Tourists to Slovenia – Postojna or Skocjan Caves?
Tourists in Slovenia, give Postojna caves a chance!
Postojna Caves or Škocjan Caves?
I never thought I would be defending a cave, but the theme of this blog is going to be “Give Postojna a Chance!”
Apparently cave aficionados (I love that word — aficionado — it sounds so pompous!), find that Postojna Caves to be “touristy” and are recommending that “tourists” make a detour of Postojna and head straight for Skocjan Caves instead. Now, I have nothing against Skocjan Caves. They are magnificent and are well deserved of their UNESCO World Heritage listing. I just want to know, just who do these aficionados (that word again) think is visiting Skocjan Caves, anyway?
Views of Bled town with the Hotel Toplice on the right.
Pletnas waiting peacefully for patrons to take to Bled Island.
The truth is, both sites are full of yes, you guessed it, tourists! Just like the Eiffel Tower is full of tourists. And the Great Wall of China is covered with tourists. And those people hanging upside down to kiss the Blarney Stone are tourists…. You get my drift. Tourist attractions attract tourists. Funny that.
Enjoy coffee on the terrace, Vila Bled
But you see, it’s not actually the tourists that make Postojna Caves touristy. Apparently there is a whole “Disneyland” thing going on at Postojna that the cave-snobs don’t like. I find it hard to believe cave-snobs have ever been to Disneyland, so I doubt it if they could actually in all honesty compare the two. I HAVE been to Disneyland and can assure you that there are no boats to take you past miniature singing mannequins, nor is there a tea cup ride and not a single person in a mouse suit.
The Western side of Bled has plenty of water activities to keep you busy!
Stunning views of island and castle.
There is however, a train that takes you down 2km into the bowels of the earth so that you can see the wonders of Postojna Caves without, presumably, having to walk to get to them. Sounds good to me! Anyone with a child (who would adore the train ride in itself!) would appreciate this.
Refreshments at Penzion Zaka!
I have to admit that I prefer Postojna Caves to Skocjan. I guess that makes me a cave-cretin, but I quite enjoyed the cave train and the well lit cave features.
Sunbake, cycle, swim. Just enjoying Lake Bled on a perfect day.
Postojna Caves is Slovenia’s Number One Attraction for a reason. It really is beautiful! Don’t take my word for it, nor the word of so called experts…there is only one answer. Visit both Postojna AND Skocjan! You won’t be disappointed.
Ascend to Bled Castle or swim below?
What is it? – A walk around stunning Lake Bled, Slovenia.
Where is it? – Situated in North-West Slovenia, Lake Bled is about 45 minutes from the capital Ljubljana and 30 minutes from the airport via freeway.
When is it? – Go anytime with morning preferable for pure tranquility and the chance to photograph island reflections on the lake. Each season offers a different perspective with winter mists, autumn colours and spring freshness. It is rare but if cold enough the lake freezes over and locals take to the lake on skates.
Why do it? – The stunning fairytale setting never fails to impress visitors so a visit and walk around Lake Bled is a must when in Slovenia.
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Greg Kodric is an avid traveller who loves nothing better than a good wander around the streets and back streets of each new destination he visits. “I enjoy sitting somewhere with a local brew and just watching the locals get on with their daily lives. It’s fascinating to explore the sights, sounds and smells of somewhere new. As well as visiting the usual tourist attractions, I like to compare the differences between places, the brands and products on offer and of course the local cuisine. I hope you enjoy my blogs!”
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