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SLOVENIA

It wasn’t until 1991 that present-day Slovenia split from Yugoslavia, making it one of the last sovereign European states to gain its independence. And, it wouldn’t be until 2007 that the Slovenian government adopted the Euro as its official currency. As suggested by the timing of these historical milestones—and coincidentally, the first syllable of its name—Slovenia is not known for its haste. Instead, Slovenian culture is heralded for its slow-paced, laid back, and relaxed nature. With one of the highest-ranked education systems in Europe, the Slovenian people have a reputation for balancing an admirable work ethic with a penchant for relaxation. Add to that a sophisticated arts scene, breathtaking scenery, and delectable cuisine, and it quickly becomes apparent why Slovenia is such a stimulating place for those seeking cultural exploration.

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Ljubljana

Rebuilt by local architect Joze Plecnik after nearing complete destruction in an 1895 earthquake, Ljubljana—Slovenia's capital, and Europe's greenest city—combines original medieval, Baroque designs with more innovative elements from its early 20th-century reconstruction. The emerald-green Ljubljanica River bisects the city center, dividing the modern-day commercial section to the west from the baroque section, with its ancient castle ruins, to the east. Traffic is restricted here, which adds to the city's slowed down, relaxed atmosphere. Quaint bridges connect the two sides of the city center, and cafes line the narrow streets of the Old Town.

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Lake Bled

Surrounding Bled island, and flanked by towering mountains and lush forest, lies perhaps the most iconic vista in all of Slovenia: Lake Bled. A piercing blue oasis in a sea of green, Lake Bled captivates visitors with the fairy-tale imagery it evokes. With medieval Bled Castle perched on a precipice above its north shore, and bells ringing from the 17th-century church on the island in its center, spending time around Lake Bled is a breathtaking experience. Pletnas, traditional wooden boats, ferry people back and forth from Bled island, and local legend has it that the mystical church bells reverberating from its center have the power to make wishes come true.

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Piran

Part of the Venetian Empire until the 13th century, and then governed by Italy until 1947, it's no wonder many travelers note Piran's Italian influences. Constructed on a small piece of land that stretches into the Adriatic Sea, this seaside town blends the old with the new, its main Tartinijev Square boasting both medieval architecture and contemporary art galleries. A stroll atop the city walls exposes commanding views of the city's coastal surroundings. In the center of the main square stands a statue commemorating Baroque violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, who was born in Piran and represents the town's adoration for classical music.

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Postojna Cave

Two million years old and twelve miles long, Postojna Cave is a limestone labyrinth that was hollowed out by the Pivka River. For 140 years, a railway has been running through the cave, allowing visitors to explore its mysterious underground tunnels, which happen to connect to Predjama Castle, the world's largest cave castle. Stalactites—sharp, icicle-like mineral deposits left behind by water dripping through the cave from above—reach down from the ceilings toward stalagmites, or mineral mounds, that line the ground. And, if you're lucky, you might spot sightless, amphibious, snake-like Olms, which only reside in Postojna Cave.

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Most Popular Films

Films featuring Slovenia from international, independent filmmakers

Maja: A 365 Docobites Film

A young woman recounts her experience climbing Slovenia’s famous mountain, Mount Triglav.

Produced by Epiphany Morgan

Martin: A 365 Docobites Film

We’ve been working with independent international filmmakers to provide you with films that portray the people, culture, and lifestyles of the countries you're interested in visiting. We believe this film offers a unique perspective on the Adriatic.

Produced by Epiphany Morgan

Slovenia: Month-by-Month

There are pros and cons to visiting a destination during any time of the year. Find out what you can expect during your ideal travel time, from weather and climate, to holidays, festivals, and more.

Slovenia in January-February

Heavy snowfalls, chilly winds, and sleeting rains mark January and February in Slovenia. These are the coldest months of the year, and as such many sites and tourists attractions can be closed.

But Slovenians aren’t deterred by the frosty temperatures: Winter sports are a popular way to survive—and even thrive—during January and February. Slovenia has a small but growing ski industry, and the ski season is in full swing these months. 

Holidays & Events

  • February 8: Prešeren Day, or the Slovenian Cultural Holiday, is celebrated in remembrance of the Slovenian poet France Prešeren, the country’s best-known writer and artist and author of the Slovenian national anthem. 

Slovenia in March-April

As March’s last frosts give way to mild April, Slovenia comes to life: Outdoor markets return to village squares, tourist attractions open after winter’s hibernation, and temperatures creep towards a more pleasant 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Yet even with the rising temperatures and sunnier days, rain and cold snaps can still occur throughout the early spring, so it’s best to pack a warm rain jacket—but travelers who persevere will be rewarded with few fellow tourists to compete with and the beauty of the Slovenian countryside beginning to bloom. 

