Wednesday, 21 January 2015

To escape from the urban hustle

To escape from the urban hustle and bustle of the Carinthian tranquillity of the lush forests and scattered isolated farms…

Slovenj Gradec with its surroundings offers ideal conditions for sports and recreation. The varied landscape around the city and orderly sports infrastructure in the city offers a wealth of opportunities for those who want to relax, as well as those who want a more intensive workout. There is a Sports Centre Vinko Cajnko, which is located near the city centre. In addition to the Sports Arena Slovenj Gradec comprises a renovated athletic stadium with a football field, outdoor asphalt courts for basketball, handball and volleyball and summer swimming pool. The surroundings of the city, with its natural features, offer plenty of opportunities for skiing, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, biking, paragliding, hiking, Nordic walking,... The offer of short walking thematic trails was developed in recent years, particularly enforced by ethnological, cultural-historic and environmental contents. For quality and comfortable staying you can choose Hostel Slovenj Gradec.  

Winter tourism
On Slovenjgraško Pohorje, two tourist centres were developed. One on Pungart, under the Velika Kopa and Partizanski dom, under Mala Kopa. An extensive plain allows you to ski upon a few centimetres of snow. Snowmaking system provides up to 100 snow days. The diverse terrain offers skiing for beginners and advanced skiers. 

The ski slopes are more than 18 km all together, situated at an altitude of between 1010 and 1542m. For skiers and snowboarders there are six ski lifts available and two quad chairlift; for those who do not practise alpine skiing, there are cross-country skiing, toboggan run and ski walking trails available. 

The diversity of the world between the Mountain Uršlja and Pohorje, offers hikers many opportunities for hiking. Wherever you are, you only need a few minutes, and you're on any of the many hiking trails. It is therefore no surprise, that hiking is such a popular activity. Choice of trails is remarkable. From easier short walks through the valley and the surrounding hills, to demanding mountain trails, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the whole Mislinja Valley and peaks of the Kamnik Alps. 

Themed hiking trails: The path of local crafts, Meško’s path, Berneker’s path, Hermit’s path to Castle Vodriž, the Path of Romans and Path into the dwarf’s land.

Forest Educational Trails: Forest Educational Trail Plešivec, Forest Educational Trail to Rahtelov vrh, Forest Educational Trail Tičnica.

Mountain paths: European hiking trail E-6, Carinthian path Javke brez hajke, Carinthian mountain path, Slovenian mountain path from Maribor to Ankaran, Transversal of couriers and midfielders and Extended Slovenian mountain path, Šaleška mountain path, Mountain path of 14th division.

The bike path along Mislinja valley was completed in recent years. It runs between flowering meadows and forests, provides ideal conditions for recreational cyclists, which prefer driving on the plain. Those who prefer mountain biking, over the hills that surround Slovenj Gradec a lot of cycling paths are routed. They lead us through the pristine forests on Rahtel, Kremžarjev vrh, Slovenjgraško Pohorje, Uršlja gora or in any of the other peaks surrounding the Slovenj Gradec basin.

Sports centre Vinko Cajnko
Sports centre Vinko Cajnko is located along the Mislinja River, not far away from the main city road. In a quiet environment away from industrial facilities and it offers ideal conditions for athletes. It comes with 18770 square meters of training surfaces. The sports centre is a home for many sports clubs and societies; among them is the handball club with almost 60 years of tradition, football, athletics and judo club.

In the immediate vicinity of the sports centre is also the Swimming pool Slovenj Gradec with two swimming pools and a bowling alley “Slovenj Gradec” with four lanes. At the swimming pool there is also the possibility of playing beach volleyball in addition to swimming and other water sports.

Sports airport
Due to its extraordinary location and the excellent conditions, the Sports airport Slovenj Gradec is a popular location for domestic and foreign aviators and other tourists. Gliding in our country has a long tradition. In addition to gliding, the airport also offers the possibility of adrenaline pleasures, panoramic flight, altitude parachute jumps, parachute schools and schools for gliding. The sports offer is rounded off by tennis and other courts and numerous trails for biking and hiking.

The project “Slovenj GUIDEc” – tourist offer “Yung people for young people”
In August a new tourist brochure "Slovenj Guidec" was released. It is aimed at young visitors and travellers who are by the way randomly or systematically carried away in Slovenj Gradec. It sets out the activities that can be added the sign of 'adventures'. The project, which was "cooked" in MKC Slovenj Gradec, includes young people, who are professional or amateur engaged in certain activities and they would like to share their ideas with other (young tourists, visitors), and thus enabling them to learn about Slovenj Gradec with its surroundings and its inhabitants in a "different" and more exciting way. In addition to the offer of "young - to young", we published a booklet, with its shape resembling a fan that also includes some other activities, which allow non-traditional tourist experience.

Slovenj Guidec guide is divided into five sections: culture, sports, rural, adrenaline and interesting. In it you can find the contacts and information about possibilities of sleeping in the hayloft, hang-gliding or paragliding, paintball, skateboarding, horse riding, bike rental, various sports activities, trekking, climbing to the possibility of presenting their own projects, exhibitions or activities. The leaflet is available in English and Slovenian language, online and in physical form on the points, where often intersect paths of young visitors and travellers.

For more information visit, call (051 373 943 or 051 375 307) or write ( us in MKC Slovenj Gradec!

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