Activities in Laško

Laško is a town with a diverse cultural, sports and tourism life divided into two banks by the Savinja River. While it is one of the smaller towns in the country, Laško is an important tourism and economic hub along the lower course of the Savinja River. The town is particularly well known for its long tradition of the brewing industry and the healing water springs. Throughout the rich history of Laško, its thermal water advanced the health and well-being of thousands.

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Activities in Laško

Laško is a town with a diverse cultural, sports and tourism life divided into two banks by the Savinja River. While it is one of the smaller towns in the country, Laško is an important tourism and economic hub along the lower course of the Savinja River. The town is particularly well known for its long tradition of the brewing industry and the healing water springs. Throughout the rich history of Laško, its thermal water advanced the health and well-being of thousands.

The favourable natural conditions, geographical location and proximity of transport routes have all had considerable influence on the time and density of the population in Laško as well as offering excellent living conditions to inhabitants throughout the town’s rich history. Laško was first mentioned in writing in a historical chronicle from the year 1147. The first description of Laško as a market town dates back to 1227; 700 years later, in 1927, it was promoted to a town.

The area of Laško and the surrounding area is rich in natural resources. The healing thermal water, rich flora and fauna, as well as vantage point with views of the varied and unspoiled scenery, have a special value.

  • Hum Hill: Hum is a hill which rises steeply and sharply above Laško to a height of 583 m (1912 ft.) and is an excursion point (A7 - Trail to the peak of Hum). Because of its visibility and the many peculiarities, the hill had a great importance throughout history. It is distinguished also by the famous flora, as you can observe a lot of rare and protected plants along the way to the top.
  • Rečiška Valley: the picturesque valley is embraced by the nearby mountains Šmohor, Mrzlica, Kal, Govško brdo in Baba, to which a number of arranged and marked hiking trails lead. In the past, life of the valley has been influenced by the coal-mine, which is now turned into a museum and opened to visitors. The valley, which winds along the Rečica stream, invites you to exploration by bike and discovering of the cultural attractions.
  • Gračnica Valley: The richness of the valley along the whole Gračnica stream represents the diversity of flora and fauna, and it is included in the European network of protected areas, Natura 2000. You will be able to see rare species of birds and plants. The path through the valley leads to the historically interesting Monastery of Carthusian monks in Jurklošter.

The town and surrounding attractions as well as museums and collections reveal a glimpse into the rich history and legacy of famous personalities. Exceptional value is also held by the religious heritage, that reflects the characteristic appearance of its time.

