Discovering 4 gems in Eastern Europe
Ljubljana Green City (Slovenia)
Ljubljana is one of the most livable and green cities in Europe. Lonely Planet Magazine once commented that Ljubljana is "a perfect picture like Switzerland but living standards are much easier to breathe". Since more than 10 years ago, Ljubljana has implemented a policy to ban all cars in the central region. Green spaces appear anywhere in the city, even in the central area which is often crowded.
Ljubljana is an ancient city so just walking along the river in the city, visitors will easily encounter Roman cultural relics imprinted on the road. Ljubljana's symbol is the Dragon Bridge. Surrounded by old town with colorful houses of tile color and brick wall. Many outdoor cafes are located along the river or on paved roads.
Lake Bled - the jewel of the Balkan region (Slovenia)
The landscape in Slovenia changes constantly, visitors can see the blue sea, the majestic mountains, forests, and vast plains. That opposition makes Slovenia different. The highlight of the country is only 20,000 km2 and the population of about 2 million is Lake Bled. Bled is like jade in the Julian Alps, 55 km from Ljubljana capital.
The lake freezes completely from February to March every year. At that time, locals and tourists could walk on the lake. For the rest of the month, visitors will have the opportunity to admire its alluring beauty with turquoise clear water, swans, castle and church shadows.
Hallstatt Lake Town(Austria)
As a small town next to the lake with the Alps behind, Hallstatt is one of the most famous villages in the world with poetic and peaceful beauty. Through many ups and downs of history, Hallstatt still maintains the charm of ancient churches, chalets, medieval castles with unique architecture creating an ancient small town. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of Austria's most popular tourist attractions.
Plitvice Lakes National Park(Croatia)
As a country blessed with a long coastline of nearly 1,800 km and many landscapes, Croatia also owns Plitvice - the national park with an area of nearly 300 km2 of the oldest Balkans. Plitvice is considered the emerald of this country and is also one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe. The complex consists of nearly two dozen blue lakes, 92 waterfalls, and Plitvice forest, which were recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1979. Besides, Plitvice Lakes National Park is also a place to keep valuable natural values. Visitors can walk and listen to the symphonies of waterfalls, sun, wind, and birds in oak and pine forests.
By: Emily Garcia