Slovenia is a central European nation, less than a tenth the size of UK. Breathtaking natural beauty –towering mountains, postcard-perfect lakes and quaint cities are the attractive features of Slovenia. It is the only country in the European continent with a combination of the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plan and the Karst as its geographical portfolio. The juxtaposition of seas, mountains, highlands and plains make Slovenia a natural delight.
Ljubljana (pronounced as Lyub-lyana) is the capital of Slovenia. It has been awarded the Green Capital of Europe for the year of 2016. Undoubtedly picturesque, this largest city in Slovenia happens to be the greenest and most liveable capitals in Europe.
I did a fair bit of research on Slovenia and picked some special attractions that would create a magical trip, all for their own reasons.
Ljubljana Castle: The Pulse of the Capital
This is the most spectacular sight of Ljubljana. Except for the outer walls of the Chapel of St. George (Kapela sv. Jurija), which were consecrated in 1489, all the other main buildings of the present castle were either built or rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries. Until 1814, the castle served as a garrison and later a provincial prison. Ljubljana Castle is a major tourist attraction and a picturesque venue for numerous cultural events including concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions, congresses and official receptions, which add a special flavour to the lively pulse of life in Ljubljana.
The Old Vine: The Oldest Vine in the World
The Old Vine of Maribor is the oldest living specimen of vine that still bears grapes. Aged over 400 years now, the Guinness Book of World Records enlists it as the oldest vine in the world. Situated in the Podravska region, Maribor combines this wine experience with visits to the The Old Vine House, wine cellars, bars, museums and wine roads that intertwine over the hilly vineyard-populated areas.
Triglav National Park: Bordered by Italy and Austria
Staggeringly beautiful, this is the only national park in Slovenia. Covering 838 kilometres, it makes for one-fourth of Slovenia’s territory! t is almost entirely covered by the Eastern Julian Alps and ranks among the oldest parks in Europe.
A major feature of the park is Slovenia’s biggest glacial lake –Lake Bohinj. Various water sports are popular here in the summer, while in winter, when it freezes, crowds come to ski at nearby Vogel and to ski tour.
Town Hall: A Hallmark of Renaissance architecture
The Kranj Town Hall is one of the most important cultural monuments of Renaissance architecture in Slovenia. The most interesting part of the corner building is the late Gothic pillared hall dating from the first half of the 16th century, which is now entered through the vestibule and what was once an open-fire or “black” kitchen. It is one of the finest 16th/17th-century Renaissance buildings in Slovenia.
Rogatec Open-Air Museum:
Preserving folk architectural heritage
Largest open-air museum in Slovenia. The museum preserves the folk architectural heritage and cultural tradition of the Obsotelje region between the 18th and 20th centuries. During hands-on educational workshops, visitors participate in baking bread, weaving baskets from cornhusks, blacksmithing, and other traditional occupations.
Vintgar Gorge: Natural thrills galore
The Vintgar gorge is one of the most popular natural features in Slovenia. From Bled the route leads north towards the village of Podhom. The Vintgar gorge ends at the delightful Šum waterfall, the highest river fall in Slovenia.
Flower park: Beyond beauty
Mozirski gaj is a park of flowers and ethnological points of interest. Besides thousands of different blossoms of lively colours which inspire visitors during the warmest parts of the year, the paths amongst the greenery lead to a farm house, a corn loft cottage, as a reserved property, a mill, a blacksmith’s shop… and to other points of interest, which tell about man’s life in the region in the past.
Slovenia makes for easy traveling, an ideal weekend trip from anywhere else in Europe. A country that looks “like the backdrop to a Grimm’s fairytale”, we sure are glad to have some presence of it in our neighbourhood!
For more information visit https://www.slovenia.info/en
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