Cloudy Easter Monday in Logarska Dolina

Recently, the weather has been a mix of sun, clouds, wind and rain, but I can’t really complain because it makes the grass happy. ūüôā Despite the uncertain weather, we decided to take advantage of the day off and go on izlet in Logarska DolinaLogar Valley.

Located in the Kamnik Alps, Logarska Dolina is one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Europe. The valley consists of a few touristic farms and it is an ideal destination for those who wants to taste self-sustained local products and hikes.

Entrance of Logarska Dolina

Entrance of Logarska Dolina

At the entrance of the valley, a herd of beautiful Highland cows are peacefully eating grass, next to the¬†Kapela Kristusa Kralja – Chapel of Christ the King, designed by the famous Slovenian architect JoŇĺe Pleńćnik.

The drive to Logarska Dolina was decently long and on curvy¬†roads. By the time we arrived, we were famished. We randomly pick a place to eat and had a fantastic homey lunch at Penzion Kmeńćka hiŇ°a Ojstrica – pension Country house Ojstrica, near the entrance of the valley.

At the far end of the Logarska Dolina is the impressive Slap Rinka –¬†Rinka waterfall. A waterfall of 105 m height with a single 90 m drop.

Rinka Slap and Eagle's Nest

Rinka Slap and Eagle’s Nest

Slap Rinka is the source of the Savinja River, which flows through the Savinjska region of Slovenia and almost as soon as it hits the bottom, its¬†water goes underground and reappears as Izvir ńĆrne – Spring of ńĆrna, in the lower part of the valley. Next to Slap Rinka is a little rest spot, the Orlovo Gnezdo – Eagle’s Nest, that serves drinks and ice cream.

I was curious about how the bottom of the waterfall looked like, so we went all the way to the feet of the waterfall, with the mix of water and wind, we got wet so¬†quickly! It must be very refreshing during hot summer days, but not that day. ūüėČ

Until next time,
Anna.

House Name, part of a Slovenian Cultural Heritage!

As many of you know already know, I live in a relatively old family farmhouse, with thick rock walls, tons of windows and a wooden roof. We own fields, hills, forest (and a waterfall). We have livestock such as cows, pigs and occasionally chicken.

Last May, we were¬†approached and asked, along with other villagers, ¬†to be part of a very interesting cultural project called “HiŇ°na Imena” – House Name. The main objective of the project was to collect information and preserve the name of old houses. ¬†An intangible part of the cultural heritage of Slovenia.

The Origin

Back in the “old¬†days”, especially in villages, houses were not identified by their home address or current owner’s name. No, they were called by its¬†house name, usually originating from:

  • name or family name of its first owner,
  • profession or characteristic of its first owner or
  • location of the house.

Sometimes, the name of the house was even based on animals, trees or the surrounding crops.

The Importance

A significant and important aspect of the house name is that the structure can have a new address or a new owner, but the house name will always remain the same.  To be passed on from generations to generations.

Unfortunately, with times, farmhouses¬†decayed and people progressively left for the city or so. And slowly, house names were forgotten…

The House Name Plate

Thanks to this on-going project, old houses like ours now have a beautiful name plate, made of clay, proudly displayed and marking the building as part of a Slovenian cultural heritage.

Most house names in Gorenjska (the region I live in) start with “Pr’“-¬†the¬†local¬†spoken dialect for¬†pri¬†, which¬†means “at”.

Our House Name

Our House Name

Our¬†house name is “Pr’ Godn√°v“- “At Godnav“,¬†which takes its origin¬†from the family name of the first owner: Godnjov.¬†¬†in 1859, which is carved above the arc of the main entrance.


It is good to note that not every house has a name plate, only those with a house name before World War II were included into this project. More information can be found here.

Proud to live in an old house!
Until next time,
Anna.

Weekend near SeŇĺana

A few weeks back, we spent a sunny weekend in the area of SeŇĺana: attending¬†the marriage¬†of my friend from last year’s¬†Slovene course¬†with her Slovenian partner (woot!). We also took the opportunity for a small getaway and¬† celebrate our first wedding anniversary!

