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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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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.
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.
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.
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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Join Marija at her small shop, tucked within the cobbled streets of Ljubljana—a city we visit on this adventure—to watch her use her father’s traditional techniques and tools for repairing umbrellas.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
Trip Extension: Bled, Slovenia
Get to know the many treasures of Bled, Slovenia: stunning scenery, folk music, gingerbread, and distinctive history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.
Activity Level 1:
Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.
Activity Level 2:
Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.
Activity Level 3:
Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.
Activity Level 4:
Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.
Activity Level 5:
Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.
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