Read More. Since the Habsburg days, this is where Slovenes take their guests — whether kings or cousins — to show off their natural wonders. Rick: Dober dan. There are very few barriers, so you are in direct contact with the world of the architect. ▲▲▲ Lake Bled Photogenic lake resort huddled in the foothills of the Julian Alps, with a church-topped island, cliff-hanging castle, lakefront walkway, tasty desserts, and appealing side-trips. His mom was a Slovene, his dad was a Croat, and his wife was a Serb, so he was the only true Yugoslav there was. In the grand cavern, the sound of a mighty river crashes through the mist. Rick Steves Travel Talks 16,344 views 17:25 Piazza Armerina, Sicily: Villa Romana del Casale - Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide - Travel Bite - Duration: 2:55. This would be just about our worst. ▲ Piran Slovenia's adorable Adriatic resort town — a Back Door gem. Lake Bled's iconic island is the focal point of any visit. Romantic pletna boats, unique to this lake, ferry visitors back and forth. He lived in the early 20th century, studied in Vienna, made his name in Prague, and had the greatest impact right here, in his hometown. Rick: And his heritage lives on today as the people enjoy his city. On summer Saturdays, a steady procession of brides and grooms, cheered on by their entourages, heads for the island. Today, the square is enjoyed by visitors and locals of all generations — savoring the good life where the Slavic world, the Alps, and the Mediterranean all come together. Since the limestone upon which everything around here sits is easily dissolved by water, the Karst is honeycombed with a vast network of caves and underground rivers. Prolific Plečnik essentially remodeled his hometown with his distinctive classical-meets-modern style. The art in the Lady of the Rocks church was special, the one Euro tour a bargain and the guide refused a tip. Today it's decorated exactly as it was the day Plečnik died in 1957, containing much of his equipment, models, and plans. Visitors begin by seeing a multitude of formations in a series of large caverns. We'll enjoy the playful architecture and lively café culture of its capital city, row to a church-capped island, explore the Julian Alps, descend into a grand, underground canyon, and sunbathe with Slavs on the tiny but inviting Slovenian coast. A museum in the town of Kobarid tells the story of the Soča Front, and humanizes the suffering of this horrific but almost forgotten corner of World War I. We've got 57 tours going to Slovenia, starting from just 3 days in length, and the longest tour is 11 days. Vastly outgunned, they fought back valiantly, eventually defeating the German invaders. Over the centuries, different castles were built here, and they gradually moved out to the mouth of the cave. When you come in, you don't realize how much is here. ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | In the 15th century, the Italians had a fort here to defend against the Ottomans. Natalija: Absolutely. We're headed north, into Slovenia's Julian Alps. On top, catch your breath by enjoying views of Piran and nearly the entire Slovenian coastline. Tina: I will say I was happy that I could live a part of Yugoslavia, but I am happy to be living in European Union as well now. Above Grandma and Grandpa's! That's why maybe the faces are a little happier. It looks just like a loft. Rick's tip to use Korkyra Tours for the transfer to Dubrovnik did not "pan out". Stroll Dubrovnik's ancient walls, hike the idyllic Julian Alps, and set sail on the glimmering Adriatic: with Rick Steves on your side, Croatia and Slovenia can be yours! Vogel for some amazing views of the Alps. Rick: So his bed right next to his work table. The first half of the experience is the "Silent Caves" (so called for the lack of running water), with a wide array of wondrous formations and what seem like large caverns. Inside Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more in Croatia and Slovenia, with side trips to Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina. There's really no better way to get to know a place than a meal with a local family. Rick: Thank you. Join our Facebook Group: Rick Steves Over Brunch Podcast Listeners. The bridge seems almost Venetian. ▲ The Karst Windblown limestone plateau with world-class caves (Škocjan and Postojna), the Lipizzaner Stallion stud