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Best things to do in Nova Gorica

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Where in the world: Europe  /  Slovenia  /  Styria Region  /  Nova Gorica

Top 15 things to do in Nova Gorica

1. Lepa Vida Boutique Winery, Šempas

Vinska klet LEPA VIDA | LEPA VIDA boutique winery

DISCOVER Lepa Vida exciting wines.

MEET the friendship and cordiality of the Ipavec & Geržina family.

ENJOY the results of Vipavska terroir and our passion for the land and hard work.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Postojna Cave, Postojna

Ride on a double-track railway through the underground tunnels of Postojna Cave and see colorful rock formations, as well as the 100 species that make the caves their home. One of the largest caves in the extensive karst plateau features 21 km (13 mi) of passages, galleries, and chambers illuminated by electric lighting. A historical train takes you to large halls adorned with chandelier-like stalactites and limestone "sculptures," such as "the brilliant," a shiny white limestone formation. Meet the olm, a salamander popularly called the dragon's offspring or the human fish. Archduke Ferdinand I was the first to officially visit the cave in 1819, but several writings on the cave walls date all the way back to the 13th century. Note that audioguides are available in a range of languages.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Predjama Castle, Postojna

Perched on a high, rocky cliff for over 700 years, the unconquerable four levels of Predjama Castle were built within a cave mouth. Cross a drawbridge over a rushing river and visit the restored living quarters, chapel, and dungeon to get an idea of how people once lived here. The castle's most famous resident and the subject of many legends was Erazem Lueger, a 15th-century knight who rebelled against the Austrian emperor. See his hiding place called Erazem's Nook and ascend along Erazem's Tunnel. Do not miss the 16th-century treasure chest uncovered in the cellar in 1991. An observation post offers a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. The castle entered the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest cave castle in the world.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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4. Soča Fun Park, Solkan

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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5. Škocjan Caves, Škocjan

Explore the largest known underground canyon in the world at Škocjan Caves, a World Heritage Site famous for its many waterfalls, diverse stalactite formations, and limestone pools. The caves feature 6 km (3.7 mi) of underground passages and one of the largest underground halls. With a total depth of over 200 m (656 ft), this system of limestone caves was inhabited as early as Mesolithic times. On your way through, you will pass a 116 m (380 ft) long tunnel, a dry river bed, a so-called "silent cave" and "murmuring cave." Look out for the huge stalagmites called the Giants and the Organ. The highlight of the trip is crossing over a 45 m (148 ft) high bridge. Bring a light jacket and put on good walking shoes since the paths can be slippery.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Reservoir Dogs brewery

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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7. Kayaking & Canoeing, Bovec

Suggested duration: 3 hours
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8. Stazione Transalpina

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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9. Gallus Craft & Draft Beer Bar

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Sveta Gora (Holy Mountain), Solkan

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Solkan Bridge, Solkan

The Solkan Bridge is a 219.7m arch bridge over the Soča River near Nova Gorica in western Slovenia . With an arch span of, it is the longest stone bridge among train bridges built of stone blocks. It holds the record as later construction technology used reinforced concrete to build bridges. It was originally built in the time of the Secession, between 1900 and 1905, and officially opened in 1906.
The bridge was designed by the architect Rudolf Jaussner and engineer Leopold Örley, initially with an 80 m stone arch. The bridge was built by the Viennese construction company Brüder Redlich und Berger between 1904 and 1905. In the spring of 1904 the builders had to change the project because of the light soil and increased the arch to 85 meters. It is built of 4,533 stone blocks.
On July 19, 1906, the railway from Jesenice to Gorizia was inaugurated (the Austrian heir Franz Ferdinand travelled across the bridge).
In August 1916, during the First World War, Austrian soldiers destroyed the bridge (using 930 kg Ecrasite) as they left Solkan to prevent the invading forces from using it. After the war the Italians first built a steel construction where the bridge once stood and in April 1925 started to build a new bridge, which was finished in 1927. This bridge was very similar to the first one, with the exception of having only four sub-arches instead of the original five.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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13. Rihemberk Castle, Branik

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Perla Casino

Perla Casino offers hundreds of slot machines and dozens of gaming tables. Try some of a wide game selection to win prizes and promotions, or participate and attend tournaments.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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15. Franciscan Monastery Kostanjevica

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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