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Travel Tips For Slovenia

What people think about a place, and what it actually is, can be two different realities. And so was the case with me before I travelled to Slovenia. While I was planning the route-map for my first backpacking trip across Europe, I considered Slovenia as something totally different than what it actually turned out to be. I expected it as a part of ‘wild west’ or Eastern Europe. Moreover to my guilt, my heart was always more drawn to the neighbouring countries of Italy, Austria and Hungary. But since there was no way to travel from Hungary to Italy, via land, without bypassing through Slovenia (because I didn’t want to cross through Croatia with a Schengen Visa), I decided to stay in Ljubljana for a few days. [Read: My First Impression of Ljubljana] So if you are visiting Slovenia for the first time, then read ahead. These four significant misconceptions are the most useful travel tips for Slovenia. Don’t Mix Slovenia And Slovakia Slovenian people are very friendly and well-versed. For almost always you will find them smiling, but if there’s one …

My First Impression Of Ljubljana, In Slovenia

Before I go any further, I’d like to confess that prior to my visit I knew a very little about Slovenia. Other than vaguely being aware of it as ‘a part of Eastern Europe’, I knew nothing more about this teeny-tiny country. And to my guilt, my heart was always more drawn to the neighboring countries of Italy, Austria and Croatia — as is often the case with a majority of tourists travelling through Europe. Perhaps that’s why, while crafting the itinerary, I gave Ljubljana (the only town in Slovenia where I stayed) no more than four days, out of which I even planned a day out and visited Lake Bled and Postojna Cave. But as I left Budapest, in Hungary, and inched my way towards Slovenia, I realised that we are only moving towards west, and to a place that looked far more organized and reformed, than what I’d initially thought, or have been experiencing for the past few weeks. I realised that Slovenia is actually not very Eastern European — neither by its geographic location, nor by its appearance. And speaking …

Day Trip To Lake Bled, Predjama Castle & Postojna Cave, From Ljubljana

Slovenia may seem like a tiny little country sandwiched between between nations from all its four directions, but it’s not. At least not when you think of all the beauty it holds. Throughout my 4 day stay in Slovenia, I was amazed by its diversity, and the experiences it had to offer. From serene lakes to gigantic cave parks to medieval towns — tell me what Slovenia doesn’t have. Nothing! But out of all the places of interest three highlights that complete your trip in Slovenia are Lake Bled, Postojna Cave, and the Predjama Castle. Located at only an hour’s drive from Ljubljana, it is fairly easy to explore all three places in one day, but only if you’ve your own car, given that the lake Bled is located in an opposite direction from Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. And since I’d only a day to spare, and didn’t want to rent a car and drive in solitude, I carefully chose a company called The Roundabout, which runs day trips from Ljubljana and Zagreb, and explored …

Metelkova District: Graffiti Art In The Streets Of Ljubljana

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, has always been a mystery for its visitors. Not many people travelling here have an idea what to expect, and I was no different. But as I arrived in Ljubljana, I realized that it was a town meant only to be loved. With its rich riverside café culture, and an old world European charm, it turned out to be unlike many other places I visited in Europe. But while the overwhelming charm and a chilled out vibe of Ljubljana Old Town enchants visitors, there is also an entirely different side to this fascinating city, which sometimes doesn’t. And you explore it as soon as you walk past the old historic heart, and enter into a shabby area of Metelkova, but of course, with a difference. Where graffiti, in many places, is considered, and even appear to be, a symbol of vandalism, in Ljubljana’s graffiti area the case was rather the contrary. Here it looked more like an art form. At Metelkova City artistic space, Ljubljana’s own graffiti area, several weird and wonderful …