According to ASK4BEAUTY, the main tourist centers are Ljubljana, Maribor (from where tourists go to numerous ski resorts), Postojna, located near the Postojna Pit karst cave, and the seaside resort of Portorož on the Adriatic coast. The fashionable resort of Blend on the shores of the lake of the same name, where people go skating in winter and relax on the beach in summer. Bland Castle is the former residence of the Bishops of Brixen. Ptuj – preserved Roman ruins, a place of traditional carnivals. Near the highest peak of Slovenia – Mount Triglav (2863 m), there is a national park, on the territory of which the ski resorts of Bohin, Bovec and Kranjska Gora are located. Balneological resorts in Rogashka Slatina, Portoroz, Chatezh. The cities of Slovenia have largely retained their medieval flavor. Narrow streets with 2-storey buildings predominate, ancient city walls have been preserved, town halls, numerous castles. Ljubljana – the old part of the city is remarkable with three bridges, one of which leads to the Town Hall (1718), with a baroque fountain and two open courtyards. On the hill rises an ancient castle and the Ljubljana Cathedral, in which ancient frescoes have been preserved. Of interest are the City Museum, the National Museum, the National Gallery, the Municipal Gallery and the Modern Art Gallery, the Church of St. Cyril and Methodius. Maribor is a cathedral and a castle built in the 12th century. Piran – maritime museum, town hall and court building, church of St. George (1344). Koper – Gothic cathedral (XV century) and Prestor’s palace (1452). The largest rivers – Sava and Drava – belong to the Danube basin. There are many glacial and karst lakes in the mountains. Almost half of the country’s territory is covered with forests. Beech and oak forests in the highlands give way to mixed and coniferous forests, subalpine and alpine meadows. The highlands gradually turn into low mountains and hills, overgrown with coniferous and deciduous forests, and then into fertile river valleys. The landscape here is very beautiful and varied. Spruce and pine forests climb up the spurs of the mountains, larch grows below, then beech and other deciduous species, forests in the east consist mainly of hornbeam, oak and noble chestnut. The Mediterranean Sea exerts its influence on the flora and fauna of the Karst plateau and the entire sea coast. Deer, hazel grouse and capercaillie live in mountain forests. Chamois and alpine goats climbed above all. Roe deer and hares, wild boars, partridges and other game birds live in the valleys. Feathers and other small animals are the same here as in other countries of Central Europe. Sometimes in the dense forests you can meet a bear. The decoration of the eastern plains are storks, which have chosen sandy chimneys of residential buildings for their nests. Mountain streams and lakes are usually rich in fish. Trout is also found here.
Slovenia: Cuisine of Slovenia
KITCHEN In Slovenia, food of excellent quality at very low prices. The aroma of Germany can be felt in sausages with sour sauce and meat with champignons. From Austria, Slovenian cuisine borrowed strudel, a special cake and scrambled eggs. The Balkan “burek” (layered pie with meat and cheese) is also popular here. There are many different types of dumplings, of which the cheese and nut dumplings are the most exquisite. Famous pastries include “potitsa” (“nut roll” and “gibanica” (a cake filled with apples and cheese and served hot). For lunch, soups are mainly served: beef broth, sour soup, fish soup from Istria and barley soup with pork. Goulash is often served as a second course.Traditional dishes can be tasted most often in hotels.In Slovenia, fine wines are made.There are top quality wines, vintage and table wines. Do not order wines labeled “uvoz” (import), as these unlabeled wines may not be of the highest quality. If the bottle has a metal or plastic stopper instead of a cork stopper, then this only indicates that the wine is young and not necessarily of poor quality. The highest quality wines in Slovenia: Beli Pinot, Merlot. The most original liqueur in Slovenia is Pleterska Hrushka, made by Carthusian monks. They grow a pear in a bottle, then fill it with brandy. The most original liqueur in Slovenia is Pleterska Hrushka, made by Carthusian monks. They grow a pear in a bottle, then fill it with brandy. The most original liqueur in Slovenia is Pleterska Hrushka, made by Carthusian monks. They grow a pear in a bottle, then fill it with brandy.
Slovenia: Culture of Slovenia
- January 1 and 2 – New Year
- February 8 – Prešeren Day
- March/April – Easter
- April 27 – Uprising Day
- May 1 and 2 – Labor Day
- August 15 – Assumption of the Virgin
- October 31 – Reformation Day
- November 1 – All Saints Day
- December 25 – Christmas
- December 26 – Independence Day
St. Martin’s Day (November 11) is widely celebrated. By this day, the grapes harvested in the summer turn into wine. Goose is served at a family dinner on this day.