Monday, 30 March 2015

Welcome to the Municipality of Trebnje!

All tourists who are staying in Hostel Novo mesto in the town Novo mesto, are kindly invited to visit the Municipality of Trebnje, about 10 minutes away by car.

Embraced by the river Temenica, in the dynamic area between the Alps, the Dinaric Karst and the Pannonian Plain, lays the Municipality of Trebnje with 163.3 square kilometers of land, 12.000 inhabitants and many sights. In the centre of the municipality lies the city of Trebnje; a linear, urbanized settlement, which climbs the terraces and hills on the left bank of the river Temenica. In this region you will certainly enjoy the natural beauty, lovely views and the scents of the forests, and feel the softness of the nearby rounded hills. The sunny vineyards invite you as a haven with their wide open cottage doors and friendly people, where wide meadows and numerous other sites, like pearls, are just waiting to be discovered!

The City of Trebnje; Author: Samo Kastelic;
The 15th Meridian passes through the Municipality of Trebnje; a half of an imaginary great circle that connects the Earth’s poles and all the locations, where the sun rises, peaks and sets at the same time, and determines the longitude 15° 00´ 00´´. On the lookout point on top of the hill of Vrhtrebnje a stone plaque with a sun dial and a bronze relief of Slovenia was built, where important cities, higher peaks and the course of the 15th Meridian in Slovenia are shown. 

Stone marker at Vrhtrebnje; Author: Samo Kastelic;
The fish pond Blato was created after the rehabilitation of a failed factory of ceramic tiles in the village of Račje selo. A large number of fish live in the pond and next to it a restored double hayrack from 1902 named Florijan houses an ethnological collection.

Fish pond Blato; Author: Samo Kastelic;
The Jurij Homestead, a monument of local importance, is located in the settlement of Občine at the edge of the region of Dry Carniola. Due to cultural, ethnological, regional, historic and other exceptional characteristics it has a special meaning for sharing information about the life of country folk in the time before, during and right after World War II. The homestead is compact and is composed of a single-story farmhouse, an outhouse, a wooden granary, a barn, a well, a trellis and an orchard. After visiting the homestead you will be touched by the spirit of the past and the interconnection of memories and new discoveries!

Jurij Homestead house; Author: Samo Kastelic;
The Baraga Homestead in the village of Mala vas is the birthplace of the Slovenian missionary Frederic Irenaeus Baraga. Two rooms in the house are set up as memorial rooms, one room is decorated with the furniture of the time and the rest with a museum presentation of objects and marked stations of Baraga’s life in Canada and the USA. There he wrote books for North American natives, taught them how to read and write, diverted them from alcohol and enabled for them to learn crafts. While staying in La Pointe, Wisconsin, he wrote in German the book History, Character, Customs and Habits of North American Indians, through which Europeans first learned about the story of the Indian princess Pocahontas. The work is the first book by a Slovenian author describing foreign people.

Baraga Homestead; Author: Author: Samo Kastelic;
In the late sixties a camp of naive artists was founded in Trebnje, where since 1968, artists from all over the world gathered every year. For the duration of the camp the artists stayed in Trebnje free of charge and donated in exchange the works created to the town of Trebnje and since 1971 to the Gallery of Naive Artists. This formed a collection of over 1000 artistic works: paintings, reliefs, and sculptures created by 270 artists from 40 countries. Included are works from artists, whose art pieces are displayed in renowned museums and galleries across the world. Today the Gallery of Naive Artists in Trebnje is known as the only collection of naive art in Slovenia and as one of the more important collections of the kind in the world. 

The Holy Mother of God Pilgrimage Church on the hill of Zaplaz at the village of Čatež is a central pilgrimage point in the Diocese of Novo mesto. Because of its prominent position on top of the hill of Zaplaz, it is an important gathering place for many pilgrims and hikers. Built around 1926, it differs from other churches because of its two Secession style towers that rise majestically and are its most recognizable parts. Bellow the hill of Zaplaz lies the village of Čatež, the endpoint of the writer Fran Levstik’s journey from Litija to Čatež.

Holy Mother of God Pilgrimage Church; Author: Samo Kastelic;
The church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary is situated in the centre of Trebnje and has a copper bell tower, which can be recognized from afar due to its green color. The current Late Gothic church with three naves and six octagonal pillars from 1443 is built on the site of an older church. It is decorated with a late Baroque presbytery with a fresco of the Assumption of Mary by the Slovenian painter Matevž Langus and built into the hall is a Roman relief of three busts.

At Medvedjek, a site of the Slovenian Independence War, which took place in 1991, an interesting memorial park was created, formed by a concrete tank barrier with a memorial plaque and a BOV 3 tank – literally “Combat Armored Vehicle”. The BOV 3 was a part of an armed conflict at Medvedjek and in the Krakovo forest. The memorial park was built for the 20th anniversary of the conflicts in the memory and reminder of the Independence War and the events that happened in the area.

The City of Dobrnič, Author: Občina Trebnje;
The cultural centre in the village of Dobrnič houses the Memorial Room of the founding 1st Congress of the Slovenian Anti-Fascist Women’s Association, which through photographs brings visitors closer to the image of the difficult times. The congress, unique in Europe of the time, took place here. Women, elected from all parts of Slovenia and all military units, in which they operated, attended.

