Thursday, 6 October 2016

Ajdovščina in the month when the leaves turn red and yellow

Youth Center and Hostel Ajdovščina is a place where you will never be bored. HIŠA MLADIH – HOUSE OF YOUTH is located in the „green“ part of the town where you have everything at your fingertips. In the vicinity there is a Sports Park and many hiking and biking trails. You can  rent a bike in hostel and take a ride to discover the beauty of our small town and its surrounding. House of Youth is the center of cultural creation and socializing. Numerous exhibitions, workshops, entertainment and music events are being hosted here.

Events in October in the Youth Center&Hostel and its vicinity:

•     5th – 15th of October: Culture Days in Lokavec: During the week of European cultural heritage, several events will be organized in small village of Lokavec : presentations, exhibitions, organized traditional hiking trip ... in order to learn about our technical, cultural and natural heritage.
•   6th, 13th of October: At the premises of the House of Youth: Workshop of the analogue photography with the photographer Klemen Bizjak, will be held. At the end of the workshop the photographs will be exhibited at the house's gallery.

•    8th of OctoberFarmers Market in the old town center, where you can buy all seasonal local delicacies produced by our farmers.
•    8th, 9th of October: Octoberfest 2016: Beer Festival with a concert of two bands: S.A.R.S. + Nera. Music group S.A.R.S. is a unique combination of pop, rock, reggae, hip-hop and blues music that perfectly combines the elements of traditional Serbian folk music. Their best known hit song "Budjav lebac", made them famous all over the Balkan region, where they regularly perform in clubs and festivals.
•    15th of October: The House of Youth continues with regular stand-up comedy evenings in the company of the best Slovenian comedians, and those little less familiar, but so very talented. On Saturday 15.10.2016 the stage of the Bar Hiša Mladih, will be occupied by young comedians: Eva Virc, Admir Baltić and Rok Kniflc. All three excellent speakers, that will make you laugh to tears!
•    2nd – 27th of October: The Pilon Gallery: Veno Pilon, Beginnings - 22. 9. 2016 passed 120 years since the birth of the local painter&photographer Veno Pilon. The exhibition is dedicated to his early period, which was formed in Gorizia (Italy) high school between 1910 and 1915. In October, the gallery is organizing an open guided tour of the exhibition, lectures, debates, children's art workshops,...



We will meet in the Youth Hostel Ajdovščina, from where the experienced team will take us to explore the Slovenia's hidden wine gem - Vipava Valley. We will visit two wine cellars, meet with two local winemakers, and learn about the production of wine. We will pamper you with a tasting of unique wines and local delicacies. An evening full of relaxed atmosphere in good company with singing and a glass of excellent wine is waiting for us! On the next morning - after a good cup of coffe, we will start our trip by uncovering the most beautiful tales of Ajdovščina. Traces of life from the Roman times, narrow streets of the old town center and ancient long coexistence of the resilient locals with the famous Bora wind are the heart and soul of the town. On your way to Vipava, a stop in the village of Vipavski Križ is a must. We will stroll through the medieval streets, squares and take the time to see its attractions. After a stop-over in Vipavski Križ we head to a delightful little town of Vipava, which is also called “Slovene Venice” due to its numerous bridges crossing the river of Vipava. Following the tour of Vipava, we head to one of the nearby villages, where we end our trip, tasting the best wine and dishes from local winemakers. After a refreshing stop we will return in the Youth Hostel Ajdovščina.

Weekend package in Youth hostel Ajdovščina:

•   overnight stay  with late breakfast
•   guided cycling tour through the most beautiful wine roads, wine tasting with light lunch (duration approx. 4-5 hours)
•   exploring the  two typical wine cellars and meeting with winemakers and learning about the culture of wine (duration approx. 5 hours)
•    wine tasting & sampling (5 samples), Slovenian tapas with delicious local home-made food in each cellar
Price: EUR 129/person (min. 4 people)

The price includes: guided clycling tour,  the organization and running of the entertaining food and wine tasting, animation, transport. For the implementation of the program requires prior booking. We are happy to tailor programmes to meet guests' wishes (duration, difficulty). We reserve the right to adjust prices.