A weekend filled with Love ‚̧ and adventures!

First, we went Zip-line in Bovec for an amazing adrenaline adventure around¬†river Sońća, then settled in SeŇĺana.

The Noble horses in Lipica

One of my favorite places in Slovenia is indeed¬†Lipica Stud Farm, the oldest stud farm¬†in Europe¬†that breeds the prized “white” horses of Slovenia: the Lipicanec.¬†The paths leading to the stud farm are surrounded by endless pastures where horses roam freely.

I just love spending quality time strolling near the pastures, admiring the beautiful Lipicanec and of course, taking photographs of them.

҆tanjel, the old town on the hills

Another place that I wanted to visit again was the village of¬†Ň†tanjel, one of the oldest settlements in the area.¬†Located on top of a hill, the village can be seen from afar.

In the 15th century, a fortified wall was built around the village to protect it during the Turkish Invasions. Nowadays, remains of the structure can still be seen. The¬†Castle of ҆tanjel¬†and the beautiful Church of St. Daniel are the main features of the village.

Walking through the very narrow streets of the village was really relaxing and lovely. From the top of the hill, the view of the surrounding Krast is also fantastic!


I had an awesome and beautiful weekend getaway, celebrating our first wedding anniversary with much love and many adventures. (And once again, congratulations to the newlyweds!!)

With love ‚̧ ,
Anna.

Zip-line in Bovec: Challenge Taken!

Last year, as a wedding gift, we’ve received two lovely tickets for an amazing zip-line adventure in Bovec! For those who knows me, I’m not exactly an adrenaline seeker, I’m more the quiet reader type.

But since it’s a wedding gift, there’s no backing out, so on Friday, August 19th 2016, my husband and I¬†decided to take on the challenge!

Adventure around Bovec

Located in the beautiful Sońća Valley, Bovec is a very popular¬†destination for adrenaline sports seekers. The town has many youth hostels as well as¬†adrenaline adventure agencies.

Surrounded by the beautiful Julian Alps and nearby the famous Emerald river Sońća, we decide to take a small walk around and take some (cute) photos.

We also visited one of the most magnificent waterfall of the region: the Boka Slap. Its flow rate is also the strongest in Slovenia, sourcing from the melting snow of Mt. Kanin.

Zip-line in the Krnica Valley, above Bovec

For our zip-line challenge, we went with Aktivni Planet, an agency that has organized adrenaline activities since 2002.

Helmets, gloves and harness were all provided by the tour.  We reached the start of the Kanin zip-line in 20 minutes bumpy jeep ride.

Before going on the “real” thing, our tour guide explained the rules to follow and the basic steps of zip-lining to ensure our safety during our flying time between Mt. Kanin and Mt. Rombon. We practiced on a training¬†line until everyone got the basics¬†correctly. ¬†Then… off we go!


The challenge:

  • 5 wires
  • length: 3200 meters
  • height: 1300 meters above sea level
  • speed: 60-70 km/h

Flying down the first wire was simple¬†unbelievable fun! All fears and worries evaporated and replaced by excitements and a surge of adrenaline. The second wire was in tandem, since it was the first one built in the area, it needed more weight to fly properly. The third wire was my favorite, as I didn’t except to fly through a narrow path between tall trees (just amazing!). The fourth wire was the fastest one.

For me, the last wire was the most scaring one, it was in a completely open area and height above the ground. Through the flight, I was also hit by small droplets of rain and a gust of wind, enough to send a little rush of panic! Nevertheless, I made it safely to the end, which made me feel absolutely awesome! WOOT!


Unfortunately, we didn’t take any¬†photos of our zip-line challenge. ūüė¶ We were afraid to lose our phones¬†and decided¬†to¬†without carrying anything with us. If you’re seeking some adrenaline rush in Slovenia, I would totally recommend to go to Bovec, either for¬†zip-line or rafting! It was a totally mind-blowing experience!

Until next time,
Anna.

Early Canada Day Celebration in GoriŇ°ka Brda

For a few years now, the Consulate of Canada in Ljubljana¬†has gracefully been organizing awesome izlet¬†so that Canadians abroad in Slovenia can¬†celebrate Canada Day together. This year, we explored¬†the beautiful region of GoriŇ°ka Brda.

