Reasons to Hate Slovenia

Reasons to hate Slovenia.

Not every country can capture the hearts of all the travelers passing through it. For some, the reasons to love a country can be surprisingly few.

Travelers, please submit a list of reasons explaining what you hated about visiting Slovenia.

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August 30th, 2010

The only reason why we even went through Slovenia was to get to Serbia (from Italy.) Everything was going great on the Slovenian highway except something was too good to be true, every time we passed a toll booth they were all empty. Of course nothing is free especially in Europe. Like most people we became suspicious. We even slowed down to read the sign.. but that was not a good idea there was some person yelling at us to keep moving. So people here weren't the nicest. When we arrived at the Slovenian/Croatian border, The Slovenian's pulled us over and demanded us to show us our sticker. Of course we had no idea what this border patrol person was talking about. They explained that we need to buy a sticker at a gas station and put it on our windshield even if it is a rental car (which we had.) The sticker costs 15 euros. What a brilliant system, going into a gas station to buy a sticker in order to get out of the stinking country. (Seriously who thought of this?) They said that we must pay a 300 euro fine for not having their little sticker that we knew nothing about. But because we were foreigners they had to reduce the fine to 150 euros. What nice people.. NOT. My brother and I waited in the car while my parents paid the fine. After a day of driving we were not happy about this. Once we paid the fine we moved up only to be harassed by the next border patrol people. My mother is able to speak Serbo-Croat and explained to them that we already paid the fine but they told us to pull over anywhere and demanded to see the contract for our rental car. We gave them the contract and waited … for three hours on the side of the road. the guards wanted to know if we had permission to take the rental car into Slovenia, we know we notified the rental company, the guards said they will call, fine we gave them the number and we found out we were allowed to take the car in Slovenia, and Serbia but not Croatia, if you know your geography you have to drive through Croatia to get to Serbia. Our rental car company does need to take some of the blame for this situation. Clearly we weren't happy campers. The Slovenia border people were rude to my parents and they suspected we stole the car. We pointed out that the thing in their hand was a contract… great these people were as stupid as they were rude. We were all getting frustrated but we had to keep our cool because they could easily put us in jail to milk more money out of us. You would think that if border patrol guards let you through you wouldn't be harassed by other ones.. One hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing. Finally EU officials came out one from Denmark and mediated the situation and explained to the Slovenian border patrol that they have no grounds to legally hold us. The whole sticker business is just a big scam. The Slovenian border patrol people were rude and unprofessional. They were smoking in front of a no smoking sign. They are such great role models.. We don't plan on ever going through Slovenia again. We had no trouble whatsoever getting through Croatia and Serbia.

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April 24th, 2012

Slovenia is
1.backwards …2.people with very negative attitude…3 in Slovenia you will see more old people than youngsters…4.very hard to get a job if you dont know someone…..5. even if you have a job ….60% they dont get paid their salary on time ////neither salary tax @ insurance….. 7. a cheap con artist…..8,…dont try to find anything good in slovenia….waste of time…trust me…BTW they dont like immigrants @ turist @ investors …

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August 3rd, 2012

1.People think they are the top of the world
2.All they talk about is how they are better than you
3.I got suspended because a Slovenian kid attacked me and i beat him up
4.They are very racist and agressive

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January 5th, 2013

hmm im from here and im suprissed, well i never knew its like that :O now that i have read all this.. especialy the experience of akami and Dalls, i dont want to live here anymore. I mean you opened my eyes, i never realized how screwed the country is up to this day. thank you.

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April 22nd, 2013

The sticker was to actually be allowed to go on the highway.
Trust me its a better idea then paying 5€ every time you pass a toll.
They stopped you because its important to have that sticker. Else = 300€

Just for the info. (Same system in Austria and Germany BTW)

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August 2nd, 2013

For Canadian_Travelers, it seems that your rent-a-car company did an awful job. It is their responsibility to notify you about peculiarities of certain countries, and to provide insurgence for the countries you are driving through (Croatia). Laws are laws and need to be obeyed anywhere you are. I do agree however that police in Slovenia can be very rude, and that a lot of border patrol people behave like peasants.

