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New flight / july 2019: London Heathrow – Ljubljana

From the 15th of July to the 2nd of September 2019 The long awaited flight connection between London Heathrow and Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana, will run from the 15th of July to the 2nd of September with a flight time of just 2 hours, 20 minutes. Growth in numbers of the British travelleres visiting Slovenia, …

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Petra Stušek is new President of the ECM

Great privilege and responsibility at the same time At the European Cities Marketing ‘s General Assembly in Ljubljana which took place in Ljubljana, M.Sc Petra Stušek, managing director of Ljubljana Tourism, was elected President of the European Cities Marketing. This high-level position within the reputable organisation will raise Ljubljana’s profile even more as a successful …

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Goriška Brda: Slovenia’s Tuscany

Brda – Slovenia’s foremost wine-growing areas Covering 72km2 of rolling hills between the Soča River and Italian border, Brda is one of Slovenia’s foremost wine-growing areas and only an hour’s drive from Ljubljana. Often described as a miniature version of Tuscany, every hill seems to be topped with a large church surrounded by a charming …

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When vineyard cottages turned into hotel in Lendava

Vineyard cottages turned into hotel in LendavaLendava, 25 May – Lendava, a bilingual city in Slovenia’s northeastern Prekmurje region, has started to offer guests a unique accommodation experience as vineyard cottages been transformed into the dispersed Hotel Vinarium. Named after Vinarium, a hilltop observation tower that has made Lendava a major draw for domestic tourists, …

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BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT 2019 AWARD by FIDUCIA

GRAD OTOČEC received the award for BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT 2019

ABOUT THE WINNER:

The restaurant is located in Castle Otočec, where exciting dishes of incredible tastes are developed under the guidance of chef Amel Balagić.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR:

Fiducia is a company, that is rightfully proud of its 25year tradition. For more than 25 years they have been a significant provider of catering material of a smaller size.

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Slovenian Incoming Workshop – SIW 2019

Slovenian Incoming Workshop (SIW) is the flagship B2B tourism event in Slovenia which offers time-efficient meetings with renowned Slovenian tourism providers. SIW is the perfect opportunity to establish and strengthen business partnerships between foreign tour operators and tour agencies and the representatives of Slovenian tourism industry. Slovenian Tourist Board was extremely proud to host in …

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Across the highest peaks Kamnik – Savinja alps

Looking at the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, a beautiful mountain range closest to Ljubljana, lit in vibrant early morning colors with veils of fog lingering below rugged peaks, I got an ingenious idea I just couldn’t shake off. In a weekend excursion, I would traverse a good part of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps across the peaks I hadn’t …

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Calendar of culinary and gastronomic events 2019

May 2019 The Slovenia Restaurant Awards, Smlednik  Evaluation of Upper Savinja Stomachs, Recica ob Savinji  Rebula and Olive Oil Festival, Višnjevik  Refošk Festival, Marezige  Delicacies of Slovenian Farms, Ptuj  Wine Spring, Metlika  Wine Fair, Ljubljana   June 2019 Cherry Festival, Dobrovo in Brda  Lent Festival, Sladolent, Maribor  Traditional Olive Festival, Dekani  Festival of Wine, Fish …

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Krško: A Region of Many Face

Even in a country as diverse as Slovenia, Krško manages to stand out for the dizzying array of sights and activities it offers visitors. The majestic Rajhenburg Castle (or Grad Rajhenburg), which is perched on a hill above the Sava River overlooking the town of Krško below, photo by Boštjan Colarič Capuchin Library Housed inside …

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How to Choose the Perfect Last Minute Holiday or Business Gift in Slovenia?

