Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Metlika, region where you can discover the natural treasures

The town on the sunny side of the Gorjanci mountain range developed on the natural pier among three streams and was granted town rights in 1365. Once the centre of the border region Metlika March, Metlika had many firsts throughout its history the first firefighting brigade, the first reading society, the first loan and savings bank in the Dolenjska and Bela krajina region, the first youth sport movement Sokol in Bela krajina, as well as one of the oldest wind bands in Slovenia.

“Plac” as people call the old town centre of Metlika with three connecting squares takes you by surprise with its abundance of cultural heritage. The road from Novo mesto via the Vahta pass leads to Metlika, a town with a population of 3500 people. From here roads lead to all places in Bela krajina, while the main road leads to Croatia and all the way to the Adriatic. Metlika is situated only a kilometre from the river Kolpa and the international border crossing.

In Metlika region you can discover the natural treasures (river Kolpa, Vinomer birch trees, Zdenc-Vidovec caves, Urbanova path, fishpond Prilozje,…), cultural and historical heritage (Tri Fare Pilgrimage in Rosalnice, Metlika old town core, DC3 airplane, vineyard cottage „Soseska zidanica“Drašiči, The Greek Catholic Church of St. Cyril and Methodius,  Slovenian Fire Fighting Museum of Dr. Branko Božič, Kambič Gallery, Metlika People’s Library, Archaeological heritage of Podzemelj,…). 

Dramelj, Kolpa  (Author - Dunja Wedam ); www.slovenia.info

Active in nature
The nature of Bela krajina excites at first sight, but it becomes unforgettable when you come back for new active experiences. It surprises with recreational and sport challenges in every season. Take home lovely memories. Get on the go in the world of pure waters, numerous trails and scenic heights. People who visit Bela krajina can go boating, fishing, walking, running, cycling, hiking, skiing and experience Bela krajina from the sky.

A fisherman (Author - Dunja Wedam ); www.slovenia.info

Vinska vigred (tradition of Bela krajina)
The Vinska vigred festival has been the biggest Slovenian cultural, tourist and wine festival for more than 30 years. Over a period of three days, the three squares of the Metlika old town centre are filled with vibrant events. Visitors can taste the award-winning wines, attend workshops and learn how to make typical Bela krajina flatbread called “belokranjska pogača”, visit the exhibition of special local handicraft and the exhibition of culinary specialities made by the society of farmwomen, or visit a museum or a gallery. During the festival, the selection of the queen of Metliška črnina wine and the presentation of the highest awarded Bela krajina wines take place.

Bela krajina wine tourist road
Bela krajina is one of the most interesting Slovenian wine-growing districts. Its mild climate and diverse soil enable the production of top-quality wines (Metliška črnina, Belokranjec and Portugalka wine, ice wine…) labelled PTP (wines with recognized traditional denomination). You can taste many of them along the Bela krajina wine road that connects wine growers of Črnomelj, Metlika and Semič, tourist farms and other providers of typical local culinary and other products.

HI Slovenia has a quality and affordable youth hostel in regional centre Črnomelj with excellent connections; up to 10 trains daily for less than 2 EUR - 17 minutes journey, several buses or only 15 minutes by car. The Hostel offers plenty of common facilities for conferences and meetings and possibility of a full board in own restaurant. Overnight in Črnomelj Youth Hostels are very affordable - only 36 EUR for double room (for 2 persons) including breakfast. More info about availability you can find on web page www.youth-hostel.si where you can also book hostel on-line.  

For more information visit our web side: www.metlika-turizem.si 

Monday, 14 July 2014

“VISIT PREKMURJE - Getting Around,” a mobile guide to the sights of Prekmurje.

Dear traveler, during your stay in one of our hostels, Youth Hostel Murska Sobota or Youth Hostel Radenci, you can use the “VISIT PREKMURJE - Getting Around” app to prepare your trip to Prekmurje, the north-eastern region of Slovenia. You can also explore the sights via your smart phone or tablet. The guide features nearly one hundred cultural, historical and natural items, described in detail, including pictures and contact information, and GPS coordinates.

VISIT PREKMURJE - Getting Around
About Prekmurje
Prekmurje is the north-eastern region of Slovenia. Geographically separated from the rest of  the country by the river Mura, it borders Austria, Hungary and Croatia. The regional centre is the city of Murska Sobota; the second biggest city is Lendava. Although Prekmurje is mostly lowlands, it also has woods and rolling hills – Goričko, to the north of Murska Sobota, and the wine-growing region around Lendava – Lendavske gorice. The plains between Murska Sobota and the Mura River, dotted with wheat fields, are called Ravensko, and the territory near Lendava is called Dolinsko.

