When I say green I think Slovenia. When I say Slovenia I feel excitement and tranquillity at the same time. When I feel peace in myself I am filled with enthusiasm. I want to experience this country! The infectious energy of Slovenia enables me to be in touch with myself. And always in touch with nature! Very personal. Very green.
A green land of sensations. Views can surprise us, but it is not images that make memories. It is experiences! Treat yourself to them! Slovenia is an easily accessible country in the heart of Europe. At the junction of the Alps, the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain, it will surprise you with its diversity. Countless challenging activities show it in a new way each time. Feel it your own way! Among natural and cultural sights, in the country or in the town, in the water or in the air, on active trails or mysterious descents deep below the surface: experience Slovenia!
06___ Feel expectation
BY ROAD. BY AIR. BY SEA.
ACTIVE. ATTRACTIVE. FUN!
CASINOS. CLUBS. NIGHTLIFE!
08___ Slovenia at first glance
22___ Wellbeing HEALTH. BEAUTY. WELLNESS.
26___ Gastronomy FOOD. WINE. EXCELLENCE!
CITIES. EVENTS. EXPERIENCES! 14___ Nature
PRECIOUS. GREEN. COUNTRYSIDE.
MEETINGS. CONFERENCES. Congresses!
CHOOSE YOUR DESTINATION ON THE MAP 10___ Culture
EXCLUSIVE. THE BEST. ONLY FOR YOU!
YOUNG PEOPLE. ALTERNATIVE! ACCESSIBLE.
SLOVENIA GREEN In Slovenia we swear by sustainable development and we adhere to our green obligations. We operate with respect for the environment and nature, and we take account of local special features. Because this is important for each one of us and for our environment. Be green yourself, and help us keep our country unspoilt. By heeding the advice given below, you will be on the right track. Happy trails. At the Slovenian Tourist Board we are committed to green operations. Through the “SLOVENIA GREEN” project, we are striving to function in the most environmentally friendly way in promoting our country. We use environmentally friendly materials, whenever possible we bike or walk, we use natural sources of energy, we handle water resources prudently, and above all we spread the will and knowledge for all others to act in this way. Including you. THINK GREEN Guests from different parts of the world view green efforts differently. If it seems to you that your host is not exploiting all the opportunities, or experiences from your home environment offer even better solutions – share them with your host. He will be grateful. We can only achieve the objective together. CHOOSE GREEN Information on green tourist attractions is sometimes hard to find. Learn about the green attractions in Slovenia, and demand from Slovenian service providers as much information as possible.Find out about our special features, local tradition and concern for preserving nature. BECOME GREEN Contribute to reducing harmful emissions into the atmosphere and choose public transport for your visit to Slovenia. On tours of city sights, you can go on foot or by bicycle. In terms of kilometers travelled, cars produce four times the emissions of CO2 than buses that are full of passengers, not to mention trains! Information on various options is available in printed as well as electronic publications, or you can check it with our service providers.
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GREEN FACTS Concern for the environment begins with small acts – with the smallest elements of life: BEES. Beekeeping is an extremely important part of Slovenia’s natural and cultural heritage. The efforts of Slovenian beekeepers have in recent years been directed primarily a preserving the native Carniolan bee or Carniolan grey, the second most widespread bee subspecies in the world. Slovenia is the only member of the European Union that has protected its native bee. Slovenia is the second most forested country in Europe, and as much as 58% of its surface is covered in green forests. We do not take this feature for granted, and every year we deliberately plant areas with 1.2 million tree seedlings and in this way contribute sustainably to the preservation of the forests. A full 36 percent of Slovenia’s surface area falls within protected zones. We are proud of our magnificent Triglav National Park, three regional parks and 40 landscape parks.
The oldest grapevine in the world has been preserved here – a more than 400-year-old black velvet! Through the three wine-growing regions of Slovenia and their characteristic wines run more than 20 wine roads, linking up as many as 24 gastronomic regions! Slovenia is a land of water. In addition to 27,000 km of water courses and numerous thermal springs, two mineral springs also rise in Slovenia. And you can drink the water right out of the tap: it is among the cleanest in Europe! Slovenian flora and fauna are full of surprises. As many as 3,000 species of ferns and seed-bearing plants have been recorded in Slovenia. Especially precious are several endemic species of animal, including the Giant Peacock Moth, the biggest in Europe.
By Land. By Air. By Sea.
500 km 250 km
However you travel, Slovenia is easily accessible. Slovenia is close! BY CAR, enter Slovenia from Italy, Austria, Hungary or Croatia. Slovenia is a member of the EU, so entry from EU Member States is rapid and easy under the Schengen Agreement. BY AIR, fly to Jože Pučnik International Airport near Ljubljana from many European cities. Smaller aircraft can also land at the international airports in Maribor and Portorož. Major international and low-cost airlines connect you to Slovenia via airports in neighbouring countries (Klagenfurt, Graz, Trieste, Venice, Zagreb). BY TRAIN you can reach Slovenia with direct services from Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and Serbia. Slovenia is part of the Eurail Global Pass network, which means that you can travel with a single ticket valid in over 20 countries. BY SEA – visit Slovenia aboard a cruise ship or with your own boat, landing at one of the piers of the international border crossings on the Slovenian coast. The Koper and Piran entry points are open all year round, while the Izola border crossing is only open in summer. ON FOOT OR BY BICYCLE – also possible! International hiking trails and cycling routes run across Slovenia. Come on!
Ljubljana Airport: www.lju-airport.si Rail transport: www.slo-zeleznice.si Ljubljana Bus Station: www.ap-ljubljana.si National roads network: www.dars.si 24-hour roadside assistance: www.amzs.si Marinas: www.marinap.si, www.marinaizola.com, www.marina-koper.si
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URBAN URBANE The architecture of the famed Plečnik spread all over the capital city of Ljubljana.
9 HOTTEST FACTS
THE WISHING BELL Fascinating Lake Bled with its island, where you can ring the bell at the church and make a wish.
UNDERGROUND, OVERGROUND The unique Karst landscape stretches over approximately 500 square kilometres.
MYSTIC MEDITERRANEAN The famous veduta of Piran, this medieval pearl, gives a memorable seaside view.
DEEP FOREST The magical Kočevje virgin forest, our preserved natural heritage.
GOOD WATER Numerous thermal-water springs reaching the surface at 32-73˚C are one of the greatest Slovenian treasures.
GREAT-GREAT-GRANDVINE The oldest vine in the world, the 400-year-old vine in Maribor.
ALPINE DANCE MUSIC The Avsenik Brothers established a new kind of folk music by combining piano accordion, trumpet, clarinet, bass and guitar.
HOT LINKS General: www.slovenia.info/lovebooking www.slovenia.info/lovemap www.slovenia.info/loveevents www.slovenia.info/loveshop www.slovenia.info/lovepublications www.slovenia.info/lovegreen Business: www.slovenia.info/loveboard www.slovenia.info/lovepress www.slovenia.info/lovephoto
CULT CULTURE The creative crossroads of the European Alps, the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain.
