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TOP 10 MUST SEE SLOVENIA ATTRACTIONS

Most popular sights, top sightseeing, historical sites, and places with the best views THE Slovenia Book: Top 100 Destinations (3rd Edition) Slovenia is home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites and European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN). Its great cities of art, like Ljubljana, Maribor, Koper and Piran are famous and have been attracting visitors for centuries. Besides …

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Kranjska Gora: Slovenia‘s top mountain resort

Kranjska Gora is, not surprisingly, famous for its skiing and other winter sports. People from the area are often excellent skiers, as parents have their kids racing down the toughest runs as soon as they learn how to walk. Slovenia’s professional skiers have enjoyed a significant amount of success in World Cup and Olympic competitions …

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Ana Roš / The World’s Best Female Chef / No. 38 of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Ana Roš is the amazing chef of Hiša Franko, who together with her husband Valter Kramar, who manages the front of house and is the restaurant’s sommelier, has turned a traditional country inn that Valter’s parents used to run into a world class fine dining restaurant and guesthouse that is helping put Slovenia on the …

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Goriška Brda: Slovenia’s Tuscany

Brda – Slovenia’s foremost wine-growing areas Covering 72km2 of rolling hills between the Soča River and Italian border, Brda is one of Slovenia’s foremost wine-growing areas and only an hour’s drive from Ljubljana. Often described as a miniature version of Tuscany, every hill seems to be topped with a large church surrounded by a charming …

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JB restavracija

After more than 25 years in the business JB is firmly entrenched as one of the best restaurant in Slovenia – and one of the top 100 in the world in 2010 – with this fine-dining experience coming courtesy of founder and multiple award-winning head chef, Janez Bratovž.  Located in one of Jože Plečnik’s more …

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Gostilna Pri Lojzetu, Dvorec Zemono

Dvorec Zemono, also known as Zemono Manor, is an exquisite 17th-century Palladian building in the village of Zemono, between Vipava and Ajdovščina. As well as the splendid architecture and frescoes, the site offers truly stunning views of the vineyards and peach trees in valley, and also attracts many visitors because it is home to Gostilna …

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Restavracija Strelec

Perched high up in the archer’s tower of the grand Ljubljana castle, Restavracija Strelec overlooks the city from a spectacular position. Strelec has both an inside and outside seating area, with the outside showcasing a magnificent view of the sprawling Ljubljana for its lucky diners. The inside of the restaurant has a modern flare, with …

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HIŠA TORKLA, Korte

Situated in a beautifully restored traditional 19th-century Istrian house in the charming hilltop town of Korte, the cuisine at Hiša Torkla is just as exceptional as the setting.  Prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients from local farmers, hunters and fishermen, many of the dishes are based on age-old Slovene recipes with a little bit of modern …

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Strelec: Winner of Best Restaurant in Ljubljana for 2017

Located in Ljubljana Castle and boasting a kitchen run by famed chef Igor Jagodic, the impecable Strelec was selected by our committee of experts and the voters as the Best Restaurant in Ljubljana and Central Slovenia during the inaugural 2017 THE Slovenia Restaurant Awards.  Perched high up in the archer’s tower of the grand Ljubljana …

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Restavracija Sedem

Restavracija sedem Restavracija Sedem, a culinary school restaurant, is located right in the heart of Maribor’s centre. Its students take much of the responsibility that comes with operating a restaurant which include welcoming guests, organising themselves and creating reasonably priced diverse dishes. With a coffee shop attached with delicious sweets and cocktails, and their offer …

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Restavracija Pavus – Grad Tabor Laško

If you’re looking for a truly unique and romantic dining experience, why not hike up to Tabor Castle on the hill that overlooks the town of Laško. Dating back to the 11th century, the castle was in ruins for nearly two hundred years until the Laško Brewery rebuilt it in the mid-1980s. The compact but …

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Restavracija hotela Grad Otočec

If location is all that matters, this might be one of the most romantic restaurants in Slovenia. In the middle of the Krka river, the restaurant nestled inside Otočec castle truly is a special place. And, of-course, the food more than matches its enchanting surroundings, with dishes like Chanterelle pockets with spinach, cream of fennel …

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Restavracija Cubo – WINNER 2019: Best Service by Diners Club Exclusive

Cubo’s location outside of the city centre doesn’t stop those foreigners and locals who appreciate good food and atmosphere from turning up here in droves every day. Taking the very best of the dining experience from décor to service to of course the food, they’ve come up with a truly inspiring place indeed.. Opting for …

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Rakar – gostilna in prenočišča

