Slovenia celebrated Earth Day yesterday as the 5th Most Environmentally Friendly Country on Earth

Earth Day is a day to celebrate the planet and encourage people to be more environmentally friendly. Slovenia celebrated it with several environmental activities. This year the specific focus was on creating better environmental and climate literacy and educating people – both children and adults – on environmental issues.

Tree at Lake Bohinj

More than a billion people around the world celebrated Earth Day on Saturday, April 22nd, with the theme ‘Trees for the Earth’. So far 3 million trees have been planted in 32 countries with the goal of planting 7.8 billion trees by the 50th Anniversary in 2020, now that’s a target.

Slovenia is widely recognized as one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly countries in the world. According to the Environmental Performance Index, which ranks 180 countries on how they protect human health and ecosystems, Slovenia is the 5th most environmentally friendly country on Earth.

The 20 most environmentally-friendly countries:
1. Finland – EPI rating: 90.68
2. Iceland – 90.51
3. Sweden – 90.43
4. Denmark – 89.21
5. Slovenia – 88.98
6. Spain – 88.91
7. Portugal – 88.63
8. Estonia – 88.59
9. Malta – 88.48
10. France – 88.2
11. New Zealand – 88
12. United Kingdom – 87.38
13. Australia – 87.22
14. Singapore – 87.04
15. Croatia – 86.98
16. Switzerland – 86.93
17. Norway – 86.9
18. Austria – 86.64
19. Ireland – 86.6
20. Luxembourg – 86.58

Top of the eco-chart is Finland. Following close behind are Iceland, Sweden and Denmark, three countries renowned for their sound environmental policies. More surprising for some, perhaps, is the presence of Slovenia, Spain, Portugal and Malta in the top 10.

Over the centuries we have mercilessly utilized and depleted the Earth’s resources. Our sheer ignorance has begun to cause severe problems like depletion of the Ozone layer, death of rivers due to dumping of industrial waste, global warming etc. We must realize the danger and the good news is that there are simple steps that can be taken to help the environment and support it:
– walk to work, cycle or take public transport,
– use a reusable coffee cup,
– take a tote bag to the shop,
– carry a reusable water bottle,
– buy local produce,
– recycle,
– or plant a tree.

These might be small steps but when a billion people do it together, one can definitely see the results.

A Linden tree in a countryside landscape
Slovenia countryside with a Linden tree
The linden tree is a symbol of the Slovenian nation and its role and importance stretch back in the period before there was any real sense of national awareness. In Slovenia you can find several very old linden trees, some are even supposed to be more than 700 years old. The tradition holds that, since time immemorial, people have planted linden trees to mark special occasions.

Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana among the ’16 Beautiful European Cities You Can Actually Afford to Visit Right Now’

Traveling on a budget is totally doable if you know where to go. Europe is packed with affordable cities with plenty to see and do and that don’t cost a fortune to fully experience. Thrillist, the 13-year-old digital media brand that reaches more than 16 million monthly subscribers, has put together a list of affordable and beautiful European cities you should visit now. And we’re delighted to report that Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana made it on the list!

Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana
Elevated view of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia
According to the Thrillist, Ljubljana is one of the most beautiful and affordable European cities right now – we highly agree! (photo: Nea Culpa d.o.o.)

Thrillist called Ljubljana ‘a friendly, mountainous jewel at post-Yugoslavian prices’. They summed up their decision with the following words: ‘Slovenia adopted the euro in 2007 and those euros go a looong way. It’s easy to bounce over here on Rail Europe after fretting over your budget in neighboring Austria. Relish the easy stroll from the rail station into the heart of Ljubljana (pronounced “youb-blee-ahna”) along curvy, cobbled medieval lanes lined with ultra-bargain cafes, shops, and open-air watering holes.’

And how did Thrillist describe Ljubljana? Well, they described Slovenia’s capital with very flattering words: ‘Vastly photogenic, this mountain-encircled Baroque city is a remarkable crossroads of Germanic, Latin, and Slavic history. These are stalwart, hard-working mountain folks who enjoy socializing, hanging outdoors, and outdoing Croatia. The architecture, scenery, and humanity in this proud capital city do not disappoint — majestic Ljubljana Castle looms over the antique hamlet, and water melting from the ice-encrusted Alps flows from the taps. Not far off from Ljubljana are the gorgeous mountain-lake towns of Bled and Bohinj. You’ll find this northwestern corner of the Western Balkans is more Euro than Slavic, so they vibe well with Americans and most people speak excellent English.’