More information is available at

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Experience Zasavje – experience undiscovered

Zasavje is the smallest region, which lies in the center of Slovenia. Green hills, three town centers in the valley and divers river Sava, which flows by the all three towns, offers more that you could even imagine. This time we represent you three different offers, which can be combined by the each traveler.  

Phooto Matej Strgaršek

“Sport adrenaline specials” is for visitors, who want a bit of boldness, combined with sporty touch:

- Exploring the Perkmandeljcs Kingdom, this can take you underground the surface – to the mine, made of labyrinth of many tunnels. We can explore around with the head lamps and drive with the mining carts, meanwhile we can search for the dwarf Perkmandeljcs home. 
- Adrenalin jump with the parachute from the Zasavje hills, which offers a beautiful view through the whole region of Zasavje. Flying with the parachute is available with an experienced instructor, who makes your trip more attractive. 
- Strategic Airsoft and Paintball in Zasavje forest is offering colorful and adventure spectacle between two or more groups by the scenario, which visitors choose.   
- Horseback riding on the degraded mining areas, which covers special experience and touring on the degraded mine areas.
-Bike descent and ascent on a marked forest and road trails

If you like nature, you can choose one of the “Nature touch” activities, where you can learn about special plants and vegetables in the region:

- A trip to an organic farm Ergela Planido, where a breading of special type of horses is a must see, also you can explore a rural museum and try some of the rural tasks. 
- A trip to regions hills is also a big experience, especially where you can see a beautiful view from its top. Kum, Zasavska sveta gora, Mrzlica, Sveta Planina and Kal are the most famous hills in Zasavje region with nice cottage restaurants. Access to the hills can be possible with a car or you can take a walk from the valley.
- Visiting theme parks are also special in the Zasavje region – Valvasors Beekeepers Park, Prusnik Park or Kums bug Park. By visiting those parks you will get to know different special types of plants, trees and animals, typical for those places. 
- Fishing in Zagorjes pond – just a touch away from the bustle of the town, you can enjoy sport fishing and try fish food in a restaurant nearby. 

Photo Branko Klančar

Because Zasavje is well known as an industrial region, we offer you trips, where you can “explore industrial heritage”:

- Museum of Hrastnik, where you get to know about the Hrastniks  history, coalmining industry and glass factory
- Museum of Zasavje – Trbovlje offers the whole exploration of regions development and the exhibition of coalmining industry
- Visits to mining apartment in Hrastnik and mining colony in Trbovlje, where you can find out, how the miners and their families lived
- Visit to a Glass factory Hrastnik, where you can walk in the factory and learn how the products from the glass are made – they can be found all across the world. 
- Walking on the Ethnological mining path offers a nice walk through a unique mining colony in Trbovlje, where you can listen some stories about the miners, told by the locals. 

For more information about the excursions visit our website

Youth center and hostel Trbovlje offers different types of rooms. For 18€ you can get rested in a dormitory with 14 beds, or you can rent a double bed room for extra 4€. All the rooms are equipped with a bathroom. 

In the Youth Hostel Trbovlje there is a Tourist information centre of Zasavje, where visitors can get free brochures about the region and where you can also get a help with planning your trip around Zasavje. 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Group hang-out when the nature is awaking

The nature is about to wake up from the winter slumber and it invites you to escape the four walls the grey weather probably had you spend most of the time. Slovenia is the perfect choice to get in touch with nature and its springtime beauty, for it has rich nature with different features to offer and is considered among the most beautiful on our planet. So have your group enjoy the visit of this small but all too lovely country, where HI Hosteling Slovenia will help you find a budget friendly and high quality Youth Hostel that will welcome you. Here we present just a few of them.
Hostel Pod Skalo is in the heart of Kamnik, were you’ll never run of outdoor sporting and recreational activities. It’s becoming an ever more popular tourist destination in Slovenia, as it’s only 25km away from the national capital (Ljubljana) and 10 km from the Slovenian main international airport. The hostel is in the old but renovated town mansion that allows for a restful retreat after many activities you’ll be enjoying during the day. From here you can also go to the city of youth and city of rock that always has something to offer! Velenje, the youngest Slovenian town, will charm everybody with its rich offer of events and rich cultural and natural heritage. At hostel Velenje, which is part of the youth centre and has a lot of experience with hosting and organizing events for large groups, they will take care of all your needs. If you enjoy good food and good wine we invite you to go to the region of Prekmurje, where people love to stop and sing a traditional song in the vineyard. After the long testing of homemade food and wine you can be pampered at the spa of Terme Radenci, which are really close to the hostel Radenci, part of the highschool dorm with a rich offer of activities. If you, however, prefer to get your feet wet in the waters of Slovenia – weather on the coast or in the lakes – you can do that as well. In Portorož we offer a stay at a hostel standing at the highest point of this coastal town, offering you a great view of the Slovenian, Croatian and Italian coastline in the northern Adriatic. The hostel is so big you can play hide and seek with your group while there, with it being a real challenge for the seeker. A somewhat smaller hostel Bledec, which was among the first in Slovenia, has prepared a few interesting offers for a few days to explore lake Bled and its surroundings. For more info click HERE. And last but no least is the Hostel Podčetrtek, which makes the visitors feel right at home and lets them experience the pristine local atmosphere. As part of the tourist offer in the field of health, they offer a visit to wellness, swimming pools and local culinary expertise, that are attracting guests from the whole world to visit Podčtrtek. Apart from eating and sleeping you can also continue your exploration across the border in Croatia, which is only a stone’s throw away.

Youth Hostel Alieti