Friday, 15 July 2016

Sea or the mountains? It doesn’t matter as long as you’re in Slovenia

Summer is here! And we have some great hostels to recommend you if you’re planning to visit our beautiful Slovenia. And I’m sure you want to visit it. Beautiful mountains, the sea, the hills and the rivers. Everything is green and charming. Don’t believe me? That’s great, because you have to see it to believe it. Here are some recommendations for hostels in July.

@Author - Iztok Medja;
First, you can check out some of our blogs or the Globetrotter magazine for some inspiration. Which blogs, you ask? Well, if you’re on HI Slovenia, you’re on the right track. Maybe scroll down a little for a little inspiration. Or visit the website Say Hi to Alpe Adria, where you will get tips on what to visit for four countries, not only for Slovenia. 

Now let me recommend you some Slovenian hostels. Hostel Celje is located in the historical centre of Celje near central train station. If you’re a globetrotter and don’t have a lot of money, there are many rooms with multiple beds for you to save some money and there are also some rooms with more privacy. The charming part of this hostel is the art. Young artists from Celje have painted the rooms based on the local myths and legends. Definitely something to see. Near Celje is Ptuj and Poetovio Hostel, which is located in the student’s home building in a quiet environment. Ptuj is the oldest town in Slovenia, so it’s definitely worth seeing. If you want more tips on what to see, check out this article. Back to the hostel. It has 60 beds so there’s enough room for everyone. It also has a kitchenette, a lounge, a table for table tennis, foosball and of course free internet. They also have a kitchen where visitors can order breakfast, lunch and dinner so you won’t be hungry. 

@Author - Matej Vranič;
The next hostel is Hostel Proteus Postojna in the centre of Postojna and in the middle of a big park. It is close to the bus and train station and the main attraction, Postojna Cave is just 800 metres away. And if you haven’t heard, we have baby dragons in Postojna Cave so you have to visit them.Drava Valley is an area between Pohorje and Kozjak, two mountain ranges that offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. And if you want to take a rest after sweating and running up and down the hill, you can find accommodation in Radlje ob Dravi, in hostel Marenberg. The tallest mountain there is mountain Peca, which lies both in Austria and in Slovenia and offers many hiking paths or find the legendary King Matjaž (maybe they’ll explain more to you in the hostel). It’s summer so you simply have to visit the seaside. 

@Author - Tomo Jeseničnik;
Youth Hostel Portorož is the perfect accommodation for enjoying on the sun and swimming in the sea. The hostel is located above Portorož, it has 70 beds and some apartments if you want more privacy. I’m sure that you’ll also enjoy the beautiful sea view or enjoy in the outside space where you can also barbecue. 

@Youth Hostel Portorož
Last but not least, you have to visit our capital city Ljubljana. Hostel Ljubljana is located near the city centre and the shopping mall if you want to spend some money. You’ll also be able to enjoy yourselves in the bar or in a beautiful garden terrace. The hostel also offers indoor badminton, squash, fitness room and aerobics. Or you can splurge and treat yourself to a massage. Visit beautiful Slovenia!

Thursday, 30 June 2016

From Montenegro to Ljubljana for 94 €

Hello! It's us again, with the cheap plane tickets. I'm sure you've missed us. I know Montenegro is a beautiful country, but so is Slovenia. And now you can fly to Ljubljana from Podgorica and back for only 94 € with Montenegro Airlines in September. I think that’s a great deal, don’t you? The flight will last only an hour and boom! You can be in the beautiful Slovenian capital.

@Author - Author - Nea Culpa;
You can see a lot in Ljubljana. It is one of the smaller European capitals, but it sure has its charm. For an introduction to Ljubljana, I’d suggest that you read this article, which will tell you a little more about the city. Now, what to do? If you are a foodie and live for the little great tastes, then check Ljubljana’s Open Kitchen in the middle of the city centre, where a lot of Slovenian restaurants come and cook their food. And if you’re still hungry, check out this article for more advice on what to visit and is food related. 

@Open Kitchen;
While strolling through the city centre, you can not miss the statue of France Prešeren, Slovenian great poet and the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation on the Prešeren Square or Prešernov trg. In front of the church is the famous Triple Bridge that crosses over Ljubljanica river and a little further the Dragon Bridge for a little Game of Thrones vibe. 