farm at Lipica, and the dramatically situated Predjama Castle. And much of the fighting was actually done way up high, on the frigid mountain cliffs. That's why, unlike his Eastern European neighbors, Tito could and did chart his own course — independent from the USSR. A local superstition claims that if you ring this bell three times, your wish will come true. The film about the bridge was a good tip. Guides, passionate about his work, give meaning to his home. Then they flip over the cart to turn it into a sales stand. Slovenes are particularly fond of their famous local pastries. Also enjoying dramatic lake views are handsome villas, mostly from the 19th century. Sašo: I would say, "may you get kicked by a horse." All the bridges are crowded, you know. see our FAQ. I read the section in my Rick Steves travel book about the Julian Alps (named for Julius Ceasar) which are in the NW part of Slovenia. He left such a strong mark, not only in Vienna and Prague, but definitely in Ljubljana, because all the land accesses and river accesses are designed by Plečnik. Italy. Rick: With Grandma and Grandpa downstairs. This article was … Natalija: Absolutely. Fancy facades and whimsical bridges ornament daily life with a Slovenian twist. This time it's beaches, caves, and Alps and enjoying a little cultural workout in Slovenia. Rick: Pol kilo. Thanks for joining us. Condition is "Pre-owned". Get exclusive mini-episodes on Our Patreon Account For more, find us:Chris MitchellFind him at travelingmitch, Ultimate Ontario, & His Writer's Portfolio. Predjama is a hit with tourists for its striking setting, exciting exterior, and romantic legend. Sašo: Alright, and this is the little kid's room… The main square was once a protected harbor…until it began to stink so bad, they had to fill it in. Vendor: Pol kilo. Nearby, market vintners proudly share their wines. Rick: Half kilo. But one thing that's constant is the warmth and hospitality of its people. The museum's focus isn't on the guns and heroes, but on the big picture of the front and the stories of the common people who fought and died here. In this high-end suite, you can actually sleep in the dictator's bed. Rick: This is very interesting to me, because this is food I would think about in Germany or Austria or in the north. ... Little Slovenia is the least visited and most underrated of Europe's alpine countries. see our FAQ. Terms of Service | Privacy, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina & Montenegro: Recommended Itinerary, Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Slovenia, Croatia, Slovenia & Bosnia-Herzegovina: Recommended Books and Movies, Go Underground to Shine a Light on Europe’s Past, Beautiful Bled’s Scenic Lakeshores (and Cakes Galore), Eastern Adriatic 101: Croatia, Slovenia, and Beyond, Lake Bled: Exploring Slovenia’s Romantic Alpine Retreat, Ljubljana: An Underrated Gem in the Heart of Europe, European Impressions of America But still, you know, it's a propaganda of Eastern Europe — but it was so different over here. But year-round it teems with Croatian locals living life to the fullest. They are fresh. For good or bad workers, the wage was all the same. It feels made-to-order for conviviality — enjoying a drink or observing the market action. The most romantic route to the island is to cruise on one of the distinctive pletna boats (catch one at several spots around the lake — most convenient from in front of Grand Hotel Toplice or just below Hotel Park, replaced by enclosed electric boats in winter — unless the lake freezes). Springy suspension bridges offer a memorable roadside stop. There's no keel, so the skilled oarsmen work hard to steer the flat-bottomed boat with each stroke. The room is soon going to be shared by another baby, which is due in four and a half months. You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling to Croatia and Slovenia. Rick: And today, capitalism has changed — good for good workers. How do you say "half-kilo"? At the crest of the 5,000-foot-high pass, there's snow even in late May — and a commanding view. After Tito died in 1980, his villa was converted into a classy hotel, offering guests a James Bond ambience. Afterwards you will enjoy the view of the lake from the top of Bled castle.On to Lake Bohinj where a cable car will take us to the top of Mt. Mostar and the Bay of Kotor were Highlights of our trip. Sašo: It's a