Best Tourist Destinations in Slovenia

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1 Slovenia coastSlovenia is a country in central Europe and bordered by Croatia to the southeast, Hungary to the northeast, Italy to the west and Austria to the north. The country is divided into six regions, namely Eastern Slovenia, Pohorje-Slovenia, Southeastern Slovenia, Julian Alps and Coast and Karst.
The small town Bled is Slovenia’s top choice for tourists. Bled is an Alpine town alongside glacial Lake Bled in northwestern Slovenia. You can explore this beautiful town on foot or rent a bicycle or a horse. Horses are available at most outdoor agencies. If you follow the paths marked “Grad” you will reach the Bled Castle after a fifteen minute steep climb.
Bled Castle
2 castelul_bledBled Castle is a medieval castle built on a precipice overlooking Lake Bled. The castle attracts visitors with its architecture, age and stunning view of the lake. Bled castle is the oldest of its kind in Slovenia and was first mentioned in writing in 1011. The entrance of the castle boasts a Gothic arch and drawbridge.
The castle was restored in 1950 and you can view the beautiful 16th century chapel decorated with frescoes during the 17th century. The castle offer magnificent views of the island and lake below. Ensure to visit the museum, herbs and oil shop and winery. You can bottle and label your own wine in the cellar under the supervision of Andre the monk. Learn about the ancient history of this remarkable structure in the building next to the chapel.
Explore the Capital of Slovenia – Ljubljana
Ljubljana, one of Europe’s smallest capital cities, is located almost in the center of Slovenia and offers many great places to visit. Ljubljana has plenty of parks and gardens, even three forested hills right within city limits, and both the Alps and the Adriatic are just two hours or less away.
The City of Ljubljana
3 Slovenia_cities_towns-LjubljanaLjubljana’s favorite river bank promenade is across from the old market and approximately a hundred meters from the main square Prešernov trg. The pedestrian-only street is full of cafes, bars and restaurants.
Old Town or Old Ljubljana is the area on the right bank of the Ljubljanica River, directly below Castle Hill, particularly Mestni trg, Stari trg and Gornji trg. Gornji trg features Ljubljana’s best-preserved medieval houses and centers around the Church of St. Florian.
The division between Mestni and Stari trg is marked by Plečnik’s column-lined Cobbler’s Bridge. Stari trg begins with a former prison called Tranča.
Mestni trg highlights include the Town Hall, or Rotovž, with a fine Gothic courtyard. The Robba Fountain built in 1751 represents the three rivers of Carniola: Ljubljanica, Sava and Krka. Ribji trg features Ljubljana’s oldest house.
Other great tourist attractions include:
• Triple Bridge – This brilliantly original structure is also one of Plečnik’s greatest masterpieces. The bridge consists of three separate bridges located next to one another.
• Cathedral of St. Nicholas was built in the 13th century. The interior is adorned with frescos by Quaglio and Langus and an altar by Robba, and also boasts a splendid pipe organ.
• Dragon Bridge or Zmajski Most was designed by Croatian Jurij Zainovich. The bridge is guarded by four dragon statues. The bridge is located a block or two down the river at the end of the Ljubljana Open Market.
• The Roman Wall runs for most of the length of Mirje Street, just south of the city center, and is the most extensive of several Roman sites in Ljubljana.
• Bishop’s Palace on Dolničarjeva Street showcases two big lion-giants and it is the work of Andrea Pozzo. Napoleon and other European emperors have rested their heads here.
• Tivoli Park is located at the western end of the city centre and is great for sitting down on a park bench and enjoying the sun.
• Architecture Museum of Ljubljana at Karunova 4 is home to the Plečnik’s Collection. Jože Plečnik lived in this building from 1921 to 1957.
• National Gallery at Prešernova 24 is home to some of the best Slovenian painters, such as Grohar, Jakopic, Jama and Azbe.
• Museum of Modern Art located at Tomšiceva 14 boasts paintings, drawings and sculptures.
• The Roman Ruins is just minutes from the west of the centre of town. The remains of the Roman City Walls, as well as a number of pillars from an entrance gate, can still be seen here.
You can visit the Tourist Information Center (Turistični informacijski) in Ljubljana at Stritarjeva 2 or phone: +386 1 306 12 15 or 306 12 35.
The Alps and Valleys of Slovenia
4 Alps and valleys of SloveniaSkocjan Caves lies in the south-west of Slovenia on the main Karst plateau and are one of the most beautiful caves in Slovenia. The caves are shaped by the Reka River, which dips from the surface into the grottos. The Skocjan Caves consist of a network of eleven caves huge stalagmites, waterfalls, holes, natural bridges and many geological features.
Other exciting places to visit include Lake Jasna near Kranjska Gora; Mostnica Gorge that is located near Stara Fuzina in Lake Bohinj neighborhood; Plansarsko Lake not far from the Kamnik Alps in Zgornje Jezersko near the Austrian border; Savica Waterfall – located at the end of the Lake Bohinj valley in Triglav National Park; Road to Mangart Saddle (one of the most beautiful Alpine roads in Slovenia with magnificent views of the Julian Alps).
Slovenian Cuisine
5 Traditional.Sunday.Roast-01Slovenian cuisine can be divided into cottage, farmhouse, castle, parsonage, town and monastic Slovenian cuisine and the first Slovene-language cookbook was published by Valentin Vodnik as early as 1799. There are about thirteen Slovenian food products and foods protected at European level (known as protected designation of origin) since 2012.
The protected food products include Karst cured neck meat, Tolminc cheese made of raw cow milk, Kočevje forest honey produced in the Kočevje area, Idrija žlikrofi – small boiled dumplings filled with potatoes, onions, and lards and prleška tünka – a product from Prlekija in eastern Slovenia, made of minced lard and pork.
For the best homemade food you should look for tourist farms that offer meals. The town food markets usually offer a wide selection of fruit, vegetables, and bread, meat and dairy products.
Slovenians are fond of meat, potatoes and soups. Typical Slovene dishes include Kraski prsut (dried ham from the Karst region), pumpkin oil, restan krompir (sauté potatoes), Kranjska klobasa (Carniolan sausage), struklji (dough filled with cottage cheese walnut, apple or poppy seeds), potica (walnut cake) and Prekmurska gibanica (desert with layers of wallnuts, cottage cheese and poppy seeds).
Soups are the most popular starter and most people here eat the main dish at the same time as the salad. Meals are usually rich and large. If you would like to try some of the Slovenian recipes, you can order “Flavors of Slovenia: Food and Wine from Central Europe’s Hidden Gem” by Heike Milhench at amazon.com.

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