Friday, August 21, 2015

Top 5 attractions Rogaška Slatina

Rogaška Slatina, modern spa centre

The town of Rogaška Slatina is situated in eastern Slovenia near the border with Croatia. It lies beside the stream Ločnica. The area was inhabitet in antiquity, and a Roman road led to the settlement. The climate is healty because of the large forest areas. Rogaška Slatina is known for its curative mineral water, crystal glass and spa.


Spa Park

Spa Park is representing the green heart of Rogaška Slatina. It is a beautiful natural attraction which over time has undergone numerous changes. The park was made in the 19th century when it was divided into four fields with beautiful floral plantings. Today has cultural, historical and visual value. The shady promenade is planted with horse-chestnut and white maple.



Grand Hotel Rogaška

Grand Hotel Rogaška is located in the magnificent spa park and promenade. Formerly it was known as the Spa home. Among the historical monuments of the town is the best known, most representative veduta, which was built in the classicist style. It had two predecessors, the present one was opened in 1912. The hotel's wonderful Crystall Hall hosts many concerts and dance performances.


Drinking Hall

The power of Rogaška Mineral water was first analyzed in 1572 and the springs gained a high level of popularity after healing of count Zrinski in 1665. The most important chemical element in healthy mineral water is magnesium. Its high content of minerals, makes mineral water one of the richest magnesium-containing mineral waters in the world. We can try water in the Drinking Hall.



In nature's heart

Rogaška Slatina is surrounded by beautiful nature, offering numerous paths and possibilities for spending time in nature. We can walk and run wherever we like, or try out the marked trim trail featuring fitness exercises. Forest trails are suitable for cycling and Nordic walking. Rogaška is perfect for bike lovers. On the way, we can admire numerous cultural and natural sights.



Amazing crystal

Steklarna Rogaška Glassworks' rich knowledge of production and design of priceless crystal products is supported by almost 350 years of tradition of Pohorje, Trebuše and Kozjansko regions, which used to take place in the forest glassworks. They are making crystal products which are famous all around the world. 











Sunday, August 16, 2015

Top 5 attractions in Bled

Bled, one of the most beautiful Alpine resorts

Bled is one of the most beautiful and most visited tourist places in Slovenia. It is about 50 km northwest of the capital town Ljubljana. South of Bled are extending forested Jelovica and Pokljuka plateaus. The place has a rich historical past. The first visitors of Bled were pilgrims who went to the Mary Pilgrimage on the Bled Island. Arnold Rikli from Switzerland contributed significantly to the development of Bled as a health resort. In 2004, Bled celebrated its thousand years of the first mention.


The Bled Castle

The Bled Castle offers the most picturesque view of the Bled island, the small town of Bled and the countryside of the Gorenjska region. The history of the castle goes back to 1004 when the Emperor Henry II gave his estate at Bled to Bishop Albuin of Brixen. The castle is now arranged as an exhibition area. The museum collection represents the historical development of Bled, its population and its culture. At the Bled Castle forge can be seen artistic ironworks. The castle restaurant offers a wide range of delicious dishes and drinks. The castle courtyard is a place of cultural permormances during warmer months.


Lake Bled

Lake Bled with its beauty no one leaves indifferent. The lake invites to many sporting activities, romantic moments for two or just leisurely relaxation. Lake has the tectonic origin. It is about two kilometres long, more than a kilometer wide and up to 30,6 meters deep. Around the lake goes 6 km long trail which is just long enough for easy recreation such as walks or bike rides. During the hot summer days visitors can swim in the lake or enjoy on the Castle beach. The temperature of the lake can reach pleasant 23 degrees Celsius during the summer season.



The Bled Island

The most famous symbol of the lake is the gothic Church of the Assumption, to which it is necessary to walk the 99 stone steps. The lush greenery also hides other interesting buildings, like the provost's house, chaplain's house, bell-tower, small hermitage and some mysterious legends. In the ancient time, polytheism prevailed in this area, which is why the Bled Island included a temple of the Slavic goddess of love Živa. The 52 m high free standing bell tower was made of buckwheat grain. Among the most famous legends is the legend of the Sunken bell. Anyone that rings the bell three times and believes in God, her or his wish would come true.



