Friday, 30 October 2015

Diverse autumn offer in the tunnels under Kranj

The tunnels under the Kranj Old Town are a unique gem which separate the city from the rest. Their special environment is perfect for hosting different events.  There's a lot going on for children and adults in the autumn.  This year too, the tunnels will become a temporary home for witches and high quality wine and cuisine from Slovenia. 

@Zavoda za turizem Kranj; www.tourism-kranj.si
Halloween is going to be held on the 30th of October at 16:00, 17:00 and 18:00 and on 31st at 16:00. Children will have the opportunity to  interact with snakes, spiders and other animals, they will get lost in the enchanted maze and they will learn how to conjure up the stones »Iamnotafraid« in the witch's laboratory. The stones will come in handy in the dark parts of the tunnels. At the end of the journey, the witch will tell them a fairytale about witch Vilma and her cat Taček. Good witches will leave the tunnels in the evening hours on 31st of October. After that horror will spread out across the tunnels and adults could test their courage. Grossmann fantastic film and wine festival will co-organise the event for adults. If you don't want to go hungry on your adventure, there is a food market called Kr' čarovniška kuhna happening in the city centre from 4 o'clock so you can fill your stomachs and prepare for a night of adventure.

@Zavoda za turizem Kranj; www.tourism-kranj.si
@Zavoda za turizem Kranj; www.tourism-kranj.si

In November 8th wine route will take place in the tunnels. Wine route is meant for all wine and food lovers. Over 3.000 people visit Wine route every year, and we decided that this year we offer you two weekends – 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th of November. On both Saturdays, on 7th and 14th from 19:00, there will be a food market in the city center, its theme being wine and the feast of St. Martin. 

@Zavoda za turizem Kranj; www.tourism-kranj.si
@Zavoda za turizem Kranj; www.tourism-kranj.si
And don't worry if you come from out of town! By prior arrangement you can sleep in Hostel Kranj, where bargain price and quality collide. 

More about the information of both events: www.tourism-kranj.si or on FB page: Kranj odprto mesto.

Visit Kranj in the autumn! 

Monday, 26 October 2015

Beauty Škocjan Caves

The Škocjan Caves with their spacious underground halls, their unique underground canyon and their perfect condition hold a special place among the caves in Slovenia and the world, which is also proven by their placement on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites in 1986. The caves are visited by more than 100,000 visitors each year. Why don’t you visit them as well and use this opportunity to actively explore the Karst region?

Škocjan Caves
@The Škocjan Caves; www.park-skocjanske-jame.si

The Škocjan Caves Regional Park lies in the southwest of Slovenia in the Karst region, where the term “karst” originates from. It is located in the municipality of Divača, 15km from the Fernetiči border crossing, 80km from Ljubljana in the direction towards Koper and 12km from the Lipica Stud Farm. The surface of the park measures 413ha and encompasses the Matavun, Škocjan and Betanja villages.

No car? If you arrive in Divača by train, a free bus can take you the four kilometres to the park at certain hours of the day. If, however, you like to spend time in nature, this is an opportunity to walk the few kilometres long, marked and well-maintained footpath.

Škocjan Caves
@The Škocjan Caves; www.park-skocjanske-jame.si

Every day, regardless of the weather, experienced guides will wait for you at the entrance to the Škocjan Caves Regional Park and take you to the underground paradise. The Škocjan Caves are a web of eleven caves, landslips, sinkholes and natural bridges. The guides, who speak Slovenian, Italian, English and German, will take you through the Silent Cave, which is rich with dripstones, while a part of the path also leads through one of the biggest underground canyons in Europe. The path is three kilometres long and takes approximately one hour and a half to navigate. 

The visitors of the underground world are thrilled with the colorful and gigantic dripstones. The best known are dripstones in the form of organs and pans. The burbling of the Reka underground river and the majestic natural bridge over the river leads visitors into a different, fairy-tale world. You can also follow the Reka river below ground and view the river sinkhole in the Mahorčič and Marinič Caves.

