Discover A Hidden Photographic Gem
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.
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.
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.
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.