The central European country of Slovenia, which is bordered by Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary, is a crossroads of European culture and language. For people looking for the road less traveled, the glacial Lake Bled in the Julian Alps and Ljubljana’s gorgeous bridges are must-sees.

Slovenia welcomes its guests with a generally mild and temperate climate. You'll find plenty of ways to savor any of its four distinct seasons. The day-by-day weather in Slovenia will vary based on your destination, of course. An alpine climate pervades the northwest near Austria and Italy. In the eastern plateaus and valleys near Hungary and Croatia, expect mild to hot summers and cold winters. On the coast, soak up the Mediterranean sunshine that provides warm weather most of the year, and a pleasantly mild wintertime. Much of Slovenia’s annual rainfall pours down in spring and autumn.

Half the size of Switzerland, this country in Central and Southeastern Europe shares its borders with Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. Its smidgen of southwestern coastline faces the Adriatic Sea.

Forests cover more than half of Slovenia, but the remaining areas brim with beaches, orchards, snow-dusted mountains, hillside vineyards and captivating plains of golden yellow sunflowers. This variety is partly a result of four geographic regions meeting up in Slovenia: the Alps, the Dinaric area, the Pannonian plain and the Mediterranean.

Slovenia's national flag pays tribute to its highest mountain, the three-peaked Triglav, and its famous caves in Postojna draw tourists to their dramatic stalactites and stalagmites.

Major Holidays & Events
In addition to the customary holidays, Slovenia traditionally celebrates:
Prešeren Day - February 8
Easter Monday - day after Easter Sunday, date changes by year
Day of Uprising Against Occupation - April 27
May Day - May 1
Constitution Day - May 3
Whit Sunday - 50 days fter Easter, date changes by year
Primož Trubar Day - June 8
Statehood Day - June 25
Assumption Day - August 15
Day of Slovenes in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation - August 17
Day of Restoration of the Primorska Region to the Motherland - September 15
Reformation Day - October 31
All Saints Day- November 1
Rudolf Maister Day - November 23
Independence and Unity Day - December 26

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