Venue & host city


The FORTOX 2017 meeting will be held at the Golf Hotel in Bled, Slovenia, from 28-30 May 2017.

The Golf Hotel

Address: Cankarjeva cesta 4, 4260 Bled, Slovenia

Phone: +386 4 579 17 00


Key dates and deadlines

Deadline for submission of abstracts
extended: 7 April 2017

Abstracts notification
24 April 2017

Programme released

27 April 2017

Early bird registration
22 May 2017

Cancellation of registration
4 May 2017

Closure of online registration
22 May 2017

Opening of on-site secretariat
28 May 2017


About Bled

With its emerald-green lake, picture-postcard church on an islet, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke as backdrops, Bled is Slovenia‘s most popular resort, drawing everyone from people just looking for relaxation in a quiet and green environment to backpackers, who come for the hiking, biking, water sports and canyoning possibilities. Bled also offers favourable opportunities for business meetings and congresses.

Bled’s glacial-formed lake is 2,120 m long and 1,380 m wide, with a maximum depth of 29.5 m. There is a 6.2 km long footpath encircling the lake. You can walk, bike or take a horse-carriage around the lake.

There are thermal springs in the north-eastern part of the lake, which now supply the swimming pools of Bled’s hotels (Grand Hotel Toplice, Park and Golf hotels.)

The island on Lake Bled may be small, but there are many legends surrounding it. There’s the Church of the Assumption and a small museum, but the real thrill is the ride out by wooden boat – pletna. These boats are operated by standing rowers known as pletnars. The pletna will set you down on the south side at the monumental South Staircase (Južno Stopnišče), built in 1655. The staircase comprises 99 steps – a local tradition is for the husband to carry his new bride up them. The island church is famous for its wishing bell, often rung by newlyweds and ordinary visitors alike. Legend has it that this will make your wishes come true.

Perched atop a steep cliff more than 100m above the lake, Bled Castle is how most people imagine a medieval fortress to be, with towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering magnificent views. It is the oldest castle in Slovenia. The castle houses the castle print house, gallery of herbs, castle winery, a museum collection that traces the lake’s history from its earliest times to the development of Bled as a resort in the 19th century, when Bled was mostly visited by hydrotherapy enthusiasts following the methods of the Swiss physician Arnold Rikli.

If you are in good physical condition you can reach the castle on foot via one of three trails sign-posted ‘Grad’.

The unique Vila Bled is in a majestic park right on the shore of Lake Bled. Its setting outside the centre of Bled ensures privacy for the most noteworthy events. The villa was constructed in 1947 on the site of a former royal summer home and subsequently served for decades as one of President Tito’s residences before being turned into a boutique 1950s-style hotel.




How to get to Bled?

By rail:

The Lesce-Bled international railway station lies on the Munich-Salzburg – Villach – Jesenice – Ljubljana – Zagreb – Belgrade – Istanbul – Athens railway line. The distance between the Lesce-Bled railway station and Bled town is 4 km. To get to Bled town you can take a bus (the bus station is just across the street from the railway station), or taxi.

By car:
To get to Bled, take the A2 highway (Jesenice –  Ljubljana) and take the exit for Bled. For highways in Slovenia a vignette is needed.

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By air:

The nearest international airport Ljubljana Airport in Brnik is 36 km away from Bled.

Taxi transfer between Ljubljana airport and the Golf Hotel in Bled can be organised upon request by contacting Mrs. Nina Bernard:  (Price 19.00 Eur per person).

Other major international airports are at the following distances from Bled: Trieste (170 km), Venice (290 km), Zagreb (200 km), Klagenfurt (80 km), Salzburg (230 km).

If you decide to use the GoOpti transfer service, please go to and book your transfer to Bled. For any kind of help they are available 24h/day at +386 40 200 702 or e-mail

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Travel documents

For business travellers and tourists a valid passport is, as a rule, sufficient provided the intended length of stay does not exceed three months. EU citizens only require a valid identity card. Travellers who are required to have a visa to enter Slovenia can obtain it from Slovenia’s representatives in their country.