Their excellent service, elegant plating and use of fresh ingredients puts Rakar – gostišče in prenočišča on the map. But it’s with dishes like fried anchovies on marinated zucchini, juicy duck breast with herbs or pumpkin filled dumplings with cider and mustard seed sauce, where Rakar truly excels. Their large wine cellar, friendly staff and …

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Ošterija Debeluh

Considered by those in the know as one of the best restaurants in the region, if not the entire country, Ošterija Debeluh and acclaimed head chef Jure Tomič have built up a well-earned reputation for innovative, beautifully presented and most importantly delicious dishes. With their main focus always being simple, clean and seasonal flavours, Ošterija …

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Hiša Raduha

Opened in 1875, Hiša Raduha has been passed down through generations, with it now being head chef Martina Breznik’s turn to take the reins. Breznik places special emphasis on imaginative and innovative approaches when crafting dishes, while also balancing a deep admiration for tradition. The bountiful nature found right outside Hiša Raduha, the exquisite Raduha …

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Gostilna Pri kolovratu

First opening its doors in 1836, Gostilna Pri Kolovratu specialises in traditional Slovene food – even using recipes from the first Slovene cookbook. Offering hearty meals, including Ljubljana žlikrofi with mushrooms, and specialty appetisers like veal tongue, Pri Kolovratu ensures that their diners leave feeling satisfied and full. Their daily specials are also a great …

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Gostilna Na Gradu

Decidedly upmarket in appearance and service, the prices are surprisingly modest – especially given the truly unique location and dining experience that goes along with it. Na Gradu’s award-winning chefs pride themselves on the expert preparation of Slovenia’s diverse range of traditional dishes, which have been developed over the centuries in the country’s 24 separate …

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Gostilna Mahorčič

On your way to the coast and in the mood for a gourmet meal? A 2017 Jeunes Restaurateurs Heritage Award nominee, Gostilna Mahorčič prepares authentic dishes from the Brkini and Karst regions, using ingredients from local farmers and grocery producers.  They also have local delicacies (Karst juniper berry brandy, honey, homemade biscuits) available for purchase, …

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Gostilna Belšak, Slavkov dom

Gostilna Belšak, Slavkov dom, is nestled away between Ljubljana and Medvode, surrounded by meadows and forests. Its location offers an escape from the city and tranquility with its stunning views. Belšak pleases with dishes like fried chicken, noodles with truffles and roasted veal, as well as other seasonal specials. The building itself has as much …

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Gostišče Kapušin

Gostišče Kapušin, located in Bela Krajine, is a favourite of locals and tourists alike. With their multiple terraces and their hearty meals that leave guests satisfied, Kapušin makes for a lovely place to eat. Kapušin also offers the chance to be immersed in Slovene culture, with their traditional dishes specializing in the flavours of Bela …

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Gostilna Rajh

In Murska Sobota, a city in northeastern Slovenia, lies a small, elegant family restaurant. With their recent renovations, Gostilna Rajh’s interior is now also a medley of both traditional Slovene and modern, with wooden panels and one glass wall having black silhouettes of pigs printed on it. They are popular with both locals and gourmet …

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Danilo – Gostilna & Vinoteka

Danilo – Gostilna & Vinoteka, is a charming restaurant and winery found in Škofija Loka. The third generation that has inherited Danilo, brother and sister duo, Gašper and Nina Čarman, continue the establishment’s long tradition of producing delicious traditional dishes with a modern twist, more than living up to its motto ‘tradition, local, modern’. Its …

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Gostilna Slovenija New trademark

Gostilna Slovenja is a new trademark that has been introduced by The Section for Tourism and Catering at the Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia. The award will lay the foundations of modern culinary visibility in Slovenia. Each carefully selected gostilna must meet a certain criteria, including strong family connections that have passed …

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How to Choose the Perfect Last Minute Holiday or Business Gift in Slovenia?

It is almost the holidays and many of us are still scrambling around trying to choose the perfect gift for a friend, relative or a business partner. What do they want? What do they need? What can we buy? On the 25th of October, a roundtable of “DEBATA NA MALCI” – Book, Wine, Chocolate or USB stick? …

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THE Slovenia Weekly Events taking place in November

If you are in Ljubljana between November 6th and 9th, then don’t miss the high fashion shows of designers, which they are as established as fresh, domestic and foreign names. Come and find your new style. Come and see the amazing creations from designers from all over the region. Ljubljana Fashion Week / Feel. Every. LJFW. Moment.  Ljubljana Fashion Week will …

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Top Five Hotels Outside Ljubljana