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August 3rd, 2013

I'm from Slovenia as well… and yes, I agree with all of you spitting on our country: we're a fucked up nation. People love to see other people suffer, they're envious, lazy, stupid and small minded (leading to racism).
I'm ashamed to live in this country and can't wait to move out.
Oh and I forgot to mention hypocrisy - 95% of Slovenians are that!

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August 6th, 2013

I'm Slovenian and I'm ashamed of this total fucked up country. I lived abroad with my family for several years and when we came back two years ago things got even worse. If you don't know yet this nation is the most functional illiterate in the entire EU. They are selfish, lazy, and without any human respect to the others, hypocrites and small minded. Half of them adore Pope and other half communism. Just a little minority of us( I consider my self as a normal) respect others regardless where they come from. Within a year this bloody country will collapsed financially and morally. And I'm glad.As Slovenian I can only say - fuck you Slovenians.

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August 30th, 2013

The Slovenia Vignette Scam.
Beware of Slovenia, the country tries to make money by slyly robbing transit travelers through its territory.
They make no effort to ask motorists to get their vignette (road toll tax), neither on entry to Slovenia or through, but near the border 2 state employees flag down motorists and give incredibly high fines, to people who did not have any objection to pay their tax if they only knew.

Just because a country has a law does not make it just, if the aim is to take advantage of people then the law is unfair and dishonest.
The effort put into victimizing and fining people is way higher than the tiny effort made to inform the visitor of the tax.
Clearly the aim is not to tax but to rip-off the traveler, unfair and dishonest.
No-one can claim that Slovenia makes an honest effort to inform the visitor (for example in passport control) and collect the tax.
The lame excuse that visitors must be legal experts and know all laws otherwise they are at fault, miss the test of honesty and fairness, laws and ways of administrative enforcement do not become fair simply by enactment, when the objective is to mislead and rip-off (through taking advantage of visitor ignorance), the law/act is dishonest and unfair.

I became an instant enemy of Slovenia, when i was mugged by their state in this manner.

As someone said, a stupid government of lazy and corrupt bureaucracy.
Help keep Slovenia out of EEC, such countries should never be part of Europe unless they regret,repent, and make good to their victims for their abuse.

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January 25th, 2014

First of all i am Slovenian. I don't like my country the government here is shit, but i really can't stand you people talking like literary all of the people here are racist and that shit. It has its beauties, but it also has its own law and no one here can change it, cause our president and all the other politicians here are fucking thieves, they steal from our bank accounts for their own purposes. Jesus fucking christ i hate it here.

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Being robbed in Slovenia

May 24th, 2014

Do not drive through Slovenia. Scam artists. Goverment of gangsters that have decided to steal foreigners. Vignettes a big scam. European UNion should do something about these robbers positions at Slovenia's borders to rob tourists. It's very shameful. Criminal act. Thiefs dressed in police costumes waiting for you in a cold blooded and unprecedented thievery. Hate this country. Never want to visit again. We had plannes to go back the next day but changed plans to give our money to loving italians. Hope that the thiefs of Slovenia will pay for their robberies to tourists.

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June 8th, 2014

I was robbed too in the border between Slovenia and Italy (150 euros). Bandits waiting at the border before entering Italy to rob you. It's a big shame! You go to a country to enjoy and we enjoyed staying for the day in Ljubljana and when you go to the border the state shows up with gangs equipped with wifi credit card payment machines. I learned that these are not real police but members of the DARS (a company) working for Slovenian state to steal tourists entering Slovenia. Very dishonest way of toll fee. In all other normal EU countries you take a ticket when entering the toll highway and then you pey the ticket based on the kilometers you used. It's a normal way. I have no problem with that. But these scam thieves do not give you tickets but rob you at the border. Be aware visitors or avoid visiting Slovenia anyway. I would agree with a boycott of visits to Slovenia and its products abroad. I will never buy any slovenian products and advise my family and friends to do the same.

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July 2nd, 2014

I know it's not fair to demand a high fine, for "not doing your homework". But hating a country or boycott due to they way of charging for highway use is bizarre… so do the same for Austria, Switzerland… so, not to be surprised next time check:

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July 7th, 2014

If you can't bother to check information about country you are visiting, and so dumb not to be able to read road signs, you deserve to be fined 300€. Hate Slovenia all you want, but it is still YOUR fault not to buy a vignette. Austria, Bulgaria, Czech, Germany (emission sticker), Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland have vignettes.

