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Cold fresh cheese soup with vegetables by Hiša Franko.

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Slovenian Info

Essential information

Traffic

Opening hours:

Slovenia has been an independent democratic republic since 1991.

For up to date traffic information check: www.promet.si Speed limits: 50 km/hr in towns and villages, 90 km/hr on main roads, 130 km/hr on highways. Cars in Slovenia must use their headlights at all times. The car must contain a spare wheel, warning triangle, a spare light bulb and first aid kit. On the Slovenian highways you must use a vignette. For cars there are weekly (EUR 15), monthly (EUR 30) and annual (EUR 110) vignettes. Weekly vignettes are valid for seven consecutive days from the day of purchase. Monthly vignettes are valid from the moment of purchase until the end of the day with the same number one month later. Annual vignettes are valid until 31 January the following year. Driving on a motorway without a valid vignette sticker may incur a fine of EUR 300 to EUR 800. Railways: Slovenian Railways: www.slozeleznice.si/en

Banks: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm generally with a lunch break at midday. Shops: Mon–Fri: 7.00am/9.00am – 7.00pm/9.00pm Sat: 7.00am/9.00am – 1.00pm/3.00pm Sun: 9.00am/3.00pm (large shopping centres only)

The country has been a member of the European Union since 2004. Slovenia is one of the smallest countries in Europe (20,273 km2). It is half the size of Switzerland but Slovenia compensates for its small surface with a lot of vertical kilometres; it is the most mountainous country in Europe. Slovenia is also the third most forested country in Europe and with 27,000 km of rivers it is also rich in water. Slovenia has 2,000,000 inhabitants which is the same as the city of Paris. Thus, it’s a very sparsely populated country. Average height above sea level: 556.8 m

Eating: Restaurants go by the names of restavracija or gostilna. A restavracija is generally for lunch and dinner. A gostilna is more casual, a place you can go for a coffee, for example. Both are usually open all day.

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings. That includes bars, hotels and restaurants. You must be 18 years or older to buy cigarettes.

Important telephone numbers 112

Emergency services (urgent medical help,firefighters, veterinary help, rescue teams)

113

Police (emergency)

080 12 00 1987 080 1900

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Police (reporting offenders, anonymous phone line) AMZS – roadside assistance and towing Tourist telephone – free line for tourists and tourism workers to report comments, complaints, criticism and suggestions 24 hours a day

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Slovenia without borders/ ohne grenzen/ senza confini

The (Un)known neighbourhood

Open all year round! 21 border shops – Kompas shop 1 shop in central Slovenia webstore www.kompas-shop.si

Better deals on world-famous perfume and cosmetic brands, clothes, sweets, tobacco products, and gifts.

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Koroška: Explore the peaks and the expanses of mountain ranges, and the slopes of picturesque Alpine valleys.

Gorenjska: Feel your heart beat faster among mountains peaks, waterfalls and torrential streams… in the embrace of stunningly beautiful scenery!

Emerald Land: To experience the Emerald Land is to learn about the wilderness of nature and the pearls of protected nature.

Savinja and Šalek Valley: Thermal and climatic health resorts, towns and cities with an interesting past and a lively present, hospitable farms, places with sporting challenges.

The Karst and Brkini: In the cellars of the stone houses excellent wines are poured and in the attics excellent pršut is cured. Perhaps you didn’t know that the noble Lipizzaner horse originated in Slovenia.

Coast:Every kilometre of the Slovene coast is a new surprise, reach natural and cultural heritage, summer entertainment and sport events.

Green Karst:Nature and karst phenomena are the main highlights of the Green Karst. Every cave is special and offers a unique visitor experience.

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Centre : The Central Slovenia region is dominated by Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana, where you can enjoy festivals, events, entertainment…and its surroundings, rich of natural and cultural heritage, offering activities in the nature...


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Pomurje: Welcome to the dreamy Pomurje, a land of storks, vineyards, healing waters and energy points, windrattles, floating mills, original traditions and and most of all, a land of hospitable people.

Podravje: the largest Slovenian wine-growin growing region, incorporates a large part of Eastern Slovenia, produces wines of premium and high quality, from dry and semi dry to sweet wines.

The Land of Celje: You can enjoy the rich history and culture of the third largest city in Slovenia or visit the first-rate spas. Allow yourself to be charmed!

Posavje:The region, which takes its name from the Sava, Slovenia’s longest river, is characterised by a wide fertile plain, rounded hills planted with vineyards, extensive forests and several towns and villages containing important cultural sites. Dolenjska, Bela krajina and KoÄ?evsko-RibniĹĄka: When travelling through the south you will see endless hills, many castles and picturesque villages but also the refreshing rivers where you can find tranquility.

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Editorial

Contents

Welcome to the 8th Slovenia Times Summer Guide.

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In this guide you will find the hidden gems of Slovenia. From the Pannonian plain in the east to the rocky Adriatic coast in the west, from the jagged mountain tops in the north to the undulating wine hills in the south, follow the trails, roads and rivers that connect Slovenia’s natural treasures. Hike, bike, sail and discover the pristine nature. Enjoy summer festivals and absorb the tastes of the many Slovenian delicacies, be it a premium wine, sweet doughnut or a meal with the locals in one of the many gostilna’s offering local dishes and Slovenia delicacies. In this guide we have more than100 pages of tips for an enjoyable stay in Slovenia, which more and more people rediscover every year. Let this guide help you discover Slovenia. This year we have emphasised the activities you can do in Slovenia. During your stay you might notice that Slovenes are active people, which is not that surprising when you see how inviting the nature is for hiking, biking, paragliding, kayaking to list a few of the options for those seeking an active holiday. You will also find many picture perfect places in Slovenia, some of which are shown in this guide. If you discover one yourself, don’t forget to take a picture and send it in for The Slovenia Times Summer Photo Contest. More details about the contest can be found in this guide. Be sure to like us on Facebook (The Slovenia Times) and follow us on twitter (@sloveniatimes) to stay up to date with news and tips about Slovenia.

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Dictionary

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The Coast

11 The Emerald Land 12 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

The Emerald Land The Soča Valley Kanal ob Soči Brda Nova Gorica Šempeter - Vrtojba Renče - Vogrsko Miren - Kostanjevica Vipava Ajdovščina Idrija Cerkno

27 Karst and Brkini 28 29

Škocjan Caves Lipica

31 Green Karst 32 33 34 36

Green Karst Lipizzaner Lodge The Križna Jama Cave Postojna Cave

39 Gorenjska 43 44 46 47 48 49 54 55 56

Cerklje na Gorenjskem Kranjska Gora Tržič Žirovnica, Jezersko Bled Bohinj Radovljica Škofja Loka Kranj

57 Savinja and Šalek 58 59 60 61

Valley

Savinja and Šalek Valley Avtocamp Jezero Topolšica Spa The Apat turist farm

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Landscape Park Logar Valley The Lenar Farm Stay Hotel Plesnik

65 Koroška 66

Koroška

67 Centre 68 70 72 73

Taste anf feel of Central Slovenia Ljubljana The Heart of Slovenia Kamnik

75 Dolenjska, Bela krajina AND 76 77 78

KOČEVSKO-RIBNIŠKA Kočevska Bela krajina Land of Hayracks

79 Posavje 80 81

Krško Sevnica

83 The Land of Celje 84 86 87 88 90

Celje Region The Lower Savinjska Valley Laško and Thermana Obsotelj in Kozjansko Dravinjsko

91 Podravje 92 94

Maribor Ptuj

99 Pomurje 100 102 104 106 108 110

Pomurje Prlekija, Ljutomer, Jeruzalem Apače Moravske Toplice Sava Turizem Velika Polana

Translations Alenka Brodnjak Proofreading Louise Chatwood Design & Layout Iztok Brodnjak


Dictio n a r y

Dictionary Good day > Dober dan Good evening > Dober večer Hello > Zdravo Thank you > Hvala Please > Prosim Goodbye > Nasvidenje Yes > Ja No > Ne Sorry > Oprostite What’s your name? > Kako ti je ime? My name is > Jaz sem… Where is…? > Kje je ... ? How much is…? > Koliko stane ...? Where are you from? > Od kod ste? Do you speak English? > Govorite angleško? I (don’t) understand > (Ne) razumem Is there someone here who speaks English? > Je tukaj kdo, ki govori angleško? Wow, that’s beautiful! > Vau, to je lepo! I adore this country > Obožujem to deželo! Would you like to dance with me? > Bi radi plesali z mano? (inf) Smem prositi za ples? (frm) I love you > Ljubim te

Days and Numbers Zero > nič One > ena Two > dva Tree > tri Four > štiri Five > pet Six > šest Seven > sedem Eight > osem Nine > devet Ten > deset Monday > Ponedeljek Tueday > Torek Wednesday > Sreda Thursday > Četrtek Friday > Petek Saturday > Sobota Sunday > Nedelja

Eating A table for one person/two people, please. > Mizo za enega/dva, prosim. Can I look at the menu, please? > Ali lahko vidim jedilnik, prosim? Is there a local specialty? > Ali obstaja lokalno posebnost? I’m a vegetarian > Sem vegetarijanec. I don’t eat pork. > Ne jem svinjine. I only eat kosher food. > Jem samo košer hrano. Water > voda Beer > pivo red/white wine > rdeče/belo vino May I have some _____? > Ali lahko dobim_____? Salt > sol black pepper > črni poper Excuse me, waiter?[m]/waitress?[f] > Oprostite, natakar?[m]/natakarica?[f] I’m finished. > Jaz sem končal. It was delicious. > Bilo je odlično. The check, please. > Račun, prosim.

Lodging Do you have any rooms available? > Ali imate prosto sobo? How much is a room for one person/two people? > Kakšna je cena enoposteljne/ dvoposteljne sobe? Bedsheets > rjuhe Bathroom > kopalnica Toilet > stranišče May I see the room first? > Si lahko ogledam sobo? Do you have a quieter room? > Imate kakšno mirnejšo sobo? OK, I’ll take it. > Prav, vzel jo bom. Can you suggest another hotel? > Mi lahko priporočite drug hotel? Is breakfast included? > Ali je zajtrk vključen? What time is breakfast? > Ob kateri uri je zajtrk? Please clean my room. > Prosim, počistite mojo sobo. Can you wake me at 7? > Me lahko zbudite ob sedmih? I want to check out. > Rad bi se odjavil.

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Every kilometre a new experience

Yellow is the colour of the sun that strokes the picturesque Mediterranean towns on the Adriatic coast. Every kilometre of the Slovene coast is a new surprise, reach natural and cultural heritage, summer entertainment and sport events...

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Istrian fuži

BEAUTIFUL PANORAMIC KOPER; Photo: Jaka Jeraša

The Coast Every kilometre of the Slovene coast is a new surprise. Here is a natural reserve with a rich fund of marl and sandstone and the unique, eighty-metre Strunjan cliff, the highest flysch wall on the Adriatic coast. Here are the Sečovlje saltworks, first mentioned in the 13th century, and nearby is a sanctuary for more than 150 bird species. Here the towns of Piran, Izola, and Koper draw visitors with their medieval cores, while Portorož, though mentioned as early as 1251, offers numerous modern hotels with congress halls, a fully equipped marina, a sport airport, thermal baths, a casino, and a varied offer of summer cultural, entertainment, and sport events. Not far from the coast, the beauties of Slovene Istria with its picturesque villages await you. Among them, for example, is Hrastovlje with its Holy Trinity church decorated with narrative late Gothic frescoes including a marvelously preserved Danse Macabre.

Enjoy the local handicrafts, taste the typical local dishes like jota (a soup with pickled cabbage), bobiči (corn soup), polenta (corn porridge), cod, fish soup, fish specialities and typical local wines.

Koper, Tito Square

Koper Step by step the facades of the buildings and their interiors reveal the millennial history of Koper, once Iustinopolis, Capris, evoke the era of the Venetian Republic, the golden age of the Gothic and Renaissance - up to the present moment. The climax of the summer in Koper - the Yellow night with the largest and longest lasting fireworks, with the greatest number of events taking place in the open air, a family holiday, a real national festivity. Let yourself go to the rhythm of the summer, enjoy the theatre performances taking place within the ancient city walls...

Piran; Archive STO

Piran the dream city One of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean, Piran has preserved its unsurpassed charm. Enter the picturesque Piran, get to know its rich history and culture, and listen to the stories of our people. The proximity to the sea and the rich history, which is mirrored in the architecture, draw magical scenes.

Sečovlje Salina Nature Park

Hrastovlje, Ghotic ferscoes Danse Macaber

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The Sečovlje salt flats are the northernmost salt flats in the Mediterranean. The salt is produced in the traditional way based on a 700-year-old method that harmonizes man and nature. The cultural heritage, which reflects centuries of work by saltmakers, is extremely rich.

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Sečovlje Salina Nature Park


The Emerald Land

The Emerald Land Where Life Flows in Colours

The Emerald Land covers the area of the Gorica region to the extreme west of Slovenia. To experience the Emerald Land is to learn about the wilderness of nature and the pearls of protected nature.

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The Emerald Land ... in Nova Gorica with shades of red roses ... The Solkan Bridge is a famous bridge with the longest stone arch in the world and once represented a significant part of the railway link between Trieste and Vienna. Gambling has more than thirty years of tradition. Beside slot machines and saloons there are still the most exciting table games at the largest casino in Europe, owned by the company HIT, d.d. Goriška radicchio is winter vegetables, recognisable by its similarity to a rose.

The Emerald Land Where Life Flows in Colours

In north-western Slovenia, between the Alps and the Mediterranean, there is a unique world where life runs in colours. It has always been lively here since different worlds and cultures have been intertwining for centuries. It starts in the north with the spectacular spring of the karst alpine Soča River which brings the emerald stream to the surface. Its magical colour, which is simply unique, intertwines with other natural beauties on its way to the sea. They all, each in its own colour, form the beautiful Emerald Land: the Soča Valley, Idrija and Cerkno, Brda, Nova Gorica, Vipava Valley and Karst. Experience in our destination is the experience of good energy.

Idrija Lace Festival is a tribute to the tradition of lace-making, come to Idija in summer. Idrijski žlikrofi (Idrija dumplings) are local culinary specialty with the European trademark protection.

The view from Cerje, from where you can embrace the Alps and the Adriatic Sea at the same time. The Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea attracts many hikers, cyclists and other lovers of active holidays. Teran PTP wine and prosciutto create a perfect harmony of flavours. Quality red wine with a distinctive aroma fits the prosciutto with EU protected geographical indication.

... in the emerald Soča Valley ...

... in blue depths of Idrija and Cerkno ... Anthony’s Shaft is one of the oldest, still preserved, mine entrances that leads into the Idrija mercury mine. It is inscribed on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage. Franja Partisan Hospital is one of the best-equipped hospitals of WW2.

Otliško okno (Otlica natural Window) is a karst phenomenon, the natural opening in the form of water drop, from which a wonderful view of the Vipava Valley opens. Tastes of Vipava Valley is a traditional festival of wine and cuisine, which takes place in May at the Zemono Mansion. Vipavska jota is a stew made from sour turnip or cabbage, beans and potatoes.

... with the scarlet beauty of the Karst region ...

Welcome to the Emerald Land where you can gain a lot of energy, experience and discover genuine flavours...

Jumping off a 17 metre bridge in Kanal is an intense adrenaline jumping competition, which attracts a large number of visitors. Kogoj’s Days is the international festival of contemporary music that attracts numerous music lovers in autumn. Rich offer of trout from local fish farms prepared in hundred and one ways can be tasted in Plave.

... through the green beauty of the Vipava Valley ...

... in the golden yellow reflection of Goriška Brda hills... Šmartno is a charming Renaissance village on a hill with a view of the picturesque landscape. Cherry Festival is the biggest event in Goriška Brda in June. At that time the landscape is enriched by cherries that were already worshipped in imperial Vienna. Frtalja is a typical meal of Brda - fried omelette made of beaten eggs and a blend of fresh, finely chopped herbs.

Come and experience The Emerald Land in all its beauty and magnificence.

THE EMERALD LAND Where Life Flows in Colour

RDO Smaragdna dežela Trg Edvarda Kardelja 3 5000 Nova Gorica Telefon: +386 5 330 66 80 +386 5 330 66 84 E-mail: info@smaragdna.com Website: www.smaragdna-pot.com Facebook: smaragdna.pot Foto: Nea Culpa d.o.o. and Leo Caharija

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KAYAKING

RAFTING CANYONING HYDROSPEED


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Swimming in Nadiža, Archive LTO Sotočje; Photo: Janko Humar

Kozjak Waterfall, Archive LTO Sotočje; Photo: Matevž Lenarčič

The Soča Valley The Soča Valley, which connects three small, hospitable and friendly towns of Bovec, Kobarid and Tolmin, is the first among the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) in Slovenia. Along the valley the emerald Soča River winds, which springs under the mighty peaks of the Julian Alps in the heart of Triglav National Park. It is one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, so there is no coincidence that the Disney fairy tale The Chronicles of Narnia was filmed here. The Soča Valley with its treasures is a perfect destination for active visitors.

Kayaking on the Soča, Archive LTO Sotočje

Water activities From April to October the Soča white waters become a challenge for water sports enthusiasts. Visitors can try kayaking, rafting and hydro speeding or explore picturesque gorges and pools of Soča tributaries on guided tours. You can also enjoy a comfortable voyage on a lake at Most na Soči, while in summer the Soča River is pleasant for swimming; even more popular among swimmers and warmer are the rivers Nadiža and Idrijca. Paragliding and hang-gliding Due to the excellent conditions paragliding and hang-gliding are rapidly developing and there are a number of

The Great Soča Gorge; Photo: David Štulc Zornik

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Archive LTO Sotočje; Photo: Matevž Lenarčič

competitions in the Soča valley every year at national, European and global level. The most important take-offs are at the Mangart Saddle (1,960 m), Stol (1,400 m) and Kobala (1,800 m). Cycling The extreme diversity of the landscape offers easier tours, suitable for families, as well as the most demanding ascents. Road cyclists should not miss the ascent over Vršič (1,611 m), the highest road pass in Slovenia, and the ascent along the highest Slovenian mountain road that leads to the Mangart Saddle (2,040 m). For more leisurely pedalling select the routes in the valleys of the Soča, Koritnica, Nadiža, Tolminka, Idrijca and Bača Rivers.

Archive LTO Bovec; Photo: Leonardo Olmi


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Events in Bovec, Archive LTO Bovec; Photo: David Štulc Zornik

Tolmin Gorges; Photo: Matevž Lenarčič

Mangart, Archive LTO Bovec; Photo: Romeo Černuta

Hiking The Soča Valley and the surrounding peaks are crossed by a variety of hiking trails. Apart from visiting nearby attractions on foot, going for a ramble along the rivers, roaming the scenic ridges and climbing to the mountain peaks, you can have a real trip to the rich history and culture. Thematic hiking trails are quite popular – the two most famous are the Alpe Adria Trail, which is a 750 km long route from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea, and the Walk of Peace, which connects the monuments and remains from the First World War and the Isonzo Front; their stories complement the wonderful nature along the trail.

Kobarid dumplings, Archive LTO Sotočje; Photo: Janez Pukšič

18. - 20. June...............Svetovni pokal kajak kanu spust “Soča 2015” / Wildwater Canoeing World Cup “Soča 2015” , Kobarid, Bovec 19. - 20. June...............Kobariški sejem in sejem starin / Kobarid Fair, Kobarid 19. - 21. June...............Podbrdo Trail Running Festival (GM4O),Podbrdo 20. June........................Alpe Adria Giro, Bovec 26. - 28. June...............Gora rocka - glasbeni festival / Rock Festival, Šentviška Gora 25. June - 5. July.........Soča Outdoor Festival, Dolina Soče 6. - 27. July...................Orkesterkamp, Bovec 18. - 19. July.................Puntarski dnevi / Rebellion Days, Tolmin 18. July..........................Tmin Rock, Tolmin 19. - 25. July.................Metaldays, Tolmin 23. July - 14. August...Trentarski senjem, Trenta 29. July - 1. August......Sajeta - kreativni tabor / Sajeta - creative camp, Tolmin 31. July - 2. August.....Festival Grapar / Summer Festival, Baška grapa 4. - 7. August...............Punk Rock Holiday, Tolmin 8. August......................Čomparska noč / The Potato Night, Bovec 9. - 15. August.............Festival Fronta, Kobarid 12. - 15. August..........Overjam reggae festival / Overjam international Reggae Festival, Tolmin 15. August...................Kmečke igre / Farmers Games, Čezsoča 15. August...................7. slovensko prvenstvo v skokih z višin / 7th Slovenian high diving open championship, Most na Soči 16. August...................Kolesarski vzpon na Mangart / Mangart Bike Race, Log pod Mangartom 19. Sept. - 5. Oct........Festival pohodništva DOLINA SOČE / Soča Valley Hiking Festival, Dolina Soče October........................Jestival - festival lokalnih dobrot in kulinarike / Jestival - Gastronomic Festival, Kobarid (opening 3. Oct.2015)

Do not miss Warm summer months are most pleasant in the embrace of green nature. Visit the source of the Soča River under Vršič and ascend to the mighty Boka Waterfall near Bovec. You will enjoy a walk to the magical Kozjak Waterfall near Kobarid. Near Tolmin find the Tolmin Gorges and walk to the confluence of two rivers, see the natural rock in the form of a bear’s head and cross the Devil’s Bridge.

Culinary pampering The real adventure is not yet over. You must stop at one of the best restaurants and taverns in Kobarid and taste the dishes of our ancestors, such as Kobarid dumplings, homemade polenta, Alpine cheese and cottage cheese. Try the Bovec sheep cheese and treat yourselves to Bovec pockets (Bovški krafi), whereas in Tolmin do not miss the famous Tolmin cheese, which is produced in the surrounding mountains.