You’ve enjoyed a few days exploring Ljubljana and are now ready to move on, but with so many sights and activities for tourists to choose from, where should you go next? North, East, South or West? For most visitors that come to Slovenia, Ljubljana will be their first stop. With its relaxed, cafe culture along …

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The Slovenia idea for lunch Julijana Restaurant, Bled

Exclusive gastronomy, an exclusive location and an exclusive ambience – exclusive tends to be a word that best describes Julijana Restaurant. The views of the lake and the castle are enchanting, and the gourmet delicacies on offer are sure to impress. The restaurant can only accommodate some 20 people, which gives it a uniquely intimate character.. …

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The Slovenia idea for lunch Shambala, Ljubljana

Not only does Shambala’s kitchen turn out some of the best (and spiciest) Asian cuisine in Slovenia, but the tranquil, almost meditative, ambience of the place allows you to enjoy your meal in a state of perfect relaxation – with some of the best service in town thrown in as an added benefit. Pepper sauce …

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The Slovenia idea for lunch Restaurant Kotlar, Kobarid

A hint of the sea is to be found in the Alps, specifically at Kotlar in the centre of Kobarid. A restaurant in the conventional sense of the word, there’s an elegant ambience that’s best enjoyed after dark. For dinner, whether it be romantic or celebratory in essence, the specialities include a mixed seafood entree, …

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The Slovenia idea for lunch Boheja Restaurant & Bar, Novo Mesto

Located within a modern yet warm and friendly building in Novo Mesto, Boheja specialise in producing diverse steaks, which is all we need to know. Cooked on a unique lava grill, we try not to delve into hyperbole too often but these steaks must be tasted. They must. Complimented by other original and seasonal dishes …

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The Slovenia idea for lunch Restaurant Rožmarin, Maribor

Opened by former professional tennis player Saša Arsenović, this sleeker than sleek establishment offers a varied menu that drips in quality from top to bottom. It is, without doubt, one of the finest spots for top quality food in Maribor, and the experience and passion for food is impossible to ignore. Shared plates are available …

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THE Slovenia Sunday lunch idea Gostilna Kunstelj, Radovljica

First opened in 1873, this friendly family-run guesthouse can be found in the centre of Radovljica’s old town, just north of Linhartov Trg.  The menu is focused on traditional Slovene favourites and also includes a number of house specialities as well as set multi-course menus for groups, all of which can be viewed in advance …

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THE Slovenia Sunday Lunch Gostilna Pri Planinskem Orlu, Stahovica

Some years ago we got lost trying to take a shortcut through the mountains in a heavy rain storm and ended up following a convoy of cars, which serendipitously led us to this traditional family-run restaurant on the road to Kamniška Bistrica. Seeing that the parking lot was packed despite the weather, we vowed to …

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Interview with Maja Pak Slovenian Tourist Board General Director

“Slovenia is interesting destination with exquisite gastronomic experiences, but it has to attract the tourists for whom the gastronomy is the primary reason for visiting. To achieve this, interesting products will have to be developed, and associated with others – like cultural offerings or programmes of active holidays or city breaks.”   What is European …

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Interview with Darrel Joseph Distinguished wine journalist and competition judge

“Because Slovenia is a small, niche wine producing country with many ambitious, talented producers making remarkable wines, its reputation as a quality wine-producing country is growing slowly but ever so surely.”Darrel Joseph is an American-born international wine writer, judge and lecturer living in Vienna, Austria. He specialises in the wine regions of Central, Eastern and …

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Distinguished wine journalist and competition judge

Darrel Joseph is an American-born international wine writer, judge and lecturer living in Vienna, Austria. His writing has appeared in publications including Decanter, Harpers Wine & Spirit, Wine Business International, Wine Spectator and Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book. With his extensive tasting experience, and specializing in the wine regions of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, …

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Slovenian Wine Varieties

Despite its small geographical size, Slovenia’s diverse wine regions and countless micro-climates make the terrain suitable for growing an incredibly wide variety of grapes, which are used to produce and equally wide variety of wines. Teran THE Slovenia Wine: Top 125 Experiences € 19.90 Award-winning vintages, eccentric winemakers, charming villages, castle wine tastings, fairy tale …

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Best regional restaurants West

RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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The Slovenia TRIP TIP VELIKA PLANINA – A hiker‘s paradise

Covering some 577 hectares of pastureland, Velika Planina is the catchall name for a number of plateaus that come together to make the highest alpine pasture plateau in Slovenia. Just a short drive outside of Kamnik, hordes of herdsmen’s cottages sit at an altitude of over 1500 metres surrounded by pine forests. It is a …

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THE SLOVENIA Photo of the week featured on INSTAGRAM @the.slovenia