secret compartment of our house. Rick: So, Yugoslavia was good for bad workers. Natalija: Yes, absolutely. Sašo: We will curse. The poignant reality: costly battles eventually fade into the history books…like the Soča Front. Located where the Germanic, Mediterranean, and Slavic worlds come together, Slovenia has a unique appeal. By Rick Steves and Cameron Hewitt The castle is striking, as are the views from the castle. The Kluže Fort keeps vigil over the narrowest part of the valley, which leads from Italy, through Slovenia, toward Austria. Tina: Well, probably his magic ability was that he was a mix of all the nationalities that included Yugoslavia. Tiny bits of limestone — the geological equivalent of sawdust around here — reflecting under the brilliant blue skies gives the river its rich turquoise color. Rick: Yes, they look good. My friend and Slovenian tour guide Tina Hiti is joining us to help sort out the Yugoslav puzzle. Tina: Very typical. After the Nazis bombed Belgrade and took over their country, the ragtag gang of Yugoslav patriots, inspired by charismatic commanders, formed a resistance army. Chiseled into the wall, the scant remains of century-old trails evoke the early days of tourism here. They converted the attic of Tina's childhood home — creating plenty of space for their growing family. Little Slovenia is the least visited and most underrated of Europe's alpine countries. But the Soča Front was 60 miles wide, and many of the defenses were more crude and remote. Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia. Tina: Yeah, this is a very typical socialist realism propaganda. The house of Ljubljana's favorite son is on an unassuming street. Sašo: Anže. With this guide, you'll explore charming towns and undiscovered natural wonders. It was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting of World War I. This version dates from the 16th century. Rick: "Three hundred hairy bears"? But we can also be really laid back, relaxed, mellow about certain things. Half a kilo — it's just right. But if you look all around, you will see there are many, many personal objects…his glasses, or — for example — his hat. A small, friendly group of 24 people — half the size of most tour groups; The services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Eastern Europe come alive for you; All group transportation from Prague to Lake Bled, Slovenia; 14 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Rick: Today, are you happier with or without Tito and Yugoslavia? We will be on schedule when we need to be on schedule. Create custom playlists with more than 400 educational clips featuring the best of European history, art, culture, and experiences (plus topics beyond Europe) . I really wish I had more time in Slovenia. The most dramatic cave to tour is Škocjan. Terms of Service | Privacy, Lake Bled, Slovenia: Exploring a Dictator's Villa, Slovenia: Julian Alps and Soča River Valley. In this land of stout hill towns and rugged farmers, grapes for the full-bodied local red wine thrive in the iron-rich soil. The hotel that was once the summer residence of the Yugoslavian dictator, is now less tolerant of curious tourists than it was when this episode was filmed. Lake Bled retains an aura of the Romantic Age. Ljubljana's single best activity is simply strolling the riverfront promenade and sitting in an outdoor café watching the stylish Slovenes strut their stuff. Valleys that just a generation ago were industrial wastelands are green and getting greener. Rick: You wouldn't know, looking up here. Rick: If you're angry what would…? Rick: Gorazd, you grew up with Tito. Rick: Anže will have a roommate. Many Adriatic towns are overwhelmed by tourists and concrete, but Piran has kept itself charming and in remarkably good repair while holding the tourist sprawl at bay. Rick Steves takes a cultural voyage through this charming, former Yugoslavian country, starting at its lively capital then heading toward the Julian Alps and to the Slovenian … While no motorized boats disturb the tranquility of Lake Bled, it does have its human-powered speed boats. It memorializes 7,000 Italian soldiers — victims of just one battle. Mostar and the stay in the Historic Bay's house was a great travel experience. This peaceful river valley was known as the "Soča Front," or the "Isonzo Front" in Italian. The decadent kremšnita artfully sandwiches layers of