April 2019 marked Ryan and my first wedding anniversary and as a matter of fate – or an accidental misreading and scratching of my scratch map (Slovenia isn’t the same place as Switzerland, so bad to scratch it off prematurely!) – our amazing trip to beautiful Slovenia.
Also known as the ‘New Zealand of Europe’ because of it’s rich natural beauties, this country is larger than I expected when looking at my map. We took a 4 day weekend (but with a day of driving in and out from our home in Germany, it was really three days) and hit more than most would in that time, but we still barely scratched the surface.
So, why Slovenia, a love story?
Easy: we fell absolutely in love with the country.
We walked so much. We climbed so many mountains. It rained off and on as April really anywhere is want to do, so we were almost always damp. We ate so much. We took so many pictures and way too many lovey-dovey selfies. It was simply amazing and we were definitely not ready to come home at the end of the weekend.
But Slovenia also advertises the word sLOVEnia in every tourist shop and information center and brochure. It basically breaks down into Love in Slovenia or falling in Love in Slovenia. Some people think this is a terrible tagline for a country but for Ryan and me, Love in Slovenia is simply a matter of fact and a cute, quaint way of phrasing our own experience there.
Slovenia is nestled between Austria, Italy, Hungary, and Croatia and the entire country is made up of mountain chains and valleys with rivers that flood towns regularly. Historically (and at times, even today), this made travel difficult so both linguistically and socially, the Solvenia you experience can be different depending on where you go inside of it. These differences are subtle, so subtle that only a local may realize it, but as it was explained to us, the closer you get to the border countries the more you will see and hear their cultural and linguistic influences.
Over the next few weeks, I will be breaking down our trips in more detail, but for anyone looking for 3 or 4 days in the middle and northern parts of Slovenia, here’s our basic itinerary:
Day 1: Leave Germany early, drive through Austria and into Slovenia. Get to Kamnik and stroll for a few hours for a late lunch. Head to Ljubljana and take a quick tour of the castle – be prepared for a hike!
Day 2: Viator half day tour to Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle. Explore more of Ljubljana.
Day 3: Any last bits of Ljubljana. Drive to Skofja Loka and explore trails and museum. Drive to Lake Bled for the castle and/or church on the lake.
Day 4: Finish Lake Bled (if open, you should definitely hit Vintgar Gorge but it was closed until May). Head home.
Would I make one or two changes? Maybe, if I’d known about the Gorge’s closure, but not enough to write it here. But maybe I’ll write an alternative itinerary after telling you our stories in this beautiful country.
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