Friday, 16 September 2016

Endless Activities in Slovenia

Autumn is coming and you still want to go somewhere? Why wouldn't you visit our beautiful Slovenia? I promise you won’t be sorry and that you will see some beautiful things. Slovenia is an amazing place that offers a lot of activities and things that you won’t see anywhere else. So here are some suggestions.

@Author - Matej Vranič;
Have you ever heard of Velika Planina? Well, it’s a beautiful place near a town Kamnik. Kamnik is located near river Kamniška Bistrica, which gives a special character to the nature. But most importantly, Kamnik is located near Kamnik-Savinja Alps that are a true fairy tale. That is also the place where you can find Velika Planina and I promise you, you will be amazed. You will find a well preserved shepherd’s huts (where you can also stay) that are one of the few settlements of this size in Europe. If you want to stay a little longer in Kamnik, choose hostel Pod Skalco in the centre of Kamnik. 

@Author - Aleš Fevžer;
Region Koroška is often forgotten in our beautiful Slovenia. If you want a quieter vacation in the middle of nature, then you can choose hostel Punkl in Ravne na Koroškem. It is the first Slovenian youth hostel that has low-energy consuming structure and is in line with natural and bioclimatic characteristics of its surroundings. If you want to do some activities in the nature, you’ve come to the right place. You can go hiking, cycling, mountain climbing and even rafting. In case of bad weather, sports park Ravne is just around the corner so you certainly won’t get bored. If you’re a keen hiker, maybe choose Uršlja gora where you’ll get an amazing view. 

@Author - Dunja Wedam;
Slovenia is also known for thermal water and amazing spas. Prekmurje is another forgotten region where you truly are in the middle of nowhere. But there’s a charm in that. If you want to try out some of the Slovenian spas, visit Radenci and their spa. You will definitely be more relaxed after a day, spent in the bubbles. And if you want to spend more days there, relaxing and pampering yourself, stay at Youth Hostel Radenci, which is surrounded by fields and vineyards by Mura river. 

@Author - Mirko Kunšič;
And exploring the nature continues. Youth Hostel Menina is part of the camp Menina in the Upper Savinja Valley in Rečica ob Savinji. The hostel is by river Savinja that can be quite warm in the summer, so try jumping in and refresh yourself. Hikers are never disappointed in Slovenia. Here you can go hiking in the valley Menina or visit Logar Valley that will definitely leave a mark in your memory. 

@Author - Ubald Trnkoczy;
Let’s jump to the sea. Yes, Slovenia also has a sea coast. Here are 7 reasons to stay in Debeli rtič in a lovely town Ankaran. Slovenian coast has lots of charm and lovely old cities where you can eat amazing food and drink delicious wine. You simply must try Slovenian prosciutto, it’s just great. And if you want to know more about the Slovenian coast, check out this article that presents all of the Slovenian sea-side towns.

@Author -  Franci Ferjan;
Last but certainly not least suggestion is Bled. Bled is the Slovenian jewel and something that almost every tourist visits on their trip to Slovenia. It definitely offers various activities and beautiful views on every step. Because it’s a tourist city, the prices can also be a bit high, so you can sleep at hostel Bledec and you won’t break your budget. But it’s definitely worth. The hostel lies under the castle and is a great starting point for discovering the area. They also arrange guided tours to the most beautiful areas at Triglav national park or you can rent a bike and see Bled for yourself. The choice is yours.

Visit Slovenia, explore its beauties and be amazed.

Friday, 9 September 2016

From Prague to Treviso for 21 €

Have you ever visited this part of Europe? No? Now you have a great opportunity to do so. Wizzair is offering plane tickets to Treviso in Venice and back for only 21 € in December. That must be the cheapest price you’ve ever seen. I’m sure that you would want to explore Venice first, but after that, I’d suggest you to visit beautiful Slovenia. We know we’re small, but we offer so much. If you’ve been reading this blog, you must know something about our beauties, but if you don’t, then read further and maybe scroll around our blog and we’re sure we’re going to convince you.

