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LJUBLJANA & CENTRAL SLOVENIA

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 its art treasures, Slovenia also features beautiful coasts, alpine lakes and mountains. No …

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Krško

Pleasant town along the Sava River This pleasant town along the Sava River is the meeting point for many business trips, accompanied by cultural, culinary, educational and rich experiences.  Krško Municipality stretches over almost 300 km2 and provides home to some 26,000 inhabitants. The landscape is quite fit for agricultural activities, which is also reflected …

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New flight / july 2019: London Heathrow – Ljubljana

From the 15th of July to the 2nd of September 2019 The long awaited flight connection between London Heathrow and Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana, will run from the 15th of July to the 2nd of September with a flight time of just 2 hours, 20 minutes. Growth in numbers of the British travelleres visiting Slovenia, …

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Velika planina – breathtakingly hiker’s paradise 30 min from Ljubljana

Only a stone’s throw away from the Slovenia capital The charming Velika planina. Only a stone’s throw away from Ljubljana lies the breathtakingly beautiful (but easily accessible by a cable car) Velika planina mountain plateau. The place itself is magical and one gets a feeling as if one stepped directly into the fairy-tale. THE Slovenia …

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Dolenjske Toplice Spa with new water slides

A perfect holiday destination for families Only an hour away from Ljubljana lies Dolenjske Toplice spa, which is primarily known for their Medical Rehabilitation Centre, which successfully treats rheumatic diseases of the locomotor system, conditions after injury and surgery as well as pain in the spine, joints and muscles, and osteoporosis-related pain. THE Slovenia Book: Top …

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Petra Stušek is new President of the ECM

Great privilege and responsibility at the same time At the European Cities Marketing ‘s General Assembly in Ljubljana which took place in Ljubljana, M.Sc Petra Stušek, managing director of Ljubljana Tourism, was elected President of the European Cities Marketing. This high-level position within the reputable organisation will raise Ljubljana’s profile even more as a successful …

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Good & cheap lunch in Ljubljana

Odrta Kuhna – Open Kitchen Are you trying to decide where to take your loved ones, friends, or even business partners for lunch or dinner? Are their tastes and wishes too different to only go to one place? Then experience the diversity of Slovenian and world cuisine in the street! The Open Kitchen is the …

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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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Krško: A Region of Many Face

Even in a country as diverse as Slovenia, Krško manages to stand out for the dizzying array of sights and activities it offers visitors. The majestic Rajhenburg Castle (or Grad Rajhenburg), which is perched on a hill above the Sava River overlooking the town of Krško below, photo by Boštjan Colarič Capuchin Library Housed inside …

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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, 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 of grabbing …

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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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 : 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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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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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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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 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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