  • Tabor Castle: little is known about the origins of the old castle, later named Tabor (Camp) for the role it played in the defence against Turkish invaders. It is believed to have been built soon after the formation of the Laško estate in the 11th or 12th century. The castle was used as the administrative seat of the local aristocracy, a court of justice and a fort under the command of the Laško estate owners, but it was never permanently inhabited. For a time, it was pledged to the famous counts of Cilli. After the end of the Turkish invasions, the castle fell into disrepair and changed hands a number of times before it was finally renovated in 1989. Inside the castle walls, there is now a wedding hall and the restaurant Pavus, offering local and seasonal specialities in keeping with the latest culinary trends.
  • King of Beer: the statue of Gambrinus, the king of beer, was unveiled by the Laško Brewery on its 175th anniversary in 2000. The statue was made by academically trained sculptor Ferenc Kiraly.
  • Jurklošter Monastery: At around 1170, bishop of Krško, Henry I established the Jurklošter Carthusian Monastery in the basin of the Gračnica Valley. This originally mighty monastery was later turned into a mansion. Today we can see a part of the walls with the late Roman Church of St. Mauritius and a guard tower that have remained from the monastery. The former Carthusian church with a stone bell tower on its wooden roof is one of the five main monuments of cultural heritage in Slovenia that are part of the Transromanica international project. Visiting the Carthusian monastery, you can meet the mysterious world inside its walls, learn where monks retreated in times of danger and learn about what was hiding inside their monastic library. You can also listen about the forbidden love between a rich nobleman Friderik II, Count of Celje, and the daughter of a simple knight Veronika Deseniška. For more information visit: www.odon.si
  • Laško Museum: is located in the old city centre of Laško. The permanent exhibition Laško – Travelling through Time reveals the history of the town from prehistoric times until today. The exhibition Brewing and Spa Tourism unveils the long tradition of brewing and thermal springs in Laško and Rimske Toplice. For more information visit: on www.stik-lasko.si.
  • Museum of Mining in Rečica: the beginnings of mining in Laško date back to the years 1790-1800. The museum mine tunnel, which is located outdoors near the firehouse in Rečica, commemorates this important activity. On display are objects that keep the memory of the life and work of the miners: diesel locomotive for the carriage of coal, such as were used in the Laško mine, tape for coal, photos, breathing apparatus and a underground bathroom. For more information visit: www.stik-lasko.si.
  • Museum of Electro-Transmission Fala - Laško: not many people know that the first electric-power producing device run by water was constructed in the Laško Thermal Spa in 1885. Therefore, the first bulb flashed up in Laško and Spodnja Štajerska (Lower Syria) six years after the Edison's invention of the electric bulb to start the undreamed-off progress to mankind. In remembrance of this historic event, a big wooden water wheel was installed by the Rečica stream at the Hotel Zdravilišče Laško. In the museum the antique exhibits that preserve the memory of the electro conductive development activities throughout history are exhibited. For more information visit: www.stik-lasko.si.
  • Aškerc Homestead in Senožete: in the pleasant village of Senožete near Rimske Toplice, you will find the house where Slovenia’s greatest ballad and romance poet Anton Aškerc spent his youth. The house has been converted into a museum, preserving its characteristic architecture. Inside, you will find a traditional “black kitchen” as well as an extensive literary and ethnological exhibition about the poet. Next to the house, there is a wooden, thatch-roofed granary and a “toplar”, the traditional Slovenian hayrack. The family also holds presentations of sustainable ways of rearing small cattle and demonstrates the traditional method of making sheep cheese and other dairy products, which are available to taste and purchase at the house.

The unspoiled and varied landscape of the Laško region is rich in pleasant spots just waiting to be discovered. This is the ideal starting point for daytrips and leisure time activities in the heart of nature. There is a free brochure entitled Hiking in Laško and Its Surroundings available free of charge in TIC Laško. It contains descriptions of individual trails with diagrams, maps and other useful information. To explore the surroundings a free of charge application Laško2Go is available to all visitors.

  • Hiking: there are countless mountain and hiking trails crisscrossing the local hills and valleys, leading through forests, over meadows and pastures and past a wealth of cultural heritage. There are plenty of trails for every taste – for walking, Nordic walking, hiking or mountaineering, for families and individuals, for the old and young.
    Recreational hiking trails:
    A1 - Mountain trail to Šmohor (781 m)
    A2 - The Rečica loop mountain trail
    A3 - Mountain trail to Kopitnik I (910 m)
    A4 - Mountain trail to Kopitnik II (910 m)
    A5 - Mountain trail to Veliko Kozje I (993 m)
    A6 - Mountain trail to Veliko Kozje II (993 m)
    A7 - Trail to the peak of Hum (583 m)
    A8 - Spa trail
    A9 - Trail to Tabor Castle
    Themed tourist hiking trails:
    B1 - The three churches trail
    B2 - The trail along the old Laško market town borders
    B3 - The Aškerc trail

