Award recognition must not get in the way of protecting Bohinj from tourism

For the Bohinj area of Slovenia to be regarded as a village is somewhat misleading. There isn't as such a settlement simply called 'Bohinj', with the valley between regional centre Bohinjska Bistrica and the hamlet of Ukanc, translated as 'the end', consisting of several villages including Polje, Ribcev Laz, Kamnje, and Brod. Whilst all of…

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Why you should visit Maribor Porhorje

In the final part of a mini-series of blogs detailing the locations in Europe where I focus my alpine attentions, we turn to the least well known of the areas chronicled, Slovenia's second city Maribor and its Pohorje massif: Pros: One of my trio of stays in Maribor was at the Hotel Orel, perfectly situated…

Slovenia and Ryanair: Does the airline simply wish to complete the EU set, or has the previously missing middle ground finally been found?

It has been assumed by many aviation analysts and even those without a professional interest in the industry that Ljubljana's Fraport-owned and operated Brnik Airport held all the cards as to why Slovenia is the only nation within the European Union(EU) where Irish Low Cost Carrier(LCC) Ryanair does not operate. Who though is the puppet…

Hotel Zlatorog: Decline, fall, and rebirth

The imminent demolition of Bohinj's iconic Hotel Zlatorog is now the best and realistically only course of action available to an ailing edifice left to wither on the vine by its previous owner. Once favoured by Marshal Tito as a bucolic setting in which to receive fellow Non-Aligned and Communist leaders when Slovenia formed the…

Contemporary Alpine architectural design: A necessary break from the past or opportunistic shock value amid an inappropriate setting?

When thinking of classic alpine architectural design it is easy to bring to mind picture postcard images of the likes of Alpbach in the Austrian Tirol, where geranium-laden window boxes are framed by immaculately kept wooden edifices very much in the style found throughout Europe's alpine regions. Such is the dominance in mountain villages and…

Bohinj’s Ski Hotel Vogel: An important example of Yugoslav Architecture to be preserved, or swept away?

Without the high-profile visitors of yesteryear Bohinj's Ski Hotel Vogel is rarely mentioned, other than to group it with other failing or derelict tourist accommodation,  in the same breath as its iconic counterparts the Zlatorog and Bellevue. I doubt President Tito and his peers from the Non-Aligned Movement and various otherwise ostracised Communist regimes would…