The many colours of autumn. #lakejasna#kranjskagora #triglavnationalpark #autumn  #colours #theslovenia #igslovenia#igslovenia_mountains Photo credit: Instagram: Dragan Gavranovic Photography,  Facebook: Dragan Gavranovic Photography WE: October 16 to October 22. Follow us: FACEBOOK: The Slovenia INSTAGRAM: @the.slovenia  Tag your photos @the.slovenia or use #theslovenia to be featured on INSTAGRAM www.instagram.com/the.slovenia/ and www.the-slovenia.com To discover other unique places in Slovenia, check out THE SLOVENIA BOOK – AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE …

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Kranjska Gora: Slovenia‘s top mountain resort

Kranjska Gora is, not surprisingly, famous for its skiing and other winter sports. People from the area are often excellent skiers, as parents have their kids racing down the toughest runs as soon as they learn how to walk. Slovenia’s professional skiers have enjoyed a significant amount of success in World Cup and Olympic competitions …

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THE SLOVENIA Photo of the week featured on INSTAGRAM @the.slovenia

Adventure awaits in Gozd Martuljek. Thank you @sasacrocy.loves for sharing this beautiful photo. #kranjskagora #theslovenia #forest #adventure #autumn #autumn #colours#stream Photo credit: Instagram: @sasacrocy.loves WE: October 23 to October 29. Source: www.instagram.com/sasacrocy.loves Follow us: FACEBOOK: The Slovenia INSTAGRAM: @the.slovenia  Tag your photos @the.slovenia or use #theslovenia to be featured on INSTAGRAM www.instagram.com/the.slovenia/ and www.the-slovenia.com To discover other unique places in Slovenia, check out THE SLOVENIA BOOK – AN INSIDER’S …

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Triglav National Park: Slovenia’s highest peak and only national park

Triglav National Park, the only one of its kind in Slovenia, covers only 4% of the landmass, yet what a spectacular proportion it is. The park’s breathtaking landscape, including jagged peaks, expansive spruce forest, lush valleys and harmonious ecosystem has all been protected since the Alpine Conservation Park was founded back in 1924. Located in …

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RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards.

With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 March when the overall winners will be announced and presented with their awards. So, without further …

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THE Slovenia Trip Tip Moravske Toplice: The top destination of the beautiful Pomurje region

The slogan of the municipality, which reads “We are wealthy, for we appreciate what we have,” was chosen for a reason. It reflects the beauties of nature, cultural gems, and architectural marvels of this stunning region in the far eastern corner of the country. The municipality of Moravske Toplice consists of 28 settlements and is …

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THE SLOVENIA Photo of the week featured on INSTAGRAM @the.slovenia

Home of the dragons – Ljubljana 💚 Thank you @benosaradzic 😉 #theslovenia #ljubljana #igslovenia#slovenia #visitljubljana #ljzate #igljubljana Photo credit: Beno Saradzic, Instagram,  facebook.com/Benosaradzicphotography WE: October 2 to October 8. Follow us: FACEBOOK: The Slovenia INSTAGRAM: @the.slovenia  Tag your photos @the.slovenia or use #theslovenia to be featured on INSTAGRAM www.instagram.com/the.slovenia/ and www.the-slovenia.com To discover other unique places in Slovenia, check out THE SLOVENIA BOOK – AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO …

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THE Slovenia Weekly Do you know how many “sunny” streets are in Slovenia?

There are 41 streets in Slovenia whose name refers to the word sun. One can find 18 streets are named Sunny Road, 18 streets are named Sunny Street as a well as a Sunny Village, Sunny Embankment, Sunny Terraces,  Sunny Vale, and a Sunny Hill. There are 2,006 people living on “sunny” streets.  There are 41 streets in Slovenia whose …

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The Slovenia TRIP TIP LJUBLJANA – The quaint capital of Slovenia

The tongue-twisting capital of Slovenia is the figurative and (almost) literal centre of the country, with nearly three times more inhabitants than any other Slovene city and an even larger share of its commercial, administrative, cultural and educational activity. In 2014, Ljubljana notably celebrated the 2000th anniversary of the founding of the Roman settlement of …

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Piera Ravnikar: Driving Force of Contemporary Culture

Well-known for her active contribution to the local contemporary and urban culture for the past 15 years, Piera is passionate about art and culture, and has collaborated with many artists and collectives working in the area of multimedia, visual and performing arts. Building an impressive catalogue of contemporary art, Piera has long been a champion for …

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RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards.

With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 March when the overall winners will be announced and presented with their awards. So, without further ado, …

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Perfect Fashion Day in Ljubljana Etiquette and good taste packed in one single day.

