Travel tip: Croatia - From the Alps to the Adriatic Sea

With all the idyllic islands, dreamy sandy beaches and turquoise sea, you could almost think Croatia was a tropical holiday paradise. It's easy to forget that the country on the Adriatic is more or less just around the corner. Although a trip there still involves a bit of effort, but as we all know, the journey is the destination and we can promise that the journey on this route has a lot to offer. Join PiNCAMP on a unique journey from the Bavarian Alps through Austria and Slovenia to sunny Croatia.

The adventure starts in the southernmost part of Germany, in the beautiful Berchtesgadener Land. Here we say goodbye to our homeland and cross the border into Austria. Just a few kilometres past the border, the first stop on our journey awaits us, the beautiful city of Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Some highlights of the city should not be missed. For example the colossal fortress Hohensalzburg with a view over the whole city, the Mozarthaus as well as the old cathedral and the castle Mirabell.

Satisfied, we leave Salzburg via the motorway in southern direction, always with a view of the impressive alpine panorama all around. After passing the Tauern Tunnel and Katschberg Tunnel, we reach the province of Carinthia. Here again there is a lot to discover. The pretty little town of Spittal an der Drau, the provincial capital Klagenfurt and the small town of Villach are particularly worth seeing.

The route continues south through the Karawanken tunnel into Slovenia. First stop is the picturesque spa town of Bled. From the shore of Lake Bled you have a great view of the small island in its middle, where the Church of St. Mary is located, as well as of Bled Castle, which is situated on the hillside. In summer, the lake can heat up to 25 degrees, making it a wonderful bathing paradise.

On the way to the Adriatic Sea, a detour to the capital Ljubljana is also worthwhile. After an extensive tour of the city, we continue directly to one of the country's most impressive sights. The Postojna Caves are among the largest stalactite caves in the world and are a must-see on any trip to Slovenia.

From here it is only a stone's throw to the Croatian border. At the harbour town of Rijeka we finally see the sea. Especially a walk along the magnificent waterfront promenade with a view of the National Theatre and the Modello Palace is worthwhile. We continue eastwards to the "golden island" of Krk, where beautiful bays and beaches invite you to swim. After a relaxing stay on the island, we head for the mainland to Dalmatia. Those interested in history should definitely visit the Roman ruins in Zadar. If you're ever there, you should also listen to the surreal melody of the sea organ on the town's waterfront.

Inland, the route takes us to Krka National Park. There, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and lush green landscapes await curious visitors. On the way towards our final destination, there are still some beautiful coastal towns to marvel at before we approach our final destination, Split. The city is famous for its old town, where buildings from every era blend together. The crystal clear waters of the Adriatic invite you to swim and snorkel and are the perfect end to this unique route.

Fancy the full route? In the PiNCAMP magazine you will find the detailed travel report.