    Nature and educational hiking trails:
    C1 - Orion’s trail
    C2 - Perkmandeljc forest educational trail
  • Cycling: There are a total of eight trails suitable for cycling; they are located mainly on the less busy roads and partly on non-asphalt roads, hills and valleys. Each of the trails has been named after an interesting place that is located furthest from the starting point. The trails range in difficulty from medium to high; they are suitable particularly for mountain and trekking bikes. To plan your trip in more detail, we recommend that you purchase the cycling guidebook entitled Cycling in the Laško Surroundings. TIC Laško offers a free brochure containing descriptions of individual trails, a map and other useful information. TIC Laško also operates a bike rental service.
    Trails suitable for cycling:
    1 - Rimske Toplice – Junior
    2 - Vrh nad Laškim
    3 - Trobni Dol
    4 - Šmohor
    5 - Lisca
    6 - Govce
    7 - Celjska koča
    8 - Šentrupert
  • Rafting: onetime water adventures with a special raft can be experienced on the confluence of the Sava and Savinja rivers, from Zidani Most to Radeče and back, and are provided by the happy rafters known as "flosarji". The visitors learn about the life and work of rafters in the past, the original ceremony of the raftsmen baptism is performed and the guests are pampered with homemade delicacies. The offer comprises different rafting programs, which are carried out by prior arrangement from May to October. For more information visit: www.ktrc.si.
  • Horseback riding: horse enthusiasts can experience an open carriage ride, riding tours, cross country riding, and horse or pony riding. The Laško equestrian club and the Samorog equestrian club offer the opportunity to spend time with horses, horse riding for tourists in an indoor arena, cross country riding (a Stage 1 qualification in horse riding is required), sitting in on show jumping training sessions, comprehensive horse care and young horse training. Short horse riding courses led by four-time national show jumping champion, Mirjam Vesenjak, are also available.
  • Laško Brevery Tour:Today the Laško Brewery is the leading brewery in Slovenia. Its business philosophy is to offer its clients beer of the highest quality and a well-functioning supply chain. The programme includes the Brewery Industry and Spa Tourism exhibition at the Laško Museum, which comprises historical brewing exhibits, photographs of the master brewers and old newspaper articles about the success of Laško brewers. This will be followed by a viewing of the modern brewing procedures at the Laško Brewery, Slovenia’s leading brewery and one of the largest producers of beer in Europe. The programme concludes with a tasting of the excellent Laško beer. Tours are conducted every Wednesday and Friday except on holidays, provided that there are at least 10 participants. Please apply at the Thermana Hotels or TIC Laško (Tourist Information Office) Laško.
  • Other activities: visitors can also play tennis on one of the three tennis courts available in Laško and Rimske Toplice. For a different kind of experience that you will never forget, try a tandem paragliding flight from the hills of Malič, Lisca or Kopitnik. The Savinja River, Gračnica valley and Marof ponds are suitable for fishing.

The Laško countryside boasts a wealth of ethnological, cultural and natural sights waiting to be discovered during any season of the year. In addition to the many opportunities for active vacations, the region also offers a variety of educational programmes, culinary delights and traditional products.