The complete list of ’16 Beautiful European Cities You Can Actually Afford to Visit Right Now’ includes Porto (Portugal), Berlin (Germany), Zagreb (Croatia), Tallinn (Estonia), Prague (Czech Republic), Brussels (Belgium), Girona (Spain), Krakow (Poland), Athens (Greece), Glasgow (Scotland), Ljubljana (Slovenia), San Sebastián (Spain), Agrigento (Sicily), Split (Croatia), Budapest (Hungary) and Dublin (Ireland).

If you’re planning to visit Ljubljana in the near future be sure to read more about this charming city here: Welcome to Ljubljana, Slovenia!
The article is available HERE!

Places to stay in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana that we think are the best and worth staying at
The accommodation options in Ljubljana can be divided into five main categories: hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, self catering apartments and hostels.
Finding a hotel that suits your needs and fits your budget can be a hassle. That is why we have reviewed and rated the most popular Ljubljana hotels that offer good value. If you’re planning to visit Ljubljana, read on and find a hotel that best suits your needs and budget. This selection is not about cheap hotels. It’s about nice Ljubljana hotels offering best value for money.
Guesthouses in Ljubljana are a nice, safe option as they are both comfortable and homely, with owners who take an interest in their guests. Ljubljana guesthouses are generally on the small side, offering a warm and cosy ambience and a personalized, welcoming atmosphere. A lot of proprietors live on-site, so they are immediately available to answer all guest's questions about the local area and address any concerns/issues the guest may have.
If you are looking for something a bit more private, many local residents in Ljubljana, Slovenia offer apartments for rent in their houses. You’ll find all the comforts of your own house, as well as plenty privacy. Generally, all self-catering apartments in Ljubljana are fully furnished and supplied with household equipment such as linen, towels, cutlery and crockery. Rates vary widely, so always do your research beforehand.
Ljubljana bed and breakfasts are usually small, family-run places with fewer amenities but more character than a hotel. Most bed and breakfasts offer up to four rooms in the hosts’ own house, though they can range from large guest houses with more than a dozen rooms to small homes renting out a single spare bedroom.
Hostels are a popular option for those seeking fun low-cost accommodations in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Most spaces and amenities are usually shared, but there are also some facilities that provide en-suite rooms. While you might not get as much privacy, Ljubljana hostels are generally cheap and of great value.
Stay close to Slovenia's capital Ljubljana on a farm stay and you'll combine the best of both worlds. The kids will love it too. There are a few really great tourist farms in the vicinity of Ljubljana that offer much more than a place to stay, as the rural environment is a real experience in itself for most visitors – especially families with children.

National Geographic listed Western Slovenia among ’17 of the World’s Most Romantic Destinations’

National Geographic, one of the world’s most famous and respected travel, educational and scientific organizations, came out with their list of 17 of the World’s Most Romantic Destinations. And we’re so proud to report that Western Slovenia is number 12 on the list!

According to National Geographic, Western Slovenia is one of the 17 world’s most romantic destinations – we highly agree!
Aerial view of Lake Bled with the Church of the Assumption of Mary on the island
The beautiful Bled Island in the middle of Lake Bled in Western Slovenia. (photo: Jure Korber and Tjasa Borsnak)

Other destinations that made the list are Moselle River Valley (Western Europe), Bruges (Belgium), Isle of Skye (Scotland), Mykonos (Greece), The French Riviera (France), San Sebastián (Spain), Yunnan province (China), Venice (Italy), Big Sur (California), Kerala (India), Bhutan (South Asia), Hamilton island (Australia), Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico), Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Jukkasjärvi (Sweden).

The article is available here: 17 of the World’s Most Romantic Destinations.

