Slovenia is relatively small and young country, that appeared on the map in 1991. It lies on an amazing position right between the Alps and the Mediterranean sea and also includes mysterious Kras and Pannonian plains. Slovenians are very proud of their historical, cultural and natural inheritance.
Cuisine with tradition can be seen in family bars, local features, calles osmice (eights) and expirience in the countryside. Her faithfull companions are outstanding slovenian wines. Goodness of slovenian cuisine hides in old recepies and are available on every step of the way. A wide range of restaurants will satisfy even the most demanding guest.
Slovenia is a fountain of inspiration for those guest who would like to also see other compelling european cities.
Trip around Slovenia:
Ljubljana is one of most beautiful European cities. It has an old roman centre called Emona. Ljubljana is spreading out between Ljubljana’s castle and river Ljubljaica. City centre is closed for vehicles, so you can enjoy in slow walks, cuisine and drinks in different pubs or restaurants. Ljubljana is most vivid in summer time (from May to September), when pubs, cafes and restaurants spread over pavements and in that time there is a lot of concerts and other cultural activities. In December, Ljubljana is most special with its Christmas lights and markets. Concerts and mulled wine ensures happy atmosphere.
Castle Ljubljana is the most visible characteristic of Ljubljana and it is a »must-see« on this trip. The hill on which the castle is located, has urn burial places. The castle is an important turistic stop and the scene of many cultural events and concerts which give the city a special seal.
The Postojna Cave is located in town Postojna, which is famous for its underground caves and the nearby Predjama Castle. The Cave is one of the most known slovenian natural attraction and it consists of a 27-kilometre long underground system of caves, passages, tunnels and chambers with wonderful stalactites. The most special trait of Karst, the olm (Proteus anguinus) also lives in the Postojna Cave and can be seen with a small cave train.
9 kilometers from the Postojna Cave stands Predjama Castle. It is built into the 123 meters high wall. Originally it was a home to a legendary knight Erasmus, then it was owned by family Windischgrätz. Today there is a museum inside of the Castle, which represents medieval life of inhabitants of the castle and life in the Postojna Cave area.
A Slovenian tourist gem. An island in the middle of the lake, on which stands a beautiful church and behind on the mountain Castle Bled. The island can be reached by a traditional 'pletna' boat. The Church of the Assumption was renovated in Baroque and has its own seperate bell tower. There is a museum inside of Bled Castle, which does not owns the exhibits but they are really important for the representation of lives which are presented. The chapel next to the castle is painted with frescoes. After the fire the castle was completely renovated.
Piran - our Adriatic treasure! A gorgeous medieval seaside town on a pointy peninsula fascinates us again and again and reminds us of the diversity of our country. Inhale the sea air, climb to the top of the city walls at sunset, dive by Piran cape, have a romantic dinner or play football with children on Tartini square. Lose yourself in its narrow alleys and admire the Venetian architecture. One of the Slovenia's "must see" places!
Piran was always a significant “player” in this area. Fishing, cultivation of fruit and vegetables in fertile outskirts, trading and above all salt harvesting were of vital importance for the development of the town. Influence from Venice was always strong and for about 500 years Piran was also a part of the Venetian Republic, which is today visible especially in its architecture. When you will see the red Venetian house at the edge of Tartini square, you will think that you are really in Venice for a moment. You will also notice the lions (the symbol of Venetian Republic) on the fronts of several other houses.
Logar valley is truly amazing! The entrance into the valley itself will already captivate you, when you drive past meadows and the mighty Logar linden tree on a winding fairy tale road with a view on the towering walls of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. The seven kilometers long valley is protected as a nature park due to its many natural sights. It 'hides' one of the most incredible and tallest Slovenian waterfalls at its far end - Rinka waterfall. Logar valley is an excellent starting point for hiking trips of various difficulty levels, family walks and longer more or less active vacations in pristine nature. The quality of accommodation and catering will surely impress you and so will the hospitality of the locals. A true Alpine idyll.
Rogaška Slatina is one of the oldest tourist cities in Slovenia. Mineral water wells, like Styria, Donat in Tempel were already mentioned in middle Ages. First bigger swimming pool complex was biult in 1810. Original Zdraviliški home was biult in 1842 but it had burned down and then renovated. Today it is called Grand hotel Rogaška in the Cristal hall inside is one of the most beautiful hall in Slovenia. It is the place of many cultural and other events, of which Ana's ball is the most famous.
Rogaška Slatina is besides well developed tourism also famous for its glass industry, which is known for beatiful products from smooth and polished glass. Glass factory Rogaška has been working since 1927.
Surroundings of the spa has beautifully landscaped promenade, that were made following the example of English parks. Next to the spa up on the hill there is a chapel Chapel of St. Ana that was renoveted after the architect Plečnik's plans.
Laško is a small health resort with a wealthy history and tradition.
Health resort has developed into a modern and quality center of health and wellness tourism with many programs for health and well-being. Surrounded by water and hills, Laško is a place where you can ease your life pace and do something for your health and well-being.
