Basic information and historical facts about Slovenia
Quick Slovenia History
The mostly green land of Slovenia has been populated since the Stone Age; it is said that the Slavic forefathers of modern day Slovenia first came to the area during the 6th century AD. During the 14th century, all the Slovenian regions came into the possession of the Habsburgs; it was not long after this even that the same regions came under the rule of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
The 16th and 17th centuries saw wars between the Venetian Republic and the Habsburg Monarchy, with most of the battles waged in the western Slovene regions. A number of peasant wars also happened during this time; it wasn’t until the early parts of the 18th and the 19th centuries that Slovenia started experiencing peaceful periods once more. As the 19th century drew to a close, the country was on well its way to having the thriving civil society and national awakening it enjoys up to the present time.
Exploring a Green Slovenia
Those who love the outdoors would have a grand time exploring the natural wonders of Slovenia,
although those who prefer indoors can also enjoy the scenic views from the comforts of the numerous accommodations that dot the country. Most of the fascinating landscape of the country is thickly- forested, just waiting for adventurous souls to go on thrilling trips of exploration.
You can spend a few days just exploring the enchanting capital city of Ljubljana, where you can see Baroque-styled buildings bustling with countless tourists and locals alike. The abundance of museums and galleries in the city is the reason why it attracts numerous artists from all over the world on a regular basis; feel free to unleash your artistic side while in Ljubljana!
Take a trip to Logarska Dolina, considered as one of the most magnificent glacial alpine valleys in the whole of Europe. You can truly feel an intense oneness with nature as you take leisurely walks on the valley and along its surrounding areas; it is also a preferred starting point for trips going up the mountains.
One of Slovenia’s oldest towns, Ptuj, should also be included in your Slovenian exploration quest.
This area is rich in historical value for the country, and can easily be explored in a day; however, you might want to extend your stay for a little while longer to get a better feel of the town’s monasteries, churches, castles and museums.
See what countless tourists are raving about as you go to Bled, which is the country’s most well-known resort. The area is made more magical with a medieval castle, a sparkling green lake and picturesque mountain peaks on the background. When you experience the magic of Bled, you will understand just what the phrase “picture perfect” means.
Slovenia might not have the sprawling land mass that other European tourist destinations may have, but what it lacks for size – it certainly makes up for beauty. Expect to be awestruck at the fascinating attractions when you get to Slovenia; you should also expect to feel a desire to stay longer in this country – a desire that is shared by countless others whose hearts have been charmed by Slovenia’s wondrous landscape.