Come and take a closer look.
international border crossing
Triglav National Park
panoramic railway, museum train
Slovenian Mountain Trail
European Long-Distance Walking Path E-6, E-7
gondola cable car
winter sports centre
natural sight of interest
technical monument, mine
cultural monuments, visit recommended
interesting architectural complex
world heritage monument – UNESCO
geometrical centre of Slovenia
EDEN - European Destination of Excellence
Slovenia, tourist map, 1 : 630 000 - 2009, 1st edition / Published by: Slovenian Tourist Board / Design and editing: Primož Kete, Dr Branko Rojc / Cartographic processing, realisation and page layout: Geodetski inštitut Slovenije, Jamova 2, Ljubljana, Slovenia / Sources: Tourist map of Slovenia 1 : 500 000, (2008); data from the Geodetski inštitut Slovenije and data from the Slovenian Tourist Board; Cultural monuments selected by Gojko Zupan; natural sights of interest selected by Dr Peter Skoberne./ All rights reserved. Reproduction or modifi cation of the map, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Geodetski inštitut Slovenije, is strictly prohibited.
Cities. Events. Experiences!
SURPRISING LJUBLJANA: Pile dwellers in the Barje wetland. Roman Aemona. The Old Town below the castle with its Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau façades and romantic bridges over the river Ljubljanica. The home of one of the oldest philharmonic societies in Europe. A city of museums and galleries. The city of architect Jože Plečnik. Plečnik's Ljubljana is one of the most important integrated works of art of the 20th century!
Even Slovenia's largest cities are small in international terms; but even Slovenia's smallest towns are big when it comes to experiences in medieval squares and charming marketplaces, by rivers, in narrow streets lying in the shadow of castles and churches. Behind the remains of town walls, the green countryside that blends so naturally with urban scenes is easily accessible. Lively towns offer interesting events, fascinating legends and sights, and the heritage of different periods that combines with the cultural and natural sights of the surrounding area. Slovenia has a population of around 2 million, with roughly half of the population living in urban areas. The towns are connected to the environment in surprising ways: that is why they are all so different. Like walking into small but luxurious boutiques of life!
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TOWNS OF SPECIAL CULTURAL INTEREST Maribor - www.maribor-pohorje.si The home of the oldest vine in the world! The riverside district of Lent, the Pohorje Hills, museums and galleries, wine cellars and wine routes in the surrounding area. A festival city! Ptuj - www.ptuj-tourism.si The oldest town in Slovenia! Ptuj Castle, Ptujska Gora, the oldest wine cellar. The Carnival town! Novo Mesto – www.dolenjska.net The most beautiful riverside town! The old town centre on a bend of the river Krka, nearby castles, Dolenjska Museum with valuable archaeological finds. The town of situlae! Škofja Loka - www.skofjaloka.info A medieval town. Loka Castle, the stone bridge, the manor house, the medieval hospice, churches. Natural sights. The town of the oldest Slovene dramatic work! Piran - www.portoroz.si A Mediterranean town. Tartini Square, saltmaking tradition: Sečovlje Salina Nature Park and Strunjan Nature Park. The town of classical music! The Piran Peninsula
EXPLORE THE PAST
Taking a break in front of Ljubljana Town Hall
FEEL THE BUZZ OF EVERYDAY LIFE! Riverside cafés and bars, performances and events on the main streets, wonderful little restaurants in hidden corners, coffeehouses and patisseries in the city centre, theatres and other venues and exhibition centres, shopping centres and entertainment complexes on the edge of the city. Slovenia’s towns are lively and cosmopolitan!
Idrija – www.idrija-turizem.si A mining town on the Camino Real intercontinental mercury route. Technical heritage: Anthony’s Mineshaft. Craft traditions: Idrija Lace Festival. Gewerkenegg Castle. Celje – www.celje.si A princely city with a popular castle. Archaeological cellar beneath the Prince’s Hall with remains of the Roman town. Summer events and a Medieval Day. Radovljica – www.radovljica.si A town of culture with the only surviving late medieval moat in Slovenia, monuments of medieval architectural heritage, galleries and museums. Kamnik – www.kamnik-tourism.si The town below the Kamnik Alps, with many sights of interest: the Old Castle and the Little Castle, Zaprice Castle, museums, an open-air museum featuring traditional granaries, Volčji Potok Arboretum.
Kostanjevica na Krki – www.kostanjevica.si The Venice of Dolenjska on an island in the middle of the river Krka. An art gallery in a former Cistercian monastery, Forma Viva with one of the most important sculpture collections in SE Europe. Koper – www.koper.si The centre of the Slovenian coast: Old Town with the Praetorian Palace on one of the most beautiful town squares in the territory of the former Venetian Republic. Kobarid – www.lto-sotocje.si A town in an extraordinary natural setting on the river Soča and at the same time a town of deeply moving memories: the First World War Museum, the ossuary and the Paths of Peace leading to war relics.
12____ Cities. Events. Experiences! EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE
Maribor is the European Capital of Culture 2012. The project combines creativity, heritage, education, research, digital literacy, cultural tourism and ecology. It links several regions: the energy of cultural diversity will spread from Maribor to Velenje, with its underground Museum of Coal Mining, to Ptuj with its kurenti (traditional Carnival figures), Novo Mesto in the centre of the Dolenjska region, Murska Sobota with its rural culture, and Slovenj Gradec with its philosophy of peace. www.maribor2012.si Maribor
WORLD BOOK CAPITAL
UNESCO has bestowed the title of World Book Capital 2010 on Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The Old Town will come alive with literary events and book stalls and the Literatures of the world Continents literary festival. With 1,800 publishers and over 4,000 titles published each year, Ljubljana is one of the top cities in the world in terms of the number of books published per inhabitant. The first book in the Slovene language was published in 1550. www.visitljubljana.si
The Triple Bridge, Ljubljana
A LAND OF CREATIVE HAPPENINGS Classical culture – in concert halls, theatres and dance venues, museums and galleries – mixes in Slovenia with contemporary artistic tendencies that are part of international alternative trends. Here future classical musicians and dancers of every genre hone their skills. Street artists bring life to Slovenia’s towns at international events and festivals. Goings-on in towns are complemented by numerous events in rural areas: from country festivals to noisy musical events for young people in special venues by rivers and lakes. Classical music concert
In Slovenia mainstream and alternative cultural events, entertainment, sports and recreational events await you at every step. Plan your visit to Slovenia with the events calendar. Consult it at www.slovenia.info.
Medieval games at Predjama Castle
FESTIVALS IN LJUBLJANA www.visitljubljana.si The Ljubljana Festival with top summer musical events; the Jazz Festival; the Druga Godba world music festival; the Young Lions international festival of theatre and dance; the LIFFe international film festival; the City of Women contemporary arts festival; the Ana Desetnica festival of street theatre; the International Biennial of Graphic Art (every two years).
EARLY AND CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVALS Slovenia hosts international festivals of early music which preserve the authenticity of centuries-old musical masterpieces in historically interesting venues. Visit the festival in Brežice (www.seviqc-brezice.si) or Radovljica (www.festival-radovljica.si). Lovers of classical music will also enjoy the festivals in Bled (www.festival-bled.si) and Piran (www.tartinifestival.org).