Discover beautiful Slovenia through amazing photos
Aerial view of the coastal town of Piran in SloveniaSLOVENIA, AS SEEN FROM THE AIR (50 photos)
Aerial photography provides you with a breathtaking bird's eye view – one you won't get anywhere else. So, here are 50 spectacular aerial photos that prove why Slovenia might just be the most beautiful country on Earth.
Ljubljana Slovenia at nightSLOVENIA AT NIGHT (30 photos)
Night has its own magic. Night can transform an ordinary scene into something magical, mysterious and captivating. Light, shadow, texture, tonality, pattern all work together to create a very different feeling compared to photos captured during the day. Everything is just more magical at night, so here are 30 night pictures of Slovenian cities, towns, villages and other places at night. Enjoy!
Luka Esenko is considered by many to be Slovenia's new leading landscape and travel photographer. He has been photographing landscapes for almost a decade now, and through photography he has been blessed to capture some of the most gorgeous locations in Slovenia. Strong compositions and a feel for natural light are what make Luka’s images stand out.
With the technological advancements in cameras and drones, we can now get a glimpse of the world from a different perspective. And from high up above, especially with a bird’s eye view, the world is a stunningly beautiful place. Jure Korber and Tjasa Borsnak, a young student couple based in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana, took their aerial photography platform called Hexabee into the sky and captured Slovenia from angles not seen before.
Slovenia landscape pictures by Dejan Hudoletnjak PhotographyLANDSCAPE PHOTOS FROM SLOVENIA BY DEJAN HUDOLETNJAK (50 photos)
Dejan Hudoletnjak is a super-talented and passionate photographer best known for his beautiful landscape photos of Slovenia and wonderful use of light and color. He has an unerring eye for composition and detail, and a great sensitivity to mood, expressed in his photographs through the awareness and use of light. His goal as a photographer is to create an image that not only captures a moment in time, but also tells a story and evokes an emotional response. An image that shares the mood and feelings he felt when being there.
Slovenia Landscape Photos by Daniel Tomanovic PhotographyLANDSCAPE AND NATURE PHOTOS FROM ALL OVER SLOVENIA BY DANIEL TOMANOVIC (50 photos)
Daniel Tomanovic is a young and very talented landscape photographer who has been creating images that portray the natural beauty of Slovenia and its landscapes for over 8 years. He believes that finding good light is the most important thing to create great landscape images. Everyone can capture outstanding landscape scenery, but hunting the special light is the true challenge for a landscape photographer. And judging from his works, he is very successful in capturing beautiful locations in the best light.
Erich Reisinger is a 55-year-old German landscape, nature, and urban photographer based in the Bavarian town of Ingolstadt. He has been fascinated with photography since he was a 6-year-old child. He has a special connection with Slovenia. He met his wife in Maribor and Slovenia soon became his second home country. He visits Slovenia several times a year and never forgets to mention how he loves Slovenia and how he will never tire of photographing its immense beauty and infinite variety.
Piotr Skrzypiec is one of the leading landscape photographers in Slovenia. Born in Nowy Sacz, Poland in 1978, Piotr spent most of his childhood in the south of Poland. After completing his master's degree in geography Piotr moved to Slovenia, where he picked up his first camera in 2008. Through photography, Piotr found a way of communicating about his nature and landscape passion and he quickly established himself as a successful landscape and nature photographer.
Domen Dolenc is a young but well-established travel photographer currently based in Zelezniki, Slovenia. Since Domen purchased his first camera in 2005, he has been addicted to photography. He never travels without his camera and loves to capture the beauty he finds throughout the world in his own way - his photographic style is defined by powerful colours, street photography scenes, landscapes, but also moments of everyday life, faces and a very close approach on people.
Slovenia Landscape Photos by Gregor Kacin PhotographyLANDSCAPE PHOTOS FROM ALL AROUND SLOVENIA BY GREGOR KACIN (40 photos)
Gregor Kacin is a 39-year-old landscape and nature photographer based in the charming little town of Idrija in western Slovenia. He is very fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country and he can often be found roaming the countryside, looking for that special moment when the true beauty of nature revels itself.
Landscape Photography by Ales KrivecLANDSCAPE PHOTOS OF SLOVENIA BY ALES KRIVEC (30 photos)
Ales Krivec has a passion for taking photographs and his work features the finest landscapes in Slovenia. He is very much a landscape artist and his work reflects a great understanding and deep love of the countryside and nature. An extensive technical knowledge and a seeing eye enable his photos to convey the beauty of the landscape that surrounds us all.
Slovenia landscape pictures by Bojan KolmanLANDSCAPE AND NATURE PHOTOS FROM ALL OVER SLOVENIA BY BOJAN KOLMAN (50 photos)
Bojan Kolman is a passionate 63-year-old landscape and nature photographer based in Begunje Na Gorenjskem, a small idyllic village at the foothills of the Karavanke mountain range. Bojan is completely self-taught and learned about photography on the Internet, but he shoots beautiful photographs, possessing an incredible eye for composition. There are so many beautiful things that surround us every day and Bojan strives to reflect that beauty through photography.
Slovenia Landscape Photos By Branko CesnikLANDSCAPE AND NATURE PHOTOS FROM SLOVENIA BY BRANKO CESNIK (45 photos)
Branko Cesnik is a passionate landscape and nature photographer from Pivka, a small town in the Karst region of southwestern Slovenia. He is 52 years old and has been interested in photography since his school years. Branko tends to shoot in the morning and at the end of the day when the light just either side of sunrise and sunset can transform an already interesting scene into something even more engaging. He firmly believes a good photograph tells a story and creates a feeling within the viewer.
Jure Kralj is an incredibly talented photographer based in Slovenia's second largest city Maribor, who combines his love for travelling around the world with his love for landscape and cityscape photography. He is an enthusiastic observer of the surrounding world. When possible, he is looking for the best light, for the right angle at the right moment to capture a compelling image.
Slovenia Landscape Photos by Denis Sodrznik PhotographyLANDSCAPE PHOTOS FROM ALL OVER SLOVENIA BY DENIS SODRZNIK (30 photos)
Denis Sodrznik is a passionate landscape and nature photographer born and raised in the beautiful town of Slovenske Konjice in the Styria region of Slovenia. He strives to capture photographs that convey the beauty of the Slovenian landscapes he explores in his spare time with his fiancée Karmen. His intention is to show the viewer details that we often overlook.
