Nestled in the Lake District’s mountainous region, Hallstatt is a small town sandwiched between a mountain and a lake, lined with pastel houses decked with flower boxes.
We drove into Ljubljana at the tail end of a 2-week road trip in Croatia and Slovenia.
What followed was an exciting medley of sights and activities that I never thought could fit comfortably into a 5-day road trip. From the beautiful and charming Ljubljana, we explored medieval castles and towns, saw spectacular caves, and drove past stunning landscapes. We hiked up a mountain and through a ravine.
We spent mornings in cafés and afternoons by the lake, all while eating delicious local cuisine and having fun and lighthearted conversations with friendly locals and happy travelers.
Ljubljana is the perfect destination for a relaxing city break.
Even though it’s Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana has a small-town charm and laidback atmosphere – you’ll never feel overwhelmed or rushed here. The locals are friendly and there are also plenty of green spaces, making it a truly relaxing holiday destination.
Storybook houses lined up throughout the city in various blues and yellows, lush greenery as far as your eye can see, and jubilant locals clinking their glasses of Riesling together while watching people pass by.
After several days exploring Vienna, we set out to explore more of Austria’s beautiful destinations.
Our next stop was Hallstatt, a dreamy lakeside town in the heart of the Salzkammergut district. But even the drive from Vienna to Hallstatt was an adventure itself, filled with one amazing scene after another.
Grand Austro-Hungarian buildings, vibrant cafes and restaurants at every corner, and quirky museums – these are what await you Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city.
The best part? Zagreb is a city that knows how to chill.
Wherever you are in the city, luscious green parks and hiking trails are only a quick walk away. And even though the nearest coast is a couple of hours’ drive from Zagreb, it has this chilled-out island vibe that’s so refreshingly unique compared to other European capitals.
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