Most of Slovenia is safe and open for tourists
Most of Slovenia is safe and open for tourists
Slovenia's peak tourist season is in full swing, though recent floods hit certain areas hard last month. We recommend that when planning a visit to destinations and spending a vacation in Slovenia, you also check the information on destination websites or social networks. Despite this, most of Slovenia remains unaffected and fully functional, assuring tourists a pleasant vacation.
The recent floods that affected Slovenia have also impacted certain parts of Ljubljana and the broader region, but the destination is still safe to visit. The central city area, where the most popular tourist attractions are located, was not affected by the floods, and the majority of the Central Slovenia region remains unaffected as well.
Travel to Ljubljana is possible by airplane, train, bus, or car. Ljubljana Airport operates as usual, and all transportation to and from the airport is available. Most railway connections have been restored, while bus services in the areas most affected by the floods are operational with some limitations. All highways to and from Ljubljana are open, and there are no restrictions for tourist buses.
Situation is safe, the city's infrastructure was not damaged and accommodation, catering and tourist facilities are operating smoothly. Be careful when exploring the surroundings of the city, as some roads are damaged in certain areas, and there is a risk of landslides in specific locations.
MEDITERRANEAN AND KARST SLOVENIA
Both coastal towns and destinations like Brda, the Vipava Valley, and the Karst region are safe and report no inconveniences.
POSTOJNA CAVE PARK is open.
Visiting the Julian Alps area (Bled, Bohinj, Radovljica, Kranjska Gora, Soča Valley, Jesenice, Žirovnica, Brda, Gorje) is safe. Recent storms have not caused significant damage to the tourist infrastructure. Various activities and tourist attractions are available. If you need specific local information, don't hesitate to contact local information centers or your accommodation provider where you have a reservation. Both bus and train transportation are operating without any special issues.
Once the weather stabilizes, hiking will return to normal. We recommend starting with easily accessible peaks and being cautious. As always, ensure you have appropriate equipment, choose a destination that matches your physical preparedness, and check if the weather conditions are suitable for mountain trips.
The Soča Valley was largely spared from floods this time, as there was slightly less rainfall compared to other parts of Slovenia. Current information about the state of the Soča and Koritnica rivers is available at the provided link.
We invite you to visit tourist information centers and explore activity options. Please, do not take unnecessary risks, as rescue services are still burdened.
The municipality of Bled was not severely affected by the recent floods. Bled remains a safe destination for your vacation and relaxation - you can enjoy the beautiful nature, cultural landmarks, and a friendly atmosphere. All accommodations are open and ready to welcome guests, roads are passable, and services are running smoothly. The summer toboggan run on Straža is also open again, as well as the parking area below Straža.
Currently, Pokljuka Gorge is closed. Vintgar Gorge reopened on August 13.
Radovljica advises exercising caution when moving in nature. On hiking and thematic trails, there are areas with fallen trees and paths damaged by water. This warning applies to Begunje na Gorenjskem, where the road to Draga (including the Draga Inn) and to Poljška Planina is closed.
Due to the aftermath of the windstorm, the Krma and Kot valleys are closed until further notice.
Sava Hotels & Resorts is the largest Slovenian tourism group. All accommodations, whether by Lake Bled, in three coastal resorts, or by the thermal springs of the three Pomurje spas, are operational and accessible; there are no issues anywhere.
THERMAL PANNONIAN SLOVENIA
In the Thermal Pannonian Slovenia, which is an area known for its healing waters, the rivers have returned to their channels in areas where they recently overflowed their banks, and visiting is safe. However, caution is advised in certain areas due to road damage and the risk of landslides.
Terme Čatež campsite and the summer Thermal Riviera are open again. The winter Thermal Riviera will open on August 9th, and special effects in the summer Thermal Riviera will gradually open over the next few days, with the exception of the Bumerang and Thermal Formula attractions, which are already open.
Thermana Laško and Rimske Terme are operating normally. Due to flood consequences, the pools in both Thermana Laško hotels are expected to remain closed until the end of August. The Wellness Spa Centers and Fitness Center of Thermana Park Hotel are operating without interruptions, as well as spa treatments and restorative rehabilitation.
Starting from Monday, August 7, 2023, hotel guests can enjoy swimming at the following locations: Terme Zreče, Terme Olimia / Aqualuna, and Rimske Terme. Bus transportation will be organized for two locations: Zreče or Aqualuna.
Kamnik, being a geographically diverse destination, has been impacted differently by recent floods. The local authorities, civil defense teams, firefighters, and workers from the Kamnik Municipal Company are tirelessly working to improve the situation, particularly in the most affected areas, providing assistance to those most affected by the floods. We are pleased to report that the majority of tourist providers and accommodations are operating normally, offering their services and hospitality.
For the latest information updates, you can visit the Tourist Information Center (TIC) at Glavni trg 2, call 031 388 324, or contact them via email at email@example.com. Information is available also at the link below.