@Author - Author - Nea Culpa;
If you’ll take a stroll by Ljubljanica or even take a boat and ride on the Ljubljanica, you will be able to enjoy some ice cream or a cup of great coffee. Maybe even visit an old bookshop with used books or just explore, sit by the river and enjoy in the view. You can also visit the Ljubljana Castle. It is on the hill and it’s visible from the city centre, but don’t worry, the stroll to the castle is short and not tiring at all. And if you want something adventurous for the end of your trip, try Mindmaze in the city centre and try your mind.

@Author - Author - Nea Culpa;
I’m sure you’re at least a little curious about Ljubljana by now, so I have a few suggestions for the hostels you can pick. Ready? Ok. The first suggestion is Vila Veselova in the city centre with all the main sights close by. And for something quirky and a little bit different, there is Youth Hostel Tresor, which was once a bank vault. They have turned it into a hip hostel, which offers comfort and fun events, furthermore the location could not be more central. If you want to be a little more outside of the city, I’d recommend Hostel Ljubljana, which is great for sports enthusiasts since it offers a wide range of activities. Come and visit Ljubljana.

Friday, 17 June 2016

From Berlin to Venice for 50 €

You probably already know that Ryanair always offers great flights. But did you know that you can fly from Berlin to Venice in July for only 50 euros? And that’s for a return flight. From there, you can come and visit beautiful Slovenia and discover its treasures. 

@Author - Julia Wesely;
What treasures, you ask me? Well, if you haven’t checked out the blog Say HI to Alpe Adria, please do, because it has some amazing travelogues and will surprise you on what we have to offer. And if you’re reading this blog, you’re already on the right track as you can find a lot of suggestions here. Right now we can boast with already twelve baby dragons in Postojna Cave, which is a little miracle. Our volunteer Katja Kovič also wrote a great post about Coastal Slovenia, where she writes about Koper, Ankaran and Strunjan and there is more to come. Even Huffington Post wrote about beautiful Piran and they also said that it seems that the sun always shines in Piran. You have to see for yourself. 

@Author - Ubald Trnkoczy,
The Alps are also very beautiful with its valleys and snowy hills but if you want to really admire the landscape, visit Logarska Valley, which is one of Europe’s most beautiful glacial alpine valleys. There you will find the untouched nature, traditional wood houses, hay barns and even the highest lying farm in Slovenia. Logarska Valley is a regional park because of numerous species of plants, including some really rare ones. The oldest traces of human habitations lead back to Paleolithic era, which is quite amazing. Ok, enough about the nature, what about the food? Well, if you don’t come here because of food, I don’t know what’s wrong. You will find soups, salamis, potica cake, trout and even more delicious food. Is your mouth watering? Well, it should. Learn more about the Logarska Valley and see for yourself.

@Author - Tomo Jeseničnik;
If you’re worrying about where you’re going to sleep, don’t. In Logarska Valley you will find the hostel Ljubno ob Savinji, which offers all kinds of accommodation. And if we convinced you with our coastal region, check out hostel Histria, a renovated building in the centre of Koper.

Monday, 13 June 2016

From Malta to Venice for 50 euros

We all know that Malta is beautiful and that it's a paradise for people who love the sea. But let me give you a hint. Slovenia is beautiful too. And now you can fly to Italian Venice and back for around 50 euros with Ryanair and then come and visit Slovenia. See, I already have all figured out.

@Author - Nea Culpa;
I’m here, now what? You ask me. Well, this blog offers you a lot of attractions and places that you can visit and have a great time. I would recommend you to also visit the blog HI Alpe Adria, where you’ll find a lot of interesting things. But if you’re really coming from Malta, maybe stay away from the coast and visit the mountains. Here are top 3 towns in Carniola to visit:

Bohinj Igor Fabjan, our volunteer wrote that this beautiful valley was a gift from God and this is where Bohinj got the name from (boh means god in Slovenian dialect). Bohinj Lake is part of the Triglav National Park and is a paradise for everyone who wants an active holiday. The mountain tops offer hiking opportunities, you can swim in the lake in the summer months, you can go rock climbing, canyoning or even parachute flying. Need I say more? If yes, read this blog.

@Author - Nea Culpa;
Bled is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Slovenia. Lake Bled is probably one of the most well renowned sights in the country and it’s why people know Slovenia. A couple of kilometres away, you can visit the glacier valley Vintgar, which was discovered in 1981 and is still unspoiled and really beautiful. You can read more about Bled and its attractions here.

@Author -  Franci Ferjan;
Radovljica is a little bit further from the actual mountains but the town sure has a charm. Anton Tomaž Linhart, the first Slovenian playwright was born here, and the Linhart Square is the spot for many events in Radovljica today. The locals may tell you, that nothing really happens in Radovljica, but just wait and see or do a short research on the internet and prove them wrong. Every year there is a chocolate festival in Radovljica, and the city is also the host of international festival of street theatre Ana Desetnica. Again, you can read more about the town, Bled, Bohinj and what they offer here.