For those, who swear on the healing power of sauna, Laško can offer modernly decorated Turkish and Finnish saunas. Professional staff in the beauty salon ensures, that your wishes will not remain unfulfilled.
Žička kartuzija (Žiče Charterhouse)
Žička Kartuzija is the name of Carthusian monastery located in the valley of St. John the Baptist, in municipality Slovenjske Konjice. Its founder was a Styrian margrave Otokar III. Traungavian. It is one of the oldest Charterhouse in Middle Europe and the first monastery of this order outside Italy and France. The settlement was originally organized along the lines of the French Carthusian , which means that there were two monasteries. In the upper monastery – Žička Kartuzija, with a big church St. John the Baptist, used to live monks with a very strict religious life. Monks with less strict life used to live in the lower monastery – Špitalič, next to a small church.
Manuscripts from Žiče Charterhouse give insight into the centuries of continuous development of medieval books. Today we know approximately 120 medieval records and almost 100 fragments. In 1782, Emperor Joseph II . abolished the Žiče Charterhouse , which has stoped its religious life. Today is Žička Kartuzija a cultural – historal and tourist attraction. Next to the entrance to the monastery is Gastruž, the oldest restaurant in Slovenia, which has been active since 1467.
Maribor is the second largest Slovenian city, the center of Styria and home of the oldest cine in the world, skiing cup Golden Fox and Lent festival. The old city center is located next to the river Drava that runs trought the middle of the center. The city offers visitors many interesting cultural sights, sunny terraces and many culinary specialities. A wonderful location right next to the Pohorje makes the city a perfect place for sports and nature enthusiasts , and offers many activities and trips.
Ljutomer and Jeruzalem - Through the endless vineyards
Ljutomer is the center of Prlekija, it borders on Prekmurje region and it is known for the first Slovenian camp, which was taking place in August, 1868 and for harness racing, which has a century old tradition. There is also a museum in the city and it represents camp movement and NOB (World War II in Yugoslavia movement) in this area.
Ormož is a city and the center of municipality Ormož. Proof or first settlement reaches back to time befor Christ, different archaeological findings witness the rich history of the city. The castle was biult by Counts of Ptuj for defence from Osmani, today it consists of library and museum. Ormož winery is famous for its wine sorts of exellent quality. This destination is perfect for those who adore cycling, good wines and culinary delights.
Venice, Venezia in Italian, is a city that must be seen at least once in your life. Especially attractive sights are St. Mark's Square, with a church and 99 meters tall Campanilom, that stands independetly. Venice is the capital of Italian region Veneto, it lies on the northern part of Adriatic sea in Venetian lagoon. Historical town Venice is composed of 118 islands with wide canals running around them.
Approximately 30 kilometers lower from Venice lies a city Chioggia, with a regular shipping link between towns. Venice has more than 300.000 citizens.
Vienna is the capital of Austria and its cultural, political and economic center. Besides being called the city of music for its amazing musical heritage, it is also called the city of dreams because it was a home to the first psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud. Historical center of Vienna is on the most beautiful monuments of the city in Europe.
Vienna is a former residence of The Habsburg Monarchy. The main tourist attractions are imperial palaces Hofburg and Schönbrunn, Imperial treasury and Vienna rotating wheel Riesenrad in amusement park Prater. The city has more than 100 art museums and many different churches.
Summer residence of the Habsburg Monarchy with its world famous zoo is the main attraction for any visitor of Vienna. Imerial mansion Schönbrunn, neighbour biuldings and spacious gardens are the most important baroque buildings in Europe. Visiting the rich chambers if mansions gives the insight on the living of then lords, while you can enjoy in the view from the hill on the city Vienna. The highlight of the royal park is architecturally impressive greenhouse for palms with its collection of exotic plants. Schönbrun Zoo is one the oldest and the most luxurious zoo in Europe.
Salzburg, the city famous because of the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, lies in the heart of Europe. Wealth and prosperity of this area originates from the centuries of trading with salt, so-called "White gold". Revenue from the sale made it possible to built the city, which gives the basis of its Italian character, numerous religious buildings and the special atmosphere named "North Rim''. In Salzburg was also taught famous Slovenian protestant Primož Trubar.
Pulj (croatian Pula, italian Pola) is a city in Croatia, the biggest city of Istra. It lies on the south of Istra peninsula in a well protected bay. Until the downfall of Austro-Hungarian Empire it was the main port of Austro-Hungarian navy. Italian name Pola comes from Roman name of the province Provincia lulia Pola Polentia Herculanea.
Pulj is famous for its mild climate, calm sea and beautiful nature. The city has a long tradition of oenology, fishing, transit port, shipbuilding and tourism. Pulj is also an administrative center of Istra since the Roman times.
The city has around 67.000 citizens, near areas are populated by additional 40.000 people.
It is also famous for preserved Roman buildings, of which amphitheater Arena is the most conserved, sixth biggest in the world and one of the more preserved.