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Ljubljana tips?

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Looking for tips and advice for a trip to Slovenia
12 years ago, January 3rd 2007 No: 1 Msg: #9592  
We'll be in Slovenia later this year. We haven't decided on a trip in the spring or the fall just yet but we're looking for suggestions, tips, advice or recommendations. Reply to this

12 years ago, January 7th 2007 No: 2 Msg: #9692  
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If your looking for a place to stay... you cant beat the hostel celica. Overall though... most things there can be seen and done in a day, 2 at most, but its right on the way to other great destinations like Zagreb and Budapest.

Enjoy! Reply to this

12 years ago, January 8th 2007 No: 3 Msg: #9721  
I'm afraid we're past the point of the whole hostel scene but appreciate the suggestion. Did you spend some time in Slovenia? Reply to this

12 years ago, February 4th 2007 No: 4 Msg: #10479  
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I spent a few days there in June (06) during a trip to explore the Balkan states. Like I mentioned before, you can see most of Ljubljana and the other 'big' cities in a day or two each. It's well worth visiting though. The people are wonderful, the food (yum Burek!) is excellent, and since it's not a very populated country, you wont have to deal w/big crowds.

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12 years ago, February 9th 2007 No: 5 Msg: #10617  
Slovenia is a fabulous country, but I'm not sure that the cities are the way to see it. Ljubljana itself is a very pleasant elegant city, but there's a lot more to Slovenia than that. We were there for a week in 2005, and spent most of our time in the western half of the country, camping and travelling by car - it's a pretty small country (think Wales). One of the things Slovenia does best are small well-thought-out museums and exhibits of its agricultural and industrial past, dotted around the towns and villages. Highlights and must-sees for me would be:

(1). The Triglav National Park in the north-west, for spectacular secenery, dizzying passes, terrifc old pastoral architecture and the nearby Plansar (tasty) cheese museum. The iconic Lake Bled with its island church is indeed pretty and makes a good place to stay, but maybe just a bit weighed down by tourists - the wilder country beyond is more rewarding.

(2). Kobarid and the Soca River Valley. As well as being a pretty little town, Kobarid houses one of the smallest and most genuinely moving museums I have ever visited. Brilliantly detailing the bizarre and awful WWI trench-and-tunnel warfare that was conducted almost-unbelievably on and under the snow-bound peaks surrounding the town, it just shouldn't be missed. I usually dislike war museums, but there's something about the frank and unglorified way that the story is told that works supremely well. Flowing down past Kobarid is the amazing Soca river, which is a magnificent colour of blue I have never seen before or since. Its whole valley is beautiful, with forest and small towns dotted along its deeply incised limestone course. Fabulous landscape.

(3). The Idrija Mercury Mines. Guided tours available of this unbelievably huge network of tiny mine tunnels (total tunnel length would stretch to Moscow!), hidden behind an unassuming door in a sleepy rural town. The mines are closed, but you can still see Cinnebar (sp?) ore oozing droplets of mercury, and learn about the terrible toll it took on the miners. On of the strangest and most unlikely attractions we've ever visited, but once you're kitted out in your lurid miner's jumpsuit you'll never look back.

(4). The Lipica Stud and Stables. If you like horses at all, this is the place to go. Not my thing at all generally, but very much my better half's, and yet I really enjoyed it. Great multi-lingual guided tours of a fascinating institution. Located in the Karst region of Slovenia, so there are nice limestone karstic landscapes and caves to enjoy too, such as...

(5). The Skocjan Caves. Breathtaking for their huge heights and magnificent drops rather than their confined spaces, they most closely resemble Peter Jackson's vision of Moria in his Fellowship of the Ring movie. Bit hard on the old legs in places, but worth it!

(6). Piran, on the south-east coast. As Austria's main connection with the sea, the coast may not be Slovenia's greatest tourist asset, what with sun-worshipping Istria just a short hop over the border. Piran, however, is a lovely seaside town with a long promenade, castle, square and Venetian buildings. Can be a bit crowded, but worthwhile nonetheless.

I'm sure there's a dozen things I've forgotten. One word of warning: parking seemed to be an issue everywhere we went in the west of the country - most space is undertsandably reserved for the locals, and most of the rest costs. Beware the frequently small signs explaining this! The west/north-west of Slovenia seems very geared up to the Italian tour-bus trade, and to the organised Adventure Sports minibus crowd, so as yet hasn't adpated to accomodate the independent car-user. Or possibly has adapted too well, to judge by the number of men in peaked caps who make their living selling parking by the hour.


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11 years ago, August 29th 2007 No: 6 Msg: #18676  
Hello, I hope you don't mind me coming into this discussion to ask - but I'm travelling to Slovenia soon and the last post mentioned the Skocjan Caves. Could you tell me whether they are better than the Postojna caves as we cannot decide which ones to visit! Reply to this

11 years ago, August 29th 2007 No: 7 Msg: #18679  
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Just returned from a couple of days in Ljubjana. I had naively hoped that it would be somewhat undiscovered, but in mid-August there were plenty of tourists there. We couldn't get a booking at Hostel Celica, but we visited it. It looked like a great place, sort of hostel meets modern art. It used to be a prison, so if you can, book one of the former cells. Reply to this

11 years ago, August 29th 2007 No: 8 Msg: #18682  
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I am going to Ljubljana next week. Could anyone please suggest places to stay or a website that offers good deals on hotels? I am looking to stay in reasonable places, not too cheap and not too expensive.

Thanks,
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11 years ago, August 29th 2007 No: 9 Msg: #18684  
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Hostel Celica! Reserve your cell NOW! Reply to this

11 years ago, August 29th 2007 No: 10 Msg: #18686  
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I dont think i wanna stay at a jail! it must be so uncomfortable! Reply to this

11 years ago, August 29th 2007 No: 11 Msg: #18687  
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It's very comfortable.... One of the best places to crash in the city for cheap. Great crowd too.. and nice bar/restaurant Reply to this

11 years ago, August 29th 2007 No: 12 Msg: #18688  
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http://www.souhostel.com/ Reply to this

11 years ago, August 29th 2007 No: 13 Msg: #18689  
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I just RSVP'd for Room 105 😊
Hopefully I'll get the confirmation soon. Reply to this

11 years ago, August 29th 2007 No: 14 Msg: #18690  
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Looks like a good one! You'll have a great time there.

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10 years ago, June 3rd 2009 No: 15 Msg: #74812  
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maybe you should echeck this out
some interesting reading

Guide to Ljubljana

Regards Reply to this

9 years ago, October 21st 2009 No: 16 Msg: #90175  
Hi, I know im too late to answer your question, but for future readers I hope my opinion helps.

I visited the Skocjan Caves on a day trip from Ljubljana. Although the train ride was a bit long, you see some nice scenery along the way. As for the caves themselves, they are very spectacular, well worth a look. Are they better than the Postojna caves? I cant say as I haven't been there, but the Skocjan caves are less visited by tourists, and arguably much more stunning. People I spoke to who had been to both preferred the Skocjan cave system.

Book at the tourist office in the Ljubljana train station. They speak great English and will help with the whole travel to and from the caves 😊 Reply to this

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