@Author - Arhiv ZTKMŠ Brda;
Slovenia is also the only country, which lies completely in Alpe-Adria region. Never heard of it? Go to Alpe-Adria website and choose activities by your liking. December in Slovenia will bring you lots of activities. You can check out Christmas lights in every big city, Ljubljana, Maribor or Koper and be amazed by the charm. Don’t forget to buy a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate. Take a look of what you can do in Ljubljana in December. If you don’t know where to stay, then hostel Ljubljana won’t disappoint you with their price and quality.

@Author - Mankica;
Do you want more winter activities? If you’re a keen skier, then have no fear. Slovenia offers great places to ski, snowboard and whatever else you do on snow. Kranjska Gora is a ski centre under the Julian Alps. Close is Nordic Centre Planica, the home of ski jumping with a ski jumping hill that was the longest in the world for a long time. You can visit Planica Museum or try Planica Zipline. On the outskirts of the Triglav National Park is Hostel Barovc that will kindly welcome every visitor and is a great starting point for every adrenalin enthusiast.

@Author - Matevž Lenarčič;
If you want more choice for skiing places, maybe choose Maribor and its Pohorje. Maribor itself is amazing and worth visiting but if you include skiing on Pohorje, the trip will be great. If you want to get to know Maribor a little better, read the article Let’s visit Maribor where you’ll get to know everything you need for a start. Maribor is a great starting point for skiing. Pohorje offers great ski slopes and there are lots of other things to do. It is a university city, so there will be great parties, great people and great wine always on your hand. If you want to be in the centre of the city, find an accommodation at Youth Hostel UNI. And if you want something more quiet and calm, try a hostel near Maribor, in a town Ruše that offers a lot of other activities and even fitness and table tennis for days when it’s raining and you can’t really do anything else. Youth Hostel Ruše will be happy to see you.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

From Munich to Ljubljana for 38€

We're sure that you've already heard of Flixbus. They offer cheap bus transportation across Europe and now you can get from Munich, Germany, to Ljubljana and back for only 38€. If that’s not a great price, I don’t know what is.

@Author - Turizem Bohinj;
Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and offers many beautiful things. It has a beautiful castle with a great view on the city and a great vibe with all the coffee shops and quirky little stores. It’s a home to thousands of students and that is why it also offers quite some parties that you wouldn’t want to miss if you’re a party animal. But if you’re more quiet and interested in culture, it has a theatre, an opera and many other cultural events that you can attend while visiting. If you’re looking for an accommodation in Ljubljana, look for hostel Tresor in the city centre, that was once a bank vault and was turned into a hostel but still kept its history. Rooms are now named after different currencies.

@Author-B. Jakse, S.Jercic;
Public transportation in Slovenia can be a bit slow but don’t let that put you off visiting other cities. Bled and Bohinj are a must see with the Triglav National Park and beautiful lakes and mountains (I recommend visiting Vintgar gorge). You can stay in hostel Bledec in Bled just under the castle and only a few steps away from the lake Bled. 

@Author -  Franci Ferjan;
The Slovenian coast is charming with the small cities and narrow streets. And the great thing is that it won’t take you forever to travel. You can be on the other side of Slovenia in three to five hours. My favourite city on the coast is definitely Izola, a small and quiet city with lots of charm and chances to take beautiful photos. There you can stay at hostel Alieti and enjoy the quiet environment near the sea. It’s almost therapeutic. If you want some advice on what to see, maybe read Nastja’s travelogue that will unravel Izola’s beauty. After reading that, you’ll know that you have to check it out for yourself. 

@Author -  Franci Ferjan;
But if you’re a party animal, maybe choose Portorož where all the touristic buzz happens. Don’t forget to have a scoop of ice cream at Cacao where you’ll be amazed at their offer. If you still need an hour or two of sleep, choose Youth Hostel Portorož and get your energy for the next night. Excited?

@Author-Ubald Trnkoczy;
If you’re still not sure on what to visit, check out the article Slovenia and its Beauty. Now I know you’re convinced. The bus is cheap, hostels also won’t break your wallet and Slovenian beauties are waiting. Take a chance and visit Slovenia.

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.