ŠKOFJA LOKA AREA
The Škofja Loka area has been affected by floods, so currently they don't recommend visiting the Poljane Valley with Žiri.
Hiking on mountain trails in the area is not recommended until further notice. The Lubnik Mountain Hut and the Blegoš Mountain Hut will remain closed until Friday, August 11th.
The floods have not affected the old town center of Škofja Loka. All tourist providers are operating smoothly, and all tourist attractions (Loški Museum, DUO Škofja Loka Crafts Center, Sokolski Dom Škofja Loka, etc.) are open as usual.
Selška Dolina has also not been affected by the floods, so tourist providers in Železniki and the surrounding areas are operating without issues.
Campsite at Soriška Planina is open.
SAVINJA VALLEY AND KOROŠKA REGION
Conditions are slowly calming down, but there is still a threat of landslides, particularly in the Upper Savinja Valley and Koroška region, so non-essential travel is discouraged. Due to the soaked terrain and ongoing changes in the situation, the conditions are hazardous.
RAVNE NA KOROŠKEM
Currently (August 8), operations are still ongoing throughout the municipality of Ravne na Koroškem to rescue property and ensure accessibility. The full extent of the natural disaster is not yet known.
Mežica has experienced a great deal of devastation from the wild nature. The underground of Mount Peca has come through relatively well. (Source: Anja Vajde RRA Koroska).
PECA UNDERGROUND is now open to the public. Access is currently slightly modified. Visitors are advised to drive via Austria, past the small border crossing Raunjak. You do not need permits to visit. All tours require prior appointment booking.
We inform you that the Mayor of the Municipality of Luče issued an order on Friday, September 1, 2023, to cease the validity of the order regarding the closure of accommodation facilities, which will be in effect from Monday, September 4, 2023, onwards.
As per the latest information, Luče can be officially accessed only via Pavličevo Sedlo and Solčava.
All other road connections (Radmirje - Luče and Kranjski Rak - Luče) remain closed in accordance with the instructions of the Directorate of the Republic of Slovenia for Infrastructure due to ongoing road repairs after the storm.
We advise against unnecessary travel on surrounding roads, as they are in poor condition and, in some areas, pose potential risks.
Please inform your guests that emergency work is being carried out in the broader area of the destination, and they should exercise caution as the entire municipality is a construction site.
The Tourist Information Center has concluded its operations for this year.
We remind all accommodation providers that they are responsible for the safety and guidance of their guests while moving around the destination.
Promotional materials can be obtained by prior arrangement during the official hours of the municipality.
Current updates regarding accessibility and conditions on the ground are posted on the website www.luce.si and the Facebook profile of the Municipality of Luče.
The destination Logarska Valley -Solčavsko is open again for tourism and all visitors from September 1, 2023. The Civil Protection Commander has issued an order to lift the closure of accommodation facilities, effective from September 1, 2023. Safety remains our top priority, so we kindly ask for your patience and increased caution. Access to the destination is via Pavličevo Sedlo. Please follow the traffic signage. For the latest information, visit the website www.logarska-solcavsko.si or call the phone number 03 839 07 10.
Most of the campsites in the Upper Savinja Valley, between Mozirje and Logarska Dolina, are closed. Some still do not have stable connections, and they ask for understanding from everyone.
- Kamp Menina
- Herbal Glamping Resort Ljubno je zaprt in do konca leta preklicuje vse rezervacije. Odprt ja Forest glamping resort ob jezeru Blaguš, kamor preusmerjajo goste.
- Kamp Šmica v Lučah
- Kamp Park (Prebold)
- Kamp Loka
- Kamp Na otoku
- Kamp Savinja
- camper stop Logarska dolina.
Forest Camping Mozirje is OPEN.
Camp Prodnik, Juvanje pri Ljubne ob Savinja, is also OPEN. This new campsite (opened in mid-July 2023 above the famous Prodnik guest house) has remained untouched, as it lies 20 meters above sea level over Savinja.
Access to Golte is possible by car via Šmihel, the hotel is operational, and the cable car is working.
Štrekna is a cycling path established along the abandoned route of the former railway between Velenje and Dravograd. It is currently accessible between the Gornji Dolič - Mislinja - Slovenj Gradec - Šentjaž route. The Štrekna bus service is not operational until further notice.
Travel on the new section is strictly prohibited. The cycling bridge near the collapsed bridge in Otiški Vrh is damaged, making the path towards Dravograd impassable. The new bridge in Dravograd has withstood the conditions. The newly established section between Velenje and Dornji Doči suffered more damage, requiring additional repairs. Landslides have occurred on two sections (both about 20 meters long) of the trail. There are also some issues before Velenje, where the Paka River has eroded parts of the path.
A smaller part of the country unfortunately remains inaccessible due to the consequences of the floods. On the link below, you can find numerous practical tips and useful links to ensure your vacation in Slovenia is as carefree as possible.
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