cream and vanilla custard between sheets of delicate crust. Rick: In Slovene? The main attraction is a guided two-mile hike through the caves. If this city works for its people and fits their character, it's at least in part thanks to Jože Plečnik. In this minisode, we each share our favorite travel movies.Join Us! Thanks for joining us. Tina's mom: Dober dan. During most of the 20th century, Yugoslavia was on the other side of what was called the "Iron Curtain." As with most towns on the Adriatic, it was long ruled by nearby Venice, and retains its Venetian flavor. Rick: This is very comfortable and very spacious, really. Sašo: …or "300 hairy bears." By the 16th century, Predjama had become a castle for hunting more than for defense — explaining its current ­picturesque-but-impractical design. Sašo: Sašo, yeah. Tiny Slovenia — with just two million people — is one of Europe's most unexpectedly delightful destinations. These scales allow buyers to immediately double-check the arithmetic…just in case. Locals still build their pletnas by hand with larch wood from a design passed down from father to son for centuries. Now, I still can't get over that, because — I've got to say — in America, there is a stigma about people in their 30s still with their mom and dad, raising their kids upstairs. Rick: What would you tell me? (37:02), Little Pleasures in Slovenia The market's picturesque colonnade is designed to link the town and the river. Bad things about Yugoslavia was maybe because there was no good stimulation for good workers. Slovenia was one of six republics united to make Yugoslavia — a country that existed basically from just after World War I until the 1990s. It was all over Eastern Europe, and if you look at the picture, you can see the proud workers, you know, carrying their tools. Natalija: No, he was married to the architecture. The Austro-Hungarians knew if their enemies could break through this front, it was a straight shot to their capital, Vienna. We were never inside the Warsaw Pact. Tito and his Partisan Army booted the Nazis without Soviet help. This is quite a surprise. Vendor: Yes. These days, Piran's walls are inviting rather than defensive, and the town is simply an enjoyable place in which to relax. The "Third Way," we called it, and it was a lot different — like, we could travel, we had free-market economy, and there were jobs for everybody. Some kind of a muse, you know. Rick’s Best Two-Week Croatia/Slovenia Trip (by Car) Day 1: Arrive at Ljubljana's airport, go to Lake Bled (sleep in Lake Bled) Day 2: Relax at Lake Bled (sleep in Lake Bled) Day 3: Pick up car, drive through Julian Alps, end in Ljubljana (sleep in Ljubljana) Day 4: Ljubljana (sleep in Ljubljana) Crowded onto the tip of its peninsula, Piran can't grow. TVGuide has every full episode so you can stay-up-to-date and watch your favorite show Rick Steves' Europe anytime, anywhere. And then you can see here the true representative of a strong woman carrying a child and proudly waving the flag. Sašo: Absolutely. “Slovenia — for my money, the most underrated country in Europe”. Day 05: Tuesday, June 1 – Bled. Vršič Pass, which comes with 50 hairpin turns, was originally a military road. Rick Steves, Cameron Hewitt. 57 Slovenia holiday packages with 82 reviews View Map. Ljubljana remains a treasure trove of engaging architecture. Apparently the other three people had an early flight and did not want to wait for the 9AM ferry so … Hi, I'm Rick Steves, back with more of the best of Europe. In the center of this region is Mount Triglav, Slovenia's symbol and tallest mountain. One of Ljubljana's most insteresting sights is the house of the architecht who redesigned much of his city. Marijan — who leads tours all over Europe for Rick Steves — knows more than anybody about Ljubljana, and Slovenia, and the Balkans, and Europe…and, basically, everything. Rick: That's worse than "Your mother wears army boots.". Rick: So, Plečnik is very important to the Slovenian people. This is where we spend rainy afternoons. And the hearty local food provides a good foundation for a lively conversation. There in former Yugoslavia, there were good things and also bad things. A short drive south takes us into a totally different landscape: Slovenia's Karst region — a high, fertile, and windblown plateau. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, We begin in the capital city, Ljubljana. Be warned: Everyone I've met who's visited Slovenia wishes they'd allotted more time for this endearing, underrated land. And guests can use Tito's personal desk for something I bet he never imagined: sending an email. These Alps, with their craggy limestone ridges, bring to mind Italy's Dolomites just over the border. Locals claim that you're not a true Slovene until you've climbed Triglav. Rick: Sašo. This land has seen lots of change. While neighboring Croatia is famous for its coastline, Slovenia enjoys its own 29-mile stretch of Adriatic seafront — that's about one inch per resident. The unique roofed hayrack is recognized as part of the national heritage. In fact, the town's officially bilingual: Slovene and Italian. And how does that affect your culture? After breakfast enjoy a sightseeing tour of Bled. And Slovenia, tucked away where Germanic, Mediterranean, and Slavic worlds meet, is one of Europe's most fascinating, yet least visited corners. That's because the architect recognized that Ljubljana is located midway between Venice and Vienna, and the city itself was — and still is — a bridge between the Italian and Germanic worlds. This modest but world-class museum offers a haunting look at the tragedy of the Soča Front. It's a world where a thousand evil Wizard of Oz monkeys could comfortably fly in formation. When I’m working on a guidebook, I can barely scribble fast enough to capture all of the insights that tumble out of Marijan… Not nostalgic, because now we live better than in former Yugoslavia. It was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles so popular in Vienna, the empire's capital at the time. The statue of France Prešeren, Slovenia's greatest poet, reminds locals that their language and culture are both distinct and worthy of pride. The traffic-free harborfront — lined with Slovenes enjoying fresh seafood — is made-to-order for a stroll. Ptuj Charming-if-sleepy historic town topped by a castle. Well how about a tour. In this tiny country, it seems like everybody knows each other. Sašo: We are punctual when we need to be punctual. Gorazd: No, no. Sašo: We are almost halfway through. Hike up to the cathedral and scale the Venetian-style bell tower. Rick: Nice to meet you. The Habsburg days left locals with the old saying, "Trust is good; control is better." In Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia you'll find in-depth Rick-tested information on: Croatia Dubrovnik and nearby (including Cavtat, Mljet National Park, Pelješac Peninsula, and Trsteno Arboretum) Split and nearby (including Trogir and Krka National Park) Korčula; Hvar Crossing a breathtaking footbridge 150 feet above the torrent gives you faith in Slovenian engineering. Rick: And a single bed — was he never married? When Tito ran Yugoslavia, he huddled with foreign dignitaries — from Indira Gandhi and Nikita Khrushchev to Kim Il Sung — right here. My favorite was once the vacation villa of Yugoslav president-for-life, Marshal Tito. After a lifetime of exploring Europe - and inspiring Americans to see Europe as the springboard for world exploration - Rick Steves shares his reasons why. While the two families live separately, they share lots of dinners. But the big name in local architecture and urban planning is Jože Plečnik. The social system was good… An eighth-century Slavic pagan temple dedicated to the goddess of love and fertility once stood here; the current Baroque version (with Venetian flair — the bell tower separate from the main church) is the fifth to occupy this spot. May 30, 2018 Today we left beautiful Lake Bled in Slovenia and traveled to Italy. The "side trips" Rick recommended "made" our trip. Little Slovenia is the least visited and most underrated of Europe's alpine countries. Ljubljana feels small. After relaxing at Lake Bled, we loop through the Julian Alps and the historic Soča River Valley. As an 18-year-old, Rick began traveling on … Some farmers still use wooden carts to bring veggies in from their garden patches. Rick: Tito had some magic ability to bring it together. Bled is the rowing capital of Slovenia. Rick: I find this propaganda so stirring. Rick: Pol kilo… This is your farm? But, we're right in the middle…Italy, Germany. Maybe one of the better things was for young families, because they can get apartment, they can get a job. ▲▲ Julian Alps Cut-glass peaks easily conquered by a twisty and scenic