Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Beauty called Slovenia

What one finds beautiful is a complete and unexplainable secret of his heart, mind and soul. But there are things in this world of ours that just take you breath away even if your definition of beautiful conflicts with others. Not convinced? Give it a try and you'll be surprised. The mystic mind changer in this case is a unique country – Slovenia.  Her beauties speak for themselves, but every now and then it is good to receive a first-hand advice of what to see. After that the sky is the limit and the imagination is your guide.

@Author - Dunja Wedam;
Usually when it comes to visiting new countries one automatically thinks of capitals and bigger cities. But in Slovenia, where even the capital city is not that big of a city, the smaller ones are those that really revile what Slovenia is about. For example Krško. Thriving town in the south-eastern part of Slovenia and a central town of Posavje region is known for its authentic wine type Cviček, its picturesque land that offers a lot of sporting activities such as cycling, skiing and fishing. The rich cultural background of Krško will also satisfy all of the cultural appetites a traveller might have. 

Another Slovenian jewel certainly worth visiting is the Triglav national park where the nature really has done a magnificent job. In Bohinj, a fairy-tale like town in the heart of Triglav national park, you can rest in the Youth Hostel Pod Voglom, which as a member of Hostelling International offers you a 10 % discount, and where you can try out all sorts of sporting activities from rafting, canoeing, hydro speeding and many more. 

@Author - Nea Culpa;
Moving towards the edge of the national park there is another inviting sleeping option in the form of Youth Hostel Barovc, a paradise like place for all the winter sports enthusiasts. Quick fifteen minutes away lies Planica, home of Slovenian ''eagles'', a world known ski-jumpig site, where you can be a part of history. 

@Author - Matej Vranič;
Speaking of smaller Slovenian towns, another must-see location is also Velenje, where you will be blown away by the breath-taking Šalek walleye with its just the right combination of lake, hills and caves, that offers a lifetime of adventures if you just give it a chance. Moving towards the eastern part of Slovenia, in Maribor, the second biggest but still charmingly small city, your dreams can come true in the Youth Hostel Pekarna. Maribor as a hometown of the oldest vine tree in the world will certainly give you some inside into the history of the Štajerska land that is intertwined with wine, culture and hardworking people. 

@Author - Marko Petrej;
After hiking and biking around Maribor you can certainly refill your batteries in even eastern laying town of Radenci. Most known for its mineral water spring, Radenci offers you a reviving experience of your body and soul, where you can find the true meaning of Slovenia in one of its well-known but charmingly small towns and rediscover yourself in the embrace of healing mineral water.                                         

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Two capitals in one trip

Tale as old as the world itself is the one about people always mistaking Slovenia for Slovakia and vice versa. But what about if there was a way of having a quick inside of both of the countries in just one trip, where you can visit the both capitals and forever establish the difference between those two European gems?

@Author - Arhiv ZTKMŠ Brda;
In January Ryanair offers one way flights from Dublin to Bratislava for just € 19.99. From there to Ljubljana you can shake things up and book a bus ticket with Flixbus which will cost you only € 32.50. Arriving to Bratislava at lunch time gives you just the opportunity to experience the country trough food and a bus ride at night enables you to get some rest and walk the streets of Ljubljana as a new person. 

@Author - Dunja Wedam;
Breakfast in the countries capital can sometimes even be a better idea than any other meal. And if just tasting the country through what the capital has to offer is not enough for you, you can always hop on a new bus and discover Slovenia’s well know sights or even those that are not that well know at all. For example, you can treat yourself with a trip to Slovenian seaside, where you can visit cities such as Koper, Portorož and Piran. Then you can get (metaphorically, of course) lost in one of many Slovenian caves, for example Postojna cave being the most famous of them all, and Škocjan caves

@Author - Iztok Medja;
Your inner peace can be re-established by gazing upon the green hills and valleys at Koroška, Gorenjska, or Savinjska region, or by admiring the never ending flatness of Pomurje region. Specialities such as desserts and local wine can be tasted at almost every corner, so also a visit to Prekmurje or Dolenjska will be worth your while. 

