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The 10 Most Unusual Experiences in Slovenia

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Updated: 30 November 2017

When exploring new countries, it is fun to step off the beaten path of visiting the same tourist attractions most travelers frequent. For that reason, Culture Trip has selected the most unusual experiences that travelers should enjoy when visiting Slovenia.

Festival of Roasted Potatoes

Throughout the year, Slovenia hosts many interesting festivals, and the International Festival of Roasted Potatoes is undoubtedly among them. What started as a small gathering of members of The Society for Acknowledging Roasted Potatoes as The Main Course, 16 years ago, is now an anticipated annual event for all potato lovers. Visitors to the International Festival of Roasted Potatoes enjoy mouthwatering dishes, where instead of being served as a side dish, potatoes take on the role of the main course.

Zipline in Planica

A ride on the steepest zip line in the world is a must for all adrenaline junkies. Since 2015, Planica Ski Center offers rides on a thrilling zip line that runs over an actual ski jump. A 566-meter descent in only 40 seconds provides riders with a one of a kind experience, usually reserved only for fearless professional ski jumpers. The Zip Line Planica operates throughout the year, and it is one of the best ways to add an adventure when visiting Slovenia.

Planica Nordic Center, Rateče 167, 4283 Rateče Planica, Slovenia, 

Visit to the Tallest Industrial Chimney in Europe

Since the beginning of 19th-century, the town of Trbovlje has been one of the most important industrial centers in Slovenia. As a result of rapid development after the Second World War, the smoke from the local power plant lingered in Trbovlje and was affecting the quality of the air. To reduce the town’s air pollution, the plant built an impressive 360-meter tall chimney. The massive construction started in 1976 and was completed in only 210 days. Though the chimney has been erect for over 40 years, it is still the tallest industrial chimney in Europe.

Ob železnici 25, 1420 Trbovlje, Slovenia, 

Wine Tasting by the Oldest Vine in the World

For over 400 years a vine has been growing in Lent, the historic part of Maribor. The vine grows on a 16th-century house, which has now been turned in to The Old Vine House. Inside the house, visitors can learn about the history of the vine and the history of wine producing in the Maribor region. As befits, The Old Vine House offers wine tasting of the exquisite local vines and gives visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine by the oldest vine in the world.

The Old Vine House, Vojašniški trg 8, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia, 

Underground Cycling Tour

Slovenia is a popular destination for the cycling enthusiast. On top of the well-kept biking trails across the country, visitors can also experience biking underground. Riders can explore the Slovenian underground on a cycling tour underneath Mt. Peca. On this guided tour, riders get the unique experience of cycling their bikes through the shafts of an abandoned lead and zinc mine.

Mežica Mining Museum, Glančnik 6, 2392 Mežica, Slovenia,