TIC Bovec Trg golobarskih žrtev 8 5230 Bovec Tel: +386 5 384 19 19 E-mail: info@lto-bovec.si www.bovec.si TIC Kobarid Trg svobode 16 5222 Kobarid Tel.: +386 5 380 04 90 E-mail: info.kobarid@lto-sotocje.si www.visit-soca.com TIC Tolmin Petra Skalarja 4 5220 Tolmin Tel: +386 5 380 04 80 E-mail: info@lto-sotocje.si www.visit-soca.com

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Church of the Assumption

Double-arch stone bridge, Kanal

Kanal ob Soči We invite you to visit the municipality of Kanal ob Soči and discover its beautiful nature and rich cultural heritage. On the trails of the municipality you can go by bike, foot or car and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views. The Municipality of Kanal ob Soči is located in the western part of Slovenia, near the border with Italy. Kanal is its administrative centre and a medieval town with a rich culture. The double-arch stone bridge, which is recognizable sign of Kanal and the municipality and from which the bravest jumpers jump in the Soča river every year, separates Kanal on two banks.

Cycling paths

Diving from the bridge

Walking through Kanal you can view the Old Town and see Mary’s Church froom the 15th Century, Neptune’s Fountain, square of Kontrada with Gothic House, memorial room of Riko Debenjak and Riko Debenjak’s gallery, where renowned artists every month exhibit their works. In the municipality you can view more than twenty churches and many private historical collections. Close to Kanal you can visit park “Pečno”, which offers a walking path with wonderful view on Kanal, a single track mountainbike trail and a forma viva sculpture garden. The municipality also has an accumulation lake in Kanalski Vrh, which is the first lake of this kind in Slovenia who serves for the production of electricity. For those, who are history lovers, there’s a lot of remains of 1st World War (new memorial park Prižnica, outdoor museum Vodice, caves on Globočak and Korada, …)

The Municipality of Kanal ob Soči is also famous for numerous events like: Donkey Races (9.8.2015), Summer Party, Kanal (10.8.2015) Diving from the bridge (16.8.2015), Kogoj’s Days of Culture (September - October 2015), Chestnut Festival in Lig (13.10.2015) and others.

TIC KANAL Pionirska 2 SI - 5213 Kanal Tel.: 00386 5 39 81 213 E-mail: tic.kanal@siol.net Website: www.tic-kanal.si Riko Debenjak’s gallery

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Photo archive Nea Culpa

Nova Gorica New Adventures Nova Gorica is surrounded by beautiful nature and numerous sights (Kostanjevica monatery, Holy Mountain, Kromberk Castle, Solkan Bridge, European Square). The city is enclosed by the Trnovo and Banjšice plateaus – a breathtaking world with a completely different climate, rich folk tradition and natural sights.

Photo archive Nea Culpa

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Photo archive TZ TIC Nova Gorica; Photo: Marijan Močivnik

Active in Nova Gorica Sporting delights are provided by the hiking trails, kayaking on the Soča river, the Soča Fun adventure park, bungee jumping and numerous other sports.

July and August – Summer events in Nova Gorica July 11 and 12 – Mohorjevo, Šempas July 13 – Summer polenta, Šmihel July 19 – Polenta Festival, Ozeljan July 25 and 26 – Grass-mowing Festival, Banjšice July 31, August 1 and 2 – Peach Festival, Prvačina August 23 – B’ndimska kvatrnica, Branik

Fly over the valley: Towards the east, the wine-growing and green Vipava Valley spreads out above which many gliders and paragliders spread their wings.

Go on a treasure hunt: There are 24 organised footpaths in the vicinity of Nova Gorica of different difficulty levels. The footpaths in the Nova Gorica county also offer ‘’geocaching’’ a treasure hunt supported by GPS receivers. For more info please visit www.geocaching.com. On www.novagorica-turizem.com/pespoti you can find detailed information about footpaths, path descriptions, photos of the paths, altitudes, path demonstrations.

Photo archive TZ TIC Nova Gorica; Photo: Marijan Močivnik

Na zdravje (cheers): The hospitable places in the Vipava Valley are the home of exquisite wine made from local grape varieties which perfectly complement the tasty dishes of the area.

Turistična zveza - TIC Nova Gorica Delpinova ulica 18 b 5000 Nova Gorica T: +386 (0)5 33 04 600 F: +386 (0)5 33 04 606 E-mail: tzticng@siol.net www.novagorica-turizem.com Photo archive Nea Culpa

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Cycling; Photo: Vanja Kodermac

Ivan Roba Square, Šempeter pri Gorici; Photo: Blaž Erzetič

Šempeter - Vrtojba The municipality of Šempeter-Vrtojba is situated where the Vrtojba-Bilje knolls meet the fertile plain. Green forests, vineyards, fields and meadows make the region colourful and vivacious. The Vrtojba-Bilje hills offer the best conditions for growing grapes, fruit, vegetables and flowers, which is why the region is known as the Garden of the Goriška Region. Visitors can enjoy the lush landscape and climb the hill Markov Hrib above Šempeter pri Gorici and the St. Ot hill, which offer marvellous views of the nearby surroundings. Through the territory of the Municipality ŠempeterVrtojba also takes place The Walk of Peace, which from the Alps to the Adriatic connects the rich cultural and natural heritage along the onetime Isonzo Front and belongs to important European heritage of historical interest.

Among other activities, visitors can choose from cycling, golf, hiking and even climbing. One of the largest climbing walls in Slovenia measuring 1,000 sq. m. and 8 m in height, offers four grades of difficulty (slab, vertical, incline and overhang) for beginners and experts alike. With over 8,000 holds of all kinds and shapes, as well as 60 anchors it is interesting or demanding and – most of all – safe. More information at: desjezakon@gmail.com.

Visitors can also test their driving skills at the Kart Track in Vrtojba. 800 metres long and 10 metres wide with a total of 9 turns, the track is located on the former Vrtojba International Border Crossing. Besides championships and international races as well as various performances, carts are available for all adrenaline enthusiasts to rent. We offer a wide variety of carts including scaled-down ones for children. All of the carts provide a high level of protection, allowing a safe and fun ride. More information at: info@drustvo-gas.si.

3. 7. – 31. 7. 2015 > “Poletje na placu” summer festival in Šempeter pri Gorici with a wide range of events 11. 7. 2015 > Mariachi Los Caballeros, concert in Šempeter pri Gorici 31. 7. 2015 > Neisha, concert in Šempeter pri Gorici

The municipality offers a wide variety of pursuits for active holidaymakers all year round. As a matter of fact the choice of recreation and outings is so vast that even the most active tourists will not be able to take advantage of them all. Šempeter pri Gorici and Vrtojba both offer their visitors also exciting social experiences. Numerous societies and groups take pride in their rich traditions and acclaimed quality and attract a great number of visitors year after year. So many shows, concerts and other events take place around both cities especially during the summer months.

16. – 22. 8. 2015 > Plesno poletje – International dance workshop, Šempeter pri Gorici

Climbing Wall; Photo: Marko Bratina

Občina Šempeter-Vrtojba Trg Ivana Roba 3 a Šempeter pri Gorici T: +386 5 335 10 00 info@sempeter-vrtojba.si www.sempeter-vrtojba.si

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Tales from the valley

Renče - Vogrsko The municipality of RenčeVogrsko lies on the border between the Vipava Valley and Kras. Our beautiful unspoiled nature and friendly people create their own tales, tales from the valley

The calm surroundings of the countryside offer tourists a variety of ways to enjoy their holidays. Short walks, cycling or horseback riding are popular options. History lovers can enjoy the cemetary, monuments and bunkers of this former front line between the two world wars. Naturalists can observe the various forms of vegetation and wild life in the woods. Fisherman have the Vipava River or Lake Vogršček to choose from. The Paquito Casino in Volčja Draga is definitely for those who like to try their luck, while others may prefer to see the Roman remains in Bukovica.

Local Products The friendly people of Renče-Vogrsko will be pleased to offer you their products and services. Wine merchants have a wine selection for you to taste and/or buy. Beekeepers sell products made with honey or beeswax. And, of course, items such as fruit, vegetables, goat milk products, saplings, natural fruit juices and local spirits can also be found here. And if you want to stay a bit longer; there is a wide selection of lodgings to choose from.

In Volčja Draga near the lake at Martex Summer Festival Lakeness will take place. The program schedule will satisfy the broadest range of visitors, regardless of their music taste or generation. The festival will run throughout the summer and will extend into September. Friday, 3 July, Opening of summer events Friday, 10 July, FRESH HIP HOP MOVEMENT introduction / HIP HOP PICNIC (graffiting, breakdance, hip-hop concert) Friday, 17 July, SPORT WEEKEND Friday, 14 August, WOODHOUSE (electronic music evening with world famous DJs: ROBERT DIETZ, MARKO NASTIĆ, MIKE VALE, ROLI) Friday, 21 August, ROCK ŠOK (rock music evening with Elvis Jackson and Happy Ol’McWeasel) Saturday, 7 November 2015, CLOSE OF THE LONG-TIME RACING CAREER OF OUR BEST ROLLER SKATER, Lucija Mlinarič

Contact Information: Občina Renče-Vogrsko Bukovica 43 5293 Volčja Draga T: + 386 5 33 84 500 info@rence-vogrsko.si www.rence-vogrsko.si

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Bilje Hills; Photo: Marijan Močivnik

Miren - Kostanjevica Karst and the Vipava Valley in the Municipality of Miren-Kostanjevica

purposes workshops will be placed in the camp. The music program includes legends from the field of electronic music. Walks of Peace in the Karst for lovers of trekking, mountain biking, walking or horseback riding. Trstelj - for hikers, easy ascent from Lipa, app. 380 m, 446 m to the top, from there the view of the Vipava Valley, Julian Alps, the Gulf of Trieste.

September 2015 The main event on the International Day of Peace at Cerje, Saturday 19th September. Monument to the defenders of Slovene territory at Cerje with the exhibition of archival footage about the Isonzo Front, open Saturdays and Sundays from 10h to 18h.

Pečinka Cave or Eye of the Karst is a cave of natural origin and an artificially excavated tunnel reaching the summit of the hill Pečina.

Asparagus

You can enjoy varied enogastronomic offer in home inns and tourist farms in Vojščica, Trstelj in Sela na Krasu, Opatje Selo, Lokvica, Hudi Log, Miren, Orehovlje, Bilje or stop at some of our winemaker’s cellar to taste red wine Teran, home produced cheese, air-dried meats such as prosciutto, salami ecc. The only area in the world where Teran is produced is the Karst. In May and mid June delicious asparagus dishes can be tasted in restaurants, some are recommended by TripAdvisor. Owners of tourist farms and inns in our area choose organic food because they care and prepare tasty but also healthy food.

Our Lady of Sorrows Church from the 13th century in Miren. Evenings in Opatje selo under the stars Musical performance of the Big Band in New Opatje Selo on Wednesday, 24th June at 20:00. July 2015 Exhibition of sculptures by Sergio Pacori from Gorizia from 1st July to 31st October 2015 at the Monument to the defenders of Slovene territory at Cerje. ECO Festival from 24th to 26th July 2015 The purpose of the festival is fun, ecological awareness of the importance of nature and its protection. For these

Museum Remember me at the entrance to the cemetery in Miren, dedicated to the refugees from Yugoslavia and in Yugoslavia in the period after the year 1945. The Gallery of the designer Oskar Kogoj in Miren. The Museum of shoemaking tradition in Miren. The House of Opatje selo tradition in Opatje selo with an exhibition on whip making, stonecutting, stone treatment and barrel making - once the basic activities in this area.

TIC Temnica Temnica 10 5296 Kostanjevica na Krasu Tel. 00386 31 310 800 info.temnica@siol.net TIC Miren Miren 5 C, 5291 Miren Tel. 00386 51202060 tic.miren@siol.net

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Zemono Manor

Vipava Wine shop:

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Vipava Vipava, diverse and enchanting destination that keeps surprising with its hidden corners, simple people, unique nature and rich cultural heritage. The Vipava River runs through it with its unique delta source and seven wells. With its numerous bridges it offers summer refreshment to the guests. Winegrowing is located in the western part of Slovenia in the wine region Primorska and comprises more than 2,500 hectares of vineyards. Sunny positions of the hills enable the winegrowers cultivation of 23 different grapevine sorts. Through the valley the Vipava wine road winds and connects 30 wine destinations and providers.

Discover the Vipava Valley by bike: You can rent a bike at the TIC Vipava and take a ride among the wine-growing hills, across the plain or to the plateau Nanos. Hit the road: Many hiking trails will lead you to several natural and cultural attractions, where you will experience simplicity and hospitality of the locals.

Vipava Wine Shop is the centre of Vipava wines, it offers more than 170 wines from the whole valley. Wine lovers can try a number of top quality white and red wines, among which there are the most prominent indigenous Vipava varieties: Zelen, Pinela and Klarnica. In July, August and September open every day. Food: You can taste the local cuisine in local restaurants Podfarovž and Podskala at the springs of the Vipava River. In the village Slap visit Majerija which offers excellent Vipava cuisine. Those who want to stay several days can spend the night in rooms located under the home herb garden. And there is also Zemono Mansion that attracts visitors from near and far with its culinary delights.

For the most daring: In the walls of Gradiška Tura you can test your climbing skills, while accommodation is available in the immediate vicinity in the campsite Kamp Tura. Info: www.kamp-tura.si

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Cycling in Vipava Valley

1 July 2015: Giuseppe Verdi Opera: La Traviata, in the courtyard of the Lanthieri Mansion, Vipava *********************** 8 August 2015: Shirlie Roden and Symphony orchestra Cantabile (GB / SLO) in the courtyard of the Lanthieri Mansion *********************** 11 - 13 September 2015: Vipava Vintage 2015, music with local bands, wine tasting, selection of Vipava Wine Queen, fireworks, children’s program

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TIC Vipava / Vipava Wine Shop Glavni trg 1 SI-5271 Vipava Tel: +386 (0) 5368 70 41 Cell phone: +386 (0) 51215226 E-mail: tic.vipava@siol.net Website: www.izvirna-vipavska.si


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Ajdovščina Land of active experiences Welcome to the Vipava Valley - the diversity of the landscape, the hospitality of the local towns and villages, and many natural and cultural attractions which always offer new experiences.

Discover the beauty of the Vipava Valley from your bicycle seat – ride along the Hubelj and Vipava Rivers, cycle through the orchards and vineyards over the Vipava hills or climb the Trnovo Plateau and Hrušica. Pick the path which is best suited to your desires and physical endurance. Discover the Gora Plateau where a number of hiking trails intertwine and where you will be bedazzled by the nature: from caves and sinkholes to the diverse world of plant and animal life. Explore the

Roman fortress Castra; Photo: Uroš Švigelj

Photo: Matjaž Milavec

Vipava Valley through the Otliško okno (Otlica window) - a large natural opening at the edge of the plateau. Take off from Ajdovščina airport in a powered parachute or paraglider accompanied by experienced pilots and experience an unforgettable panoramic flight over the Vipava Valley. Fly from the Kovk on Gora Plateau airfield for a tandem skydive and discover the magic of flying.

11 July: Days of the Gora Plateau, Tiha dolina na Predmeji 17 July: Rock Batuje: BULLET (Sweden); www.rockbatuje.com 25 July: Vodice Night, Vodice pri Colu *********************** 6 September: Angel Sunday, Otlica

Try the excellent wine, especially the two autochthonous types – Pinela and Zelen. Sweeten things up with some juicy fruit – cherries in spring, apricots and peaches in summer. Taste traditional dishes at the tourist farms and restaurants. Spend the night at the hotel in the centre of Ajdovščina, the Youth Hostel on the edge of the town, the campsite or in modern suites or tourist farms in the countryside.

Photo: Miha Bratina

Vipava Valley; Photo: Marijan Močivnik

Vipava Valley, green and fertile land, offers the visitor a wide range of experiences for all tastes.

Tourist information centre Ajdovščina Cesta IV. Prekomorske 61a SI-5270 Ajdovščina Tel:+386 5 36 59 140 E-mail: tic.ajdovscina@siol.net Website: www.tic-ajdovscina.si

Otlica natural window; Photo: Janez Medvešek

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Idrija Numerous attractions and captivating stories from the flourishing mining days right in the town centre. Idrija is blessed with a rich and interesting heritage that is worth visiting. In this part of Slovenia, visitors can become acquainted with the lifestyle of the Idrijan miners who extracted mercury through the centuries, the life of lace makers and outstanding natural heritage.

Anthony’s Shaft is the oldest shaft in the mine, having been excavated as far back as 1500. Today it exists as the first Slovenian tourist mine, engagingly presenting the old mining ways and the development of mining over the centuries. Idrija Municipal Museum at Gewerkenegg Castle houses exhibits that preserve a unique mining and lace

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heritage. Notable among them are also The Miner’s House - a typical miner’s house from the 18th century, wheat storehouse, Mine theatre, kamšt the largest preserved water wheel, Francis’ Shaft, Idrija Lace School and more. In the many Idrija lace studios, visitors can watch these masterpieces take shape, and even try lace-making skills for themselves.

The diverse area of Idrija Municipality comprises Geopark Idrija, which is a member of the European and World Geopark Networks. Its exceptional natural heritage makes it one of most interesting parks in Europe. There are numerous marked cycling tracks and interconnecting hiking trails in the area.

Idrija and its vicinity excel with special dishes, desserts and drinks which ease the hunger of each visitor. The most famous culinary specialty is “idrijski žlikrofi”, whereas its origin and age of the recipe have not been stated yet. Nowadays “žlikrofi” hold the first position

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among the traditional local dishes. They are a local specialty and a national dish, made of dough, filled with potato stuffing and formed in a specific shape.

Tango Festival – 17. 7. 2015 35. Idrija Lace Festival 17. - 19. June 2016 Četrtki na placu – outdoor music events every Thursday in July and August Čipkarija festival – Idrija –music Festival 13. - 22. 8. 2015 Idrijski žlikrofi festive day - 30.8. 2015

TIC Idrija Mestni trg 2, 5280 Idrija T: +386 (0)5 37 43 916 tic@visit-idrija.si, www.visit-idrija.si


Pivovarna Laško d.d., Trubarjeva 28, Laško; design: atelje.Balant; foto: Borut Peterlin

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WARNING FROM THE MINISTER OF HEALTH: EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION CAUSES HEALTH PROBLEMS.


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Karst and Brkini Hidden miracle of nature

In the cellars of the stone houses excellent wines are poured and in the attics excellent prťut is cured. It is also a heaven for lovers of the karst underworld. Perhaps you didn’t know that the noble Lipizzaner horse originated in Slovenia.

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Archives PŠJ; Photo: Borut Lozej

Škocjan Caves An underground treasure

Walk the trail A must when visiting Škocjan Caves is to walk the Educational Trail. The trail was voted best thematic trail in Slovenia in 2011. The walk starts in front of the information centre in Matavun and is two kilometres long.

The Škocjan Caves form a unique underground world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. The caves contain an enormous subterranean canyon, tunnels, streams, natural bridges and karst sinks. This area has been settled since prehistoric times and it is certainly one of the most important cave systems in the world.

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Take a tour A visit to the caves is possible with an experienced guide. During the summer, a tour of the museum collections is included in the ticket for the Škocjan Caves Park. This tour lasts about an hour. Visitors can see an ethnological collection in the J’kopin barn, a karst collection in the Reception centre (Info Point) and a biological, geological and archaeological collection in the natural science learning centre – the Delez house.

Park Škocjanske jame, Slovenija Škocjan 2, SI-6215 Divača Information: T.: ++386(0)5 70 82 110 F.:++386 (0)5 70 82 111 psj.info@psj.gov.si www.park-skocjanske-jame.si


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Lipica A day of unforgettable beauty. A day in Lipica. Lipica Stud Farm is a place of astonishing beauty that welcomes visitors all year long. It is one of the most beautiful cultural-historical monuments in Slovenia and the cradle of the famous white Lipizzaner horses with a tradition of 435 years. Today you can find a rich offer of various unforgettable experiences and comfortable accommodation here.

Photo: Boris Pretnar

In 1580 the Habsburg Archduke Charles II decided to establish a stud farm in Lipica with Karst horses and crossbreed them with Spanish, Italian and Arabian horses. The Lipizzaner breed was thus formed about two hundred years later. Lipizzaners now feature in films and books but if you really want to know about them, you must visit Lipica. Classical Riding School The Classical Riding School is the pride and success of the Lipica Stud Farm. Selected stallions will delight you with their piaffe, passage and other surprising elements of classical dressage riding. Take a look at them at the Experience the Lipizzaner horse programme and don’t miss one of the numerous performances of the Lipica Classical Riding School.

Carriage ride Enjoy a unique experience. Discover the estate of Lipica Stud Farm by carriage and enjoy some beautiful moments. In the saddle of a Lipizzaner Lipica Stud Farm offers weekly riding programmes, which are not only about riding skills but also on the correct approach to the horse. Experienced riders can also enjoy outrides in the green ladscape of the Lipica estate, while children can be charmed by the magnifient white horses in the children’s and family programmes.

SCHEDULE Guided tours > from April till end of October: from 10.00 to 17.00 Performance of the Lipica Classical Riding School > from May till the end of September: Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 15.00; in October: Sunday at 15.00

Lipikum, Museum of the Lipizzaner You will discover everything about Lipizzaner horses and Lipica in the museum. It is based on modern principles with a variety of classical and interactive approaches which turn the visit into an interesting and playful experience. Guided tours Take a walk around the estate of the stud farm in the company of a friendly guide who will lead you through the world of Lipizzaners. In addition to Slovene, the tour is available in English, Italian and German; and with prior reservation also in French.

