Slovenia is situated in Central Europe and shares borders with Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary, only a couple hours from Venice or Vienna.
The Country is mostly elevated. Outside the coastal area, its terrain consists largely of karstic plateaus and ridges, magnificently precipitous Alpine peaks, basins and valleys. The highest Alpine peak in Slovenia is Triglav (2.864 m) - the name meaning "three-heads". The mountain is a true national symbol. In a valley beneath Triglav lie idyllic Lake Bohinj and, north-eastward, Lake Bled.
Green is the dominant colour. There are many woods and forests in Slovenia that cover more then half the territory. Slovenia is homeland to more than 50.000 animal species and 3.000 plant species. The remnants of primeval forests could also be found, especially in the Kočevje area. European brown bear still lives in these forests, and it is possible to encounter the wolf or the lynx, the wild boar, the chamois, roe deer as well as standard varieties of small game.
Slovenia has 46,6 km of coastline- one inch per inhabitant, 26.000 kilometres of rivers and streams and some 7.500 springs of drinking water, including several hundred of first class therapeutic mineral springs. Approximately 11% of Slovenia's territory is specially protected; the largest area with such a regime is the Triglav National Park with a surface area of 848 km2. The Škocjan Caves were entered on the world heritage list at UNESCO in 1986, and the Sečovlje saltpans and Cerknica Lake are included on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.
On 27 June 2011 UNESCO put the prehistoric pile dwellings in the Ljubljansko Barje on the World Heritage List.
Slovenia conists of a mosaic of diverse landscapes. This diversity is best presented through the traditional regions of the country: Gorenjska (Upper Carniola), Dolenjska (Lower Carniola), Notranjska (Inner Carniola), Primorska (Littoral Region), Štajerska (Styria), Koroška (Carinthia) and Prekmurje (Over-Mura Region). Read more »
Slovenia - a land of forests
The most typical feature of the Slovenian landscape is its forests. In terms of relative forest cover, Slovenia ranks third in the European Union, after Finland and Sweden. Read more »
The Ljubljana Marshes
The best-known marshlands in Slovenia are the Ljubljana Marshes (Ljubljansko barje), the remains of a once high marsh and the only example of a lowland marsh in our country. Read more »