Jakob Noc is an inspiring landscape and cityscape photographer whose talents allow him to capture the most amazing images in a style that is truly his own. Through careful composition, attention to detail and the creative use of beautiful light, Jakob strives to show us cities and landscapes in ways that we may not have seen them before.
Masa Vodenik is a self-taught photographer who lives in a small town of Hrastnik in central Slovenia. She's an economist during weektime, but on weekends she becomes an ambitious landscape photographer who doesn’t want to miss a single second she could have used to take a great photograph. Her passion for photography increased steadily since she started doing photography in 2010. Since then she successfully combines her love for travel and hiking with her enthusiasm for photography.
Slovenia landscape pictures by Miroslav Asanin PhotographyLANDSCAPE AND NATURE PHOTOS FROM ALL AROUND SLOVENIA BY MIROSLAV ASANIN (50 photos)
Miroslav Asanin is a keen amateur photographer from Sencur, a small town in northwestern Slovenia. His main photographic interests are landscapes and nature though he does photograph wildlife and architecture when he finds them. He especially loves to photograph the amazing landscapes and nature of the Slovenian Alpine area. However he also loves to take day trips to other parts of the country and scout new locations in search of compelling scenes or subjects to photograph.
Blaz Gvajc is a landscape and cityscape photographer from Slovenia’s third largest city Celje whose passion is to explore and capture the most inspiring and beautiful places in the world. Although being an avid traveler, Blaz also adores his home country Slovenia and loves making spontaneous trips around it when there is promising light, and he will never tire of photographing it.
Slovenia Landscape Photos by Bostjan Kersbaumer PhotographyLANDSCAPE PHOTOS FROM ALL OVER SLOVENIA BY BOSTJAN KERSBAUMER (40 photos)
Bostjan Kersbaumer is a passionate self-taught photographer from Slovenia’s second largest city Maribor. He is a car mechanic working at Porsche Maribor during weektime, but on weekends he becomes an ambitious landscape, nature and cityscape photographer with an aim to create memorable images from locations across Slovenia and other parts of the world.
Sabina Tomazic is a young but already established professional on-location lifestyle photographer based in Trebnje, Slovenia. Although known primarily as a lifestyle photographer, Sabina also loves to create images that portray the natural beauty of Slovenia and its landscapes. Her landscape photos are realistic with minimal post processing.
Jernej Leben is one of the most talented amateur photographers in Slovenia whose unrelenting passion for his hobby inspires him to capture the beautiful landscapes and nature of Slovenia with absolute perfection.
Klara Kulovec is one in a line of talented new Slovenian female landscape photographers who has found her passion with a camera in her hands. She has a heart of an artist and loves nothing more than time with her camera and a scene in front of her to capture the perfect copy of what she saw in her minds’ eye. The forms, color and light that shape the landscape are a constant source of her inspiration.
Matej Kovacic is a young and exceptionally talented wildlife and bird photographer dedicated to capturing images of the indigenous wildlife of Slovenia. During his childhood Matej developed a strong fascination for wildlife, birds and nature. When he bought his first camera at the age of 13, he became as passionate about photography. It's hard to photograph wildlife in the wild, but Matej wants to be true, so he stays away from captive animals - all his photos are taken in the wild in Slovenia.
Peter Zajfrid is a well-respected and very passionate amateur landscape photographer who loves capturing the beauty of this world through photography. He enjoys the outdoors and nature, and photography provides him with a medium to capture and share this with others. He especially loves creating images that portray the beauty of the Styria region of Slovenia and its landscapes.
Uros Leva is a versatile freelance artist – photographer, graphic designer and screenwriter. He has been living in Slovenia’s second largest city Maribor for his whole life and never fails to be overawed by the beauty of the city. His connection to Maribor began the moment he was born and the more Uros experiences this city, the further he falls in love. When Uros is behind the camera, his goal is to bring out the beauty of Maribor and its surrounding area for all to see.
Gregor Skoberne is one of the most talented and passionate landscape and nature photographers in Slovenia. Completely self-taught, Gregor is primarily focused on the unique local landscape and nature found in the Lake Bohinj area with an aim to capture the spirit and the essence of the moment in his photographs.
Triglav National Park By Walle Grevik Nature PhotographyNATURE AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOS OF THE TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK BY WALLE GREVIK (35 photos)
Walle Grevik is a passionate nature and landscape photographer, hiker, and traveler based in Helsingborg, Sweden. He has traveled to many countries around Europe including Iceland, Faroe Islands, Scotland, Ireland, and Greece. This year, he and his hiking partner, Fredrik Vestlund, decided to visit Slovenia and do a 9-day hiking adventure through the Julian Alps and Triglav National Park. Walle took some really beautiful photos during this hiking tour, and he was kind enough to share some of them with us here at Travel Slovenia.
Slovenian Alps by Masa Vodenik PhotographyLANDSCAPE PHOTOS OF THE SLOVENIAN ALPS BY MASA VODENIK (20 photos)
The Slovenian Alps are a part of the Southern Limestone Alps with three high-Alpine mountain ranges, the Julian Alps, the Karawanks and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. They take up a large part of Slovenia and are full of incredible trails for all levels of hiking ability. They are lower compared with those in Austria and Italy, but with their beauty they surpass anything you may see in the Alps in Europe. All the photos in this gallery were taken by Masa Vodenik. She's an avid hiker who spends most of her weekends in the mountains and she never forgets to take her camera with her.
Miroslav Asanin is a very enthusiastic, amateur photographer from Sencur, a small town in the Gorenjska region of Slovenia. His passion for photography began four years ago when he got his first proper camera - a Canon EOS 600D, after that there was no stopping. His primary interests has always been on shooting landscapes and different sceneries found throughout Slovenia and especially in the Slovenian Alps and its Triglav National Park.
Robi Debevc Kvocka is a self-taught photographer based in Vrhnika, whose fine art nature and landscape photographs celebrate the natural beauty of the Vrhnika countryside. When Robi is behind the camera, his goal is to bring out hidden beauty of the Vrhnika area for all to see. His style, which is recognisable through the artistry of his photographs, is born of a keen eye for the many moods of the natural landscape and a life-long passion for the nature and the great outdoors.
Piran SloveniaSLOVENIA (30 photos)
A fascinating capital, charming coastal towns, beautiful alpine villages, stunning natural attractions, and much more - enjoy this wonderful selection of absolutely the most beautiful pictures of Slovenia, taken either by professional photographers or amateur photo enthusiasts.