  • Farm Slapšak: on the Slapšak farm in the village of Padež, you will find a pit that contains remnants of an old mine where galena (once known as “the galena of Padež”) was mined in the time of Maria Theresa. The farm owners organise guided tours of the preserved mine shaft where you can learn about the life and work of miners in the past. The tour ends with a tasting of homemade food in the preserved mine shaft.
    Contact: Padež 5, Laško, +386 (0) 3 573 91 61, +386 (0) 31336431 slapsak.jernej@gmail.com
  • Homestead Križnik: is situated in the village of Trobni Dol, 12 km from Laško, surrounded by unspoiled nature. The farm, featuring a traditional old farm building, is famous for its superb homemade salamis, sausages, bacon, stomach and other delicious products, sold under the name “Križnikove mesnine z vrha” (Križnik Meats from the Hills). Visitors have the opportunity to experience the traditional method of preparing dry meat products, attend a tasting and buy some of the products.
    Contact: Trobni Dol 42, Šentrupert, +386 (0) 3 734 74 00, +386 (0) 41931874, domacija.kriznik@gmail.com
  • Organic Farm Tauses: the Tauses farm, situated 14 km from Rimske Toplice in the direction of Jurklošter, is worked using organic methods. Visitors can experience pony or horse riding under professional supervision, learn about the animals kept on the farm and sample the delicious, home-grown, organic food.
    Contact: Velike Gorelce 13, Laško, +386 (0) 3 573 90 65, +386 (0) 40425513, martina.tauses@siol.net
  • Farm Aškerc: the Aškerc farm is worked using sustainable methods. The owners keep small cattle, produce sheep cheeses and other dairy products, keep bees and grow herbs. They also maintain the house of the famous Slovenian poet Anton Aškerc; the house has been converted into a museum, preserving its traditional architectural features. Visitors have the opportunity to see the farm and sample and purchase the various products on offer.
    Contact: Senožete 2, Rimske Toplice, +386 (0) 3 573 62 98, +386 (0) 31207291.
  • Organic Farm Razboršek: the Razboršek farm is a certified organic farm offering presentations of old varieties of fruit in the meadow orchard and of making fruit juice – from the processing (washing, grinding, squeezing) of fruit to pasteurisation and bottling. Visitors can learn about the various methods of processing fruit in the past and in modern times as well as the advantages of natural juice with no added sugar or preservatives, which is available to buy at the farm.
    Contact: Strmca 79, Laško, +386 (0) 3 573 22 76, +386 (0) 70703104, janez.razborsek@amis.net
  • Beekeeping Blagotinšek: visitors have the opportunity to see the apiary, learn about the development and life of bees, see a honey harvest and sample and buy various types of honey and beeswax products. Beekeeping presentations include the four species of bees with the most important role in Slovenian culture.
    Contact: Jagoče 13c, Laško, +386 (0) 3 734 02 50, +386 (0) 31323200, joze.blagotinsek@siol.net
  • Hren Beekeeping: during a visit to the Hren Beekeeping visitors can see different types of hives, production of honey drinks, honey and honey products bar, which you can also try. They also offer a presentation of the pioneers of modern beekeeping in Slovenia and abroad, and the purchase of various types of honey, pollen and beeswax products is possible.
    Contact: Strmca 86, Laško, +386 (0) 41994387, hren.henrik@siol.net
  • Šolar Beekeeping and Honey Dough Products: Šolar Beekeeping and Honey Dough Products is situated 2 km from Laško. They have a 30-year tradition in beekeeping as well as in one of the oldest crafts in Slovenia: making honey dough products. They hold demonstrations of the making and decorating of honey dough and honey dough biscuits, which are available to purchase in addition to a range of other products (various types of honey, honey beverages, pollen, propolis, beeswax products).
    Contact: Strmca 81a, Laško, +386 (0) 3 573 16 36, +386 (0) 41704158, solar.franc@siol.net
  • Pirc Tourist Farm: the farm is only 1.5 km from Laško, and is an excellent starting point for trips and a variety of outdoor activities. The farm offers three apartments (1 apartment 4 + 4 beds, 2 apartments 2 + 2 beds), which are neatly arranged in a wooden house. In addition to accommodation their offer also includes learning about farming and everyday farm chores.
    Contact: Lahomšek 1, Laško, +386 (0) 3 573 14 55, +386 (0) 31704930, katarina_praznikar@t-2.net, www.kmetijapirc.si

Laško is famous for its rich and varied events calendar. Countless cultural, folklore and entertainment events aimed at the general public take place throughout the year.

  • Beer and Flowers Festival: The largest traditional tourist event in Slovenia, the Beer and Flowers Festival, has been held regularly in Laško since 1964. The town centre streets and squares are particularly lively during this four-day event in July. In addition to the extensive and appealing programme featuring concerts by Slovenian and foreign bands, there are a number of exhibitions, sports games and folklore events, with genuine, traditional Laško beer available everywhere. Saturday night is of particular note, featuring magnificent fireworks and a colourful water symphony on the Savinja.
  • Ethnographic events: numerous ethnographic events attract countless visitors, preserve folk traditions and demonstrate the rich culture, customs and habits from the past.
    • Carnival: featuring playful and witty costumes that drive the frost of winter away.
    • “Jurjevanje” Festival on the streets of Laško: the arrival of spring is traditionally marked by the “Jurjevanje” Festival on the streets of Laško. The traditional “Zeleni Jurij” figure walks through the streets accompanied by shepherds and shepherdesses to the merry sounds of flutes and horns playing shepherd songs.
    • Demonstration of old customs and traditions: during the summer season, in addition to the old customs wedding, in the context of the Beer and Flowers event a number of traditional displays of old habits in Laško are offered.
    • St. Martin: a number of festivals and events are organised around the time of the feast of St. Martin, the parish holiday of the St. Martin parish, when must turns into wine.
    • Mining customs: In early December, on the feast day of St. Barbara – the patron saint of miners – Sedraž traditionally holds a Mining Customs event.
    • Merry December: the end-of-year holidays are marked by the merry December Festival with a range of festive events.

