By Cailey Rizzo
May 31, 2017
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Slovenia is generally not the first destination that springs to mind when thinking of places to engage with nature. However, travelers should reconsider as the country blossoms into one of Europe’s most fantastic wildflower festivals, running through June 11.

The 11th International Wildflower Festival, which takes place in Triglav National Park in Slovenia’s Bohinj region, has been voted one of Europe’s best festivals. It’s also one of its least crowded. Over the festival’s 16-day period, only about 1,500 people visit each year.

But those who do make the trip are treated to more personalized travel, with guided walks led by locals. On these walks, local guides will point out the 70 types of flowers endemic to this Slovenian region, while providing knowledge about the national park.

Guests can also partake in interactive cooking, embroidery, and dance workshops during the festival. There are also art shows, concerts, and traditional beekeeping displays for visitors.

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But the true star of the show is the display of wildflowers in the Alpine meadows. The symbol for the festival is the Iris of Bohinj, which turn large swaths of land a vibrant purple. Visitors can also expect to see large blooms of orchids, lilies, edelweiss, and much more.

Weekend admission to the festival starts at about $90 (€82). Admission includes two nights' accommodation, a guided excursion, access to the workshops, and public transit.