Consider a Slovenia vacation on your next trip to Europe.
Originally part of the old Yugoslavia, Slovenia has emerged as a first-class travel destination and has been compared to Austria, with which it not only shares a border but also has comparable attractive features.
The capital, Ljubljana (pronounced Loobliana). You'll struck by the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The whole city seems to enjoy spending time at outdoor cafes and restaurants. This is a way of life in Ljubljana, reminiscent of Paris in that respect. That said, this city shares similarities with Salzburg in Austria. There is a dominating castle in the centre located high on a hill overlooking the city and there is a similarity in the architecture of the older historical buildings. One wonderful attraction in Ljubljana is the river which runs through its midst. This is the very attractive Ljubljanica River which cuts right through the centre of the city. The new city and modern commercial core lies to the west of the river, while the old city and castle are located on the east side. Although not very wide, it has a charming character. This is mainly due to the tree-lined banks which have numerous open-air terraced restaurants and cafes where both the locals and visitors alike can relax and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings. At night, this is a lively place to visit while on a Slovenia vacation. The river is enhanced by a number of very unique and attractive bridges that straddle it. One called The Triple Bridge consists of three separate picturesque bridges located next to one another. Another is The Dragon Bridge which is guarded by four dragon statues from the city’s coat-of-arms. There are several other bridges all equally different.
The aforementioned castle, most of which dates back to the 16th century, literally seems to hang over the city centre on top of a hill highly visible from almost everywhere. To access the castle, you can take the funicular from the old town or one of the three main walking routes. Once up on the top of the hill, you will have fantastic panoramic views of Ljubljana. In the castle itself, there is a watchtower, a chapel, an interesting exhibition on Slovenian history, a Time Machine tour, a puppet theatre, and two restaurants. Sandwiched between the river and the castle hill is the old town with well-preserved medieval buildings which house boutique shops and a number of restaurants and cafes. You can meander off the main street here and explore the narrow alleyways and lanes which can reveal something such as a small square or historic building.