@Author - Miran Kambič;
Of course, you will find some hostels around here. Hostel Bledec is situated near the centre of Bled beneath the Bled Castle. Hostel Pod Voglom is perfect for groups and is located by the Lake Bohinj. It’s also a perfect starting point for sporting activities. And in Radovljica, there is a special hostel Youth Hostel Radovljica in the Vidič House, which was once an old renaissance castle.

Book a summer vacation in Slovenia

It seems like yesterday was the winter and now it’s already summer. Where is this time going? Anyways, do you have plans for this summer? If not, I’d recommend you to visit Slovenia. It’s a beautiful country with lots to offer and some really nice hostel to welcome you. Just visit us and see. 

@Author - Turizem Bohinj;
If you’re hesitating, check out our HI Slovenia blog, where you will find some tips on what to visit and some cheap plane tickets to Slovenia (or nearby countries). Or you can visit blog HI Alpe Adria since Slovenia is a part of the region and read some interesting articles about Slovenia. Now let me introduce you some hostels, where you can stay.

@Youth Hostel Slovenj Gradec
Hostel Slovenj Gradec is located on the left bank of Suhadolnica river and is a part of the Cultural centre Slovenj Gradec. It offers modern rooms with up to four beds and four apartment suites that offer accommodation for three, four or eight people and a kitchen. Slovenj Gradec is a small town, but it has great history. It has remained connected with its history and culture. Hostel Idrija waits for you on a little hill above the city so you immediately get a great view on the city. Don’t worry, a walk to the city centre will take you only five minutes so you won’t be cut out from the city. If you’ll come in the summer and will want to cool down, I can recommend a tourist mine, which is included on the UNESCO list of World Cultural and Natural Heritage. After a presentation, you will put on your helmet and an overcoat and discover the underground of Idrija. How fascinating! 

@Author - Jani Peternelj; 
The next is the hostel Pekarna in Maribor, which is also part of the cultural centre. The hostel lies in a building, which used to be a bakery, built at the turn of the century by the Austro-Hungarian army. It is wholly renovated and modernly designed and offers seven rooms with four beds or you can book studio apartment or suites. I may be a little biased since Maribor is my hometown, but it is truly a wonderful city. You can read some interesting things in the article Let’s Visit Maribor. Hostel Bovec is in the centre of Bovec, a small town in Slovenia, located between high mountains and famous Soča river. It is a big hostel with a fully equipped kitchen and even a garage. It is perfect for adrenalin adventures on the Soča river or for hiking, swimming, anything your mind can wish for. And if that doesn’t impress you, maybe check out the story of the hostel and its fun owners. 

@Author - Domen Grögl;
If you prefer the sea, go to Izola and visit hostel Alieti, which is a quiet hostel in the city centre. They offer 25 beds and lots of charm. Our volunteer Nastja wrote a little more about the hostel and the people running it. Izola also offers a lot of charm. Just sit by the sea, listen to some music and enjoy in good sea-food. Believe me, there are a lot of things to try and experience. 

@Author - P.Hieng; 
And last but not least, there is hostel Tresor in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The building was once a bank vault and it was transformed into a modern hostel. The hostel has 29 rooms, which are named after world currencies. It is a step away from the Prešeren Square, Dragon Bridge and Ljubljana Castle. Lots to see and lots to experience!

Friday, 3 June 2016

By train from Vienna to Ljubljana (Slovenia) for 24 Euros

Are you backpacking through Europe? Have you thought about visiting Slovenia? You can visit it from beautiful Vienna by a train and soon you’ll arrive to Ljubljana for only 24 euros if you book your train soon enough. Check the Austrian website Oebb and book your train to the beautiful green country.

@Author - Arhiv ZTKMŠ Brda,
Maybe you already explored Austria and its cities. Did you know that Austria is a part of Alpe-Adria region and that you can find some really interesting articles about some Austrian places on our website HI Alpe Adria? But Slovenia is also a part of that region and you can see some beautiful places here also. For example, did you know that you can find Proteus in Postojna cave and that it laid 57 eggs just recently? Now the eggs are at watch and we are patiently waiting for the new proteus’. 

