Slovenia

Slovenia

Things to do - general

Lying in a glorious position between the Alps and the Adriatic you can be walking in snowy alpine fields in the morning and bathing in the warm Adriatic in the afternoon. One of Europe’s smallest countries you can easily take in Baroque Ljubljana, Venetian Piran, forest-covered mountains, monasteries, castles and spa resorts in one visit.

Ljubljana is a lively, cultural city, more of a quaint provincial town than a capital city. Piran and Koper on the coast clearly show their Venetian influences and here you can enjoy fresh seafood at waterfront eateries.
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The climatic health resort of Rakitna is known for its cures or you can just breathe in the bracing fresh air as you hike along alpine trails, round mountain lakes and up to torrential waterfalls. The star of the show is Lake Bled, surrounded by glorious mountains with its hilltop castle gazing down on the picture-postcard perfect island in the middle adorned by an idyllic church.

Whatever you choose to do there, Slovenia holidays will certainly leave you with a vivid assortment of memories.

Country Slovenia
Visa requirementsSchengen Area
Languages spokenSlovenia
Currency usedEuro
Area (km2)20.273 km²

Sports & nature

Nature has combined and interwoven great natural riches in this small piece of Europe and granted Slovenia extraordinary variety and diversity that is still well preserved today. Over a third of the country's territory lies within the Europe-wide network of Natura 2000 protected areas, while other valuable areas have been proclaimed major parks and reserves. Direct contact with nature is possible even on the edges of cities.

Green tourism

The green, sustainable and responsible tourism being developed by Slovenia encompasses all aspects of sustainable development. This is reflected most evidently in good practice and in exemplary tour operators.

To list but a few:

- European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN), which now include the Soča Valley, Solčavsko, Kolpa and Idrija.

- The daisy logo: the first tour operator in Slovenia to carry the daisy logo for environment-friendly tourist accommodation wasTerme Snovik

- Ecological tourist farms: there are tens of ecological tourist farms producing food in a natural, environment-friendly manner

- The blue flag, which is awarded to beaches and marinas that offer guests the very best while consistently respecting the environment

- Green models: good practice in green behaviour and green services in tourism assessed by the Slovenian Tourist Board

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Nightlife info

The offer in Slovenia will not disappoint lovers of night life, dancing and parties that take place until the early morning hours. At best, it will leave you tired after a sleepless night. Parties in numerous Slovenian nightclubs, bars and discotheques can be unforgettable, while still being repeatable, which is even better. All you have to know is where and when such parties take place. Like elsewhere in the world, due to workdays, in Slovenia, the majority of night parties take place on Friday and Saturday. However, during the warmer period from May until September, every night during the week can be pretty lively.

When parties are in full flow

You will have to pay an entrance fee for some nightclubs and discotheques; however, this includes a payment for the purchase of a drink. Those of you who look younger should expect to be asked for ID on the way in, since entry is only allowed to persons who are older than 18 years. In the majority of clubs and discotheques, DJs play loud dance music that is frequently electronic or a mix of various pop and rock hits. Considering that smoking is forbidden in Slovenia in all closed bars, you can get some great exercise on the dance floor.

In some nightclubs, the dance floor is also reserved for erotic dance performers. Furthermore, Slovenia offers nightclubs the gay community as well. In the late night hours, there is a lot of happening at alternative culture centres as well as youth centres. Lately, the evening and night tourist offer in towns is gradually supplemented by guided visits of popular bars, known abroad as a pub-crawl.

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Culture and history info

Independent since 1991, Slovenia does not have a majestic history like many larger European nations, but the past is nevertheless important. For many it is surprising that such a small nation, without kings or famous military leaders of its own, could even form, survive and carve out an independent path. But this is the result of the resilience and determination of the Slovene people, whose culture and common language have survived for centuries in this green piece of Europe.

Looking back

The ancestors of the Slovenes, who migrated to present-day Slovenia in the 7th century, may not have played a leading role in the major historical events in Europe and the world, but they were always involved.

As late as the 20th century Slovenia was still being ruled by foreigners, mostly the Habsburg monarchy of Austro-Hungary. The Slovene people nevertheless succeeded in forging a collective consciousness and national allegiance. Slovenia became part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia after the First World War, then part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia after the Second World War. After more than 70 years of living inside Yugoslavia, almost 90% of voters opted for independence in the referendum held in 1990. Slovenia joined the European Union in 2004, and also became a member of Nato. It was the first of the new EU members to join the euro, in 2007.

The History section gives information about other major milestones in Slovenia’s history.

Culture

A major cultural milestone was the publication of the first book in Slovene in 1550, which made Slovene a literary language. The greatest Slovenian poet is France Prešeren, whose poem A Toast is now the national anthem. The annual Prešeren Prizes are the highest awards for the most important and momentous achievements in culture.

Slovenia has a very well-developed network of cultural institutions, organisations and associations, comparable with the wealthiest and most progressive countries in Europe. They host numerous events whose renown has spread to the rest of the world. The range of cultural events, festivals, concerts and exhibitions is enough to satisfy the most demanding of guests.

The small size of the market means that many artistic and cultural activities in Slovenia enjoy significant support and subsidies from the government, and funding from local authorities.

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Hotel Lev

Hotel Lev

Vosnjakova 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
The elegant Hotel Lev is in the heart of Ljubljana. It includes tastefully decorated and comfortable More info
Plaza Hotel Ljubljana

Plaza Hotel Ljubljana

Bratislavska cesta 8, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Built in 2012, Plaza Hotel Ljubljana is in Ljubljana’s shopping, entertainment and business di More info

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