Lake Bled is a tourist trap?
I have heard people saying good and bad about Lake Bled. "Bohinj is better", "Bled is a touristic circus", etc.. They may be right from their perspective. I don't know. My time spent walking around the lake, on a qiuet day in September, was beautiful, peaceful and rewarding. It is a gorgeous lake, well deserving its reputation as a place to see in Slovenia
Unique Suggestions: Walk around the lake, early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Sit on a bench and contemplate the little island, the mountains beyond, the boats drifting on the water. Hike above the SW end of the lake to the viewpoint over the entire scene. Take a boat cruise to the island - maybe a tourist trap there? Or walk up to the castle on the north end of the lake. For nice 'virtual panoramas' of the lake, castle and from the island, go to this website and click on the 'Bled' circle. The site is in both English and Slovene.
Fun Alternatives: Lake Bohinj is an alternative and is a fine lake. But comparing the two experiences to me is comparing wine to beer. What is the point? Go and see both!!Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Sailing and Boating
- Hiking and Walking
Izola is a costal town located some km. far from Piran.
There you can see some nice palaces and a nice church painted orange.
Izola has also a large marina, lots of accomodations, restaurants and cafes.
The old core of Izola is really ugly. This is my opinion.
Unique Suggestions: Have a drink or lunch (or dinner) or do some shopping.
Fun Alternatives: Visit Piran.Related to:
- Road Trip
Vrsic pass in Julian Alps
The top of the Vrsic pass in the Julian Alps (the highest mountain road in Slovenia). It is the only one pass in the whole Alps where you are asked to pay for the parking (it was a steep 6 DEM when I was there in August 2000). You can avoid that by either avoiding July, August and the weekends or by coming early in the morning or late at night or simply by not parking at or near the top of the Vrsic pass.
Crossing border to Italy
Non-EU citizens can't get across border at Nova Gorica train terminal. Guards tell you to go elsewhere. This is the train you can take from Lake Bled station to Italy border.
Unique Suggestions: I think you've got 3 options:
1) Sneak across square opposite train station. Unmanned as far as we could tell - just pretend you didn't read the signs (which aren't prominent anyway).
2) Wait for International Bus. This is supposed to run hourly and takes you through correct border post.
3) Walk (same direction as train came - south I think) past first border post (they won't let you through here) along cycle path adjacent to railway until you cross quite a large post under, about 1 km from train I guess. Find your way down to this. DON'T go 3 km as we were told, where you may find a third post ... they won't let you in there either.
Fun Alternatives: Well, it's quite fun getting lost. Best wait for Int bus I guess, or use entirely different access to Italy. But the train ride from Bled is really cool through the little Julian Alps villages!Related to:
- Budget Travel
Not exactly a tourist "trap", just a reminder. Many Slovenian churches are not open for visiting. Even in cities like Ljubljana or Piran and even more so in smaller villages, you can only peep through a window or a gate. In some cases you may get the keys to the church by a neighbour if you check beforehand with a good guidebook or the local tourist information. This was a bit sad, as all Slovenian churches we saw were very beautiful.
The church in the photo (Franziscan church in Ljubljana) is open to the public and very impressive.Related to:
- Religious Travel
Slovenian coins are very elegant. One side bears an animal and the other side the value of the coin.
Tolar coins were used until December 2006. The new €uros coins have one national side.
As soon as I get them, I will put here the national face of the new coins. I borough to Wikipedia their description:
€ 0.01 : A stork, a motif taken from the former 20 SIT coin
€ 0.02 : The Prince's stone, where Karantanian dukes were installed
€ 0.05 : Grohar's painting A Sower sowing stars
€ 0.10 : Plečnik's idea for the national parliament, with the inscription "Katedrala svobode" (Cathedral of freedom)
€ 0.20 : A pair of Lipizzaner horses with the inscription "Lipicanec" (Lipizzaner)
€ 0.50 : Triglav, constellation of Cancer1 and inscription from Jakob AljaÏ's song "Oj Triglav moj dom" (O Triglav, my home)
€ 1.00 : Primož Trubar and the inscription "Stati inu obstati" (to stand and withstand)
€ 2.00 :·France Prešeren and the first line of the 7th stanza of Zdravljica (Slovenian national anthem)
€ 2 Coin Edge : S L O V E N I J A
More detailed information on the €uro coins will be found on the Slovenian Government Public Relations and Media Office site
Banknotes, side 1
It is always important to know how the money, Banknotes and coins of a country look like. Here are some of the banknotes you will use the more often.
The Slovenian banknotes bear on one side important figures of the Slovenian history.
