Essential tips and advice for tourists during floods in Slovenia
After the severe floods that hit parts of Slovenia last weekend, the situation is calming down. The majority of the country was not severely affected and remains open for guests and visitors. However, some areas are still inaccessible, and road and rail connections are disrupted in some places. If you are currently spending your vacation in Slovenia or planning a trip to our beautiful country, we recommend that you monitor the current conditions and seek precise information from the destinations or accommodation providers where you intend to stay.
Destinations and tourism providers are doing everything in their power to continue to offer guests safe and comfortable stay, and the best possible experience. Weather conditions are stabile, we hereby once again emphasize the importance of acting responsibly.
The weather is stabilized, and it stoped raining. For up-to-date weather forecasts and recommendations, please refer to the official website of the Slovenian Environment Agency (ARSO).
Be cautious as road conditions remain unpredictable, with many roads damaged or flooded. Drivers, follow the instructions of emergency services and do not drive in flooded areas or on closed roads.
Heavy rain and floods have affected public transport services. Currently, railway and bus connections between Ljubljana and Celje, Laško, and Maribor are either disabled or obstructed. Regions like Upper Savinja Valley, Šalek Valley and Koroška are inaccessible. Expect delays, detours, or cancellations in bus passenger transport.
For information on bus transport call 1991 or local bus operators.
TOURIST DESTINATIONS, ACCOMMODATION, AND ATTRACTIONS
Numerous regions have been affected by the floods, including cities, countryside and natural attractions. Before exploring Slovenia's beauties, we strongly recommend checking destination websites or social media channels for updates. Certain tourist destinations may be inaccessible, please change your routes or plans and explore locations that were not affected. Destinations and tourism providers are doing everything in their power to continue to offer guests safe and comfortable stay, and the best possible experience.
The most affected places are listed below. Keep in mind that travelling to the affected areas is not possible until further notice.
CENTRAL SLOVENIA: Medvode, Kamnik (& Velika planina), Komenda, Idrija, Žiri, Škofja Loka, Cerkno
ALPINE SLOVENIA: Koroška, Upper Savinja Valley (Luče, Solčava, Ljubno ob Savinji, Gornji Grad, Nazarje, Rečica ob Savinji, Mozirje, Polzela)
THERMAL PANNONIAN SLOVENIA: Šalek Valley (Velenje, Šoštanj), Celje, Laško, Rimske Toplice, Kostanjevica na Krki.
At this time, you can safely explore the following areas (be cautious and resepct recommendations and weather forecasts):
Central Slovenia: Ljubljana, Novo mesto
Mediterranean Slovenia: coastal towns of Piran & Portorož, Koper, Izola, Ankaran, Vipava Valley & Nova Gorica, Karst with Postojna Cave, Škocjan Caves, Štanjel, Lipica, Green Karst
Alpine Slovenia: Bled, Kranjska Gora, Kranj, Maribor
Thermal Pannonian Slovenia: Podčetrtek, Rogaška Slatina, Ptuj
MOUNTAIN TRIPS AND WATER ACTIVITIES
We strongly advise against hiking in the Slovenian mountains at this time. Emergency services are heavily involved in rescue operations in flooded areas. Please monitor the weather forecast and follow the recommendations of the Mountaineering Association of Slovenia (PZS). Avoid going to the mountains if the conditions are unsuitable.
Stay safe in mountains
Moreover, watercourses are highly unpredictable. Stay away from torrents, rivers, and streams. Many rivers, including Soča, Savinja, Krka, Sava, and Drava, have increased water flow and are hazardous. Activities like kayaking, rafting, and diving are not recommended until the situation stabilizes. Consult experienced local providers for guidance.
More information about safty in mountains.
CANCELLED AND POSTPONED EVENTS
Numerous tourist, cultural, and sports events have been cancelled or postponed due to the floods. Stay updated with the organisers' announcements.
DRINKING WATER, FOOD SAFETY MEASURES
Due to the flooding, drinking water may be contaminated in some areas. It is advisable to boil water before consumption. Additionally, exercise restraint in your water usage. Do not eat food that has come in contact with floodwaters. Throw away food that has come in contact with floodwaters. Do not eat food from flooded gardens or fields.
MORE USEFUL LINKS
Stay safe and informed with the latest updates and recommendations. We wish you a safe and enjoyable time in Slovenia.
Source: Slovenian Tourist Board