A number of other events are organised throughout the year. For more information visit: www.lasko.info.

Trips around the Celje Region

The Celje Old Castle invites you to discover the rich historical heritage of Celje. What is the Celje myth? The unknown origin, strong personalities, characterized by an uncompromising will to power and extraordinary capabilities, the rise to the one of the most important noble families of its time and, ultimately, the decline of the dynasty, split by a single event - all this has triggered people's imagination and represent an excellent basis for the creation of a legend of European dimensions. And it is true. In addition to the town of Celje being known throughout central Europe, it is also at home where over time a special multi-faceted myth of the Counts of Celje Dynasty developed, which was not forgotten until the present day, not even in the most turbulent historical periods.
Contact: +386 (0) 3 428 79 36, tic@celje.si, www.grad-celje.com

The museum is located in a picturesque part of Celje by the Savinja River and on its premises since 1882, it collects, stores and exhibits the cultural heritage of Celje and its wider region. The exhibited permanent collections offer the unique opportunity to "walk through time", from prehistoric times to the 1st World War.
Contact: +386 (0) 3 42 80 950,info@pokmuz-ce.si, www.pokmuz-ce.si

The exhibition opened in 1995 and is still the only children's museum in Slovenia. The museum for children draws its contents both from the past and the present, from festivities and everyday life. The museum collects, keeps, researches and exhibits the Slovenian mobile cultural heritage. Children are guided through the museum by Herman the Fox, the all-present museum's mascot, who is present everywhere: in showrooms, at the depot, in the casino, gallery, theatre, patisserie and elsewhere.
Contact: +386 (0)3 428 64 10, tajnistvo@mnzc.si, www.muzej-nz-ce.si

Lake Šmartinsko is a popular fishing destination in the broad area of the region. The creation of an approx. 113 ha large enclosed water system has significantly changed the structure of fish in the stagnant water, since the original fish lived in a running water ecosystem. The man-made settlement of fish enabled them to grow in numbers, so nowadays the lake is home predominantly to fish from the families of pike, carp, weather loach, sheatfish, bass and crabs as well as frogs and thick shelled river mussel.
Contact: +386 (0)31 610 537, www.smartinsko-jezero.com

The Celje Hut is a part of the Posavje Hills. The area has six wonderful peaks and four valleys or gorges between them. and is rich with small areas denoted by special natural aspects or cultural heritage, i.e. Soteska, Hudičev graben, Grmada nad Pečovnikom with three peaks, forest reserve Vipota, Trobiš’s beech tree (around 200 years old) and the Church of Our Lady of the Snows on Svetina. Tired and hungry hikers will be well taken care of at the Celje Hut restaurant, which serves local and hunting specialties and home-made desserts. The additional offer comprises of a downhill route for mountain bikers, adrenaline park, bob kart and ski resort.
Contact: +386 (0)3 428 2650, +386 (0)41 718 274, info@celjska-koca.si, www.celjska-koca.si

On the northern edge of the undulating Kozjansko south of Šentjur rises prominent hill Rifnik controlling landscape and with its conical shape providing the valley at Voglajna with a special charm. The Rifnik Archaeological Park stands on the site of the largest Late Roman settlement in Slovenia. The settlement of the area stretches back to the period between the Late Stone Age and the Middle Ages. On display are the foundations of two Early Christian churches, seven houses, and a wall with guardhouses, and there is a presentation of the excavations in a reconstructed prehistoric house. In the old borough centre across the parish church of St. George (sv. Jurij) you can see an archaeological exhibition that displays thousands of years of Rifnik’s history. Visitors can admire more than 600 exhibits which are on display from the New Stone Age to the arrival of the Slavs. In addition to the exhibits there is also a reconstruction of a prehistoric house.
Contact: +386 (0)3 749 25 23, +386 (0)41 931 987, tic@turizem-sentjur.com, www.turizem-sentjur.com

The Eco-Museum of Hop-Growing and Brewing Industry in Slovenia, which was opened at the end of November 2009 in Žalec, is an important acquisition for the entire Spodnja Savinjska dolina valley. The stories of the past and present life of hop pickers and the tools related to hop-picking have been revived and will continue to live in our descendants. The central museum is situated in the former hop drying facility in Žalec.
Contact: +386 (0)3 571 80 21, +386 (0)3 710 04 34, ekomuzej@siol.net, www.ekomuzej-hmelj.si

