Slovenia; Warm, Green and Smiling

Bohinj

If it wasn’t for my friends, I wouldn’t have fallen in love with Slovenia!

Although Slovenia is a very beautiful country and has many things to offer tourists to see and do, it is not being a hot spot for international tourism yet!

I met a group of Slovenian people in Germany, while I was there in 2005 because back then I have received a scholarship to study German language during the summer language course at the University of Köln. We became very good friends and kept in touch for five years, then I decided to visit them in Slovenia.

My trip to Slovenia was one of the best things I have ever done to myself, I simply fell in love with that country. I’m not going to talk much about it, instead I will let the pictures talk themselves out.

I will start with my favorite parts of Slovenia, Bohinj and Bled; two small towns on the West-Northern part of the country. But here is a map for you to see where everything is:

Map of Slovenia

Map of Slovenia

The pictures have been taken by my camera, I didn’t Photoshop any of the pictures in order to deliver the images and views without any extra effects, but as i used “Photo Grid” the application, the resolution wasn’t as good as the original.

Bohinj the beautiful town

Bohinj the beautiful town

For many Europeans this looks like a very typical village, but for me it wasn’t. I have been to some provinces near the city of Moscow, in Russia, but things looked different, since the landscape near Moscow is flat. The small houses in Bohinj look like Lego toys as you drive your car and look at them from a distance, and because the mountains are huge everything looks tiny and feels tiny, even yourself.

Bohinj is not just a village, it’s a historical place, The monument is to the four men from  Bohinj, who climbed the highest mountain in Slovenia, mount Triglav (2864 m), for the first time in 1776

The monument of the four men

The monument of the four men

They are pointing in direction of the mount Triglav. The monument is placed where the Lake Bohinj can be seen, I enjoyed myself on that seat!

Lake Bohinj

Lake Bohinj

The lake is absolutely breath taking, the view is calm and tranquil, when I first saw the lake my eyes couldn’t believe it was real, it looked pretty much like a huge 3D painting, it’s tremendously perfect. I consider myself lucky to be there while it was sunny, because usually in September it rains.

1500 m above sea level

1500 m above sea level

You can take the Gondola to view the place from a good deal of height, 1500 m above sea level makes a difference to the eye. It’s cold up there, it’s better to wear a jacket. From this location you can see the lake, a great part of the town, the woods and of course mount Triglav.

Bohinj has more to offer; waterfalls and springs, the water was super cold but perfectly fine for drinking! It’s mountain water, what more do you want?!

Waterfall

Waterfall

The town Bled is very close to Bohinj and It also has a lack, Lake Bled, it’s smaller in size, and the area is well equipped for tourists with hotels and services.

Bled

Bled

Let’s move to the Capital city, Ljubljana. Honestly, I spent a few hours there, and If I didn’t have the pictures I wouldn’t have remembered much about it, not because there is nothing special about the city, there certainly is something, but because few hours weren’t enough to explore the place!

Ljubljana

Ljubljana

There is a medieval castle in Ljubljana, which has been turned into a restaurant, I loved the place, if you go upstairs you can see the city and especially the old part of it. You can see my friends Grega and Vesna here in the picture.

Ljubljana Castle

Ljubljana Castle

The view from the Castle is really interesting, despite the rain that didn’t stop the whole day.

The view from Ljubljana Castle

The view from Ljubljana Castle

Ljubljana

Ljubljana, me and Vesna

I used to stay with my friends in Maribor, the 2nd biggest city in Slovenia, and we had great times there. There is so much history in Maribor, the people are very nice and friendly, I loved Maribor! Here are some shots of the city,

The City of Maribor

The City of Maribor

The City of Maribor

The City of Maribor

Maribor is famous with wine making; the Old Vine House is a cultural activity that introduces visitors to the tradition of wine making in the region as well as the preservation of the storied Old Vine, it’s where the Maribor Old Vine thrives, and it’s a museum now, very interesting to visit and see.

The City of Maribor

The City of Maribor

The City of Maribor

The City of Maribor

I sadly don’t have pictures of Maribor at night, but night life there during the weekends is kinda funny, since everything seems deserted and dark, and there is no traffic in the streets, because the city doesn’t have many inhabitants in it, when entering a bar or a pub or a club suddenly the place is full of people and crowded.

The last place I have been to, of course we passed through some cities and small towns, is Ptuj. In Ptuj there is another castle, which is now also a museum, very rich of history, culture, musical instruments, paintings and antiques, the place itself is beautiful.

Ptuj Castle was built in the middle of the 12th century to protect Ptuj from the Hungarians. It is located on a hill alongside the river Drava overlooking the town, and it’s an outstanding historical landmark.

Ptuj Castle

Ptuj Castle

So let me tell you a funny thing about this dog in the painting, me and my friends were walking inside the castle, everything was quiet, since it’s a museum, everything is neat, clean and there weren’t many people visiting the place back then. We were looking everywhere, observing things and the place, studying the paintings on the walls when we suddenly saw this dog, and funny enough we all saw it at the same time, the three of us burst in loud laughter and tears ran on my cheeks, the woman who worked in that hall was strict and upset and asked us to be quiet. later we asked each other why we laughed, and everyone said the same thing: I thought at the beginning that the dog was a pig but when I saw the prince standing next to it, it didn’t make sense, then again it didn’t make sense because it didn’t look like a dog.

Ptuj Castle

Ptuj Castle

Ptuj Castle

Ptuj Castle

In Ptuj there is a festival called Fašenk Fest, it was originally a festival to start spring and push the winter away, farmers used to wear scary costumes and masks to scare the winter. I thought that part of the castle/museum was pretty cool.

Ptuj Castle

Ptuj Castle

I would like to visit Slovenia again some day, and roam around the countries around it. Although during that trip I visited three different countries; Germany, Italy and Slovenia, I spent the best time in Slovenia, and had so much fun.

I would like to thank my friends Grega, Marko, Maja and Vesna, and I recommend Slovenia to people who like to travel.

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19 Comments

  1. Oh yes, magic Slovenia. Been there in 2006 and just loved the place, especially Ljubljana – what an awesome town. The country is so green that it can even match New Zealand. Actually I think some of the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings were filmed there. Must go back and do some proper investigation for http://greencitytrips.com!

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