Travel to Slovenia

Travel to Slovenia

Quiet and unassuming, Slovenia is a revelation of flourishing forests, Alpine chalets, and mirror-smooth cerulean lakes.

Slovenia welcomes the traveler with its immense natural beauty and its engrossing culture, worth sampling both in attractive cities and slow-paced villages. Appreciate a wide range of architectural styles—from Medieval and Baroque to Neoclassical and Art-Deco—in the vibrant capital of Ljubljana. Among its impressive sights are the Ljubljana Castle, the Town Hall, and the 13-story Neboticnik skyscraper. The country’s second-largest city, Maribor, located in the northeast, also offers a host of attractions, including the historic Betnava Mansion and the spa retreat of Maribor Island. While you’re exploring Slovenia, be sure to sample as much of its cuisine as you can: There’s some truly delicious cheese, sausage, and wine to be had here! Slovenia is also one of Europe’s great destinations for nature, showcasing as it does a cross-section of the continent’s ecological landscapes. The soaring peaks of the Alps—including Slovenia’s highest, 9,396-foot Triglav—are the centerpiece of the marvelous Triglav National Park.

Slovenia epitomizes the saying that good things come in small packages! Small it may be, but Slovenia is rife with interesting cultural attractions – particularly in its capital city of Ljubljana. Ljubljana is home to great live music, opera, ballet, theater and a terrific philharmonic orchestra. The city's beautiful architecture was largely shaped by Ljubljana's native son – architect extraordinaire: Joze Plecnik. In addition to many Vienna Secession style structures designed by Plecnik, Ljubljana is also home to beautiful Baroque architecture. To see wonderful Medieval architecture in Slovenia, consider heading to the Istrian Peninsula (which Slovenia shares with Croatia and Italy) to visit the absolutely-gorgeous, seaside town of Piran.

Art enthusiasts will be in heaven in Ljubljana as the city plays host to several first-rate museums including the Modern Art Gallery and the National Gallery. On a side note, while visiting Ljubljana you'll find that not only do many Slovenians speak very good English, many also speak a third language like Italian or German.

Slovenia's Slavic, Central European cuisine has been heavily influenced by its Hungarian, Austrian and Italian neighbors, and despite being a small country, it has a nice variety of regional dishes. Some are more Alpine. Some are distinctly Mediterranean. Others clearly have traces of Balkan influences. Common Slovenian dishes and gastronomic products include Carniolan sausage (kranjska klobasa), a semi-soft cheese called mohant, marinated fish, olive oils, and desserts made with apples, honey, poppy seeds, walnuts, cottage cheese and sweet cream. Slovenia's capital city, Ljubljana, has a particularly exciting restaurant scene.

In terms of beverages, Slovenia produces excellent wine and beer. It has three wine regions: Primorska, Podravje and Posavje. The vast majority of the country's wines are white. Fortunately for wine-loving visitors, tourism and wineries go hand and hand in Slovenia! The country has many wine routes to explore – with the Jeruzalem Wine Route being particularly popular. And if you're more of a beer fan, consider touring Slovenia's most famous brewery: Pivovarna Lasko, which has been happily brewing beer since 1825. The town, which is also named Lasko, hosts a great beer festival every July.

Slovenia's lengthy history is frequently muddled with those of its nearest neighbors: Italy, Croatia, Austria and Hungary. Having been settled, occupied or raided by the Illyrians, Celts, Romans, Huns, Avars and Slavs, it sounds pretty old doesn't it? But Slovenia's history actually goes much further back. In fact, it is home to some remarkable Alpine archeological sites located on the southern outskirts of Ljubljana in the settlement of Ig. Between 3500 and 7000 years ago, prehistoric men and women constructed houses on stilts in the area's wetlands, which today form part of an official UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site. Archeologists have also found fascinating artifacts in Slovenia's splendid caves that date back 50,000 years to the time of the Neanderthals.

The lands that make up Slovenia today have been part of the Roman provinces of Noricum and Pannonia, the Holy Roman Empire, the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths, Napoleon's Illyrian Provinces, the Austrian Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the post-World-War-I creation of Yugoslavia. With that colorful a history, it is no surprise that Slovenia has an arsenal of wonderful historical attractions to offer vacationers! In particular it has fantastic Medieval and Renaissance castles like Predjama Castle, Ptuj Castle, Bled Castle and Ljubljana Castle. In addition to visiting Slovenia's ancient capital city of Ljubljana, other historic Slovenian cities and towns worth visiting include Celje, Ptuj, Skofja Loka and Piran.

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