Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Jump from your comfort zone into the arms of the emerald beauty

You will forget all about your fears.


Company Soča Rafting d.o.o. from Bovec organizes sports programs in the valley of the crystal clear river Soča and elsewhere in Slovenia. Namely all the sport activities are guided by local guides with a licence who will also take care of a good atmosphere.


In the summer season between April and October they offer various unforgettable adventures on the turquoise Soča. More daring ones can try hydrospeed, canyoning, rafting, school of kayak, going down the river with a kayak or a canoe and free style climbing. 


In the winter season after December (well, let's be honest, from the time when enough snow falls because in the last years that happens later each year) you are warmly invited to attend their ski school on Kanin, to sled from Mangart (where we remember sledding adventures from our childhood), to heli-skiing and to walk with snowshoes


The biggest novelty that people are quite interested in Bovec is the zipline which extends over the valley of river Učja. Throughout the entire year, you can go down the wire ropes with the entire length of 4,5 kilometres on the altitude up to 200 metres. All this information makes the zipline in Bovec one of the highest in Europe. Indescribable enjoyment and wind in your hair are at 40-60 km/h guaranteed!


The best is yet to come because the card-holding members of Hostelling International Slovenia have a 15% discount on rafting, hydrospeed, canyoning, going down the river with a kayak or a canoe and 10% discount on the zipline.


To fill your batteries after exciting adventures in the Soča valley go to the hostel Bovec with free wifi. You will find it in more than a century old but now completely renovated house in a traditional provincial style. So that your legs won't tire out, it will take you to the hostel only 5 minutes from the main square or from the bus station. 

@Hostel Bovec
And one reminder, in the Bovec hostel with the HI membership card you get a 10% discount on the overnight accommodation!

@Hostel Bovec
Be courageous and try something different and extraordinary! The only fear is that you will like it so much that you will want to do it again! Then you will be already in your comfort zone and you will have to find a new challenge!




Tito's limos and home-made bread from the farmhouse stove

How to make something homey and traditional


Technical museum of Slovenia is located in Bistra near Vrhnika since 1951 and lies on around 6000 square metres. Here you will find bigger collections and presentations of technical inventions. You can easily and quickly access them at quite a low price from the capital with a train, bus and even a taxi

@Author - Urša Vodopivec
In the collection of motorbikes there are also 15 limousines of Josip Broz Tito, the former president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. First and foremost here are the vehicles that were given to him as a present by other world leaders from that time. His vehicles were quite refined, modern and luxurious for that period. 

@Author - Blaž Zupančič
On the weekends they organize workshops where you can (among other things) bake bread in the farmhouse stove and learn old techniques of printing. There is a possibility of buying a combined ticket, which also includes admission to the Museum of Post and Telecommunications in Polhov Gradec.

It is really great that HI Slovenia members have a 20% discount on the entrance tickets. 

@Author - Blaž Zupančič
Because the capital city of Ljubljana is very near (around 25 km), you can stop by there and do some sightseeing. If you wish to stay for more days, we recommend you a hostel. Hostel Vila Veselova is next to park Tivoli and it is a good spot to explore our capital because the main attractions are close. Here is hostel Tabor, which also has a hall for different events and the main train and bus station nearby. Quite affordable is hostel Ljubljana which is located in the suburbs of Ljubljana near the BTC shopping center. We shouldn’t overlook the previous bankers home hostel Tresor, which lies in the heart of the very crowded Čopova street and only 50 meters away from the Prešeren square. Last but not least hostel DIC is located in the shelter of the castle hill and offers accommodation only in the summer. 

@Hostel Tresor
You must not forget that HI Slovenia members have a 10% discount on staying in all those hostels in Ljubljana. 

Thank god for all the preserved devices and books of the visionaries. Without them we wouldn't have (so fast) broadband internet, smart phones and exploring the universe!




Monday, 24 July 2017

Jackie Chan and Discovery Channel in the biggest cave castle in the world

Here it is revealed which celebrities you can encounter right here in sLOVEnia!


Yes, you guessed it right, I'm talking about our Predjama castle, which is in the Guinness book of World Records as the largest cave castle in the world, which is definitely worth visiting. In the wall of the karst world with its height of 123m it has been majestically standing for 800 years. 


Its most famous and notorious owner Erazem of Predjama from the 15th century was a brave robber. He was defending the castle from the other conquerors for 1 year. That story has a sad ending. According to the legend one of his servants betrayed him. 


Some years ago the castle was visited by the Discovery Channel team who tried to explain some strange events that were happening there. The movie Armour of gold was shot there with the actor Jackie Chan in 1986. Six years ago the castle was visited by the (screen) writer George R. R. Martin (the author of the extremely popular saga Game of Thrones). Maybe someday the film crew of Game of Thrones will come here because of the mysterious historical background and picturesque karst landscape and decide to film a scene here. Maybe then more tourists will come, who knows. In the last years people like to travel in the footsteps of making famous movies and series. Just remember the films The Beach, The Da Vinci Code and Der Bergdoktor. 


Between May and September visit the cave under the Predjama castle. Only then you can admire many species of bats. 


In the summer months you can attend the knight tournament dedicated to the memory of Erazem, which is inspired by writings and illustrations from the 16th century. You become a part of the country feast where you can eat, drink and compete. The dishes are prepared based on the traditional medieval recipes and also they are served like that. 

Members of the Hostelling International Slovenia are again treated better because they have a 10% discount when buying a ticket in the whole Postojna Cave Park. 

@Hostel Proteus
After an interesting and secretive day in the region of limestone and water you can wake fresh in a new day in hostel Proteus in the center of Postojna around which a genuine park is peeved. The hostel (which is also a dormitory) is only 800 metres away from the Postojna cave and 500 metres from the main bus station. The hostel makes sure to organize colourful events for which you have to ask in advance. By this I mean visiting the natural and cultural heritage of this part of Slovenia. 

@Hostel Proteus
If you decide to be their guest, remember that with the HI Slovenia membership card you get 10% off. One more reason for you to join us and start using all these discounts! Let's explore our Slovenia and the world together!