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Only about half the size of Switzerland, Slovenia is a small country, but it decidedly brims with unique attractions and experiences. Visitors will never want for entertainment in this picturesque corner of central Europe, with drawcards ranging from primeval forests and thermal springs, to the mysterious Karst limestone plateau caves, and a lively and architecturally-beautiful capital.
The country is sandwiched by Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Austria, and enjoys a coastline on the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. Indeed, Slovenia boasts a surprising 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, more than enough to sample all that this gem of country has to offer.
The vibrant capital of Ljubljana sports a mixed heritage of Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau architecture. After belonging to the Austro-Hungarian Empire for many centuries, the city exudes an old-world charm and atmosphere not lost on those who visit its characterful streets, which are perfect for exploring by foot or bicycle.
Whether relaxing on the beach or skiing down alpine slopes, exploring the country's subterranean wonders or relaxing at a lavish casino, visitors to Slovenia can enjoy countless amazing and diverse activities in the space of one short holiday.
An up-and-coming European holiday hub, travellers are strongly urged to check out Slovenia before it is forever changed by the inevitable effects of mass tourism.
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