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Best things to do in Vipava

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Where in the world: Europe  /  Slovenia  /  Inner Carniola Region  /  Vipava

Top 15 things to do in Vipava

1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. Wine Tours & Tastings

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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6. Cross Cave, Grahovo

This water karst cave features underground lakes as well as sites with preserved bones of bears. This attraction is a fun and education site for anyone intested in the natural world. It is carefully presented to the public while also being protected and preserved for the future generations. There are guided tours in the area which will take you to this cave as well as other popular attractions.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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7. Anthony's Shaft Mining Museum, Idrija

Anthony's Shaft Mining Museum serves as both an education center and entry point for the mine. The entrance represents one of the oldest preserved mine entries in all of Europe. Professional guides will take you through shafts and lit galleries, where you'll see illustrations of mining jobs and a unique underground chapel. You'll likely get a raincoat at the start of the tour, but do come prepared for cool underground temperatures.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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8. Franja Partisan Hospital, Cerkno

Franja Partisan Hospital (Slovene: Partizanska bolnica Franja) was a secret World War II hospital at Dolenji Novaki near Cerkno in western Slovenia. It was run by the Slovene Partisans from December 1943 until the end of the war as part of a broadly organized resistance movement against the Fascist Italian and Nazi German forces.

The wounded treated there were soldiers from both the Allied Powers and the Axis Powers. Although the Wehrmacht forces, which occupied territory that had been annexed by Italy, launched several attempts to find the hospital, it was never discovered. Today it exists as a museum. It has been protected as a cultural monument of national significance.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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9. Vino Zorz, Slap

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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10. Štanjel Castle, Štanjel

For a bit of nostalgia, go to Štanjel Castle, overlooking the Vipava Valley. Fortified against Ottoman attacks in the 17th century, this town suffered great damage during World War II. Slowly renovated during the subsequent years, the town remains an important reminder of history, with its medieval castle, parish church, and garden, which overlooks the karst landscape below it.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Winestronaut, Ajdovščina

If you want to experience finest local wine, Bora wind, sun and friendly people you are at the right place.

We will take you on an unforgettable experience directly to Vipava Valley wine cellars. Here you will meet with local winemakers, learn about the production of wine and taste the local cuisine. Together in a good company we will discover new wine galaxies.

Our offer is customized to your needs and desires.


Tel: 00386 40 166 042

E-mail: info@winestronaut.com



Trips for Club members only! Registration is possible at the begining of the trip.


Če želite pravo izkušnjo vina, burje, sonca in prijaznih ljudi ste na pravem mestu.

Popeljali vas bomo na nepozabno izkušnjo naravnost v vipavske vinske kleti ali hrame, kot jih imenujemo pri nas. Tu se boste srečali z lokalnimi vinarji, se seznanili z žlahtno kapljico in domačimi dobrotami. V dobri družbi bomo skupaj odkrivali nova vinska osončja.

Ponudba paketov je prilagojena vašim zahtevam in željam.


Tel: 00386 40 166 042

E-mail: info@winestronaut.com



Rezervirano za člane društva. Registracija možna ob začetku izleta.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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13. The Wine House Rondic, Slap

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Ferrari Garden, Štanjel

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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15. Cerknica Lake, Cerknica

Lake Cerknica is an intermittent lake in the southern part of the Cerknica Polje, a karst polje in Inner Carniola, a region in southwestern Slovenia. The lake, oriented in the Dinaric direction from northwest to southeast, is present for the most part of the year. When full, it is the largest lake in the country. The plain is surrounded by the Javornik Hills (1268m) to the south and Slivnica (1022m) to the north, both belonging to Dinaric Alps. The area of the lake mainly reaches, but can reach up to 38km2 and the surface level varies from 546m to 551m above sea level. The lake is an important wildlife resort, especially as a nesting place for many bird species. Botanically, it is distinguished by amphibious plants. It is therefore a part of two Natura 2000 areas of protection and the focus of the Inner Carniola Regional Park, which covers additional Natura 2000 areas in the broader region. The climate in the area is continental, with a mean temperature of and the annual precipitation about. The largest settlement at the border of the lake is Cerknica, located north of the lake. Various watersports, including windsurfing, are popular on the lake.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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