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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

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