Experience the Lipizzaner horse > May-September: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10.00-10.45 and 11.00-11.45, April and October: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10.00-10.45. Lipica Stud Farm Lipica 5, Sežana T: +386 5 739 1580 info@lipica.org www.lipica.org

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Be Active & stay Healthy in Slovenian Spas Slovenian natural spas take care of your wellbeing with their natural healing resources and thermal waters. Experience the wealth of offers in their Aqua Fun – Water Parks, outdoor and indoor pools, where many new attractions are waiting for you to explore also this year. And don’t forget the richest and complex wellness offer in Slovenia! Make sure you search and surf through the best offer of 14 health and spa resorts on: www.slovenia-terme.si.


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Gr een K a r s t

land of stone with a soft heart

Nature and karst phenomena are the main highlights of the Green Karst. The stone landscape is shaped by water which carves through the stone creating a unique landscape intertwined with thousands of caves. Every cave is special and offers a unique visitor experience.

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Lake Cerknica

Green Karst A l a n d o f s to n e w i t h a sof t hear t Nature and karst phenomena are the main highlights of the Green Karst. The stone landscape is shaped by water which carves through the stone creating a unique landscape intertwined with thousands of caves. Every cave is special and offers a unique visitor experience. Caves such as Postojna Cave, Križna Cave and Planinska Cave, will leave you speechless while you explore the mysterious underground of the Green Karst.

Don’t leave without visiting: Predjama, Snežnik and Prem castles which stand as reminders of a 1,000 year history taking you back to the ages of knights and dragons. The nature and the locals have always been tightly connected, museums, collections and castles tell the stories of the life in the past. Each pin on the map represents one cave; Photo: Miha Dolenc

The lakes, forests, mountains and caves of the Green Karst offer many possibilities for activities during summer. Take your time and enjoy things like fishing, bird watching or wildlife photography. Take a ride on a hay cart or explore the Green Karst on horseback, with a bicycle or on foot. Soar into the air, visit the mountains, swim in the lakes and descend into the mysterious underground. Ride this way: By bike it’s possible to cycle around the entire region. Make a stop at Jezerski hram – the Cerknica lake interpretation centre and Ecomuseum of the Pivka seasonal lakes. Here you can find out how the lakes form, learn about the flora and fauna and see how nature influenced everyday life in the past. Seasonal lakes of the Green Karst are a natural wonder, these mysterious lakes appear and disappear depending on the season. The Cerknica Lake is the largest seasonal lake in Europe. Just half an hour away, more than 17 smaller lakes can be found in the Pivka valley. Take this hike:

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You can take a walk down the Krpan hiking trail, following in the footsteps of the mighty salt smuggler, Martin Krpan, who defeated the Turkish army.

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Did you know that: Slovenia has more than 11,000 caves? Visit Karst Museum and learn more about caves and other karst phenomena! E V E NT S 1. August: Farmer - forester: Past and present, Belsko, ethnological event, where locals take you back in time 14. - 20. September, IX. Festival of Military History, Pivka, biggest historical military event in Slovenia, with numerous exhibitions and performances 23. – 30. August, Floating Castle, Snežnik Castle, International cultural festival 18. - 30. August, Zmaj za mlade (The dragon has young), Postojna, A traditional festival of cultural events (music, film, theatre)

Contact information: DMO Postojna cave-Green Karst Prečna ulica 1, 6257 Pivka T: +386 (0)5 721 12 249 Info@zelenikras.si www.zelenikras.si


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Lipizzan e r L o dg e After travelling the world for a year, Chris from Wales and Hanna from Finland settled in the place they fell in love with - Slovenia. Last summer, in the green countryside near Postojna, they opened a new international guesthouse with a concept they call ‘Relaxtivity’. Lipizzaner Lodge provides hotel standard comfort and quality in a country location. The guesthouse is perfectly located to explore Slovenia in active day trips and return to your ‘home from home’ to relax and plan the next day’s adventure. From Lipizzaner Lodge guests can walk along a beautiful forest track directly to the fairytale Predjama castle. Postojna Caves are just 8km away, Lipica and the Skocjan caves only 25 minutes, Ljubljana is 35 minutes, Lake Bled one hour and the Slovenian coast half an hour!

The guest house has large rooms with luxury bathrooms, a family suite and a huge self-catering apartment to suit all visitor needs. There are plenty of spaces to relax in the café, cinema room, Finnish sauna, massage studio or outside on the terraces and balconies. The hotel has mountain bikes, organises horse riding, wine tours, honey trips and the owners are dedicated to helping their guests find some of the ‘secret’ places around Slovenia that really shouldn’t be missed!

www.Lipizzanerlodge.com Check out our website or get in touch by email: info@lipizzanerlodge.com You can also phone on +386 (0)5 620 34 43 or +386 (0)40 470 239 (mob) We have free parking and free WiFi all areas!

G o d e e p e r, r i g h t t o t h e h e a r t Discover The Karst region, which is lying between the Trieste Bay and the Vipavska Valley and at the same time it is also the name for all the amazing shapes created by waters in the fusible stone. Picturesque karst phenomena can be found in almost half of the area of Slovenia. Besides more than eight thousand known karst caves and potholes, there are also karst springs and intermittent springs, disappearing lakes, swallets and swallow holes, original karst poljes and apparently dry sinkholes. (source: slovenia.info) Didi you know: The Slovenian limestone plateau known as Kras – the Karst in English – gave its name to a typical landscape formed on carbonate rock, and it is indeed here that karstology began to develop (source: slovenia.si)

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Lake; Photo: Gašper Modic

The Križna Jama Cave

A primeval attraction in the underground world

Križna jama (Cross Cave) is a world renowned karst cave, its special features are its underwater lakes with barriers of calcareous sinter and the site is filled with bones of cave bears. The dry tour With a torch in hand, you can tour the dry part of the cave which gets dark after just a few metres. The special feature of this first part of the cave is its big halls. Other passages are found in places interrupted with calcareous sinter stumps or rocks, water-filled hollows and smaller stalactites. Skeleton The tour continues to the Big hall and the Čimboras (the Chimborazo) stalactite where visitors can admire an exceptional curiosity – the display of the cave bears’ bones which amaze not only with their size, but also abundance. The largest skeleton of a cave bear ever found in the

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Kalvarija; Photo: Gašper Modic

world can be found here. The path continues through a passage which drains water from the First Lake. After a 10 minute boat ride across the lake the tour returns to the exit by the same path. TIP: Take along a pair of long trousers, a sweater and an extra pair of warm socks. The long water tour In order to protect the cave, this section can only be visited by one group of up to four visitors per day. The tour takes approximately 3.5 – 4 hours. From the First Lake the tour goes across the rocks all the way to the Second Lake. In the middle the ceiling lowers making the crossing towards the characteristic water passage rather difficult and is the sign that you are about to embark on an unforgettable journey. The water runs over the barriers, out from a small lake into another. The barriers are built from calcareous sinter which is discharged from two creeks running from the Bloke plateau. The barriers and the

water surface keep rising. The water flows over the stalactites standing on the floor, groups of which give the impression that they are growing from of water (the Venetian haven, the Pirate ship, the Organ, the Lynx). The lakes are up to six metres deep. The journey ends at the Kalvarija (the Calvary), a hall rich with stalactites, where the cave splits into the northern section – Blata (the Muddy Pit), and the north eastern section – Pisani Rov (the Motley Pit). Again, the exit is reached by returning along the same path. SCHEDULE: An hour long tour on weekends and holidays at 3 pm, other days by prior arrangement. Longer tours are possible any day by prior arrangement only.

SCHEDULE A ONE HOUR TOUR OF THE DRY SECTION OF THE CAVE – GROUP TOUR April, May, June > on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at 3:00pm July, August > every day at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm September > every day at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm FOUR HOUR TOUR OF THE ACTIVE SECTION OF THE CAVE – FOR TRUE CAVE LOVERS In order to protect the cave, this section can only be visited by one group of up to 4 visitors per day. The tour is approximately 3.5 – 4 hours. Tours must be booked in advance.

Contact information: The Association of Križna jama Bloška Polica 7 1384 Grahovo, Slovenia T: +386-41-632-153 krizna_jama@yahoo.com www.krizna-jama.si

Bones of cave bear; Photo: Gašper Modic

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Postojna Cave train

Po s tojna Cave One of the most recognisable and beautiful natural sights in Slovenia is Postojna Cave which has been attracting visitors from far and wide for centuries. Postojna Cave is Slovenia’s greatest tourist attraction. The cave Postojna Cave, with 21 kilometres of explored tunnels, is one of the longest caves in the world, in the elite group of underground caves with the greatest number of stalactites. Postojna Cave attributes a large part of its fame to the fact that the cave system is easily accessible for tourists. If there is one cave that you should visit, then it’s this one. Over 36 million people have visited already. A tour through the cave will last approximately 90 minutes. Highlights on the tour include the enormous Congress Hall where festivities are regularly organised, the Great Mountain, the Russian Bridge, Spaghetti Hall, the White Hall, the Red Room Concert Hall and the five metre high white stalagmite - the Brilliant.

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All on board! Postojna Cave is unique for its double track railway, no other cave in the world has one. Visitors travel 3.7 kilometres by train through the cave, the only subway in Slovenia.

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The Brilliant, most beautiful stalagmite in Postojna Cave


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The undisputed star among inhabitants of Postojna Cave is the olm, Proteus anguinus

Meet the “baby dragons” Since the middle of the 17th century, Postojna Cave has been of interest to natural scientists and is therefore considered the cradle of speleobiology, the science of subterranean life. The Postojna underground world is inhabited by around 150 different animal species, one is the “human fish” or olm. These small skinned creatures are called human fish because of their light skin. Once people thought they were the offspring of dragons. Olms are blind and can live up to 100 years. You can meet the olm in the Proteus Vivarium.

EXPO Postojna Cave Karst The exhibition is also interesting for children as it is very attractive. In an interactive way they learn about the mysterious power of nature at creating unique karst phenomena. Children are accompanied by a cave beetle “drobnovratnik” and a human fish, they can ride the real cave train, measure how many thousands of years does a stalagmite need to reach their height, discover the cave figurines and much more. Educational, interactive, fun. Welcome!

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Predjama Castle Predjama Castle is only 10km from Postojna Cave. Nestled into a 123m high rock wall, sits one of the most picturesque wonders of human history – Predjama Castle which has been a dominant feature for more than 700 years. It is massive, threatening and unconquerable. It was perfect as the secret domicile of the daring, stubborn and persistent Erasmus Lueger (Erazem Predjamski) who is described in a romantic and beautiful story about a robber.

VISITOR INFORMATION Postojna cave is open all year in July and August from 9am - 6pm, in June and September from 9am - 5pm. Tours of the cave last approximately 90 minutes. No special equipment is needed, however comfortable footwear and some warm clothing is recommended; the cave has a constant temperature of 10°C. Audioguides are available in 15 languages.

Postojnska jama Postojna Jamska cesta 30, Postojna www.postojnska-jama.eu Jama EXPO

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Descend into the kingdom of One of the Most Beautiful Natural Wonders Postojna Cave is without a doubt one of the most beautiful creations of nature. Take a ride around the world full of wonders, stretching along thousands of meters of underground passages, which reveal truly unique splendours, mood and authenticity of nature created to be admired. Combined with Predjama Castle, the cave offers two world-famous attractions, which together with the surrounding area create an unforgettable full-day experience for visitors of any age. www.postojnska-jama.eu

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Gorenjska On the sunny side of life

Where the Alps meet the Mediterranean, you can surely expect some interesting discoveries! Feel your heart beat faster among mountains peaks, waterfalls and torrential streams‌ in the embrace of stunningly beautiful scenery!

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Bohinj lake from the air; Photo: Primož Suša

Photo: Bled Tourist Board Archive

Photo: Bled Tourist Board Archive

FAMILY FRIENDLY Sport and recreation – in nature! If you love the great outdoors, you will simply fall in love with Alpine Slovenia! In addition to thousands of kilometres of mountaineering and hiking trails, as well as cycle routes through the forests and meadows, there are numerous rivers and lakes providing opportunities for relaxation or an adrenaline rush, further to which the snow-covered slopes of small yet well-tended winter resorts are much beloved by alpine ski champions. You can also soar - hopefully not like Icarus - amidst high mountains; then there is horse riding, an excellent golf course as well as plenty of possibilities for hunting and fishing. And this is just the beginning! Check it out yourself.

Natural heritage Slovenia’s Alpine region boasts more than 90 protected areas and sites, the largest and single most important of which is the Triglav National Park. This is indeed a land of impressive peaks and waterfalls, picturesque gorges and canyons, serene lakes and vivacious rivers, as well as remarkable flora and fauna. Panoramic trails Slovenia’s Alps are truly remarkable, easily discovered by road as well as numerous trails suitable for hikers and cyclists. The exquisite scenery and marvellous panoramas to be savoured from the ridges high above the valleys are surely never to be forgotten. Culture and art

Photo: Bled Tourist Board Archive

Further to the legacy and popularity of Lake Bled, interesting castles, mansions and manors are to be found in nearly every town across the Gorenjska region. These often house galleries and museum collections containing local artefacts and heritage; such specialised museums present aspects of the life, work and traditions of this territory and its people. People and customs This is a land of farmers and foresters, with a rich tradition of crafts and pursuits. Get to know their lives and loves, join them in a polka or two, and savour the scent of a typical Gorenjska carnation.

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For families with smaller children, holidays in Gorenjska can be full of stories of fairytale characters, laughter and cherished memories. There are a variety of events, programmes, workshops specifically aimed at the younger generation, while any exploration of the pristine nature of Slovenia’s Alps makes for a truly unforgettable family experience. Adventures for children With its magical snowy peaks, Gorenjska is a true land of fairytales. Events specifically aimed at young children include Kekec Days in Kranjska Gora (June); wandering through Kekec Land, where only those aged between 3 and 10 may enter; kids will get to know Kekec, the hero of stories and the most popular Slovene children’s movie ever. The Land of the Dwarfs in Martuljek Forest, not far from Kranjska Gora, can be accessed by following the secret marks. You can also take your children along the Trail of the Triglav Fairytale in Dovje, near Mojstrana, where they shall learn seven fairytales and try the giant’s biscuits. In the Land of Slovenian Folk Tales in Bled, you can find many interesting creatures from slovenian folk tales. ALPINE SPAS AND WELLNESS After months of hard work, why not take it easy and have a real vacation; and following any adventurous day in Slovenia’s Alps your body will surely call for some relaxation. Be our guest. Surrender to the beneficial climate, the infinite calm and silence of forests and alpine meadows, and yield to relaxing thermal waters or a soothing sauna.


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TRADITIONAL EVENTS Popular traditional events include Shoe-making Sunday in Tržič (September), Lace-making Days in Železniki (July), Potato Day in Šenčur (June), Avsenik music events in Begunje (all year).

Jezersko, as well as the Cow’s Ball at Ribčev Laz in Bohinj (September), events which, in addition to being entertaining, are also ethnographically informative. In the winter season there is World Cup In Alpine skiing in Kranjska Gora, the Vitranc Cup, ski flying (jumping) competitions at nearby Planica, biathlon competition on Pokljuka and the Telemark world championship event in Bohinj.

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The Gorenjska region also boasts a number of international festivals, including the Bled Festival of classical music, Bled Days and Bled Night, Okarina Bled Festival of ethno music, and the Festival of Early Music in Radovljica. In spring, there is the Wild Flower Festival in Bohinj as well as numerous events in Kranj – such as the Carniola Festival, Jazz Kamp and Kranfest including the Kranj Night. Considered one of the largest events of its kind in Europe, the International Days of Minerals, Fossils and Environment – MinFos – is organised each May in Tržič. The customs and traditions of herdsmen and a pastoral lifestyle are revived by the Shepherd’s Ball held each August at

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Cerklje na

Gorenjskem You can have an active nature and countryside experience among colourful fields and rugged hills of municipality Cerklje na Gorenjskem. 8 cycling paths are marked, both at low and at high altitudes, to which you can set off by city or mountain bike. An info board with the map can be found in the Centre of Cerklje, in front of Petrovec house. All paths are marked with signs which make the direction of the path clearly visible. The paths go past cultural, historical and natural sights, to variegate experience of a cycling trip.

Photos provided by Cerklje na Gorenjskem Municipal Archives

Lower cycling paths:

1 CERKLJE – LAHOVČE – CERKLJE (16.3 km) 2 CERKLJE – PŠENIČNA POLICA – LAHOVČE – PRAPROTNA POLICA –ČEŠNJEVEK – CERKLJE (23.3 km) 3 CERKLJE – BRNIK – CERKLJE (6.1 km) 4 CERKLJE – ADERGAS – CERKLJE (10.6 km) 5 ČEŠNJEVEK – ADERGAS – ČEŠNJEVEK (7.8 km)

Higher cycling paths:

6 CERKLJE – ŠENTURŠKA GORA – CERKLJE (13.4 km, 268 m height difference) 7 CERKLJE – JEZERCA – CERKLJE (27.2 km, 1020 m height difference) 8 CERKLJE - ŠTEFANJA GORA – CERKLJE (10.4 km, 319 m height difference)

TIC - Tourist Information Center Cerklje Pr Petrovc Krvavška 1b SI-4207 Cerklje T: 00 386 4 28 15 822 F: 00 386 4 28 15 822 E: info@tic-cerklje.si

SIGHTSEEINGS ALONG THE WAY In Cerklje you can visit the baroque Church of the Assumption, the secession house Hribar Villa, the Petrovc House with a museum, a Tourist Information Centre and a library, a chapel of the architect Jože Plečnik, the composer and conductor Davorin Jenko statue, and the memorial park of prominent local people. Along the way to Adergas, where there is a Dominican Cloister, the Church of Mary’s Annunciation with the oldest statue of Mary and Jesus, and catacombs, you can visit the renovated castle of Strmol. You can learn about the local history and the history of beekeeping in the Beekeeping farm museum, and you can admire the nature on Krvavec or at the ponds Češnjevek and Lahovče. We wish you a lot of joy on your bike as you are discovering the beauty of our area.

...we are small, quiet destination...

...come&enjoy in pure nature…

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Photo collection LTO Kranjska Gora; Photo: Matevž Lenarčič

Kranjska Gora

In the northwest of Slovenia there is a fairy tale land which offers thousands of pleasures on the snow in winter and an escape from the unbearable heat to pleasant shade for everyone who wants an active holiday, full of experiences, in summer. We are, of course, speaking about one of the most beautiful mountain jewels – KRANJSKA GORA.

Cycling You can decide for a lazy pedalling style or for more demanding journeys into the heart of the Alpine valleys. You will work up a sweat and get a tan on the steep slopes of the Karavanke range. On the bicycle trail of three countries, which starts at the three-country border with Austria and Italy, a visit to Bled through the Valley Radovna is highly recommended. A bicycle route map and lunch in your backpacks might be the best way to get to know the Zgornjesavska Valley. The trail is in perfect condition all the way until Mojstrana. You can also take many detours from this main trail. If you are an adrenaline buff, then the Kranjska Gora Bike Park with its courses offers everything you could wish for, including the Children’s Bike Park. Hiking events

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Hiking is definitely amongst the most popular summer activities. There are plenty of trails for everyone, from the easiest recreational hikes to serious Alpine tours, which demand experience, appropriate equipment and a mountain guide. The first wonderful trail can be found in the confines of the Triglav National Park – The Triglavska Bistrica Trail in Vrata is a true experience of nature – the Peričnik Waterfall, the Galleries, the

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gable of the Vrata and the mighty Triglav Northern Wall. Conquering Triglav via this wall is a real achievement. You can also have mysterious experiences in the Valley Kot, from where the road along the Radovna Valley leads you to the Gorge (Vintgar). Those who enjoy the sight of a precipice have to experience the challenging trail to Prisank from Vršič. Those who like safer sights can discover the road to Slemenova špica, the meditative solitude of the panoramic forest walk from Vršič to the lakes with a view of the magnificent Jalovec. Perhaps the most beautiful trail in the


Gorenjska / Slovenian Alps Zgornjesavska Valley is the trail to the first and second Martuljek Waterfall. Nordic walking Kranjska Gora offers many opportunities for this ever more popular version of simple walking. There are instructors available and you can also borrow poles.

Russian Chapel Towards the top of the winding road to the Vršič pass there is a chapel built to honour the memory of Russian prisoners of war who were buried by a huge avalanche during the construction of the road. At the top of the pass you can admire the Ajdovska Deklica, the face of a young woman visible in the rock of the north face of the Prisank mountain.

Cultural sights SLOVENIAN ALPINE MUSEUM, MOJSTRANA In the Slovenian Alpine Museum the past and present walk together. A rich collection of objects with versatile historical backgrounds, versatile photographic and archival material and a comprehensive technical library offer visitors an insight into the mass appeal and importance of Alpine activities in Slovenia.