@Author - Jost Gantar - TIC Moravske Toplice;
Getting to know the cultural and natural heritage is simply always a part of every kind of trip in Slovenia. In the bigger cities, such as Ljubljana and Maribor, or in a bit smaller ones, such as Idrija

@Author - Matej Vranič;
Either way there are many beautiful sights and new experiences to choose from in Slovenia, so in the future you will have no problem forever distinguishing between sLOVEnia and Slovakia. 

Let your taste buds be your guide!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

From Zagreb to Ljubljana and back from 18 Euro

Hello, our neighbours and travellers to Zagreb, Croatia. Have you ever been to Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital city? It's magical, especially in the winter time. Would you like a cheap suggestion for a getaway? If you're on a travelling site, I'm sure you're looking for that. BusBud, bus travel website, offers you a trip to Ljubljana for only 18 Euro. And that is not everything. If you have a Hostelling International member card, you get 15% discount. You can sign up for that right here. Amazing, right?

@Author - Dunja Wedam;
Now let me tell you about Ljubljana. I could just paste the link to an amazing article of our new volunteer Anne-Sophie Fanchini Lovely Ljubljana, tell me your secrets. I know that you’ll want to visit our beautiful city, if you read it. She was charmed by the flying shoes and second hand stores at Trubarjeva cesta, she was regenerating herself in the Botanic Garden of the University, and got some fresh air in Tivoli Park. My suggestion would be for you to take a walk to the Ljubljana Castle, see the Triple Bridge and Prešeren Square. If you like to shop, there’s plenty of opportunity in the city centre. Just walk the romantic streets, have some mulled wine if it’s cold and enjoy yourself.

If you want to spend a night or two in Ljubljana, the city has some great hostels. Hostel Tresor is in the city centre and really has something special. It is a former bank vault and even though there are beds in the vaults now, it kept a certain charm that you have to see for yourself.

@Author - M. Tancic;
Or if you want to stay in a typical building of Ljubljana, stay at Vila Veselova, which is also in the city centre, close to park Tivoli and Ljubljana National Museum. Here, you’ll get free tea, breakfast and big rooms. Hostel Vila Veselova also offers you a beautiful garden area.

If you’re flying to Zagreb and have a day or two (or a week) for adventures in another country, Slovenia is definitely a place to be. The bus is cheap, the ride is about two hours long and you will definitely get a sight into Slovenian culture if you visit Ljubljana. 

See for yourself.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Cyclist-freindly hostel

Youth hostel Marenberg is located in Radlje ob Dravi, a small town, which boasts with the Slovenia Green Silver mark, that eagerly follows the green trend of tourism. The first biological swimming pool in Slovenia, many sports areas, the possibility of cultural and natural sightseeing and many hiking and biking paths in the immediate surroundings, hidden between the woods of Pohorje and Kozjak, are offering visitors an active way of spending  their free time or vacations.

Hostel Marenberg
The town Radlje ob Dravi lies, as the name tells, in the immediate proximity of the river Drava. Long cycling trails by the river are very popular by tourists in foreign countries and have excellent marketing. They offer the highest level of cycling that we know. The Drava cycle path is classified as one of four cycling trails in Europe with five stars by German Cyclist’s Association from March. Because we notice dan increase of over-night accommodation in Radlje our hostel became the first Slovenian member of Austrian society Drauradweg Wirte, which is connecting every tourist point on the Drava cyclist route in Italy, Austria, and now, in Slovenia.

Hostel Marenberg
Hostel Marenberg with five triangles offers the cyclists a secured storage space for bicycles, a possibility to dry wet clothes or cycling gear, the basic instruments for bicycle repairs and, by prior arrangement, an accommodation at night. The fulfilment of these and other criteria has allowed us to become the first certified by ADFC Bett+Bike hostel in Slovenia. With the already started project of restoring used bicycles we want to offer bicycles for rent to other guests in the future. That way we can enable them to explore actively the cultural and natural heritage in town and its surroundings, a pleasant few-minute-long ride to the first natural pool in Slovenia or a slightly more difficult cycling on various circular biking paths on beautiful hills of Pohorje and Kozjak

Hostel Marenberg

Youth Hostel Marenberg
Mariborska cesta 8
2360 Radlje ob Dravi
+386 (0)40 85 22 87