mountain road over the Vršič Pass, ending in the tranquil Soča River Valley, with the fine WWI museum in Kobarid. Every ridge was strategic. Rick: Dober dan! He was always wearing it and always dressed in black. (18:20), Do-over for my Poland trip - adding a little countryside. The tasteful exhibits, with fine English descriptions and a pacifist tone, take an even-handed approach to the fighting — without getting hung up on identifying the "good guys" and the "bad guys." There's been a castle here for nearly a thousand years. With over a million casualties, it was nicknamed the "Valley of the Cemeteries.". During one winter alone, some 60,000 soldiers were killed by avalanches. ▲▲ Ljubljana Slovenia's vibrant yet relaxing capital, with a fun-to-browse riverside market, scintillating architecture, and inviting riverside promenade. Natalija: So, this is Plečnik's room, where he worked, and he slept here. ▲ Logarska Dolina and the Northern Valleys Remote mountain valleys with grand vistas and traditional farming lifestyles. As Yugoslavia broke up into separate countries in the 1990s, Slovenia became independent after a 11-day war. Uh-oh, little Anže's more interested in bedtime than us. While the valley is a favorite for nature-lovers today, it has its dark side. The Triple Bridge — where the town square joins the river — is both a popular meeting place and a beloved symbol of the city. Slovenia Travel Guide by Rick Steves For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, see our FAQ . Rick Steves' Europe | Episode | The Best of Slovenia. The experience builds and builds as you go into ever-more-impressive grottoes, until you reach the truly colossal final cavern and its thundering river. Explore the evocative back lanes. This special episode is a sonnet to travel - an introspective love story, set in Europe, that vividly celebrates the rewards of exploring our world and the joy that awaits those who travel. Here in what was Tito's ballroom, a mural survives, telling of WWII heroics. Though it's just a quick trip away from the tourist throngs in Croatia, Venice, Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna, Slovenia has stayed off the tourist track — making it a handy detour for in-the-know Back Door travelers. The riverfront market is a hive of activity, where big-city Slovenes enjoy buying directly from the farmer. Bag measures about 17” long and 12” wide. In its relaxed pedestrian center, it seems all roads lead to the main square. This special episode is a sonnet to travel - an introspective love story, set in Europe, that vividly celebrates the rewards of exploring our world and the joy that awaits those who travel. Its café terrace is open for visitors, but there's not much to see. Tina: These are my mom and dad. Stroll atop the walls that encircle romantic Dubrovnik, wander through the Roman ruins in the heart of bustling Split, and set sail to the islands of Korcula and Hvar on the glimmering Adriatic. The Soča continues to cut its way deeper and deeper into this gorge. I hope you've enjoyed Slovenia. From its prosperous capital of Ljubljana, we enjoy the mountain resort of Lake Bled, venture into the Julian Alps for natural thrills mixed with WWI history, go spelunking in a gigantic cave, and swim with Slavs in a charming Adriatic port. 100% Nylon, nice lightweight day bag. Over time, shoppers develop friendships with their favorite producers. After a lifetime of exploring Europe - and inspiring Americans to see Europe as the springboard for world exploration - Rick Steves shares his reasons why. Sašo: Yeah, ha ha ha. Until next time, keep on travelin'. Rick: Whoa. A fortress has capped Ljubljana's hill since Roman times. Rick: Anže. Rick Steves (ricksteves.com) writes European guidebooks, hosts travel shows on public TV and radio, and organizes European tours. You can email Rick at rick… We end at the Adriatic resort of Piran. Rick: That's your worst? I can see how it would make people just want to wave a flag. We booked an 8AM departure but found out on arrival that was changed to 6:30AM. Rick: So, Plečnik is very important to the Slovenian people. But on the other hand, you have here a gilded sculpture on the top of the ceiling. Vendor: Our farm, yes. English descriptions are sparse in its dull interior, but for most, the views of the place alone are worth the drive. 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