Slovenia is a small Central European country characterised by an exceptional diversity of landscapes, pristine nature and friendly people. A short drive of just over two hours brings you from the azure waters of Mediterranean to the rugged, snowy peaks of the Alps. Towards northeast they give way to the Pannonian lowlands, and gently descend southeast to the Dinaric Mountains with their majestic forests and abundance of wildlife. Along the way one wanders over the mysterious Karst and its subterranean world. Common to all of this is the colour green, the national colour of Slovenia. The diversity of experiences close to the capital can enhance and bring added value to the MSOA 17th International Meeting in Ljubljana!
Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist resorts. Its most distinctive features are a lake of glacial origin famous for a little island in the middle where you can be taken in a traditional “pletna” boat, and an 11th century castle which stands on a precipitous cliff above the lake. Bled became a popular tourist resort in the 19th century, when the Swiss doctor Arnold Rikli discovered the beneficial effects of its natural surroundings and founded a health resort there. The town is also for the famous Bled-style vanilla-and-cream cake called “kremšnita”.
POSTOJNA CAVE AND PREDJAMA CASTLE
The town of Postojna is famous worldwide for its underground caves and the nearby Predjama Castle. Postojna Cave is a 20-km long Karst cave system, a web of underground passages, galleries and chambers, which has in almost 200 years been visited by over 33 million people accompanied by experienced cave guides. It is both the largest cave of the Classical Karst and the show cave with the biggest number of visitors in Europe. It is an underground fairy tale you will never forget! The cave is easily accessible without any strenuous uphill walking. Part of the visit to the cave is done by train and part of it on foot. Throughout the year the temperature remains at approximately 10 degrees Celsius.
Predjama Castle reigns over the surrounding area, perched high up in a vertical cliff, 9 km from Postojna Cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. It is an interesting and romantic sight during the year. It was first mentioned in writing in 1202. Predjama Castle is a Guinness World Record Holder as the largest cave castle in the world. The castle is only accessible from one side, however the legend says that the robber baron Erazem got his food and drinks supply through a secret passage leading from the old castle onto the surface. During this time, the emperor’s army was besieging his castle in vain and it took a trick played on Erazem by his opponents and a corrupt servant for Erazem to fall.
Piran is an old Mediterranean town situated on a peninsula on the northern side of Istria. Its most impressive sights are the Cathedral of St. George, built in the 12th century, and the Tartinijev trg square, named after the famous Piran-born Italian composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini. The town is actually one large museum with medieval architecture and rich culture heritage on every corner. You will wander around the town on the way to the hill, from where you can enjoy the magnificent view of Croatia, Italy, and Slovenian coast all the way to the Slovenian Alps.
The Bohinj resort is famous for its scenic alpine lake of glacial origin and unspoilt nature. It is one of the most beautiful places in the heart of the Julian Alps and in Triglav National Park. Things to see in the vicinity of the lake include a frescoed 14th century church of St. John and the Savica waterfall, the source of the Sava Bohinjka river, immortalised by the greatest Slovenian poet, France Prešeren in his tale in verse The Baptism on the Savica. Bohinj is the starting point of a route to the top of Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain and a revered national symbol depicted on the Slovenian flag. The route leads through a famous high-mountain valley with seven lakes.
Lipica Stud Farm lies in the picturesque Karst region of Slovenia, in the heart of a green oasis under the azure Mediterranean sky. The cradle of the Lipizzaner horse was founded in 1580 and is the oldest European stud farm continuously breeding one of the oldest cultural horse breeds. Today, it is a jewel among the cultural and historical monuments of the Republic of Slovenia and has gained world fame In the period after World War II, Lipica Stud Farm established its own classical riding school and has successfully performed with its horses at various equestrian events all over the world.
Ptuj is the oldest town in Slovenia and because of it’s historical significance, many buildings are protected as monuments. Near the town, the largest reservoir in Slovenia has been formed by a dam on the Drava River. Ptuj is the center place of Slovenia’s largest carnival carnival, an ancient Slavic pagan rite of spring and fertility called ”Kurentovanje”. The town’s historical heritage is best exemplified by Ptuj Castle which was built in the mid-12th century, when it was constructed as a defence against the Hungarians. Today, this castle is a museum, where the rich collections of the Regional Museum of Ptuj are housed.
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