Thursday, 22 February 2018

Home of excellent Slovene winter sportsmen

Let's ski on the white slopes!

RTC Žičnice Kranjska Gora d.d. provides enjoying on the snow on one of the oldest ski resorts in Slovenia for 70 years. The ski resort received the World Ski Award in the years from 2013 to 2015. You can even go night skiing. In the Alpine Park try the giant slalom where you are tested for driving on time and "fun park" is waiting for all fans of "freestyle" skiing. Alpine ski club Kranjska Gora trains young competitors and organizes matches on European and global scale.

For the youngest is taken care of in the children's snow park where the little ones can relax, ski and have snowball fights. Children can also enjoy in playful learning to ski at playing park Planica. When not skiing children can sled, create sculptures from the snow or look for hidden elves. At the Alpina Hotel is a winter kindergarten where children are being animated and they can play with each other so their parents can fully enjoy in their winter vacations.

For all those who are just getting to know skiing there is a wide choice of ski schools. There you will learn alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, etc. You can rent skis, bars, helmets... In addition to all of the above it will be also taken care of hungry stomachs and dry throats with their catering offer.

You can take a free ski tour bus connecting the places in the Upper Sava Valley. The bus's route in the morning is Gozd Martuljek - Kranjska Gora - Rateče. In the afternoon you can return to the starting point with it. The bus also takes you to the cross-country skiing tracks in Planica and Rateče as well as to skating rinks and to the ski slope Velika Dolina.

HI card holders have a 10% discount on summer tubing Besna Pehta and a 10% discount on panorama trip to the top of Vitranc. The track is 1.5 km long and you can take a ride alone or together with your child.

After snow adventures and putting your ski equipment in the corner you can take some much needed rest in the hostel Barovc which is only 10 minutes walk from the city center. More precisely on the edge of the Triglav National Park above the lakes Jasna. Its surroundings are a paradise for all sports enthusiasts. There is a wi-fi in the hostel, a heated area for ski equipment, a restaurant where you can enjoy in excellent home-made dishes, a bar with an exceptional view and a 24-hour reception desk. The hostel has 11 rooms, each with its own bathroom and toilet and some also have TV. They also accept your four-legged friends. Everybody with the HI membership card get a 10% discount on the overnight stay.

Fortunately, artificial snowmaking also works if there is not enough natural snow, so you can really make the most of the winter. Just make sure you don't run into a tree or a skier!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Beer from the world's first beer fountain

Refresh yourself with a drink made of hops (green gold)!

Since 2009 the Lower Savinjska Valley has become richer with the opening of the Eco-musem of hop-growing and brewing industry. Follow the steps of the ascent of hop growing and successful breweries of the famous brewer Simon Kukec in Žalec. Hops is a green climbing plant. In the summer its cones become golden and first-class beer is produced out of them. They will also serve you with a homemade hop drink and you can enjoy the lunch of hop pickers.

Slovenia is one of the world's largest producers of hops, as it produces 2-3% of the world's total produce. Around 5-10% of the produced hops is consumed by domestic brewers, while the rest is exported to the west. In the plantations we mainly find Slovenian species, grown at the Institute for hop-growing and brewing in Žalec. 

Hops is mostly connected with the production of beer. Beer is a naturally fermented beverage made out of cereals, hops and water, made by welding and alcoholic fermentation with the addition of beer yeast. Hops tips can also be used in pies, omelettes, pastry, salads or even put in bread.

The main purpose of the Institute of hop-growing and brewing in Slovenia is research and development in the field of hop production. The Institute has a collection of over two hundred different types of plants planted in the garden and the institute also has a gene bank of seeds, where there are more than three hundred different species. It also expanded its activities to fruit growing, viticulture, vegetables and crop production.

The best thing is that HI Slovenia members have a 15% discount on museum tickets.

You can have a rest in the hostel Celje, located in our third largest city of Celje near the main railway and bus station. The rooms are thematically equipped, as the younger artists from Celje took part in the construction of the hostel. They furnished rooms on the basis of legends and myths of the local environment. The hostel also has a laundry room, a winter garden, a larger hall, wi-fi is available everywhere. You can rent a bike for free to see the city. Holders of HI cards have a 10% discount on their stay. Here you can find even more discounts, depending on the country you are traveling to.

In Žalec city park, you can enjoy in a glass (or more) of beer from the first beer fountain in the world, which is a gift to the Slovenian hop plant heritage. Cheers to that!

Horses, adrenaline and beer. An interesting combination, isn't it? I suggest that you save the hop drink for the end so that you are sober while enjoying the horses and water sports.

Monday, 5 February 2018

You Only Live Once – A Trip Full of Adrenalin

Fear is hollow inside and empty outside!

Awake your senses and body on Soča river with TOP extreme rafting center Bovec, which is also the only organizer of bungee jumping in Slovenia! Experience the adrenaline in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with guides who know Soča river as their own pocket. On their website you can also find the section Why Choose Top: 10x BECAUSE to make your decision easier! Here are some of the key reasons: 

  1. Sport activities on the Soča river have been carried out since 1993. 
  2.  They are the only ones who have changing rooms at the beginning and at the of the destination of your trip. 
  3.  They are the only providers of bungee jumping in Slovenia. 
  4.  In almost 25 years 50,000 of adventure enthusiasts have visited them and they still like to come. 

The Soča river is truly one of the most beautiful European rivers. You can try rafting, canyoning, hydrospeed, bungee jumping, kayaking, zip line, tandem paragliding and sledding from Mangart.

I would like to point out bungee jumping, which is the also the best for those who believe that they have already went through everything in their lives. Jumps are made between May and September once in a weekend. Your body will shiver at least a little which is understandable when jumping in your dreams. Those are always on the other side of your comfort zone. Take a leap from the 55m high Solkan bridge which magnificently and proudly rests above the green-blue Soca. Believe me, the time simply stops and your job is just to let go and enjoy! After doing it you have a huge smile on your face and you are proud of yourself as much as you can be. The liberating feeling is definitely guaranteed.

Of course I shouldn't forget that the HI card holders have a 15% discount on rafting and canyoning and a 10% discount on kayaking, hydrospeed, caving, climbing and of course on bungee jumping.

To fill up your batteries after exciting adventures in the Soča valley go to the hostel Bovec with free wi-fi and much more. You will find it in a more than a century old but now completely renovated house built in a traditional provincial style. Hostel is only 5 minutes away by foot from the main square or from the bus station. And one reminder, in the Bovec hostel with the HI membership card you get a 10% discount on the overnight accommodation!

After doing all these adrenaline sports you will no longer be the same. You will get the urge to do even more things that you are afraid of because fear doesn't really exist. But you already know that.