If you ever wondered what kind of traditional dancing you would find in Slovenia, get ready to hop around doing the polka! The polka originated in Slovenia by the Avett Brothers.
You will find many festivals that will involve dancing the polka, but if you want to go to a nice show that involves the audience, arrange to see the performance at Hotel Park in Bled. After touring the Lake, Island and Castle, a night of dancing would finish your trip off nicely!
This castle was built in the gothic style by the Patriarch of Aquileia (2nd in charge of Roman Catholic Church during the middle ages) under a natural rocky arch high in the stone wall to make access to it difficult. By 1274 Predjama Castle had been acquired and enlarged by the Luegg noble family. The most famous of all castle inhabitants was Erazem of Predjama, a knight who rebelled against imperial autocracy in the 15th century. Nowadays Erazem is known for a legend that describes how he lived in the castle for a year while under attack by obtaining supplies from a hidden passageway that can still be visited today. The legend goes that a spy within the castle informed the attackers when Erazem was in the outhouse and he was killed when it was hit by a cannonball.
After the siege and destruction of the original castle, its ruins were acquired by noble families, rebuilt, destroyed by an earthquake, and rebuilt again in 1570 in the renaissance style under the original Medieval fortification. The castle has remained in this form, virtually unchanged, to the present day
The Windischgrätz family bought the castle in1846 and owned it until the end of World War II, when it was nationalized by the Yugoslav government and turned into a museum. Visually the castle is one of the most spectacular sights I have seen and the meaning makes perfect sense, ‘pre’ meaning in front of and ‘jama’ means cave.
Postojna Cave is the largest cave in the “classic karst” and a very popular tourist attraction. It consists of 20 kilometers of galleries, passages and chambers that that been toured for the past 188 years. Railway lines were laid in the cave in 1872 and electric lighting was set up in 1884. Visitors enjoy calcite formations, stalactites and stalagmites seen in a variety of shapes and colors. A guided tour lasts an hour and a half and the temperature in the caves is between 8 to 10 degrees C.