From the 11th century on, Prekmurje was almost always in the hands of foreign powers - Austria, Croatia or, most significantly, Hungary. The inhabitants of Prekmurje always considered themselves Slovenes, despite social and political efforts to form a greater Hungary through repression of the Slovenian population.  In 1919, at the end of World War I, Prekmurje, together with the rest of Slovenia, joined the Kingdom of SCS, the precursor to Yugoslavia. Centuries of foreign rule, proximity to several nations, religious diversity as well as a strong local identity all contributed to the formation of the local dialect-- the Prekmurje language.

Prekmurje is rich in natural resources, such as thermal and mineral water, and boasts great biodiversity; it is the habitat of many rare plant and animal species. As well as having its own unique dialect, Prekmurje is famous for its rich historical and cultural heritage. Many sacred and architectural monuments evidence the development of the region and life of its inhabitants through history. The preservation of centuries-old crafts and national traditions, as well as the excellent Prekmurje cuisine and local wines, connect Prekmurje to its past, and create useful guidelines to the future.

Mor info at web page: visitprekmurje.com


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Visit Ljubljana this summer and meet Romans in Emona

If you take a bus 5, 9 or 13 it will drop you off at the BIT Center - Ljubljana Hostel at the bus stop called Emona. You are probably asking why this is important. Emona was the name of the Roman colony located in what today is Ljubljana and visiting the city this year will guarantee you a truly unique experience.

The city is celebrating 2000 years since the establishment of the Roman colony Iulia Emona by organizing numerous activities that commemorate these two millennia of the colony throughout the summer and beyond.

From 30 May 2014 till 31 May 2015 the City museum of Ljubljana will host the exhibition Emona: A City of the Empire which will provide a comprehensive overview of the Roman city, where you will learn about the rise and fall of the colony, everyday life of its inhabitants and much more. 

Ljubljana (Author - P.Hieng); www.slovenia.info
There are still remains of Romans in Ljubljana, most notably the Roman wall located in the city centre, which is a popular spot for climbers. You can take a glimpse of these remnants by visiting the photo exhibition that will be placed in the Tivoli Park from 1 July till 1 September or you can find them yourself. You can even take a night tour around Emona escorted by a Roman legionary to provide for your safety.

The central Market - Ljubljana (Author - M.Tancic); www.slovenia.info
In the weekend from 22 to 24 August the events will climax in dancing and Roman judicial trials. Finally, you will get a taste of a real battle between barbarians and Roman legionaries that will be staged by historical actors. Also you will witness gladiators fighting for life and glory.

Youth Hostel Ljubljana
Why not start your journey in BIT Center? It is a Youth Hostel and one star hotel, a place where design and low price get together. The building is located near the highway ring but still close to the urban heart of Ljubljana. Youth Hostel has 35 beds with different type of rooms, from two to ten bedded. In the same building there is one star hotel where rooms have private bathroom with shower, LCD TV and free wireless access. Salve viator!

Aleš Dakić

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Tourist destination Kranjska Gora

The lively adventures of the Julian Alps are waiting for you in Kranjska Gora and its surroundings. There are countless adventures you can try, from an active holiday to a peaceful discovering of nature and the cultural heritage. You can uncover the mystery of well-being in the rich wellness offer, attend business and social meetings or take your family to explore the mystical past of the Zgornjesavska valley. You will never be bored. 

Kranjska Gora; Arhiv LTO Kranjska Gora, foto Bogomir Košir
The Zgornjesavska Valley offers a rich selection of culinary specialties, and special emphasis is given to traditional Slovene dishes. Catering services are provided by local inns with a family tradition, whose genuine domestic dishes preserve a taste of that real homely atmosphere and the identity of the Alpine landscape, as well as modern restaurants and family pensions, where special attention is devoted to satisfying the needs of guests. The tables of inns and restaurants are thus full of Italian, Austrian and German cuisine, fish specialities and top-level international cuisine.

Hiking; Arhiv LTO Kranjska Gora, foto Rok Eržen
The spring attracts nature enthusiasts to the Zgornjesavska valley. Breathtaking panoramic vistas and the rich natural and cultural heritage offer countless opportunities for family outings. Our magnificent mountains are a true paradise for both hikers and mountain climbers alike, while cyclists can try the more demanding mountain slopes or just relax taking an enjoyable ride along the well-kept trails. The most daring can get their surge of adrenaline participating in popular water sports, from rafting to canyoning, while playing golf or fishing may be a challenge as well. The children will love the summer sledding toboggan run, whilst the organised trips to the wonderful world of imagination will tickle their curiosity.

Park Kranjska Gora; Arhiv LTO Kranjska Gora, foto Rok Eržen
Various wellness programmes will help you relax, luck awaits you in the casinos and companies can boost work morale with team building programmes or upgrade the knowledge of their employees with various workshops and seminars.

