Slovenia's top attraction is the city of Ljubljana, but visitors to this country should venture beyond the capital city to gain the best understanding of Slovenia's regions and culture. For example, did you know that Slovenia produces wine? Or that its cave networks are full of mysterious geological formations and underground waterways? Slovenia's geographical diversity and cultural richness will ensure a tour of the country is full of pleasant surprises.
Ljubljana is Slovenia's capital city and one of its most-visited attractions. Here, you'll find Ljubljana Castle, the famous Dragon Bridge, the main square with its monument of Preseren the poet, as well as cafes, restaurants, an outdoor market, museums, and shopping. During holidays, Ljubljana is hopping with celebrations and, during the Christmas season, decorations light up the historic architecture. New Year's Eve in Ljubljana is one big party, but no matter when you go, you'll be able to enjoy the city's energetic pulse.
Lake Bled is a romantic destination that throws Slovenia's natural landscape into sharp relief. Hotels surround the lake itself, in the middle of which is an island with a church. A castle overlooks both. Then, in the distance, Mount Triglav, with its triple frosted peak, is visible. During the high season, Lake Bled teems with vacationers, but it proves to be a peaceful retreat during the off season. A boat ride to the lake's island is a recommended activity. You may catch newlyweds ascending the stairs to seal their futures together as a part of a long-held custom.
Ptuj is the oldest city in Slovenia. It is also one of the most famous destinations during Slovenian Carnival, during which participants dress up in sheepskin masks and suits to scare away evil. Ptuj Castle is its most prominent site, but the town itself should also be explored.