The Republic of Slovenia is a nation state located in southern Central Europe, on the Adriatic Sea. It is bordered by Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the southeast and south, and Italy to the west. The largest city and capital is Ljubljana. Slovenia is primarily an outdoor destination, with picturesque sceneries, natural attractions, and outdoor activities. Slovenian cooking, a unique blend of the local cuisine from its neighbours Italy, Austria, Hungary, and the Balkans, created with the Slovenian touch, is also not to be missed.
What to see & do
Lake Bled - A popular tourist attraction in Slovenia is the lake in the Julian Alps in north-western Slovenia named Lake Bled, as it adjoins the town of Bled. The lake is 2,120 metres long and 1,380 metres wide, with the deepest part being 30.6 metres. The lake is popular for its breath-taking scenery, being surrounded by lush forests and mountains, and for Bled Island, which it surrounds. Bled Island contains the pilgrimage church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, and is a popular wedding venue.
Škocjan Caves - The Škocjan Caves is a Slovenian cave system protected under the Škocjan Caves Regional Park, and its managing authority the Škocjan Caves Park Public Service Agency. The cave system is one of the largest underground canyons in the world, considered as one of the natural treasures of the planet, and is the most significant underground phenomena in the Karst region and the country. Additionally, a special ecosystem has developed in the Škocjan Caves, contributing to its great aesthetic value.
Tivoli City Park - The Tivoli Park is the largest park in the capital, located on the northern outskirts of the centre district. The park houses numerous impressive buildings and artworks, and is home to several bird species. Among the most notable buildings are the Tivoli Castle, a 17th century mansion built on top of the ruins of a former Renaissance-period castle, and the Cekin Mansion, in which the Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia can be found.
How to get around within Slovenia
Hitchhiking is generally a safe and accepted practise in Slovenia, although travellers will really have to rely on their gut feeling when it comes to accepting a ride from strangers, as some drivers may expect some sort of payment for the 'free' ride.
Slovenia also runs an extensive train network. Train fares are cheaper than bus fares, but it's advisable to purchase tickets at the station before boarding, as there is a surcharge for tickets bought from the conductor or for intercity trains. Always be alert during stops so you don't miss yours, as some of the older trains don't announce to which station the train is arriving. For the areas not directly served by trains, taking the bus is a traveller's next best option. Otherwise, taxi service is available, as are car rental agencies. The highway network of Slovenia is well-connected to the neighbouring countries, although vignette (road tax) must be purchased before using motorways or expressways.
How to get there
The primary international airport of Slovenia is the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, formerly Brnik Airport. It is located near the village of Brnik, 24km northwest of the capital Ljubljana. It is the main hub for the Slovenian flag carrier, Adria Airways. Flights to Ljubljana Airport come in from Zurich, London, Paris, Stockholm, Prague, and other nearby cities.
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