At JGZ Brdo, we are dedicated to fostering the sustainable development of our social and natural environment,
as we firmly believe in the harmonious coexistence between humanity and nature. We take great pride in the unspoiled beauty of our
surroundings and rich cultural heritage, which we actively preserve through responsible business practices
in various areas, from mobility to gastronomy.
Through our comprehensive commitment to environmentally conscious practices, we have obtained the internationally renowned Green Key certificate for Elegans Hotel Brdo, Brdo Congress Centre, Strmol Castle and Vila Bled. Additionally, we have become members of the Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism and obtained the Slovenia Green Accommodation certificate.
At JGZ Brdo, every protocol site adheres to European and national guidelines and aligns with the objectives for sustainable development. We prioritize resource efficiency and the reduction of our operational environmental impact.
REDUCING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
At Elegans Hotel Brdo, Vila Bled, and Strmol Castle, we strive to use energy efficiently, incorporate renewable resources wherever possible and actively reduce water consumption, as well as educate our employees, guests, and visitors about water efficiency. We reduce our negative impact on the environment by strict waste segregation. We have also introduced water-saving taps in our accommodations, providing guests with drinking water and encouraging responsible consumption. Furthermore, we save a significant amount of water by changing bed linens and towels only upon guests’ request during their stay. Our facilities feature modern, ecological and environmentally friendly technical installations, including energy-efficient LED lighting. We use key cards to control electricity in guest rooms, promoting energy conservation. As members of the Slovenian Eko iniciativa community, we contribute to reducing packaging waste by purchasing environmentally friendly toiletries and employ cleaners and detergents that are better for the environment.
In our commitment to green mobility, we provide guests with options that have the smallest possible carbon footprint. Our hotel features a parking area with charging stations for electric cars, and we take pride in hosting Gorenjska’s first electric bike storage. Here, guests can rent electric bikes charged with energy generated by solar panels on the roof of the bike storage.
CARING FOR NATURE
The Brdo Estate proudly holds the distinction of being a Natura 2000 site. Within this estate lies a forest, designated as a special-purpose area, where JGZ Brdo diligently upholds a commitment to adhering to protection and conservation measures for these invaluable natural spaces. Our active involvement extends to fostering pollinator-friendly green spaces and combating invasive species that pose threats to local flora and fauna. We consistently plant and maintain native species in our gardens and outdoor areas, ensuring optimal conditions for the preservation of local biodiversity. Furthermore, our commitment to environmental stewardship includes reducing noise pollution through the use of battery-powered lawnmowers. By contributing to the Brdo Park entrance fee, all visitors directly support the implementation of vital measures aimed at safeguarding the rare and precious species of flora and fauna that call our estate home.
CONNECTING WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
At Brdo, we are committed to buying food, products and services from local providers. This not only bolsters the local economy but also creates employment opportunities within our community. Additionally, by reducing the need for long-distance transportation, we minimize emissions and lower transport costs. We firmly believe that by incorporating local food, identity and heritage into our guest experience, we enrich their stay while simultaneously enhancing the value of locally produced goods. In crafting our menus, we prioritize local, seasonal, high-quality and home-made ingredients.
PROMOTING SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Our dedication lies in the creation of a thriving and sustainable society where our colleagues have the opportunity to grow and reach their full potential. Social responsibility is deeply ingrained at every level of our organization, forming an integral part of our organizational culture. We actively work towards the development of our social community by employing individuals from the local area, collaborating with local suppliers and providing support to our neighboring communities. When developing our products, we draw inspiration from the local environment, traditions, and history. We wholeheartedly promote healthy lifestyles, recognizing the profound impact they have on individuals and our broader community.
At the Brdo JGZ estates, we offer a number of outdoor experiences. One such delightful option is our picnic basket, full of delicacies from local producers. The offer includes a rental of an electric vehicle, which allows you to explore every corner of Brdo Park at your own pace. Our wildlife and bird-watching activities are also extremely popular. With over 500 years of uninterrupted development, our estate has evolved into a unique classroom of history, culture, architecture and nature. We organize both individual and group excursions within the enclosed part of the Brdo Estate, offering guests the chance to observe and photograph game and birds in their natural habitat. For those with a passion for sports, our cycling experience along the Brdo lakes is an absolute must. With 11 picturesque lakes, numerous winding paths and charming bridges set against the backdrop of the majestic Alps, this journey promises to be unforgettable.
You can also reserve a picnic basket amidst the lush greenery of Strmol Castle, situated right next to the lake. At Vila Bled, we offer a unique picnic experience that includes a boat excursion on Lake Bled.
CULTURE AND NATURA 2000
The Brdo Estate has been declared a cultural monument of national importance and a natural site of national importance. Its remarkable habitat diversity has led to its designation as a special-purpose forest, an ecologically vital area and a Natura 2000 protected site – an extensive nature conservation network of the European Union, recognized as one of the world’s largest conservation areas.
In 2004, Strmol Castle was also declared a cultural monument of national significance. It was fully restored between 2010 and 2012 in order to preserve its rich cultural heritage.
On the shore of the lake and surrounded by a large park, Vila Bled stands as one of the most enchanting cultural attractions of Bled. Its rich history, particularly interesting for its architectural and artistic significance, makes it one of the most important cultural and historical monuments in Slovenia.
At JGZ Brdo, we draw inspiration from the beauty of the natural world, infusing it imaginatively into every product and service we offer.
Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to preserve the environment.