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Essential Country Information:

Slovenia


♦ Capital: Ljubljana 

♦ Currency: Euro €

♦ Time Zone: +1 GMT                           

♦ Phone Code: +386

   

♦ Best time to visit: April to October

♦ Must Taste: Pancakes

♦ Must Drink: Ganje (Fruit Brandy)

♦ Don't miss: Ljubljana Castle


♦ Number of times visited: 2

Getting there and transportation: Flying to Slovenia is somewhat restricted to only major European capitals, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Belgrade, Munich, Zurich or Paris being the most common. Adria Airways is the country's flag carrier and has the most flights together with major European carries flying to Western Europe as well as Istanbul or Moscow in the east. 
However it's perhaps a good option to travel to the country via international rail from Germany, Croatia or Hungary for example doing a tour around the neighbouring countries. It's possible to reach the capital by international Bus, Eurolines offers the best connections. 

Weather and temperature: The geographical diversity of Slovenia creates very different climates.  This mixture creates a great variation of temperatures, which range between -15°C in winter up to over 40°C in summer. Rain is frequent in autumn and Spring. 
The main tourist season is obviously during the months of August and July, which you should avoid if you are looking for peace and quiet. The ideal time to enjoy excursions or to visit the valleys is the month of May, which combines glorious sunshine and the blossoming of the flowers.Therefore the best time to visit is in the Spring or early Autumn. (April-June or September-October). 

Food and Drink: Slovenia's national cuisine consists of simple fresh produce and has been influenced by its neighbours, namely Austria, Italy and Hungary. Soup is a typical starter followed by pork, chicken or turkey dish with seasonal vegetables or salad. Each region has its own special dessert, but pancakes are popular throughout the country.
Specialities found are: Poticaa circular cake with a variety of fillings, namely nuts, honey, cream, raisins and cinnamon. Goulasha stew of meat and vegetables popular from the Hungarian side. Gibanicaa popular layer cake made with pastry, cheese and eggs. Nanos ,a Slovenian hard cheese. Bled cream cakelashings of vanilla cream between two slices of pastry.
As for drinks, Ganje is popular, a potent brandy made from local fruit. Wine, Slovenia produces many outstanding wines which include whites, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Furmint and Rebula, and rich reds such as Terrano. Union is a popular Slovenian beer  as well as Lasko.

Author's Comment:

Slovenia and it's cities have a lot of beauty, together with very green scenery make it a very relaxed country to visit. Coming to Slovenia was ideal for transiting whilst visiting other capitals. Staying in Ljubljana was very relaxing, a city with a romantic feel to it, so easy to walk around, admiring it's buildings and enjoying eating in stylist restaurants with terraces next to the river. 

Ljubljana tourism Information: 

Ljubljana is Slovenia's capital and largest city. It's famous for its green spaces and the curving Ljubljanica River, lined in outdoor cafes, divides the city's old town from its commercial hub.It's a young city with many universities around it's old town offering a good contrast to the local population with many foreign students. It's a small city ideal for a weekend gateway and is rumoured to be very romantic specially in the Spring and the summer. 
Transport:  From the airport, the cheapest way to get into the centre of Ljubiana is by bus. Every hour bus number 28 departs to and from the airport, costing about €4.50 and taking about 50min. However at weekends busses runs less frequently.The bus stop of the airport is located close to the terminal (Letališče Brnik), the stop in the city centre can be found at the main bus station (Avtobusna postaja Ljubljana), located next to the train station of Ljubljana.
The city of Ljubljana is small enough not to use public transportation if you stay in the city centre. When arriving by bus it only takes 10 min walking to the centre. However if you wish to visit some of the outskirts then it would be necessary to take a bus.There is a contact-less card called, Urbana City Card
It's also possible to use the Urbana card to pay for using the funicular to and from Ljubljana Castle. When you use it it allows any amount of trips up to 90 minutes from the time of payment for the first journey.
What to see and do? The main buildings and historical sites can be highlighted below:
Ljubljana Castle, originally a Medieval fortress, probably built in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 12th century, it was since the early 19th century used as a penitentiary, then in the first half of the 20th century as a residential complex and in the latest times as a tourist attraction and a major cultural venue showing the original features of the medieval construction. The Triple Bridge, it's a group of three bridges across the Ljubljanica River. It connects the Ljubljana's historical, medieval, town to the modern city. Tivoli Park, the largest park in Ljubljana about a 20 min walk from the centre. Ljubljana Cathedral, officially named St. Nicholas's Church, from the Baroque style. The National Museum of Slovenia close to Tivoli Park. Nebotičnik is a prominent high-rise building, it's one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. It rises to a height of 70.35m. 
Accommodation:  It's cheap and reasonable to stay in the city, there are plenty of Hotels and Hostels. Staying 10-15 min away might be better and cheaper as to find a better quality-priced hotel. However there are plenty of student accommodation and so Airbnb  is popular. 
Recommended duration:  Ljubljana is a very small city and walking around the city can be done in one day easy visiting a few of the landmarks. A 2 night stay would be enough as you travel to other destinations within the region. 

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