Where to stay in Slovenia - by destination
Ljubljana accommodations
LJUBLJANA - places to stay in Ljubljana that we think are the best
Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana has all the right ingredients for the perfect city break. Famous for its magnificent baroque and art nouveau buildings and numerous restaurants and cafés lining the picturesque banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica river, Ljubljana has something to offer for everyone.
Lake Bled accommodations
LAKE BLED - places to stay in Bled that we think are the best
With an incredibly beautiful glacial lake surrounded by the peaks of the Slovenian Alps, an iconic church nestled in a tiny island in the middle of the lake and a medieval Gothic castle built on a 100-meter cliff overlooking the lake, Bled is possibly the most beautiful and remarkable Alpine resort in Europe.
Piran accommodations
PIRAN - places to stay in Piran that we think are the best
The charming coastal town of Piran is a medieval jewel on the Adriatic coast, situated at the cape of the Piran peninsula on the northern side of Istria, with Italy on the horizon.
Kranjska Gora accommodations
KRANJSKA GORA - places to stay in Kranjska Gora that we think are the best
Kranjska Gora is a beautiful alpine village and the most famous Slovenian ski resort situated on the northern tip of the Triglav National Park in the Slovenian Alps, just a mere 5 minutes by car from both the Italian and Austrian borders.
Portoroz accommodations
PORTOROZ - places to stay in Portoroz that we think are the best
Portoroz is the most important tourist centre on the Slovenian coast with beneficial Mediterranean climate that invigorates you and makes you want to come back for more.
Maribor accommodations
MARIBOR - places to stay in Maribor that we think are the best
Maribor is a beautiful city filled with lots of friendly people and wonderful sights and monuments. It is Slovenia’s second largest city and the economic, educational, cultural and sports centre of the north-eastern part of the country. At the same time Maribor is an ideal base for tourists from which to discover what eastern Slovenia has to offer.
Bohinj accommodations
BOHINJ - places to stay in Bohinj that we think are the best
The area of Lake Bohinj is stunningly beautiful with magnificent views of the lake, the picturesque Bohinj mountains, and charming alpine villages.
Podcetrtek accommodations
PODCETRTEK - places to stay in Podcetrtek that we think are the best
Podcetrtek is a charming village on Slovenia’s eastern border with Croatia in Obsotelj, the heart of Kozjansko, where most people come to relax at the Terme Olimia thermal spa.
Moravske Toplice accommodations
MORAVSKE TOPLICE - places to stay in Moravske Toplice that we think are the best
Moravske Toplice is a small, but very friendly village surrounded by unspoilt nature and blessed with an abundance of thermal mineral water, which is known to have several beneficial effects on human health. The village is located in the northeastern corner of Slovenia in the middle of the Prekmurje region, which is known as the breadbasket or the granary of Slovenia because rolling corn and wheat fields cover much of the fertile land.
Izola accommodations
IZOLA - places to stay in Izola that we think are the best
Slovenia’s coastline lays on the beuatiful Adriatic Sea, but despite its short length of a little more than 45 kilometres, it’s very attractive and every one of the towns along it has a distinctive and different character and layout. And Izola is no exception. It’s a romantic little Venetian port town with beautiful old architecture and breathtaking nature.
Strunjan accommodations
STRUNJAN - places to stay in Strunjan that we think are the best
Strunjan is a charming old salt-making village on Slovenian coast, located between the magnificent Venetian old town of Piran and the charming old fishing town of Izola.

