15 days in Slovenia, Nuremberg & Venice Itinerary

15 days in Slovenia, Nuremberg & Venice Itinerary

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Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
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Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 4 nights
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Portorož, Slovenia
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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Cerkno, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
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Nuremberg, Germany — 1 night

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 17th (Sun), examine the collection at DB Museum (German Railway Museum), step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg, then stop by Handwerkerhof, and finally steep yourself in history at Hangman's Bridge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nuremberg trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Nuremberg is an approximately 5.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bled.
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Bled, Slovenia — 2 nights

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Planica Nordic Centre & Zipline, identify plant and animal life at Zelenci Nature Reserve, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, and finally admire the sheer force of Martuljek Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Pokljuka Gorge, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, and finally indulge your taste buds at Wine Tasting Bled.

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Getting from Nuremberg to Bled by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 4 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
For shopping fun, head to Sokol Home or Odprta Kuhna. Step out of the city life by going to Velika Planina and Pyramid Archaeological Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ljubljana: Celje Castle (in Celje), Ptuj Castle (in Ptuj) and Old Vine House (in Maribor). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas, explore the historical opulence of Škofja Loka Castle, take in the views from Dragon Bridge, and contemplate the long history of Anthony's Shaft Mining Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ljubljana trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bled to Ljubljana takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Portorož.
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Portorož, Slovenia — 3 nights

A resort town on the country's scenic Adriatic coastline, Portoroz offers many spas with all kinds of therapeutic treatments, many based on the brine and mud from the area's salt pans.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Škocjan Caves and Portorož Beach. Relax by the water at Strunjan Nature Reserve and Svetilnik Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Vino Zorz in Slap (about 56 minutes away). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Koper Regional Museum, steep yourself in history at Muda Gate, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Maurus.

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Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Portorož takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ljubljana in July, Portorož is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 1 night

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the activities along Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, take a stroll through Cannaregio, then explore the world behind art at Ca' Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally examine the collection at Doge's Palace.

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You can drive from Portorož to Venice in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Venice are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cerkno.
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Cerkno, Slovenia — 2 nights

A small but important cultural center, Cerkno offers different types of activities throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Franja Partisan Hospital, then hike along Mount Blegoš, and then explore the ancient world of Divje Babe Archaeological Park. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Cerkno Museum, explore the historical opulence of Gewerkenegg Castle, learn about all things military at Idrija War Museum, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Idrija Kamšt, and finally awaken your taste buds at Winestronaut.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cerkno trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Venice to Cerkno in 3 hours. Traveling from Venice in July, things will get a bit cooler in Cerkno: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 1 night

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Merks Motor Museum, get to know the fascinating history of City Walls of Nuremberg, see the interesting displays at Historischer Kunstbunker, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hauptmarkt, then steep yourself in history at Heilig-Geist-Spital, and finally pause for some photo ops at Narrenschiffbrunnen.

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Getting from Cerkno to Nuremberg by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Slovenia travel guide

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Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.
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