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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 itinerary for my first backpacking trip across Europe, I expected Slovenia as a part of the ‘wild west’ or the ill-famous 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 travelling through Slovenia (because I didn’t want to cross through Croatia holding a Schengen Visa), I decided to pass through Slovenia, and moreover 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 thing that really annoys is someone referring to …

My First Impression Of Ljubljana, In Slovenia

Before I go any further, I’d like to confess that prior to my visit to Slovenia I knew a very little about this country, but my first impression of Slovenia changed it all. Other than vaguely being aware of it as ‘a part of Eastern Europe’, I knew nothing more about Slovenia. 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 were only moving towards west, and to a place that looked far more organized and reformed, than what I’d initially thought, or had been experiencing for the past few weeks. I realised that Slovenia was actually not very Eastern European — …

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

Slovenia may appear like a tiny country sandwiched between stronger nations from all its directions, but speaking of the beauty it holds, there’re no rivals. Throughout my 4-day travel 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 — Slovenia had something for everyone. But out of all the places of interest three highlights that complete your visit to 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 highlights in one day, given you are driving, because lake Bled is located in the opposite direction from that of Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle’s. But those travelling alone and not wanting to rent a car, as was the case with me, can opt for one of the day trips available from Ljubljana. I chose a company called The Roundabout, which runs day trips from Ljubljana and Zagreb, and explored the three highlights in under …

Metelkova District: Graffiti Art In The Streets Of Ljubljana

Before I arrived in Ljubljana, I’d no idea that Ljubljana — which happened to be the tiniest capital towns I’d ever seen in life (even tinier than Thimpu) — also happens to be one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals. With a rich riverside café culture, an exceptionally peaceful vibe, and an old-world European charm, Ljubljana turned out to be one of those rare towns I’d like to revisit any day. But where the overwhelming charm and a chilled out vibe of Ljubljana Old Town enchant visitors and make them want to revisit again and again, there is also an entirely different side to the city — yes, I am talking about the shabby, but the respected graffiti area of the Metelkova district. 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 buildings stand still, almost harmoniously, for you to marvel at, …