Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Jesenice - special in many ways

During your stay at the Bledec hostel in Bled or the Hostel Barovc in Kranjska Gora, you will be just a stone's throw away from our city.

@Author - Aleš Krivec
Jesenice, the city of steel and daffodils, is special in many ways. The steel produced in these parts can be found in the Eiffel Tower, in the accelerator at Cern, and some of it even sunk along with the Titanic. The museum part of the city and the historic iron foundry district of Jesenice, Stara Sava, now flourishes with a rich tradition of iron working. The iron working facilities and the redesigned main square are becoming a new space for social events. The roundabout on the way to Stara Sava showcases a statue of an iron worker, a symbol of the city's history. 

@Author - Miro Podgoršek
Treat yourself to a tour of the iron working collection with movable models, or the reconstruction of a 1930s worker's apartment. Here, time stands still. Of course, you are very welcome to walk over the pedestrian bridge, which is designed as a connection to the café, theatre, and the presently more bourgeois part of Jesenice. 

@Author - Aleš Krivec
A stop at Tone Čufar square, a view of Jesenice Grammar School with its distinctive façade, or perhaps a walk through the main promenade up to the old district of Murova. In our city, you can experience all this in just one afternoon. Also, do not forget the wonderful walk above the city. You will surely be making several stops along the scenic route. Not due to fatigue, mind you, as the path is quite easy. But you will be fascinated by the beautiful sights looking towards Dolina, or in the direction of Žirovnica. 

@Author - Miro Podgoršek
For more adventurous guests, there is also a hike along the Old Mine route, or a trip to Golica.

@Author - Miro Podgoršek
@Author - Aleš Krivec
@Author - Gregor Vidmar

@Author - Andraž Sodja
But let's not reveal everything at once.

Visit our city to make your own adventures!

TIC Jesenice
Cesta maršala Tita 18
4270 Jesenice
T: +386 4 586 31 78

Monday, 20 March 2017

Prepared for sunny outdoor experience?

Hostel pod Voglom is!

The winter is slowly being washed away with the early spring rain; however you can still ski on Mount Vogel, which is just 7 minutes drive away. For hikers we are renting snowshoes for some amazing views on Soriška planina. We are used to late winter fresh snow, so this could well be also our main offer again together with snow rafting or sledding in Soriška planina. After many years, lake Bohinj below the hostel was frozen for a few days for safe skating, the lake sleeps now as there are no activities on it due to the water being too cold. 

However let's look further – spring and summer! We will uncover our many canoes to take them out on the lake and bikes for exploring the beautiful country side of Bohinj area

Many schools decide and return to spend their camps here as we have many possibilities for outdoor experience: sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, snow rafting in the winter and slack line park, biking, hiking, canoeing, climbing, rafting, stand up paddling, kayaking, paragliding, canyoning, cave exploring… throughout the year, plus we offer meals in spacious dining room. The only downside of having our own big kitchen with a beautiful dining room is that there is no kitchen for our guests – yet! We can't wait for our new kitchen which in still in process of arranging and there you can prepare you own meals and socialize with other guests. We do offer breakfast for all our guest and it is included in the price, dinner is available on demand.

With snow melting away we will soon host many hike lovers who come and return to the heart of Slovenian National Park within the Julian Alps. Triglav is the highest mountain (2864m) in Slovenia and one of the most beautiful hikes over the Seven lakes valley starts here! 

As Triglav hike is really popular in the summer, we do suggest other amazing hikes you can go to on your own or with a guide. We offer maps and information at the reception of the hostel.

If you are thinking of organizing a group excursion we rent also a house just for you. Cottage Suha is in the quiet neighbourhood of village Ribčev laz and 7 minutes walk on forest path to the lake. For all our guests we do offer discounts on sport equipment rental (SUP, kayak, canoe, rowing boat, bicycle, neoprene suit…) and on sport activities (canyoning, rafting or kayaking on Sava Bohinjka river, high ropes course).

Hostel pod Voglom with its sport agency PAC SPORTS offers also transportation with our many vehicles with its famous PAC BUS.

Book a place in the heart of National park in Slovenia now!

Youth Hostel Pod Voglom
Ribčev Laz 60
4265 Bohinjsko jezero
+386 (0)40 86 42 02

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Visit the most sustainable country in the world – for less than €50

You may have heard that 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism, where the aim of UNWTO – World Tourism Organization is to support changes in everything tourism-related towards better sustainability. Including the mind-set of us travellers. So if you are already planning your big adventures in a sustainable, earth and future friendly way you are on a right path. But even more things can be done.

@Author - Arhiv ZTKMŠ Brda;
And where better to seek inspiration than in a country that was crowned the world's most sustainable – in Slovenia. With some twists and turns you can do it on a €50 budget.

Interested? Than check out Ryanair's offer where in April you can fly from Hamburg to Treviso for only €9.90. From there, Slovenia is only a stone’s throw away.

You can make your way up this chicken-like shaped country and stop in significant, unique and special places that represent the diversity of the country as you go. From west towards the east you can firstly visit the coastal region. Piran, Koper, Portorož and many more in between lying little places will show you a wide range that Slovenian coast has to offer, even though it spreads on only 43 km

@Author - Julia Wesely;
After that you can head to the mountains. You just have to pick which ones. From valleys to plains, from hills to mountains, Slovenia has it all. And don't you worry about the water sources. Already mentioned sea has a few famous and not so famous lake cousins, such as Bled and Bohinj lake. 

