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Slovenia is an earthly heaven lost in Central Europe, and it is known for its high-contrast nature and scenery. From the huge white mountains to the crystal clear lakes and rivers’ waters passing by the mesmerizing Adriatic sea coastline, this tiny country has uncountable attractions! Ski lovers, mountain hikers, cyclists or outdoors adventurers, architectural, historical cultural curious, foodies and travelers of all kinds have a good reason to come to this place. From the lovely capital, Ljubljana, you’ll have an easy access to the endless activities around. Celje is also appropriate for outdoor activities, especially if you’re traveling during summer.

 

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Slovenia

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Venetian Charm 

Slovenia’s slither of the Adriatic coast is best known for Piran, a Venetian treasure that narrates the stories of a country’s past. Footsteps echo down winding cobbled alleyways, church bells guide you towards Gothic excess, and the sea glistens just a few steps away. Unlike the majority of Slovenia, Piran gets crowded in July and August. For the rest of the year, you have your own slice of Venice without the crowds, crammed full of stories and small moments along twisting streets. 

Heritage Place

Almost every Slovenian town feels like a snapshot of times past. Evocative, and enchanting, the streets of towns like Skofja Loka and Ptuj have hardly been altered. Many European visitors complain that popular old cities have become over-touristic, but in Slovenia, the towns still have their local bakers, traditional taverns, crumbling facades and faded paint. You will struggle to find a place to buy a fridge magnet, but you will get a real taste of Slovenian culture, especially if your visit is timed to coincide with local festivities, such as the Skofja Loka Passion Play. 

Adventure Time

The world’s steepest zip line drops 566 meters in only 40 seconds, descending over a ski jump with some hair-raising views. In Mezica, you can cycle underground, through the puzzling shafts of an abandoned mine. Slovenia places adventure on the steps of your hotel, with options including ski slopes, mountain hikes, serious cycling or soft-peddling. There is serious adrenaline to uncover, such as off-piste skiing, and a great canvas of rock climbing options.

There is never a wrong time to visit Slovenia. When to go is dependent on what you want to do. Winters are cold, so they attract skiers and snowboarders, although the white mountain backdrop adds another element of charm to historical journeys. Just note that winters can be bitterly cold, as is most of Eastern Europe. Summers are warm, but not hot, especially along the coast, with long days adding to the sense of adventure. Everything in Slovenia is close, and elongated summer days mean you can discover a huge amount of the country in a short period of time.  International tourists descend on Eastern Italy and Southern Germany in the height of summer. The Italians and Germans escape to Slovenia and Croatia at this time, particularly from mid-July to the end of August. These months are comfortably the peak time to visit Slovenia; be aware that visitor crowds are commonplace across all of Europe during this school vacation time. A festival atmosphere fills the air though, village, and town celebrations adding to the energy brought by students on their summer break.  Spring and fall are ideal for pleasant weather, limited visitors, charm in the towns and options when you hit the mountains. The more popular destinations like Bled and Bohinj remain quiet and quirky, with everything in the country open for business. April to June, are superb for hiking, especially the trails around Mt. Triglav.

Slovenia has always found its own style. Any fine dining restaurant will demonstrate the confluence of diverse influences, as will most of the accommodation you stay in. They have even converted an old prison into a hostel and art gallery; although that’s more an attraction than a place you actually would want stay.  The country specializes in small boutique properties, mostly set on scenic landscapes above the destinations you came to explore. With their wooden beams and sloping roofs, the traditional alpine lodges may make you think of Switzerland until you remember that the Alps start in Slovenia. These are particularly good for families, and something similar can be found beyond the mountains, in triangular cottages made from stone rather than wood.  Castles have been converted into luxury hotels, including some that are available on an exclusive-use basis. Relais & Chateaux properties are set inside original medieval walls while small chateaus are surrounded by vines. Glamping-style treehouses dot remote forests, providing a unique connection with nature, while grand five-star hotels stand over the Adriatic and the lakes. You will still find some of the big hotel names here, although they have generally struggled to gain influence in a country that extends its inimitability to visitor accommodation.

Slovenia is part of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement, meaning the same entry requirements apply here as they do in most of the EU. U.S. and Canadian passport holders do not require a visa for travel, nor do citizens of almost any Western nation.  With mountains, city, and coast in short proximity, it can be a little tricky packing your suitcase. The weather is very variable as well, so even in one day, you can travel through three seasons. Fortunately, it is easy to get around, even on the trains, so it should not be too much of a drawback if your suitcase is heavier than usual.  Slovenia adopted the euro in 2007 and has a highly developed system of banks, and ATMs, similar to what you would find across Western Europe. Visa and Mastercard are readily accepted, American Express less so but that is improving rapidly. All major hotels and mid-size restaurants now accept credit cards, so there’s little need to carry large amounts of cash. The only real exception is in the mountains, where the establishments are smaller, and in the markets.

