"Slovenia" Slovenia by pure1942
Slovenia Travel Guide: 7,896 reviews and 20,206 photos
I have wanted to go to Slovenia and Ljubljana in particular for around 5 years now, ever since seeing pictures of the city. The country didn't disapoint. From Ljubljana to Bled and from Piran to Maribor the country has so much to offer.
Everything about the country just screams natural beauty and has such vast contrasts for a country which is so small in area.
In total spent 3 nights in Ljubljana and 1 night in Bled with a day excursion to Piran on the coast and a few hours in Maribor on my way to Austria.
Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and although small in size and population (just over 250,000) has a lot to offer visitors. Ljubljana is a small but inviting city with plenty of interesting sights and a great nightlife to experience. The city is centred around the Presernov Trg which houses the eyecatching Franciscan Church with it's dark pink colouring. Another interesting feature of the square is the Triple Bridge which is a unique and beautiful piece of architecture. Towering over the square is Ljubljana Castle which can be reached by the new funicular car or by foot and offers beautiful views over the capital and surrounding countryside and nearby Julian Alps.
Following the Lubljanica River eastwards you will come to another of Ljubljana's famous sights, The Zmajski Most or Dragon Bridge which has four green dragons at each corner, which legend reports to represent the Dragons which were slain by Jason, of Jason and the Argonauts. The dragon has since become Ljubljana's emblem.
Another of Ljubljana's gems is the baroque Church of Saint Nicholas with it's stunning pulpit.
Bled lies about 45 minutes train ride nothwest of Ljubljana and is one of the country's most popular tourist spots. The focal point of this small town is it's beautiful lake, with small island church (only island in Slovenia), overhanging clifftop castle and Julian Alps Backdrop. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited, especially early, on a quiet, snowy morning, when you can enjoy it to yourself.
Piran is located on Slovenia's short coastline and is a very popular tourist destination, especially for Italians who flock across the border just a short drive from the north. The town is distinctly Italian in atmosphere, culture, language and architecture and you would forgiven (except by Slovenians) in thinking you had left Slovenia and were in an Italian coastal town. The red roofed houses and tall Venitian style bell tower give another different complexion to the country.
The other destination I visted in Slovenia was Maribor which is Slovenia's second largest city and famous for it's ski slopes. I didn't spend long in the town and as it was Easter Monday, there wasn't much happening but it has a nice pedestrian zone, consisting of a beautiful Franciscan church and a couple of nice squares and narrow streets as well as Mestni Park and tiny hill-top church
Slovenia is a small country in Central East Europe. With a population of around 2 million people it is one of Europe's smallest countries. However for such a small country, Slovenia has everything from vast forested hills and lowland, to beaches and mountains, from lakes, ski slopes and vineyards to small villages and a bustling capital city. Slovenia has justifiably been labled 'Europe in Minature' because it can offer so many different European experiences under one beautiful and natural roof.
Slovenia is one of the EU's newest members having just joined in 2004, but has been very quick in adopting it's role as EU member and presently holds the EU presidency. It is the first of the newer accession countries to adopt the Euro which has been in general circulation sice 2007.
This is hard to believe for a country, which until 1991 was part of Yugoslavia.
In 1991 the Sovene people broke form Yugoslav control after what many Slovenes felt were years of being taken for granted economically. Slovenia was seen to have been the economic strenght of Tito's Yugloslavia. Having enough, Sovenia declared independence on 25 June 1991, after which followed, a brief ten day war against Yugoslav forces which left 66 people dead. A truce was declared and Yugoslavia accepted the Slovenian independence. Slovenia was officially recognised as an independent nation and was admitted into the UN in May 1992.
Bled is becoming more and more touristy but this is understandable as such a beautiful place is bound to remain a hidden... more travel advice
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