First, we went to the¬†view tower in Gonjańće, met our tour guide and headed to¬†the cultural monument of ҆martno. We had a delicious kosilo – lunch in Dobrovo Castle, followed by a wine tasting and visit of the¬†Klet Brda. After we visited the Cerje¬†Memorial Monument¬†and we finished the¬†izlet by enjoying¬†delicious food¬†at¬†Kujtna Domańćija.

GoriŇ°ka Brda

Located at the western borders with¬†Italy, GoriŇ°ka Brda – the Gorizia¬†Hills, is¬†blessed with three different climates: Alpine, Pannonain and Mediterranean. The area is¬†famous for its vineyard, fruits, especially cherries, and olives.

The vineyards in GoriŇ°ka Brda are locally called “brajde”¬†and their borders are traditionally marked¬†by fruit trees.

From the 23 meters high¬†view tower in¬†Gonjańće, the lovely surrounding landscape¬†can easily be admire¬†– climbing the 144 steps was totally worth it!

The medieval village of ҆martno

In¬†the center of Brda is the cultural monument and restored medieval village of ҆martno. The¬†defensive wall surrounding the village used to have seven watchtowers recognizable by their crown shape but three of them were destroyed and nowadays, only four can be seen.

There are a total of 43 villages in the area of Brda and almost each of them has its own parish church.

The bell tower of the Church of St. Martin, the largest church in the area, which used to be a fortification tower, is also at the center of the village. During the 19th century, the church has been rebuilt and expanded.

Inside the Church of St. Martin in ҆martno

Inside the Church of St. Martin in ҆martno

The beautiful color frescoes inside the church, painted by the famous Slovenian artist Tone Kralj, contrast to the monotone and sad black and white paintings. The elevated pulpit on the right side is made of a single piece of marble. The small white cavalier statue on the left, near the cross, is the only remaining from the previous building.

The Beautiful Dobrovo Castle

We were served a¬†nice¬†Mediterranean¬†kosilo at the Restaurant Dobrovo Castle: sirkova minestra (corn Minestrone), frtalja (omelet with herbs), bela poleta (white poleta), tońć s¬†prsutom ¬†(prsut in Teran wine) with¬†green peas and for dessert, we had a delicious cherry pie and coffee. Eating good food¬†with¬†good wine in¬†great company!

Beautiful Renaissance Dobrovo Castle

The architecture of the Renaissance Dobrovo Castle is almost a perfect square shape with symmetric towers. A very pleasing sight to the eyes.

After our meal, we visited the upper floors of the Dobrovo Castle, which has a beautiful wedding hall. There are also various exhibitions rooms: objects, documents and furniture that belonged to the¬†Count of Silverij de Bauger and his family and a vast collection of prints by Zoran MuŇ°ińć, a Slovenian graphic artist from the region.

Wine Tasting in Klet Brda

Quercus from Klet Brda

One of the largest wine cellar of Slovenia is the family vineyard of Klet Brda, a cooperative of 400 families who have worked together for more than 50 years. Their wines are exported to approximately 30 countries.

The best wines brand of Brda are known as junaki vinogradov Рthe heroes of the vineyards: Villa Brici, Quercus, Krasno, Bagueri, A+ ( a premium class wine made from the combination of the best grapes of the region) and various sparkling wines.

The White Rebula, a dry white wine, is indeed the most famous and known wine of the region.

Cerje Memorial Monument

Located on top of the Cerje hills¬†at 343 masl, the¬†Pomnik braniteljem slovenske zemlje na Cerju –¬† the Monument to the Defender of Slovenian Homeland, can be seen from afar. The¬†surrounding landscape is simply¬†fantastic.

On the ground level, text from the¬†BriŇĺinski spomeniki – the¬†BriŇĺinj Monuments, also known as the Freising Manuscripts, named after the place where they were discovered, are exhibited.

The manuscripts are most significant as they consist of three texts in the oldest form of Slovene.