8:10 Order your morning coffee without cream (maybe with coconut milk) in Lolita. No make up, no filter. Only national papers. 8:35 Make a stroll to Ljubljana’s oldest department store – Nama. The brand got a little facelift lately. So you might as well get a little daring on make up and ask always friendly …

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ŠTORE: A GREEN REGION FORGED OUT OF INDUSTRY

Some 80km east of Ljubljana in an area dominated by rolling, tree-covered hills intersected by the Voglajna River, the municipality of Štore has a relatively recent past inextricably connected with the iron and steel industries as well as the age-old traditions of agriculture, beekeeping and forestry. Growing to maturity in the 19th century, Štore, which …

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SLOVENSKA BISTRICA: The land of fruit, forts and fresh air

The name of both the town and the lush, hilly and mountainous region it governs, the history of Slovenska Bistrica dates back centuries, although its modern period begins with a written document from March 12, 1311 (some records note the year as 1313) when the town received its original city rights. A predominantly German-speaking region …

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ŠENTJUR: The town of saints and sinners

What makes it unique? It definitely isn’t the beautiful St George’s (Sv Jurij) church or enchanting surrounding hills and meadows. The town and municipality’s neolithic heritage and archeological treasures or the Ipavec dynasty and musical-medical prowess may well qualify. However, for us the legend of Guzaj stands out as making Šentjur a distinctly notable spot …

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SVETI JURIJ V SLOVENSKIH GORICAH: Small is beautiful

Located at the eastern edge of the Central Slovene Hills (Slovenske gorice) and one of Slovenia’s youngest municipalities, the tiny community of Sveti Jurij v Slovenskih goricah claims a population of approximately 2,100 souls and yet is currently making huge waves towards becoming a serious tourist destination of the future. Separated from the Municipality of …

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ROGAŠKA SLATINA: Slovenia’s top spa and wellness destination

A few kilometres from the Croatian border, Rogaška Slatina nestles in a valley at the confluence of two small rivers, sources of water that along with many others in the immediate area literally spring up everywhere and have together contributed towards making the fabulous little spa town of just 5,500 or so permanent residents one …

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SLOVENSKE KONJICE: In the embrace of noble stories

It is known as the town of flowers and wine, and there really is an abundance of both in Slovenske Konjice. The town regularly wins awards for its public floral displays, including the gold medal in the pan-European Entente Florale competition. It has also won the Most Beautiful Excursion Destination award from the Tourist Association …

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PREKMURJE: the mysterious land across the Mura River

Even the quickest look at a map betrays a lot about Prekmurje. If ever there was a region of Slovenia that could be described as being ‘other’, Prekmurje is it. A thousand years of Hungarian rule will do that, and a sizeable Hungarian minority thrives here today. The history of Prekmurje and its people is …

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MARIBOR: The capital of Štajerska

Sitting in the foothills of the Pohorje Mountains and straddling the banks of the Drava River, Maribor is Slovenia’s second largest city though it sometimes feels more like a country town. An industrial powerhouse in Yugoslav times, many of the state owned companies closed down leading to a tough transition period which the city is …

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SLOVENJ GRADEC: The most beautiful old town center in Sloveni

Gradec means “little castle”, and this area was first mentioned about a thousand years ago in association with the castle that still overlooks the settlement of Stari Trg. Slovenj Gradec itself was established as a borough in 1251, and originally ruled by the  Patriarchate of Aquileia (in present-day Italy). The area has also been governed …

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KOZJANSKO REGIONAL PARK: The nation’s largest regional park

From forests to meadow orchards, endangered birds to castles and old mills, from vineyard trails to concerts – to say that Kozjansko Park offers an abundance of attractions, both natural and manmade, would be to seriously undersell it. Covering an area of 206 square kilometers, it’s a regional park – it’s the largest regional park …

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CHARTERHOUSE ŽIČE: A timeless attraction at the end of a tranquil valle

Serene, tranquil and fascinating, this is an important cultural monument and is a beautiful place to visit. Dating from 1165, the partially ruined monastery sits in the St Janez (St John) valley, a short drive away from Slovenske Konjice, albeit one that requires passing under the motorway twice. It is not only the oldest Carthusian …

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ŽIRI: The road begins at the end of the valley

If Slovenia is situated at the geographical crossroads of Europe – with the Alps, great eastern plains and Mediterranean all converging within its borders – and Žiri is at the crossroads of Slovenia, then by our calculation this small town of just under 5000 inhabitants is the unofficial center of Europe! While this may be …

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TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK: Slovenia’s highest peak and only National Park

