By Lauren Ferrone
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Say arrivederci to Italy, adios to Spain and au revoir to France. Take the path less travelled and go somewhere for an experience like no other. First stop: Slovenia – right at the centre of Europe.
1. See Slovenia from a different angle
Sightseeing by foot can take its toll on the calves, but those who are keen (and fit enough) to see Slovenia from a different perspective can do just that by setting off on a 400m running race.
Sound like a strange way to explore? Perhaps, but you’re bound to get a spectacular view – the running event is considered one of the steepest in Europe, with competitors racing uphill at an altitude of 200m. Slovenia is just 1 of 3 European countries to host this unique sporting event.
Ouch. We can feel the burn just by looking at that incline.
2. Visit the castle that rocks
Listed as the world’s largest cave castle in the Guinness World Records, Predjama Castle is one of Slovenia’s most dramatic medieval marvels. And rightly so. Built more than 800 years ago, Predjama is a 5-story masterpiece jutting out of a 123m-high cliff.
The castle features 15 rooms including an armoury, dungeon and living quarters as well as secret tunnels.
At certain times of the year, it’s not unusual to see visitors decked out in armoured costumes at one of the medieval tournaments often hosted at the castle.