Photo collection of LTO Kranjska Gora; Photo: Iztok Noč

THE KAJŽNK HOUSE, RATEČE Belongs in the category of renovated objects with well preserved folk architecture. In it you can see a reconstruction of a black kitchen and pantry, exhibitions of Rateče folk garb and local history, old films on still preserved customs and the Planica ski jumping competition and an exhibition of handiwork made by members of the Rateče-Planica Tourist Association. Photo collection of Slovenian Alpine Museum

THE LIZNJEK HOUSE, KRANJSKA GORA The Liznjek house is a genuine Slovenian Alpine house, which was renovated and refurbished in 1983 and adapted into an ethnological museum. The cellar features a permanent exhibition about the life and work of children’s author, Josip Vandot (1884-1944) and a temporary gallery. Photo collection of LTO Kranjska Gora; Photo Matjaž Vidmar

Photo collection LTO Kranjska Gora; Photo: Iztok Noč

TIC Kranjska Gora Kolodvorska ulica 1c SI - 4280 Kranjska Gora T: +386 (0)4 580 94 40 F: +386 (0)4 580 94 41 info@kranjska-gora.eu www.kranjska-gora.si

19 Jun – 21 Jun – Alpe- Adria Bikefestival Villach – Kranjska Gora - Bovec - Tarvisio 20 Jun – 5th Assault on “Dovška Baba” 21 Jun – 28 Jun – 14. Kekec Days 25 Jun – 21. Vršič Mountain Pass Run 26 Jun – Annual concert of KD Odmev, MePZ Kranjska Gora 27 Jun – Triglav fairy tales land – “Rajže po poteh Triglavskih pravljic” 27 Jun – Mojstrana day of sport and fun 28 Jun – Charity cycling event – Let’s be friends 30 Jun – Alenka Gotar students Concert 29 Jun – 31 Aug – Vitranc Summer Festival ********************************************* 1 Jul - Duo Acoustic Rainbow Concert 2 Jul – Ensemble Zgornjesavci Concert 4 Jul – 6th Family cycling day in Kranjska Gora 4 Jul – Party “Pa damačem” in Rute 7 Jul – Duo Primavera Concert 8 Jul – Concert of KD Odmev, MePZ Kranjska Gora 9 Jul – Anzhe Concert 9 Jul – Slovenian nights 10 Jul – Dixie Šok Band Concert 11 Jul – 30. Village evening in Dovje 15 Jul – Green Eyes Concert 17 Jul – Juan Vasle & piano player Ivan Vombergar 18 Jul – Triglav fairy tales land – “Rajže po poteh Triglavskih pravljic” 18 Jul – Land of Kosovir 22 Jul – An evening of film music 23 Jul – Ensemble Zgornjesavci Concert 23 Jul – Slovenian nights 23 Jul – Ensemble Zgornjesavci Concert 24 Jul – Zahod Band Concert 25 Jul – 26 Jul Russian weekend 28 Jul – Green Eyes Concert 29 Jul – Brass Band Jesenice - Kranjska Gora Concert 30 Jul – Slovenian nights 30 Jul – Spoon Fool Band Concert 31 Jul – 8 Aug Charcoal days and the Central Slovenian charcoal meeting *********************************************** 1 Aug – Fireman party “Pod lipo” 4 Aug – Brass Band Jesenice - Kranjska Gora Concert 6 Aug – Slovenian nights 6 Aug – The Municipality of Kranjska Gora celebrating holiday 7 Aug – Beer Belly Concert 8 Aug – Triglav fairy tales land – “Rajže po poteh Triglavskih pravljic” 8 Aug – Zgornjesavska Valley Picnic 11 Aug – Dalawa Stories Concert 12 Aug – An evening of classical stories 13 Aug – Anzhe Concert 15 Aug – 22nd Village day in Rateče 15 Aug – The running event Kranjskogorska 10-ka 18 Aug – Zahod Band Concert 19 Aug – Anzhe Concert 20 Aug – Ensemble Zgornjesavci Concert 21 Aug – 22 Aug – 11th Škerlj’s Days 25 Aug – Concert of KD Odmev, MePZ Kranjska Gora 26 Aug – Anzhe Concert 28 Aug – 30 Aug – The Aljaž Days 29 Aug – Let’s play in Rute ********************************************** 6 Sep – 36th Ascent up Vršič 14 Sep – 35th The Tree-country border meeting Note: The programme is subject to change.

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Tržič Mountain Kingdom of stories and wonders The region of Tržič is a paradise for those who seek romantic secrets. Old locals of Tržič know that in ancient times dragons used to walk around here. One of them is to blame for the emergence of Tržič. Today, when the dragons apparently no longer exist, a sense of peace and immense beauty of forest and mountain paths prevails. But let the travellers not be misled in those places - here each stone has its own story. Tržič is a place where all the stories are true.

In the Dovžan Gorge alone there are thousands of such stories. In its walls, 300 million years old, thousands of fossils can be found from the time when even dragons did not exist. The roads in Tržič region are not so old, but they were already here at the time of the ancient Rome. At that time, the wagons rattled through Ljubelj Pass, but today annual race of old-timers takes place.

Local views are also breath-taking. The Tržič region is a luxury of routes where trekkers, mountaineers, climbers, mountain bikers, scouts, fans of adrenaline, hang gliders, parachutists, touring skiers, ski jumpers, snowboarders, fishermen, hunters remain breathless, and also historians, geologists, poets and lovers of all beautiful things. A lot of famous people lived here. For example, Marshal Radetzky who is known worldwide due the Strauss’ Radetzky March. The world record holder among astronauts Sunita Williams has her roots here, the first record holder in ski jumping Jože Šlibar, the beginner of ski hysteria Bojan Križaj and Olympic snowboarder Žan Košir. Which is not surprising, say the locals.

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In Tržič everything is possible and everything is true. If you do not believe it, you just have to come here and see for yourselves.

Sunita Williams

Tourist Information Centre Tržič Trg svobode 18, SI-4290 Tržič tel. 00386 4 5971 536 or 00386 51 627 057 Email: informacije@trzic.si www.visit-trzic.com


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Žirovnica

You are invited to visit the cradle of Slovene beekeeping and culture, Žirovnica. To be exact, the collection of villages under Stol (mountain), joined together into the Municipality of Žirovnica. After being warmly welcomed in the peaceful rural environment, you will be taken through the picturesque countryside and introduced to our rich cultural traditions gathered along the Path of Cultural Heritage.

A visit to Janša’s Bee House in Breznica Anton Janša, a notable apiarist, started his beekeeping journey in his native Breznica. Sitting by his home bee house almost 300 years ago he started building up his extensive knowledge of bees. Soon he became well-known across the Austrian lands and the first royally appointed teacher of beekeeping in Vienna. A practical presentation of beekeeping and a visit to the honey products shop in Selo. With its fourth generation of beekeepers, Noč’s family is a family with a rich beekeeping tradition. Today Anton and his son Boštjan manage over 300 hives. During the pasture season they move them to pastures all across Slovenia which provides them with a wide

range of different types of honey. The only bee species found in their hives is the Carniolan honey bee. They breed the queen bees of this autochthonous race at the Carniolan bee breeding station in Završnica. Noč’s beekeepers will introduce you to the life of a bee, the work of a beekeeper in a genuine bee house and invite you to a bee house shop where you can supply yourself with honey and different honey products of your choice.

Tourism and culture board Žirovnica Žirovnica 14, 4274 Žirovnica e-mail: info@zirovnica.eu phone: +386 (0)4 580 15 03 mobile: +386 (0)40 221 929

Go outside, be active in the unspoilt nature Slovenia offers the chance to take part in sports activities, and enjoy unforgettable experiences, every day of the year. A vital element is that they take place in nature, and thus have a beneficial impact on your feelings and health. Of course, some activities depend on the season. If you want to spend some time in the nature, Slovenia is for you. (source: slovenia.info) Did you know: Mt. Triglav, with an elevation of 2,864 metres, is the highest mountain in Slovenia and the highest peak of the Julian Alps. The mountain is the pre-eminent symbol of the Slovene Nation. It is a duty of every Slovenian person to climb Triglav at least once in their lifetime. (source: wikipedia) The Slovenia Times Summer guide 2015

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Photo: Bled Tourist Board Archive

The bird of paradise is yet another of Bled’s specialities. A peacock-shaped brooch was found in the area dating from the 6th century, symbolising the source of life and fortune, and you may buy a replica in Bled as a souvenir – ranging in size from a small brooch to a golden pendant or even a paperweight.

Bled With its green-blue lake, the little island with its church and the medieval castle on the crags above, Bled is the most famous view of Slovenia. This tourist gem of international fame located at the edge of the Triglav National Park, was among the nominees for seven new wonders of the World! You can enjoy the lake - which was the venue of the World Rowing Championship in 2011 - on a traditional wooden boat called a pletna, or drive around the perimeter by horse and carriage (the good old fijaker). Further to this, you can find here a wealth of cultural heritage and boundless possibilities for mountain recreation, you may also look after your well-being as the traditions of cosmopolitan spa tourism reaching back to 19th century are preserved by the excellent wellness centres and spa’s.

Bled lake; Photo: Jošt Gantar

temptations in the wine cellar, the Castle Forge, the Castle Restaurant and Art Gallery nearby. A venue for very special events like weddings and concerts.

Every third weekend in July there are the Bled Days; with promenade concerts, a fair, lights floating on the lake and magnificent fireworks. In early July, Bled is the venue for the International Music Festival with an authentic productions of classical music, whilst for the past two decades, the town comes alive every August with music from across the world during The Okarina Ethno Festival, that is taking place in Bled Castle and a Park by the Lake Bled. Arnold Rikli and miraculous climate In 1854, the Swiss physician, Dr. Arnold Rikli established the foundations of spa tourism in Bled, with its special combnation of air, sun and water baths. Rikli’s walk takes place first Sunday in July and is dedicated to this great man.

Creme de la creme! The symbol of Bled’s cuisine is a delicious cream cake (‘Kremšnita’ or ‘Kremna Rezina’) of which, eleven million pieces are believed to have been made and sold over the last sixty years. Whoever has tasted one knows there’s nothing like it! Bled’s culinary offer will be presented with events under the name “Taste Bled”. One of them will also be held during the biggest summer festival Bled Days this year.

Other activities can be found on www.bled.si

Bled Castle above the lake The island in the middle of the lake is a unique symbol of both Bled and Slovenia - it being the only island in the country - but high on the cliffs overlooking the lake is situated the picturesque Bled Castle, that holds a museum, irresistible

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INFOCENTER TRIGLAVSKA ROŽA BLED Ljubljanska 27, Bled T: +386 4 5780205 info@dzt.bled.si www.bled.si


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Photos provided by bohinj-info.com, bohinj.si, vogel.si

Bohinj Located in Triglav National Park, the glacial valley of Bohinj is considered one of the most beautiful valleys within the Julian Alps. Bohinj covers 333 km2 and contains 24 typical alpine villages and settlements. The valley’s trademark is the beautiful Lake Bohinj, famous for its turquoise waters which lie between Bohinj’s mountains which rise to 2,000 metres. Its calm waters and the scenery create an atmosphere of infinite tranquillity. Merely a 30 minute drive from Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj is the largest lake in Slovenia.

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Lake Bohinj

Take a walk along the picturesque Mostnica Gorge beside its fast-flowing water or climb through a green forest to the Savica Waterfall. You can also follow the 11 kilometre trail around Lake Bohinj. Climb Bohinj is an excellent starting point for climbing Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak (2,864m). Bike Discover Bohinj by bike. Last summer a new bicycle bridge next to Camp Danica opened new bike routes through the valley. Cross green meadows and follow the Sava Bohinjka River. From Bohinj you can also hike to Pokljuka and visit the biathlon centre at the top of the plateau. Sail, swim, fish The clear water of Lake Bohinj is great for a swim or to dive into, to sail or fish.

Lake Bohinj, the jewel in the centre of a scattering of villages in northern Gorenjska, is absolutely breathtaking. Go early in the morning, out of season, just before the sun rises over the adjacent peaks, to experience its awe. Mist shrouds the banks of this still and flat alpine wonder. The pure quiet of this location really brings nature to life. Only birdsong emanates from the surrounding Eden, the splash of one of Bohinj’s yellowbellied fish or the crash of the Savica Waterfall in the mid distance. Perhaps the only other detectable sound is the flap of the wings of large birds in flight over this crystal clear lake. By Bohinj you can literally be at one with yourself and peace is unavoidable. Mostnica Gorge The numerous signs, typically carved in log planks, direct you to this hidden gem. Korita Mostnica, a tiny bridge tucked away in the hills behind Stara Fužina and the lake, connects the two sides of a deeply spectacular gorge. Take in the splendid view of Triglav while the turquoise torrent swirls below.

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Savica Waterfall

The legend of Goldenhorn and the magical flower

Your time spent in Bohinj would not be complete without a trip to one of Slovenia’s greatest waterfalls, Slap Savica. You can reach the waterfall with a one hour walk on a thickly forested slope, weather permitting. The waterfall itself drops a towering 78 metres into a large water sink located 500 metres above ground level. Well known Slovenian poets and writers often write about this natural phenomenon. Cable car ride on Vogel For breathtaking views and vistas of Lake Bohinj below and the surrounding Triglav National Park, catch the cable car to the top of Vogel. Whether you are a nature lover or an adrenaline junkie, this is the spot to be. Tranquillity, easy hikes and treks on one side and a mountain bike park, paragliding, zip-line, starting points for long distance hikes on the other. There is something for everyone. For children there is a completely new playground in the fairy tale land of goldhorn. It takes only 5 minutes to climb 1,500 metres above sea level. Savica Waterfall

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In the legend, the Goldenhorn (Zlatorog) - now the symbolic animal of the Triglav National Park - is shot by a young hunter who is in love and blinded with desire for treasure guarded by the animal. A magical flower growing on Triglav heals the Goldenhorn’s wound, and the animal takes his revenge upon the hunter before leaving, never to be seen again, along with the treasure. Have respect for nature!


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Experience the best of Bohinj in one day. For visitors, packages are available for organised tours covering the highlights of Bohinj and its surroundings. Try the Mega Bohinj package for a boat excursion on the lake, a cable car ride up Mt Vogel with a “Hungry Chamois” or “Hungry Dormouse” lunch at the top, visits to the Savica Waterfall, Mostnica Gorge and the Church of St. John the Baptist. Or try the Standard, Mini or Aqua packages for parts of the Mega package.

The camp’s amenities include a WiFi access point, bars and restaurants, a supermarket, grocery, bakery, health centre, pharmacy, laundry service, bank and post office. The camp is wheelchair friendly. Concerts, shows and evening entertainment thrive on the warm summer nights. Danica is open 365 days a year.

Camp in Bohinj The area around the mighty Triglav range is a fantastic spot for campers. Directly at the foot of nature, the camp is just outside Bohinjska Bistrica and can accommodate over 700 guests in tents, campervans and bungalows where you can find a range of fascinating on-site activities such as tennis, badminton, volleyball and table tennis. The bathroom facilities are regularly cleaned throughout the day. If you wander a few steps out of the camp, you will find yourself near a large sports hall, the Aqua Park, mountains, lakes and dashing rivers.

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Bar – restaurant Danica

Fairy tale sleepover A fairy tale village of holiday chalets nestles in the heart of the Vogel ski resort at 1,537 metres with a gorgeous view of Triglav, the highest peak in Slovenia, and its surrounding mountains. Visit the Vogel Alpine Village for the ultimate alpine experience in Slovenia. In the heart of Triglav National Park you can see that the mountains are closer here than anywhere else. The Alpine Village consists of four chalets and a Ski Hotel which is like an “eagle’s nest”, right next to the top cable car station. Staying on Vogel gives you a chance to cool down as the temperature here tends to be at least eight degrees cooler than in the valley. Check the details on www.vogel.si. Save with the Bohinj Guest Card Bohinj Tourism and the Municipality of Bohinj offer a card to guests who stay at least two nights in Bohinj and pay tourist tax. The card enables: free parking, free bus tickets for routes in Bohinj and: 50% discount on bus tickets for routes from Bohinj to Ljubljana and vice versa (Alpetour buses), a 50 % discount on train tickets (Jesenice-Bled-Bohinj-Most na Soči-Nova Gorica in both directions), a 5% discount on car train tickets.

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Cow’s Ball and other events On the third Sunday in September, Ukanc is the venue of the Cow Ball (Kravji Bal), a traditional event that seeks to preserve the old traditions of Bohinj pastoral farming and cheese-making that accompanied the return of cowherds and their cattle from the high mountain pastures. Every spring Bohinj hosts the International Wild Flower Festival, whilst in summer there are midsummer nights and the Bohinj Musical Summer Festival, that features some of the very best classical musicians. On various locations 8th Hiking Festival in Bohinj and 6th Fly Fishing Festival will take place.

BOHINJSKO/FROM BOHINJ Local culinary specialties from Bohinj include mohant cheese, zaseka with sausage, and žganci made from the local Bohinj corn. Numerous traditional dishes originate from the kitchens of local inns, and new ones which connect local ingredients with modern tastes are constantly emerging. The fajfa (smoking pipe) from Gorjuše, hand-knitted socks made from sheep wool and wooden basket called deža are typical and traditional products from Bohinj. Most hand-made souvenirs relate to the local breed of cattle known as cika and the floral richness, which are closely connected with the local way of life. The Bohinjsko/from Bohinj sign guarantees geographic origin and the high quality of products and services.

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Info & Booking Points: Bohinj Tourist Office Ribčev Laz 48 T: +386 (0)4574 60 10 info@bohinj-info.com www.bohinj-info.com Tourism Bohinj Triglavska cesta 30, Bohinjska Bistrica T: +386 (0)4574 75 90 info@bohinj.si www.bohinj.si

VOGEL Ukanc 6 T: +386 (0)45 729 721 info@vogel.si www.vogel.si Camp Danica Triglavska 60 T: +386 (0)4572 17 02 info@camp-danica.si www.camp-danica.si

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Radovljica

Radovljica Radovljica, or Radol’ca as it is also known, is a picturesque old town situated on a hilltop, overlooking the Dežela plain to the east and the Sava river valley to the west, with perfect views of the Julian Alps dominating the background. The compact centre is a veritable open air museum of beautifully restored buildings, narrow sloping streets and pleasant sidewalk cafés.

Fish, hike, bike or fly: The wider area is home to countless hiking and cycling paths and fishing waters. Lesce airfield offers panoramic flights, skydiving, and paragliding.

1 July-31 August > HOP- ON HOP- OFF RADOL’CA - Tourist Bus Every Tuesday: Bled-Radovljica-Kropa-Radovljica-Bled Every Thursday: Bled-Radovljica-Begunje-Brezje-Radovljica-Bled July - MUSICAL THURSDAYS in Linhart Square, Radovljica at 8.00pm 4 July > IRON FORGING FESTIVAL in Kropa 7 June, 5 July, 2 August & 6 September > FLEA MARKET in Linhart Square, Radovljica 2 August > MEDIEVAL MARKET in Linhart Square, Radovljica 8-23 August > 33nd RADOVLJICA FESTIVAL, Radovljica 21-23 August > AVSENIK FESTIVAL, Begunje na Gorenjskem

Did you know that: The village of Begunje, beneath the Karavanke range, is the birthplace of the musician Slavko Avsenik; an icon of popular Slovenian folk music. On the way to Kranj from Radovljica, the village of Brezje – a major Slovenian pilgrimage centre – and the village of Ljubno can be visited. On the right bank of the Sava River, beneath the Jelovica Plateau, lies the Lipnica Valley with the iron-forging villages of Kropa and Kamna Gorica. The areas between larger settlements are dotted with numerous small villages.

Taste Radol’ca Taste the delicious food of Radol’ca’s restaurants which offer a combination of genuine homemade food prepared using superior methods, and the finest local ingredients. The month of November contributes even further to this with the events in which restaurants and inns from the Radovljica municipality unite.

Kamen Castle

Tourism Radovljica Linhart Square 9, 4240 Radovljica T: +386 (0)4 531 51 12 M: +386 (0)40 460 675 info@radolca.si www.radolca.si

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Tastes of Loka countryside – Loška smojka; Photo: Cveto Sonc

Škofja Loka from the air; Photo: Matevž Lenarčič

Š ko f j a Loka One loka, two valleys, three highlands, infinite stories Škofja Loka, the best preserved medieval town in Slovenia, inspires with its many stories. A rich tradition in trade and craftsmanship echoes from the past, resounding in the ancient squares, with a mosaic of events which attract many visitors throughout the year to the town under the Škofja Loka castle. The beauty of the 1,000 year old town is complemented by the Selška and Poljanska valleys which preserve the tradition of almost forgotten crafts and enthral visitors with a palette of active adventures. The Škofja Loka hills and the Sorško Polje plain offer a wealth of options for hikers and a variety of organised and marked trails for cyclists at different difficulty levels.

Culinary delights from the Loka countryside, prepared according to the recipes of our grandmothers; bread from a baker’s oven, cake “potica”, rolled dumplings, zgantzi, “Loška smojka” (baked small turnip filled with millet groats), “Loška mešanica”(Loka mixture made of barley, beans, sour turnip and cabbage), Visoko roast and many more – these seasonal dishes can be tasted in selected inns where you are more than welcome.

Do not leave without seeing the underground fortress system of the Rupnik Line and venture into its mysterious interior with an experienced guide.

Slovenian Caricature Festival ; Photo: Tomaž Sokol

The colourful buildings of Škofja Loka are a wonderful backdrop for numerous open-air activities. The many ethnological, cultural, entertainment and sporting events are testament to the lively throb of these towns set amidst green surrounds.

20 June Historial Škofja Loka, Festival of history 21 - 31 August Colourful Loka, Škofja Loka, A cycle of summer concerts 2 August Day of charcoal makers, Stari vrh, Ethnographic event with demonstrations of charcoal pile making and charcoal activities 19 and 20 September 3rd Slovenian Caricature Festival, Tavčarjev dvorec Visoko, Art festival 20 September Hike along the Rapal Border, Žiri, September 20, Traditional sporting events with a cultural program

The Rupnik Line; Photo: Denis Bozovičar

Only a stone’s throw from the medieval town you can wander across three thematic paths. You can choose the “Path of the three castles”, the “Trail to Puštal” or the slightly more distant “Trail to Crngrob.” Routes are equipped with information boards, information folders are available at the information office. TURIZEM ŠKOFJA LOKA / TOURIST BOARD ŠKOFJA LOKA Kidričeva cesta 1a 4220 Škofja Loka T: +386 4 517 06 00 M: +386 51 427 827 E: info@skofja-loka.com W: www.skofja-loka.com Trail to Crngrob – The Church of the Annunciation in Crngrob ; Photo: Jana Jocif

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Vovkov vrt; Photo: Kranj Tourist Board

Kranj

Even a fleeting glance over Kranj gives the impression that it is a pleasant old town which strives toward keeping its historical riches, yet be modern and attractive for locals as well as for visitors. Being the third largest city in Slovenia, Kranj is the economic, cultural and sporting centre of Carniola. With nearly 56,000 inhabitants, Kranj represents a good quarter of the region’s entire population and one-third of all corporations are based there. Kranj is also an educational centre with interesting secondary, higher education and university programmes. The town’s advantages lay surely in its geographical location: it is only 7km to the International Airport Brnik and there is a railway connection to Central Europe; motorways are close and it is only 50km to the Austrian and Italian borders. As well as the town itself, the surroundings of Kranj are pleasant and inviting. They offer green retreats, a number of relaxation spots and endless hiking and cycling possibilities.