Triglav National Park, the only one of its kind in Slovenia, covers only 4% of the landmass, yet what a spectacular proportion it is. Located in the southeastern section of the Alps, the Eastern Julian Alps stretch across much of northwestern Slovenia, bordering Austria to the north and Italy to the west. The park’s breathtaking …

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STRMOL CASTLE: Luxury accommodation and events in a beautiful Medieval setting

THE Slovenia Book present’s Slovenia’s Top 100 Destinations, tons of interviews and Top 10 lists, hundreds of amazing photos and lots more! Click for more info. Lying along the edge of Dvorjanski Hrib (Mansion Hill) on the road connecting the villages of Češnjevek and Dvorje, Strmol Castle’s roots go all the way back to the …

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ŠKOFJA LOKA: A picture perfect medieval town packed with sights

One of the oldest settlements in Slovenia, Škofja Loka (Slovene for Bishop’s Meadow) is a picture-perfect medieval town that is both one of the easiest and most rewarding day trips from Ljubljana. The incredibly well-preserved old town is the main attraction here, followed by the great museum collection contained in the enormous castle ensconced on …

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GORENJA VAS – POLJANE: A rest stop on the Vienna Trieste road

The central settlement in the Pojanska Valley, Gorenja Vas (which makes up half of the municipality of Gorenja Vas – Poljane) is roughly halfway between Škofja Loka and Žiri. For years it was a popular place to stop on the road from Vienna to Trieste, but saw much less traffic with the opening of the …

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CERKLJE NA GORENJSKEM: A small town with big attractions

Favourably located on the passage from the Ljubljana Basin to the mountainous area of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, the municipality of Cerklje na Gorenjskem (as it is properly known) boasts natural diversity and a rich historical and cultural heritage. The municipality itself consists of 30 villages, of which the majority are spread out on the fertile …

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BRDO ESTATE: The embrace of nature and history

Just 30 minutes away from both Ljubljana and Bled, the spectacular Brdo Estate has a rich history dating back over 500 years. Crowned by the Renaissance Brdo Castle, home to numerous noble families over the centuries, in more recent history, the 500-hectare estate served as one of the favourite residences of Yugoslav leader Josip Broz …

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VRHNIKA: Birthplace of the Slovene Kafka

Some 20km from Ljubljana we find the attractive little town of Vrhnika. Known as Nauportus in Roman times, it blossomed as a strategically important fort, remains of which can still be found near the cemetery. The area nearby is scattered with the remains of a Roman defensive wall system from the second half of the …

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LJUBLJANA REGION: Where all of Slovenia meets

As Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana is quite obviously the epicentre of all things in Slovenia. The around surrounding the capital is made up of 25 municipalities however, and within these 25 we find a dizzying array of different landscapes, activities and opportunities. TASTE LJUBLJANA: It is frequently said that Slovenia sits at a genuine historical crossroads, …

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LJUBLJANA : The quaint capital of Slovenia

The tongue twisting capital of Slovenia is the figurative and (almost) literal centre of the country, with nearly three times more inhabitants than any other Slovene city and an even larger share of its commercial, administrative, cultural and educational activity. In 2014, Ljubljana notably celebrated the 2000th anniversary of the founding of the Roman settlement …

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LITIJA: The geometric centre of Slovenia

Janez Vajkard Valvesor claimed that Litija took its name from the Latin word lithus, meaning ‘riverbank’. The positioning of the town lends credence to this claim, occupying both banks of the Sava River. Believed to have had settlements as far back as human history goes, Litija is an old mining town surrounded by unique ethnology …

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KAMNIŠKA BISTRICA VALLE: The lungs of the Heart of Slovenia

The heart of Slovenia is a heart lined with some incredible valleys, none more so than the Kamniška Bistrica Valley.   A hike, cycle or even just a stroll through the valley presents the prospective visitor with a vast array of sights and sounds. Right next to Planinski Dom Kamniška Bistrica, the source of the …

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KAMNIK: A medieval gem at the foothills of the Alps

In a country that prides itself on charming villages, elegant squares and some of the most gorgeous towns in Europe, the word ‘beautiful’ can perhaps be overused to the point of redundancy in Slovenia. When talking about Kamnik however, a medieval town some 23km north-east of Ljubljana, avoiding the word and its synonyms is nearly …

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IVANČNA GORICA: At the heart of the 12 pearls

If you are hoping to escape the city, and experience the authentic Slovenian countryside, look no further than Ivančna Gorica. The municipality lays right at the edge of Central Slovenia and the start of Southern Slovenia, and because of this unique natural intersection you will find very peculiar landscapes. Slovenia’s trademark green colour appears in …