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July 9th, 2014

I agree, country is fcked, it's hard to get a job and stuff. BUT people are not as bad! they don't hate tourists and robberies can happen anywhere. maybe watch your stuff a little bit more next time? and there are no such thing as bandits waiting to rob you.

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July 24th, 2014

I feel sorry for the Canadian travelers. When I travel I search for information about road fees, parking fees and such. Those who only pass through Slovenia get to see the road signs for Vignette at the border - so if you miss the signs comming in it's quite easy to get a fine. Border control should be nicer and should warn you about it. When I cross the Austrian border nobody tells me anything aswell. People who have jobs at border control should be told to help people and warn them with a smile and a "thank you for visiting" attitude.
I am a slovenian and I do find people here to be tough to each other. But in general I find Slovenia safe, convenient, beautifull. There are plenty of opportunities for tourism and business here.

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August 3rd, 2014

I see that the last 3 comments are part of Slovenian government efforts trying to discourage bad comments about Slovenian vignette. It's a robbery. I agree with all tourists commenting on the way how it is organized. It's a scam and a shameful way of stealing tourists at the border. No signs, no warning, no indication of vignettes and there they wait for you to rob you. Shame on you Slovenia. I agree with boycotting slovenian products. Certainly I will never step back to Slovenia. I also call on all tourists that read these comments not to step there. It's an old piece of crap with nothing to enjoy and then you get robbed at the border.

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August 14th, 2014

Tim, all you do is spreading blatant lies.

Slovenia is not the only country requiring a Vignette.

There are appropriate signs to tell you are required to have one:,13.837355,3a,75y,67.25h,73.34t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sA9jEWclynDKEi8gFsmQ-0A!2e0

And selling points upon entry:,13.835911,3a,75y,47.63h,69.07t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sXuaVDmh1gFXg0tQdoZlF7g!2e0

I assure you, on every border crossing there are signs. If you are aware of one that doesn't, please tell me and I will personally make sure they put up the signs.

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August 14th, 2014

There is a sign for vignettes at every border and every entry on the highway. As many people stated, other countries have this as well, so dont be stupid. In Switzerland I found my self on the highway, when I saw the sign for vignette, I immediatily left the highway and bought a yearly vignette (only one they have) for about 40 euros, so stop hating haters.


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August 14th, 2014

It is their fault not to check the info about highway ticket as it was mentioned before. And we Slovenians think it's bullshit too, every person has to pay 110€ for a yearly vignette without which one cannot drive from one city to another even if those trips are not done very often. We need it to literally drive on the outskirts of Ljubljana city. Many countries require you to pay the ticket to use the highway, sometimes it's cheaper sometimes it's more expensive, it is what it is. If you don't like it then don't drive through three countries and take the god damn plane, tickets are really cheap these days. But don't generalise things you didn't like about being in the country for 5 minutes to an entire nation, that is just plain ignorant. Shit happens when you travel and yes the cops here are not the sharpest tools in the shed, but that is not because they are Slovenian but because of their working conditions which resulted in bad work efficiency and consequentially lack of respect in Slovenian society. This is literally the first time I am standing up for my country like that, there are a lot of things I don't agree with here, but separate between politicians and common folk. Nobody is saying we are perfect nor we are trying to cover anything up. An average Slovenian is angry about these little dysfunctionalities on a daily basis, but there is nothing we can do about it. Something's gotta give eventually, no?

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Formal apology

August 17th, 2014

First and foremost, I'm Slovene and I come with nothing but peace. What happened to the Canadian family at one of our 'beautiful' boarder crosses is pretty fucked up, yeah, but… There are signs along highways that inform you about the necessity of having a vignette sticker. Nonetheless, I wholeheartedly agree with everyone's more than accurate opinion on the people who actually work at boarder crossings. They're almost apathetic, no will to live, down right mean. No one informs you -personally- that you should buy a vignette if you're planning on taking the motorway and that does in a way count as fraud and/or corruption. I agree. And yet that is pretty much the only 'bad' thing that could happen to you if you're simply passing through, maybe stopping at a rest-stop along the way. I, however, also agree with some, that have recommended checking out, doing some research on a country you're potentially visiting. Laws differ from country to country and as yes, in Italy you pay as you go, toll-booth by toll-booth, Slovenia's policy is different. You buy the sticker, whether it be a week long one for 15€ or a year long for 100€, you have to have it. Some might be lucky enough to 'get away with it', but most aren't, especially nice tourists who are onlylooking to have an adventurous and as stress-free holiday as they can.
I'd apologize on behalf of all those fellow-country(wo)men that have done you wrong, but I don't think anyone will take comfort in that.

