The Balkan region is a real treasure in Europe and stepping more and more into the focus of travelers. The region has a long history and a tremendous portfolio to offer which invites you to dive directly into its vivid countries and their many contrasts. Already the definition of the region is a challenge. One defining it as a region in Southeast Europe including countries on the Balkan Peninsula. The countries in the West of the Peninsula where part of former Yugoslavia dated from 1918 to 2003 including Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Slovenia. Slovenia however considers itself today as a Central European country due to its long ties to Austria. The same applies partially to Croatia, where only the Southern mainland considers itself as part of The Balkans.
Looking back in history the region suffered from many national and religious conflicts leading to the infamous byname "Powder keg of Europe". In the last decade the region is looking confident into a more hopeful and prosperous future.
For all the reasons above the national, cultural and religious melting pot of Southeastern Europe is more than worth exploring.
With regard to nature and culture the Alps are one of the richest areas in Europe. The Alps are the highest and most extensive mountain range system that lies entirely in Europe and stretch approximately 1,200 kilometres across eight Alpine countries. For along time the mountain peaks in the Alps were seen as terrifying. People believed they are the abode of dragons and demons, so they blindfolded themselves to cross the Alpine passes. The glaciers remained a mystery and many still believed the highest areas to be inhabited by dragons. Today the Alps are one of the more popular tourist destinations in the world where most tourists are coming for the winter sports activities, although summer visitors also rarely leaving disappointed.