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Slovenia

Slovenian’s ancestors created a state that was one of the earliest examples of parliamentary democracy in Europe. Their ruler was elected by popular vote. They were later beaten and subjugated by the Bavarians and the Franks. They kept their native language and many of their pagan beliefs, despite being Christianized. They would join the Holy Roman Empire and Austria, and later the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians. During World War II, Slovenia would be invaded by Germans, Hungarians and Italians which would lead to a civil war between communist and anti-communist factions. They would gain their independence on June 25th, 1991.

de_0118_slovenia - On the purple side of Alps

Attractions

One of the main attractions in Slovenia are the Postojna caves. It is 5.3 km of publicly accessible caves. You can get more information and book your tour here. The Soča river is a beautiful emerald green river which winds through the Trenta valley. Both would be a great sight to see while on your vacation. Ljublijana, the country’s capital, has the National Museum of Slovenia which houses many interesting and old artifacts. To arrange your trip simply go here. The city’s capital is always nice to visit, but especially during the Christmas holiday season when it is decorated.

Slovenia is located in the Alps so their is a lot of hiking, nordic walking and cross-country skiing to be done while on your vacation. After you’re finished seeing the Alps you can relax in one of Slovenia’s many spas. Check out one of the 15 natural spas that Slovenia boasts here. There are also plenty of golf courses for the golf enthusiast in Slovenia. Play one of the best courses in Slovenia here.

de_0002_slovenia - Central Market in Ljubljana overlooking the canal, Slovenia

Local Food & Drink

Slovenian food is plain, heavy and meaty. Here are some of their specialties: jota (soup made with potatoes, beans, spare ribs, sauerkraut, and garlic); žganci (polenta); kraški pršut (like prosciutto); žlikrofi (potato dumplings); and štruklji (sweet dumplings). Gibanica (cake-like pastry) and potica (roll) are two of the popular desserts one can expect to eat while in Slovenia.

As far as drinks go, Slovenia is known for their beer, wine, spirits, coffee and tea. The main types of beer in Slovenia are Laško and Union. Two popular brands of wine are Cviček and Teran. For spirits, check out their brandy. The popular brand is called žganje. If you are not up for alcohol, Slovenia offers Turkish-style coffee and an assortment of herbal and black teas.

de_0003_slovenia - Bled lake, island

Safety

Slovenia is one of the safest countries to visit anywhere. Petty theft occurs very seldom and mostly in the southern parts of Slovenia. People can get a bit aggressive after drinking when out at bars or discotheques. There is a possibility of being groped. The emergency number in Slovenia is 112. However, for just the police, the number is 113.

Tap water is fine in Slovenia. Slovenia also has high hygiene standards. Beware of ticks. Always make sure to wear your repellant. The ticks in Slovenia carry Borreliosis which has become quite widespread in the country. Also, there are two types of poisonous snakes that can be found in the Alps. Don’t worry. It is very unlikely that you will be bitten by either.