For more information on the guided tours visit the Škocjan Caves Regional Park website. From January to May, guided tours take place twice a day during the week and three times a day on Sundays and holidays, and, during the summer season from June until September, guided tours take place every hour from 10am to 5pm.

Škocjan Caves Regional Park
@The Škocjan Caves; www.park-skocjanske-jame.si
Viewing the Škocjan Caves definitely does not exclude a visit to the park. In the park, you can walk along the Škocjan Educational Trail, which was recognized as the best thematic trail in Slovenia. The trail is two kilometres long, takes less than an hour to walk and features informational signs, which help you observe and learn about the karst nature.

Škocjan Educational Trail
@The Škocjan Caves; www.park-skocjanske-jame.si
From June to September the area of the park also features museum collections. The ethnological collection at the Jakopin Barn enables visitors to leap into the lives of our grandmothers and grandfathers. The barn was built before 1819. It was once intended for threshing cereals, storing hay and farming equipment, so this is where you can follow the process of transforming grain into bread.

The Delez Homestead features picturesque biological, geological and archaeological collections. The perhaps the best known exhibited object goes back to the 4th century B.C. It is a carving on a jar saying “OSTI JAREJ”, which perhaps means stay young. According to some records, this is the oldest writing in the Slovenian language.  At the Information Centre is a karstological collection on the history of exploring caves. Did you know that the Škocjan Caves can already be found on maps from the 16th century? Janez Vajkard Valvasor wrote about them, while his drawing from the end of the 17th century represents the first image of the sinkhole part of the Škocjan Caves.

The Škocjan Caves Regional Park covers the Matavun, Škocjan and Betanja villages, which have all maintained their old karst appearance. The villages offer numerous possibilities for culinary adventures. In the narrow area of the park by the reception centre stands the Mahnič Inn, which not only offers excellent food, but also boasts its own brewery. At the Matavun village you can have a snack at the Pr’Vncku Homestead, while a traditional menu awaits you at the Betanc Tourist Farm in Betanja.

@The Škocjan Caves; www.park-skocjanske-jame.si
The Škocjan Caves Regional Park is a good starting point for further exploration of the Karst region. This is where the Slovenian Mountain Path runs, while cyclists can find a real paradise, as well as explore hidden cycling paths. In the surrounding area, at the Belaj Homestead, you can view a karst herb garden, which is ideal for discovering the natural characteristics of Karst. We also recommend that you visit the Museum of Film Actors in Divača, where the first Slovenian film actress Ida Kravanja was born, who was later known by the name of Ita Rina and popular abroad. The exhibition at the museum enables visitors to satisfy their curiosity on their own with help of digital technology and broaden their knowledge about Slovenian actors and their films.

In the area of the park, locals offer numerous accommodation possibilities, while more affordable accommodation can be found in Ocizla, which is located 15 kilometres away from the park.

Hostel Ociski Raj
@Youth Hostel Ociski Raj

Friday, 23 October 2015

Heart under the Alps

Discover the treasure trove of the Upper Sava Valley and its heart – Kranjska Gora. Let your adventure begin here! Experience more than 150 original adventures prepared by tourism workers and the hospitable villagers of the Upper Sava Valley.

Travel tips for Kranjska Gora
@Foto: Bogomir Košir; www.kranjska-gora.si
Nature in the Upper Sava Valley represent a beautiful backdrop for exceptional stories. This is why the first Slovenian film ‘Kingdom of the Goldhorn’ (‘V kraljestvu Zlatoroga’) was shot here. The pristine nature of the Julian Alps UNESCO named “biosphere”, and is therefore a place for life, for the body and for the soul. A place where you can look into the depth of yourself... 

The Julian Alps are the highest mountain range in Slovenia. They are situated in north-western Slovenia and in north-eastern Italy. They were named after Gaius Julius Caesar because of their greatness. The highest peak Triglav is also the highest mountain in Slovenia. The majority of the surface of the Julian Alps is a part of the Triglav National Park.

Visit Kranjska Gora
@Foto: Bogomir Košir; www.kranjska-gora.si

Since 2003, the Julian Alps have been declared a biosphere reserve in the framework of the UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), which means they receive special protection for their natural resources and biodiversity. 