The Pletna boat

The Pletna boat is a traditional boat made by locals which is only known at Bled. The origins of the boat go back to 1950. It size allows safe transportation of 20 people. The Pletna boat is equipped with a colourful awning which protect passengers from the sun and other weather elements. The boat is operated by the Pletna oarsman. This title was handed down from generation to generation. The Pletna boat is propelled with the special technique where the oarsman is standing and rowing with two oars. The oarsmen await you in the Rowing centre Bled, in Mlino, under the Park Hotel Bled and in the Spa Park.



Bled cream cake

The Bled cream cake is the symbol of Bled's cuisine. Ištvan Lukačevič, the former manager of the Hotel Park patisserie, tested recipes for many years before he finally succeeded. Over the last 60 years they have sold as many as 12 million delicious Bled cream cakes. The cream cake is sold only in the cafe opposite the Hotel Park.















 




Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Top 5 Most Beautiful Lakes in Slovenia

Picturesque country under the Alps


Slovenia has despite its small size extremely varied landscape which includes the coastal area, its terrain consists largely of karstic ridges and plateaus, Alpine peaks, valleys and basins. The highest Alpine peak in Slovenia is Triglav. Slovenia is a great tourist destination. You can ski in the morning and surrender yourself to the luxury of the Adriatic Sea in the afternoon. Slovenia has many lakes which are especially popular in hot summer time.

Lake Bled


Lake Bled is the most famous lake in Slovenia. It is wonderful all year around and therefore attracts many visitors from Slovenia and abroad. Around the lake and its surroundings are marked walking and cycling paths. Part of the shore on the north side, under the Bled Castle, and on the west side is arranged for swimming. In the Lake Bled is about 20 different fish species and for sport fishing are most interesting catfish, lake trout and pike. On the lake is the famous island, which is accessible by boat, electric boat or by Pletna boat.



Lake Bohinj


Lake Bohinj is located in the municipality of Bohinj. It is the largest permanent natural lake in Slovenia, which is 4100 meters long, 1200 meters wide and 45 meters deep. In the summer time is on the surface heated to 22 degrees Celsius. The main permanent surface flow is Savica, resulting in a picturesque waterfall Savica in the far upper end of the valley. Waters in the lake are renewed three times a year. In the lake live five species of fishes. The clear and clean lake is attractive for swimming and boating. Due to the weaker wind is suitable for less experienced sailors and surfers.



Plansar Lake


Plansar Lake is a small lake located in the Municipality of Jezersko. It has a beautiful shape of a heart. By the lake is the restaurant Gostisce ob jezeru, where they have delicious local food. Around the lake goes a nice walking path. Plansar Lake is the most known tourist point in the village and their symbol. In the winter time we can go ski running or skating. In the summer time we can go hiking, cycling, boating or climbing in the small artificial wall.



Lake Crnava


Lake Crnava is located in Preddvor near Kranj. It is a popular place for local people and others. There is a hotel with a small terrace from where we can enjoy in wonderful views to the mountains and to the lake. Around the lake goes a nice walking path. In the summer time we can borrow a boat and in the winter time we can slide. Lake Crnava is a starting point for hiking trips to Saint Jakob, Kalisce, Storzic and other hills.



Smartinsko Lake


Smartinsko Lake is located near the town Celje. It is a popular and an attractive place for local people and tourists. The lake belongs to the largest artificial lakes in Slovenia. Its fundamental task is to hold back the torrential waters. The Smartinsko Lake and its surroundings become sporting, recreation and tourist place over the years. There are available different possibilities for recreation and relaxation. We can walk around the lake, ride a bicycle, drive with a boat, fish and do many other activities.










 




Friday, March 27, 2015

Attractions of Škofja Loka

Old medieval town 

Škofja Loka is a small town in Upper Carniola. It is a cultural, economic, administrative and educational centre of the Municipality of Škofja Loka. It has one of the best-preserved medieval urban centres in Slovenia.



Cultural monuments

The town was proclaimed a cultural monument in 1987. It is the birthplace of the Škofja Loka Passion Play, the oldest play in Slovene. Škofja Loka has many cultural and natural attractions. Among cultural attractions are Castle of Škofja Loka, Puštal's Castle, Stone bridge, Devil's footbridge and many other.



Castle of Škofja Loka

It must have been built before the year 1202 because it was mentioned in the document from the same year. The castle was built by the bishops of Freising. The Castle was almost demolished in the big earthquake in the year 1511, but it was restored by the bishop Filip. Today is in the Castle of Škofja Loka a Museum and there are held many entertainments.