The world of water Špik; Arhiv HIT Holidays Kranjska Gora
Nestling amongst the high mountain peaks, the Tourist destination Kranjska Gora is a paradise for all nature lovers. Furthermore, the Triglav National Park provides sanctuary to a variety of rare species of fauna and flora. The true pearls of the Slovenian Alpine world include the Martulejk waterfalls, while the natural sculpture of the stony face of the young maiden Ajdovska deklica reveals yet another legend. 

Lake Jasna; Arhiv LTO Kranjska Gora, foto Bogomir Košir
The pristine natural surroundings of Zelenci with its countless natural springs and stunning emerald green lake are best described in the words of the famous English naturalist Sir Humprhy Davy: "There is no other more beautiful spot in Europe".

Zelenci; Arhiv LTO Kranjska Gora, foto Bor Rojnik
In addition to an abundance of natural beauty spots, the valley also boasts a rich cultural heritage. The Culture Trail in Zgornja Radovna will lead you to several-century-old houses; you will be invited to view the Slovenian Alpine Museum, which tells the history of mountaineering; while the Russian chapel serves as a reminder of the follies of war. A monument to the memory of Jakob Aljaz is dedicated to our pastor and guide who led the way to better times.

Village day in Rateče; Arhiv LTO Kranjska Gora, foto Jože Brudar
Nestled in the Tourist destination Kranjska Gora is a multitude of truly interesting places, each with its own unique particularities and history. All of these places take pride in their rich cultural heritage and the natural beauties endowed by nature. Common to all is the kindness and hospitality of the local inhabitants - awaiting you with open arms. Accommodation is readily available in Kranjska Gora, the sports and tourist centre of the valley, while the idyllic villages are a heaven for all those who want to relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air within the closest vicinity of this buzzing tourist resort.

Kolodvorska 1c, SI – 4280 Kranjska Gora
T.: +386 (0)4 580 94 40
F.: +386 (0)4 580 94 41

Friday, 4 July 2014

Holidays in Primorska

Vacantion in Primorska in the hostel Ociski raj? Why not? Vacantion on an interesting piece of the world where Karst and Istria intertwine. Where flysch and limestone intertwine and create specific shapes in nature. That is how Kraški rob was created, which is known to climbers with climbing walls in Črni Kal, Osp and Mišja peč. You can also take a walk on Kraški rob, during the spring months you can pick wild asparagus, enjoy some great views or stop at the castle Socerb that lurks at the Slovenian sea and the Gulf of Trieste.

You can visit Trieste on bikes by embarking on an abandoned rail route through the valley of the river Glinščica (by Val Rosandra), Glinščica can be also visited on foot from Beka along The path of friendship that leads to the waterfall Supet. A few small waterfalls that appeared at the junction of flysch and limestone, cave entrances and other karst phenomena can be seen on the Tigr memorial circular path Ocizla - Beka . Underground world of caves can be discovered in the Divača cave, near Lokev you can visit the cave Vilenica, in Slivje the cave Dimnice, or you can get a closer look at the famous Škocjan caves, which are registered in the UNESCO list of natural and cultural heritage and lie only 12 kilometers from the hostel Ociski raj.

The Skocjan Caves Park (Author-B. Kladnik); www.slovenia.info
You are kindly invited to the hostel Ociski raj, which is the right place for your vacation!

Youth Hostel Ociski raj

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

A land of stone with soft heart

Nature and karst phenomena are main highlights of the Green Karst. The stone landscape is shaped by water, which carves through the stone creating unique landscape intertwined with thousands of caves. Every cave is special and offers unique visitors experience. The caves such as Postojna cave, Križna cave and Planinska cave will leave you speechless while you explore the mysterious underground of the Green Karst. 

The Pivka in Black Caves; www.zelenikras.si 
Seasonal lakes of the Green Karst are another natural wonder. These mysterious lakes appear and disappear depending on the season. The Cerknica Lake is the largest seasonal lake in Europe and more than 17 smaller lakes can be found in the Pivka valley. You can take a bike and cycle around the entire region, visiting Jezerski hram – Cerknica lake interpretation centre and Ecomuseum of Pivka seasonal lakes, where you will find out how lakes form, learn about the flora and fauna and see how the nature influenced everyday life in the past. 

Cerknica Lake; www.zelenikras.si
Nature and locals have always been tightly connected. Museums, collections and castles tell the stories of the life in the past. You can take a walk down the Krpan hiking trail, following the footsteps of the mighty salt smuggler, who defeated the Turk army. Castles Predjama, Snežnik and Prem stand as reminders of a thousand year old history taking you back to the age of knights and dragons.

Snežnik Castle; www.zelenikras.si
A unique place to visit is the Park of military history in Pivka, a tourist and museum centre, where tanks, aeroplanes and even a submarine tell the story of a turbulent 20th century.