The Triglav National Park comprises 880 square kilometres, which is 4% of the surface of Slovenia. 

The purpose of the park’s foundation is to maintain an exceptional natural and cultural heritage for future generations, this is why it is subject to specific rules of behaviour. It is prohibited to throw away rubbish and pick flowers, making fires, and camping or parking is only permitted in specially designated areas.

@Foto: Bogomir Košir; www.kranjska-gora.si
Triglav National Park gives its visitors an intense experience of the park with information centres and info points. Pay them a visit and choose your path, a guided tour, creative workshop in nature or another experience...

What all our accommodation facilities have in common: being fresh, natural, deluxe, hospitable, favourable, unforgettable, simple, exotic, intimate, warm...

@Hostel Barovc
Hostel Barovc Team will do their best to make your stay enjoyable and experience unforgettable! Get yourself a relaxing mountain vacation from 20€ per Night with Breakfast (rooms with bathroom, bed linen, towels and free Wi-Fi)!

You can find more about tourist destination Kranjska Gora on www.kranjska-gora.si.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Take your group to an autumn paradise

Slovenia is one of the most attractive destinations in Europe, as it offers so many and so varied features in a concentrated area of only 20.000km2, while being one of the safest countries in the whole of the European Union. Adding the splendid nature and history rich cities connected by great road and railroad infrastructure, Slovenian truly offers more experience per day spent here that any other place in the world.

@Author: Dunja Wedam; www.slovenia.info
In the autumn the nature isn’t just green – it offers all the possible imaginable colours: from golden yellow of the vineyards, through the scarlet and brown of the leaves in the forests, the deep green of the pine trees, adding the sea of blue and emerald rivers, lakes and creeks… there’s almost no colour missing before the first snow covers it all in pearly white.

Getting to know Slovenia, especially if you don’t have a huge budget to throw around, is best done by checking into the Youth Hostels, which were recognised by our international guests to be among the best in the world (results for the first half of 2015). We picked out six of them to give you a great suggestion for this autumn. Youth Hostel Pod Skalo, offers a domestic feel and gives you additional motivation for your work or joy in one of the most beautiful places in Slovenia – just a few kilometres from the national capital of Ljubljana. But if you’d prefer to stay in the capital, we can suggest you and your group the Youth Hostel Ljubljana, which also offers free parking and is located near the public transport system, offering also a wide variety of indoor sporting activities. Ljubljana is also one of the three ancient Roman towns in Slovenia, which offers additional attractions.

@Author-B. Kladnik; www.slovenia.info
Celje is another of three Roman towns, with hostel MCC Celje located in the very heart of the city, with each room interpreting one of the city legends. The fact itself that the hostel is part of the youth centre means, it offers many options for joint activities. Also part of the youth centre is the Youth Hostel Punkl, in Ravne na Koroškem, which is an attraction in its own right, as it is a modern wood construction made from quality local wood giving a special warmth to the place that has one of the highest levels of accommodation quality.

@Author: Matej Vranič; www.slovenia.info
In the very heart of Slovenia, in a place preserving world heritage – a UNESCO site – is the town of Idrija, where its hostel Idrija opens its doors to welcome you and your group to explore and enjoy. And for conclusion we’d like to invite you to the very north-west of Slovenia, to the place that featured the horrific history a century ago, when it was the site of the battlefront during the First World War. Here, where the Austrian and Italian armies (a place Hemingway wrote about) clashed, is also the place where mountains and rivers are clashing together with all their splendour. In the heart of the region is the lovely town of Bovec, with the warm inviting hotel Bovec, offering the home made cuisine specialities, or you can also taste the history and pristine nature instead of just excellent cooking.

@Author: A. Fevzer; www.slovenia.info
And as Slovenia has more than just 6 places and hostels, we also invite you to check out the complete offer, where you are bound to find what you are looking for your group, while organizing the perfect autumn trip.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Ptuj, full of surprises!

Youth Kostel KURENT is located in the heart of the oldest Slovenian town Ptuj. The hostel is a newer construction and it is easily accessible. The elevator enables an access to disabled people. All major urban infrastructure is located nearby – bus and train station and parking places.

