An insider's guide to the best of Slovenia

 

Over 12,000 copies sold, 100 Destinations, 15 Interviews, 6 Foreign Journalists, 1 Bestseller

 

From the same team that's been publishing Slovenia’s acclaimed regional guides since 2008, The Slovenia Book is the work of a group of experienced foreign journalists who reside in the country and are passionate about sharing their collected knowledge of this amazing country with the widest possible audience. We've combined all of the hands-on research of our guides with the high quality photos found in your typical coffee table book, to produce what we hope is a great companion on any trip to Slovenia, or a perfect souvenir to take home with you.

 

What's in the book?

 

Introducing Slovenia

In these pages you can find a very brief overview of Slovenia, including the best ways to get there, some important (and some entertainingly trivial) facts and figures, how to speak and understand the basics of the local language, and a bit about the nation's long eventful history.

Top 10s

With significant input from trusted experts in their respective fields, our knowledgeable local editorial team has compiled fourteen Top 10 lists in areas ranging from food and wine to startups and spas, in order to offer a quick overview of Slovenia's diversity, as well as a sneak peek at some of the content that is covered in more detail later in the book.

Interviews

While we know Slovenia as a whole perhaps better than anyone - having visited virtually every town, village, castle, tourist farm and church over the past decade - we did turn to some of the leading experts in fields such as tourism, culture, photography, business, ethnology, wine and more, to hear their unique perspectives on their respective fields.

Regional Chapters

The bulk of the book is of course dedicated to showing you the Top 100 destinations in Slovenia, and high - lighting the best of what each has to offer. These have been divided according to region: Central, Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western.

Maps

Each regional chapter begins with a map of Slovenia with the relevant region highlighted, so you can see where it is in relation to the rest of the country (which many people have pointed out looks like the shape of a chicken).

Additional Information

We've added some additional informational pages at the end of book, which include extended lists of the Top 100 attractions, annual events, restaurants and winemakers in the country. Here you can find a bit more info about the team behind this project, along with a detailed index and the credits for all those wonderful photos.

 

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The Editorial Team

NIKO SLAVNIC, Executive Editor Niko has family and businesses across the region, and started his career in a family business at the age of 16. Since then he has gone on to enjoy many years of entrepreneurial activities, developing various projects and organisations along the way. After a brief war experience following Slovenia's independence, he spent several years working at the Ministry of Interior, which gave him a different perspective and the skill to perceive the world with open eyes. As the manager of one of the best nightclubs in Ljubljana, Niko frequently organised concerts and other events, later going on to graduate from programmes at Harvard Business School, the University of Amsterdam, IMTA and the University of Ljubljana, and he now regularly shares his knowledge and experience at IEDC Bled, ESSCA and other business schools and conferences throughout the world. This unique mixture of practical business experience and theoretical knowledge has not only made him a popular guest speaker, but has also proven useful in his consulting work with more than 60 dynamic companies. Niko is currently a member of the management board at the Everet Group, where he is responsible for marketing, sales and development, and as a business angel investor he is constantly looking for new business opportunities. He has previously published books about venture capital, communication and marketing.

Niko Slavnič, Executive Editor

Niko has family and businesses across the region, and started his career at the age of 16. Since then he has gone on to enjoy many years of entrepreneurial activities, developing various projects and organisations along the way. After a brief war experience following Slovenia's independence, he spent several years working at the Ministry of Interior, which gave him a different perspective and the skill to perceive the world with open eyes. As the manager of one of the best nightclubs in Ljubljana, Niko frequently organised concerts and other events, later going on to graduate from programmes at Harvard Business School and the University of Amsterdam, and he now regularly shares his knowledge at IEDC Bled, ESSCA and other business schools throughout the world. As a business angel investor he is constantly looking for new business opportunities. He has previously published books about venture capital, communication and marketing.

YURI BARRON, Managing Editor Born in Alaska and raised near Seattle in the United States, whilst studying in Cyprus in 2002 Yuri went on a five-day trip to Beirut, Lebanon, and ended up living there for more than four years, supporting himself in a variety of respectable professions, such as online gambling, writing university papers, trading options and laptop DJing. After travelling to visit Berlin for the World Cup final in 2006, the breakout of the Hezbollah-Israeli war and subsequent bombing of Beirut's airport led to him being unexpectedly stranded on a friend's couch in Prague for several months, which then turned into nearly one year (mainly on account of the irresistible charm of a 5-year-old hound dog named Adam). One thing led to another, and in 2007 Yuri found himself in Slovenia, the country of his maternal grandfather's birth and an all around swell place to live, especially for English-speaking foreigners. Since 2009, he has been a writer and editor for In Your Pocket travel guides, and spends most of his free time and resources travelling to new countries in order to win a $50 bet that was made in secondary school. His forthcoming memoir, entitled Thirty-Cent Life: A Decade of Moderately Irresponsible Travel in Dodgy Countries, pushes the boundaries of what the word 'forthcoming' means.