BriŇĺinski Spomeniki Exhibition Room

“Ecc»© bi detd naŇŅ neze¬†greŇŅil tevuekigemube¬†ŇŅiti ŇŅtaroŇŅti neprigem¬†li√≥ki nikoligeŇŅe pet¬†ŇŅali neimugi niŇŅlzna¬†telezeimoki nu√ļvu»©.”

In Slovene: “ńĆe bi ded naŇ° ne¬†greŇ°il, bi mu na veke bilo¬†Ňĺiveti, starosti ne prejeti, nikoli skrbi imeti, ne solznega¬†telesa, temveńć na veke bi mu bilo Ňĺiveti.

In English: “If our forefather had not¬†sinned, then he would have¬†lived for ever, not receiving old age,¬†nor ever having sorrow,¬†nor having a tearful¬†body, but for ever¬†he would have lived.”

The first floor is an interactive map of the battles during the World War I. The second floor is dedicated to defense movement during the anti-fascist period. The third floor is devoted to the Liberation War period. The fourth floor displays the war effort for the Independence of Slovenia.

View from the Fifth Floor

View from the Fifth Floor

The fifth floor is a viewing platform and it symbolizes the future of Slovenia: a truly beautiful sight.

Osmica¬†at¬†Kujtna Domańćija

Osmice Р8 days of feast, is a 200 years old tradition in the Karst region of Slovenia. During the osmice, wine-growing farms are allowed to serve homemade food and sell their excessive wine and other products without paying taxes.

Osmice at Kujtna Domańćija

We savored¬†a delicious plate of prsut, salami¬†with cheese and¬†homemade bread paired with a glass of good wine at¬†Kujtna Domańćija.

The osmice are very popular events in Slovenia and they usually take place once or twice per year, depending on the amount of excessive wine.

The entrance of each location can be easily found as it is marked by a bouquet of ivy, called fraska. To find out when and which farms serve home products, check the calendar on Osmice.info.


I had a wonderful izlet discovering the beautiful¬†GoriŇ°ka Brda, but it was especially nice to seeing and meeting other Canadians that are living abroad in Slovenia. Last but not least,¬†we went back home with a bag of yummy¬†ńćeŇ°nje – cherries!

Visit my Gallery for more photos.
Until next time,
Anna.

Soteska Vintgar on a Cloudy Day

On a¬†slightly cloudy day, my husband and I¬†wanted to go on a small izlet to Bled, but once we reached our¬†destination, the weather wasn’t as nice as we expected. So, we had a change of plan and visited the Soteska Vintgar – Vintgar Gorge, also known as the Blejski Vintgar – Bled Gorge, instead.

The natural¬†scenery of¬†Soteska Vintgar¬†along the¬†Radovna river¬†that flows between the hills of Hom and¬†BorŇ°t was ¬†first discovered in 1891 by Jakob ŇĹumer and Benedikt Lergetporer. Security ramps, wooden bridges and narrowed passages were constructed in 1893 for the public.

The previous rain made the flow of the Radovna river strong and roaring. At the slower and calmer part of the river, the color of the water was a beautiful shade of turquoise, which reminded me of the Tolminska Korita, and surprisingly clear Рespecially after so much rain.

Slower Part of Radovna river

Slower Part of Radovna river

The narrow path along the Radovna river was a bit slippery with puddles of water, but it was totally worth it!

The cleverly built walking path gave an amazingly close but safe view of the different features of the Radovna river: lovely rapids, small series of waterfalls and intriguing potholes on the side. Fishes could be easily seen through the very clear water.

The¬†beautiful¬†set of wooden bridges that crosses above the¬†Radovna river are called the ŇĹumer Galleries.

The 1,6 km path leads to the fantastic 16 m drop¬†Ň†um waterfalls, the highest river waterfall in Slovenia ¬†and also the symbol¬†of the¬†Soteska Vintgar.


Despite the cloudy weather and occasional small droplets of rain, I really enjoyed my little outing in the Soteska Vintgar with my husband. Visit my Gallery for more photos.

Until next time,
Anna.

