Ljubljana and Otočec, Slovenia

In July 2012, we picked up a new 135 convertible at BMW Welt in Munich through the BMW European Delivery Program.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

BMW Welt - European Delivery


We left the delivery center and started our journey towards Slovenia.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Our drive took us through Austria:

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Gorgeous mountains and a lot of tunnels.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

After a couple of hours on the road, we found a lunch spot in a charming Austrian town.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Side Note: Why do people serve hot drinks in a glass?

And without a handle?

The drive from Germany to Slovenia was stunning.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

We crossed the border:

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Went through several more tunnels:

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

And arrived at Otočec Castle, a Relais & Châteaux hotel.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

The unique castle hotel is situated on an island right in the middle of Krka River.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

After we settled in, we drove through a dense forest to the next town and ate dinner at Gostilna Vovko Restaurant, a traditional Slovenian restaurant.

While we looked over the menu, our waiter brought us a couple of house made liquors.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Think moonshine. Delicious moonshine.

We both started with the House Special and a Laško.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

My main course was Leg of Roe Deer with Štruklji and Cranberry Jam.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Štruklji are made from different kinds of dough and can have a wide range of fillings.

Our waiter brought out another round of liquors for us to try. All of them were a different flavor, and we loved every single one of them.

We finished our meal with Pears Poached in Red Wine.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

The next morning we ate breakfast in the courtyard of our hotel.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

And then headed to Ljubljana, the capital and largest city of Slovenia.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

We put the top down and drove through the windy country roads.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

It was a gorgeous summer day and perfect for exploring Old Town Ljubljana.
Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

So picturesque!

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

We found an outdoor cafe for a light lunch.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

And then left the city center and drove up Castle Hill to the Ljubljana Castle.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

The oldest mention of this medieval castle was in the early 1100s.

In 15th century, it was almost completely demolished and rebuilt.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

And in the 17th and 18th century, the castle functioned as a military hospital and an arsenal.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

There is so much to do and see in Ljubljana.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

It’s impossible to see everything in one day but we were able to get a good taste of the history and culture.

We went back to the Otočec Castle Hotel and walked around the lush grounds before dinner.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Dinner for two was included in our hotel package.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

We had Wine:

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

A delicious amuse-bouche:

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Marinated Duck Breast with Honey and Porto Wine:

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Carrot Cream Soup with Fried Leeks:

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Pasta with Crayfish and Fennel:

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

And Pork with New Potatoes and Vegetables:

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

The next morning we started our drive towards Hungary.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

It’s about a four and half hour drive through beautiful landscapes.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

Budapest — European Delivery.

Slovenia - 1st Stop Euro Delivery

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You can read about the BMW European Delivery process HERE and HERE.

Highlights

  • Slovenia
    • Otočec
      • Otočec Castle, a Relais & Châteaux hotel
  • Hungary
    • Budapest
      • St. George Residence
  • Slovakia
    • Brataslava
      • Marrol’s Boutique Hotel
  • Czechia
    • Prague
      • Alchymist Residence Nosticova
  • Austria
    • Vienna
      • Hotel Das Tyrol

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