It is almost the holidays and many of us are still scrambling around trying to choose the perfect gift for a friend, relative or a business partner. What do they want? What do they need? What can we buy? On the 25th of October, a roundtable of “DEBATA NA MALCI” – Book, Wine, Chocolate or USB stick? …

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Top Five Hotels Outside Ljubljana

You’ve enjoyed a few days exploring Ljubljana and are now ready to move on, but with so many sights and activities for tourists to choose from, where should you go next? North, East, South or West? For most visitors that come to Slovenia, Ljubljana will be their first stop. With its relaxed, cafe culture along …

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The Slovenia TRIP TIP VELIKA PLANINA – A hiker‘s paradise

Covering some 577 hectares of pastureland, Velika Planina is the catchall name for a number of plateaus that come together to make the highest alpine pasture plateau in Slovenia. Just a short drive outside of Kamnik, hordes of herdsmen’s cottages sit at an altitude of over 1500 metres surrounded by pine forests. It is a …

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Kranjska Gora: Slovenia‘s top mountain resort

Kranjska Gora is, not surprisingly, famous for its skiing and other winter sports. People from the area are often excellent skiers, as parents have their kids racing down the toughest runs as soon as they learn how to walk. Slovenia’s professional skiers have enjoyed a significant amount of success in World Cup and Olympic competitions …

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Triglav National Park: Slovenia’s highest peak and only national park

Triglav National Park, the only one of its kind in Slovenia, covers only 4% of the landmass, yet what a spectacular proportion it is. The park’s breathtaking landscape, including jagged peaks, expansive spruce forest, lush valleys and harmonious ecosystem has all been protected since the Alpine Conservation Park was founded back in 1924. Located in …

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ŠTORE: A GREEN REGION FORGED OUT OF INDUSTRY

Some 80km east of Ljubljana in an area dominated by rolling, tree-covered hills intersected by the Voglajna River, the municipality of Štore has a relatively recent past inextricably connected with the iron and steel industries as well as the age-old traditions of agriculture, beekeeping and forestry. Growing to maturity in the 19th century, Štore, which …

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SLOVENSKA BISTRICA: The land of fruit, forts and fresh air

The name of both the town and the lush, hilly and mountainous region it governs, the history of Slovenska Bistrica dates back centuries, although its modern period begins with a written document from March 12, 1311 (some records note the year as 1313) when the town received its original city rights. A predominantly German-speaking region …

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ŠENTJUR: The town of saints and sinners

What makes it unique? It definitely isn’t the beautiful St George’s (Sv Jurij) church or enchanting surrounding hills and meadows. The town and municipality’s neolithic heritage and archeological treasures or the Ipavec dynasty and musical-medical prowess may well qualify. However, for us the legend of Guzaj stands out as making Šentjur a distinctly notable spot …

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SVETI JURIJ V SLOVENSKIH GORICAH: Small is beautiful

Located at the eastern edge of the Central Slovene Hills (Slovenske gorice) and one of Slovenia’s youngest municipalities, the tiny community of Sveti Jurij v Slovenskih goricah claims a population of approximately 2,100 souls and yet is currently making huge waves towards becoming a serious tourist destination of the future. Separated from the Municipality of …

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ROGAŠKA SLATINA: Slovenia’s top spa and wellness destination

A few kilometres from the Croatian border, Rogaška Slatina nestles in a valley at the confluence of two small rivers, sources of water that along with many others in the immediate area literally spring up everywhere and have together contributed towards making the fabulous little spa town of just 5,500 or so permanent residents one …

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SLOVENSKE KONJICE: In the embrace of noble stories

It is known as the town of flowers and wine, and there really is an abundance of both in Slovenske Konjice. The town regularly wins awards for its public floral displays, including the gold medal in the pan-European Entente Florale competition. It has also won the Most Beautiful Excursion Destination award from the Tourist Association …

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PREKMURJE: the mysterious land across the Mura River

Even the quickest look at a map betrays a lot about Prekmurje. If ever there was a region of Slovenia that could be described as being ‘other’, Prekmurje is it. A thousand years of Hungarian rule will do that, and a sizeable Hungarian minority thrives here today. The history of Prekmurje and its people is …

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MARIBOR: The capital of Štajerska

Sitting in the foothills of the Pohorje Mountains and straddling the banks of the Drava River, Maribor is Slovenia’s second largest city though it sometimes feels more like a country town. An industrial powerhouse in Yugoslav times, many of the state owned companies closed down leading to a tough transition period which the city is …