Mladinski hotel Ajdovščina, 
T.: + 386 (0)5 368 93 83
M.: + 386 (0)41 945 392

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Keeping warm on Slovenian coast for less than 30 £

Just like birds, people tend to plan spending the coldest time of the year somewhere warm and cosy. Even if that means going to the sauna.  But some not only think about it but also plan a least a quick trip in the winter time.

Slovenia is not one those places you would choose to warm up. As a matter of fact, for some visitors it can be even colder than their mother land. But it definitely is pretty and welcoming and most important of it all, it has a coast. So why not plan a nice long trip to the Slovenian coast, where you can fill your lungs with fresh sea air, rest your eyes at the endless blue water and discover tiny picturesque allies, where you can find yourself just by getting lost. And also hide from the typical bone-cutting bora wind.

@Author - Barbara Kožar;
Ryanair offers flights from London Stansted to Trieste and in December, for example from 2nd until the 12th of December, you can book a return trip for nothing more than a 30 £. Sure Trieste is not in Slovenia but actually in Italy, but a 47 minute ride to Koper, Slovenia’s biggest coastal town, is definitely worth it. And with that you can also check two countries off your travelling bucket list.
So, what to see and what to do on the Slovenian coast, besides endless romantic, even solo romantic strolls down the beach, some brave winter time skinny dipping and warming up with the mulled wine at the pre-Christmas markets? 

@Author - Matej Vranič;
Well, first of all, you can visit previously mentioned Koper, where you can discover the old town and be amazed by the fact, that this city that is nowadays known for its international port was once actually an island. Using the very functional public transportation you can than discover the nearby small towns such as Ankaran or Strunjan, or get seduced by even bigger coastal cities, Portorož and Piran. Whereas Piran will charm you with its unique architecture and appearance, Portorož as a vibrant, some may call party destination, will offer you a numerous  highly ranked hotels and casinos where you can spend your time or just walk by and look the other way, a the restless waves, fighting the bora wind. 

@Author - Barbara Kožar;
Either way, if the five star hotels are just not your thing, you can check-in in one of the coastal Hostelling International hostels. You will find one in almost every city mentioned. In Koper you can book a stay in hostel Histria, in Piran the roof over your head offer you youth hostels Piran and Pirano and in Portorož you can find a place to rest and to meet new people in youth hostel Portorož


Harvest the oldest vine tree in the world for 19,00 Euros

Was your everlasting childhood dream to harvest the wine grapes from the oldest vine tree in the world and not spend a lot of money doing just that? No? Well, no surprise, if you are not one of the leading wine producers in the world. Then you probably already have your private plane on standby to take you to this amazing Slovenian event. But if the budget is a word you use regularly in your everyday language, than this is just the article for you. 

@Old wine festival in Maribor;
Because getting around with just a handful of money is not a fairy-tale any more. Not even if you own a pumpkin that turns into a carriage. There are a lot of cheap ways and means of transportation that will get you to such an exotic country as Slovenia. And this Alpe-Adria jewel is definitely inviting you to participate in an unique autumn experience. 

While every wine growing region in the world offers this and that to do and to experience in this wine'o'full time of the year, Štajerska, a very wine growing region in Slovenia, has a one of a kind event to offer. In the second largest city in Slovenia, in Maribor, grows the oldest vine tree specimen in the world. It is over 400 years old and still produces enough grapes to organize a big, meaningful event. With its own museum in the Old Vine House and countless biking and hiking paths through the wine regions surrounding the city of Maribor, there is plenty to do in autumn. Among the other exciting things in Maribor, of course. So why not decide and say to yourself: ''Let’s visit Maribor!''

@ Author - Nea Culpa;
And just how can you do that? If plane is getting a very every day experience for you, why not try and travel by bus? With extremely cheap bus ticket for only 19, 00 Euros, you can hop on a Flixbus in Vienna just after lunch and be in Maribor in the late afternoon. And that is when the fun begins. The Old Vine Festival between 2nd October and 11th November 2016 will certainly satisfy the autumn traveller in you, but Maribor is nice in every season.

@ Author - Matej Vranič;
And the best of all, you can use your knowledge of the ''budget'' word and spend your nights in one of the Hostelling International hostels such as hostel UNI, Pekarna and Ruše. Enough said, written and read. Now there is nothing left for you than to book a bus ticket and hop on your very own adventure to Alpe-Adria’s beautiful Slovenia!

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!