Postojna is a town in the region of Inner Carniola, right half way from Ljubljana to the coastal region of Slovenia. Of course, the most famous attraction is the Postojna Cave, but Postojna offers many other activities to do.
What To See and Do in Postojna?
Postojna offers many interesting things to see and do, such as Postojna Cave, Adventure park and old town. Here is the list of 9 best things to do in Postojna.
1. Explore the Famous Postojna Cave
Postojna Cave is absolutely a must, enjoy mesmerizing sights of cave formation and the endemic baby dragon (proteus anguinus). Take a ride on the underground train and enjoy a 3.7-km-long journey on the world’s only double-track cave railway.
2. Go to Predjama Castle
The world’s largest cave castle is only a few kilometers from Postojna Cave. The Karst effect is present for more than 800 years and the turnout is this beautiful castle in the middle of a 123-metre-high cliff. Behind the largest cave castle in the world, there is a network of secret tunnels, from where the knight Erazem of Predjama would set out on his plundering expeditions.
3. Stroll around the Old Town and Main Square
The region around Postojna was inhabited already in Paleolithic, and due to its strategic transit location it was very affected by the Romans. Its rich history reflects in many interesting sights in the city center, especially in the main square, Tito Square, which is named after Josip Broz – Tito (Ex-Yugoslav president).
4. Visit Planina ‘Lake’ After the Rain
A perfect opportunity to observe another Karst effect is when you visit Planina plain after the heavy rain. It is crossed by the river Unica, which rises in Planina Cave, and after heavy rain it is flooded and becomes Planina ‘Lake’.
5. Have a Cake at Hotel Kras
In the city center is located this iconic hotel, which offers besides hotel services a nice café with homemade pastries. Their delicious cakes tasty coffee are attracting tourists, as well as locals.
6. Go Bear Watching
Slovenia is a forest country and a home to the brown bear. Around Postojna there are many forest areas and there is an organized opportunity to go bear watching. That is possible from beginning of May to the end of October.
7. Have Fun at Adventure Park Postojna
Another forest activity is a visit to Postojna Adventure Park, which is 73 different fun obstacles, all among the treetops. Use bridges, ladders, nets, ropes and wires to climb from one adventure to another.
8. Enjoy Beautiful Nature around Intermittent Lakes
Intermittent Lakes are common in Karst areas. They are full of water in some part of the year and empty and covered with meadows the other part of the year. A world famous intermittent lake is Cerknica Lake, which is the biggest in the country when full. The area of the lake mainly reaches 28 square kilometers, but can reach up to 38 km2 after heavy rain. Another example, though much smaller is Petelinjsko Lake in the municipality of Pivka.
9. Try local Wine and Cheese at Guštarna
If you want to explore Postojna and Slovenia through the dimension of food, you should visit Guštarna in Postojna, where they offer a great selection of wines, cheeses and other delicious foods and drinks.