LENT AND OTHER EVENTS IN MARIBOR www.maribor-pohorje.si With over 400 events and half a million visitors, the Lent Festival is one of the biggest summer festivals in Europe; the Folkart international folk festival; the Maribor Festival with prominent classical soloists; the Izzven festival of jazz and world music; the Summer Puppet Pier international puppet theatre festival; the Old Vine gastronomic festival.
FOLK FESTIVALS AND EVENTS Among the events that preserve old customs, do not miss the Jurjevanje festival in Bela Krajina in June (www.jurjevanje.si), the oldest folk festival in Slovenia. Folk groups from Slovenia and abroad appear at the events of the international folk festival SloFolk (www.slofolk.si) in spring and the Beltinci festival in July (www.kud-beltinci.si). Particularly worthy of attention are the International Carnival Festival in Ptuj (www.kurentovanje.net) and carnival events with special local features elsewhere in Slovenia.
Saltworkers’ Festival in Piran
Precious! Green. Countryside.
GREEN FACTS A full 36% of the territory of Slovenia is part of Natura 2000, Europe's green network of protected areas. With 58.5% of the country covered by forest, Slovenia is the second most forested country in Europe. It has over 9,000 karst caves! A fifth of Slovenia's coast enjoys protected status. There are almost 27,000 kilometres of watercourses. In terms of the quantity of fluvial water per inhabitant, Slovenia is one of the richest countries in Europe. You can drink the water straight from the tap: it is among the purest in Europe!
Slovenia is the only country in Europe that has the Alps and the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the mysterious Karst. The changeability of the landscape will surprise you time and time again. You can see the sea, and yet there are mountains behind you. You climb a forested slope, and below you is a green plain. You stand in a mountain pasture, and below you is the gorge of a river. The proximity of contrasts is a peculiarity of Slovenia! Here you can still walk through virgin forest or see grapes growing on the oldest vine in the world. Here you can hear stories about bears and eat forest fruits that you have picked yourself on a short walk out of town. Here you discover the secrets of the Earth's surface and of that which lies below it. Here you are part of nature!
EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS OF EXCELLENCE The best examples of the sustainable development of tourism compete for the title of European Destination of Excellence (EDEN). The first two EDEN areas in Slovenia are the Soča Valley and Solčavsko. The Soča Valley attracts visitors with adventures on the emerald river, treks through the high mountains, and memories of the First World War. Solčavsko is three Alpine valleys in unison: Logarska Dolina, Robanov Kot (both protected landscapes) and Matkov Kot. Large mountain farms offering genuine home cooking are a special feature of the three valleys. www.dolina-soce.com www.logarska-dolina.si
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NATURE PARKS Triglav National Park www.tnp.si Protected since 1924, the Triglav National Park covers Slovenia’s Alpine region and contains many natural monuments. Škocjan Caves Regional Park www.park-skocjanske-jame.si The home of the Karst! Caves with the deepest underground canyon in Europe; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Notranjska Regional Park www.notranjski-park.si The special characteristics of Lake Cerknica – the largest intermittent karst lake. Goričko Nature Park www.park-goricko.org Part of the tri-national nature park comprising Goričko (Slovenia), Őrség (Hungary) and Raab (Austria), in the region with the lowest rainfall in Slovenia. Kozjanski Park www.kozjanski-park.si Meadow orchards, forests and wetlands – amid castles, monasteries and churches. Sečovlje Salina Nature Park www.kpss.si Wetland area with over 280 species of birds, a traditional saltworks and a museum of saltmaking. Logarska Dolina
Mountain goats in the Alps Aljaž’s Tower, Triglav
Johann Weikhard Valvasor was writing about the many natural curiosities of Slovenia in as early as the 17th century, while the virgin forest of Kočevje was first given protected status in the 19th century. National parks, nature parks (protected landscapes) and regional parks were proclaimed in the 20th century. Come and discover thousands of natural wonders! Mighty trees, forests, virgin forests The virgin forest reserves in Kočevski Rog, the Gorjanci Hills and the Pohorje Hills are among the riches of Slovenia’s protected forests. Individual trees that represent unique landscape features are protected too. Streams, rivers, waterfalls Slovenia’s glacial lakes such as Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj are an ideal starting-point for walks along mountain streams. These
feed rivers such as the Sava and the Soča. There are over 300 permanent waterfalls in Slovenia! Intermittent (i.e. disappearing) watercourses are another peculiar feature. Gorges and ravines Slovenia’s rivers have carved out deep, narrow gorges. Experience elemental nature on the marked trail through Blejski Vintgar or on a trip down the Soča. Flora and fauna Slovenia accounts for less than 0.004% of the Earth’s surface but is home to more than 1% of all known living creatures and more than 2% of all land and freshwater species. With over 22,000 species of animals and plants, it has one of the highest levels of biological diversity in Europe.
16____ Precious! Green. Countryside. THE OUTDOOR LIFE! With a local flavour! Don’t miss festivities associated with grape-picking, harvest, charcoal burning and the beginning and end of the mountain pasture season. Visit agricultural produce markets, enjoy yourself at village festivities, test your skills at traditional crafts workshops. With organic produce! The unspoilt countryside is a source of full-flavoured vegetables and fruit. In many places traditional methods of the production and transformation of food are perfectly in harmony with the principles of organic farming. Sample home cooking on open farms! Nomad-style! Holidays do not have to be in towns, at thermal spas or on the coast – you can sample life in the country with a camping holiday by a river or lake or in an Alpine valley. You can also find the best campsites in the ACSI Eurocampings network.
A LAND OF HOSPITABLE VILLAGES If you are looking for hospitality in a green environment, farm tourism is the right choice. In Logarska Dolina and the Pohorje Hills, where nature spoils you with forest fruits, in Prekmurje and Dolenjska, where you are always close to a thermal spa, in Gorenjska and the Soča Basin, where sporting challenges are easily accessible from farms, in Primorska or the Karst, in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun, in Koroška, where the great forests will cool you down, in Bela Krajina with its birch woods – you are welcome everywhere! The quality of more than 300 farm tourism establishments is denoted by the apple symbol. The more apples, the more excellence!
The Upper Savinja Valley
Slovenia’s natural heritage is combined at every step with the preservation of local cultural heritage. Pleasures in natural surroundings always involve meeting hospitable people and discovering traditional creativity. Find your own place to stay in a green environment at www.slovenia.info.
17 KARST. All karst phenomena in the world derive their name from Slovenia’s Karst region. Underground caves, sinking streams, karst springs and disappearing springs, intermittent lakes, karst polje. Slovenia has them all!
Križna Jama Postojna Cave
The human fish
Famous caves in the Karst Postojna Cave: 20 kilometres of passages, galleries, chambers – the mostvisited cave in Europe! Škocjan Caves: a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Vilenica, the oldest show cave in Slovenia. Karst in the Alps Kaninski Podi: these potholes, with their entrances at a height of 2,200 metres above sea level, are among the deepest in the world; Snežna Jama on Mt Raduha: chambers with ice formations at a height of 1,556 metres above sea level. Karst lakes and rivers Lake Cerknica: an intermittent lake; when it is full, it is the largest lake in Slovenia! Križna Jama: a cave in the Notranjska Regional Park with 22 underground lakes; Divje Jezero near Idrija, a lake fed by waters from unexplored depths; Rakov Škocjan: a nature park with natural rock bridges, karst springs and caves.