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September 4th, 2014

As far as I can see, the people who are denigrating Slovenia on this site are exclusively either disgruntled Slovenes who blame every unfortunate turn in their lives on the state rather than on themselves (for you trivia lovers out there, these are known in the local parlance as 'Slovenceljni'), or tourists who travelled to or through Slovenia as a 1950's Texan farmer would - comically underinformed about what the average person would consider the self-evident aspects of modern travelling, and woefully biased.
Let's start with these premises.
Slovenia is not a third-world country. If your sensitivities tell you that having a dodgy Slavic name, the country must be an ex-Soviet state where people eat two kinds of turnip and dream about the luxurious western dishwasher, you might want to do some research. This applies even for western liberals who would never utter or even think such a thing consciously, but would nevertheless be a bit loathe to brush their teeth with the local tap water.
Here's what I'm referring to, in response to some of the recent posts.

1. The crime rate is very low, both generally and tourist-related. Ljubljana, the capital, is a safe city to live and visit, by day and night. Compared to a lot of other capital cities, it does not have problems with pickpocketing, carjackings, robberies, attacks, rapes, etc. One thing the locals would complain about is probably bike theft, which depends on the area. But hey, several Slovene cities have a free bike service for locals and tourists alike, so no worries there!

2. The healthcare system is solid, although it calls for reforms. It is a lot better than the US system, but compared to some countries in the EU it could, and should, be improved. As far as tourists from the EU / EEA go, the EHIC card covers a reasonable scope of services, which does not differ dramatically from what is covered across the EU. This, again, falls into the 'do your homework' category. Please don't go unprepared and uninsured, and then rage over the bills.

3. The Vignette. Who, in the name of all that is dictated by common sense, crosses into another country and expects to use the roads for free? This really requires no 'Slovenia-specific' argumentation. If you happen to be lazy, or just one of those non-European tourists who are under the impression that 'The EU' is a country, please stop. The EU is an economical and political union, and it merges exactly nothing else (regardless of the attempts). The countries within it have their own rules and regulations regarding everything, so look into them before you set off.

4. Now to the racist, violent, backward, money-grabbin' hell-makin' ass-pinchin' devils that are the Slovene. Here's the thing, in all its universal simplicity. Openness and tolerance to everyone who doesn't fit the white-straight standard decreases from younger to older generations, and from the city to the village. Of course the question is how fast it decreases, and how safely can one 'be different.' I would say, much to my chagrin, that Slovenia is no Holland or Norway, but it is also not a place where you could get your head bashed in for walking down the street and being noticed. Given that Slovenia's not very racially diverse, darker-skinned people should probably expect curious looks and the occasional stare. The same goes for openly gay people - two men walking hand in hand are not something you'll encounter in Slovenia.
If we must generalize (and given the gist of this site, generalize we must), I would characterize Slovene people and their way of relating to foreigners in the following way. They are reserved at first, on occasion even a bit cold bordering on rude - not unlike Russians, but without the propensity to loud extremes. Generally kind and polite, but often not genuinely warm. If you like being admired, flirted with on the streets and chatted up relentlessly, it probably won't happen without a good few drinks. If you like partying in big crowded hip clubs, it also won't happen.
If you, however, like charming and quaint cities with pleasant people who will let you do your thing, and green and golden nature wherever you turn, it most definitely WILL happen. You'll love Slovenia, and the feeling will very likely be mutual.