Just a few kilometres from the Roman necropolis, water has created a unique phenomenon through the centuries - a Karst cave with numerous stalactites and stalagmites of all shapes, walls coated with calcium sediment and confluence of two brooks. The cave at the edge of the Ponikovski Karst area acquired its name from the interesting rock entrance that looks like the Devil. It is composed of two levels, and the lower level is crisscrossed by many streams. The main entrance tunnel ends in a siphon with the shape of a narrow high tunnel with small lakes and waterfalls. The bones of a Neanderthal man were found in the cave, and the cave was already open to visitors in the 19th century when parties were held in it. A forest education trail leads past the cave.
Contact: +386 (0)3 700 20 56, info@td-sempeter.si, www.td-sempeter.si/sl/narava/jama-pekel

In the middle of the village of Šempeter v Savinjski Dolini, not far from the church of St. Peter, behind the hedge hides one of the most famous monuments of Antiquity in Slovenia. These are the reconstructed sepulchres of wealthy families from the former Celeia. The graves were uncovered after 1952 under the supervision of Josip Klemenc and other archaeologists. The head of excavations has a smaller monument in the archaeological park. The tombs were reconstructed from Antique elements by the architect Jaroslav Černigoj.
Contact: +386 (0)3 700 20 56, info@td-sempeter.si, www.td-sempeter.si/sl/narava/jama-pekel

Trips around Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia is a vibrant centre of creativity where cultural activity has become a way of life. It boasts one of the world's oldest philharmonics. Each year it host more than 10,000 cultural events, from prestigious music, theatre and art events to those pertaining to alternative and avant-garde culture. Ljubljana has preserved evidence of a five thousand year history including, among others, the remains of the Roman city of Emona and the old city centre with its medieval castle, Baroque façades, decorative portals and uneven roofs. Other significant bits of the city mosaic are picturesque bridges across the Ljubljanica river and the vast Tivoli park, which stretches into the very city centre. In the second half of the 20th century, it was the world famous architect Jože Plečnik that put an indelible personal stamp on his native Ljubljana. The city's appearance was further shaped by his students and a new wave of renowned young Slovenian architects.
Contact: +386 (0)1 306 45 83, info@visitljubljana.si, www.visitljubljana.com

Maribor is, as the capital of Štajerska, the second largest city in the country. The rich wine tradition of the oldest vine in the world, the throb of the city with its thriving cultural history, the location between wine growing hills and green Pohorje and the diverse possibilities for exploring, recreation, relaxation, entertainment and meetings will convince you that Maribor, holding the title the European Capital of Culture 2012, has heart and soul and that the inhabitants of Maribor are excellent hosts. The old town core promises unforgettable experiences: go for a walk along the banks of the river Drava and through the lively streets and squares, where history and tradition mix with dynamism and contemporaneousness. You will be fascinated by the oldest part of town, Lent, with the oldest vine in the world, recorded in the Guinness Book of records, and with the Old Vine House -the national shrine of the wine tradition and culture.
Contact: +386 (0)2 234 66 11, tic@maribor.si, www.maribor.si

Piran is the best preserved cultural monument of Slovenian Istria and the closest neighbour of Portorož. Its image is known all over the world. You should take a closer look at its architecture, influenced by the Venetian Republic, which left its mark on most Istrian towns. Throughout time, Piran maintained the clustered medieval structure narrow winding streets, houses huddled close together, rising in cascades, the contact with the sea, numerous squares and churches. Tartini Square is the gem found in the very centre of Piran. It was named after the famous violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, who made the town world-famous. His statue is located in the centre of the square. The city is surrounded by a circular wall. Piran is a member of the European Walled Cities Association. The city of Piran is a national historical monument. People earn their living mainly by tourism.
Contact: +386 (0)5 673 44 40, ticpi@portoroz.si, www.piran.si