The Karst of Dolenjska and Bela Krajina Kostanjevica Cave: 300 metres of marked paths among fairy-tale cave formations; Lahinja: a nature park with features characteristic of a shallow karst landscape; the Ice Cave on Mt Stojna: its bottom is covered by a frozen lake all year round! Life in caves The proteus or olm (Proteus anguinus), also known as the “human fish”, is the only exclusively cave-dwelling vertebrate in Europe! It was first found and studied in Slovenia. See it in Slovenia’s caves!
Active. Attractive. Fun!
ACTIVE FACTS Although Slovenia's total surface area is only around 20,000 square kilometres, it has 10,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails. Along them are over 170 mountain huts and 40 hotels offering services for hikers. More than 50 accommodation establishments adapted for cyclists, 3 cyclists' campsites and 34 cycling information points can be found on various cycling routes.
Slovenia is a country of sporting challenges and a place where you can put your trust in your own strength! In winter, the snow-covered slopes attract Alpine and Nordic skiers, ski tourers, snowboarders, tobogganing and snowshoeing enthusiasts â€“ and also those who want to try paragliding over the snowy landscape! When the snow melts, golf courses all over Slovenia come into their own. A wealth of waters enables everything from rafting to fishing, from sailing to adrenaline-seeking in canyons. The broad sky and the mysteries of underground caves offer even more opportunities for activities. The whole of Slovenia is crossed by cycling routes and hiking trails offering fresh challenges in all seasons of the year.
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WATER: Sources of new strength Swimming The pools of natural health resorts, swimming areas in the sea, lakes and rivers. Boating Rowing on the calm waters of rivers and Slovenia's many lakes. Kayaking, canoeing, rafting On the rivers Soča, Kolpa and Krka; kayaking and canoeing is also available on lakes. Canyoning, hydrospeed The Soča: the adrenaline valley! Extreme water sports are also available on the rivers Savinja, Sava Bohinjka, Sava Dolinka and Kolpa. Fishing, fly-fishing 93 species of fish; native species: the marble trout. Sailing, nautical sports Marinas in Portorož, Izola and Koper; yachts and sailing school.
Rafting on the Soča
MOUNTAIN TRAILS AND HIKING TRAILS
30 days for the Slovenian Mountain Trail, 30 days for the Sub-Alpine Trail, 30 days for a branch of European LongDistance Walking Path E7 or 20 days for its Slovenian E6 branch, 10 or 7 days for the paths grouped under the name Via Alpina – in Slovenia there is no shortage of challenges for even the keenest hikers. You can get to know the entire country on foot!
In Slovenia you can cycle through unusual landscapes such as the Karst, or along panoramic roads to Alpine views. You can cycle by lakes or along the coast, among vineyards and through villages. You can even cycle through an abandoned mine! As well as road cycling tours through nature parks, spa towns and rural areas, and cycle paths in the outskirts of towns, Slovenia has a growing number of mountain bike trails. Slovenia also offers competitive challenges: the annual Assault on Vršič (an ascent up a winding road full of hairpin bends to the highest-lying road pass in Slovenia), international cycling races and marathons and traditional ascents of various peaks.
HOTELS FOR THE ACTIVE
In the best establishments offering accommodation for hikers and cyclists you will not only find all the information and maps you need but also packages featuring attractive tours, experienced guides, safe storage and servicing for bicycles and other equipment (also available for hire). They can also cater for special sports diets and arrange transport of you and your equipment to a specific location. Find your hikers’ or cyclists’ hotel at www.slovenia.info www.slovenia.info
20 Slovenes have conquered unconquered summits, skied from places where no-one has skied before, swum the world's mightiest rivers, and sailed the seven seas. Where do you think they get the experience for all this? Visit www.slovenia.info.
A LAND OF SPORTING CHALLENGES
Family afternoons or sports training, individual or team sports, Olympic trials or record attempts for the Guinness Book of World Records: this varied country enables you to test your own strengths in countless ways. Find your favourite sports centre, riding centre, take-off point for paragliding, ballooning or flying, a climbing or caving instructor, an adventure guide, or a skipper for exciting sailing experiences. You can also learn many sports in Slovenia!
DIVERSITY OF GOLF
Slovenia has ten golf courses and double that number of golf practice facilities, each one in a different natural setting. The oldest golf course lies by the lake in idyllic Bled. The golf course in Lipica, not far from the famous stud farm with its white Lipizzaner horses, is open all year round. Other golf courses are situated near spas (Mokrice, Otočec, Ptuj, Panonske Terme – the Livada golf course), below Alpine peaks (Bovec), amidst vineyards (Slovenske Konjice) and in the middle of parks (Volčji Potok Arboretum).
Golf in Bled
Slovenia is a popular destination for thrill-seekers! You can find thrills not only in the wild natural environment but also in safe and supervised adrenaline parks. If your children are over 150 cm tall, these parks are great fun for the whole family!
Adrenaline park below Vogel
Active. Attractive. Fun!____ 21 ACTIVITY CENTRES! In winter Slovenia’s sports and recreation centres offer runs for all types of skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, snow parks and challenges in the natural environment. Even by night! Here the world’s top skiers and ski jumpers compete for trophies – and set world records in Planica. Many athletes come to Slovenia for training in natural surroundings. You never know who you might meet here! In summer, winter sports centres offer a wealth of activities in the midst of green nature. Kranjska Gora www.kranjska-gora.si Ski in a World Cup venue! In summer Kranjska Gora is an ideal base for hiking, cycling and extreme water sports; there is even a summer toboggan run! Kanin, Bovec www.boveckanin.si As well as Alpine skiing, Slovenia’s highestlying ski centre offers ski touring routes, ski paragliding and extreme snowboarding competitions. In summer it is popular with hikers and mountain bikers.
Mariborsko Pohorje www.pohorje.org A ski centre on the edge of the city of Maribor, in winter it is a venue for a women’s World Cup Alpine skiing competition. Summer attractions include the Pohorje Bike Park, a high ropes course, a toboggan run and an energy hiking trail. Rogla www.rogla.si The Olympic centre on Rogla offers ski slopes and a cross-country skiing course near a popular thermal spa. In summer people are drawn here by the stunning surroundings and facilities for top athletes (including an altitude room to simulate highaltitude conditions).
Pokljuka www.pokljuka.eu In winter this plateau attracts cross-country skiers and biathletes from all over the world. In summer it is popular with hikers, cyclists and mushroom pickers. Not far away is the world-famous ski jumping centre Planica, home of records and champions (www.planica.si).
Krvavec www.rtc-krvavec.si The closest ski centre to Slovenia’s capital city, in winter Krvavec also offers overnight accommodation in real igloos! Summer attractions include themed trails and mountain paths, cycling and paragliding.
Kurenti (traditional Carnival figures) in Planica Kanin
Health. Beauty. Wellness.