A Nice Day at Arboretum Volńćji Potok

As a¬†postponed¬†celebration of my birthday, my husband took me out on a fotolov – photo hunting session at¬†Arboretum Volńćji Potok, one of the most visited Botanical Gardens in Slovenia.

Located near the town of Kamnik, the Arboretum is suited for everybody. The large area is great for young families with kids, the walking paths are awesome for couples, friends and seniors, and the beauty of flora is a great subject for any photographers!

The Arboretum has a surface of approximately 80 hectares with 6 “lakes” (I would define it more like ponds) and about 3,7 kilometers of walking paths.

The Colorful Tulips

April is the month of tulips¬†–¬†more than two millions of beautiful and colorful tulips were present¬†at Arboretum Volńćji Potok.¬†Believe it or not, but it is said that one tulip blooms for each inhabitant of Slovenia!¬†How cool is that!

Rows of Lovely Tulips in Arboretum Volńćji Potok

Rows of Lovely Tulips in Arboretum Volńćji Potok

Gracefully arranged in rows at the entrance and surrounded by manicured grass, the sight of tulips was simply enchanting. The colors were bright, vivid and absolutely lovely.

Beside the Tulips Exhibition in¬†Arboretum Volńćji Potok, there were also many other pretty blooms. The blossoms of trees were a really pleasant sight.

Children Friendly

The Arboretum Volńćji Potok is also a very¬†children friendly environment: vast and smooth grass – perfect for running, “biking” and rolling around, a dedicated playground with animation and interesting attractions for kids and a fantastic temporarily Dinosaur Exhibitions! ūüôā

Statues of Dinosaurs were spread all around the Arboretum РI could see how all the adults and children were thrill and happy to touch, climb and take pictures with them.


The exhibitions in the Arboretum vary according to the seasons and special events. ¬†We also got a 20% off the general admission fees with¬†our¬†Spar Discount Card! ūüôā

Red and Purple Tulips in the Arboretum

Vibrant Red and Purple Tulips in the Arboretum

I had a very pleasant visit at the Arboretum Volńćji Potok¬†and I will go visit again at any given opportunity! The tulips, flowers and tree blossoms were great subjects¬†for me to practise my photography (I still have so much to learn). Vaja dela mojstra – Practice makes perfect!

Visit my Gallery for more photos.
Until next time,
Anna.

A short visit in ҆kofja Loka

The other day I had my health check-up for my driving license in the lovely town of¬†Ň†kofja Loka. We (my husband and I) usually drive by the town every time we go to Tolmin, but we never actually stopped by, until this time – what a little hidden jewel!

Wooden Statue on the Way to Loka Castle

The town of¬†Ň†kofja Loka,¬†built at the confluence of the¬† Poljanska Sora and SelŇ°ka Sora rivers for more than a thousand years, is one of the best preserved medieval town of Slovenia. The town is surrounded by beautiful¬†unspoiled nature.

There are different paths that lead to the Loka Castle, which stands on a slope just above the town.

The one we took was short, easy and absolutely lovely Рthere was a beautifully carved wooden statue right at the beginning of the path. (Does anyone know what the statue symbolized? If you know the answer, please let me know via the comment box!)

The “stairs” to the castle had a rather unusual structure: like a stone ramp with regular convex bar that act like steps. It made the climb to the castle almost effortless – which surprised me at first.

Usually access to castles aren’t that easy, due to defensive purpose. Although, the access to Loka Castle¬†is easy, it doesn’t mean that it is defenseless.

A defensive city wall with only five gates was erected around¬†Ň†kofja Loka¬†in 1318, it¬†provides protection, not only to the Loka Castle, but also to the old town core.

First built in the 12th century by the Bishops of Freising, the castle sits on a natural terrace. Following an earthquake in 1511, the castle was almost completely destroyed but it was rebuilt and given its current architecture. Today, the Loka Castle serves as an important local museum.

Beautiful Loka Castle in ҆kofja Loka

One of the things I enjoyed the most in ҆kofja Loka¬†was the walk through the small garden next to the castle – the calm and quietness was simply wonderful. It gave me the impression of being completely somewhere else and very very close to the natural surroundings – yet, in reality, I was in the middle of a town!

