Mt Triglav & Vršič Pass, Slovenia

They say you're not really Slovene until you've climbed Mt Triglav. There's no rule about which particular route you take – there are about 20 ways up – but if you're a novice, ascend with a guide from the Pokljuka Plateau north of Bohinj. For a less strenuous yet no less thrilling journey, drive the Vršič Pass, a spectacular mountain road which leads from alpine Gorenjska, past Mt Triglav itself and down to sunny Primorska and the bluer-than-blue Soča River in one hair-raising, spine-tingling hour.