NATURAL GIFTS Eighty-seven natural thermal springs, mineral-rich water, healthy sea and mountain air, brine and salt pan mud, medicinal peloids and peat – these natural gifts are the foundation of spa tourism in Slovenia. You will be surprised at the cosmopolitan opportunities to pamper and indulge yourself – with Oriental techniques, glamorous entertainment, country walks, etc.
To feel Slovenia means to feel good! Natural spas and wellness centres are a particular attraction of this land of many waters. Slovenia’s bubbling springs were known to the Romans, and many European notabilities of the past have waxed lyrical about them. As well as top-quality medical programmes, health resorts offer preventive and alternative programmes for both health and beauty. Wellness centres can be found all over Slovenia. Indoor and outdoor pools, the calm of tranquil waters or the challenge of water attractions, activities or lazy relaxation, accommodation in luxurious hotels, apartments or campsites – the choice is yours!
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DRINKING FOR HEALTH Rogaška Slatina: Donat Mg Donat Mg has been drunk since antiquity and in the 17th century it was even prescribed as a medicine. One litre contains 1000 mg of magnesium, making it one of the most magnesium-rich waters in the world. Radenci: Radenska Radenska mineral water has one of the highest CO2 contents of any water in Europe. In the 19th century it was supplied to the imperial court in Vienna and to the Pope in Rome.
Relaxation in a spa centre
IN THE EMBRACE OF WATER. AND STEAM! Pool complexes, some of them covering an area greater than 10,000 m2, feature attractions such as slides, islands, slow rivers, chutes, waves, underwater massage. As well as traditional saunas, sauna enthusiasts will find special chromo saunas, salt and mud saunas, Japanese and Moorish saunas, laconiums and tepidariums, outdoor Native American sweat lodges and a genuine Turkish hammam. MASSAGES, THERAPIES AND PROGRAMMES At Slovenia’s natural spas pools, fitness studios, saunas and baths are complemented by classic manual massage, lymph drainage, reflex foot massage and ancient Oriental massages (shiatsu, reiki, ayurveda, sawadee, watsu, tui-na, scen tao, hot stone massage, etc.). Try thalassotherapy, aromatherapy, chromotherapy, sound therapy; learn yoga or some other meditation technique. Healthy eating, weight watching and detox programmes are available, as well as programmes for pregnant women, young mothers and families, anti-stress programmes, execu-
tive programmes and other programmes. Beauty care is also available: from cosmetic care to beauty preparations for the face, body and teeth. NATURAL HEALING Relaxation, health and beauty programmes in Slovenia’s natural health resorts are based on natural factors of proven effectiveness. Mineral water cures, thermo-mineral waters of different chemical composition and temperature at source, sea water and brine, a healthy climate and various natural active ingredients are both an excellent source of relaxation and an excellent help with rheumatic diseases, damage to the locomotor organs, cardiovascular diseases, digestive tract diseases, kidney and urinary tract diseases, neurological diseases, gynaecological diseases, and problems with the skin, eyes, teeth and oral cavity. Health resorts operate specialist clinics.
24 15 GREAT THERMAL SPA CENTRES Terme Čatež www.terme-catez.si With a total pool area of 12,000 m2 in the summer and winter Thermal Riviera, this is the largest thermal pool complex in Slovenia! Terme Dobrna www.terme-dobrna.si The oldest operating natural health resort in Slovenia, with springs that were known in Roman times, is an ally of women – for both health and beauty. Terme Dolenjske Toplice www.terme-krka.si The quality of this recognised health centre is rounded off by the new Balnea Hotel, the Laguna pool complex, the Oaza sauna complex, the Aura centre with message and beauty programmes and the Balnea wellness centre. Hotels & Resorts Thermana and Zdravilišče Laško www.thermana.si The water in the pools beneath the great glass dome of this new wellness and spa centre has a special power: the quality biofield of the water is scientifically proven! The water creates surprisingly regular water crystals. Terme Lendava www.terme-lendava.si A special feature of this small spa centre on the edge of the Pannonian Plain is its unique paraffin thermomineral water with green reflections. Excellent for the skin!
Terme 3000 www.terme3000.si Black thermal water with specific healing effects, the prestigious five-star Hotel Livada, a nearby golf course and many other luxuries invite you to north-eastern Slovenia. Terme Olimia www.terme-olimia.si The largest sauna centre in Slovenia combines with the water attractions of the thermal park, wellness services and the outstanding architecture of the unique Orhidelia Wellness Centre – in the most beautiful village in Europe!
Zdravilišče Rogaška www.rogaska.si In this spa town with cosmopolitan traditions, near springs whose water is exceptionally rich in magnesium, you not only find modern thermal pools but a renowned medical centre and an excellent range of wellness services! Talaso Strunjan www.terme-krka.si A genuine thalassotherapy centre with all the beneficial properties of the sea! It is set in the heart of a nature park with many interesting natural features and 80 kilometres of walking trails.
Terme & Wellness LifeClass www.lifeclass.net Sea water and thermo-mineral water, salt pan mud and brine, a Mediterranean climate and the wisdom and skills of the Far East are the basis for health and relaxation in coastal Portorož.
Terme Šmarješke Toplice www.terma-krka.si As well as thermal water, this spa set in the midst of green forests boasts a team of experts in diet, exercise, health and beauty. Specialist medical wellness programmes and conditioning for athletes!
Terme Ptuj www.terme-ptuj.si This spa near Slovenia’s oldest town boasts the biggest slides in Slovenia and pampers guests in the style of the Ancient Romans.
Terme Topolšica www.terme-topolsica.si Beauty and wellness programmes are the attraction of this spa in a picturesque hill setting. Modern pool and solarium areas. Close to the Golte ski centre!
Terme Radenci www.terme-radenci.si The three hearts on the bottle of the famous Radenska mineral water combine in this spa with positive effects on the cardiovascular system. Preventive and curative programmes, wellness and fun for children!
Terme Zreče www.terme-zrece.si The wellness and health resort services of this pleasant location below the Pohorje Hills operate in conjunction with the Rogla climatological health resort and sport/recreation centre. Pohorje peat therapies are among the numerous programmes on offer! Terme Zreče spa
Health. Beauty. Wellness.____ 25 STAY WHERE YOU WANT!
When deciding for a break or revitalisation in one of Slovenia’s natural health resorts, you can choose to stay in hotels of every category (including the highest), in attractive wellness hotels, in apartment villas and villages or in chalets. Seven thermal spas also have campsites. Wherever you decide to stay, discover the beauties of the countryside! Slovenia’s spa centres offer views of vineyard-covered hills, the dreaming Pannonian Plain, picturesque hills and mighty mountains, the sea, rivers and lakes. These varied locations are also ideal for a visit to nearby towns! Choose the right location for you at www.slovenska-zdravilisca.si. Terme Olimje spa – Aqualuna water park
SPAS ARE FOR CHILDREN TOO!
