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Drinking water in Slovenia and Croatia

We are traveling to Ljubljana and will be on our own for a couple of days on each end of the Rick Steves' tour. What is the recommendation on drinking water? Bottled or tap?
Thanks in advance.

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We did the RS Best of Eastern Europe Tour in 2013 and rarely drank bottled water. At the end of the tour in Bled we only drank tap water and had no problems anywhere, during the trip or afterwards.

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I drink both when I'm traveling in these countries. I do tend to buy bottled water when I travel in Europe, in part because it's usually dirt cheap and I don't have to worry about the cleanliness of the glasses (say at hotel) or worry about the source of the water. But many times I have refilled my water bottles from a tap at a hotel or just a public fountain in Slovenia or Croatia.

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1277 posts

yup, we drank tap water in Italy and Slovenia last year, the four of us live in four different parts of the US (meaning we'd have different baselines of gut flora heading into the trip).....and none of us had any problems.

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I have lots of problems with drinking water (even in the US) and have to be careful to avoid well water in particular. I had no problems anywhere in Slovenia. Ljubljana has lots of fountains around town to encourage you to refill your water bottle (they just won some EU awards for being a super-ecofriendly city).

Drink away. Also bottled water is easy to get everywhere, so no worries.