Slovenia Travel Guide | Must Do Travels
Join us on this episode of the Must Do Travels Show where we explore the majestic landscapes and natural wonders of Slovenia. Let us know in the comments below where you would like for us to check out next.
Slovenia is a tiny European country located just North East of the Italian border, along the Juliann Alps. For centuries this region was the meeting place of the Italian and Germanic people, and the country’s architecture, culture, and cuisine shows a blend of both influences on the local Slavic people.
This laid-back country is completely unassuming, and really should be appreciated for not trying too hard to be anything at all. Slovenia is simply Slovenia, and that’s just it. It represents a slower and more relaxed way of life, which is something to really cherish on a vacation in this day and age. The whole country is dotted with tiny European farm towns, with their fresh markets, churches, and plenty of stunning views of the great outdoors.
If you are looking for a more affordable alternative to experiencing the grandeur and peacefulness of the Alps without having to break the bank on a long stay in Switzerland, Slovenia is your natural choice. The cost for lodging and meals will be somewhat comparable to the average cost of staying in any small American town, to give you a point of reference. The country actually doesn’t experience a significant amount of tourism, as most Europeans and other foreigners tend to gravitate more towards the sandy beaches of neighboring Croatia instead. This makes Slovenia a less crowded destination without a lot of the daily pressures that come from being in booming tourist towns. Most tourists actually just come from neighboring countries, who are more familiar with what Slovenia has to offer.
Most popular activities in Slovenia involve being active outdoors, such as hiking, rowing, biking, and other sports.
Slovenia’s capital city Lubljana (Lube Lee Anna) is its largest by far, but is still only home to about 275,000 people. The city demonstrates an architectural style that is a blend of Venetian and Austrian, and reflects the neo-classical architectural style that was very popular in Europe during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The city’s style and it’s canals were even somewhat reminiscent to us of central Paris too.
One of the most iconic landmarks in Slovenia is Lake Bled, which is a large calm lake in the northwest of the country, and easily recognizable for its tiny island featuring the Church of the Assumption. This lake is a favorite place for Slavs to come to and relax, and a place they are often proud to bring guests and family members visiting the country.
Nearby you will find Slovenia’s tallest peak, Mount Triglav, hiking which is said to make you a true Slovenian..though we’re not sure that holds true for tourists. The perpetual snow melt of the Juliann Alps around Mount Triglav feeds into the Soca (socha) River, which is another iconic feature of the Slovenian landscape. The river cuts through a mostly limestone path, and is prized for its naturally beautiful turquoise waters.
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