Triglav, Slovenia

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Slovenia’s only national park, Triglav is a beautiful alpine expanse filling the north-western corner of the country. Although it’s easy to explore from the resort of Bled, a lakeside town just beyond the park’s border, you’ll get a better sense of its tranquility if you stay within it. Lake Bohinj may not have a church on an island in the middle of it as Bled does, but it is far quieter and it is easy to find a snug place to stay in one of the Christmas cake-style wooden houses in the village beside it. From there you can go on hikes, bike rides, canoe trips or just paddle in the clear water that reflects the peaks surrounding it. Taking the trails up to the top of the steep forested hills overlooking Bohinj will reward you with breathtaking views.

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