Curious Bird in the Small Garden next to Loka Castle

The peacefulness of the garden allowed us to take nice close shoot of the birds. The trees created an interesting surroundings. It is definitively a place where I would love to spend my afternoon!


Unfortunately, we were limited in time¬†and didn’t visit ҆kofja Loka as¬†thoroughly as¬†we wanted. We finished our short visit by a quick¬†walk through the old town core. The another attractions will have to wait for another izlet!¬†ūüėČ

Until next time,
Anna.

Pust, the Carnival

One of the most important cultural festival in Slovenia is indeed Pust, the Carnival. Pust¬†is celebrated in every town and city, usually in February or in early March. The Carnival takes place as a great¬†parade in the town’s streets.¬†During the parade, a lot of noises are made to scare away the “horrible” winter.

Kurentovanje in old Ptuj

Kurenti Flag in Ptuj

Kurenti Flag in Ptuj

Slovenian towns and cities celebrate Pust, but the town of Ptuj celebrates Kurentovanje, the grand version of Pust. 

The Kurentovanje represents more than a hundred years of traditions and Ptuj has the unspoken mandate to keep the tradition going and alive.

The Kurentovanje is a 10-days long festivity that celebrates the arrival of spring and  carries out traditional rituals.

The name of Kurentovanje comes from the Kurant, a key character in the celebration and also the symbol of Ptuj.

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The main event of the celebration is a huge parade, always lead by the Prince of Pust and his Royal Court and Guards.

Following him are¬†spearmen, fairies, chickens, pokańći (noises makers),¬† Ň°oŇ°tanjski koŇ°i (drunk man carried in a basket by their wive), and of course, tons of¬†Kuranti!

Kurant, the mascot of Ptuj

The Kurant is¬†the main character and mascot of the¬†Kurentovanje. The¬†traditional Korant outfit consists of¬†a very colorful mask with beautiful ribbons and heavy sheep skins coat with many cow bells around the waist. ¬†In his¬†hands, the Kurant¬†holds a¬†weapon: the jeŇĺevka,¬†a ¬†thin wooden stick with real hedgehog spikes at the top. The Kurant parades the streets, jumping from side to side, makes a lot of noise and chases winter away!

Parade of Kurenti

Parade of Kurenti

Traditionally, only unmarried young men can put on the Kurant costume.

During the parade, young¬†girls would tie their handkerchiefs around their favorite Kurant‘s¬†jeŇĺevka. At the end of the parade, the Korant¬†with the most handkerchiefs is believed to be the most popular man among the girls.

Nowadays, anyone can wear the Kurant costume and anyone can be asked to give their scarf to the Kurant Рtrust me, they can be quite persistent on it!

Krof, the fat donut

alternate textDuring the celebration of Pust, one of the most popular snacks is the Krof, a puffed donut filled with jam and generously sparkled with white sugar.

There is saying in Slovenia “Pust je masten okoli ust” which literally means¬†“Pust is grease¬†around the mouth” in Slovene. As any carnival, it is quite normal¬†to have a lot¬†of food on the table for the celebrations.

Although, in Slovenia, it is believed that if everyone is well-fed during Pust, then the year’s harvest will be good.

During the Carnival, it is required to give a token of appreciation to the Kurant and his followers (adults and children in disguise) for their help in scaring winter away and their prayers for a fertile year of harvest: sometimes a delicious Krof will be given.


Every year, thousands of people gather in Ptuj in order to participate in the Kurentovanje festivities, others  stay in their hometown for the local celebration of Pust. Carnival makes enough noises all around Slovenia that surely the winter will be scared away!

Old Town of Ptuj

Old Town of Ptuj

As a¬†¬†matter of fact, winters in Slovenia are really short compared to the¬†ones in Canada… I wonder if it’s really because of Pust? ūüėé

Until next time,
Anna.

 

Postojna Cave on Boxing Day

While some of you are attending¬†the crazy sales on Boxing Day, I spent my day in a little differently ūüôā – since Boxing Day is not¬†very popular in Slovenia, my husband and I opted for a nice trip,¬†izlet, out.

