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Slovenia in a nutshell

Slovenia is a small green country in central Europe at the crossroads of the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plains and the Karst. In a single day, you can indulge in Alpine adventures, enjoy coastal Mediterranean cuisine, explore the mysterious karst world, and experience luxury wellness treatments with therapeutic water in Slovenia’s spas. As a cherry on top, tour pleasant Slovenian towns and cities, including capital Ljubljana, which is considered to be one of the greenest capital cities in Europe.

The diversity of the landscape is reflected in its culture and gastronomy. The connection between nature and people can be sensed at every step. We are committed to sustainable development, so that this wonderful green haven in central Europe can be preserved for future generations. In addition to its green-oriented mentality, Slovenia is also known for being one of the safest countries in the world.

09 Jan 2019

Find active experiences surrounded by the Alps

Alpine Slovenia is a world surrounded by tall mountains and wild waters, which offers an abundance of outdoor activities. The Julian Alps are the highest mountain range in Slovenia. There, you can find Slovenia’s largest protected area – Triglav National Park. Its high peaks, from which you can enjoy views that extend all the way to the sea, its green valleys, and crystal-clear waters impressed one of the world’s premier travel guide companies, Lonely Planet, which ranked this area among the top ten most attractive regions in the world. The Kamnik and Savinja Alps also provide a mighty mountain backdrop. Nestled among them, you can find the Logar Valley, one of the most beautiful Alpine valleys in Europe, and the Velika Planina plateau with a remarkable herdmanship tradition. In the east, the Alpine world transitions into the rounded summits of the Pohorje Hills covered with vast forests and peat ponds. These hills gradually descend towards the city of Maribor, home to the oldest grapevine in the world.

The mild Mediterranean and mysterious Karst

 A mild Mediterranean climate is typical for Mediterranean and Karst Slovenia, which is reflected in the landscape itself and its flavours. The Brda Hills and the Vipava Valley are famous for their world-class wines. In 2018, the Vipava Valley was named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 European destinations. The karst world hides numerous natural wonders on the surface and beneath it; the most famous is Postojna Cave, the most-visited tourist cave in the world. As you head to the coast, do not miss Škocjan Caves, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the famous Lipica Stud Farm, home to elegant white Lipizzaner horses. Along the coast, you will be accompanied by the scent of salt, which has been produced by salt-makers for centuries, using traditional methods. Charming coastal towns have plenty of sunshine, while the green inland areas are known for original cuisine using olive oil and other riches borne by the Istrian soil.

Urban and green areas side by side

Central Slovenia is a mix of vibrant towns,cities and primal nature. Its heart is in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s vibrant capital known for the architectural masterpieces of Jože Plečnik, large green areas, and a thousand faces of urban culture and art. The historical towns of Kamnik, Škofja Loka, and Novo Mesto help visitors understand how life once was, as they carefully combine tradition and modern urban lifestyles. Central Slovenia is also home to rich UNESCO world heritage – from Idrija’s mercury mine and bobbin lace, to the Ljubljana Marshes, where the oldest wooden wheel in the world was found. Then there’s the primeval beech forests of the Kočevsko region, the domain of the brown bear.

Amidst hot springs and gentle wine-growing hills

Thermal Pannonian Slovenia is the ideal wellness destination – a place to pamper your body, spirit, and taste buds. The richness of the unique thermal waters of Slovenia’s spas will ensure your health and wellbeing. Gentle wine-growing hills offer unforgettable experiences for those seeking active experiences as well as food-lovers. The idyllic rural environment is further enhanced by bird-scaring rattles in the vineyards of the Haloze Hills and the Prlekija region, mills on the River Mura, the zidanice vineyard cottages in the Dolenjska region, and repnice turnip caves in the Posavje region. Our imagination is stimulated by experiences from many castles, the stories of the Counts of Celje, one of the mightiest European noble families, and the traces of ancient Romans in Celje and Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia.

Additional information

Slovenian Tourist Board

Dimičeva 13, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Phone no.: 00386 (0)1 5898 550, fax: 00386 (0)1 5898 560

Masa Puklavec, Global Public Relations,

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