Pick a trail: Kranj wants to be cyclist-friendly and it is improving the cycling infrastructure. There are four marked cycling trails from Kranj toward the north which border the three neighbouring municipalities: Naklo, Tržič and Preddvor. All four trails are designed for recreational cycling and offer peaceful moments in the nature and some wonderful views. On the trails cyclists will pass numerous meadows and fields and traverse through fresh forests. Along the way keep your eyes open for interesting things such as a heron or even a stork, a little church on a hill, a monument or a tourist farm.

During the warmer months from May till October, the auditorium of the open air theatre, Khislstein enriches the cultural beat of Kranj. Standing in the embrace of the Kranj medieval wall, it is intended for concerts and theatre. Visitors from near and far travel to Kranj at the end of July, drawn by the most popular entertainment event in the Gorenjska region – Kranfest festival with the traditional Kranj Night. Offering a rich and varied programme of entertainment, the event ranks among the largest Slovene festivals, attracting more than 10,000 visitors from all parts of Slovenia. The most successful musicians improve their knowledge as well as get and give new ideas at the International Kranj Jazz Kamp. Slovene and foreign jazz and pop musicians gather and perform their songs in Kranj every August.

Cycling trails around Kranj; Photo: Kranj Tourist Board

CANYON KOKRA The canyon is an almost 30-metre deep gorge the river Kokra cut into a conglomerate terrace through Kranj dating back to the Ice Age. It is a shelter and a home to extremely variegated flora and fauna. There is an educational trail in the Kokra canyon.

Summer Theatre Khislstein; Photo: Kranj Tourist Board

The labyrinth of tunnels built during WWII is accessible today for visitors.

Kranj TOURIST BOARD Glavni trg 2, 4000 Kranj T: 04/238 04 50, 040/664 015 info@tourism-kranj.si www.tourism-kranj.si Kranj – old town; Photo: Kranj Tourist Board

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Savinja & Ĺ alek Valley Secret corners of unspoiled nature...

...thermal and climatic health resorts, towns and cities with an interesting past and a lively present, hospitable farms, sporting challenges...

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Hiking in the Kamink-Savinja Alps; Photo: Center Rinka

Savinja & Šalek Valley Welcome to the Savinja & Šalek Valley, the land of diverse adventures Savinja and Šalek Valley is situated in the northern part of Slovenia. Vast mountain range of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, picturesque natural parks, lakes and vivid Savinja river are a popular destination for hikers, photographers and active holiday lovers. The Logar Valley with surroundings is described by Lonely Planet as one of the most beautiful Alpine glacial valleys in Europe. From the colorful meadows, pastures, misterious caves, delicious Slovenian cuisine and homesteads of Solčavsko, European Destinations of Excellence 2009, to urban vibe in Velenje, a city of the Pippi Festival, socialist heritage and legendary stories of castles. The Golte hiking resort, wellness facilities and Topolšica Spa are a perfect choice for a summer getaway.

REVIVE YOUR SENSES! - get inspired in colorful Mozirski gaj Flower Park, - sensory discovering of Velenje city center and visiting Velenje Castle, - Zgornjesavinjski želodec dry meat tasting - connect with past traditions on 55th Flosarski bal, timber rafting event, 1th August 2015.

Biking in the Savinja and Šalek Valley; Photo: www.adventurevalley.com

Canyoning in Savinja Valley; Photo: www.adventurevalley.com

FEEL THE ENERGY! - cycling on Solčava Panoramic Road, - hiking from Golte landscape park to Smrekovec, the only Slovenian volcano, - discovering Snežna jama cave, the highest Slovenian tourist cave, - underground adventure 160 m below the surface in the Coal Mining Museum of Slovenia. REFRESH YOURSELF!

Swimming and whitewater activities in Savinja Valley; Photo: Camping Menina

- swimming, rafting & kayaking on Savinja River and canyoning in unspoiled nature, - fishing, sailing and SUP on Velenje lakes, - hiking to Okrešelj, visiting Rinka waterfall, one of the most admired Slovenian watrefalls.

www.mozaik-dozivetij.si Velenje Castle before the storm; Photo: Gregor Pirtovšek

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Come and stay at freshly renovated campsite by Velenje lake. There is no need to explain the feeling of parking your car and simply sitting down in refreshing tree shade. But can you imagine a better way to relax than feeling a splash of water against your face? Or seeing your child smile in the playgroud? With us you can swim, surf, sail and SUP. Are you up for a trip with kayak or canoe? Visit our school for water activities. You can have fun with your children or we can entertain them for you. And if endless walking and running trails are not what you are looking for, we can explore hidden places of Savinja and Šalek Valley together.

www.camp-jezero.si Avtokamp Jezero Cesta Simona Blatnika 26 3320 Velenje T: +386 51 455 977 GPS: 15°5'18"E, 46°22'5"N


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In new Wellness centre Zala you will put your trust into the knowledge and experience of the personnel that will evoke unforgettable feelings. We offer you two curative features: thermal water and mild climate of the region at the foothills of the Alps.

To p o l šica Spa Indulge in the whisper of fores ts and the murmur of rivers; res t your eyes on the green symphony of budding life and vivid colours of maturity.

Topolšica with its natural characteristics embodies everything required by the modern body and soul.

Discover yourself and enjoy the reassuring peacefulness of the forests and the freshness of the parks under your windows. Welcome walkers and cyclists.

Accommodation is possible in Hotel Vesna*** or Apartments****, all set in a peaceful area in the embrace of green forests.

Terme Topolšica Topolšica 77, SI - 3326 Topolšica Tel: 00386 3 896 31 00 E-mail: info@t-topolsica.si Website: www.terme-topolsica.si

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Taste the difference, taste Slovenian delights In every corner of Slovenia, visitors are pleasantly surprised by new and different culinary delicacies. As you enjoy Slovenian food and wine, the circumstances that resulted in the Slovenian proverb that love comes through the stomach will become clear. The delights of Slovenian cooking, hidden in old recipes, are now available at almost every turn. Food with tradition can be seen in family inns, special events called osmice and rural experiences. Its faithful companions are the excellent Slovenian wines. (source: slovenia.info) Did you know: Potica is a typical Slovenian festive dish known all around the world. It used to be baked in special baking dishes which reflect the local folk’s genuine creativity. Potica cake pans are usually round, with a cylinder in the centre of the dish. Baked potica comes in the shape of a ring or circular loaf.


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L o g a r Va l l ey The valley Logarska dolina is one of the most beautiful alpine valleys in Europe. Under the grey peaks of the Kamnik and Savinja Alps, light green alpine meadows, homesteads, and wide dark green forests are set. This idyllic landscape image attracts numerous mountain nature lovers from all over the world.

Managed by a locally owned tourism development company, the entire valley is a protected natural landscape park since 1987. Its preservation is maintained, while at the same time its varied and diverse tourism offering is well-organised for guests. The farmers, whose ancestors found their place in the valley Logarska dolina, have shaped the distinct landscape image for centuries. The valley is named after the Logar farm, a farm with the longest tradition in the valley. Besides the traditional farming, the Juvanija, Lenar, and Plesnik farms have been dedicated to tourism for years. Underneath the Palenk

Waterfall in the middle of the valley Hotel Plesnik and Guesthouses Ojstrica and Na razpotju are located. From the valley Logarska dolina, mountain trails lead numerous mountaineers to the peaks of the Kamnik and Savinja Alps or just to the mountain huts Logarski Kot and Dom planincev. When entering the valley Logarska dolina, you can hire bicycles. A narrow asphalt road, winding through the valley past the tourist facilities, brings you right to the parking lot under the Rinka waterfall, at the end of the seven kilometre valley.

23 – 28 June – Kamnik Savinja Alps Hiking Festival 28 June – Day of soft mobility in nature park Logar valley 23 August – Gladiators in the nature – sports event 28 December – Night walk to the frozen waterfall Rinka

Logarska dolina d.o.o. Logarska dolina 9 3335 Solčava Tel: +386 3838 9004 E-mail: info@logarska.si Website: www.logarska-dolina.si Hiking in Savinja and Šaleška Valley; Photo: Center Rinka

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The Lenar Farm Stay The Lenar Farm Stay lies at the heart of the Logarska Valley, one of the most beautiful Alpine valleys in the world. The bed and breakfast, run by the family, has been operating since 1966. Since then many returning and new guests keep coming. The food they offer is organic and locally produced. The location of the Lenar Farm Stay provides an exceptional starting point for hiking and climbing in the mountains of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, as well as cycling across the valley during the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter time. Equipment rental for an active holiday is free. The Lenar Farm Stay, Urška Lenar s.p. Logarska dolina 11, 3335 Solčava Tel.: +386 3838 9006, GSM: +386 41 851 829 E-mail: tk.lenar@siol.net; Website: www.lenar.si

A PERFECT LOCATION FOR A BUSINESS EVENT PROFESSIONALISM AND ADAPTABILITY A satisfied client is a reward for the efforts of the entire hotel team. Each event is treated individually, we listen to the wishes and requirements of customers and we try to adapt ourselves as much as possible.

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Nature hides the best inspiration We are inviting you to our little paradise Logar Valley and Solčavsko. Capacities are available in a family hotel that satisfy the highest expectations of modern guests. Within the hotel complex, we offer conference facilities in a beautiful modern style with a hint of familiarity and a view of the meadows and forests.

SAFETY, FAMILIARITY AND SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT Logar Valley is a safe place for tourists. Solčavsko, including the Logar Valley received the European Destination of Excellence in 2009,which in a unique way combines nature conservation with the life of the locals and the curiosity of visitors from all over the world.

Why Logarska dolina - Solčavsko? Nature Park Logar Valley is located far away from cities and noise, that is why it provides excellent opportunities for successful events. Near airports: Airport Ljubljana (approximately 1 hour of drive), Klagenfurt, Austria (approximately 1 hour of drive).

Valley offers vacations in quiet surroundings of the landscape park and numerous activities ... For the successful management of the protected area, the park is the recipient of the award CIPRA Future in the Alps.

MODERN CONFERENCE ROOMS For the purposes of tourism business hotel offers modern conference halls with all the necessary technology: projector, screen, Wi-Fi, sound system, flip chart, notebook ...

Hotel Plesnik Logarska dolina 10 3335 Solčava Tel: +386 03 839 2300 E-mail: info@plesnik.si Website: www.plesnik.si

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Koroška

Koroška

Unspoilt mountain areas and forests...

...offers a wealth of opportunities to explore the peaks and the expanses of mountain ranges, and the slopes of picturesque Alpine valleys, attractive to hikers and mountain bikers. It may be one of the smaller regions in Slovenia, but it is all the more diverse and picturesque.

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Koroška Koroška is perfect for hikers as they have many options to choose from such as the European Long Distance Path E6 or the Slovenian Mountain Trail, which cut through the region, the Koroška Alpine Trail, which leads to the peaks of all major mountains and hills in the region and past friendly mountain huts... The experience of unspoiled nature is enhanced by the solitude. Koroška is the right choice both for occasional hikers and for those who enjoy the challenge of steep slopes.

First part of the Slovenian Mountain Trail leads through the expanses of Pohorje

Koroška

Tourist information centers:

Takes you by surprise. Koroška is one of the hilliest and most forested regions in Slovenia. It is marked by white stones and the soft edges of the hills which form its distinctive vista with green forest tones of the deep, dark and at some points, nearly impenetrable woods.

www.koroska.si info@koroska.si

Tourist rafting on the Drava river

Koroška boasts in a vast network of pre-existing less-used roads, forest roads, and paths. Together with the increasing number of bicycle trails, many opportunities for cycling have become available, mountain biking in particular, where you can create unlimited combinations for a tour up, down, between or even through (literally!) the mountain and experience a unique landscape between the Alps and the river Drava. Biking through mysterious mining galleries under Mt. Peca

TIC Slovenj Gradec Glavni trg 24, SI-2380 Slovenj Gradec t: +386 (0)2 881 21 16 e: tic@slovenjgradec.si TIC Dravograd Trg 4. julija 50, SI-2370 Dravograd t: +386 (0)2 871 02 85 e: ticdravograd@dravit.si Info centre Geopark Karavanke Glančnik 8, SI-2392 Mežica t: +386 (0)2 870 0180 e: info@podzemljepece.com TIC Ravne na Koroškem Gozdarska pot 18, SI-2390 Ravne na Kor. t: +386 (0)2 822 12 19 e: tic.ravne@siol.net Turistična pisarna Črna na Koroškem Center 101, SI-2393 Črna na Koroškem t: +386 (0)2 870 48 20 e: info@parkkm.si TURI Ribnica na Pohorju t: +386 (0)2 876 53 00 e: booking@ribnisko-pohorje.si TIC Radlje ob Dravi Mariborska 4, SI-2360 Radlje ob Dravi t: +386 (0)2 887 32 89 e: turizem@sktmradlje.si

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Region full of life

The Central Slovenia region is dominated by Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana, where you can enjoy festivals, events, entertainment‌and its surroundings, rich of natural and cultural heritage, offering activities in the nature...

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Ljubljana pancakes with a cottage-cheese and tarragon filling; Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik

Taste and feel of Central Slovenia

beef tongue with horseradish, served as a Sunday afternoon treat in autumn and winter. Other Ljubljana specialties include the Ljubljana egg dish, frog legs from the Ljubljana Moors, Ljubljana strudel, fried chicken drumsticks (very popular as a snack with workers on the Ljubljanica river) and of course the Ljubljana cake. Legend has it that the cake was first created by a cook who wanted to cheer up the sad daughter of the Lord of Ljubljana Castle. Today, you can find something to everyones liking in Ljubljana. The city has many restaurants and their offer varies from traditional Slovenian to Asian food.

Great views, different sounds, strange smells, good feelings; travelling is an experience absorbed by many senses. But let’s not forget to put our taste to the test and explore the flavours of the destinations. The Heart of Travel along tastes Slovenia invites you to join the table. In Slovenia there are no less than 24 gastronomic regions represented by almost 200 dishes. In the centre of the country it all comes together. The restaurants and traditional gostilnas in Ljubljana and its 25 surrounding municipalities serve a fine selection of national and local dishes.

Long culinary tradition Ljubljana has a long culinary tradition. Already, hundreds of years ago, you could buy fish from the Adriatic Sea as well as fish from the Danube, from the Ljubljana market. Over time, many specialties have been developed in the kitchens of Ljubljana, like the Ljubljana pancakes with a cottage-cheese and tarragon filling. A popular dish in Ljubljana has always been boiled and marinated

Chamois soup; Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik

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In Dol pri Ljubljani, the Pr’ Krač tourist farm dominates the culinary scene of Dol. The house specialty is the juicy roast knuckle of veal. Trzin is a village of butchers. No surprise then that a heavily smoked meat sausage is the local piece de resistance. Domžale Lenček cream cake is the dish of Domžale. Mengeš is home to a thick and delicious local stew. In the pottery village, Komenda, tripe stew and vampi goulash is a popular dish. In Vodice, the Vodice pretzel is the local treat. Near Kamnik you can find Velika Planina where the salty Trnič cheese is made. Balls of this cheese were only made in pairs because their shape resembled women breasts. ‘World famous’ in Slovenia are the doughnuts (krofi) from Trojane near Lukovica. In Moravče, the former horse carriage driver’s inn gostilna, Pr’ Frfrau, is known for its pig stomach stuffed with chopped pieces of pork and pearl millet.

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Carniolan sausage; Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik

Liver sausages are common in Slovenia but in Litija they are more popular than elsewhere. The recipe came supposedly from the Czechs who built the railway there. In Šmartno pri Litiji, the Valvasor platter at Gostilna Pri Mačku reminds of Janez Valvasor of Bogenšperk Castle whose writings gave insight into the dietary habits of nobility in the 17th century. Where there is forest, there are mushrooms. No wonder that in forested Dobrepolje, mushroom soup with žganci is a specialty. In Ivančna Gorica, Father Simon Ašič (1906–1992) of the monastery in Stična developed medicinal teas which are now incorporated in a successful brand. In Velike Lašče moderation was the rule, even on festive days. Nonetheless the municipality has its own specialty; Poprtnik Christmas Bread. Specialties of Grosuplje are available anywhere. The Pekarna Grosuplje bakery bakes for the Mercator supermarkets in Slovenia. In Škofljica, the Čot žlinkrofi dumplings of Gostilna Čot are worth a try or the moorland game of gostilna Petkovsek. Ig commemorates the pile dwellers that once live there with a pile dweller’s platter. Cereals, vegetables and carrots are all included. Borovnica is known for its American blueberries and Pekel trout. Each year at the end of July there is Bilberry Day there. The Logatec area’s speciality is the moist and delicious wine štruklji roll. In Vrhnika, štruklji rolls with prune filling are the local delicacy. Tourist farms in the Horjul Valley offer classic Slovenian dishes. Šara stew is popular, it consists of pork, potatoes, turnip, rutabaga, carrots and parsley.

Štruklji rolls; Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik

In Log-Dragomer, apple sticks are the local variety of apple strudel. In the many family run gostilnas in Brezovica, veal stew is often a house special. In Dobrova-Polhov Gradec, honey delights can be found in the Božnar House of Honey. The village, Sora pri Medvodah, is home to the annual Carniolan Sausage Festival. No wonder then that the Carnolian sausage is a specialty in Medvode.

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Pekel trout, Borovnica; Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik

Potica; Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik

Lenček cream cakes, Domžale; Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik

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The evening view (Photo: Andrzej Kuchno, source Ljubljana Tourism)

Playful summertime Ljubljana in the summertime has a special charm, is full of life, socialising and cultural events suited to all generations and tastes.

The city centre, where all the space is intended for pedestrians and cyclists is bustling with life. The visitors from close and afar discover hidden treasures of our ravishing, green, and clean city. You are welcome to take a stroll down the city center, stop at any of the nearby pubs alongside the river Ljubljanica, treat yourselves with some culinary delights, observe the streets and squares, and indulge in the varied cultural activities basically every step along the way.

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Ljubljana Festival (28 June to 28 September) The hallmark of summer in Ljubljana is undoubtedly the Ljubljana Festival, which for the 63rd time this year brings to us the topmost program. The Festival will be opened on 28 June by a musical-visual spectacle by the Oscar-winning Tan Dun, who will conduct an orchestra in Ljubljana. Then, all until 28 September, the topmost performances will follow, from the fields of music, opera, dance, musicals, and theatre. The program details available at: www.ljubljanafestival.si/en/ Film under the stars; Photo: Domen Pal

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Summer Films under the stars (2 - 25 July, 24 - 26 August) In the evening time, when the stars start to glow above the city, you are invited to the Film under the stars, to watch screenings of film hits at the fairytale scenery in the courtyard of Ljubljana castle. From 2 - 25 July, you can watch a selection of the most attention-grabbing films of the past cinematographic season, winners of the film festivals in Cannes, Berlin, and Venice, Oscar winners and nominees, most viewed films of Kinodvor and film hits of LIFFe festival, and among them three pre-premiers Far from Men (Loin des hommes, David Oelhoffen, France, 2014), 45 Years (45 Years, Andrew Haigh, Great Britain, 2015) and Amy (Amy, Asif Kapadia, Great Britain, 2015).


Centre Bicikelj For the first time this year, Ljubljana was placed on the bicycle-friendly cities’ scale “The Copenhagenize Index 2015”, so you are welcome to explore our city on two wheels as well. You can rent a bike on a self-service system of bike rentals Bicikelj, which is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. There are more than 30 Bicikelj stations around Ljubljana, where you can easily choose a bike and return it at any of the nearby stations. The first hour of use is completely free! Details at en.bicikelj.si.

Book lovers can enjoy themselves in the Library under the treetops (Photo: Dunja Wedam)

‘Pitniki’ (Drinking fountains) in Ljubljana

Ana Drsetnica Festival

Ana Desetnica (1 - 4 July) The international festival of street theaters Ana Desetnica represents modern creative streams in street performing. Its virtues are perfection of the art concept and the aspiration of organizers to bring to life the festival throb hand in hand with the city throb every year. In the first days of July, on the streets and squares of Ljubljana you can expect to encounter street artists, clowns, circus performers, jugglers, rope walkers, fireeaters, musicians, provokers, dancers, and actors. Detailed festival program: www.anamonro.org.

Ljubljana, a proud owner of the title European Green capital 2016, is a city where everyday city life is intertwined with nature in all fields. We are especially proud of our green areas, which we carefully look after and are still expanding. Due to our care for the environment, we can take pride in our natural quality potable water, which is not technologically processed. You, too, are welcomed to refresh yourselves with our water! Throughout the whole city, there are 26 drinking fountains (pitniki), where you can quench your thirst in the summer heat and be refreshed. Their locations can be easily found with the Tap Water application or on the website: www.vo-ka.si/en.