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HEART OF SLOVENIA: Slovenia’s beating heart

The first thing you notice is an all-encompassing green; 58% of the entire nation of Slovenia is covered in forest, and nowhere is that more apparent than at its heart. The lushest of valleys sweep across the horizon alongside undulating hills that seem to never end. Slovenia is arguably the aesthetic jewel in the European …

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Sunday Lunch at Gostilna Kunstelj

THE Slovenia Sunday lunch idea Gostilna Kunstelj, Radovljica First opened in 1873, this friendly family-run guesthouse can be found in the centre of Radovljica’s old town, just north of Linhartov Trg.  The menu is focused on traditional Slovene favourites and also includes a number of house specialities as well as set multi-course menus for groups, …

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Sunday Lunch at Pri Planinskem Orlu

THE Slovenia Sunday Lunch Gostilna Pri Planinskem Orlu, Stahovica Some years ago we got lost trying to take a shortcut through the mountains in a heavy rain storm and ended up following a convoy of cars, which serendipitously led us to this traditional family-run restaurant on the road to Kamniška Bistrica. Seeing that the parking …

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Best Restaurants in Slovenia: Hiša Franko

THE Slovenia Restaurants Hiša Franko: Winner of Best Restaurant in Slovenia for 2017 Roundly regarded by gourmands, amateur foodies, tourists and locals alike as one of best restaurants in the country, it’s not uncommon for diners to make the trip to Slovenia for the express purpose of eating here Run by a husband and wife …

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The Expert Committee 2018, Diners and partners

This year’s selection of 166 of the best Slovenian restaurants was carefully selected by the expert committee composed of ethnologists: dr. Janez Bogataj (FF) and dr. Aleša Gačnika (Turistica), mag. Helene Cvikl (Director of the Higher Vocational School for Catering and Tourism Maribor), international best-selling author and professor of art history dr. Noah Charney, and …

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Deloitte Slovenia on the review of the TSRA 2018 results

This year’s The Slovenia Restaurant Awards 2018 is already in full swing. Chefs & Foodies Academy, composed of chefs from selected restaurants approximately 300 cook experts, journalists, critics, bloggers, experts and lovers in the field of enogastronomy, numerous winemakers, sommeliers and representatives of various industry associations have already cast their votes. On February 9, 2018, …

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RESULTS ARE IN!

THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 March when the …

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RESULTS ARE IN!

THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 March when the overall …

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RESULTS ARE IN!

THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 March when the overall …

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Distinguished wine journalist and competition judge

Darrel Joseph is an American-born international wine writer, judge and lecturer living in Vienna, Austria. His writing has appeared in publications including Decanter, Harpers Wine & Spirit, Wine Business International, Wine Spectator and Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book. With his extensive tasting experience, and specializing in the wine regions of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, …

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HE Slovenia Photo of the week

featured on INSTAGRAM @the.slovenia Something from the misty woods of Slovenia. Besides the path towards Martuljek waterfalls by @dreamypixels . #theslovenia #fall #misty #martuljek#autumn #slovenia #igslovenia #exploreslovenia #visitslovenia Photo credit: Ales Krivec, bit.ly/2eHPyy7 WE: September 25 to October 1. Follow us: FACEBOOK: The Slovenia INSTAGRAM: @the.slovenia  Tag your photos @the.slovenia or use #theslovenia to be featured on INSTAGRAM www.instagram.com/the.slovenia/ and www.the-slovenia.com To discover other unique places in Slovenia, check out …

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THE SLOVENIA Photo of the week

 The many colours of autumn. #lakejasna#kranjskagora #triglavnationalpark #autumn  #colours #theslovenia #igslovenia#igslovenia_mountains Photo credit: Instagram: Dragan Gavranovic Photography,  Facebook: Dragan Gavranovic Photography WE: October 16 to October 22. Follow us: FACEBOOK: The Slovenia INSTAGRAM: @the.slovenia  Tag your photos @the.slovenia or use #theslovenia to be featured on INSTAGRAM www.instagram.com/the.slovenia/ and www.the-slovenia.com To discover other unique places in Slovenia, check out THE SLOVENIA BOOK – AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE …

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THE SLOVENIA Photo of the week

featured on INSTAGRAM @the.slovenia Adventure awaits in Gozd Martuljek. Thank you @sasacrocy.loves for sharing this beautiful photo. #kranjskagora #theslovenia #forest #adventure #autumn #autumn #colours#stream Photo credit: Instagram: @sasacrocy.loves WE: October 23 to October 29. Follow us: FACEBOOK: The Slovenia INSTAGRAM: @the.slovenia  Tag your photos @the.slovenia or use #theslovenia to be featured on INSTAGRAM www.instagram.com/the.slovenia/ and www.the-slovenia.com To discover other unique places in Slovenia, check out THE SLOVENIA BOOK …

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Goriška Brda: Slovenia’s Tuscany

Covering 72km2 of rolling hills between the Soča River and Italian border, Brda is one of Slovenia’s foremost wine-growing areas and only an hour’s drive from Ljubljana. Often described as a miniature version of Tuscany, every hill seems to be topped with a large church surrounded by a charming little village, while the hillsides and …

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Celje: Where history comes alive!