@Author - Miha Krivic,
Or I can recommend you a visit to Brežice, where a festival will be held on 24th of June and there are a lot of fun things to do. For example, there will be the 6th Castle Antique Market or you can visit it on Museum Day on 26th of June. If you’ll visit it in July, you will have a chance to meet Primož Kozmus or dance with Parni Valjak or Alya. You will definitely not be disappointed. If you fancy a little adventure, there is a wake park, where you can go waking, surfing or suping. Or take a stroll through the city centre and listen to the dwarf-squirrel Gvido. Intrigued? I know I am! Of course the season of festivals doesn’t end here. Kranj, a city near Ljubljana also offers a lot of fun and they even made a list of the top nine events you cannot miss. I recommend you Kranfest, which happens every late July since 1982. Now that’s what I call tradition. If you’re a sports enthusiast, you will also be happy to hear that the national championship in beach volleyball will also happen in that time.

@Author - Mankica;
If you’ll decide to visit young eggs of proteus, you can stay in Postojna at Youth Hostel Proteus (ha, even the name is convenient) in the middle of the park, near the Postojna cave and the second biggest attraction in Postojna, castle Predjamski Grad. And if you take my advice on visiting Brežice, you can stay in Youth Hostel MC Brežice and have fun on a festival. And if you choose Kranj (but I am saying, why not both?), you can stay at Youth Hostel Kranj. Just come and have fun. Enjoy in great beer and even better atmosphere.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Preddvor – the court of peaceful nature

10 km from of Kranj and 26 km from Ljubljana is town Preddvor – the court of peaceful nature. Although the moto of Preddvor is calm, Preddvor offers numerous options of sport activities. The village by the foot of the mountains Storžič (2132 m) and Zaplata are great starting points for hikers. The outstanding nature will enchant you on easy walks as well. Preddvor offers the right balance between relaxation and active holidays. Sightseeing will satisfy the ones with a love for culture. 

The centre of Preddvor represents square Dvorski trg, which includes the church of St. Peter with a presbytery, an abandoned cemetery, a small chapel, a manor with a park, an old school (nowadays a municipality), a cultural centre and a monument for the victims of the Second World War. Nearby lies Lake Črnava, surrounded by a settled walking path and a marked forest learning path. Next to the lake are the Bor hotel, the Hrib castle with a famous wedding avenue and a sequoia forest. 

Within the cultural sights you can sightsee numerous churches of Preddvor: the church of St. Peter with an old cemetery, the church of St. Jakob, the church of St. Miklavž, the church of St. Egidius, the church of St. Lenart, the church of St. Klemen and the church of St. Nikolaj. Preddvor is also a birthplace of Josipina Urbančič Turnograjska, the first Slovenian female poet, writer and composer. On the Turn castle you can see her memorial room, a pergola and a park. On the slope by the main road stands the Guentzel’s villa with a luxuriously dissected façade and exotic trees in a large garden. Under Kališče stands a Partisan hospital Košuta which worked from 1943 to October 1944. Preserved is a wooden shack with dispensary equipment. On a rock in vicinity is a memorial plate with names of 8 soldiers, who died in the hospital. 

Sport activities
Preddvor is a starting point for many mountain tracks. There are also some themed routes of Preddvor: The Chamois path, The path of four castles in Preddvor, The short educational path through the woods in Preddvor, The path to St. Jakob and The Old transport route. Cyclist can choose a trip along the longest Slovenian village Kokra where are located 4 cycling stops. You can decide to go nordic walking, swimming in the Črnava lake in warm season, play a game of tennis and beach volley or explore the 14 settlements of Preddvor on a run. 

Nature sights

The Kokra valley
Kokra lies on a juncture of the tallest peaks of Kamniško-Savinjske Alpe in the east and the Karavanke in the west. Due to its position and closeness of the river, Kokra valley is a true paradise for picnics in nature in the summertime. Fishing in the river is one of the most attractive activities for the experts in fly fishing because it demands knowledge and skills of all the tricks to catch trout from their pools. 

Hudičev boršt - The Devil’s forest
The Zaplata mountain is famous for its unusual forested ‘spot’ on its otherwise bare slopes. The legend says that Zaplata was created by the devil himself; he carried the forest to the mountain to take it away from two neighbours who argued about who owned it. This is also why Preddvor's souvenir is a wooden figure of the devil carrying a forest on his shoulder.

The culinary experience
A vast culinary offer will comply with all flavours and desires. You can choose from local menus to a prestigious service and you will not be disappointed. Try a local dish »posmodulja«, drink coffee by the lake, order a pizza, a dessert or a four-course meal, the choice is yours.

For young visitors we warmly recommend the Young Hostel, which is located in Kranj, only 10 km from our village.

Visit Preddvor and experience embrace of nature!