Martin Morrell

Tucked between Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia, Slovenia has all the romantic attributes you expect to find on a trip to Switzerland: cobblestoned streets, sky-blue lakes, snowcapped mountains, historic grand hotels—plus a cosmopolitan capital (Ljubljana) and an up-and-coming wine region. Why, then, has no one you know visited this country of 2 million residents, where health-conscious Europeans have been skiing and taking the curative waters of Dolenjske Toplice and other spas for centuries?Expect to see Slovenia, one of the newest members of the European Union, attracting more visitors pining for an undiscovered place in the Old World.

THE FACTS Slovenia Tourist Board, 954/491-0112; Dolenjske Toplice spa, 38-67/391-9400;