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Five Best Tips and Tricks that Turn Packing into a Game of Tetris
If you travel a lot, you definitely know that packing can be a veritable art. To help you make sure your next trip kicks off in the best possible way, we have prepared five useful tips on how to pack your suitcase so it will fit as much luggage as possible.
What Is the Difference between Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus and Grandfather Frost?
There are just as many customs surrounding the end-of-the-year celebrations as there are countries. In addition to office holiday parties and all sorts of other Christmas and New Year's festivities, an important part of the festive season in Slovenia are the three December's gift-bringers – Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus and Grandfather Frost – who have been especially popular with children for a very long time.
Meet our Hotel Manager
With years of experience in the hospitality industry, Barbara brings fresh ideas to managing the Grand Hotel Union and Grand Hotel Union Business.
A Wine Fairy Tale from the Slovenian Vineyards
If you’ve been dreaming of visiting the wine-producing countryside of France, then what you have imagined to see is not all that different from the picture-perfect hills of the wine regions of Slovenia, which are without doubt one of the undiscovered European viticulture gems.
Grand Hotel Union: An Architectural Landmark in the Centre of Ljubljana
Grand Hotel Union with a 113-year tradition is one of the oldest hotels in Ljubljana and one of the most important architectural sights in the Slovenian capital.
Yes, Ljubljana Has a City Beach Too!
Spending the summer in the city does not mean you need to give up all the summer fun! In fact, Ljubljana boasts quite a few interesting and fun aquatic activities and there are also a number of natural swimming spots worth visiting not far from the city. That's all you need to know.
Ljubljana's Bridges and Their Stories
The bridges across the river Ljubljanica are without doubt one of the most commonly photographed sights of Ljubljana's city centre. But do you actually know the stories written on the banks of the Ljubljanica since the Middle Ages?
Get to Know the New (Old) Chef of Grand Hotel Union
Grand Hotel Union's restaurant welcomed back its new (old) master chef, Janez Dolšak, who returned to the restaurant after a two-year break. The chef de cuisine from the Slovenian region of Dolenjska has been a regular in the kitchen of Ljubljana's oldest hotel since his secondary-school days, and is now returning to a well-known environment with new ideas and approaches heralding a breath of fresh air to the range of culinary delights offered at the restaurant.
Around Ljubljana by Bicycle
Amsterdam may be the city most famous for its bicycles and scenes with hundreds of bicycles locked to railings along the river channels, but Ljubljana is not all that different. In fact, increased traffic has resulted in bicycles being an essential means of transport for many locals. According to statistical data, no fewer than 13% of all journeys in Ljubljana are done by bicycle, and there are as many as 225 kilometres of designated cycle lanes.
Slovenian Indigenous Plant and Animal Species
Slovenia is well-known for its great geographic and cultural diversity, as well as a wide range of local specialties, but did you know it is also rich in fauna and flora?
Slovenia as a Filming Location
Slovenia is a destination equally popular among both film-makers and tourists! Find out why Slovenia is visited by more and more world-famous stars.
Lesser-Known Slovenian Traditions
Compared to other European countries, Slovenia is a very small country, however, it boasts a wealth of cultural traditions that are still very much alive even though the times have changed. We have picked a few of those Slovenian traditions you may not be familiar with.
Shrovetide in Slovenia
If there is one holiday Slovenians are really crazy about, it is definitely Shrovetide!
The Joys of Winter
Although this winter there has already been some snow a few times, there seems to be no sign of snow in the lowlands.
Why Should You Choose Ljubljana for the Countdown to the New Year
Firstly, because it is a wonderful town… because it smells of mulled wine and sweet treats, and because all of the tall old buildings make it so romantic. Secondly, because thanks to all the festive decorations and Christmas market stalls Ljubljana is a must-see destination during the festive season.
From a Religious Custom to a Family Event! How Is Christmas Celebrated in Slovenia?
Ever since people started celebrating Christmas about 1700 years ago, dinner with one's closest family has been the event that kicks off all sorts of festive season feasts. Although Christmas as such began as a festival observed by worshippers, over the past decades other people started celebrating it too, making it one of the biggest holidays celebrated in Slovenia.
Must-See Wintertime Events in Ljubljana
The Christmas lights switch-on on 1 December will kick off Ljubljana's festive season, which will, like every year, include a number of fairs and events. Here's a list of wintertime events not to be missed!
"The Autumn Is All about Serious White Wines"
Matjaž Ivanc is the manager of the Atelje restaurant and one of the sommeliers working under Union Hotels, as well as the best person to talk to when it comes to Atelje's new acquisition, the wine showcase.
Autumn Walks in the Forest
In a wooded country like Slovenia, where woodland covers as much as 58.4% of the country's territory, autumn walks among colourful autumn leaves make for a one-of-a-kind experience. For this reason we have decided to dedicate our latest blog post to four suggestions for autumn walks, which are also a good choice for trips with your little ones.
“A Good Hotel Is a Collection of Details”
Nataša, a familiar face of hotel corridors, has been part of Union Hotels since August as the new Manager of Hotel Lev. We talked to her recently – right at the start of some big changes with the renovation work underway on Gosposvetska road in front of the hotel and the tree leaves starting to change colour – to ask her about her views of the hotel industry and the work she has devoted her career to.