Location / Language of Slovenia
Slovenia is a country located in southern Central Europe at a crossroads of important European cultural and trade routes. It is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. It covers 20,273 sq kms and has a population of around 2.07 million. One of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia, its’s capital and largest city is Ljubljana.
The official language is Slovenian and is spoken by almost the entire population.
Visa Requirements / Currency (please note these procedures / exchange rates can changed from time to time…please get an update from the embassy prior to travel)
As India is not part of the Schengen Area, if one is an Indian passport holder you will need to apply for the appropriate type of Schengen Slovenia Visa for travelling to the country. To be eligible for a Schengen Visa for Slovenia one will mainly need their current passport, along with certain documents, to be submitted with the Visa application form.
Currency : Euro (EUR)
Conversion: Rs.1 INR = 0.013 EUR
1 EUR = Rs. 78.04 INR
Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Slovenia
- Ljubljana City – Above the city, Ljubljana’s Castle is accessible by funicular or by a steep but scenic walk, whose clock tower boasts incredible views of the city’s Old Town with its pretty squares and Baroque architecture. While wandering around, look out for pictures and statues of dragons – they symbolise the mythological origins of the city. Legend has it that the Greek hero Jason and his Argonaut comrades killed a monster in a swamp on the present site of Ljubljana.
- Resort of Bled - People flock here to enjoy the stunning views of the lake with its small church that sits on an islet. Beyond it one can see the gothic Bled Castle that is situated on the cliff’s edge. It is a great town if one wants a more active holiday as it is perfect for cycling, canoeing, and hiking and one can also take a chair lift to the top of Straža ski slope and toboggan back down.
- Soca Valley - The turquoise River Soča stretches from Triglav National Park to Nova Gorica between the Julian Alps. It is a great place to go if one enjoys extreme sports. Paragliding and rafting are extremely popular pursuits here and there are plenty of hiking routes, horse-riding trails and fly-fishing spots to just relax and take in the scenery.
- Skocjan Caves – This system of underground caves is a UNESCO world heritage site and has the highest cave hall in Europe. This huge, underground canyon can be crossed by a narrow bridge where you truly get a sense of how giant the space is. The caves are filled with impressive stalagmites and stalactites and are home to 15 species of bats.
- Predjama Castle - This 700 year old castle sits on a 123m cliff and is built into the mouth of a cave. It became famous due to the legend of the Robinhood-esque knight named Erazem Lueger – a robber-baron who stole from the rich and gave to the poor and fought the established order. Visit in July to watch their annual medieval duelling tournament.
Things You Must Do in Slovenia
- Go Hiking in Triglav National Park – The park trails range from quick walks to technical, multi-day mountain climbs: no matter what one’s skill level, there is something for everyone in this park. Whether walking along the Soca River or climbing among the clouds, the views of the Julian Alps will command one’s attention.
- Explore Vintgar Gorge - This is one of the most magical places to visit in Slovenia. For 1.6 km, boardwalks crisscross their way along the Radovna River, creating an enchanting landscape that is very photogenic and fun to explore alone or with one’s family.
- Drive the Vršič Pass – The pass is a paved road that was constructed by Russian POW’s during World War I. At 1611 meters, this is the highest mountain pass in the eastern Julian Alps. There are 50 hairpin turns along the road, 24 on the Kranjska Gora side and 26 on the Trenta side. On the drive, make the quick stop at the Russian Chapel and walk to Ajdovska (Face in the Stone) to see the image of a woman’s face on the side of Prisank Mountain. For the ultimate experience, cycle to the top of the Vršič Pass from Kranjska Gora.
Food on the Plate
Slovenian cuisine is influenced by the diversity of Slovenia's landscape, climate, history and neighbouring cultures. In 2016, the leading Slovenian ethnologists divided the country into 23 gastronomic regions.
Slovenian food one must try includes:
- Veal and Buckwheat dumplings – Buckwheat is one of the main crops grown in Slovenia and is a staple ingredient in porridge, breads and stews throughout the country. They are traditionally served with meat, stews, sauerkraut or sausages.
- Bujta Repa – It is a very typical meat dish which is served throughout the country. ‘and is prepared by stewing the fatty meats with sour turnips. Millet porridge is also often used in preparation to prepare a kind of thick soup, the dish is prepared by throwing all the ingredients into a big pot and stewing slowly.
- Potica - A typical dough is made of wheat flour with filling was made of walnuts, hazelnuts, honey, peppermint, cottage cheese, sour cream, cracklings, bacon or dried fruit, wrapped and placed in a cake pan. Potica was usually not sweetened.
- Belokranjska Povitica - This is a typical Slovenian pastry, consisting of a round spiral of flaky, crispy dough with a sweet or savoury filling. The pastry is then rolled as thinly as possible into a Catherine-wheel style circle. Ricotta cheese and curds are the most common filling.
Overseas Travel Medical Insurance Slovenia
Since Slovenia is a country which is part of the Schengen countries in Europe, the traveller needs to purchase adequate Indian travel medical insurance for applying for Slovenian visa.
India Travel insurance for Slovenia is relatively cheaper when compared to destinations in Americas, and most insurance companies offer a specific Schengen Insurance Plan
. One must ensure that the minimum Accident & Sickness (A&S) sum insured for a Schengen plan must be €30,000 (around $50,000), and a visa to visit any Schengen country will not be provided without this minimum coverage.
The insured must purchase an “Excluding Americas” Plan, if they are travelling to other destinations that don’t include only Schengen countries.
Illustration for 15 days Schengen travel insurance for Indians to Slovenia.
|Sum Insured($USD or €Euro) / Premium in Rs. INR
||Insured Age 31
||Insured Age 61
|Schengen - €30,000
|Schengen - €50,000
|Excluding - $50,000
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to compare and buy the most appropriate plan for your travel to Slovenia.