Cities

Celje


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Celje, which lies by the peaceful Savinja river, is the capital of the Savinja region, named after the river. The town prides itself with the legacy of the Counts of Celje, the famous aristocratic and ruling family, the last great Slovene dynasty. Their prince's castle in Celje was besides Trieste the centre where the European cultural and artistic flows of that time met. The ruins of the medieval Old Castle perched on a 400m high rock, 2km southeast of town, is Celje’s best-known landmark and the largest castle complex in Slovenia. Celje’s other sights lie in the old town, a pleasant provincial mix of Renaissance, Baroque and 20th-century buildings and squares. The Museum of Modern History examines life in 20th-century Celje. For evidence of Celje’s Roman past is the Roman Necropolis, which has well-preserved, 1st–3rd century AD marble tombs of local Roman dignitaries. The diversity and variety of experiences in a small area is what gives the city a special charm. Romantic streets in the old city centre, small corners for mysterious conversations in the city park, magnificent architecture, showing the richness and diversity of the past, diversity of its present content brought by museums, theaters, galleries…

Koper


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Koper is a port city in Slovenia, on the country's Adriatic coastline and at first glance appears to be a workaday port city with all the industry and shopping malls on the outskirts, but Koper's central core is delightfully medieval. Koper is a captivating seaside center with an interesting old city core and quaint villages on its outskirts. The facades of the buildings and their interiors reveal the millennial history of Koper, and evoke the era of the Venetian Republic and the golden age of Gothic style and the Renaissance. Intertwining narrow streets wind towards the main square that boasts the largest cathedral in Slovenia. A diverse palette of cultural experiences enriches the city streets and squares, especially in the summer months.

Kranj


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Kranj is the capital of Slovenian Alps and the cultural heart of Slovenia, which lies at the confluence of the Sava and Kokra rivers. The northern side of the city is surrounded by the peaks of the Karawanken Mountains while the Sorško polje plain extends to the south of the city. The old town of Kranj is one of the most charming in Slovenia, with an interesting contrast in the modernist buildings at the entrance to the town centre. At every step, you can feel the affection for culture and the greatest Slovenian poet, France Prešeren. Kranj is distinguished by its rich cultural, historical, technical and natural heritage. The city of Kranj, designated a protected cultural heritage area in 1983, is now a modern city whose heritage and tradition fuse together with modern life in a most interesting way. Between the castle walls, towers and old town houses, many events take place alongside a vivid art scene.

Ljubljana


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Slovenia's capital and largest city also happens to be one of Europe's greenest capitals and is awarded with the Green Capital of Europe title for 2016 by the European Commission. The city is situated in the Ljubljana Basin in Central Slovenia, between the Alps and the Karst. Car traffic is restricted in the centre and banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city's heart, are free for pedestrians and cyclists.  It is a city of greenery, its very centre occupied by parks and forests, and it also represents an ideal departure point for the discovery of all the variety Slovenia has to offer. The unique Karst region, the Adriatic coast, the mountains, the hilly wine-growing regions, the spas, and many historic towns are all within a two-hour drive. Ljubljana have a beautiful buildings and accoutrements, historical riche, an active clubbing and cultural scene and museums. In summer, cafes set up terrace seating along the river and hotels and restaurants are among the best in the country.

Maribor


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Maribor, the capital of the Štajerska region and the nation’s second largest city is nested in the embrace of the green Pohorje Mountainson one side and the wine-growing hills on the other. In the Lent district, you will see the oldest- over 450 years old- vine in the world right in the heart of the historic city core. History and art lovers can see the remains of the city wall and medieval towers, the Main Square with the City Hall, the National Liberation Museum, the Regional Museum and the Maribor Art Gallery, Franciscan Church, Cathedral and Maribor Synagogue. In winter is held women skiers competing at Pohorje for the Golden Fox, skiing’s World Cup competition for women.

Piran


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Piran is a town in southwestern Slovenia on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the three major towns of Slovenian Istria. Piran is a town that grew with the help of salt. The Piran salt pans, where the world-class fleur de sel (flower of salt) is still produced today using age-old methods, were the reason why the picturesque Mediterranean walled town, with its church with a view and cultural attractions, flourished. Its Old Town – one of the best-preserved historical towns anywhere on the Adriatic – is a gem of Venetian Gothic architecture, but it can be a mob scene at the height of summer.