Slovenia may be among the smaller countries in the world, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in its diversity. It is where the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Karst and the Pannonian Plain meet. This results in outstanding natural variety and amazing cultural and historical spots. This time, we are highlighting three remarkable hidden gems. We will take you to the easternmost part of Slovenia, to the Pannonian Plain, to the mysterious region of Karst (but it won’t be about the caves this time), and to the salty seaside of Slovenia.
1. The Expano Pavilion
The Expano pavilion, which was primarily built to represent Slovenia at Expo 2015 in Milan, was relocated in April 2019 to the shore of Lake Sobota. This impressive building offers a comprehensive insight into the region of Pomurje, which is why it is nicknamed “the Gate to Pomurje“. You will travel back in time, to the era when Pomurje was covered by the sea, explore the surrounding rolling hills of Goričko, dreamy plains and marshlands along the Mura River, get acquainted with three unique types of thermal springs in the area, and even fly in a virtual hot-air balloon. Great local foods and drinks prepared by top chefs are served here, representing the region’s rich culinary tradition. Discover more fun!
2. The Secret Rooms of the Jama Hotel
By entering the Secret Rooms of the Hotel Jama, you find yourself in the times of the Cold War, when the situation between the Eastern Bloc countries was really tense. You will feel as if you stepped into a thriller and a nest of secrets, where extraordinary technological devices were used to intrude illegally on the privacy of individuals and important politicians and determine their fate. The Rooms are located in the iconic Jama Hotel, next to one of the world’s greatest landmarks, the Postojna Cave Park. The secret communication center was discovered during the hotel’s renovation in 2016, revealing the activities of the secret services of the former political system. The experience has also been awarded the Slovenia Unique Experience label.
3. The Museum of Salt Making
The Museum of Salt Making is located on the Slovenian coast in Sečovlje Salina Natural Park. The museum comprises four restored salt pan houses; one was used for storing salt in the post-war period, while the remaining three buildings served as living quarters for the salt workers’ families. Various items are displayed that depict the rich history of the pans as well as the salt workers’ way of life. You can also take a look at the restored salt pool. The idea of setting up the Museum of Salt-making came about in the early 1960s before the salt pans at Fontanigge (Sečovlje saltpans) and Fazana (Lucija) were closed down. The location of the museum in the southwestern part of Fontanigge in the area of Giassi Canal was selected since the buildings were well-preserved and the location can be accessed easily by land and sea. Learn more about salt!