Bohinj is a valley that stretches from Soteska to Ukanc. On the south side, it is enclosed by the Lower Bohinj Mountains, which rise to 2.000 meters, and on the north by the Triglav mountain range with Mount Triglav, Slovenia`s highest mountain (2864 m). Bohinj is divided into the Upper and Lower Bohinj valley. There are twenty-four villages in these two valleys. Bohinj is one of the most beautiful places in the heart of the Julian Alps and in Triglav National Park. The natural beauty of high mountains, green forests, and beautiful mountain pastures and meadows, the cultural and historical monuments, and the friendly villages and towns with their hotels, restaurants, inns, and private rooms guarantee visitors a pleasant stay in Bohinj.
Contact: +386 (0)4 574 75 90, www.bohinj.si

With immense natural beauty, Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts, renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. The beauty of the mountains reflected on the lake, the sun, the serenity and the fresh air arouse pleasant feelings in visitors throughout the year, guaranteeing an ideal base or a relaxing break or an active holiday. Bled attracts businessmen, artists, athletes, explorers, sport enthusiasts, the old and the young, from all over the world, enchanting them to return again and again. The museum located in the baroque rooms of the castle takes visitors on a journey celebrating the eventful history of Bled from the time when the first settlements in the area appeared to the present day. The furnishing of the museum interprets settlement culture over different eras.
Contact: +386 (0)4 572 97 82, blejski.grad@zkbled.si, www.bled.si

The Vintgar gorge is one of the most popular natural features in Slovenia, 4 km northwest distance from Bled, it was discovered 1891 by the Gorje mayor Jakob Žumer and photographer and cartographer Benedikt Lergetporer. The path through Vintgar gorge leads along the wooden bridges, galleries and rushing river Radovna through the picturesque gorge, which measure 1600m and ends with 26-metre waterfall Šum.
Contact: +386 (0)31 344 053, www.vintgar.si

Kostanjevica na Krki, Slovenia's smallest town and one of the oldest, is a veritable wonder of nature. The "na Krki" ("on the Krka") part of its name is extremely apt, since the old part of the town is actually situated on an island in a bend of the river Krka, at the foot of the Gorjanci Hills. Kostjanevica first appears in historical records in 1220 as the seat of a parish. It was granted town rights in 1252. The structure of the town, consisting of two parallel streets – Ulica Talcev or Veliki Plac (Great Market) and Oražnova Ulica or Mali Plac (Little Market) – has survived to the present day. Today the entire town is protected as a cultural monument of the highest category. As a result of frequent floods in the past, when the only way to get around was by boat, the town became known as the "Venice of Lower Carniola".
Contact: +386 (0)7 498 81 40, www.kostanjevica.si

Is the largest cave in the “classic karst” and the most visited show cave in Europe. Postojna Cave boasts with many natural and cultural attractions. From the beautiful creations of the percolating water and dissolved limestone (snow-white Brilliant stalagmite and the neighbouring baroque pillar, which have become symbols of the cave are only one of them) to the unique olm.
Contact: +386 (0)5 700 01 00, sales@postojnska-jama.eu, www.postojnska-jama.eu

Just 10 kilometres from Postojna Cave stands one of the most picturesque wonders of human history, the Predjama Castle. For more than 700 years it has perched proudly on its 123-metre cliff: powerful, defiant and impregnable – the perfect hideout for the bold, headstrong and rebellious knight Erazem of Predjama from the 15th century.
Contact: +386 (0)5 700 01 00, sales@postojnska-jama.eu, www.postojnska-jama.eu

Mozirski gaj is a park of flowers and ethnographical points of interest. Besides thousands of different blossoms of lively colours which inspire visitors during the warmest parts of the year, the paths amongst the greenery lead to a farm house, a corn loft cottage, as a reserved property, a mill, a blacksmith's shop... and to other points of interest, which tell about man's life in the region in the past.
Contact: +386 (0)41 691 939, darko.bele@siol.net, www.mozirskigaj.com/index.aspx

Get ready for an adventure like you've never experienced. Visit the Coal mining museum of Slovenia in Velenje, which is one of the most popular museums in Slovenia. Put on the miners boots for a short time, descent 160 m beneath the surface of the earth and go on an interesting journey into the once active mine tunnels of the mine Škale, which are now a part of the museum. Come and see for yourself how the mysterious the underground world is.
Contact: +386 (0)3 587 09 97, stojan.spegel@rlv.si, www.muzej.rlv.si

