Slovenia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. It is a modern, forward-thinking state, a member of the EU and of NATO, which chose as its national emblem, the triple summited peak of Mount Triglav. Located to the east of the northern end of the Adriatic, Slovenia has borders with Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. Much of its land area is hilly, with the most impressive range being the Julian Alps, towards the country's northern margin. This impressive mountain group provides all kinds of opportunities for adventure holidays - for trekkers, for mountain bikers and for family groups. The picturesque lakeside town of Bled and the nearby Bohinj Valley are popular places from which to explore the Julian Alps. There is spectacular ridge-top trekking to the beautiful 'Valley of the Seven Lakes' and even to the top of Triglav (2864m / 9397ft) itself. In the winter months, this part of Slovenia is a winter sports location of growing importance and a brilliant place for cross-country skiing on hundreds of kilometres of prepared trails.


Slovenia stretches between the Alps, the Adriatic and the Pannonian Plain, covering an area of 20,273 square kilometres. It shares its borders with Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. The majority of Slovenian terrain is hilly or mountainous, with around 90% of the surface 200 meters or more above sea level. The Alps - including the Julian Alps, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanke chain, as well as the Pohorje massif — dominate Northern Slovenia along its long border to Austria. The highest mountain in Slovenia is Mount Triglav at 2864 metres. Slovenia's Adriatic coastline stretches approximately 43 kilometers (27 miles) from Italy to Croatia. Slovenia's Karst Plateau, situated in the southwest is a limestone region of underground rivers, gorges, and caves, between Ljubljana and the Mediterranean. On the Pannonian plain to the East and Northeast, toward the Croatian and Hungarian borders, the landscape is essentially flat.

Time Zone

The time in Slovenia is GMT + 1 hour and GMT + 2 hours in summer time.

Additional Sources/Information

Lonely Planet.  Slovenia.
Rough Guide. Slovenia.
The Julian Alps. Simon Brown (Cicerone).
Walking in the Alps. Kev Reynolds  (Cicerone).

Freytag and Berndt. Slovenia. 1:150,000
Planinska Zveza Slovenije. Julijske Alpe. 1:50,000

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