Yuri Barron, Managing Editor

Born in Alaska and raised near Seattle in the United States, whilst studying in Cyprus in 2002 Yuri went on a five-day trip to Beirut, Lebanon, and ended up living there for more than four years, supporting himself in a variety of respectable professions, such as online gambling, writing university papers, trading options and laptop DJing. After travelling to the World Cup final in 2006, the breakout of the Hezbollah-Israeli war led to him being unexpectedly stranded on a friend's couch in Prague for several months, which turned into nearly one year (mainly on account of a 5-year-old hound dog named Adam). One thing led to another, and in 2007 Yuri found himself in Slovenia, the country of his maternal grandfather's birth and an all around swell place to live. Since 2009, he has been a writer and editor for In Your Pocket travel guides, and spends most of his free time and resources travelling to new countries in order to win a $50 bet that was made in secondary school.

JOHN BILLS VI, Editor & Writer After failing to become a Welsh Pete Venkman, John Bills tried his hand at life as a frustrated care worker. When he failed in this also, he took the only step left and begrudgingly became a writer. A lifelong fan of writing utterly pointless lists and recovering from a crippling addiction to crisps, John is now based in Prague.

JOHN BILLS VI, Editor & Writer

After failing to become a Welsh Pete Venkman, John Bills tried his hand at life as a frustrated care worker. When he failed in this also, he took the only step left and begrudgingly became a writer. A lifelong fan of writing utterly pointless lists and recovering from a crippling addiction to crisps, John is now based in Prague.

CLARE CHARLESWORTH, Writer An Australian Slovene, with a weird, nationally ambiguous accent, Clare grew up around the world until she settled in Slovenia to go to highschool. She has since moved away again, adopting American and Scottish lilts for certain words. Clare lurks around bookstores and spends far too much time overanalysing gourmet burgers. She often frowns, worrying and scaring people. She assures you that this is just her face. Clare still calls Slovenia home.

CLARE CHARLESWORTH, Writer

An Australian Slovene, with a weird, nationally ambiguous accent, Clare grew up around the world until she settled in Slovenia to go to highschool. She has since moved away again, adopting American and Scottish lilts for certain words. Clare lurks around bookstores and spends far too much time overanalysing gourmet burgers. She often frowns, worrying and scaring people. She assures you that this is just her face. Clare still calls Slovenia home.

WILLIAM DUNN, Writer Will was born and raised in Manchester, England, to parents of Irish descent. He experienced his first 'non-beach holiday' travel following graduation in 2007, thus catching the travel bug. He got as far as Slovenia, and decided that was the place for him, helped by a little romance of course.

WILLIAM DUNN, Writer

Will was born and raised in Manchester, England, to parents of Irish descent. He experienced his first 'non-beach holiday' travel following graduation in 2007, thus catching the travel bug. He got as far as Slovenia, and decided that was the place for him, helped by a little romance of course.

RICHARD SCOFIELD, Writter Occasionally writing under the pseudonym ‘Sco’, Richard wrote an underground guide to Havana in 2001 and has been active in the industry as a writer, editor and photographer ever since. A serial traveller,Richard has written extensively all over Europe and has authored several travel books for publishers in the UK. When he’s not struggling to find a new adjective to describe a mountain, he can be found running an educational NGO in the Lithuanian city of Kaunas.

RICHARD SCOFIELD, Writter

Occasionally writing under the pseudonym ‘Sco’, Richard wrote an underground guide to Havana in 2001 and has been active in the industry as a writer, editor and photographer ever since. A serial traveller,Richard has written extensively all over Europe and has authored several travel books for publishers in the UK. When he’s not struggling to find a new adjective to describe a mountain, he can be found running an educational NGO in the Lithuanian city of Kaunas.

JAMES COSIER, Writer A scholar of human geography and economics, James uses his academic titles to justify obsessively exploring his surroundings (ie various cafés, bars and restaurants), whilst hiding his stinginess behind the veil of being a student and economist. A Slovene Australian, James speaks both Slovene and English.

JAMES COSIER, Writer

A scholar of human geography and economics, James uses his academic titles to justify obsessively exploring his surroundings (ie various cafés, bars and restaurants), whilst hiding his stinginess behind the veil of being a student and economist. A Slovene Australian, James speaks both Slovene and English.


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