Ljubljana is the capital of a state, but it is small and pretty, easy to get around, and full of surprises. While during winter it is its dreamy central European character that prevails, during summer it has a relaxed Mediterranean feel to it. It is remarkable for its rich tradition, youthful vibrancy, cultural creativity, feel for entertainment, and numerous green spaces. Uniqueness wherever you turn Ljubljana has preserved evidence of all the five millennia of its history, including, among others, the remains of the Roman city of Emona and the old city centre with its medieval castle and beautiful buildings with Baroque façades, decorative portals and uneven roofs. Other significant bits in the mosaic of Ljubljana are its picturesque bridges across the river Ljubljanica and its vast Tivoli park, stretching into the very city centre.
In the second half of the 20th century, it was the world famous architect Jože Plečnik that put an indelible personal stamp on his native city, and the so called Plečnik's Ljubljana ranks among the 20th century's most prominent total works of art. Ljubljana's appearance was further shaped by Plečnik's pupils and a whole new wave of renowned young Slovenian architects. Ljubljana is a vibrant centre of creativity where cultural activity has become a way of life. It boasts one of the world's oldest philharmonics. Each year it host more than 10,000 cultural events, from prestigious music, theatre and art events to those pertaining to alternative and avant-garde culture.
Ljubljana's surrounding areas, packed with natural beauty and cultural sights bearing witness to the city's dynamic history, are well known for their walking, hiking and cycle trails and traditional culinary delights. As distances within Slovenia are short, Ljubljana is a perfect base for exploring Slovenia's diverse beauty. Within a single day you can visit the coast and high mountains and experience the Mediterranean, Alpine and continental climate.
We would like to point out some sights, which are must-see, once you are in Ljubljana!
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There are many cities in the world distinguished for their size, importance, location, beauties, and history. To compare Kamnik with any of these is a difficult task since Kamnik is a small city standing on the banks of the Bistrica River, where the patina of the roofs, church steeples, and castle ruins merges with the green neighbouring high hills and plains, and its margins with the chain of the Kamniške Alps. These are the components that give the city its soul and bear witness to the rich history of the small nation that succeeded in preserving its language and culture at the meeting point of Romance, Germanic, and Hungarian influences. Kamnik lived and still lives at a crossroads, which enables it to remain an important piece in the mosaic of our country.
Old town core is consisted from Upper - Town square called Plac and Lower square called Lontrg both dominated by the Castle of Škofja Loka which bids the visitors welcome at the entrance to the town. It must have been built before the year 1202 because it was described as very firm in the document from the same year. The castle was built by the bishops of Freising and it was the place of administrator of the Loka dominion and of the granary-administrator. It was also lodging for the bishop when he was on leave. The Castle was almost totally demolished in the earthquake in 1511 but it was restored by the bishop Filip. There stood once mighty square tower in the Castle’s courtyard, which ground plan’s sizes are still preserved and restored. Nowadays there is Museum in the Castle, entertainments are held in Castle church and marriages are possible in the Castle, too.
Nearby Ljubljana and only few kilometers from the town Kamnik is located the bottom station of the cable car to Velika planina, which takes you amongst the green pastures of the mountain plateau in the heart of the Kamnik Alps. You need about 10 min to the bottom station of the cable car from the hotel.
8.00-18.00 every full hour from Monday to Thursday
8.00-20.00 every full hour from Friday to Sunday and holidays
8.30-16.15 (every hour Friday-Sunday, holidays)
The lodging house Zeleni rob:
8.00-16.00 (every day)
8.00- 18.00 (Friday-Sunday)
The lodging house Pri žičnici:
The lodging house Skodla:
Plan for trip:
After the breakfast at Ambient hotel, move with car to Kamniška Bistrica - the bottom station of the cable car. Address for your »Garmin« Kamniška Bistrica 2 or the explanation if you do not trust such kind of high-tech: Domžale -> Kamnik -> Kamniška Bistrica (there are signs for the cable lift all over).
