Slovenia Travel Advice

Slovenia Travel Advice

General travel information for Slovenia

Continent: Europe

Geographical location: Central Europe, Northern Balkans

Highest elevation: Triglav (2864 m above sea level)

Longest river: Sava (221 km in Slovenia)

Form of government: Parliamentary republic System of

Government: Parliamentary democracy

Languages: Slovenian, regional Italian, Hungarian

Neighboring countries: Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia

Capital: Ljubljana

Area: Approx. 20,270 km²

Residents: Approx. 2,064,241 people (2016)

Population density: Approx. 102 residents per km²

Religions: Approx. 60-80% Roman Catholic, approx. 3.7% Muslim, 3.7% Orthodox Christians, 0.3% Protestants, other religions 0.2%

Currency: Euro

Travel climate: Inland continental, in the south Mediterranean and in the high alpine mountains

Time zone: UTC + 1, (March to October) UTC + 2

Area code: +386

Country code: SI, SVN, 705

Electricity: In Slovenia, type C and F sockets are used. The mains voltage is 230 V with a 50 Hz change interval.

Travel climate in Slovenia

The climatic region of Slovenia forms the core area of a transitional climate between the alpine climate, the more continental climate of the Pannonian lowlands and the Mediterranean Dinarides.

In the south-west of the country there is already a distinctly Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild, humid winters (wine-growing region), but winter and spring often bring cold downwinds on the coast, the dreaded bora, with snow at high altitudes. In the interior of the country, the climate is more continental, the northwest of the typical southern Alpine climate (southern foehn, winter rain, with comparatively little snow). The east is already clearly Pannonian, with hot summers and cold winters.

Slovenia Travel Advice

Culture and sights in Slovenia

In Slovenia, culture has a special historical and social importance. The Slovenes developed into an independent nation mainly because of their own language and culture. Literature is still the most respected and noteworthy art form in Slovenia. The first records in the Slovene language date back to the turn of the first century with the Freising Language Monuments, which document the oldest surviving Slavic texts in Latin script. Today they are in the Bavarian State Library in Munich. Important Slovenian poets are Primož Trubar, who published the first book in the Slovenian language in 1550, and the poet France Prešeren, whose poem Zdravljica became a song and national anthem.

There is a wide range of cultural events of all kinds in Slovenia. Especially in summer, Slovenia hosts several top festivals at which world-famous artists perform. Maribor became the European Capital of Culture in 2012.

Slovenia also has numerous important buildings in terms of architecture. Above all, the historic cities of Slovenia with their numerous architectural monuments provide an excellent insight into the culture and history of the country as well as the centers of modern cultural and social activities. The historical cities have come together to form an association of 17 member cities, most of which are in central Slovenia. These include the cities of Kamnik, Škofja Loka, Žužemberk, Novo Mesto, Idrija and Metlika. The cities of Kranj, Radovljica, Jesenice and Tržič are located in the Slovenian Alps. In the Pannonian east Celje, Ptuj, Slovenske Konjice, Šentjur and Kostanjevica na Krki, and on the Adriatic and in the Karst areas Piran and Koper belong to it.

Numerous monuments and areas have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These include the Skocjan Caves and the historic mercury mining sites in Almadén and Indrija.

For our adventure trips and motorcycle trips, Slovenia offers overwhelming natural impressions such as in the Triglav National Park, in the Pokljuka gorge west of Bled, at the Savica waterfall near Bohinjska Bistrica or at the Boka waterfall near Bovec or the nature reserve Rakov Skocjan in the west of Cerknica. The Krizna Cave with 22 underground lakes near Cerknica is also very worth seeing.

Holidays in Slovenia

January 1st New Year January

2nd New Year’s Day (additional public holiday)

January 8th Prešeren Day

In April Easter Monday

April 27th Day of Resistance

May 1st Labor Day

May 2nd Labor Day – additional public holiday

Im May / June Whit Monday June

25th Statehood Day

Aug 15th Assumption

Oct 30th Reformation Day

Nov 1st All Saints Day

Dec 25th Christmas

Dec 26th Independence and Unity Day

Medical information for Slovenia

For legal reasons, we as a tour operator are not allowed to communicate any binding medical information for Slovenia and therefore refer to the information provided by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Robert Koch Institute and the German Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health.

Travel advice for Slovenia

You can obtain current travel and safety advice, information on entering and leaving the country, as well as special criminal information and recommendations for your stay in Slovenia from the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Mission abroad in Slovenia

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ljubljana (Ljubljana)

Administrative district / consular district: Slovenia

Place: Ljubljana (Laibach)

Street address: Prešernova cesta 27, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Postal address: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, PP 1521, 1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Telephone: +386 (0) 1 479 0300, for emergencies +386 (0) 30 708 055

Fax: +386 (0) 1 425 0899; +49 (0) 30 5000 67129; +386 (0) 1 251 6166

E-Mail: Contact form

Website: http://www.laibach.diplo.de Official languages

in the host country: German, Slovenian, English

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Berlin

(There are other honorary consulates in Hanover, Dresden, Dortmund, Frankfurt am Main, Stuttgart, and Munich)

Place: Berlin

Street address: Hausvogteiplatz 3-4

Postal address: Hausvogteiplatz 3-4, 10117 Berlin

Telephone: 0 30 20 61 45 50

Fax: 0 30 20 61 45 70

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.berlin.embassy.si