Youth Hostel Kurent
There are 53 beds available in the hostel. We have 13 rooms, two are double rooms, eight of them are four-bed rooms, one is five-bed room and two rooms have six beds. We are proud of our modern equipped computer study and our socializing area where guests can gather and hang out. Our multipurpose room accommodates approximately 120 people and is large enough for numerous activities such as singing and theatre rehearsals, seminars, etc. We offer beds, beds and breakfast and with large groups (20 or more people) we can also offer lunch and dinner.


A stay in our hostel is a wonderful opportunity for all the curious guests who are interested in how our beautiful landscape breathes. We want to inform or just recommend some sights or recommend them to attend various events (e.g. world famous Carnival – Kurentovanje in February or March and Ptujska noč in August, Rancarija), and a number of traditional fairs (Katarinin sejem - Catherine's Fair in November, Ožbaltov sejem - Oswald's Fair in August, Jurijev sejem – George’s Fair in April) and ultimately an indispensable visit to the Ptuj Castle. There are many other options – for curious guests we recommend a visit to the Dominican and Minorite Monastery, the Town hall, the Wine cellar, and the Ivan Potrč Library. For those who want to simply relax, pamper or experience unforgettable water adventures, we recommend Terme Ptuj (Thermal Park Ptuj). Our guests also get a discount for tickets to Thermal Park Ptuj. Lovers of jazz and good music can attend concerts and other music activities in next door Centre of Extracurricular Activities Ptuj (from September to May).


Welcome!


RESERVATION & INFORMATION
Osojnikova cesta 9
2250 Ptuj
T: 02 771 08 14
M: 051 319 186

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Relax, breath in the mountain air and enjoy the picturesque natural surroundings

Two events contributed to the development of Kranjska Gora from a herdmen’s settlement in the 14th century to today's cosmopolitan Alpine village. The first turning point was the construction of the road through the Vršič mountain pass and the subsequent strategic importance of Kranjska Gora. The second turning point was the construction of the railway and the subsequent construction of the Planica ski jump. 

@Photo: Bogomir Košir; www.kranjska-gora.si
Record ski jumps in Planica turned it into a tourist resort. On the slopes of Vitranc, the first cable ways were constructed. This was followed by summer sledding, climbing walls, gorgeous hotels, lovely apartments, interesting museums, ethnographic events, lively parties, etc. There is always something going on in Kranjska Gora. Here, the adventure of discovering the Upper Sava Valley begins, and never ends! 

@Photo: Matjaž Vidmar; www.kranjska-gora.si

Take a hike along the imaginary lands of seven Triglav fairytales to Dovje and Mojstrana or enter through a secret door into the Land of the Dwarfs in the settlement of Gozd Martuljek together with the dwarves.

@Photo: Ivan Majc; www.kranjska-gora.si

The Upper Sava Valley is known for its excellent cuisine, allowing you to pamper yourself in many traditional inns. In addition to the typical international or even global cuisine, it is essential that you also try the typical home-made dishes of individual villages.

On the Outskirts of the Triglav National Park, above the Jasna lakes and right at the foothills of the Julian Alps is a paradise for hikers, skiers, snowboarders, cyclists, climbers, nature lovers, adrenaline enthusiasts …. and right here is Hostel Barovc!

@Photo: Archives Julijana Turizem; www.kranjska-gora.si
Hostel Barovc offers wireless Internet throughout the facility, internet and info point, a covered terrace and indoor entertainment area with a large selection of board games and a mini library, a restaurant, which offers a rich breakfast and tasty local dishes at affordable prices, bar with terrace and splendid views, a reception that is open 24 hours, a heated room for ski equipment and much more.

Youth Hostel Barovc
It has 11 rooms with a total of 31 beds, of which 7 are double, 3 quadruple and 1 quintuple room. Each room has its own bathroom with shower and toilet. All rooms have beautiful views, and one boasts a large balcony with view to the lakes and the Julian Alps. All rooms are also equipped with linens and towels. Hostel is suitable for individual guests and groups, truly welcome are as well your four-legged friends.