Take the cable car to the next station – there is a small buffet and nice view. Go on foot to the main point of Velika Planina, it is not so hard! It is something about 20-30 min to the main point “Zeleni rob”, where is the most beautiful view as well as a lodge house, where you can have a lunch. Anyway, if you decide to take the chairlift, you can also get there with it. On Zeleni Rob it is recommended to walk through the old herdsmen's settlement. Take the chair lift to the bottom station or combine walking with lift.
Traditional events on Velika Planina in August:
- the holiday of Snow Mary (August 5th)
- the herdsmen’s holiday (the second weekend in August)
- the Ascension of Mary (August 15th) – YOU ARE HERE, IN SLOVENIA!
Arboretum Volčji Potok
Address: Volčji Potok 3, 1235 Radomlje (10 min by car from the hotel)
Working hours: It is open every day from 8:00-20:00.
Entrance fee: 5, 50 EUR
Volčji Potok Arboretum is the most visited horticultural facility in Slovenia. In the last twenty years it became famous for its spring flower shows. Visitors from all parts of the country and from abroad come to Arboretum to be fascinated by millions of daffodil, tulip and other spring flowers.
In the arboretum, you can admire the trees, flowers and the other plants while walking on foot or take a train: 2 EUR big circle, 3 EUR smaller circle (prices for the individuals).
- Exhibition of Tropical Butterflies (11. 5.-29. 9. 2013)
- Exhibition of balcony plantings (18. 6.-29. 9. 2013)
- Month of dahlias (1. 8.-31. 8. 2013)
- Cacti exhibition (15.4-15.10.2013)
Special discount in the Garden shop: You, as you’re a special guest, you will receive a coupon for 20% discount on whole assortment!
Visit the Medieval castle, ride with Pletnja to Bled Island, tasting of Bled specialty kremšnita.
Slovenia has only one island but its uniqueness makes it more attractive than many an archipelago. Sheltered by picturesque mountains, the island reigns in the middle of an Alpine lake. Its charm has made it a symbol for centuries of a town to which guests from all over the world love to return. This town, which has already existed for a thousand years, is BLED. Cosmopolitan seekers of diversity and beauty, of relaxation and inspiration, tranquillity and the challenges of sport will find here a multitude of opportunities. Walking and coaching trails around the lake, traditional boats, ringing the island’s wishing bell, the castle treasures, the nearby ski pistes, mountain trails, golf courses, hunting, fishing, the casino, congress facilities – all these are but fragments of Bled’s attraction, which is truly worth experiencing. And those who experience it, long for it again and again.
Bohinj is a valley that stretches from Soteska to Ukanc. On the south side, it is enclosed by the Lower Bohinj Mountains, which rise to 2.000 meters, and on the north by the Triglav mountain range with Mount Triglav, Slovenia`s highest mountain (2864 m). Bohinj is divided into the Upper and Lower Bohinj valley. There are twenty-four villages in these two valleys. Bohinj is one of the most beautiful places in the heart of the Julian Alps and in Triglav National Park. The natural beauty of high mountains, green forests, and beautiful mountain pastures and meadows, the cultural and historical monuments, and the friendly villages and towns with their hotels, restaurants, inns, and private rooms guarantee visitors a pleasant stay in Bohinj. Bohinj is an ideal
starting point for day trips, for walks on the trails that run throughout the valley, and for mountaineering and climbing tours and offers ideal options and opportunities for rest and relaxation in all seasons. In winter the valley becomes a winter sports center, while during the summer the most beautiful pearl of the valley, Lake Bohinj, invites bathers, and with the Sava Bohinjka River, kayakers and fishermen as well. Welcome to Bohinj, where we hope you will spend unforgettable moments with us and enjoy our offer.