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September 14th, 2014

Nobody is blaming the nice Slovenian people for their government policies here! What tourists are saying is that somebody at the border should indicate that you have to purchase a vignette, even if your intention is to just drive through half a day. I agree with some comments that you have to read before you visit Slovenia about conditions and fees on the highways. But, come on, you are in Italy for a visit with your family or your loved one and you decide to pay a visit to Slovenia. The next morning you are driving to that country. You just made a quick decision to see that country and spent some money there. Then, you are completely disappointed by the way the police treat you at the exit point. How the border police (or the state company reps) act is not known to you Slovenians! It gives you the impression that these people are not interested to tell you that you should buy a vignette but just to take your money, otherwise your fee would be 300 euros. Come on Slovenes, you have not had that experience! I understand that these comments are not favorable to tourists companies in the country and they are doing their homework in this site to make tourists visit Slovenia. As for my experience, it was a stealing of 150 euros, for not knowing that I should have purchased a vignette. On the other hand, they did not allow me to go back and purchase a vignette. They asked directly for the payment. That is not fair! Now, I would say ‘KARMA is a bitch’. The government of Slovenia took money from us, tourists this year (early 2014), and it is my joy to announce to this site that Slovenian roads and buildings have been flooded today on Sept 13, 2014. I feel sorry for Slovenian people but it gives me ‘great joy’ to see that Slovenian government will need to pay billions of dollars to fix the roads and its buildings. There you go thieves! You will need to pay a lot more now to fix those roads. Hallelujah!

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September 14th, 2014

I am another victim of Slovenian border police. The people from the Slovenian side cannot understand the ‘angry tourist’. No one is against paying the vignette. The point is that there are no visible signs for someone passing that border point. I also was penalized from these border police as I was going out after visiting the country. After having a good time all day in the country, these people, like vultures, were waiting for me and others to get their money in a wrong way. You can justify or defend these kind of tactics all you want but you should check the reality because it is working against you people in Slovenia. Yes, I gladly pay all the toll-way-fees in other European countries but they are visible and they are honest not like you that try to trap people that just contributed to your economy (paying restaurants, paying tips, paying museum fees, paying for gas, paying for clothes, souvenirs, parking fees, and other expenses). After my experience at the border, I have no desire to visit this country again and I will tell all my friends and family to do the same. You won 150 or 300 Euros but you are loosing the sympathy of people that like to visit in the future, with that kind of practice. It will not work on the long run Slovenians, find honest ways to get your highways fees, and you will read better comments in the future.

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September 15th, 2014

We got stung today too even though we were trying to spot the where to buy VIGNETE sign!!!! I would have happily donated 150€ to Slovenia if it were to go to a good cause eg. How not to rob tourists. You got my 150€ and I will make sure to tell people from NZ to STAY AWAY from Slovenia. Well done Slovenia!!!!!!!!!

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September 16th, 2014

as an italian traveling between slovenia and italy at least once a month, i can tell you the need for vignettes is marked on every entry point - there is a big picture and even if you miss that there is also a picture on every toll house. as for not FINDING the spot for buying a vignette, literally every gas station sells it (it's not that hard to stop and ask)

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September 16th, 2014

I had to pay a weekly vignette although I was transiting the country for a few hours. In Romania you can buy vignette for 1 day and you don't need to stick anything on the windshield (it's electronic vignette - same as in Hungary)! DARS stopped me because I didn't stick the vignette properly. I had to pay 150 Euro. So I pay slovenian roads for 7 days although I use them 7 hours and you force me to pay another 150 Euro because I didn't completely removed the foil protecting the vignette (although it was on the windshield and was in the upper left)? I will never visit this country and I will never ever transit it.

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September 25th, 2014

How stupid can you be not to inform yourself about the highway requirements before you leave home and ignoring those huge YOU-NEED-VIGNETTE-TO TRAVEL-ON-SLOVENIAN-HIGHWAYS signs on the border and then go blaming everyone else, when you have to pay penatly?

You really can't fight ignorant.

If you choose not to inform yourself about the highway requirements before you leave home, you choose to pay penalty if you are caught. When you enter Slovenia there are big signs warning you that you need a vignette to travel on Slovenian highways. If you choose to igonore them, you choose to pay penalty if you are caught. If you choose to stick it on the windshield in a way that you will be able to remove it and reuse it on another car, you choose to pay penalty if you are caught.

If you think that a vignette is too expensive for you, you have a possibility of travelling on the regular roads.

And on the general note: you can travel the world, but you cannot escape yourself. If you are a hater, other haters will cross your path wherever you are. If you go around the world complaining, you will always find things to complain about and it will always be everybody else's fault. A sad way to live your life, but ultimatelly it is your own choice.

