General travel information for Slovenia
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
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%
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.
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)
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]