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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — Here's what you need to know for traveling to Slovenia.

Getting there: Round-trip fares on Swissair from Los Angeles (connecting in Zurich) begin at $1,295. The other option is flying to London, Paris or Frankfurt, then connecting via Slovenia's main carrier, Adria. Using that strategy, the best fare this summer appears to be an Air France-Adria connection via Paris, beginning at $1,236 from June 17 to Aug. 31. Ljubljana also has daily train service from Italy and Austria.

Where to stay: In Ljubljana: Grand Hotel Union is the city's snazziest, a block from Presernov Square on Miklosiceva Street. Specify that you want a room in the original building, not the 1960s wing. Summer rates start at $109 per double; telephone 011-386-61-308-1270, fax 011-386-61-308-1015. Web site: www.gh-union.si

In Bled: The 120-room Grand Hotel Toplice, dating to the 1930s, stands next to Lake Bled, surrounded by mountains. Doubles start at about $75 in peak season, May through October, including breakfast. At the neighboring but less ritzy Jadran and Trst hotels, under the same management, summer rates begin at $55 per double. For all three, tel. 011-386-64-7910, fax 011-386-64-741-841. Web site: www.hotel-toplice.si

Where to eat: In Ljubljana: Rotovz, local tel. 212-839, is next to the town hall at 2 Mestni Square and offers Slovenian and Italian cuisine in a formal dining room and at sidewalk tables. I had good prosciutto, Istrian olives and roast kid. Main courses $13 or less. Gostilna AS, at 5 Knafljev Prehod, on a pedestrian street next to the Rose & Crown Pub, tel. 125-8822, emphasizes fresh ingredients in its Slovenian and continental dishes. Despite slow service, my dinner (the chef's special sea bass) was excellent. Main courses under $15. Cajna Hisa, 3 Stari trg, tel. 121-2444, is great for breakfast, tea, snacks. Homey-yet-worldly atmosphere; ham and cheese sandwich, $1.25.

For more information: Slovenian Tourist Office, 345 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10003; tel. (212) 358-9686, fax (212) 358-9025. Web site: www.slovenia-tourism.si