Slovenia’s spas also offer evening social events, organised trips in the surrounding area and activities for children. At Terme Čatež children will love the Native American Village and sleeping in tepees. Friendly gnomes await them at Terme Radenci. Many spas have kids’ clubs and individual care is provided in many locations. Terme Čatež spa
Hotel Habakuk, Maribor
FEELING GOOD THROUGHOUT SLOVENIA
Wellness programmes are also offered by modern hotels and centres in major towns and tourist resorts. Terme Snovik is Slovenia’s first eco-spa (www.terme-snovik.si), Aquapark Bohinj draws visitors to the edge of the Triglav National Park with its pools and wellness services (www.bohinj-vodni-park.si), the Živa Wellness Centre in the Hotel Golf in Bled maintains the local tradition of natural medicine (www.hotel-golf.si), Terme Maribor in the Hotel Habakuk is yet another reason to visit Maribor, Slovenia’s second city (www.termemb.si), the Bolfenk Mountain Wellness Centre is part of an apartment and hotel complex in the green Pohorje Hills (www.maribor-pohorje.si), the Atlantis Water Park offers relaxation with numerous saunas, pools and massage in the middle of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital city (www.atlantis-vodnomesto.si). Find your centre of wellbeing at www.slovenia.info.
Food. Wine. Excellence!
WITH DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN Allow yourself to be surprised by specialities displaying the protected designation of origin, traditional product or high-quality organic ingredients symbols. Try Nanos cheese, Tolminc cheese, spicy Mohant cheese from Bohinj, extra virgin olive oil from Slovenian Istria, ham from Prekmurje, honey from Kočevje and the Karst, and Piran salt from the Sečovlje saltworks!
In a country where you can quench your thirst in a stream, where healthy vegetables grow in gardens, where old varieties of apples still grow in orchards, where animals graze in the open air, people are used to eating well. And they also like to offer good things to visitors! Slovenia’s 24 distinct gastronomic regions are the result of the blending of local flavours with foreign experiences! Traditional Slovenian dishes – all 176 of them – are perfectly accompanied by wines from Slovenia’s three wine regions. These include quite a number of strictly local specialities! Spring water, natural fruit juices and fruit and herb brandies also go well with good food. Slovenia is a fullflavoured country!
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WE RECOMMEND: Potica A sweet or savoury roll with various fillings: tarragon, honey, cracklings, walnuts, poppy seeds, curd cheese, herbs, raisins. Pumpkin-seed oil As well as extra virgin olive oil from Istria, be sure to try pumpkin-seed oil from Štajerska or Prekmurje. Kraški pršut (Air-dried Karst ham) Cured meat product naturally dried in the Bora (north-east wind) blowing over the Karst; also look out for zgornjesavinjski želodec (a cured meat product from the Upper Savinja Valley) and tünka (meat from the lard barrel, a speciality of the Prlekija region). Kranjska klobasa (Carniolan sausage) Semi-cured sausage made to a traditional recipe and eaten with cabbage dishes. Prekmurska gibanica (traditional layer cake) A rich and succulent cake stuffed with poppy seeds, curd cream, walnuts and apple.
Making Dražgoše gingerbread
NEXT EXIT: TAKE THE TURNING TO PLEASURE You can find the Next Exit routes at www.slovenia.info. These six routes are: the Emerald Route down the Soča Valley, the Amber Route between Ljubljana and Maribor, the Wind Route to the Karst and the Adriatic coast, the Goldenhorn Route to the Alpine world, the Peddler Route to the wine hills of the south, and the Sun Route to thermal spas. Each route also offers its own gastronomic delights! Prekmurska gibanica (traditional layer cake)
TASTY HOLIDAYS Good Food from Slovenian Farms The country’s largest farm food exhibition with bread, cured meat products, pumpkin-seed and olive oil, cheese and other natural products from Slovenia’s farms – in Ptuj. Saltmakers’ Festival The summer festival of Piran salt and the Sečovlje saltmakers, with local gastronomic specialities and a typical celebration known as a šagra. Old Vine Festival A 10-day autumn festival of gastronomy and wine in Maribor with the solemn harvesting of the oldest vine in the world.
Dolenjska Cviček Days and the Cvičkarija Festival Promotions of Cviček, wine from the Posavje wine region with ‘recognised traditional denomination’ status – in Dolenjska and around Slovenia. Teran and Pršut Festival An August event in Dutovlje with tastings of the typical cuisine of the Karst and Teran wine. Ribolla and Olive Oil Festival A May event in Višnjevik in the Brda Hills with guided tasting of Ribolla (or Rebula) – a white wine from the Primorska wine region – and local dishes.
28 PODRAVJE: the land of noble white wines
The wine hills in the east of Slovenia are famous for their excellent white wines and some red wines. Particularly notable are the lateharvest wines, Auslese, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese wines (made respectively from selected bunches, individually selected grapes and individually selected shrivelled grapes) and ice wines. Wine routes lead to interesting curiosities such as the oldest vine in the world (House of the Old Vine, Maribor), one of the largest tunnel cellars in this part of Europe (Vinag, Maribor), the cellar containing Slovenia’s oldest wine, the 1917 Zlata Trta (Ptuj), and many others.
POSAVJE: the land of Cviček
This region along the river Sava is famous for Cviček – a wine with recognised traditional denomination status which has a low alcohol content and a characteristic acidulous flavour. Many people claim that it is beneficial for the health! The region also offers other pleasantly light red and white wines. You can visit the famous underground cellars known as repnice (Bizeljsko), a sparkling wine producer (Istenič, Bizeljsko), the wine gallery at Rajhenburg Castle above Brestanica and other notable sights!
PRIMORSKA: the land of Refosco, Teran and autochthonous varieties
Excellent red wines such as Refosco (Refošk), Teran, Merlot and Cabernet are produced in this region’s vineyards beneath the Mediterranean sun. Characteristic old white varieties such as Ribolla (Rebula), Zelen and Pinela are also establishing themselves. Visit the House of Refosco in Koper, the vineyards of Goriška Brda and the Vipava Valley, the wine cellars of Dobrovo Castle and other interesting sights along the wine routes.
Air-dried Karst ham
FOR THE PERFECT TASTE EXPERIENCE CHOOSE THE BEST COMBINATIONS:
Carniolan sausage and a glass of Cviček from the Posavje wine region; roast lamb accompanied by Metliška Črnina from the Posavje wine region; Istrian corn soup (bobići) and a glass of white Malvasia from the Primorska wine region; also from this region is the autochthonous Zelen, which goes very well with traditional dishes such as žlikrofi (Idrija-style ravioli) with mutton sauce; Furmint (or Šipon), a characteristic white wine from the Podravje wine region, is a good match for prleška tünka (meat from the lard barrel); finally, a lateharvest Rhine Riesling is the perfect accompaniment for a rich premurska gibanica (layer cake).
Ptujska Klet wine cellars
The Old Vine, Maribor
Traditional open-hearth kitchen
Vines have been grown in Slovenia since the time of the Illyrians and Celts, but viticulture really began to flourish in the Roman era and the Middle Ages. Slovenia is home to the oldest vine in the world – a 400-year-old Žametovka vine (also known as Modra Kavčina)! Over 20 wine routes lead through Slovenia’s three wine regions, each with its own characteristic wines. The wine routes link hospitable wineries and farms offering a wide variety of local specialities. Find them at www.slovenia.info.