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SLOVENJ GRADEC: The most beautiful old town center in Sloveni

Gradec means “little castle”, and this area was first mentioned about a thousand years ago in association with the castle that still overlooks the settlement of Stari Trg. Slovenj Gradec itself was established as a borough in 1251, and originally ruled by the  Patriarchate of Aquileia (in present-day Italy). The area has also been governed …

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LAŠKO: The town of beer and flowers

Laško: throughout Slovenia and the entire region of South East Europe, the name is synonymous with the green cans and bottles of the locally-produced Zlatorog brand pilsner. In fact, in Slovenia the word Laško has almost become the equivalent of beer. This in itself is no small achievement for a small medieval town of only …

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KOZJANSKO REGIONAL PARK: The nation’s largest regional park

From forests to meadow orchards, endangered birds to castles and old mills, from vineyard trails to concerts – to say that Kozjansko Park offers an abundance of attractions, both natural and manmade, would be to seriously undersell it. Covering an area of 206 square kilometers, it’s a regional park – it’s the largest regional park …

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ŽIRI: The road begins at the end of the valley

If Slovenia is situated at the geographical crossroads of Europe – with the Alps, great eastern plains and Mediterranean all converging within its borders – and Žiri is at the crossroads of Slovenia, then by our calculation this small town of just under 5000 inhabitants is the unofficial center of Europe! While this may be …

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TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK: Slovenia’s highest peak and only National Park

Triglav National Park, the only one of its kind in Slovenia, covers only 4% of the landmass, yet what a spectacular proportion it is. Located in the southeastern section of the Alps, the Eastern Julian Alps stretch across much of northwestern Slovenia, bordering Austria to the north and Italy to the west. The park’s breathtaking …

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STRMOL CASTLE: Luxury accommodation and events in a beautiful Medieval setting

THE Slovenia Book present’s Slovenia’s Top 100 Destinations, tons of interviews and Top 10 lists, hundreds of amazing photos and lots more! Click for more info. Lying along the edge of Dvorjanski Hrib (Mansion Hill) on the road connecting the villages of Češnjevek and Dvorje, Strmol Castle’s roots go all the way back to the …

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ŠKOFJA LOKA: A picture perfect medieval town packed with sights

One of the oldest settlements in Slovenia, Škofja Loka (Slovene for Bishop’s Meadow) is a picture-perfect medieval town that is both one of the easiest and most rewarding day trips from Ljubljana. The incredibly well-preserved old town is the main attraction here, followed by the great museum collection contained in the enormous castle ensconced on …

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GORENJA VAS – POLJANE: A rest stop on the Vienna Trieste road

The central settlement in the Pojanska Valley, Gorenja Vas (which makes up half of the municipality of Gorenja Vas – Poljane) is roughly halfway between Škofja Loka and Žiri. For years it was a popular place to stop on the road from Vienna to Trieste, but saw much less traffic with the opening of the …

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CERKLJE NA GORENJSKEM: A small town with big attractions

Favourably located on the passage from the Ljubljana Basin to the mountainous area of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, the municipality of Cerklje na Gorenjskem (as it is properly known) boasts natural diversity and a rich historical and cultural heritage. The municipality itself consists of 30 villages, of which the majority are spread out on the fertile …

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BRDO ESTATE: The embrace of nature and history

Just 30 minutes away from both Ljubljana and Bled, the spectacular Brdo Estate has a rich history dating back over 500 years. Crowned by the Renaissance Brdo Castle, home to numerous noble families over the centuries, in more recent history, the 500-hectare estate served as one of the favourite residences of Yugoslav leader Josip Broz …

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VRHNIKA: Birthplace of the Slovene Kafka

Some 20km from Ljubljana we find the attractive little town of Vrhnika. Known as Nauportus in Roman times, it blossomed as a strategically important fort, remains of which can still be found near the cemetery. The area nearby is scattered with the remains of a Roman defensive wall system from the second half of the …