Park of Military History Pivka; www.zelenikras.si
Lakes, forests, mountains and caves offer many possibilities for activities during summer. Take your time and enjoy in the peaceful fishing, bird watching or wildlife photo shooting. Take a ride with a hay cart or explore the Green Karst on a horseback, with bicycle or on foot. Soar into the air, visit the mountains, swim in the lakes and descend into the mysterious underground.

Fishing; www.zelenikras.si
The city of Postojna offers accommodation for budget travelers in Proteus Youth Hostel where you can hire a single and double room or bed in 3-bedded dorm. The youth hostel Proteus is situated in the hundred year old park in the center of Postojna, not far away from the entrance to the Postojna cave. Close by there are also tennis, basketball and volleyball courts and football field. Children will enjoy visiting the neat playground in the sport park.

Youth Hostel Proteus
Furmanski praznik (Carting day) in Postojna, 8.7.2014 is a traditional ethnological event, which revives the old customs from the land of horse and cart drivers.  A procession of vehicles of various types with horse teams is accompanied by the demonstrations of old Slovenian crafts and food connected to the horse and cart driving.

Zmaj ma mlade (The dragon has young): A traditional festival of cultural events (music, film, theatre)
RDO Postojnska jama - Zeleni kras

More info: 
Prečna ulica 1
6257 Pivka, Slovenija
+386 (0)5 721 22 49

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Welcome to the city of steel and flowers

On the sunny side of the Julian Alps is the town of Jesenice, famous for its ironwork industry and steel tradition. Sport fans know Jesenice especially as the home town of Slovenian hockey and boldness of its players and supporters. Jesenice also feature one of the most beautiful town centres – Stara Sava, combining cultural heritage with modern industrial architecture. 

 @Matjaž Tančič
The rich and diverse history of Jesenice not only influenced the inhabitants who live and work here, but also the town itself. Numerous preserved cultural monuments and façades of buildings in the town as well as many historical finds and preserved records encourage visitors to go sightseeing around the town and its surroundings and to explore it in detail. 

Beautiful town centres – Stara Sava (Author: Bogdan Bricelj )
Natural beauties in the town surroundings, wonderful mountain villages, the nearby Karavanke mountains, rivers and streams, ski slopes and forest paths easily attract curious tourists eager to learn more, charm them and gives them new strength.

Stara Sava
The protected museum area of the former ironworks settlement includes the Bucelleni-Ruard Manor, the Jesuit Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the Kasarna workers' building, the former charcoal warehouse and other remaining ironwork plants. These buildings are connected with a renovated square that is becoming the new centre of social events in Jesenice, a place where people gather and meet.

Daffodil plains
In May, the slopes of the West Karavanke mountains are whitened by the Poet's daffodils. This flower originates from the genus Narcissus, its Latin name is Narcissus poeticus subs. radiflorus. The white plains stretch across the meadows of the villages Plavški Rovt, Prihodi, Planina pod Golico and Javorniški Rovt. Daffodils are the sign of Jesenice.

Zois Park in Pristava
The Zois Park in Pristava in Javorniški Rovt features numerous traces of the ancient life of this area. The fossilized flora and fauna, cultural heritage of the town, spruce forests and the forest educational path, the Karl Zois botanical garden, three lakes full of small living creatures and the nearby hiking paths offer visitors a number of possibilities for actively spending their free time featuring exploration and education.

Mountaineering and cycling
The nearby West Karavanke mountains are perfect for mountain hiking due to its sunny position, wide hiking areas and wonderful view of the Julian Alps and Carinthia. Golica is not only one of the greenest of the Karavanke mountains, but also a world-famous mountain praised in the most famous polka of all times, Na Golici by the Avsenik brothers. You can also go hiking on the Mežakla plateau, which offers a wonderful view of the Karavanke. 

Golica (Author: Miro Podgoršek)

The municipality of Jesenice also features numerous cycling paths connecting Jesenice with Kranjska Gora, Bled, Žirovnica and Radovljica. The paths are suitable for families and for more demanding cycling enthusiasts.  

Podmežakla Sports Hall
The Podmežakla Sports Park is the central sports and recreation venue in the Upper Sava Valley, providing a wide range of sports activities all year round. Its main sports facility is the Podmežakla Sports Hall that hosted the 2013 European Basketball Championship - EuroBasket 2013. The hall provides physical education for schools, recreational hockey, figure skating, ice bowling, curling and table tennis and also hosts in-line hockey and other sporting competitions. The multi-purpose venue also allows for the organisation of concerts, fun games for organised groups and other social events.

Jesenice is only 21 km away from Kranjska Gora, where you will find the Youth Hostel Nika, and only 18 km away from Bled, where you can book a quality and comfortable bed in a Youth Hostel Bledec.

Cesta maršala Tita 18
4270 Jesenice
T: 04 586 31 78