Holidays & Events

  • Late April: Each year, St George’s Fair brings a taste of the medieval to Ptuj, a pretty town in northeastern Slovenia known for its red roofs and charming cobbled lanes. The town square plays host to a medieval market, where vendors sell handcrafts and traditional Slovenian foods in stalls.
  • April 27: National Resistance Day commemorates the efforts of the Slovenian Liberation Front, a Nazi resistance group formed during World War II. This national holiday celebrates the Slovenian values of freedom, courage, and ingenuity.

Slovenia in May-June

May and June usher in warmer weather, with temperatures that reach up to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This is an ideal time to explore Slovenia’s outdoors: Flowers are in bloom across the country, and myriad hiking trails meander along trickling streams and splendid waterfalls from the snowmelt.

While the crowds of summer have yet to arrive, a number of popular music festivals throughout the country bring the locals out in droves. 

Holidays & Events

  • Early June: The Medieval Days at Bled Castle offers casual explorers and history buffs alike the chance to step into Slovenia’s medieval past. The Bled Castle—a 1,000-year-old fortress perched on a sheer cliff face—puts on a series of events each June to celebrate the nation’s history, including archery and sword fighting lessons, a fire-breathing show, and a knight’s tournament.
  • Late June: The Ljubljana Jazz Festival is an annual five-day ode to jazz music featuring workshops, discussions, and musical performances from emerging artists and jazz greats. 

Slovenia in July-August

Summers here are pleasant and warm, without being too hot: Daytime temperatures rarely soar higher than 80 degrees Fahrenheit, making this an exceptionally great time of year for exploring the country’s charming cities and pristine national parks. Other travelers think so, too: July and August are Slovenia’s peak season, and Lake Bled can get quite busy.

August is considered the best time to climb Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s beloved 9,000-foot peak. Alpine regions throughout the country remain cooler than the cities, so if you plan on visiting higher elevations it’s wise to pack a warm jacket. 

Holidays & Events

  • Early-mid July: The Bled International Music Festival is a two-week extravaganza celebrating all genres of music, but focusing primarily on classical. This is considered one of the cultural highlights of the year in Bled.
  • Mid-July: The Festival of Beer and Flowers brings more than 120,000 visitors to the small town of Laško each year for a celebration of traditional Slovenian customs. Over four days, the festival hosts colorful street parades, evening fireworks shows, traditional food stalls, and musical performances ranging from Slovenian folk to modern pop.
  • July-August: For two months each year, Ljubljana comes alive during the Summer Festival. More than 80 musical performances grace venues across the city, drawing crowds of locals and visitors alike to Slovenia’s capital.   

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If you are in Slovenia during July, you won’t want to miss Bled Days, an annual festival held in the charming town of Bled. Traditional Slovenian crafts and dress are on display during the festival, which culminates in Bled Night, when thousands of candle-filled egg shells are launched across Lake Bled. 

Slovenia in September-October

While temperatures remain warm in September, the summer's warmth is gone by October when the weather cools and the rains of autumn begin. The changing weather means fewer tourists visit during these months, allowing for a less crowded Slovenian experience.

During the fall the leaves change colors, igniting locations like Lake Bled, Vintgar Gorge, and Lake Bohinj with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. The colorful fall foliage creates a scenic backdrop for those hiking or boating.

Holidays & Events

  • October: The Old Wine Festival in Maribor signifies the harvest of the world’s oldest grape vine and culminates with the beginning of wine season in November.  The celebration features cultural and culinary traditions like grape harvesting, wine and food tastings, and hiking and bike tours.
  • October 31: To recognize the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the translation of the Bible into the Slovenian language, Slovenians celebrate Reformation Day with pageants, plays, and religious services.

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Hosted on the reflective Lake Bohinj in a village that seems stuck in time, the Cow Ball coincides with the return of the cow herds from their mountain pastures. The best cow wins a bouquet while the people enjoy folk music, traditional dances, and local food and drink.

Slovenia in November-December

Moving into November, fog and damp weather rolls in over Slovenia. And while it’s the wettest month, especially in the capital city of Ljubljana, and the weather cools, it’s not cold enough yet for snow to fall. The gloomy, rainy weather, however, means crowds remain thin throughout the month.

December brings drier weather with freezing temperatures that anticipate winter’s first snow. During the holiday season, the country lights up with the spirit of Christmas as Christmas markets large and small pop up in cities and towns.

Holidays & Events

  • November 11: Slovenia launches wine season on St. Martin’s Day with festivals featuring autumn dancing, wine tastings, and typical dishes such as shredded flat bread called mlinci and sweet breads like potica and pogača.

Must See

Despite the dreary November weather, this is the best time for wine lovers to visit as St. Martin’s Day kicks off Slovenia’s wine season and a series of wine festivals like those in Ljubljana, Kranj, and Maribor. Those who prefer the magic and joy of the holidays should explore the famous open-air Christmas Market in Ljubljana’s old town, one of the top ranked Christmas markets in Europe, for mulled wine, crafts, and sweets. Or consider the winter wonderland of Bled’s Festive Winter Village promenade with cultural entertainment, treats, and music.

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