Slovenia doesn’t get as much conversation as other European countries, which means it has stayed a hidden gem. An exotic country, it has breathtaking landscape, affordable entry, and historical monuments. With a sensitive history, the Slovenian people were constantly under dominion of stronger and bigger countries, until 1991, when they obtained their independency.
Some liken it to a more affordable Switzerland, or a little New Zealand. Visually it offers a countryside of rolling green hills, nestled with chalets and farmhouses, the immense Alps, and breathtaking lakes. Squeezed between Italy and Croatia, a small slice of coastline offers waters for the sea lover.
Slovenia is a rather small country but it packs in culture and history. Due to its location, you may feel like you’re in Italy on the coast, and Austria when perched in the north of the country, which makes for a diverse travel experience.
Slovenian, English, Italian, Croatian
Important dates in Slovenia
- January 1- New Year’s Day
- February 8 – Prešeren Day
- Mid April – Easter
- April 27 – Day of Uprising Against Occupation
- May 1 – Labor Day / May Day
- June 4 – Whit Sunday
- June 25 – Statehood Day
- August 15 – Assumption of Mary
- October 31 – Reformation Day
- November 1 – Rememberance Day
- December 25 – Christmas Day
- December 26 – Independence and Unity Day
- They love their honey. There are nearly 90,000 beekeepers in a population of just two million.
- Kranjska Gora has been highlighted as the one of the cheapest ski resorts in Europe.
- It is one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly countries, with a rating of 88%, measured by EPI (Environmental Performance Index).
Good to know
Slovenia is a member of the European Union and part of the Schengen Area that allows free movement between countries, meaning no passport control amongst the countries within the agreement.
For the most accurate up-to-date information check out Slovenia’s current policies.
Culture and Etiquette in Slovenia
Slovenians are very formal with their greetings. They would never kiss, even with their closest friends. It might be that they do not even hug good friends and family. They much prefer to offer a handshake, giving personal space and comfort.
There are no steadfast dress codes here, however one should dress for the weather and region. Due to the changes in climate for each region – Mediterranean coast, Alpine in the Alps and Karavanke mountains to the northeast of the country – the appropriate clothes for adventure and season must be determined with travel plans. A sweater may be needed in the evenings or for trekking in the mountains. While it can be very hot at the coast in the summer months, it can still be quite cold in the mountains.
Not quite as bike-friendly as The Netherlands, but indeed the most used method of transport, it might be nice to rent a bike for a day or two to tour around the capital city. The country has a train network centered in Ljubljana that connects you to both Austria and Croatia, but not to Italy. The country is also connected by a decent bus network that reaches parts that the train network does not.