Slovenia is one of those rare countries where you feel fitter after the vacation than before with so many options for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and exploring the great outdoors. Clean alpine air is part of the promise, and you will spend a lot of time walking, whether on the trails or in the pedestrianized old cities. Even when lounging around one of the lakes you will probably end up walking to a small Italian restaurant or an al fresco waterside cafe.   Travel to Bohinj and Triglav, and you will want to bottle the water and take it home, not just drink it from the tap. The alpine melt is clean and tasty, as is the water you drink from all the country’s taps. Organic food is intrinsic to culture, another reason you will start feeling a little healthier than usual. The only real dangers to your health come from animals, bears in the southern forests and adders in the Alps. In reality, the chance of encountering this wildlife is incredibly rare.  Slovenia is a very safe country to visit, including peak summer months when it does not suffer from the petty tourist crime that seems to tour big European cities. As is the case in many rural countries, there has long been a tendency to leave doors unlocked even when you go out. Not that this is advisable, just an indication of the lack of crime throughout most of the country. The usual precautions apply in cities, particularly Ljubljana, however, most visitors remark on how safe Slovenia feels.

Culture

 

 

Slovenians are happy to embrace the peaceful life in a beautiful corner of the world. The country escaped some of the brutalities that emanated from Tito’s Yugoslavia, its independence movement settled during a ten-day war back in 1991. Unlike its neighbors, this is not a country that must bare scars of conflict. Slovenians seem diametrically opposed to conflict. Small disagreements are solved with a wave of the hand and shrug of the shoulders, rather than arguments and shouts.  These are a friendly and proud people, very open to making conversation with strangers. Their quiet, reserved manner can be misinterpreted as bashfulness. Greeting people with dober dan (good day) is the simple way to see a little more of Slovenia, as it leads to the smiles and warm-hearted expressions of locals. As you discover more of the culture you will find a nice balance between European ideals. There are the camaraderie and straightforwardness of the East, mixed with a Western-leaning future and a desire to dream big.   As you would expect with easy-going people, this is not a country where you will commit any serious faux pas. There is a need to be respectful when visiting churches – like everywhere in the world – but you would have to be rude and obnoxious to cause offense here. There is no prescribed way to dress either, so there will not be any strange looks when you get drinks at a swanky cafe after hiking 20 miles across the mountains. Just travel in whatever you feel comfortable in. 

Language

The older generations are unlikely to speak English. Anyone schooled before 1991 will have learned Russian as a second language. Younger generations have learned English in school. Learning English has been a big focus since the country’s independence, and you may encounter groups of school children on an assignment to practice with foreigners. Slovenian language is a mix of Slavic and Germanic influence, not easy to learn but relatively hassle-free to read as it uses the Latin alphabet. Italian is also spoken on the Istrian coastline, a reminder of the country’s Venetian routes and proximity to Italy. 

Food and Drink

Most visitors find the food to be an unexpected highlight. Slovenia has its own take on cuisine developed by its near neighbors. Like dumplings derived from Hungary, or air-dried ham in the style of prosciutto. In a single day, you could be eating German-style pork and sauerkraut, Austrian apple strudel and Italian risotto. Almost all of it has a unique Slovenian twist, preferred by some, but not those who first tried these foods in their original home. For something unmistakably Slovenian, try potica, part cake, part pastry, full of sweet goodness and finished off with cream.  Gourmet restaurants are starting to promote a more refined side to local cuisine. They certainly have the raw ingredients here, with organic, local produce part of every day rather than something on the specialty aisle. Some find the meals to be a little heavy – soup, meat and potato main, then big cake dessert – but there is no mistaking the quality of meat dishes in particular. You will find superb Italian restaurants dotted around as well, especially on the coast and in Ljubljana.  Slovenian beer is everywhere and usually appeals to foreign palates. It’s gassy and brewed in the style of Czech and German pilsners, which makes it easy to go down after exploring the outdoors. Fruit schnapps is often included with a meal and the quality varies enormously. While the wine struggles to entertain connoisseurs there is decent produce to find, Italian-style reds and whites to the west and sweeter Riesling-style wines to the north. The same applies to the coffee. Half of Slovenia has adopted the Italian style of roasting and brewing, while the other has a stronger, Turkish style.

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