Drinking fountain park: Refresh yourselves with quality potable water from the drinking fountains (Photo: Nataša Ramovš Žebovec)

You can catch a free ride through the city centre in an environmentally friendly electric vehicle Kavalir (Photo: Dunja Wedam)

www.visitljubljana.com Tourist Information Centre Ljubljana - TIC Adamič-Lundrovo nabrežje 2 1000 Ljubljana T: +386 (0)1 306 12 15 tic@visitljubljana.si

Romance in Zvezda Square

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Bogenšperk Castle; Photo: Matej Povše

Photo: Matej Povše

FOLLOW YOUR HEART: Visit The Heart of Slovenia

The Heart of Slovenia is an area in the centre of Slovenia, stretching from the Kamnik-Savinja Alps to the hills of Dolenjska and from the outskirts of Ljubljana to the plains by the Sava River. Why the Heart of Slovenia? Because it is close to Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, yet it completely differs from it with its countryside character. Located in the centre of the country, the Heart of Slovenia is an ideal starting point for exploring all of Slovenia. It unites the geographical, cultural and culinary diversity of Slovenian landscapes.

Homestead Paternoster near Litija; Photo: Matej Povše

EXPERIENCE DIVERSITY In Kamnik you will admire the mediaeval streets, in Litija you will discover the heritage of river traffic, mining and industry by the Sava River, the longest Slovenian river. At castle Bogenšperk near Šmartno pri Litiji, you will have the chance to see work of polyhistor Janez Vajkard Valvasor. Visit Mengeš which is known for different types of handicraft for centuries, especially for musical instrument making or Lukovica with its old market square. Discover the architectural heritage of the Slovenian countryside in Šentrupert in the Land of Hayracks, the only open-air museum. Ivančna Gorica invites you with their slogan Feel at Home and attracts tourists to the homesteads. CARAVANNING

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The Heart of Slovenia is the first caravanning destination in Slovenia and offers numerous motorhome stopovers at hospitable farms. Here you can indulge with food grown in the nearby garden or field.

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Cycling near the river Krka; Photo: Matej Povše

CYCLING In the Heart of Slovenia you can choose among 32 cycle routes with the total length of 1,448 kilometres! A collection of trekking, family, road and mountain bike trails can be found in the cycling guide “Cycling in the Heart of Slovenia”, including a detailed map of cycle routes. Their GPS coordinates are available to your mobile devices through QR codes. The Heart of Slovenia will take your breath away – and embellish your photographs! Show them to others as well. #SrceSlovenije #HeartOfSlovenia

Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia Kidričeva 1, 1270 Litija T: ++386 (0)1 8962 710 info@razvoj.si Srce Slovenije tourist point Valvazorjev trg 10, 1270 Litija For more information about the Heart of Slovenia: www.heartofslovenia.com


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Kamnik

Discover Kamnik and its surroundings

Arboretum Volčji Potok

Embraced by the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, close to Ljubljana (only 25 km), an unforgettable experience of the mountains, the countryside and the medieval town awaits you. Discover rich cultural tradition or just boost your energy. Search for the hidden corners of Kamnik and its surroundings or just simply Taste Kamnik. Get to know the pristine alpine world, visit Kamniška Bistrica Valley, hike to the mountains and spend a few days among the herdsmen on Velika planina, in the oldest preserved herdsmen settlement. Pamper yourself in the highest spa in Slovenia, Snovik Spa, in Tuhinj Valley, which boasts the first EU Eco-Label for tourist accommodation in Slovenia. Exhausted or stressed? Then visit Tunjice Open-Air Natural Healing Resort and feel the soothing and therapeutic effects of energy centres. Or perhaps you are just in a need for a stroll through a beautiful garden – then Volčji Potok Arboretum is the right choice for you. Not far from the park, in the middle of the pine forest, the

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Arboretum Golf Course is located. Kamnik is a lively medieval town with a rich history and tradition. Boasting unique Romanesque double chapel with a crypt on Mali grad hill. Hiding many legends and secret treasure: from the comprehensive Franciscan library museum collection, Kamnik museum in renaissance mansion the art of candle making to bread baking in 350 years old Budnar museum house and traditions of simple rural life. Visit Kamnik in the time of events: from traditional National costume festival, summer festival Kamfest to numerous summer and winter festivals as Kamnik in December. Time of Joy. Taste Kamnik and find out what types of dishes are typical for Kamnik. Discover the past, traditions and natural background of the Kamnik area.

Velika planina

Kamnik Tourism and Sports Agency Glavni trg 2 1241 Kamnik www.kamnik-tourism.si tic@kamnik-tourism.si ++386 (0)1 831 82 50

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It’s another world. So close. ZAVOD ZA TURIZEM IN ŠPORT V OBČINI KAMNIK Glavni trg 2, 1241 Kamnik | Tel. 01/831 82 50 | tic@kamnik-tourism.si

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Films are screened in their original language with Slovene subtitles.

TickeTs on sale now.

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Thursday, 9. 7.

Ritem norosti Whiplash Damien Chazelle, USA, 2014, 107’ (English spoken)

Friday, 10. 7. Thursday, 2. 7. Opening Night

Sol zemlje The Salt of the Earth

Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, France, 2014, 110’ (French, English and Portuguese spoken)

Friday, 3. 7. Avant Premiere

Daleč od ljudi Loin des hommes Far From Men David Oelhoffen, France, 2014, 110’ (French, Arabic and Spanish spoken)

Saturday, 4. 7.

Medzvezdje Interstellar Christopher Nolan, USA, 2014, 169’ (English spoken)

Sunday, 5. 7.

Gemma Bovery Gemma Bovery

Anne Fontaine, France, 2014, 99’ (French and English spoken)

Monday, 6. 7.

Leviatan Leviafan Leviathan

Višja sila Turist Force Majeure

Saturday, 18. 7.

Ex_Machina Ex Machina

Ruben Östlund, SWE/DNK/FRA/NOR, 2014, 118’ (Swedish, English, French and Norwegian spoken)

Saturday, 11. 7.

Pobesneli Max: Cesta besa (2D) Mad Max: Fury Road (2D) George Miller, Australia/USA, 2015, 123’ (English spoken)

Sunday, 12. 7.

Še vedno Alice Still Alice

Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, USA, 2014, 101’ (English spoken)

Monday, 13. 7.

Citizenfour Citizenfour Laura Poitras, USA, 2014, 114’

(English, Portuguese and German spoken)

Tuesday, 14. 7.

Zgodbe o konjih in ljudeh Hross í oss Of Horses and Men

Andrej Zvjagincev, Russia, 2014, 141’

Benedikt Erlingsson, ISL/DEU/NOR, 2013, 81’

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(Icelandic, Swedish and Spanish spoken)

Tuesday, 7. 7.

Wednesday, 15. 7. Avant Premiere

Birdman ali nepričakovana odlika nevednosti Birdman Or: (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, USA, 2014, 119’ (English spoken)

Wednesday, 8. 7.

Bacek Jon film Shaun the Sheep The Movie Mark Burton, Richard Starzack, GB/France, 2015, 85’ (No dialogue)

Alex Garland, GB, 2015, 110’ (English spoken)

Sunday, 19. 7.

Teorija vsega The Theory of Everything James Marsh, GB, 2014, 123’ (English spoken)

Monday, 20. 7.

Cena slave La rançon de la gloire The Price of Fame

Xavier Beauvois, FRA/BEL/CHE, 2014, 114’ (French spoken)

Torek / Tuesday, 21. 7.

G. Turner Mr. Turner Mike Leigh, GB, 2014, 150’ (English spoken)

Wednesday, 22. 7.

Poštarjeve bele noči Belje noči poštalona Alekseja Trjapicina The Postman’s White Nights Andrej Končalovski, Russia, 2014, 101’ (Russian spoken)

Thursday, 23. 7.

Foxcatcher: Boj z norostjo Foxcatcher

45 let 45 Years

Bennett Miller, USA, 2014, 134’ (English spoken)

Andrew Haigh, GB, 2015, 93’ (English spoken)

Friday, 24. 7.

Thursday, 16. 7.

Takšna pač je She's Funny That Way

Igra imitacije The Imitation Game

Peter Bogdanovich, USA, 2014, 93’

Morten Tyldum, GB/USA, 2014, 114’

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Friday, 17. 7.

Saturday, 25. 7. Vikend Avant Premiere

David Fincher, USA, 2014, 149’

Asif Kapadia, GB, 2015, 127’

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Ni je več Gone Girl

Amy Amy (English spoken)

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Dolenjska, Bela krajina and Kočevsko-Ribniška

Dolenjska, Bela krajina and Kočevsko-Ribniška Experiance yourself!

When travelling through the south you will see endless hills, many of them covered in vineyards, many castles and picturesque villages but also the refreshing rivers where you can find tranquility.

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Kočevska

The Land where the energy of the nature can be felt Kočevska represents the most preserved and complete forest habitat in Europe due to its numerous virgin forests and the responsible behaviour of the local community and state.

anyone can create their own story in Kočevska regardless of their interests. So, you are warmly invited to discovering the slightly mystical Kočevska!

It is essential, however, that it offers the most heartfelt experience of nature and contact with various habitats of plants and animals. At the same time visitors will learn about the extremely rich historical and cultural heritage; the most fateful decisions for the defence of the Slovenian nation were taken here in World War II and during the independence process of the Republic of Slovenia. You will find the remains of the villages where only the walls tell the unfortunate story about the Gottscheer Germans and the remains of the castle Fridrihstein that remind us of the unrequited and tragic love of Veronika of Desenice and the Frederick of Celje. The most daring can visit a number of karst caves. Today, visitors can cycle across entire Kočevska region, and it is a welcoming environment for all hikers also. In other words, 78

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KP Lahinja; Photo: Dunja Wedam (Archive STO)

There are quite a few places in Bela krajina which tourists love to visit. From spring to autumn, and especially in summer the Kolpa River invites visitors. Clean and very warm in summer the Kolpa River was awarded the prestigious title of European Destination of Excellence (EDEN 2010). The most beautiful way of experiencing the river is from the canoe, raft or SUP, from which the visitors discover the untouched nature and a rich cultural heritage, specially protected in the Kolpa Regional Park. During the summer Kolpa is suitable for swimming, as the water’s temperature rises up to 28 degrees Celsius in the lower part of the river. Along the river banks and in other parts of Bela Krajina there are numerous marked hiking and cycling trails which lead across the picturesque cultural landscape from village to village.

Bela krajina, panoramic wiev; Photo: Robert Glazer (Archive RIC BK)

Bela krajina

The Regional Park Lahinja is a smaller park at the heart of the Bela Krajina region. In the park, more precisely in the village of Veliki Nerajac you can visit the information centre, the traditional Bela Krajina house and a handicrafts and art gallery. Not far away, in the village Pusti Gradec you will find a water powered flour-mill, Venetian saw-mill and the All Saints country Church. You can also take a one or two-hour walk along the marked trails in the park. The old town core of Črnomelj is also worth seeing. You are welcome to visit the brand new Municipal museum collection Črnomelj where you can learn about the story of Črnomelj at the permanent exhibition »Črnomelj in the Draught of the Millennia«. Continue your walk to the Pastoral Centre, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the Primožič House – house of local craftsmen. In the Črnomelj Wine Cellar – Wine Information Centre of Bela Krajina tasting of top local wines will be prepared for groups. From the time of Uskoki we have a typical farmstead in Žuniči, in Vinica the birth house of the Slovenian poet Oton Župančič, which houses his memorial collection, is being renovated at the moment, in Adlešiči locals can still make

Bela krajina’s traditional Easter eggs and weave linen fabric which is later used for tablecloths, napkins, towels, purses or even clothes. Above the Rožanec village the image of Mitra carved into a rock has been preserved, originating from the 2nd century.

Bela Krajina is one of the most interesting wine growing districts in Slovenia. Its mild climate and diversity of soil enable the production of top quality wines labelled PTP (wines with recognized traditional denomination), among which there are Belokranjec PTP and Metliška črnina PTP. Wine tasting is usually accompanied by the typical Bela Krajina flatbread, pogača. End your day by stopping at one of our restaurants and taste the typical Bela krajina dishes.

RIC Bela krajina Trg svobode 3, 8340 Črnomelj +386 7 305 6530 E-mail: info@ric-belakrajina.si Website: www.belakrajina.si

Kayaking on Kolpa River; Photo: Tomaž Urh (Archive RIC BK)

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Posavje

Posavje

A river runs through it

The region, which takes its name from the Sava, Slovenia’s longest river, is characterised by a wide fertile plain, rounded hills planted with vineyards, extensive forests and several towns and villages containing important cultural sites.

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Posavje

Lodging – Make yourself at home The many options for accommodation allow visitors to enjoy a pleasant stay whether in the city or countryside. For those who prefer the pulse of the city, hotels, guest houses and youth hostels are on offer, while nature lovers and more active types may be more inclined towards our wide selection of countryside accommodation, particularly the authentic holidays offered by vineyard cottages. (www.tvz.si) Krško; Photo: Jošt Gantar

Krško Bu sines s a n d Tourism i n K r ško The municipality of Krško lies in the centre of the Posavje region and is easily accessible from Ljubljana (45 minutes), Maribor (1 hour) and Zagreb (45 minutes). Posavje is a popular tourist destination mostly due to its natural, cultural and historical wealth. Besides the beautiful castles, guests are also captivated by the thermal springs. The region has a rich tradition of food and wine, which is complemented by the events of the countryside and the entertainment of the town. Invest in Krško According to square metres of business buildings intended for business activity, the municipality of Krško is placed at the top in the country. The municipality has at its disposal over 50 ha of unoccupied business zones appropriate for construction for commercial circumstances. The advantage of the business zones in Krško lies in its excellent strategic position as they are located at the main road and rail network to south-eastern Europe. The complete equipment of business surfaces in some zones enables quick construction of

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facilities since in some parts there is the possibility of instant installation to all infrastructural networks. Some foreign and domestic investors have already started their business activity in the above - mentioned zones. They successfully used domestic skilled workers and orderly land that are at disposal for industrial development. The businesses are mainly engaged with productive and service activities.

Historical and cultural points of interest – The Bounty of our Forefathers Castle Rajhenburg is a monument of national pride, recently having undergone a complete renovation. With the discovery of the earliest Romanesque and Gothic construction elements the significance of the castle in the development of Slovenia’s architecture and society is reinforced. A seal of great importance was left on the castle by the Trappists, who were in possession of the structure as of 1881. The Trappists had a great influence on the cultivation of cereal grains, fruit farming, beekeeping, cattle farming, cheese trade, viticulture and the production of chocolate and liqueurs. It was in keeping with this historical legacy that a hiking trail designated The Trappist Trail was created, which takes us along the Trappist trails in Sremič and Grmada to the Church of St. Mohor and back into the valley before leading up to Castle Rajhenburg. We invite you to visit Castle Rajhenburg with its fascinating permanent display, temporary exhibits and summer events.

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A world of natural sights including experience in wine and food The variety of the region offers numerous opportunities to visit our natural peculiarities and enjoy an active day in the countryside with hiking, cycling, water sports, jogging in nature, hunting and fishing to relaxing and exploring the mystic forests. New thematic trails are also being developed, namely hiking and viticultural trails.

The countryside is also a treat for gourmets as the rich flavours of traditional cuisine and the wide variety of wine will not fail to impress. House, local and regional specialties made with local ingredients are offered at tourist and excursion farms as well as in restaurants.

TIC (Tourist Information Centre) Krško CKŽ 46, 8270 Krško T: +386 (0)7 490 22 21, (0)8 205 18 00 tic.krsko@cptkrsko.si www.visitkrsko.com


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Don’t miss: During the summer, the traditional summer at Sevnica Castle Festival takes place which includes various cultural and entertainment events. More info: www.grad-sevnica.com

Sevnica A place to re l a x and get i n sp i re d Castle adventures, green countryside, wine-growing hills, the panoramic peaks of the Posavje hills and the wide Sava River Valley... all of these offer possibilities for an active or relaxed holiday. The Sevnica salami, Modra Frankinja wine, juice and strudel made from the autochthonous sevniška voščenka apple, are the tastes of temptation.

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Active in Sevnica: Sevnica and its surroundings offer a variety of choices for the active holidaymaker. Conquer the mountains Lisca (947m), Veliko Kozje (993m), Lovrenc (721m) and Bohor (1,022m). These peaks of the Posavje hills are interwoven with organised mountain and hiking trails, while cart tracks and side trails are popular with both mountain cyclists and other cyclists. Lisca is extremely popular with mountain bikers, hikers, paragliders and hang-gliders who can find an excellent point for take-off.

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Taste Sevnica: Sevnica Castle Sevnica Castle, above the old town core, has been guarding the Sava River Valley from the 12th century. Today, various music concerts take place in its acoustic venues. The castle and its surroundings offer a beautiful medieval cityscape. The contents of the castle are varied and abundant; visit the winery, café, souvenir shop. In the park, the mighty trees offer shade on sunny days but don’t miss the marked energy points. Sevnica Castle and its park are available for weddings. Back to the 17th century: For children there is an animated programme which provides them with an opportunity to see what life was like at Sevnica Castle in the 17th century when it was occupied by Baron Moscon and his entourage.

For a taste of this region visit the tourist farms and vineyard cottages near the Gornja Dolenjska and Bizeljsko Sremič wine road. The chef recommends Sevnica salami, wood-fired bread, Modra Frankinja and Cviček wines, brown trout, apple strudel, crackling cakes, buckwheat porridge and štruklji.

Sevnica Institute for Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Activities Glavni trg 19, Sevnica www.kstm.si www.facebook.com/kstm.sevnica Doživljaj Tourist Agency Trg svobode 10 Sevnica www.dozivljaj.si Sevnica Castle Cesta na grad 17, Sevnica www.grad-sevnica.com www.facebook.com/grad.sevnica

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The Land of Celje

The Land of Celje Pure adventure & relaxation

You can enjoy the rich history and culture of the third largest city in Slovenia or visit the first-rate spas. Allow yourself to be charmed!

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The Land of Celje

The Celje castle; Photo: Gregor Katič

Celje region Pu re a d ve n t u re & rel a x a t i o n The region of Celje is extremely picturesque and diversified. You can enjoy the rich history and culture of the third largest city in Slovenia or visit the first-rate spas: Terme Dobrna and Rimske Terme, which are on the doorstep and offer the perfect vacation, short break or day trip in the beautiful countryside. The experience of a visit to a local farmhouse, sampling tasty delicacies and chatting with the locals will last forever. A visit to the region in the summer is the time to experience good vibes, be it at medieval events, open-air concerts, local festivals or sporting events.

Celje Celje is a romantic city on the banks of the Savinja River where history awaits you at every step. Learn about the “second Troy” - a unique exhibition of a Roman city, test your archery skills and hold a medieval sword at the Old Celje Castle - the most visited tourist attraction in the area. A walk through the lively streets of the old city centre takes you to museums with exhibitions about the history of the city and temporary thematic exhibitions. Young families can visit the only childrens museum in Slovenia (Herman the Fox) or stop at the “City Beach” for a drink, a puppet show or to watch street theatre. Sporting enthusiasts should not miss Šmartinsko Jezero – The area around this lake is an ideal place for cycling, walking and water sports (rent a boat, sup, canoe,…). In natural shadow you can find adventouros children playground with new guesthouse nearby.

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Test your skills in the adventure park opened last spring, Celjska Koča (www.celjska-koca.si). The park offers fun for the whole family. Set amongst forests in the hills south of Celje, the park offers a perfect day out. If you are looking for a longer stay in nature, nearby is the eco hotel Celjska koča *** which offers comfortable accommodation, wellness, delicious culinary treats and great panoramic views. www.celeia.info, www.dezela-celjska.si

COMBINED TICKET for 4 EUR (50% discount) for visit Old Castle Celje and Bob cart ride on Celjska koča! Buy at: TIC Celje, Celjska koča


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Hotel Triglav; Photo: Hotel Triglav Archive

Dobrna The small city of Dobrna, in an idyllic rural environment, will take you straight to nature and fill you with positive energy. Dobrna offers an array of scenic trails. Signposts will guide you along Ana’s path or the Loka path where, while marvelling at the natural attractions, you will learn about the friendly locals and taste the local delicacies. Visit the House of Cultural Heritage, Polenek and take the tourist train from Dobrna to the Valley of Mills where you can see a mill and a traditional farmhouse. Pop into Terme Dobrna, the oldest operating thermal spa in Slovenia boasting a tradition of more than 610 years. Today, the thermal spa is known primarily as a health resort with modern facilities and a good wellness offer. Hotel Triglav*** in Dobrna is an old story about people. Built in 1932, totally renovated in 2014. They offer you in modern & comfortable rooms with excellent traditional culinary offer. www.terme-dobrna.si www.ztsk-dobrna.si www.dobrna.si

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Vojnik

Vojnik is an ideal shelter for tourists who seek tranquillity. You can walk along the educational path and finish with a refreshment at the mountain hut or you can observe the milling process at the Soržev Mlin farmhouse and buy the freshly ground flour. www.vojnik.si

Rimske terme is synonymous with a timeless elegance of ambient, high standard equipped suites, warm hospitality, superb cuisine and unique wellness services. Architecturally sophisticated there are three four stars hotels, which offer 187 standard rooms and suites. Wellness Center Amalia offers unique house massages and rituals, land of saunas, fitness and cosmetics centre, a hairdresser and a unique swimming pool designed in ancient Roman style. A visit to the medical center is recommended to all who have chronic or acute joint pain, back problems or respiratory problems. A la carte restaurant Sofia offers a unique culinary experience, which is rounded off by fine wines from Slovenia. Sports activities:cycling, Nordic walking, skiing, tai chi, and hiking. www.rimske-terme.si

Rimske terme; Photo: Rimske terme

Štore According to Slovenian Tourist Organisation rankings, the most beautiful Slovenian mountain village is Svetina near Štore where the AŠ1 recreational hiking trail “Around Štore” waits for you to explore the green and varied landscape. www.store.si

SUMMER IN CELJE: more then 100 music, theatre and other artistic events at unique outdoor locations in the city of Celje! Experience the live & vivid atmosphere of summer nights in Celje! July-August > Celje Open-air concerts, Old Celje Castle. www.grad-celje.com Every Saturday and Sunday > Living history weekends at the Old Celje Castle – learn about medieval life by meeting and fighting the knights

Štore

THE RAINBOW OF ENJOYMENT!

