explore the underground lakes with a small rowing boat. A must-do for all cave lovers.
- Visit the cute Sneznik castle, one of the best-preserved castles in Slovenia.
- Bike, hike, or paddle a canoe on the intermittent Cerknica lake – a unique phenomenon. Learn more about it here.
- Walk the beautiful trails of Rakov Skocjan.
#8 HILLTOP CHURCHES
When you’ll drive through the Slovenian countryside, you will spot lots of mostly small churches scattered around the valleys and hills. They represent a strong landmark of Slovenian culture and landscape. Some of them have truly spectacular locations that make an exceptional setting for some of the best landscape pictures in Slovenia.
Churches have some of the best locations for photography in Slovenia.
These are my favorites (check our map):
- St. Tomaz church near Skofja Loka with Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the background.
- Jamnik church near Kranj, again with Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the background.
- St. Ana church near Ljubljana for the unparalleled sunrise views of Ljubljana marshes.
- The church at Bukov vrh for the classic shot of Slovenian countryside.
- Virgin Mary church at Zavrc for the amazing aerial images of surrounding vineyards.
Of course, you will need to get creative and have some luck with the light, clouds, fog etc. to get that “wow” picture. Good luck!
#9 LJUBLJANA & PIRAN OLD TOWNS
The old towns of Piran and Ljubljana are surely the most photographed urban sights in Slovenia. I won’t waste your time telling you where to take your pictures, how and at what time. Wandering through the lively streets, you will surely find your favorite spots, but I will name a few less obvious locations for the best pictures of Ljubljana and Piran.
Find your best photo spot at Slovenia’s urban locations.
- If you are into street art, don’t miss the Metelkova Culture center.
- For the best aerial views with the Ljubljana castle in the picture, go to the rooftop terrace of Neboticnik.
- Catching the sunset at Piran city walls is quite a classic shot, but it is still worth mentioning.
- For different elevated views of Pirana head to Oljcna pot (above the town).
- Take those reflection images from the small pier at Piran harbour.
10# EXTRA TIP FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS - PhotoHound
If you are looking for the most comprehensive guide to discover Slovenia’s and the world’s best photo spots, join the community of photographers at PhotoHound. Our friend Luka Esenko is one of the co-founders of PhotoHound and one of the best landscape photographers in Slovenia. Check his work at lukaesenko.com or join his photography workshops all over central and south-eastern Europe.