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September 28th, 2014

What is this all about the vignet? I was driving from Kamnik to Ljubljana the other day on a non-highway, in a split of a second, on a crossroad, there was a sign that I entered a 2-ways road where vignet is needed. There was no sign for an alternative route to ljubljana. We got away without problems, but there are some places where you enter a "highway" when it is too late to get back or turn without endangering yourself or other people.
About the Slovenian being small-minded people, I can absolutely agree that a lot of them are small minded, just like most people living in rural areas around the world.

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100% Slovenian

April 2nd, 2015

You guys should learn about country before you enter it. Vignette as you call it is a fully operational toll system. Look it up. The sticker is necessary! Not knowing the law does not excuse you. The only stupid thing is that they're making 1 week sticker. It should be at least 2 weeks. Also we are not all racist. Like seriously. I hate nazis and their stupid racist and homophobic beliefs. Also you only had contact with our Police and Highway control-men. We call them stupid, because they are. But obviously you are stupid too if you had to fight them, like seriously. I always manage to find a way of persuading the coppers that they're wrong. Also we are not fucking illiterate. Most Slovenians can speak 3 languages, at least 2 smoothly. And again: "Ignorantia iuris non excusat." -Aristotel

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April 2nd, 2015

Sorry Senka. I crossed the border from Croatia to Slovenia and the signs were in slovene not english. English is accepted at the worldwide second language andevery country I have visited(72) has important information in english. The Vignettes are used in a lot of Northern European countries but you are advised as you cross the respective border. There were 10 of us in 3 cars but i texted the other two who were 10 minutes behind me about the situation and they were able to get one as soon as they crossed the border.
Apart from that we found Slovenia a beautiful country and the locals very friendly and helpful. But, because of the scam we wont go back. In the eight days we were there we spent about 40 times the €150 fineso Slovenia tourism is the loser. Golden rule, do not kill the fatted calf! Tourism is the fatted calf and almost all countries realise that and treat them accordingly.

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May 4th, 2015

Slovenians are the most difficult and backward corrupt people in Europe….look at how many governments they change because they are corrupt…..their PM was imprisoned and they have just changed their third minister of education because the other two cheated…..they have no vision and all their young want to run away….their favourite passtime is drinking and escaping from the harsh reality. AS to the vignette incident…all true but they are not alone in this scam….Austria next to them is worse….they do not accept that you are a visitor and their are no reprieves…at least in Slovenia you can negotiate….Nevertheless Slovenia is clearly a wannabe Austrian province…after all Ljubljana was and remains a small market town…very different from its neighbouring cities of Zagreb and Belgrade. My suggestion….keep away from Slovenia.

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July 22nd, 2015

This happened to us too today. We spent a two weeks in Slovenia driving through toll roads which we largely unmanned and when there were people working there they encouraged us to go through. At no point we were told that we have to pay for a "vignette" at a gas station, so we assumed only trucks paid tolls. One can argue that we should have done our homework and we paid for our education. But the reality is, that the word vignette does not imply toll sticker or anything to do with traffic for that matter except in these few central European nations.
Intuitively speaking, this was a standard government scam, what made it worse is that they basically make you feel like you are some sort of a lame petty criminal trying to get away with not paying 8 euros, and that you should read up on the laws. We paid at least three tolls in Austria assuming they were road tolls but I guess they were tunnel tolls - this is also counter intuitive. Its not like you can circumvent the tunnels so the whole system is not coherent, unfortunately, and quite frankly leaves a bad taste in the mouth - it definitely, did not contribute to leaving Slovenia with a nice memory - a fine and a lecture in DO YOUR HOMEWORK next time, not an attractive attitude. I would rather hear, you got f..cked. shit happens than you did not do your homework- but this is my personal take on it

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August 19th, 2015


True, everybody needs to have Vinjete. For crossing of Slovenian teritory you have 4 options:
1. Pay Vinjete and go akross with no problem (normal poeple do that)
2.Go araund whole country (very hard and u will do at least 400km)
3.Risk that control not to find you ( for gamblers)
4.Go arross on country side roads (nice for turists but slow)

We bild our roads on our one so it is our right :). And all other EU coutrrys do the same.


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