Where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain meets the Karst, there is Slovenia. It’s a country in Central Europe, known for its mountains, ski resorts and lakes. From the soaring peaks of the Julian Alps and the subterranean magic of Postojna and Škocjan Caves, to sparkling emerald-green lakes and rivers and the short but sweet Adriatic coast, Slovenia has it all. And with more than half of its total surface covered in forest, Slovenia really is one of the greenest countries in the world.
Lake Bled, a glacial lake fed by hot springs, the town of Bled contains a church-topped islet and a cliff side medieval castle.
Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital and largest city. It’s known for its university population and green spaces, including expansive Tivoli Park. Ljubljana has many museums, including the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historic exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures
Croatia is an Eastern European country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Encompassing more than a thousand islands, it’s also crossed by the Dinaric Alps. Croatia has an unusual shape (similar to a croissant) that is unlike any other country in the world, which comes as a result of five centuries of expansion by the Ottoman (Turkish) empire towards Central Europe .
Its inland capital, Zagreb, is distinguished by its medieval Gornji Grad and diverse museums.
Split, a town is known for its beaches and the fotress. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards are a cathedral and numerous shops, bars, cafes, hotels and houses.
Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It’s known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum.