Slovenia FAQ - click the questions to reveal the answers
By air from the UK:
Easyjet from London Stansted to Ljubljana (which is only 15 minutes from Chalet Lenart)
Adria (the excellent Slovene national airline) Manchester - check website for more information
Wizz from Luton
Ryanair fly to Trieste (2 hours’ drive), Klagenfurt & Graz (both 1½ hours’ drive)
By air from the rest of Europe:
Ljubljana international airport is only 15 minutes from Chalet Lenart. Check your national airline or Adria, Whizz and Easyjet for flights.
Chalet Lenart is only 15 minutes from the main motorway through Slovenia, connecting it with Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary. We are just over half an hours’ drive from the Austrian border and within an hour of the Italian border. Check our location here.
You can travel by Eurostar, City NightLine and EuroCity to Villach, which is just over the Austrian border and about 45 minutes from Chalet Lenart. Or continue on to Lesce or Ljubljana. Contact us for more information.
We recommend that all guests hire a car. There are a number of rental places at the airport - book in advance for the best prices. We recommend Auto Europe, good prices and a sensible fully refundable excess insurance is available on some vehicles. Check out Rhino Car Hire too, they have promised an extra discount of up to 10% if you mention that you are staying at Chalet Lenart at the time of booking.
The roads are generally quiet and incredibly scenic – but you’ll need a map because the signposting on the smaller ones isn’t great!
Both are within an easy day trip by car – indeed you can bike to Austria if you’re fit! We are just over half an hours’ drive from the Austrian border and within an hour of the Italian border. Check our location here.
Yes, definitely! The ski lessons in Slovenia have been the best we’ve had anywhere, including France, Austria and Italy – and excellent value. There’s a beginners area at Krvavec (just 10 minutes from the Chalet to the gondola), and a couple of lovely blue slopes to progress on to. There’s also great beginners’ skiing at the stunning Vogel, Velika Planina, Stari Vrh and of course Kranjska Gora.
Ski passes: just drive to the Krvavec gondola station (less than 10 minutes from the Chalet) and buy them there from the helpful, English speaking staff. Price list.
Equipment: there’s a rental shop at the top of the gondola where you can hire everything you need. Again the staff are very helpful and multi lingual. And again, it’s great value!
The choices are quite literally endless! Check out our favourites page for some ideas. But don’t forget to leave time just to relax and enjoy the stunning views, have long lunches in the local restaurants, sunbathe on the terrace, read a book from our library and settle into the squishy sofas to watch one of our collection of DVDs.
There’s the truly amazing food market in Ljubljana every Saturday morning, but there are also small local markets most Fridays or Saturdays in Kamnik and Kranj, both within 15 minutes’ drive.
Plentiful! Don’t come to Slovenia on a diet! The emphasis is on delicious Alpine foods but with a strong Mediterranean influence due to the proximity to Italy and Croatia. Pizzas are among the best we’ve had anywhere and there’s always lots of fresh fruit and veg straight from the garden.
Traditionally, Slovenes start their meal with a delicious soup, followed by a really fresh mixed salad, and then meat (often pork or turkey) and potatoes, followed by a yummy dessert or ice cream. The fish is also excellent – there’s a great fish shop in Kamnik and one of the local restaurants will catch you fresh trout to cook on the barbeque at the chalet – for less than 2 euros each!
That entirely depends on what you want to do while you’re there – we go year round and it’s gorgeous each time.
Spring: the meadows, forests and mountains are covered in stunning wild flowers from April-June (you won’t believe them until you see them), and the peaks are generally still snow capped against a deep blue sky, while days are often warm and sunny.
Summer: Slovenia is called the ‘sunny side’ of the Alps and temperatures are typically around 30 degrees, but it rarely gets humid or uncomfortable – if it does, just cool off in a turquoise lake or river! Thunderstorms are quite common early evening, but watching them from the balcony at Chalet Lenart is an awesome experience. Summer is ‘festivals time’ with loads to see and do (link to festivals page)
Autumn: you will never believe how stunning autumn can be until you’ve been to Slovenia. It’s heavily wooded, with mainly deciduous trees and on a sunny day with new snow on the peaks, you will really think you’re in heaven.
Winter: if you fancy skiing, snowboarding, ice skating on frozen lakes, snow shoeing, ski touring, sledging or even husky sledding then winter is obviously the time for you. Or visit the Christmas markets, marvel at the Christmas lights and sip a Kuhano Vino (mulled wine) in Ljubljana – truly magical.