In summer, there is nothing better than stopping time for a moment and taking a trip. If you choose to travel by train, the trip will definitely be something special and unforgettable. This is a great way to stop crowding and dealing with traffic jams and to use the time on the way to socialize, play and relax. Here are 7 tips for summer train trips you can make by train
1. Lake Bohinj and Aquapark Bohinj
Travel to Bohinjska Bistrica by train, and continue your trip by bike along the well-marked Bohinj cycling route. It takes about 20 minutes by bike from the train station to the lake. Have a swim in Lake Bohinj, or visit Aquapark Bohinj, where you can get a 10% discount on your entrance fee for the swimming pool facilities upon presentation of a valid train ticket.
2. Pivka and the Park of Military History
Visit the Park of Military History – a museum and tourist centre located in the old Pivka barracks complex, which offers visitors a unique insight into Slovenian national history as well as world history. You can also test yourself on a flight simulator with a MiG-21 aircraft or a Spitfire IX simulator and enjoy a convincing flight experience with military aircraft. The museum is only a short distance away from Pivka train station, and the path is clearly marked.
3. Lake Bled
Bled is a popular tourist summer destination, where you can also go for a swim. There are several designated bathing areas around Lake Bled. Velika Zaka is a popular one – it is located near the camp, and there are even showers at disposal. In summer, it is quite a challenge to get a free parking space in Bled, so a train trip is an ideal solution. Bled Jezero railway station is in the immediate vicinity of the lake. It is full of charm and atmosphere – no wonder it was a filming site for a chocolate commercial. The bathing area at the Rowing Center is only about a 5-minute walk away, while the Velika Zaka bathing area is only five minutes further.
4. Radlje ob Dravi water park
Explore the picturesque landscape of the Koroška region by combining train and bike. During summer months, trains on the Maribor-Prevalje line have more spaces for bicycles. Take a train to Vuhred railway station, and continue your trip by bike to Radlje ob Dravi, where a natural swimming pool awaits you. It boasts the flattering title of the first and only biological pool in Slovenia, meaning that the water is cleaned by microorganisms instead of chemicals. You are also invited to the unspoilt surroundings of the Drava River. Walking, fishing, rafting or cycling on its embankment … there are many opportunities for an active vacation and unique experiences in nature.
5. World of railways at Sevnica
If you want to experience railway traffic in miniature, visit Sevnica railway station, where a beautiful railway model is on display. Stretching over an area of 20 square metres, it comprises 50 metres of tracks linking four train stations and a stop, and displays over 40 different train sets and locomotives hauling more than 150 coaches and freight wagons in total. To give a genuine sense of a “living railway world”, the model is equipped with a miniature signaling system and various buildings, vehicles and flashing lights. A visit to the model railway needs to be booked in advance by calling +386 41 841 382.
6. Thermana Laško thermal spa
Make a visit to thermal pools, numerous and varied saunas as well as wellness programmes where you can indulge in massages, face and body treatments and romantic baths. All visitors travelling to Laško by train (the train station is only a 5-minute walk away from the thermal resort) can save up to 20% on admissions to pools upon presentation of a valid daily train ticket.
7. Rimske terme thermal spa
Leave your worries behind and travel to Rimske terme thermal spa by train. The spa facilities are located about 500m away from the train station. Travelling to Rimske terme by train gives you special discounts on various services throughout the week: 25% off admissions to pools (tickets for 4 hours or all day), 20% off admissions to sauna baths (tickets for 4 hours or all day), and 10% off massage and beauty services at the Amalija Wellness Center. To be eligible, simply present a relevant daily train ticket.