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The sun was bright, the sky blue, the temperature above 0¬ļC, every element for a wonderful day out. My husband and I weren’t sure where to go exactly, so we grabbed our copy of 52 Izletov by Nina Arlińć (a gift that we got for our wedding), flipped some pages and decided¬†to go visit the Postojna Cave.

As some of you already know, Postojna CavePostojnska Jama is the most famous cave in Slovenia and a renown  world attraction, visited by its 36 millionth visitor in 2015. Everyday, the Postojnska Jama Park is a very popular touristic spot, especially during the holidays, therefore, I strongly suggest that you reserve your tickets ahead and avoid the long waiting lines.

This was my first time visiting the Postojna Cave, I haven’t went before, mainly because of the price, 22.90‚ā¨ but on Boxing Day, we used our¬† Spar Discount Card¬†and got a 50% discount on the tickets. Also, you have a possibility to combine activities (Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, Proteus Vivarium and EXPO Postojna Cave Karst) as a package. We visited the Postojna Cave and the Proteus Vivarium.

Underground Train into the Postojna Cave

alternate textThe others caves that I have visited, I always had to walk in with a guide, the experience in Postojna was a bit different. Every 30 mins, a mini train brings the visitors into the main part of the cave. The ride is about 5 mins and the rail system exists since 1872.

I was pretty excited, the ride was short but at a very decent speed. While riding the mini train, be careful not to raise your arms or move your head outside the train as the path is pretty narrow and you don’t want to hurt yourself.

From the mini train, you can already admire the impressive¬†stalagmites of the cave. You can also feel the cold temperature of¬†the cave, around 10¬ļC, so dress warmly and have a good pair of shoes.

The Walk through Living Nativity Scenes

The Postojna Cave has approximately 24 km of paths, halls and tunnels. The visit of the cave, following the mini train ride, is about 90 mins.

Glimpse of a Christmas Tree inside of Postojna Cave, Slovenia

Glimpse of a Christmas Tree inside of Postojna Cave, Slovenia

alternate textFor the holidays seasons, the Postojna Cave is filled with festivities and Christmas lights. When we went off the mini train,  we were greeted by a hostess and live music.

Along the path, there were living nativity scenes through the caves, making the experience even more joyful. You can see angels, Mary, Joseph, Jesus and many more. Some scene are accompanied by live singers and light shows. The  scenes are truly impressive  and enchanting.

At the end, we reached the Great Hall for the final touch of the visit, it is so huge that it can hold up to 10 000 people at the same time! Then the mini train came pick us up and brought us back outside the cave.

Proteus, the Human Fish

The most famous cave animal can be seen in aquariums during the Postojna Cave visit and in the Proteus Vivarium.

alternate textThis aquatic salamander reaches around 25 to 30 cm of length, lives completely underwater and is adapted to the darkness. Its eyes are undeveloped, leaving him blind.

The proteus is also called the “human fish” because of the color of its skin.

Due to the lack of lighting in the vivarium, taking a good pictures of the Proteus was very difficult, you will have to go for yourself ūüėČ

Wall of Old Signatures

Since the Middle Ages, the Postojna Cave has already attracted many visitors. Back then, it was normal¬†that visitors would sign their names on the walls of the cave. The oldest signature discovered was dating from 1213! Although, it can’t be seen anymore as it has been covered by natural calcite growth.

Wall of Old Signature in Proteus Vivarium in Postojna Cave, Slovenia

Wall of Old Signature in Proteus Vivarium in Postojna Cave, Slovenia

You can see the “New” Wall of signatures in¬†Postojna Vivarium. Those signatures are dating from 1818, when guided tour of the Postojna Cave begun.

Nowadays it is common sense that signing on the walls of the cave is strictly prohibited!


I had a wonderful Boxing Day without the buzz of doing some crazy shopping. Visiting the Postojna Cave during the Christmas holidays was totally worth it. I’ve also calmed my curiosity around proteus by seeing them myself.

Once again, happy holidays,
have some awesome quality time with your loved ones,
Anna ‚̧