Famous alpine Bled lake (Blejsko jezero) in Slovenia, amazing autumn landscape
Bled Castle, Bled Lake

Slovenia Vacations

A place where hearts meet with nature and the Slovenian spirit

Slovenia is a small country tucked between Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Croatia to the south and southeast and Hungary to the northeast. The country is half covered in forest, with the Alps in the north, and the Adriatic coastline on the west, at 46 kilometres in length.

The capital Ljubljana has been compared to Salzburg in Austria due to its charming Baroque architecture in the city centre. The city has a strong connection to its Roman past. Originally a Roman military outpost in 14-15 AD, Emona became more of a significant town centre in the Roman province of Pannonia, as it strategically sat along traditional trade routes of the era. It had a city wall, public baths, temples, and a forum – artifacts include roads, inscriptions, pottery, glassware, and statues. The city fell into decline after the Romans left in the 5th century and the next inhabitants of the city were the Huns, led by Attila. 

The modern city of Ljubljana is dominated by the medieval Ljubljana Castle that sits on a hill in the city centre. It’s visible from most places in the city, and you can take the funicular, a mountainside train, from the old town or one of several walking routes to reach it. Originally a medieval fortress, the castle dates back to the 16th century. There’s a watchtower, chapel, an exhibition on Slovenian history, a Time Machine tour, and a puppet theatre to see.

Other major attractions are the Ljubljana River and its banks that cut through the city with ornate bridges enhancing the gorgeous waterscapes. Triple Bridge is actually three separate ornate bridges located next to one another, and Dragon Bridge has four dragon statues guarding it. 

Preseren Square is the heart of Ljubljana, named after Slovenia’s national poet France Preseren (1800-1849). A monument depicts the poet holding a spring of laurel and bay leaves over his head – the statue faces his great love, Julija Primic, on the facade of an opposite building. Grab some figs to eat or go for figs and cream and chocolate for a real treat.

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Feel the beauty of Slovenia upon your arrival

From cavernous caves to the high flying Alps, to the gentle waters of the Adriatic Sea and Bled Lake, there is no going wrong when you are choosing a direction to travel in Slovenia. Get and stay outside all year by paragliding on Mount Nanos or hiking behind the Kozjak waterfall in the Soca Valley. Also, if you ski, be sure to visit a small ski resort at Vogel, Krvavec, or Rogla – many offer fire crackling family friendly feels – and an apres like you deserve with a sauna, a stew, and a beer or a glass of wine.

Woman looking on Bled Lake with Island, Castle and Alps Mountain on background

The Culture

Keeping things in Ljubljana because it’s the cultural centre of the nation, know that there are some neat things to see here, and you could easily fill a few days.

Metelkova City is a former military barracks, now an unusual and self-declared town within Ljubljana. Its eclectic and avante-garde character showcases a unique alternative youth culture with awesome street art, bizarre buildings, bars, and clubs. Everyone is welcome here and the creative ambience brings a relaxed atmosphere where no one cares what you look like or where you’re from – designers, hippies, and students all hang out here. While you’re here, check out the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Museum of Slovenia for further examples of the thriving arts and culture scenes in the city.

The gorgeous Art Nouveau Urbanc House is an extraordinary piece of the early 20th century flamboyance of architecture complete with floral motifs, and intricate details. Hauptman House and Mayer Palace are also expressions of the Art Nouveau movement, popular in the early 20th century.

Heading out of Ljubljana, visit the Skocjan Caves where massive underground chambers will leave you wondering about the meaning of life. The 12th century Ptuj Castle overlooking the town of Ptuj and the Drava River has been a museum since 1945 and tells of its regional history, including its defensive encounters with the Hungarians.

Slovenia has 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Skocjan Caves, the Idrija Mercury mine, and the Ljubljana Marshes. With a population just over 2 million, there are many Roman Catholics, and Orthodox Christians, and there are also Eastern Orthodox, Protestants and Muslims present across the country. Slovene is the official language, but Hungarian and Italian are also common.

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