Stone or Capuchin bridge

A promenade through the old town centre begins on Stone bridge which takes you to the Upper square. The Capuchin bridge was built by bishop Leopold in the middle of the 14th century. It was built from carved stone in the semicircular form. In the year 1888 was restored and equipped with iron fence. The Stone bridge is one of the oldest monuments of its architectural kind in the Central Europe.


Puštal's Castle

It was built in year 1220 and it was inhabited by the family of Puštal's lordship. In the beginning of the 17th century the castle was passed over to the family Oblak from Gorenja vas, which was granted the noble title of barons. Today is in the Castle a Music School.


Devil's footbridge

It is a wooden footbridge in Puštal, which is a suburban locality on the right bank of the river Poljanska Sora. Under the Devil's footbridge foaming river could be seen.















Thursday, March 5, 2015

Portorož

Portorož is a coastal settlement in the Municipality of Piran in the southwestern part of Slovenia. It has been known as a health resort since the 13th century, when monks from the Monastery of Saint Lawrence treated people with brine and seawater.


Its modern development started in the late 19th century with appearance of first health resorts. In the 20th century it became one of the popular seaside resorts in Europe, along with Lido, Abbazia and Grado. Today is one of the major tourist areas.



In the centre of Portorož is located Kempinski Palace Portorož, until 2008 known as Palace Hotel, once one of the most important resorts for the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. The hotel was built upon the plans of the architect Johann Eustacchio and opened on August 1910.



Economy of the place is mainly based on tourism and gaming industry. The facilities include numerous sporting facilities, a marina and several casinos, along with many hotels and apartments. In the western part of Portorož is located a popular hotel resort Bernardin.



Portorož is famous for its spa and wellness centres. Its is an ideal location for pampering and relaxation throughout the year, even during the coldest winter months. The beach is well-maintained and we can go swimming in the warm Mediterranean sea.


Friday, October 17, 2014

What to see in Piran?

Piran is an old port town in Slovenian Istria. The city is bilingual, its Italian name is Pirano. It is situated on the cape of the Piran peninsula. Town has preserved the medieval appearance with narrow streets and houses, giving it a typical Mediterranean character and special charm. The most beautiful attractions in Piran are the Saint George's Church, Tartini Square, Town Walls and Kidric Quay.


Saint George's Church was built in the 12th century. It got its name by Saint George who was a patron of the town. The belfry was added in 1608 and the baptistery in 1650. Today's image the church got in 1637 by the baroque renovation. From the church is a wonderful view to the old town, marina and to the clear blue Adriatic sea.



Tartini Square is located in the centre of Piran. It is the largest square in the old part. It got its name by Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770), the famous composer and violinist. The main square became at the end of the 13th century. In the square are situated Tartini house, the Saint Peter's Church, a baroque house, Hotel Tartini, Town Hall, Tartini monument, Loggia and other historical buildings.



Piran has an amazing town wall, which offers beautiful views. It was built for defense. The city was surrounded with the wall in the 7th century. It was divided to quarters, which were named by town doors: Stolna, Osrednja, Poljska and Miljska. Town wall is easily reachable from the old town centre and worth seeing.

 


Kidric Quay is situated in the coastal part of the old town centre. It is mostly popular as a promenade place. In this area we can see the neoclassical Travesini palace from the year 1826, the Marina, the Tartini's Theatre, the Aquarium, Hotel Piran and other. There are also many cafes and restaurants where we can enjoy under the sun.



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ljubljana Castle

The Ljubljana Castle is an imposing medieval fortress, which represents a symbol of Ljubljana. It is located on the edge of the castle hill, just above the picturesque medieval Ljubljana. The castle can be reached by car, by foot from the old town centre or with a cable railway.


The castle has envolved from a fortified tower with a defensive wall before the first mention of Ljubljana. On the castle hill was confirmed a presense of man since the time of the Late Bronze Age. In the Ljubljana castle can be seen many interesting historical remarkableness, such us the lookout tower, a Chapel of Saint George, a permanent exhibition of Slovenian history, Frederick's Tower and a Frederic's room, pentagonal tower and many other. The Castle Cafe offers guests fruit salads, coctails, cakes and beverages.


The spacious courtyard is in the summer time intended to the various events, one of which is the most visited the viewing of movies under the stars. The Ljubljana Castle is a very attractive tourist destination that is visited throughout the year from local and foreign tourists.