The stunning Vintgar Gorge is open to public again today!

One of Slovenia’s most popular natural attractions, the Vintgar Gorge near Bled, is open to public again today! During winter the gorge is officially closed. Apparently it can be dangerous in winter when the ice between the rocks freezes.

The entrance fee is €5 for adults, €4 for students and €2,5 for children, which goes to support the maintenance of the walk. The gorge is open every day from 8.00 to 19.00. There is a free parking area available in front of the entrance to the gorge. We would suggest you set aside about two hours for the walk and would recommend getting there early in the day due to its popularity.

Despite the size of the gorge – it measures 1,6 km – it was only discovered in 1891, when a local cartographer stumbled upon the gorge and discovered the precipitous walls carved out by the Radovna River. They were lucky: The water levels were unusually low at the time, allowing the explorers to pass through the gorge. The canyon was created during the last Ice Age, when a glacier changed the direction of the stream. Now, several millennia later, water roars through the narrows, creating rapids, waterfalls, and turquoise pools. The end of the gorge is marked with a 16-meter waterfall.

Originally, the gorge was almost inaccessible, but local residents soon built a road leading towards the newly discovered attraction and installed a network of suspended footbridges over the river. Almost immediately, it began to draw visitors from around Europe and beyond.

Vintgar Gorge, a natural wonder in the Bled area of Slovenia
The strikingly picturesque Vintgar Gorge. (photo: Miroslav Asanin)

Vintgar Gorge is a strikingly picturesque gorge situated inside the Triglav National Park, Slovenia
The Vintgar Gorge has been made into a huge attraction by the addition of walkways alongside and across the river. (photo: Luka Esenko)

The Sum waterfall in the spectacular Vintgar Gorge near Bled, Slovenia
The walkway culminates at the 16-metre-high Sum waterfall, which marks the northern end of the gorge. (photo: Dejan Hudoletnjak)

More photos and information about the Vintgar Gorge: All You Need To Know To Visit The Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia

Lake Bled on the cover of the 2017-2018 National Geographic Private Jet Expeditions brochure

Lake Bled enjoys a setting that is one of the most naturally photogenic in Europe. It is the definition of picture perfect: a small island with a white church, in the center of a crystal-clear lake. The island surrounded by the lush green Slovenian Alps, and spectacular cliff-top castle. So it’s no big surprise that National Geographic, which is one of the most respected travel, educational and scientific organizations in the world, decided to put Bled on the cover of their 2017-2018 Private Jet Expeditions brochure.