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The hill vineyards of Jeruzalem
SLOVENIA GREEN There are 2,067 organic farms in Slovenia. Highly regulated organic products can be recognised by the BIODAR brand. You can find them on farms, at organic farmersâ€™ markets (Ljubljana, Maribor, Naklo pri Kranju, Celje, Kamnik, Bled, Novo Mesto) and in various tourist centres and restaurants. In Slovenia demand for vegetables, fruit, cereals and oils is still greater than supply. Every year 1,600 hectares of olive groves produce 400 tonnes of olive oil; 8,936 hectares of orchards give delicious fruit, and healthy, natural honey is produced by 140,000 bee colonies.
Meetings. Conferences. Congresses!
JUST A STEP AWAY FROM NATURE State-of-the-art facilities for meetings and conferences and comfortable hotel accommodation are complemented by opportunities for relaxation and entertainment a mere step away. Meetings can take place in the attractive setting of a golf course, in ancient wine cellars or in casinos. Surprise conference delegates with a visit to an adrenaline park, white-water rafting or a bicycle ride through an abandoned mine! Gastronomy, wine and culture in modern or historical settings attract all who love beauty.
Everything you need to organise even major international events is waiting for you in Slovenia, and at the same time a wealth of opportunities for activities in the vicinity of the event venue! In the heart of Europe you will find professionalism combined with a relaxed attitude, security and good organisation, and the hospitality of people who speak multiple foreign languages. Ljubljana offers various venues and congress facilities for events for more than 2,000 participants. The international airport, just 20 minutes away from the capital, has good connections with other congress destinations such as Bled, Portoro탑 and Maribor. Authentic experiences reflecting local culture and cultural and gastronomic diversity can be organised in special venues: old town centres, castles, museums, galleries, mines or unspoilt natural surroundings.
Meetings. Conferences. Congresses!____ 31 THE IDEAL LOCATION – THE BEST PARTNERS The success of an event does not only depend on having the right size of premises: the landscape or location that suits you best is also important. At least as important is the choice of a professional partner to implement the congress, business event or incentive programme. Find your ideal venue and optimal partner among the members of the Slovenian Convention Bureau at www.slovenia-convention.com LJUBLJANA: THE HEART OF SLOVENIA The Cankarjev Dom Cultural and Congress Centre, the GR Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre, Ljubljana Castle, hotels – ranging from the historic to the designer – and other conference venues host both prestigious international events and smaller gatherings. www.visitljubljana.si
TOWNS: CONTACT WITH HISTORY Maribor, a dynamic urban centre at the foot of the green Pohorje Hills, Velenje with its mining tradition and its new developmental impetus, Nova Gorica with its casinos – these are just some of the towns offering events venues and numerous experiences: from beautiful rivers to wine culture.
THE ALPS: CONFERENCE ROOMS WITH A VIEW Bled with its idyllic lake and medieval castle offers the Festival Hall and modern conference suites in hotels. Hotels in Kranjska Gora, famous for their wellness services, can host events for up to 350 participants. Bovec on the emerald river Soča, is a paradise for white-water activities.
THE COAST AND THE KARST: MEDITERRANEAN Portorož, the location of the largest congress hotel in Slovenia, is a venue for highprofile international events for up to 1,100 participants. Accompanying programmes often move to picturesque Piran, the Sečovlje saltworks, the stud farm in Lipica or to Postojna Cave, the Karst and nearby Venice. Its hotels are also famous for their excellent wellness programmes.
SPAS: FOR A SENSE OF WELLBEING Slovenia’s wellness centres offer conference halls of different sizes and are an excellent choice if you want to combine business meetings with relaxation programmes. Located across the country from north-east to south-east, they range from venues with centuries of history to showpiece architecture for the 21st century.
Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana
SURPRISING VENUES Postojna Cave – Jamski Dvorec www.turizem-kras.si The Jamski Dvorec mansion by the entrance to the famous karst cave, for events with between 24 and 300 participants; themed cuisine, adventure experiences in the cave and Predjama Castle. Brdo pri Kranju – Conference Centre www.brdo.si The venue for the most important state protocol events, set in a park below the Alps; a Renaissance manor house and the nearby state-of-theart conference centre with 4 large halls and 8 conference rooms. Mokrice Castle Golf Hotel – Business Centre www.terme-catez.si A castle converted into a luxury hotel set in a 200-year-old English park, as a venue for events with up to 110 participants; wine tastings in the castle wine cellar, a golf course and nearby spa resorts!
Brdo pri Kranju – conference centre
Casinos. Entertainment complexes. Nightlife!
GAMBLING IS FUN! The American idea of connecting gambling and entertainment was introduced to Slovenia by the Perla in Nova Gorica, the busiest casino in the country and one of the largest in Europe. As well as a casino, the Perla offers shows, concerts, gourmet experiences and relaxation in its own wellness centre. Big prize games and a variety of tournaments keep bringing people back to Nova Gorica. www.hit.si
Sloveniaâ€™s casinos are something of an exception in Europe, since for decades they have promoted a combination of games of chance and relaxation and entertainment. This means that you can enjoy performances by international stars, and after a night of excitement visit a wellness centre or go on a sightseeing trip. Serious players enjoy privileged access to a salon privĂŠ. If you are playing for fun, you can take your place at the tables and slot machines. For beginners, your first lessons in casino school will initiate you in the art of winning. The combination of casino games and the finest accommodation, entertainment and many other services gives new dimensions to games of chance.
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LUCKY LINKS WWW.HIT.SI Slovenia’s largest casino, the Perla, joins other casinos in Nova Gorica and nearby Kobarid, Kranjska Gora in the Alps, Otočec Castle, the spa town of Rogaška Slatina and Šentilj, by the Austrian border. WWW.CASINO.SI Casino Portorož, where the roulette wheel has been spinning since 1913, has lent its experience to casinos in Lipica, at the Terme Čatež spa and in Koper. WWW.CASINO-LJ.SI, WWW.CASINOLEV.SI Games of chance are available in Ljubljana in the casinos of the Lev and Austria Trend hotels and the Arena entertainment centre. WWW.CASINO-BLED.SI The first casino opened on the shore of Lake Bled in 1927. There is another gaming salon at the Karavanke border crossing.
ENTERTAINING EVENINGS You can spend fun-filled evenings bowling or playing pool or snooker in entertainment complexes in several towns around Slovenia. These complexes often offer concerts and other attractions too. The Arena Entertainment Centre in Ljubljana is one of the largest of them. www.arenalive.si
Exclusive. The best. Only for you!
DEMAND EVERYTHING Your hosts in Slovenia can provide luxury transport from the airport to your chosen destination, organise exclusive gastronomic experiences and tastings and meet any other requirements you might have. Exclusive vessels are available for hire in Slovenia. Private aircraft may land at the airports in Portorož and Maribor and yachts are welcome at Slovenia’s three marinas.
Slovenia can provide the best that Europe has to offer. Prestigious hotels and architecturally unique houses in special locations can be the base from which to explore its astonishing beauties. Renowned kitchens and wine cellars promise true luxury. The finest experiences combine with extraordinary castles and villas. Hospitality remains the essence. Slovenia has hosted many distinguished visitors over the centuries – many of them you know about, but you will never hear about the others unless they tell you about their experiences themselves. Here it is still possible to maintain your privacy!
