A land of diversity
Slovenia is one of a kind. Fascinating natural phenomena, different varieties of landscape regions and countless shades of green, unspoilt nature are packed into a relatively small area. Cultural and natural heritage are subtly interweaved into a balanced entity. Travelling among different climate, landscape and language regions in Slovenia is surprisingly simple and quick. One of Slovenia’s attributes is diversity which is seen in its tourist products as well. Its different regions offer huge contrasts in scenery and surroundings – from the majesty of the Alps in the north to the beauty of the lakes of Bled and Bohinj – from the dramatic valley of the dazzlingly blue Soča River to the quaint coastal villages of the Karst region. Slovenia is a country of extraordinary diversity, yet there are a number of common features that link specific areas, resulting in an enchanting must-see country.
Fusion of nature and culture
What separates Slovenia from other tourist destinations is the pristine countryside at the crossroads of diverse scenery. Its picturesqueness is further enhanced by the feeling of harmony, resulting from its people and their values, beliefs as well as its geographical position. The small area managed to preserve a balanced palette of natural and cultural sights.
Calming and invigorating at the same time
A holiday in Slovenia restores balance, also owing to the fact that in Slovenia you are always in contact with the elementary, be it water, the smell of a forest or the exquisite taste of the local cuisine. Slovenia is definitely not a mass tourism destination nor does it want to be. Typically, mass tourism destinations are characterized by uniformity, and this is certainly not one of Slovenia’s features. Slovenia as a tourist destination offers pristine experience - crossroads of the Alps, the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain, Slovene language and its numerous dialects, direct contact with nature, intertwinement of rudimentariness, preserved scenery, and intriguing differences …
When you come to Terme Krka, Slovenia unveils to you as a land at the crossroads of diversity. Feel Slovenia and live your life to the fullest!
Welcome to Terme Krka
Time off at Dolenjske Toplice Spa or Šmarješke Toplice Spa allows you to explore the forested areas of the south of Slovenia. Dolenjska is the land of hills covered with countless vineyards overlooking the emerald green Krka River. Paths across them lead you to fascinating castles, churches and monasteries. The nearby town of Novo mesto with its extraordinary cultural heritage sights, museums and galleries will leave you breathless. It goes by the name of The town of situlae as it proudly holds the greatest collection of situlae in the world. Perched above the old town, chapter church of St. Nicholas is Novo mesto's most visible historical monument and, with a 15th-century vaulted presbytery and crypt, painted ceiling, a belfry that had once been a medieval defence tower, and an altar painting of the eponymous saint supposedly done by the Venetian master Jacopo Tintoretto (1518-94), it is also the town's most important. Below the chapter church of St. Nicholas about 100 m to the southeast is the enormous Dolenjska museum. The oldest building, which once belonged to the knights of the Teutonic order, houses a valuable collection of archaeological finds unearthed in the southern suburb of Kandija in the late 1960s. Don't miss the Hallstatt helmet dating from the 4th century BC with two enormous axe blows on top, the fine bronze situla (or pail) from the 3rd or 4th century BC embossed with battle and hunting scenes, and the Celtic ceramics and jewellery (particularly the bangles of turquoise and dark-blue glass).
Time off at Talaso Strunjan gives you the opportunity to unveil all the sights of the Adriatic Sea and the nearby karst. You can reach the picturesque medieval town of Piran on foot, take a trip to Postojna Cave, one of the most famous karst caves in the world, or visit Lipica, one of the oldest stud farms in the world and home to Lipizanner horses. Carpe diem and explore Primorska.
From any one of our spas nestled in the lush woods in the south of Slovenia or on the Adriatic coast you can venture to Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, which will overwhelm you with the fascinating architectural sights designed by the renowned Jože Plečnik. Wherever you might stay, everything’s at your fingertips: even Venice in the neighbouring Italy, or the Croatian coast with its typical Mediterranean towns in Istria.
Slovenia in superlatives
- Slovenia is the third most forested country in Europe. Almost 60% of its territory is covered by forest. It also has one of the largest brown bear populations in Europe - between 500 and 700 bears, it is believed.
- Slovenia is among the most biologically diverse countries in the world. Slovenia accounts for less than 0.004% of the Earth's surface but is home to a total of 24,000 animal species. The Sečovlje Salina Nature Park is the only Slovenian wetland area on the UNESCO list of wetlands of international importance. Today only a small section of the saltworks, which are more than 700 years old, is still used to make salt, but in the abandoned areas we find a treasury of plant and animal life, including the Etruscan shrew, the smallest mammal in the world!
- Vilenica cave near Lokev is the oldest show cave in Europe. Tourists have been visiting it since 1633. For 200 years, visitors have been taking a unique and adventurous ride in Postojna Cave, Slovenia’s largest karst cave and the only cave in the world featuring a double track railway.
- The greatest number of Bled's famous cream slices or Cremeschnitte has been made in the pastry workshop in Bled – over 10 million of them. The original recipe of master pastry chef Ištvan Lukačevič has remained unchanged since 1953. Trojane is famous for their scrumptious doughnuts. They have made more than 100 million of them in the last 50 years.
- 216 km² of Slovenia is covered by vineyards so it will come as no surprise for you to learn that 53 different kinds of vines are grown in Slovenia. 70 % of the grapes produced result in white wines and 30 % in red.
- The highest peak in Slovenia is Triglav, with its 2864 m above sea level, and the lowest Kotredež Cave in Zagorje mine, reaching 261.1 m in depth.
- The longest river in Slovenia is the Sava with its 990 km, whereas the Krka with its 111 km represents the longest Slovenian river with both its source and mouth in Slovenia.
- Slovenia has over 7,000 kilometres of mountain hiking trails, along which there are 165 mountain huts and bivouacs.
- Lake Bled is the most famous lake in Slovenia, Lake Bohinj the largest glacial lake, and Lake Cerknica is the largest intermittent lake. In spring and autumn, when the latter fills with water, its surface area can reach as much as 38 km2, making it the largest lake in Slovenia, while in summer it becomes significantly smaller, because its water is drained away by numerous swallow holes.
- Maribor, Slovenia's second-largest city, is home to the oldest vine in the world. Although it is over four hundred years old, its Žametna Črnina grapes still produce 25 litres of wine every year.
- The world’s oldest found wooden wheel with the appertaining axle was found in Ljubljana’s marshes. It is 5,200 years old.
- The tallest building in Slovenia is the modern 89 m high Crystal Palace in Ljubljana. The chimney of the powers station in Trbovlje with its 362 metres is the tallest industrial chimney in Europe.