RDO Dežela Celjska Krekov trg 3, Celje T: +386 3 428 79 30 tic@celje.si www.dezela-celjska.si

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The Lower Savinjska Valley A valley of hops The Lower Savinjska Valley is a valley of hops. For over 150 years the valley of the Savinja river has been recognised for its hops, its kind and hospitable people, homemade food and drink. Surrounded with a gentle string of uplands and hills, it is rich in natural and cultural sights. It unites stories from the Romans, the Counts of Žovnek (later the Counts of Celje), the Maltese Knight Order, hop growing and the brewing industry, motorcycle stories, regional parks, Nature 2000, numerous cycling trails and much more. Photo: RDO Dežela Celjska

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Visit: • the town of Žalec with its EcoMuseum of the hop growing and brewing industry in Slovenia which presents hops in an intriguing way. Hops are a bitter plant which have left a unique mark on the valley. The museum, located in a former hop drying facility, presents the tradition of hop growing and the brewing industry and is spread over four floors. After the tour a tasting of the house Savinja beer, Kukec, feels good. • the Roman Necropolis and the Pekel (Hell) Cave, located in Šempeter in the Savinjska Valley. In the Roman Necropolis, an outdoor museum, you can admire the mighty Roman vaults and listen to interesting stories from Roman mythology. The remains are arguably one of the most beautifully preserved monuments of the Roman era in Slovenia and Central Europe. The karst cave in the middle of Styria stirs up ones imagination and an hour long walk through the underground only kindles it; the various dripstone forms have been designed by nature in intriguing shapes. The cave also boasts a four metre underground waterfall.

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Explore our valley: • on bike; there are 19 cycling trails appropriate for different difficulty levels • climb the hills up the marked paths that surround the valley: Mrzlica, Hom, Gora, Bukovica, Krvavica, Dobrovlje... • after the recreation, refresh yourself with local beer Kukec and taste delicacies of local inns.

Jun, July, August Summer in Žalec, concerts and other urban events, Šlander Square, Žalec 9 August The Hop growers day in Braslovče 29 August The hike on the hop trail, Žalec

THE RAINBOW OF ENJOYMENT!

TIC Žalec Šlandrov trg 25, 3310 Žalec T: ++386 (0)3 710 04 34 zkst.tic@siol.net www.turizem-zalec.si


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European destination of Excellence with all your senses! What not to miss: Festival Pivo in cvetje (Beer and Flowers Festival)

The largest and most famous festival in Slovenia, from 16th to 19th July 2015. www.pivo-cvetje.si

Laško Brewery Tour, every Friday at 14:30*

Discover the tradition of brewing industry in Laško, where the beer has been brewed since 1825, and raise a toast with Laško beer! *Tours are conducted every Friday at 14:30, except holidays, provided that there are at least 10 participants. Bookings are organised by TIC Laško until Friday, 12:00. The price is EUR 8.00 per person.

From May to October, you can choose among various activities, workshops, tours and adventures. The programme is available at TIC Laško. INFORMATION AND BOOKINGS: TIC Laško, Valvasorjev trg 1, 3270 Laško, T:+386 (0)3 733 89 50, M: +386 (0)51 305 466, E: info@lasko.info, I: www.stik-lasko.si. Facebook “f” Logo

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Podčetrtek – Wellness Orhidelia (Terme Olimia); Photo: Archive Terme Olimia

Signpost; Photo: Archive Zavod Celia Celje

Obsotelje and Kozjansko Where the soul finds its place The local hills of Obsotelje and Kozjansko are still largely undiscovered. Here you can go from forest to orchard to meadow. An extraordinary diversity of plant and animal life was left by forebears who knew precisely how to listen to Mother Nature and work with her in the best possible way. Once its geography resented travel challenges however, today, easy travel allows for a luxurious stay, providing experiences with nature, relaxation and understanding of genuine human relationships. Sleeping in “apple apartments” in Podsreda. (Photo: Kozjansko Park)

Podčetrtek In this land of fairy tales and fantasy, golf, wine, chocolate and local cuisine, you will find Olimje –two Slovenian villages with agold award from the Entente Florale competiton: Olimje (2009) and Podčetrtek (2014). In the surrounds you can find hiking trails which bring you into the heart of nature. Visit spa resort, Terme Olimia, for perfect wellness treatments. Terme Olimia is a destination for curious, adventure-loving and culinary oriented tourists who like to look beyond the edge of the swimming pool and enjoy an interesting holiday. www.turizem-podcetrtek.si, www.terme-olimia.com

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Kozjansko Park

Rogatec Open Air Museum is the rural living archive of ethnological heritage which preserves the stories of the past for today and tomorrow. The Strmol Mansion, a 15th-century manor house located on a low hill above the old town centres of Rogatec, has always raised respect in people and filled them with dreams. Also, the three headed mountain, Donačka Gora, with its primeval beech forest is perfect for hiking. www.rogatec.si

The oldest regional park in Slovenia covers an area of 206km2. The park has forests, meadows, orchards, exotic grasses, endangered animal and plant species. Visiting it you can see mills, concerts and other events. Everywhere you go an apple will be your companion: apple segments for a snack, homemade apple juice or a taste of relaxation while walking through meadows and orchards. In October, visit the Kozjansko Apple Festival where there is a range health. www.kozjanski-park.si

Etnofest Rogatec (Open-air Museum in Rogatec). Photo: The ZKTR Archive

Cycling; Photo: Domen Grogl

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The Land of Celje Šmarje pri Jelšah The Way of the Cross in Šmarje pri Jelšah, a perfect combination of sculpture, painting and architecture, is said to be the largest in Slovenia. Each of the fourteen chapels speak to the observer with its own story. On top of the mountain, Sladka Gora, stands the expressionistic baroque pilgrimage Church of Mary above the vineyards. www.smarje-pri-jelsah.si

The baroque Saint Mary Church of Assumption on Sladka Gora Mountain. Photo: Izidor Kotnik

Podčetrtek centre; Photo: Ivan Majc

Spa park In Rogaška Slatina; Photo: The Tourism Board Rogaška Slatina Archive

Rogaška Slatina In Rogaška Slatina you can experience more than 400 years of tradition, excellent cuisine, fine wines and many cultural events. The picturesque surroundings are criss-crossed by many walking, hiking and cycling trails which are full of interesting attractions – the handmade crystal products being just one of them. Rogaška Slatina is home to a

world famous health resort, Donat Mg mineral water and thermal water which is said to have healing powers. According to legend, the resort was created by the winged horse Pegasus. Here you will experience the luxury of wellbeing and pure royal treatment in the Health & Beauty Centre Lotus and the 4 star Grand Hotel Sava superior. www.rogaska-tourism.com, www.rogaska.si

19.6.2015 – 28.8.2015 10. Summer in Podčetrtek (10 different events for all generations at various points around the Podčetrtek municipality) ***************************************** July - August > Different musical seminars with final concerts by the participants, Podsreda castle. Info: kozjanski-park@kp.gov.si. July - September > Summer in Šentjur (number of cultural and tourism events for all generations at various points around the Šentjur municipality). July > Summer with Ana in Rogaška Slatina. 18 July - Etnofest Rogatec (Traditional Crafts Event) Open Air Museum Rogatec 25 July > Horse racing, Imeno. August > Festival with music events in Rogaška Slatina.. ***************************************** 12 – 16 August > Pilgrim’s triad (Sladka Gora - Tinsko - Sv. Rok above Šmarje pri Jelšah).

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Šentjur Discover the old part of Šentjur, Zgornji trg, where you can visit the archaeological exhibition, Treasures of Rifnik, in the Ipavec House with an exhibition about the Ipavec dynasty of doctors and composers, the Zgornji trg Gallery with an exhibition about the world famous gospel singers, New Swing Quartet and the Southern Railway

Šentjur – In the garden of the Ipavec house; Photo: TIC Šentjur

Museum at the train station, Šentjur. In the nearby settlement, Ponikva, is the house of former bishop and poet, Anton Martin Slomšek. Get active at Slivnica Lake where you can fish and watch birds and discover several hiking and biking paths. www.turizem-sentjur.com

More information: Development Agency Sotla Šmarje pri Jelšah T: +386 3 817 18 60 www.ra-sotla.si and TIC Šentjur T: +386 3 749 25 23 www.turizem-sentjur.com

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Dravinjsko The Dravinjsko area is full of surprises, offering a number of diverse ways to spend quality leisure time and holds the special power of putting a spell on its visitors, urging them to return time and time again. A rich tradition of handicrafts resounds at every step while the merging of tradition with contemporary in each of the three municipalities gives Dravinjsko its soul and rhythm.

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Where tradition and the future hold hands Experience the acclaimed Slovenske Konjice This charming medieval town is set amidst the mysterious Konjiška Gora mountain and the sunny golden hills of the Škalce vineyards. Slovenske Konjice and its surroundings offer the experience of a town which has won many awards as the most beautiful excursion town in Slovenia and two golden medals in the Entente Florale competition placing it in the company of the loveliest European towns. The Recently renovated Old Town Square offers unforgettable gallery walks past the colorful houses and a charming brook.

Charms of the countryside in Zreče The town, with a tradition of iron forging and thermal springs, boasts an outstanding wealth of natural and cultural heritage. The wonderful nature, surrounded with authenticity and homeliness, and friendly and hospitable people, invites visitors to experience the charms of the countryside which captivates with exquisite cuisine and endless possibilities for active leisure combined with first-rate wellness at Terme Zreče and wellbeing at climate resort Rogla.

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Terme Zreče is situated at the foothills of the green Pohorje Mountains on the outskirts of the town of Zreče. This is a place where modern features go hand in hand with rustic features and the present meets the past. Here you can do something for yourself and your health regardless of the season. They have medicinal thermal water, unique natural medicinal Pohorje peat for warm wraps, a medicinal mid-mountain climate, invigorating baths and beneficial relaxation massages. Highly trained medical staff are in charge of rehabilitation and prevention. www.terme-zrece.eu

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EVENTS 11. 7. 2015 - Gold grains for the new millenium 2015 9. 8. 2015 - Pohorje pot Festival at Rogla 16. 8. 2015 - The third moving Pohorje pastures at Rogla 26. 9. 2015 - Traditional Tourist Games in Zreče Summer Musical Evenings at the Charterhouse Žiče: 26. 6. at 20.30 – Alenka Godec 10. 7. at 20.30 – Klapa Šufit 14. 8. at 20.30 – Nuška Drašček Charterhouse Žiče – 850 years 4. 7. at 19.30 – Official Ceremony with Gregorian Chants

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TIC Slovenske Konjice Stari trg 27, Slovenske Konjice T: +386 3 759 31 10 tic.konjice@siol.net http://tic.konjice.si Tourist Board Rogla-Zreče Cesta na Roglo 13b, Zreče T: +386 3 759 04 70 tic.zrece.lto@siol.net www.destinacija-rogla.si


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Podravje Be a native for the moment...

...the largest Slovenian wine-growing region, incorporates a large part of Eastern Slovenia, produces wines of premium and high quality, from dry and semi dry to sweet wines.

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Maribor, Lent; Photo: Matej Vranič

Maribor - Pohorje Slovenian Styria As the European Capital of Culture in 2012 and as one of the TOP 10 tourist destinations in the world according to several lists of recommendations, Maribor, Slovenia’s second largest city has become a notable spot on the world map of tourist destinations. Among the reasons for the city’s success are the facts that Maribor is the home of the over 450-year-old vine, the oldest vine in the world, that the city is surrounded by the green woods of Pohorje and picturesque hills covered with vineyards, and that it knows how to impress the amateurs of culture, wine and good food.

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CYCLING AND HIKING Outside the old town you can find the green countryside of the Slovenian hills, the forests of Pohorje and the Drava River basin. Hikers, cyclists and adrenaline freaks will find what they are looking for in the lush nature of Maribor – Pohorje. TIP FOR CYCLING Head to the vineyards north east of Maribor and discover the wine roads by electric bike which can be hired from several places. KULeBIKE connects rental points, wine farms, cellars and restaurants offering a complete wine road cycling experience

Heaven for lovers of cycling; Photo: Aleš Fevžer

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Grape harvest of the Old Vine; Photo: MP Produkcija

OLD VINE In the last few years, Maribor has been rapidly growing into a wine capital, a title that is brought to life by the Old Vine, a Guinness record holder growing on the façade of the Old Vine House. This temple of wine tradition offers an exhibition and guided tours of the rich wine patrimony and museum exhibits, as well as a place for wine tasting and a winery of premium wines from the Maribor wine subregion. The entire image is complemented by the largest mosaic floor in Slovenia. The mosaic tells stories of the past which has left a mark on the city of Maribor. The Old Vine House is open all-yearround, from Monday to Sunday, including holidays. You can visit the Old Vine House free of charge. OLD VINE FESTIVAL From 4 October to 11 November the traditional Old Vine Festival in Maribor will be held. With over 500 participants, it’s the biggest wine festival in the country which, aside from wine tastings, offers entertainment for adults and children.

TIC Maribor (Maribor Tourist Information Centre) Partizanska 6A T: +386 (0)2 234 66 11 tic@maribor.si www.visitmaribor.si www.fb.com/VisitMaribor


www.visitptuj.eu www.visitjeruzalem-ormoz.eu www.visithaloze.eu www.visitslovenskegorice.eu Booking: ptuj@vedute.si; info@turistagent.si; anja.cuznar@capriturizem.si

Photograps: archive RDO, archives of partners RDO, Ciril Ambrož, Matija Brodnjak, Vid Ponikvar, Črtomir Goznik, Rado Škrjanec, Gregor Brodnjak, Foto Tone, Foto Žalar, Aljoša Videtič – project Mura–Drava bike, fototeka Pokrajinskega muzeja Ptuj - Ormož, Foto Langerholc, Aleš Fevžer – project Biking & Hiking, Domen Grögl – archive Vinocool, Tomo Jeseničnik, Zmago Kokol, Vanja Bučar, Boris Voglar


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Ptuj – Treasure of the Millennia

Photo: Stanko Kozel

Only a brief historical review from the Stone, through the Bronze, and then the Iron Age shows Ptuj is undoubtedly one of the greatest cultural treasure troves in Europe. Throughout history, Ptuj was an important crossroads of routes between the East and the West, through which a famous amber route ran in prehistoric times. Where the amber route crossed the river, a trade, strategic, and economically significant settlement has grown, which played an important historical role both in politics and administration as well as art and culture.

Photo: Stanko Kozel

The Roman Petoviona, first mentioned in written documents about the events of the year 69AD became one of the largest and most important cities in the Roman Provinces. Roman legionnaires brought the cult of Mithras from the East, and thus one of the most important centres of Mithraism in Europe was formed here. Between the 9th and the 16th century, Ptuj developed its typical cityscape in the shape of a triangle, between the mighty Ptuj Castle, Dominican Monastery on the east end of town, and Minorite Monastery on the west end, with the accentuated vertical line of the town tower in the middle. The town became one of the major trading centers of Eastern Europe. The tradition of the annual medieval street fairs is revived every year on St. George’s, Oswald’s, and Katarina’s Day. Besides the rich cultural heritage, Ptuj prides itself on a multitude of immaterial cultural heritage, which is preserved especially in the form of numerous traditional events. Among the most important such cultural events is surely ‘Kurentovanje’, the biggest ethnographic carnival holiday in Europe. Today, the cultural-historical treasury of Slovenia is successfully included in the modern tourism offers. In its streets, one of the oldest Slovenian towns is hiding hundreds of treasures.

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Each and every house of the old city centre has its own story to tell, we just need to listen. The rich stories of the city history can be heard in the Ptuj’s churches and monasteries, Ptuj castle, which greets the visitors from afar, at the town tower and Orfej’s monument, in Mithraeums, in city galleries… The Ptuj city theatre, with its look and its attractive and quality program complements the image and the content of the main part of the old town centre. The treasures are also preserved in one of the most beautiful libraries of Europe, placed in the Little Castle. A great developmental potential is presented in projects of tourist investments. Up to this point, the one-day-offers, as a consequence of a lack of housing capacities, were replaced by stationary guests, as great investments in the building of tourist infrastructure took place (a new hotel in Ptuj Thermal Spa – Grand Hotel Primus, renovated Park, Mitra, and Poetovio Hotels, renovated private lodging houses, youth accommodation). The development of water tourism on Ptuj Lake is important, too, as well as investments in the construction of sports-recreational infrastructure on the biggest artificial lake on Drava River. In the old town centre, the Dominican Monastery is already partly renovated, and now offers a remarkable infrastructure for cultural events,


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Photo: Stanko Kozel

congresses, and other quality events with its new congress-cultural center. A special experience is ensured by areas that besides its artistic and historical significance bring about an interesting architectural freshness. Ptuj is the only Slovenian city that connects more than two-millennia-old tradition with the offer of health and well-being. The city, and its vicinity, offer numerous possibilities for spending active, romantic, and leisurely holidays for individuals and the families. The synonym for health and relaxation is Ptuj Thermal Spa, a great opportunity for vacationing and active spending of leisure time. Ptuj Thermal Spa offers a great variety of housing capacities from summer cottages in campsites, bungalows, apartments, to a 4-star hotel Grand Hotel Primus****. The Thermal Park offers its pleasures on 4.200 m2 of water surfaces. In the amphitheater, a daily animation and numerous events unroll, and it is well-taken care of a wide offer of culinary delights. A peaceful, yet active, experience of the beautiful nature awaits you at the golf course, where magnificent views of Ptuj and its castle are offered. Ptuj’s golf course includes 18 holes, and is spread out on over 50 hectares. Due to diversity of the terrain and numerous water obstacles from Studenčnica stream and the two lakes, Ptuj course is one of the topmost among Slovenian golf courses. A wide selection of experience is ensured by the offer of Ptuj Lake as well, where you can choose from a number of adrena-

line sports or you can explore “Ptuj’s seaside” from a tourist boat. There are many courts available for the sports enthusiasts, among which the most numerous are the tennis courts, and orderly cycling, running, and hiking paths. You can take a panoramic balloon flight, or try paragliding or recreational aviation. Actively or leisurely – an unforgettable experience in ensured in the “treasury of well-being”. Since the olden days, Ptuj, with its surroundings, is famous for its superb and diverse culinary and fine wines. The oldest city of Slovenia has had for more than seven centuries a tradition of cultivation and care of fine wines, and Ptuj’s wine cellar stores Slovenia’s oldest wine - Gold Vine, produced in 1917. A thousand-yearold wine culture and tradition of wine cultivation and care in Ptuj is a good reason to taste the fine wines with the modern hint and full fruit taste in the Ptuj wine cellar, treat yourself with wines from renowned winemakers from Slovenia in the wine cellar and wine store Osterberger in Mitra Hotel, try excellent white wines from Haloze winemakers in the Golden Grape wine store, go to a Castle wine cellar of the winemakers from Slovenske Gorice and haloze in Ptuj Catle, or taste the fine wines in the nearby wineries. In the last years, Ptuj wine cellar is one of the most successful Slovenian wine cellars and represents modern-styled distinctive wines with its PULLUS trademark, which are winning top awards in world competitions. The exquisite wine tastes of the area combine well with numerous delights of the town and surrounding taverns, which are prepared and served by the Ptuj chefs

The historic streets of Ptuj are an ideal scenery for different open-air events, as well as for simple city walks. On a stroll down the beautiful city streets and squares, galleries and museums, you can treat yourself to a refreshing beverage or a tasty coffee on the terraces of numerous bars. The young and the young at heart, who are full of energy, can visit a casino of Poetovio Hotel at night, and choose among some bars and nightclubs. The city is renowned for its surprisingly lively cultural and social youth city throb. In the evenings, the pubs of the old town centre on their summer terraces offer live music, thematic evenings of entertainment, recitals, poetry readings… Ptuj, the cultural and historical pearl of a national significance, and the oldest town in Slovenia charms every visitor that comes by, as they are greeted by a charming atmosphere of the old traditions and many new, modern, and challenging ideas, fruits of the developing European city and its citizens. We invite you to the following summer events: Ptuj Castle Games (19. 6. to 21. 6.) Castle Wine Holiday (20. 6.) Run of Partner Cities (27. 6.) Welcome Home (4. 7.) Ptuj Summer Night (31. 7. and 1.8.) Rancaria (1. 8.) International Music Festival Arsana (23. 7. to 1. 8.) Art Stays Festival (10. 7. to 1. 9.) Roman Games (20. 8. to 23. 8.) National Music Festival (27. 8. and 28. 8.) Days of Poetry and Wine (26. 8. to 29. 8.) Folklore Kimavec Evenings (2. 9. to 6. 9.)

www.ptuj.info www.ptuj.si www.visitptuj.eu

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Roman games, Ptuj; Photo: ÄŒrtomir Goznik

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Pomurje

Pomurje

A dreamy countryside...

…along the Mura River in eastern Slovenia is a land of wide fields and rounded hills, storks and wind-rattles, floating mills, healing waters and energy points, picturesque winegrowing hills, original traditions and dialects, and most of all, a land of hospitable people.

