Slovenia:
Discover A Hidden Photographic Gem

 

The charming hamlets and farms in the alpine Logarska Dolina region next to the Austrian border

An old barn high up in the mountains of Logarska Dolina with a “bee house” in the background — Slovenes love bees.

We find that many travelers and travel photographers who love exploring Europe and are very familiar with countries like France, Italy, and Germany have never set foot in Slovenia and they are definitely missing out.

These traditional wooden Pletna boats on Lake Bled will take you to the island in the middle of Lake Bled.

Slovenia, like Croatia, used to be part of the former Yugoslavia for most of the 20th century. 

Yugoslavia was a county subdivided along ethnic and cultural lines into six republics which Marshal Tito forcibly held together under communist rule. When Tito died and communism fell, those republics fought wars of independence from 1991 to 2001, leading up to the breakup of the Yugoslav federation in 1992. In 1991, Slovenia and Croatia each declared complete independence from Yugoslavia.

It pays off to brave the elements: Rainbow over the little island in the middle of Lake Bled with Bled Castle on the left

Slovenia has culturally and also economically always been closer to the heart of Europe and especially to Austria at its border in the north rather than to the Balkan states. Its war for independence from Yugoslavia only lasted for 10 days with a fraction of the casualties other countries like Croatia endured.

Further back in history, Slovenia used to be part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire which explains a lot of the cultural similarities to Austria, especially when it comes to cuisine (see Magrit’s all-time favorite dessert called Kremšnite below), temperament, and folklore.

Flaky top, creamy filling, sweet vanilla flavor, powdered sugar — need I say more?

Visually as well, it also feels like an extension of middle Europe with its breathtaking alpine vistas, pristine lakes, vast meadows and forests, gorges with ice-blue water, beautiful historic architecture, idyllic villages, and its historic but also contemporary, lively, and youthful capital of Ljubliana.

Vintgar Gorge near Lake Bled, one of many gorges cut out of the rock by turbulant ice-blue water

We can’t wait to return this fall during our Croatia/Slovenia Photo Tour. For now, we hope that you enjoy this virtual journey through Slovenia.

Evening Blue Hour at Lake Bled

Skofja Loka, another charming town worth a visit with your camera

A stroll through the medieval town of Skofja Loka

The iconic chapel of St. Primoz in the mountains near Lake Bled at Blue Hour

. . . and here at sunset

We love Ljubliana — a historic University city with lively contemporary energy.

Architectural detail in Ljubliana

The imposing medieval Predjama Castle, the largest “cave” castle in Europe

A group of happy photographers in a Slovenian meadow

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