In the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana,
Triple Bridge serves as an entry way
to a very picturesque Old Town
By far one
of the most scenic of the former Soviet republics, Slovenia lies
in the eastern Alps at the northeastern end of the Adriatic Sea,
to the north, Italy
to the northwest, Hungary
to the northeast and Croatia
to the south.
small size, Slovenia more than makes up for it with the charm
of its capital city, the natural beauty of its countryside, and
the legendary warm and hospitality of its people.
a more unhurried and authentic travel experience, with affordably
cheap hotels and scenic travel tours, Slovenia is an Eastern European
gem that, so far, remains largely "undiscovered" on
main European tourist routes.
From ski resorts
and outdoor adventure travel in the beautiful Julian Alps, to
world class diving in Adriatic
Sea beaches, or tasting tours along Slovenia's
wine road, this tiny country is big on offering unique travel
experiences appealing to a wide range of interests.
More to Explore:Slovenia also boasts world famous Lipizzan horses at their original birthplace Lipica, or in northwest Slovenia take a peaceful boat tour around Bled, the "paradise under the Alps". (Botton photo): A short day trip from Slovenia's capital city lies the vast and breathtaking cave system hidden underneath Predjama Castle in Postojna.
Basic Slovene travel phrases:
- ivijo (ZHEE-vyoh)
PLEASE - Prosim (PROH-seem)
THANK YOU - Hvala. (HVAH-lah)
YES - Da (dah)
NO - Ne (nah)
EXCUSE ME - Oprostite (oh-prohs-TEE-teh)
DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH? - Govorite angleko? (goh-voh-REE-teh
WHERE IS THE TOILET? - Kje je stranice? (kyeh yeh
is the major language spoken throughout the country, English is
commonly spoken and understood in the larger cities. This is especially
true with the younger set and college students who, thanks to
the Slovenian education system, are taught several languages (including
French, Spanish and German) from grade school onwards.
A walk around Ljubljana
A major attraction
on any visit to Slovenia is, of course, the scenic capital city
of Ljubluana (pronounced "lyoob-lyAH-nah") with its
trendy downtown cafes and a wide range of restaurants serving
up local Slovenian specialties, as well as an array of international
cuisine (including great pizza!)
Cross the Ljubljanica river over the Triple Bridge and amble around
(or take the touristy mini-train) to the Old Town for a trip back
in time to the Middle Ages surrounded by narrow, winding streets,
medieval buildings, and a stop at Ljubljanica castle for magnificent
views of the city.
While here, also be sure to take in the movie
presentation that explains city history from ancient Roman times
to the present in glorious 3D.
More about Slovenia travel and tourism around the Web:
- Slovenia - The official site, with information on top
attractions by city or region and day trips out to the countryside
with guides to wine trails, tourist farms and mountain ski resorts,
plus hotel booking, practical travel tips, photos and virtual
Travel Guide - Fodor's - Expert tips and advice on what
to see and do with itinerary planner, guides to the Alps and the
Soca Valley, the Karst and Adriatic Coast and more with hotel
and restaurant reviews, travel tips and photos.
travel guide - Wikitravel - Detailed insider tips and
advice on major attractions and things to do and see, plus overviews
of regional cuisine, hotels and other accommodation, practical
travel advice and safety tips.