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Exploring Slovenia with Podim

The Podim experience for our speakers and friends is never the same. After occupying the Hotel Habakuk for two days, we take some time off to explore some of the Slovenian wonders.

Being a knight for a day

Predjama castle is one of the highlights of the Karst region. This medieval marvel, the largest cave castle in the world, has been perched in the middle of this 123-metre-high cliff for more than 800 years. Behind the castle is a network of secret tunnels, from which the knight Erazem od Predjama would set out on his plundering expeditions. Predjama offers visitors the chance to become a knight for a day.

Feel like the world ski jumping elite does

We tried to fly like an eagle, and we succeeded. In Planica, on the world’s biggest ski jumping hill, there is the most spectacular zipline in the world! Specifically, it is the world’s steepest zipline. It offers your moment to feel like Slovenian eagles and the world ski jumping elite do.

Sticky fingers with Bled cream cake

We can tell you a secret formula. It’s 7 x 7 x 7 centimeters. When put on a plate, it has to sway back and forth a bit. It’s puffy, it’s creamy, and it’s covered with powdered sugar. Can you imagine what this could be? Podim speakers and friends know it quite well – it’s the original Bled cream cake. The white-yellow layered lady turns 66 this year.

Conquering Vršič Pass

This is the 500 Startups branch at 1611 metres above sea level! Vršič is a high mountain pass across the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia, connecting Upper Carniola with the Trenta Valley. It is the highest pass in Slovenia, as well as the highest in the Eastern Julian Alps. The road, built by Russian war prisoners during World War I, runs through the heart of the Julian Alps and Vršič pass is considered an excellent starting point for excursions to surrounding peaks.

Pohorje Downhill

Ride like a pro. We do! Bike Park Pohorje Maribor offers you three different tracks and countless unforgettable experiences. Don’t believe it? Ask David Rose, one of the returning top-notch Podim speakers, he can confirm our statement about the unforgettable experiences.

Maribor Oldest Vine House

Old, older, the oldest … the latter goes for the oldest vine in the world, which has become the trademark of Podim. There’s no Podim going by, that we wouldn’t spend some of our precious time at the oldest vine in the world.

Dining like royalty

Luxurious? Yes, mansion Štatenberg, named after the original castle Štatenberg, certainly is. And since we want to feel kind of luxurious once in a while as well, we wouldn’t want to miss this fine candlelight dining opportunity.

Petite, yet diverse

Tasty food and fine wines are a perfect match for a cultural journey through a foreign country. Despite its small size, Slovenia offers a great diversity of food, wine and culture, and visiting Šestica in Ljubljana offers the perfect opportunity to get familiar with the genuine Slovenian dances.