These banknotes were replaced by €uro banknotes on January 2007. €uro banknotes are the same on both sides across the whole €uro zone.
Postojna Caves - Shops by entrance
This is probably the biggest tourist trap in the whole of Slovenia as its right outside the biggest tourist attraction in Slovenia. There are all kinds of tacky stalls and shops that line the road up to the cave entrance that sell everything from photos on plates to tacky T-shirts and such like. Some of the stuff is quite interesting like the minerals and other rock formations but most of it is pure tat.
Bled castle - A place to avoid !
Yes the castle is great but as a visitor there is really nothing to see inside excepted :
- a souvenir shop
- a wine shop
- a bar
- a restaurant
Money, money ! They knows that Bled castle is visited by thousands of tourists each year, so why should they bother offering something really interesting ? The collection showed in the castle is the poorest I've ever seen, dispatched in only 4 or 5 rooms.
Okay, you'll see a nice view on the lake but it's not worth the 6 euros you have to pay for it.
Fun Alternatives: Head south to Skofa Loka - This small town, located 30 kilometers from Bled, is really beautiful with small streets and old houses.
The Skofa Loka's castle museum is great : you will see a wonderful ethnological collection with many tools from the past (agriculture, printing, hat making, every day life, ...)Related to:
- Historical Travel
This is a kind of ancient...
The locals take good care of their wineyards, arranging them with care and love. Some of them have placed tools from the past times.
This is a kind of ancient tool, used in wineyard cultivation. It stands right in front of the Belec wine-cellar in area of Jeruzalem hills.Related to:
- Family Travel
VINO = WINE
When strolling up and down the hills of Jeruzalem area, you'll see a lot of cozy wine-cellars like this one on the picture. Remember, Slovenian word for wine is VINO. I suggest you to buy wine in the cellars coz it is much cheaper than in the stores.
Unique Suggestions: Of course, you can taste the wine before buying it, but try not too much coz after you may see "more hills and curves" than previous.Related to:
- Family Travel
Wineyards of Jeruzalem
Wineyards of Jeruzalem (a winepath triangle Ormož-Jeruzalem-Ptuj) is situated in the eastern part of the country.
Here you can find a good quality of wines; do not drink when drive coz you may have a lot of troubles with loco police officers.Related to:
- Family Travel
Not so much a trap as a way to make things a little cheaper!
If you buy beer in the supermarket make sure you buy it by the can rather than the bottle, or you will have to pay a deposit on the bottle which you will only get back when you return it to them!Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Budget Travel
Supermarkets. You probably...
Supermarkets. You probably have those at home so dont let yourself loose. Do you really need to spend? Slovenia has becomed overwhelmed by supermarkets. I am amazed we are capable of so much buying to support them all. But I guess we are. Forget the mountains - climb into one of them, buy something you dont need, get traped.
Unique Suggestions: Surprisingly, (a majority of) Slovenian people have come to a decision, confirmed on a referendum, that supermarkets are to be closed on Sundays.
Fun Alternatives: While freedom of choice will soon be no longer awailable, people are invited to visit churches on Sunday. (The biggest fear of having supermarkets open was the people will stop going to churches.) Since i am not religious person myself, what else can I do on Sundays? Hm... maybe add some more tips on VT!Related to:
- School Holidays
- Family Travel
- Business Travel
Lipica, the Cradle of the Lipizzaner Horse
Close to the Slovene-Italian border, lying deep in the heart of the karst countryside under the blue Mediterranean sky, is the Lipica Stud Farm, the cradle of the white Lipizzaner horse. Founded in 1580, the stud ranks among the most important cultural and historical monuments in Slovenia. Through the centuries, the stud has maintained the tradition of breeding and selecting the best purebred Lipizzaner horses.
Present-day Lipica is a well-equipped tourist resort with a touch of tradition. It offers a range of modern facilities such as hotels, an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a fitness center, conference rooms, a casino, a golf course, and tennis courts. Guests can spend a delightful holiday learning or improving riding skills, taking carriage rides, or simply enjoying the unspoiled natural surroundings. Children can ride ponies or amuse themselves in the children's playground. A performance of the classical riding school, which takes place in a covered arena, is an unforgettable experience, as is a visit to the stud farm.
Please do bother and see my "Sport travel Tips"
on Lipica. Thank you.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
Located a stone's throw away from Ljubljanica river, the main square & the famous Three Bridges....more
Highly recommended, friendly host, excellent (optional) dinners at the hotel, for example four...more
Stjenkova ulica 1, Piran, 6330, Slovenia
Good for: Solo
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