We arrived in Slovenia by a car coming from Croatia. But the truth is that Austrian and Italian borders are also very easily reachable by car. Apart from Lubljana, there are other airports nearby to get to Slovenia like Klagenfurt, Trieste, Venice, Graz, Rejika, Saltzburg, Verona, Vienna, Zagreb.
Slovenian tourism is less developed than far too famous Austria or Switzerland, the attractions are less publicized and the transport network is not as geared towards getting you to see the sights. Having your own transport makes life a lot easier if you are planning sightseeing through the country
Since Slovenia isn’t super big, is approximately the size of Wales with a population of 2 million people, it won’t take you long to get from one city to the next. Slovenia really is one of the best countries for a road trip. But if you don’t feel like renting a car, busses and trains are frequent and reliable as well. Make room for Slovenia and Slovenia will do the rest. Keep in mind that due to Covid 19, there may be additional time for border crossing if you are coming from Italy, Croatia, or Austria.
We now invite you to follow in our footsteps on Slovenian soil, just to give you an idea, we present some of the most beautiful we’ve seen. So, let’s go!
First of all, let’s talk about the capital. Ljubljana, meaning ‘the beloved’ is a very a romantic city.
Ljubljana is the capital city with 275,000 inhabitants and such a great destination for a city trip. It’s a city we really liked. We really wish we had stayed longer. Ljubljana is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. This city is the capital of a relatively young country, but with a rich history. Slovenians fought so long to stand on their own feet.
Old Town Ljubljana nestled along the Ljubljanica River, is watching over the prominent medieval castle atop its hill. So cool walking down the lovely streets like Trubarjeva or picturesque Krizevniska.
Slovenia is a remnant of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and latterly part of the former Yugoslavia. This country with a turbulent history (like all the other former sister countries) is now an independent member state of the EU.
This unique and sophisticated country is on the frontier between East and Western Europe.
The terrain varies from the high mountains of the Julian Alps to the popular beaches of the Adriatic Coast. More than 50 percent of the country is forest and there are spectacular lakes and Alpine meadows.
On one of the days, we visited the Bled Castle. Of course, we could not miss the symbolic attraction of this country. It was a big win to see the magical paths with castle stories that took place in the so tumultuous history of this mighty fortress.
The mighty Bled Castle has been firmly standing at the top of 130 meters high steep cliff for over a thousand years. The written sources indicate that Bled Castle in Slovenia is also the oldest castle in the area.
Kranjska Gora is an alpine resort in northwestern Slovenia, near the mountains and glacial lakes of Triglav National Park.
This one of the most traditional skiing areas of Slovenia! The breathtaking scenery of this village is really beautiful. Outdoor activities are abundant. In the mountains, there is good skiing in winter, climbing, walking, paragliding, and mountain biking. The turquoise blue waters of the Soca River Valley are a haven for water sports including rafting, kayaking, and canyoning.
Maribor which is the 2nd largest city in the country is bustling with restaurants, hotels, and beautiful sights.
Wine is one of the defining aspects of Maribor Slovenia and the surrounding countryside, and it’s one of the most perfectly preserved old cities in Europe.
We highlight here two of the main attractions: The Main Square of Maribor, also known as Glavni trg and the Maribor Cathedral – This 900-year-old cathedral was original built in a medieval design and later overhauled into a more gothic vibe.
Slovenia has little access to the coast, but it is of good quality and has a name: Piran
For 500 years, from 1283 to 1797, Piran was part of the Republic of Venice. After 1797, Piran bounced back and forth between Austrian, French, and Italian rule in 1954 it became part of Yugoslavia. Since 1991, Piran is part of Slovenia and is truly amazing. It is just a short drive to Trieste, Italy, and not much farther away from Venice.
We enjoyed the cobblestone streets, the Venetian architecture of this town, and we also took a bath in the Adriatic, just before the storm started.
Slovenia is home to many mountains, but if there’s one that matters above all others it’s Triglav.
Triglav rises very high above its foothills. From all sides, it is surrounded by deep valleys. Triglav is by far mostly climbed high peak in Slovenia and wider. The first president of Slovenia, Milan Kucan, said that it is the obligation of every Slovenian to climb Triglav once at least in his life.
You are not allowed to visit Slovenia without going to Prejdama. Predjama Castle is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in south-central Slovenia, in the historical region of Inner Carniola
This is the largest ‘cave castle’ in the world, in accordance with the Guinness World Record and the only preserved one of its kind in the world.
Postojna Cave is a pretty spectacular 24km long limestone cave that has been carved by the Pivka River over a period of 3 million years. It was certainly and remains to this day the most spectacular cave we have ever seen.
We end this story with the beautiful city of Radovljica
We are still in a pandemic and travel is still low, but if you ever get the chance to include Slovenia on your list, then do it. There plenty of green to be enjoyed, its mountainous wilderness of valleys, forests, and rivers. The wonderful Ljubljana, a city that enjoys the friendliness of a small town whilst maintaining the characteristics of a metropolis.
But beyond that, there are also some super beautiful cities in Slovenia. Then what about castles, caves, lakes? If you ask us, sLOVEnia is a must-visit destination, an amazing place to enjoy. And there’s plenty of room in our heart for sLOVEnia for another visit too.
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