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Slovenia, a tiny country about the size of Wales or the state of New Jersey, is carpeted in forests making it one of the greenest nations in Europe. Soaring snow-capped Alpine mountains, underground caves and a craggy coastline draw adventure travelers, with such sports available as white-water rafting, canyoning, skiing and mountain biking. But there's a surfeit of wonderful sights and architecture, too, including Venetian port towns, hilltop castles, lavish Baroque churches and the legacy of Slovenia's own Jože Plečnik, whose uniquely designed buildings help define Ljubljana. Vineyards fill the rolling hills and valleys between the ...

Slovenia, a tiny country about the size of Wales or the state of New Jersey, is carpeted in forests making it one of the greenest nations in Europe. Soaring snow-capped Alpine mountains, underground caves and a craggy coastline draw adventure travelers, with such sports available as white-water rafting, canyoning, skiing and mountain biking. But there's a surfeit of wonderful sights and architecture, too, including Venetian port towns, hilltop castles, lavish Baroque churches and the legacy of Slovenia's own Jože Plečnik, whose uniquely designed buildings help define Ljubljana. Vineyards fill the rolling hills and valleys between the mountains and the sea, and Slovenian wines are high quality — duck into a wine cellar in such regions as Vipava (for reds) and Podravje (for whites). Ljubljana is one of the most pleasant small capitals on the continent, with a captivating blend of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture as well as Plečnik’s unique buildings, a medieval Old Town and riverside cafes. Keep in mind that winter is the time for skiers (and a fairly bleak season for everyone else) and in summer some attractions, particular along the coast, can get very crowded.

Steve Fallon
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Steve Fallon has more than two dozen years of experience as a travel writer and guidebook author, having written or contributed to some 80 Lonely Planet and other guides.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Southern Central Europe bordering Italy to the west, the Adriatic Sea to the southwest, Croatia to the south and east, Hungary to the northeast, and Austria to the north.
  • Language: Slovenian
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel