Slovenia: an (accessible) paradise close to Italy

In the heart of Europe, there’s an authentic paradise: Slovenia. Among seas and mountains, with a unique cultural and environmental richness, Slovenia is a small state, but rich in treasures to discover. For Italian people, since it borders with Friuli-Venezia Giulia, it’s the perfect destination also for last minute holidays, all over the year.

Slovenia - Ljubljana

Ljubljana

In these last years, the Slovenian government is very committed to improve the country accessibility, making it more usable also from people with motoric, sensory or psychic disabilities, but also families with little children.

All the buildings, both public and private, built in Slovenia in the last years are fully accessible. But they’re working a lot also to adequate the existing ones, including historic monuments and natural parks, as well as urban spaces, with sidewalks equipped with ramps, reserved parking lots and ATM placed at a height accessible also from a wheelchair and, in many cases, equipped with Braille instructions for blind people. Furthermore, since 2011, the Slovenian Disabled Workers Association releases the “Handicapped people-friendly city” certificate to the cities actively committed to promote the disabled people’ inclusion.

Cities and touristic attractions offer discounts to disabled people and, sometimes, even free entry. Let’s see together some of the Slovenian symbols that are accessible to everyone.

Ljubljana, the wonderful Slovenian capital city, is investing a lot on the fully accessibility of public transport (the mission is almost accomplished, both for buses and for the railway station) and museums, art galleries and the most important touristic attractions. First, the Castle (in Slovenian, Ljubljanski grad); the symbol of the city, whose construction started in the IX century and today hosts exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events, can be reached by everyone thanks to a funicular railway equipped to host also disabled people. Even the city zoo has a dedicated access for disabled people. Furthermore, visitors with the city touristic card (Urbana) can benefit from free entry.

The Postojna caves (Postojnska jama), 20 kilometres of galleries and salt with calcareous concretions, every year attract thousands of tourists from all around the world. Since the end of the Nineteenth Century, they are equipped with electric lights and a small train enabling to visit them staying comfortably seated, at least for the first part of the caves. The Postojna caves have also a dedicated access for disabled people.

Slovenia - Postojna caves

Postojna caves

The wonderful Bled and Zbilje lakes, perfect for walking immersed in the environment or (mostly the second) for rowing lovers, are increasingly accessible for all, including disabled people. The same is valid for the thermal baths (such as the Dobrna and the Zreče baths) and for the Triglav national park, which has also two laboratories for blind people.

Slovenia - Bled Lake

Bled Lake

So, have I convinced you to visit Slovenia? I hope so!

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