Ever since the break of Yugoslavia in 1991, many of the Balkan states that broke away from the union have become more and more popular when it come stop tourism. This area of Europe is often shunned by many travelers who instead go off in search of Paris, Milan, London and Barcelona experiences but for true travelers who want to travel cheaply and learn about a new region, Eastern Europe is the place to go.
One such nation is Slovenia, an amazing country with rich culture and some of Europe’s most breathtaking scenery. Here are some of the cultural highlights which you can expect to see on a trip to Slovenia.
Recognized by scientists as one of the Earth’s natural treasures, this cave network in the regional park of the same name offers tourists some of the most outstanding geological formations that Mother Nature ever produced. These caves are one of the largest underground canyons in the World and has been inhabited since pre-historic times.
This medieval castle sits at the peak of a cliff that overlooks the vast lake bled and it is one of the most famous castles in Slovenia and the oldest. Built in the 11th Century, the castle features three squares and two towers and is a fascinating place to visit for its history and for it views over the city and Lake of Bled.
This is a collection of three bridges which go across the Ljubljana River in the heart of Slovenia’s capital. The three bridges connect the Old Town with the new city of Ljubljana and were built in the 13th Century. These bridges form an important part of the capital’s landscape and they are a popular tourist attraction.
In Slovenia’s Loz valley lies the grand Sneznik Castle, a 13th Century castle which has since been renovated and restored to its glorious past. This 4 story building has been the home of Princes and royalty for many years and is currently open to the public as a museum. The castle is filled with murals and artwork from throughout the years and the estates which have occupied the building.
Soca is a river that flows downs from the Alps and crosses through Slovenia and Italy, the river is notable for its glacier-blue color and throughout history was considered a vital pipeline to ferry food, water and supplies during the Austro-Hungarian dynasty. There are many locations where you can see the river or enjoy a range of activities on it.
Many people are not aware that the Alps mountain range also occupies Slovenia and they can be seen in all their splendor from mountains like Mangart. Mangart is only the third highest peak in Slovenia but it is possible the most impressive. The road leading up to the mountain must be seen to be believed as it meanders through the Alpine landscape offering incredible vistas. Under the northern face of the mountain are two glacial lakes which only serve to add a cherry on the top of this breathtaking mountain.