Lake Bled on the cover of the 2017-2018 National Geographic Private Jet Expeditions catalogue
The idyllic image of Lake Bled with its picture-postcard island with a medieval church and a dramatic castle built on top of the 130-metre-high rocky cliff is on the cover of the 2017-2018 National Geographic Private Jet Expeditions brochure. The brochure is available HERE

‘The beauty of traveling by private jet with National Geographic is not just in the spectacular places you go, nor the remarkable ease and exhilaration of being whisked from one glorious destination to the next. What makes all the difference is the team of experts who explore with you, sharing their insights and their tales of discovery, and bringing the wonders of the world to life.’ National Geographic addresses travelers at the beginning of the brochure.

There are six tours available in the brochure. Slovenia is included in the tour called ‘Great Empires by Private Jet: Exploring Ancient Persia to the Mediterranean’ and besides Bled, the tour also includes a visit to Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana. Here are some quick points that National Geographic sees as highlights of the tour: ‘Explore spectacular UNESCO World Heritage sites and discover centuries-old castles, palaces, mosques, and cathedrals across Iran, Turkmenistan, Belarus, Serbia, Slovenia, Corsica, and Bosnia and Herzegovina… Step into history at the Silk Road site of ancient Merv, and navigate lively present-day bazaars in Isfahan, Iran, and Bosnia and Herzegovina… Soak up the revitalized energy of cities emerging from tumultuous pasts, from war-torn Saravejo to formerly Stalinist Minsk… Experience the Mediterranean charm of Corsica and the timeless tranquility of Lake Bled in Slovenia.’ The tour is described in detail HERE. Tour price is $68,950 per person. The tour can take up to 75 travelers.

‘A short flight takes us to Ljubljana, where we’ll discover the diverse landscapes of Slovenia, a crossroads of culture nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Take a walking tour of the Old City, and ride the funicular railway to the 15th-century Ljubljana Castle, which offers stunning views of the city. The next day, head northwest to the Julian Alps and the tranquil beauty of Lake Bled. Upon arrival, board a hand-propelled boat for your journey to the tiny island in the middle of the lake, home to the historic St. Mary’s Church and its soaring bell tower and wishing bell, reputed to grant a wish to all who ring it. Then visit the 11th-century Bled Castle, perched on a cliff overlooking the lake.’ is written in the 19-day itinerary.

This recognition by National Geographic is a huge compliment to the Slovenian tourism. ‘This is a recognition of the Slovenia’s authority and worthy appraisal of the hard work of everyone who deals with the tourism industry. The image of a green, active, healthy country that adheres to the principles of sustainable development is distinguished at a high level,’ the Director of the Slovenian Tourist Board Maja Pak says.

Slovenia is on The Huffington Post’s list of 17 epic places you never thought to travel, but should

Slovenia is being more and more often listed as tourist destination on the lists of the largest world media. Recently the Huffington Post listed Slovenia among the 17 epic places you never thought to travel, but should!

“Croatia’s been a hot travel destination for a few years now, but don’t overlook its charming neighbor to the north. The snowy peaks of the Julian Alps are the dramatic backdrop for Slovenia’s storybook Lake Bled, while outdoor restaurants line the riverwalk in the friendly capital city Ljubljana and the sprawling Postojna Cave is a dramatic diversion.” the Huffington Post substantiated their decision.

The complete list of ’17 epic places you never thought to travel, but should’ includes South Korea, Mauritius, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Latvia, Ecuador, Samoa, Uruguay, Namibia, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, Newfoundland (Canada), Romania, Laos, Azerbaijan Slovenia and The Seychelles.

“Travel teaches us invaluable lessons we can’t learn in school. It expands our worldview. It pushes us to be better, stronger, more empathetic human beings. And these 17 places, in no particular order, are where that magic is going to happen this year. Some of them can be experienced in the lap of luxury, while others are for only the most adventurous souls. But all of them have the potential to be the best trip you’ve ever taken,” is written on the American Huffington Post web portal.

Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana (photo: Jacob Riglin)

Slovenia Has Won The Prestigious 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Award

Slovenia was announced as the global winner in the Destination Leadership category of the 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards at the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest travel industry gathering in the world. National Geographic also singled out Slovenia as one of the most sustainable countries in the world.

The World Legacy Awards are intended for the companies, organisations and destinations which encourage positive transformation of tourism, and prove the leading and visionary role in the field of the best practices of sustainable tourism. National Geographic awards are awarded in five categories: Earth Changers, Sense of Place, Conserving the Natural World, Engaging Communities and Destination Leadership. This year’s award entries spanned the planet, representing 45 countries and six continents, showcasing how sustainable tourism has no boundaries.