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Pomurje Traveling to Pomurje is not just cycling and enjoying soothing geothermal springs, but of giving your taste buds a treat and tasting traditional dishes accompanied by house made wines in one of the many inns and wine shops in the region. The authentic cuisine of Prekmurje and Prlekija can be tasted in numerous inns throughout the region, where salads are always served with pumpkin oil. Chefs prepare the dishes from homegrown, local products, and therefore ensure its quality, excellence, and uniqueness of taste. Socializing with locals is an excellent and unique experience, as they are known as a very hospitable people, who gladly rejoice together with the guests. Regional cuisine is flavored with AustroHungarian and Slovenian influences and therefore so different to other Slovenian cuisine. A shining example of intertwining cultures, languages, and cuisine is Lendava, the global capital of Bograč, where at summer’s end each year the Bograč Festival has taken place for many decades. A stroll through the streets of Lendava, between the

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historical background of bourgeois houses and at the foot of the picturesque vineyards of Lendava , where the famous dish is prepared in some hundred cauldrons, is a special experience. Heading a little further to the south we encounter another interesting culinary event - Diši po Prekmurju (Smells like Prekmurje). This is a festival of wine and cuisine, where visitors can taste local and traditional dishes. Prekmurska gibanica (Prekmurje layered pastry) and Prekmurska šunka (Prekmurje ham) are two traditional dishes, bringing much pride to the people of Pomurje, and are consequently also appropriately protected. Prekmurska gibanica is a real particularity among desserts and is also one of many Slovenian specialties. This festive and ceremonial dish was named after wrinkles, which are created with

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layers of filo pastry and sweet stuffing, and it used to be regarded as a real delicacy. The best known wine route leads through Jeruzalem - a picturesque landscape covered by vineyards, wine cellars, and


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wine shops, where one is greeted and invited to a glass of exquisite wine. Its excellent placement, tradition, experience, and the professionalism of its vintners and cellar masters give the locally produced wine a distinctive note. Visitors can enjoy predominately white wines, such as Laški and Renski rizling (Welsch and Rhine Riesling), Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Kerner, and Sivi pinot (Grey Pinot). Each June the vintners of Jeruzalem host the event Salon Jeruzalem, where their wines and cuisine are presented. At the border with Austria, in Gornja Radgona, they hold an Open Cellars Day every year on the last Sunday in June for the cellars of Radgonske gorice, a traditional vintner of sparkling wines

since 1852, when the very first Slovenian champagne was produced. The lifting of ripened sparkling wine from the Mura River, a tour of cellars under a rock, a waterfall, as well as under a Roman wheel, and a treasure trove of archival champagnes are just a small part of the day, where some also go cycling between the vineyards. The Negova Castle is the scene for the event Salon Traminec. More than a hundred vintage Traminer wines from Slovenia and neighboring countries, and top chefs make sure that you remember the event for a long, long time. There are dry as well as medium dry Traminer wines at hand, Traminer sparkling wines, sweet and medium, strawberry, and archival wines.

Come, see, taste and enjoy for yourself!

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Ljutomer; Photo: Marija Tivadar

Prlekija, Ljutomer, Jeruzalem Experien c e t h e h a r m o ny o f m a n a n d nature Prlekija – the land of high quality wine and cuisine, winding terraced roads, singing wind rattles, rich cultural, natural and ethnological heritage, thermal springs, spas and trotters. Ljutomer – mass-meeting, trotting, film and wine Ljutomer is a town small in size but rich in history. The idea of a United Slovenia came to life at the first Slovenian Mass Meeting (rally) in 1868 in Ljutomer, where participants demanded the use of Slovene in schools, offices and churches. Also, the first Slovenian films (Leaving the holy mass in Ljutomer, The fair in Ljutomer, In the home garden) which can be seen in the general museum collection in Ljutomer, were filmed in Ljutomer back in 1905 by Dr Karol Grossman. The first supermarket on Slovenian soil was opened in Ljutomer in 1958. Each year the trotting club, Kasaški klub Ljutomer, organises eight races at the hippodrome in Ljutomer. Trotting has a long history in Ljutomer; the first races in Slovenia took place there in 1874. A year after, the Trotting Association, the first in Slovenia and the second in Europe, was founded.

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was founded by two German crusaders who were on their way to Jerusalem but liked Slovenia so much that they stayed. Bioterme (Bio spa) In Moravci, in Slovenske Gorice, there is the renovated thermal spa, Bioterme Mala Nedelja, where in addition to indoor and outdoor pools, there is also a wellness offer. The spa’s specialty is the thermal water which is recommended for consumption by people with stomach problems and high blood pressure. In the new, neatly settled Hotel Bioterme guests can stay in “ecorooms”. Museums

Jeruzalem – Beautiful wine road One of the most beautiful wine roads in the country is situated in the Regional Park Jeruzalem Vineyards. The wine road is famous for its excellent white and red wines which can be tasted in numerous inns where home-made food is also served. Legend has it that Jeruzalem

The municipality of Ljutomer pride itself on two museum collections – the collection of the first Slovenian Mass Meeting and the General Museum Collection. There are also the Country, Apicultural and Pottery Museums and the Ralo Museum which preserves the country and viticultural tradition.

Trotting races at the hippodrome in Ljutomer; Photo: Milan Klemenčič

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Bioterme Mala Nedelja; Photo: Bioterme

Throw out a line Ride in Prlekija The region has eight cycling trails with a total length of 200km which take visitors to all of the hidden corners of the wonderful landscape. The trails are thematic: the Trail of Grey Herons; the Field Trail; the Vard Trail; the Štrk Trail; the Grossman Trail; and the Jeruzalem Trail. For each trail there is a route map with all the sights and restaurants. Trails are marked with signs and all trails are suitable for road bikes as they run along asphalt and macadam roads. Trails are connected to the trail of the Murska Bicycle Path (Murska kolesarska pot). Bikes can be hired from the tourist information centres of Ljutomer and Jerulazem.

In the fishing area of Gezove Jame na Moti, the ponds in Podgradje and the rivers Mura and Ščavnica, fishermen can find true paradise. The ponds and rivers in the region are rich with carp, pike, perch, amur, membrane, sheatfish and other freshwater fish.

13-18 July 11th Grossman festival of fantastic film and wine, different locations across Ljutomer 24-25 July Prleška summer night – sports, music events, Main Square in Ljutomer *********************** 8. August 31th Prleški fair across Ljutomer, Main Square Ljutomer, 9am 9 August Trotting races Derby, Hippodrome Ljutomer, 3pm

Walk through the vineyards The Prlekija hills and plains, woods, terraced vineyards and cornfields soaked with poppies, offer wonderful and unforgettable views, best experienced during a hike.

Gezove jame na Moti; Photo: Boštjan Peterka

The regional park Jeruzalem vineyards; Photo: Davorin Kurbos

TIC Ljutomer Glavni trg 9240 Ljutomer T: +386 (2) 584 83 33 F: +386 (2) 584 83 34 info@jeruzalem.si; www.jeruzalem.si LJUTOMER INFO LJUTOMER INFO

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The municipality has a rich and diverse heritage. Its development opportunities are based primarily on natural heritage (the Mura river with its backwaters and flood forests, the Father of the Pannonian oaks, the stream with 11 mills and old mills), cultural heritage (Church of the Assumption, Baroque mansion in Črnci, sacred signs and ancient Roman ruins) and diverse tourist facilities (Tourist Recreation Center Konjišče, cycling-hiking bridge in Črnci, tourist farms, wine shops and wine taverns). TRC Konjišče

Apače Apače municipality appeared in the area of the Father of the Pannonian oak trees and is one of the youngest municipalities in Slovenia. It is situated in the north-eastern Slovenia, on the Apače Field between Šentilj and Gornja Radgona, and between the Mura River in the north and the Slovenske gorice hills in the south. It is a highly agricultural area. There are mostly agriculture and stock-breeding in the plains, whereas at the edges of the valley there are vineyards and fruit orchards.

IDEAL FOR LEISURE, RECREATION AND WELFARE Tourist and Recreational Center Konjišče offers its visitors diverse opportunities: quiet and unspoiled nature invites you to fish, walk along the landscape walking paths, have a picnic in a covered and uncovered area, play beach volleyball, take part in various events and visit the old oak, the father of all oaks. The Father of the Pannonian oaks with its four thematic sets represents a real challenge for cyclists, but at the same time tourists, recreationists and visitors can experience the variety of the landscape.

Photo from Danilo Steyer

TRC Konjišče

Photo from Andreja Zrnić

RURAL TASTES OF MODERN CUISINE Local residents love good food, and therefore offer a gastronomic range of local dishes, which is one of the attractions of the landscape. A rich menu of the peasant cuisine was developed in house specialties by innkeepers - wild garlic in various forms, Styrian sour soup, mushroom soup, flat cake “kvasenica”, meat from “tünka”, “Prleška gibanica” cake, “mlinci” (Slovenian pasta tatters made from thin dried dough), buckwheat porridge, but also the wide range of products from local organic production. OBČINA APAČE Apače 42b, 9253 Apače info@obcina-apace.si www.obcina-apace.si

Turistično informacijski center Tel.: +386 31 307 010 E-mail: info@tic-apace.si www.tic-apace.si

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Photos: Archive TIC Moravske Toplice

SUMMER ADVENTURE IN MORAVSKE TOPLICE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS Moravske Toplice can be found in the middle of Pomurje region in the northeast of Slovenia and the heart of Europe. It is a famous tourist resort with springs of thermal mineral water vivaciously bubbling in two spas, Terme 3000 Spa and Terme Vivat Spa. The healing and refreshing effects of the black gold, as we like to describe the healing water, tame even the most restless spirit.

LOVELY SPOTS FOR A RAMBLE ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECES AND EXPERIENCING HERITAGE RECREATIONAL OASIS FOR CYCLISTS AND HIKERS A diverse flat and hilly landscape of Prekmurje, Goričko, is suitable for cycling, hiking and Nordic walking for recreation enthusiasts and professionals. 11 themed hiking trails, 10 cycling routes, 1 cycling marathon, 10 and more hiking routes and a trim trail await you in Moravske Toplice.

Lovers of architectural heritage will discover the Romanesque Rotunda in Selo, the Plečnik church in Bogojina, and the Church St. Martin in Martjanci. If you are enchanted by handcraft, make your own first gingerbread heart - visit producer and seller of mead, Jožica Celec in Ratkovci. You can make your own clay pot in the Pottery village Filovci. Visit the open air museum (Magda’s house in Filovci and Časar’s Mill in Berkovci). Other products with the certificate “Art Craft” and homemade products can be found at the tourist market in Moravske Toplice (products of clay, straw, husk, and wicker, and also pumpkin seed oil, pumpkin seed, Goričko cheese, homemade marmalade, honey, pasta and flour).

A WIDE RANGE OF LODGINGS – apart from the hotel you can stay in a number of private apartments or rooms, where you will be warmly welcomed by the friendly locals.

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CUISINE – INTERLACING OF PREKMURJE, PANNONIAN AND CONTEMPORARY TASTES The harmony of delicious food and quality wine are found at the tourist farms, wine shops and inns in Moravske Toplice and its surroundings. You will remember the taste of Prekmurje cuisine for a long time.

Rock and folk music concerts in Moravske Toplice: 3. 7. 2015 - Crvena Jabuka 4. 7. 2015 - Drazen Zečić 31. 7. 2015 - Concert of the Sašo Avsenik Ansambel 15. 8. 2015 - Siddharta Hike along the Martjanci path, 15. 8. 2015, Martjanci

Near the Romanesque Rotunda there is also a branch, TIC Selo, offering guided tours inside the Romanesque Rotunda. Info: TIC Moravske Toplice

Zelenjadarski dan, 29. 8. 2015, Ivanci 8th Ivanocy Hike, 29. 8. 2015, Ivanovci

EVENTS IN THE MUNICIPALITY MORAVSKE TOPLICE Free presentation of the Romanesque rotunda from the theological point of view, Selo (27.6., 25. 7., 29. 8., 5.9.) Festival of Culinary Delights from Prekmurje, 13. 6. 2015, Moravske Toplice Summer tourist market, June, July, August, between Thursdays and Sundays, from 18 June Hike on the National Day, 25 6. 2015, Selo 9th Wine and Cuisine Festival, Filovci, 27. 6. 2015, Lončarska vas

Information about the complete tourist offer, accommodation, events and latest offers is available at TIC Moravske Toplice in the centre of Moravske Spa (near the post office). Open all year.

September Tourist Market, Thursday-Saturday, Moravske Toplice 15th Marič Restaurant Culinary Hike, 5. 9. 2015, Sebeborci Corn Shucking Event, 12. 9. 2015, Selo The path along cultural heritage, 13. 9. 2015, Bogojina

TIC MORAVSKE TOPLICE Kranjčeva 3 9226 Moravske Toplice T: +386 (0)2 538 15 20 M: +386 (0)40 829 870 I: www.moravske-toplice.com E: info@moravske-toplice.com FB: www.facebook.com/TIC.MoravskeToplice

Ethno evenings, Thursdays in July and August, Moravske Toplice

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TERME 3000MORAVSKE TOPLICE Pampered by countless pleasures.

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ZDRAVILIŠČE RADENCI FOR FAMILIES Adrenaline water challenges for the daredevils: a 360° water adventure.

• So large and diverse, anyone is bound to find something for themselves! • Enjoy the soothing embrace of the black thermal mineral water. • How big is a 1/2-hectare water area? Big enough that you just can’t feel bored! A water attractions experience fit for a king! • Just one hour of your time, and you will leave our medico-wellness centre feeling as good as new! • The abundance of genuine tastes of the Prekmurje cuisine. • How much is 1/2-hectare of a golf course? 18 holes and 10 kilometres of socializing and fun on the longest fairway in Slovenia!

THE “HAVE-A-GOOD-TIME TIP” • Discover Prekmurje, a paradise for cyclists and hikers. • Come, see where home of storks is. • Orchid plantation Ocean Orchids: growing orchids with the help of thermal water. • Otok ljubezni, the Island of Love: a natural river island on the Mura River. • See how the real Prekmurian pumpkin seed oil is pressed. • The “Bukovniško jezero (Bukovnica Lake) Adventure Park”: let the adventure begin – for big and small. • The best way to discover Prekmurje: take the “Prekmurje – Land of Excellent Cuisine and Friendly People” excursion.

Surrounded by springs of health.

• A health resort with 130 years of tradition in treating the cardiovascular conditions. • The balance of all good and hearty. • Where your vitality and health are alleviated by the Radenska mineral water. • The springs of health: for drinking, bathing and nurturing. • Where you can pour a glass of the natural Radenska mineral water straight from the spring. • Where our chefs consider your health as well. • Wellness in the service of health. • Active vacation tailored according to your specific needs.

THE “HAVE-A-GOOD-TIME TIP”

• Visit the famous Radenska mineral water bottling plant. • Tastings of pumpkin oil, the “Prleška Šunka” ham and local wines. • Visit the “Radgonska Klet” wine cellar and enjoy the famous Radgona sparkling wine tasting. • The Goričko Nature Park (Krajinski park Goričko) • Visit the Pachamama centre with biodynamic herbal and vegetable gardens a bamboo plantation and home made soaps and cosmetics. • The Beekeeping Museum Krapje. • Visit the Firbas Tourist Farm. • A treasure-hunt cycling trip over the state border. • Visit the WW2 Memorial Park Petanjci. • The “Along the Mura by Bike” cycling marathon.


TERME PTUJ Refreshed by adventures. • • • • •

Where there’s no other way to be but active and fit. Enjoy a vacation fit for a Roman emperor. Lungs full of sports and plenty of water activities. “Aquapolis” for the modern hedonists. When you won’t be able to resist a dive into the pool and counting of swimming strokes. • Where world’s top athletes train and top swimmers swim.

THE “HAVE-A-GOOD-TIME TIP” • Take a stroll in the historic city, enjoy the beautiful view from Ptuj Castle and relax on the Ptuj lakeshore. • Visit the oldest Slovenian wine cellar and the oldest vine. • Puch’s Museum for old-timer lovers • The Red Riding Hood fairy forest, where fairy tale creatures expect you in their cute cottages. • The Jeruzalem and Haloze wine roads • The Ptuj sea – rowing, sailing and wakeboarding on the largest man-made lake in Slovenia and on the Drava River. • The Ptuj Golf Course with water hazards. • Experience the “Roman Games” and travel 2000 years back in history.

TERME LENDAVA Filled with vital energy.

• A small, boutique spa where you can tank vitality and positive energy. • Get your health back with the help of nature, which is bursting with energy and with the soothing paraffin thermal water. • Always in good company. • Our chefs cook like at home. • What would you like to do first: taste some Bograč, swim in an Olympic-size pool, ride a bike or take a walk?

THE “HAVE-A-GOOD-TIME TIP” • The cultural and historical heritage of Lendava. • Visit three countries in one day – guided cycling tours. • Visit the “Bukovniško Jezero” (Bukovnica Lake), rich with bio-energy. • The “Ivan’s Spring” at the Bukovnica Lake with healing water which is believed to improve eyesight. • Take a trip to the near-by hills of Lendava, and observe the grape pickings in the autumn. • Take a look at the mummy of Hadik the soldier, who defended Lendava against the Turks. • The Permaculture Incubator in neighbouring Čentiba • Visit the traditional culinary, cultural and ethnological events, such as “Bogračijada” (Bograč Feast) and “Lendavska trgatev“ (Lendava Grape Harvest)

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TERME BANOVCI Surrounded by broad smiles.

• A small health resort in the middle of nature. Where everybody knows your name. • Unforgettable fun for the big, small, and silver-haired children. • Dishes, which are just like the ones from your grandma’s kitchen. • Where the smell of freshly baked homemade bread invites you to breakfast. • Where thermal water invigorates your body and spirit.

THE “HAVE-A-GOOD-TIME TIP” • • • • • • • •

The Theme Park and the educative Herbal Park. The old Babič Mill. Experience the life of a Mura River miller. Root for your favourite horse at a harness race. The Beekeeping museum Krapje. The prehistoric settlement at Razkrižje. The energy points at Razkrižje. The Jeruzalem wine road. A family cycling trip across the Prlekija flats.

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Velika Polana

OBČINA VELIKA POLANA

T h e L a n d o f S to r k s and the Golden P l a c e o f E u ro p e Among the mysterious Mura River, black meadow woods and outlines of the nearby hilly vineyards, lies the Velika Polana municipality, extending throughout the Pannonian plain. Three settlements only: Velika Polana, Mala Polana and Brezovica, with a picturesque mosaic of natural and cultural heritage and friendly people are the reason for you to stop by and DISCOVER more about his region. We have the largest population of storks in Europe and, therefore, the “Euronatur” foundation granted the title “European Village of Storks” to Mala and Velika Polana. The Polanski log forest, the largest complex of black alder wood in Europe, offers shelter to many endangered plant and animal species,

“Storkland” (“Dežela Štorkelj”)

Velika Polana was the birthplace of the famous Slovene writer Miško Kranjec. At his homestead there is a well preserved study and a permanent exhibition of his books, documents, photographs and works of art. The homestead is also the starting point of the hiking trail Miškova pot, which leads to his vineyard cottage in Lendavske gorice hills and also the start of the Slovenian Writers Trail. In Mala Polana, next to the Črnec stream, there is one of the last preserved brook mills in the Pomurje region known as Copek’s mill (Copekov mlin). A great example of historical recollection of residential architecture is also Sabol’s house in Mala Polana. The parish church of Velika Polana is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is the starting point of the pilgrimage route named after the priest Daniel Halas.

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Miško Kranjec homestead

Štefan Hozjan, imperial-royal pilot, one of the most successful pilots of World War I, was born in Brezovica. Our tourist story is dedicated to all, who seek genuine contact with the natural and cultural heritage, experience the life of our local people and live in their homes during their stay. Biking and hiking trails do not end here, but are a part of the trail network along the Mura River and run through several countries. The true spirit of the place can be felt at many events organized by associations from Velika Polana throughout the year. They are intertwined with cultural, sporting, culinary and other content, and some of them preserve old local customs and tasks.


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The Golden Award for the Europe’s Most Beautiful Place 2014

MOJA DEŽELA – LEPA IN GOSTOLJUBNA MY COUNTRY - BEAUTIFUL AND HOSPITABLE

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Pomurje Summer Festival - competition ŠTRK.SI

We also offer accommodation, not in a hotel, but on the homestead of Miško Kranjec, on straw beds or in the creative experiential studios. In the vicinity of Velika Polana there are also thermal springs and spa centres which offer accommodation, as well as thermal and other adventures. Municipaliti of Velika Polana

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The largest event here and one of the largest in Slovenia is the eight-day long Pomurje Summer Festival (Pomurski poletni festival), which offers something for everyone. More about the festival and its program can be found at http://www.strk.si . The ŠTRK Slovenian Association is also the bearer of the Guiness World Record in cooking “bujta repa” – a traditional dish of Prekmurje.

Predsednik TZS Peter Misja

PEČAT GOSTOLJUBNOSTI Ljubljana oktober 2014

The Award for the Slovenia’s Most Beautiful Tourist Location 2014

ŠTRK competition at Pomurje Summer Festival

Guiness World Record in cooking “bujta repa”

The beauties of the Velika Polana municipality have been noticed by various expert committees, which have honoured it with the following titles: Slovenia’s Most Beautiful Town Core 2013, Slovenia’s Most Beautiful Tourist Location 2014, The Golden Award for the Europe’s Most Beautiful Place 2014, and a special recognition for the park “Storkland” (“Dežela Štorkelj”). Come and discover the beauties of our place!

INFO TIC ŠTRK – Tourist Information Centre – GSM: 041 528 678 phone: 02 57 37 327 website: www.strk.si e-mail: strk.slo@siol.net OBČINA VELIKA POLANA, Velika Polana 111, 9225 Velika Polana e-mail: obcina@velika-polana.si phone: 02 5776 750, fax: 02 5776 752

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