A quaint central European town that proudly celebrates its long turbulent history and rich cultural heritage, with some 50,000 inhabitants Celje is the third largest city in Slovenia and an increasingly popular destination for both domestic and international tourists. Over the past two millennia, the city has seen its fair share of ups and downs. …

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THE SLOVENIA Photo of the week featured on INSTAGRAM @the.slovenia

Do you have any plans for the weekend? @vesnabezgovsek thank you for sharing your photo. #autumn #fall #forest #leaves #nature#landscape #lasko_slovenia #lasko Photo credit: Instagram: www.instagram.com/vesnabezgovsek/ Follow us: FACEBOOK: The Slovenia INSTAGRAM: @the.slovenia  Tag your photos @the.slovenia or use #theslovenia to be featured on INSTAGRAM www.instagram.com/the.slovenia/ and www.the-slovenia.com To discover other unique places in Slovenia, check out THE SLOVENIA BOOK – AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE BEST …

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THE SLOVENIA Photo of the week

featured on INSTAGRAM @the.slovenia 💚 Your perfect view is on the sunny side of the Alps 📷 @sasacrocy.loves thx! #theslovenia #igslovenia #slovenia#sloveniainyourpocket #mountains #heart#view #nature #naturephotography#perfectshot #photooftheday #europe#alps #photographysouls#fromwhereistand #naturelife #naturelover Photo credit: Instagram: www.instagram.com/sasacrocy.loves/ Follow us: FACEBOOK: The Slovenia INSTAGRAM: @the.slovenia  Tag your photos @the.slovenia or use #theslovenia to be featured on INSTAGRAM www.instagram.com/the.slovenia/ and www.the-slovenia.com To discover other unique places in Slovenia, check out THE SLOVENIA BOOK – AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO …

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Best regional restaurant East

RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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Best regional restaurant North

RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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Best regional restaurant South

RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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WINERS OF THE SLOVENIA RESTAURANTS AWARDS ARE KNOWN!

Now in its second year, THE Slovenia Restaurant Awards has grown considerably and we already have plans for next year! We’ve just about recovered from yesterday’s event… Wow, what an afternoon! We had a great turn out, thank you to everyone who was in attendance. If you tuned in via our live web-stream we hope …

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THE Slovenia Trip Tip – The cave is a queen, human intervention – even so inspiring – should remain secondary.

On April 14th 1818 Luka Čeč and his colleagues were preparing lights in the cave for a forthcoming visit from Austrian Emperor Franz I. Whilst in the Great Hall, Luka disappeared through some rocks and discovered one of today’s most famous caves in the world. The first words he uttered to his concerned colleagues were: …

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THE Slovenia Trip Tip – Moravske Toplice: The top destination of the beautiful Pomurje region

The slogan of the municipality, which reads “We are wealthy, for we appreciate what we have,” was chosen for a reason. It reflects the beauties of nature, cultural gems, and architectural marvels of this stunning region in the far eastern corner of the country. The municipality of Moravske Toplice consists of 28 settlements and is …

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Best regional restaurant South

RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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Best regional restaurant Ljubljana & Central

RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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Now in its second year, THE Slovenia Restaurant Awards has grown considerably and we already have plans for next year!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing! We’ve just about recovered from yesterday’s event… Wow, what an afternoon! We had a great turn out, thank you to everyone who was in attendance. If you tuned in via our live web-stream we hope you enjoyed it and were …

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Izbor najboljših restavracij v Sloveniji za leto 2018 – THE SLOVENIA RESTAURANT AWARDS pod sponzorstvom Diners Cluba news-picture

Ljubljana, 27. 3. 2018 – V okviru izbora najboljših restavracij v Sloveniji – The Slovenia Restaurant Awards pod sponzorstvom Diners Club za leto 2018 je na Fužinskem gradu v Ljubljani potekala slovesna razglasitev dobitnikov priznanj najboljših regijskih restavracij in razglasitev trojice absolutnih zmagovalcev nacionalnega izbora najboljših slovenskih restavracij za leto 2018. Poleg tega je bila …

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