“National Geographic stands for exploration, conservation and stellar storytelling. World Legacy Awards celebrate the people, places and experiences that exemplify our mission in the global travel industry,” said National Geographic Travel editor-in-chief George Stone in a statement. Stone said the recipients represented the future of travel and are leaders in sustainability.

According to the Slovenian Tourism Organisation director Maja Pak, the award is an excellent promotion for Slovenia, since National Geographic is a highly respected and well renowned voice of authority in the world of Travel. “The award brings noticeability and recognition in the segment of sustainable tourism, which is also our aim,” she emphasized.

An elevated view of Lake Bled in Slovenia
Slovenia is the greenest country and leader in sustainable tourism! (photo: Jost Gantar)

Slovenia’s Capital Ljubljana Among The Top 10 Winter City Breaks In Europe

The capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana, has appeared on the list of top 10 winter city breaks in Europe compiled by the British newspaper The Guardian.

The Guardian described Ljubljana as a lively city with 50,000 students and very green, being the 2016 European Green Capital, with traffic restrictions leaving the historic city centre a great strolling and cafe zone. The article also mentions the impressive architecture in the city, including the medieval castle, the baroque Robba fountain, and some very unique bridges. Except for the dining and accommodation facilities, the newspaper also recommends visiting the open-air Central Market and during the festive season also the Christmas Market. The article also mentions Ljubljana as a great base for day trips to ski areas such as Krvavec, which is less than 25 kilometres away.

The capital city of Slovenia Ljubljana in winter with a covering of snow
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. (photo: Alamy)

The complete list of the Guardian’s top 10 winter city breaks in Europe includes Poprad (Slovakia), Baden-Baden (Germany), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina), Åre-Östersund (Sweden), Poznan (Poland), Zagreb (Croatia), Tromsø (Norway), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Memmingen (Germany), and Sibiu (Romania).

The Guardian’s full article can be found here!

Slovenia is one of the easiest countries for English speakers to travel in

Slovenia is among ’13 surprisingly easy countries for English speakers to travel in’, according to Thrillist, a popular US-based online lifestyle publication with over 3 million subscribers.

Slovenia definitely deserves to be on this list as 59% of Slovenians (and virtually all young people) speak English at a conversational level. lf the first person you meet isn’t able to understand and help you, then the second one most certainly will be.

‘A tiny European country of 2 million strong, nearly squeezed off the continent and into the Adriatic by Croatia, Hungary, Austria, and Italy. Slovenian culture blends all these neighboring influences, so it’s no surprise Slovenians love language. Over-the-top friendly locals who speak impeccable English make Slovenia the stuff of road trip and hitchhiking dreams. Asking for directions might turn into 30 minutes of shooting the bull about attractions and Slovenian history, which might carry into drinks at the bar or even an invitation for a home-cooked meal,’ the Thrillist substantiated their decision.

And what does the Thrillist recommend to see in Slovenia? ‘The capital Ljubljana (which looks impossible to pronounce, but actually comes out rather naturally in a native English accent) is just a two-hour drive from Venice and about a four- to five-hour drive from Vienna, Budapest, and Split. It’s easy to sneak Slovenia into a Eurotrip itinerary and you should definitely do it — if for no other reason than the greenery and sidewalk cafes of Ljubljana or the breathtakingly blue waters and open skies of Lakes Bled and Bohinj.’

The complete list of ’13 surprisingly easy countries for English speakers to travel in’ includes Tanzania, Germany, The Philippines, Slovenia, Nepal, Cuba, Japan, Armenia, India, Belize, Pakistan, Singapore, and Malta.

Thrillist’s full article can be found here!

Breathtaking aerial view of Lake Bled with its island and overlooking Bled Castle
Lake Bled is one of the most popular tourist destination in Slovenia. (photo: Jure Korber and Tjasa Borsnak)

Slovenia has made access to drinking water a constitutional right

Slovenia has become the first country in the European Union to include the right to drinking water in its constitution. There were 64 votes in favour and none against the new law. ‘Everyone has the right to drinkable water,’ Slovenia’s constitution now says. ‘Water resources represent a public good that is managed by the state. Water resources are primary and durably used to supply citizens with potable water and households with water and, in this sense, are not a market commodity.’

Being able to drink tap water around Slovenia should not be taken for granted. It is a huge privilege that we must preserve for us and generations after us.

The Great Gorge of the Soca River, a natural wonder in the Triglav Natural Park, Slovenia
Slovenia’s parliament has declared in a constitutional amendment that the country’s water belongs to all its citizens. (photo: Daniel Tomanovic)