The Logar valley Landscape Park in the heart of the Kamnik - Savinja Alps, the Logar valley is one of the most beautiful alpine valleys in Europe. Set among the over 2.000-meter peaks are sunny meadows and pastures, charcoal-makers’ and foresters’ cottages, wooden flumes for transporting logs, and picturesque natural features beside the springs and tributaries of the Savinja River. From behind the green backdrop of beech forest, the impressive roar of the Rinka Waterfall resounds.
Contact: +386 (0)3 838 90 04, info@logarska.si, www.logarska-dolina.si

Arboretum is a leading horticultural facility in Slovenia. In the last decade, it has become famous for the spring flower exhibitions, which attract many visitors from Slovenia and abroad.
Contact: +386 (0)1 831 23 45, arboretum@arboretum-vp.si, www.arboretum-vp.si

The coexistence of man and nature in the area where today extends the Sečovlje Salina NAture Park, marked with a centuries-old tradition in the production of salt; from the Middle Ages until today has created and maintained a unique salt pans. Because of the architectural and historical features and exceptional plant and animal diversity (270 species of birds) the 650 ha area of the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park is today a protected nature park and a cultural monument. In the most northerly-lying Mediterranean salt pans, salt in still produced in the traditional way, with classical salter procedures and tools - therefore the salt has a unique taste and outstanding features. A quick glance is enough to be enchanted by the landscape, in which time stopped a long time ago.
Contact: +386 (0)5 672 13 30, kpss@soline.si, www.kpss.si

The Lipica Stud Farm is one of the oldest stud farms in the world and the birthplace of the Lipizzaner. The over 400 year tradition of breeding these white horses has been preserved to the present day in the centre of the unique Karst landscape and represents one of the most beautiful natural and cultural monuments of Slovenia.
Contact: +386 (0)5 7391 580, info@lipica.org, www.lipica.org

Are the most important phenomenon in the Karst region and Slovenia and are counted among the most important caves in the world. Because of their importance, in 1986 they were registered in the World Heritage List by UNESCO. This is an the international professional public's acknowledged of the importance of the caves as one of the jewels of the planet Earth. The underground Canyon River is the largest so far known underground canyon in the world.
Contact: +386 (0)5 70 82 100, psj.info@psj.gov.si, www.park-skocjanske-jame.si

Tolmin Gorges, is the common name for the Tolminka and Zadlaščica, which are one of the most magnificent natural sites in the region. Do not miss activities on the emerald Soča River, which is considered one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. It offers many opportunities for water sports (rafting, hydro speed, kayaking, canyoning and fishing).
Contact: +386 (0)5 380 04 80, info@lto-sotocje.si, www.dolina-soce.com

The Franja Partisan Hospital is a symbol of international alliance and resistance against Fascism and Nazism during the Second World War. It represents a symbol of Slovene partisan health care and bears witness to incredible humanity and self-sacrifice of the health care and other personnel taking care of the wounded. The complex of the Franja Partisan Hospital is comprised of 14 wooden barracks and several auxiliary facilities. They were gradually built in the narrow, difficult to access Pasica gorge in Dolenji Novaki near Cerkno. The construction lasted from December 1943 to May 1945.
Contact: +386 (0)5 372 31 80, info@muzej-idrija-cerkno.si, www.muzej-idrija-cerkno.si

The Kobarid Museum displays exhibits on the events that occurred during World War I on the Soška fronta - Isonzo Front. It covers two and a half years of static fighting and portrays in detail the 12th Isonzo battle, also known as the Caporetto breakthrough. The exhibits - giant reliefs of the surrounding mountains, a wealth of photographs, and an audio-visual presentation - tell with sensitivity the tale of the difficult and bloody times near the Soča River. The described events are related to the adventures and memories of celebrities, among whom are Ernest Hemingway and Erwin Rommel. The Kobarid Museum has received the highest national award, was proclaimed Best European Museum, and won the Council of Europe Museum Prize in 1993.
Contact: +386 (0)5 389 0000, +386 (0)41 714 072, info@kobariski-muzej.si, www.kobariski-muzej.si

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