Take a deep in Mediterranean see in Portorož, Explore the ancient sea sole production, and enjoy healthy and tasty local cuisine in Portorož. Slovenian coast is small but endearingly charming. This isthe best day trip to visit the highlights of the Slovenian coast and its hinterland. We visit Socerb castle and admire magnificent views of Koper and the Bay of Trieste. We continue through the coastal hinterland towards the SolineNature Park, to discover the ages old traditions of salt production in the natural habitat of numerous birds and other animals. Portorož is Slovenia's best seaside resort with a typical Mediterranean feel, and Piran is the prettiest town in Slovenia. End the tour with a walk through historical Koper, the most important city on the Slovenian coast.
Postojna Cave is a network of 20 kilometres of passages, galleries and chambers into which experienced guides have accompanied more than 31 million visitors in the last 188 years. It is the largest cave in the “classic karst” and the most vis¬ited show cave in Europe. In 1872 railway lines were laid in the cave; electricity arrived in 1884. Today you begin your visit aboard the cave train; the electric lighting allows you to admire the size and splendour of the underground world, where the geological past is recorded in a unique manner. Visitors to the cave are dazzled by a wealth of speleothems: calcite formations, stalactites and stalagmites abounding in a 5 variety of shapes, colours and age. The constant temperatureinthe caves ranges from 8 to 10° C. A guided visit lasts an hour and a half. Take the train through the underground world of the largest cave in the Classic Karst and the most visited tourist cave in Europe to see magnificent caverns and glistening stalactite formations. View the largest collection of cave animals in one place. The nearby Pivka and Črna jama caves are also worth a visit.
CHOCOLATE FACTORY AND SHOP RAJSKA PTICA
Only 2 km away from the hotel you can visit a chocolate factory and a shop called Rajska ptica. This is a family runned company from UK and they produce very quality chocolate. Chocolate factory has been opened in July 2005 and chocolate is being made by famous chocolatier mr Sam Osmanchevich. Every chocolate is a hand made masterpiece. You can visit factory and see how chocolate is being made and you can make your own chocolate.
VIPAVA WINE ROAD
The Vipava valley is a valley of sun, wind and wine. This delightful corner of South-West Slovenia is a highly varied geographical area. Not surprisingly its climate mirrors its varied terrain with a unique blend of mild Mediterranean and continental Alpine temperatures that produce some very special grapes. The Vipava wine road is marked with brown directing boards and the individual households also have special boards with their names on the walls.
The Jamšek Family is located in the village Manče. If you are coming from Razdrto toward Vipava, you turn left few kilometres before Vipava. The road leads to Štanjel. The minute you turn left, you already see Manče. After a couple of kilometres, you are already there. Winemaking is the main activity at Jamšek's. They offer bulk wines: Riesling Italico, Pinela, Zelen, Chardonnay, Yellow Muscat, Merlot, Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ski Resort Krvavec
Ski Resort, situated in Municipality of Cerklje, is the closest Ski Resort to an international airport (Ljubljana – Brnik, 8km) in Europe. It is, in addition, a mere 25 km from Ljubljana and 35 km from Bled. The Ski Resort has 30km of well-maintained ski runs 1,450m – 1,971m above sea level, providing excellent conditions for skiing on natural and artificial snow. Due to the centre's favourable location, the skiing season usually starts as early as the end of November and may last over 150 days until early May. The resort guarantees 100 skiing days each season. The ski runs are varied and ideal for both recreational and professional skiers. The rich additional package includes a Ski School, rental and service of ski equipment, a polygon for beginners and a children’s playground, and thus attracts and delights beginners. A huge attraction at the Krvavec Ski Resort is the snow Hotel, the so-called Igloo Village. The pleasant atmosphere, the food and beverage offer and numerous parties will enchant you and may ensure that you come back.
Adventure park Krvavec
There are 10 different activities for all age categories, so do not worry that you would injure yourself in Slovenia The actual pricelist has not been ready yet, but last year it was 24 EUR/person.
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