@Author - Nea Culpa;
Another great feature of this lovely country is that it will take you also on a underground adventure in Postojna cave where the real dragons await. Or maybe you would prefer to follow the UNESCO trail from Škocjan caves to the mercury mines of Idrija and  Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps, near the capital Ljubljana, that was also the Europe's Greenest Capital in 2016. Or maybe you are a wine expert or just an enthusiast. Than you certainly cannot leave out a visit to the oldest vine tree in the world that is waiting for you on the bank of river Drava in Maribor. Slovenia truly does have it all.

@Author - Jurij Pivka;
Intrigued? Well, wait no more and book your ticket to sustainability. And do not forget to be a part of it also as an active participant not only a well-read traveller. Good luck and be sustainable and may the Slovenian diversity inspire you!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Enjoy the peace and greatness of the moment in Kranjska Gora

The Upper Sava Valley offers numerous historical events and get-togethers. All these hikes, entertainment programmes, ethnological evenings and festivities are organised and attended by people who love their hometown. And they want to show it to the visitors in the most heartful way.

@Author -  Jošt Gantar; Archive Turizem Kranjska Gora
Winter has always been the time when farmers took a break from the daily work and started preparing themselves for the holidays. Although now ski events are the most-visited, crowded and fun events, the tradition of old village events, when myths and tales revive, is still alive...

Every year in March the Vitranc Cup (from 4.3.2017 to 5.3.2017) takes place with international ski contestants. Usually the atmosphere is incredible, fans are very loud, and the slope is excellent. Hundreds of workers make sure that the slope in Podkoren is perfect.

@Author - Matjaž Vidmar; Archive LTO Kranjska Gora
After the end of the sports part of the Vitranc Cup, the fun is far from being over: it is followed by musical performances, concerts and entertainment on “Q Max Party” (4.3.2017). 

A jewel of the Slovenian airplane designer, athlete and the designer of sports facilities, the engineer Stanko Bloudek – the ski jump in Planica has been a venue for international ski jumping tournaments since 1934. Until 2011, Planica was the holder of the world record ski jump by Bjørn Einar Romøren from 2005 when he jumped 239 metres.  Don't forget to support the project of sustainable development and come to Planica by train or by carpooling. 

@Author - Aleš Fevžer; Archive Pokal Vitranc
Taste a charged atmosphere for supporters as well as culinary delights in the Valley under the Ponce Mountains – Planica (23.3.2017 – 26.3.2017). After the tournament is finished, join us at the Open Air Planica (25.3.2017) event in Kranjska Gora. The biggest open-air event filled with sports spirit, presentation of contestants, awarding of competition numbers, concerts and other entertainment.

@Archive Turizem Kranjska Gora
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. We are talking about Hostel Barovc. Hostel Barovc Team will do their best to make your stay enjoyable and experience unforgettable!

More about events in tourist destination Kranjska Gora you can find on

TIC – Tourist Information Centre Kranjska Gora
Kolodvorska 1c, SI – 4280 Kranjska Gora
+386 (0)4 580 94 40

Beautiful spring in Slovenia

A holiday in Slovenia is always a good idea. Especially when it gets a little warmer, the flowers are starting to bloom, the birds are chirping. Could we paint a prettier picture in your mind? I think not. If you’re from Portugal and want to visit Slovenia, you’ve come to the right place. No, there are still no direct flights from Portugal to Slovenia with a low-cost airline, but there is one to Milano, which is very close to Slovenia. You can get from Porto to Milan Bergamo for as little as 44 euros. This sounds like a great deal, right? You can search for dates that suit you on Ryanair website.

@Author - Janez Tolar;
From Milan to Slovenia, you can rent a car (which is great for discovering the whole country) or go by GoOpti, which can be very cheap if it is booked in advance. Now your Slovenian adventure can begin. Are you ready? If you find an accommodation in Ljubljana, it will be a good starting point for discovering other Slovenian places, as it lies almost in the middle of the country. Hostel Tresor in Ljubljana lies right in the heart of the city and has a really special vibe. And if you’re renting a car, I suggest you book the hostel Tabor Ljubljana, which offers free parking and even breakfast. It is also suitable for bigger groups. If you don’t know what to do in our capital city, read this wonderful article, which will give you an insight on what to visit. Since I was talking about spring before, I simply have to take you to the nature. Bled is Slovenian most visited city by tourists and with a reason. This is the home of the best Slovenian dessert, Bled cream cake or in Slovenian, “kremšnita”, which you have to try. You can just enjoy the sunny day, beautiful greenery around you and mountains nearby. I suggest spending at least a few days in this area, so book hostel Bledec and enjoy in the nature. Visit Vintgar gorge, listen to the sound of the river and put your toes in the water and see how cold it is. You can go rafting, canyoning, hiking and so much more. If you want options for activities, definitely check out Igor Fabjan’s article.

@Author - Ana Pogacar;
Another amazing destination for a Slovenian trip is Logarska Valley, which will amaze you with its untouched nature. You can find an accommodation in hostel Ljubno ob Savinji. Ljubno ob Savinji was described as paradise on Earth. A town by Savinnja river is very proud of their ski jump, try the Slovenian salami, Savinjski Želodc or potica cake (but definitely not together). Ljubno is a great starting point for visiting Snow Cave or Snežna jama, go to the rafting museum, to the ski resort Golte or to Potočka Zijalka Museum. The choice is yours!

Welcome spring in Slovenia.