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THE VERY TOP! NEBESA www.nebesa.si The privacy of one of just four architecturally unique houses above the Soča Valley – plus a social area with fireplace, wellness centre, relaxation in natural surroundings. SONČNA HIŠA www.soncna-hisa.si Luxury suites in a villa with its own wellness garden in the east of Slovenia; individually decorated rooms, natural materials and discreet comfort. PULE ESTATE www.pule.si An elite country apartment village; 6 luxury wooden houses with fireplaces; traditional cuisine and excellent wine cellar; there is even a riding school! THE KEKEC HOUSE www.kekceva-domacija.si Fairy-tale authenticity in the middle of the Julian Alps; cosy comfort in apartments named after characters from the famous children’s story; children will love it!
MORE THAN YOU EXPECT
GET MARRIED IN SLOVENIA! You can get married in Slovenia with a traditional local ceremony in special venues, many of them outdoors: by a waterfall, in the middle of a lake, in a park. Say “I do” at a magnificent castle wedding in front of guests in medieval costume. One of the most sought-after wedding venues is Bled. Here you can get married in the clifftop castle 130 metres above the lake or in the little church on the island in the middle of the lake.
KEMPINSKI PALACE PORTOROŽ***** superior www.kempinski.com/en/portoroz Slovenia’s first luxury hotel in the fivestar superior category; this prestigious hotel dating from the early 20th century has been fully restored. HOTEL LIVADA PRESTIGE***** www.hotel-livada.si The hotel is located at the heart of the Terme 3000 spa in north-east Slovenia; with black thermal water on tap in the bathrooms of the luxury suites. KENDOV DVOREC IDRIJA ***** www.kendov-dvorec.com This manor house in the centre of Idrija, a mining town and lacemaking centre, dates from 1377; rooms feature 19th-century furniture; fine cuisine! A member of the prestigious international Relais & Chateaux hotel group.
OTOČEC CASTLE HOTEL ***** www.terme-krka.si The castle (built in 1252) stands on an island in the middle of the river Krka; 16 rooms of the highest category with reception rooms; gourmet cuisine. A member of the prestigious international Relais & Chateaux hotel group. VILA BLED**** www.vila-bled.si A former residence of kings and presidents; exclusive accommodation on the shore of Lake Bled. PARK HOTEL PTUJ **** www.parkhotel-ptuj.si This family-run hotel in the centre of Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest town, is a converted town house dating from 1513; just 15 individually decorated rooms.
Different. Accessible. Fun!
CHEAPER! WITH THE RIGHT CARD With the EURO<26 European youth card, the ISIC international student card, the IYTC international youth card and the Hostelling International membership card you can get cheaper overnight accommodation. Individual cards will also get you discounts on extreme sports (in summer), winter sports, vehicle hire, public transport, admission to events, and so on. www.euro26.si; www.isiccard.com; www.isic.org; www.youth-hostel.si
Spend the night behind bars in a former prison. Or in a muddy festival campsite. Go crazy with metalheads, rockers and reggae fans. Or with modern classics. Hop on a train and get off at the seaside. Or in the mountains. Ride a bike through an abandoned mine. Or through a town. Visit the past in museums. Or dream about the future. Be yourself. Or be just like older travellers â€“ but cheaper! Slovenia is a fun destination for young travellers. Cheap accommodation is available throughout the country! Summer is a time of music festivals and other events. Winter is full of challenges and fun on the snow. Slovenia can be easily reached by all means of transport, including trains (using InterRail train tickets) and low-cost airlines. Get to know it on Facebook. Ask its (and your) friends about it. See it on YouTube. Find out more at www.slovenia.info. Come on!
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LOUD, DIFFERENT! Rock Otočec - www.rock-otocec.com 3-day summer festival with camping in a meadow by the river Krka. Must do: dance in the mud. Over 1,500 musicians from 20 countries have performed to date. Metalcamp - www.metalcamp.com Summer festival in Tolmin with a campsite at the confluence of two rivers. Big name metal bands every year! Festival pomladi www.festivalpomladi.com May: open-air festival of electronic music and visual arts in Ljubljana. Festival Utrip - www.utrip.org September: festival of urban culture in Ljubljana. Trnfest - www.kud-fp.si August: festival of alternative culture in Ljubljana. Magdalena - www.magdalena.org May: international creative communication festival in Maribor. Prešeren Square, Ljubljana
PLACES TO STAY Lonely Planet has proclaimed Hostel Celica in Ljubljana the “No 1 hippest” hostel in the world! The hostel is a former military prison that among other things offers overnight accommodation in 20 cells individually designed by artists – www.hostelcelica.com. Find it on Facebook and Twitter. Other notable hostels are Situla in Novo Mesto and Pliskovica in the Karst. The former is based on the concept of museum as living space (www.situla.si), while the latter offers accommodation in a 400-year-old Karst house (www.hostelkras. com). Other special experiences include the Pr’Tatko hostel in an old Gorenjska farmhouse in Kranjska Gora (www.prtatko.com) and the Korita campsite by the river Soča (www.adrenalincek.org). Slovenia’s hostels, each with its own story and offering a unique experience, are members of HostelSlovenia. Find more accommodation for young people at www.youth-hostel.si. FIND YOUR OWN SCENE Metelkova Mesto (www.metelkova.org) in Ljubljana and Pekarna (www.pekarna.org) in Maribor are centres of youth culture and life. Both are members of the Trans Europe Halles network of independent cultural centres. There is also always something happening in student centres: in Ljubljana these are Klub K4 (www.klubk4.org) and ŠKUC (www.skuc.org) and in Maribor the ŠTUK student events centre (www.stuk.org). Kiperpipa (www.kiberpipa.org) in Ljubljana and Kibla (www.kibla.org) in Maribor offer surprising multimedia experiences.
HAVE FUN! By day, linger over a coffee in a friendly café; by night, go out clubbing. By day, plunge into sports or cultural experiences, in the evening there is always something on at the multiplex! In summer catch a street festival, in winter discover concert halls and unusual museums. Check the events calendar at www.slovenia.info COME BACK FOR NEW YEAR Everyone loves December in Slovenia! Major towns organise New Year’s Eve street parties, and before that there are lively street markets. Concerts too!
MOVE YOURSELF Find out about places to visit and other activities at the hostel or the nearest tourist information point. You can also explore on your own. Take the train: the Slovenian Rail network card, exclusively for foreign visitors to Slovenia, allows you an unlimited number of railway journeys for a period of 3, 4 or 7 days. www.slo-zeleznice.si
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This catalogue is printed on environmentally friendly paper Help protect the environment – Don’t throw it away, give it to a friend! Published by: Slovenian Tourist Board / Editor: Nataša Hočevar / Design: AV studio d.o.o. / Page layout: Terminal studio d.o.o. / Text: Ines Drame / Translation and language editing: Amidas d.o.o. / Photographs: STB Photo Archive, archives of tourism enterprises and destinations / Printed by: Littera Picta d.o.o. / Impression: 100.000, September 2010 / Cover: Lake Bohinj