Why Visit Slovenia
Slovenia, a country in Central Europe, is officially known as the Republic of Slovenia. It shares a land border with Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia as well as a sea border with the Adriatic Sea. Some say the Slovenia is a country in the midst of it all. The country is where four noteworthy European districts meet – the Dinaric range, the Pannonian Basin, the Mediterranean and the Alps. A relatively small country amongst its neighbours, Slovenia controls some of the major transit routes in Europe.
Slovenia’s older cities and districts boasts of a skyline that is historically influenced by Roman Italian and baroque Austrian architecture. Meanwhile many cities and countryside in the north west of Slovenia is more heavily influenced by its neighbouring Austria which can be seen with its numerous baroque shrines and steeples. Other than its stunning architecture, Slovenia is also a country with many natural wonders. The country has a 46-kilometre-long coastline along the Adriatic, a mountainous region bordering Italy and Austria as well as a mixed terrain of mountains and valleys with streaming rivers to the east of Slovenia.
What to see & do in Slovenia
There are many things to see and do while in Slovenia. One of those is a visit to the popular Ljubljana Castle whose structures date back from around the sixteenth century and was constructed just after an earthquake back in 1511. Entering the castle and wandering through its public spaces are free but some interesting stops would require a fee to enter such as the Chapel of St. George, the Exhibition of Slovenian History and the Watchtower. Visitors can choose several options to get to the castle. The most charming and possibly most enjoyable one is by taking the 70-metre long funicular that leaves from the Old Town. If this is not to your fancy, there is a tourist train the comes hourly or you can opt to trek up the slope to the castle which can take around 20 minutes.
Another popular tourist destination is the Postojna Cave with its series of caves, corridors, and entries that run around 20 kilometres long and is said to be two million years old. The cave was nestled out by the Pivka River that enters an underground tunnels close to the cave entrance. Here, you will get an opportunity to see an assortment of white stalactites that were moulded like needles, huge icicles, and even delicate spaghetti.
Another must-see place to visit, especially for book lovers out there, is the National and University Library. The library building itself was constructed in 1941 and is magnificent work of engineering. Take a peek into the library by entering through the primary entrance located at Turjaška ulica. As you enter the library, you will first find yourself navigating through the dark but while walking up the steps, you will find yourself strolling towards the light, ending at a heavenly place with books as far as the eye can see.
How to get around Slovenia
Travelling across Slovenia is relatively easy thanks to its extensive rail network. Simply catch a train to arrive at most destinations in the country. However, train stations can be few and far between but there are buses which serve cities and villages between these stations. Do your research first as some destinations, such as Piran, are better accessible by bus rather than train.
How to get to Slovenia
Slovenia’s main international airport is the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU), also known as Brnik Airport. The airport is located in Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia and near the village of Brnik. It serves as the main hub for the country’s flag carrier, Adria Airways. The airport also serves passenger flights by airlines such as Air France, Finnair and Turkish Airlines. Other international airports in Slovenia are Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport (MBX) located in Hoče–Slivnica and Portorož Airport (POW) located in Sečovlje.
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