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LJUBLJANA : The quaint capital of Slovenia

The tongue twisting capital of Slovenia is the figurative and (almost) literal centre of the country, with nearly three times more inhabitants than any other Slovene city and an even larger share of its commercial, administrative, cultural and educational activity. In 2014, Ljubljana notably celebrated the 2000th anniversary of the founding of the Roman settlement …

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LITIJA: The geometric centre of Slovenia

Janez Vajkard Valvesor claimed that Litija took its name from the Latin word lithus, meaning ‘riverbank’. The positioning of the town lends credence to this claim, occupying both banks of the Sava River. Believed to have had settlements as far back as human history goes, Litija is an old mining town surrounded by unique ethnology …

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KAMNIŠKA BISTRICA VALLE: The lungs of the Heart of Slovenia

The heart of Slovenia is a heart lined with some incredible valleys, none more so than the Kamniška Bistrica Valley.   A hike, cycle or even just a stroll through the valley presents the prospective visitor with a vast array of sights and sounds. Right next to Planinski Dom Kamniška Bistrica, the source of the …

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KAMNIK: A medieval gem at the foothills of the Alps

In a country that prides itself on charming villages, elegant squares and some of the most gorgeous towns in Europe, the word ‘beautiful’ can perhaps be overused to the point of redundancy in Slovenia. When talking about Kamnik however, a medieval town some 23km north-east of Ljubljana, avoiding the word and its synonyms is nearly …

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IVANČNA GORICA: At the heart of the 12 pearls

If you are hoping to escape the city, and experience the authentic Slovenian countryside, look no further than Ivančna Gorica. The municipality lays right at the edge of Central Slovenia and the start of Southern Slovenia, and because of this unique natural intersection you will find very peculiar landscapes. Slovenia’s trademark green colour appears in …

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HEART OF SLOVENIA: Slovenia’s beating heart

The first thing you notice is an all-encompassing green; 58% of the entire nation of Slovenia is covered in forest, and nowhere is that more apparent than at its heart. The lushest of valleys sweep across the horizon alongside undulating hills that seem to never end. Slovenia is arguably the aesthetic jewel in the European …

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Best Restaurants in Slovenia: Hiša Franko

THE Slovenia Restaurants Hiša Franko: Winner of Best Restaurant in Slovenia for 2017 Roundly regarded by gourmands, amateur foodies, tourists and locals alike as one of best restaurants in the country, it’s not uncommon for diners to make the trip to Slovenia for the express purpose of eating here Run by a husband and wife …

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Goriška Brda: Slovenia’s Tuscany

Covering 72km2 of rolling hills between the Soča River and Italian border, Brda is one of Slovenia’s foremost wine-growing areas and only an hour’s drive from Ljubljana. Often described as a miniature version of Tuscany, every hill seems to be topped with a large church surrounded by a charming little village, while the hillsides and …

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Celje: Where history comes alive!

A quaint central European town that proudly celebrates its long turbulent history and rich cultural heritage, with some 50,000 inhabitants Celje is the third largest city in Slovenia and an increasingly popular destination for both domestic and international tourists. Over the past two millennia, the city has seen its fair share of ups and downs. …

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THE Slovenia Trip Tip – The cave is a queen, human intervention – even so inspiring – should remain secondary.

On April 14th 1818 Luka Čeč and his colleagues were preparing lights in the cave for a forthcoming visit from Austrian Emperor Franz I. Whilst in the Great Hall, Luka disappeared through some rocks and discovered one of today’s most famous caves in the world. The first words he uttered to his concerned colleagues were: …

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THE Slovenia Trip Tip – Moravske Toplice: The top destination of the beautiful Pomurje region

The slogan of the municipality, which reads “We are wealthy, for we appreciate what we have,” was chosen for a reason. It reflects the beauties of nature, cultural gems, and architectural marvels of this stunning region in the far eastern corner of the country. The municipality of Moravske Toplice consists of 28 settlements and is …

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Best regional restaurant South

RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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