Hiking along the Soča Valley in Triglav National Park, Slovenia © Rudolf Abraham

Slovenia Travel Writer & Photographer

Exploring Slovenia’s mountains & cultural heritage since 1998

I first travelled to Slovenia back in 1998, and was a regular visitor in the years after that, while living just over the border in Croatia – when the seemingly inexhaustible mountain playground of the Julian Alps, Triglav National Park and Slovenia’s beautiful capital, Ljubljana, were all just a short train ride away. As a travel writer and photographer, I have been returning to this wonderful corner of Europe straddling the Alpine and Mediterranean worlds ever since – from hiking through Slovenia’s spectacular mountains and cycling along its coastline, to photographing cheese-makers in the the Vipava Valley and Soča Valley, beekeepers around Radovljica and stonemasons in the Karst region, WW1 monuments and memorials along the former Isonzo Front, the traditional Ptuj Carnival, or simply enjoying the St Martin’s Day celebrations in Maribor, when the must from the latest harvest offically becomes wine.

Slovenia travel writer – guidebooks & articles

Slovenia in words & pictures for Bradt, Cicerone, DK Eyewitness, outdoor magazines & Wanderlust

I wrote the first English language guidebooks to hiking the 330km Juliana Trail through the Julian Alps, and the 750km Alpe Adria Trail (around a third of which runs through Slovenia), and I worked on the DK Eyewitness Slovenia guidebook, both as consultant and contributing author. I also co-authored the Bradt guide to Istria which includes the Slovenian coast and Karst region (Postojna Cave, Lipica and the Unesco-listed Škocjan Caves), and have written articles on Slovenia for the likes of National Geographic Traveller UK, Tonic, Hidden Europe, Horizon Guides, The Telegraph, Top Trails, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Wanderlust. I’m currently writing a new guidebook to Slovenia for Bradt.

I’m currently writing a new guidebook to Slovenia, for Bradt.

slovenia-juliana-trail-hiking-guidebook-julian-alps Slovenia’s Juliana Trail

Published by Cicerone, 2023

The first (and only) guide to hiking the Juliana Trail in Slovenia – 330km through the Julian Alps. Available here.

Alpe-Adria-Trail-Slovenia-Austria-Italy-hiking-travel-writerAlpe Adria Trail – From the Alps to the Adriatic through Austria, Slovenia & Italy

Published by Bradt, 2020

Second edition of my Bradt guide to this epic long-distance hiking route stretching 750km through Austria, Slovenia and northern Italy. The first (and still the only) English language guidebook to hiking the Alpe Adria Trail. Available here.

istria-croatia-slovenia-guidebookIstria – The Bradt Travel Guide

Published by Bradt, 2023

3rd edition of the most detailed guide to Istria available, which includes the Slovenian coast (Piran, Izola, Koper) and the Karst region (with Postojna Cave, Predjama castle and the Unesco-listed Škocjan Caves) as well as the Vipava Valley. Available here.

Slovenia-travel-writer-guidebookDK Eyewitness Slovenia

Published 2020

All new edition of this guide in the ever-popular DK Eyewitness series, which I worked on as consultant and contributing author. Currently the best travel guidebook to Slovenia out there…!

…and here are a few of the articles I’ve written on Slovenia over the years:

Hiking the Alpe Adria Trail in Slovenia (Wanderlust)
Festival of LUV, Ljubljana (National Geographic Traveller UK)
Of mountains and memories – Slovenia’s Walk of Peace (Hidden Europe)
Five days in Slovenia’s Vipava Valley (National Geographic Traveller UK)
Swept by the wind, scorched by the sun – Slovenia’s Vipava Valley (Hidden Europe)
Exploring Slovenian Gastronomy (The World’s 50 Best Restaurants)
Hit the trail in Slovenia – 5 Incredible Long Distance Hikes (Wanderlust)
The Juliana Trail (Hidden Europe)
A Guide to Slovenia’s Great Outdoors (Wanderlust)
An Ode to Bees – the Painted Beehives of Radovljica (Hidden Europe)
Hotel Cubo, Ljubljana – Telegraph Hotel Review (The Telegraph)

Slow travel in Slovenia – hiking the Juliana Trail

On foot through the Julian Alps – Bled, Lake Bohinj, Radovljica, the Soča Valley and more

I wrote the first guidebook to hiking the Juliana Trail – a multi-day route through the Julian Alps, which makes a circuit around the country’s highest and most iconic mountain, Triglav, and places an emphasis on slow travel and sustainable tourism. The Juliana Trail runs for 330km and is broken into 20 stages (though you could complete it in slightly fewer), and includes an optional section through the hills of Goriška brda, one of Slovenia’s premium wine producing regions. Click here for more information on the Juliana Trail in Slovenia.

Slovenia Travel Photography

For images of Slovenia please visit Rudolf Abraham Photography where you’ll find photos from Triglav National Park, the Soča Valley, Ljubljana, the Kras region, Ptuj Carnival, Radovljica, beekeeping, Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Alpe Adria Trail, the Juliana Trail and more. Or just click on one of the galleries below.

Slovenia travel and documentary photography by Rudolf Abraham
Slovenia hiking Alpe Adria Trail
Hiking the Alpe Adria Trail in Slovenia, Austria and Italy
Lake Bled. Hiking the Juliana Trail, Slovenia. Photography by Rudolf Abraham