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From the Black Forest to the Julian Alps of Slovenia 

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Holidays are the time of year to discover new places and really relax. No wonder that around half of all Germans therefore go to the sea. However, with 29% there is another party that can imagine both the sea and the mountains as a holiday destination. And round 8% of all Germans spend most of their days off in the mountains. But no matter what group someone feels they belong to, a trip from the Black Forest to the Slovenian Alps is highly recommended for everyone. In addition to an impressive nature, there are many other things to discover. 

Stage #1: The Black Forest (Germany)

Located in the southwest of Germany is the world-famous Black Forest. It borders directly on France and is a popular holiday destination for both German and international tourists. The reason for this is the region's evergreen forests, quiet villages and numerous spas. The fact that the mountains are often associated with the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm gives this place something mystical. Due to its geographical location, the Black Forest is the ideal starting point for travelers to then explore the Alps all the way to Slovenia. The highest point in the Black Forest is the Feldberg, with a height of 1.493 m above sea level. M. 

Stage #2: The foothills of the Alps (Germany)

Continue on the A8 via Munich to Austria, where the Alps can be seen from afar. A stopover in a place in the foothills of the Alps like Berchtesgaden is worthwhile. In addition to the well-known Obersalzberg, the small historic town has many other mountains to offer, such as the Watzmann or the Kehlstein. In addition to great mountain tours, you can also visit the Berchtesgaden salt mine, numerous inns and of course the beautiful Königssee. Already here the mountain landscape is thousands of meters high and a real highlight at any time of the year. 

Berchtesgaden in Bavaria
Berchtesgaden in Bavaria

Stage #3 Through the Alps (Austria)

On the way towards Slovenia, we first continue through the Republic of Austria. Along the way, travelers will pass Obertauern, Spittal and Villach, which are also blessed with a rich mountain range. In addition to the Faaker See and the Ossiacher See, the Gerlitzen ski area can also be found here, which is an ideal place for skiing and snowboarding, especially in winter. The border to Slovenia is not far from the 60.000-inhabitant town of Villach. 

Stage #4: The Julian Alps (Slovenia)

The destination of this mountain journey by car is about 70 kilometers south of Villach. The Julian Alps are part of the Southern Limestone Alps that extend into Italy. The Julian Alps are named after none other than Gaius Julius Caesar. The former Roman emperor settled in this area in 50 BC. erect the »Municipium Forum lulii«. To this day, this monument can be visited in the Italian town of Cividale del Friuli. However, the highest point in the Slovenian Alps is Mount Triglav at 2.864 m above sea level. M. In principle, holidaymakers can enjoy many wonderful views here on hikes and get to know the delicious delicacies of Slovenia.

Conclusion: A pleasure of the Central European mountain landscape

It is a long way from the Black Forest in Baden-Württemberg to Slovenia. In total there are more than 800 kilometers that can be covered in four stages. However, this long journey is definitely worth it. All travelers need is a good vehicle that has no problem with slopes and good equipment. Also, it should not be forgotten that motorists a vignette in Slovenia and Austria need. So it is not really necessary to see the Alps in southern Germany for yourself. In addition to the breathtaking nature, there is a moving history, numerous sights and extensive cuisine on top. 

Images courtesy of Stefan Asal - Datacreate Asal and Photo by FelixMittermeier on Pixabay